Fullbright co-founder steps down amidst studio exodus

1 hour 55 minutes ago

Steve Gaynor, co-founder of Gone Home and Tacoma developer Fullbright, has stepped down as the studio's creative lead and manager.

Fullbright officially announced the change last night, ahead of a Polygon report which detailed an exodus of staff at the company "at least in part due to Gaynor's behaviour toward workers".

Gaynor will remain a writer on Open Roads, the upcoming Annapurna-published story of a mother and daughter, which will now no longer be released in 2021.

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Tom Phillips

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Asatsugutori for PS4 & Nintendo Switch by Nippon Ichi Software Gets First Trailer & Screenshots

2 hours 1 minute ago

Following yesterday’s reveal, Nippon Ichi Software released the first trailer and screenshots of its upcoming “time-loop investigation adventure” Asatsugutori.

The story sees protagonist Hibari waking up in a strange room alongside seven other girls. They’re welcomed by an announcement affirming that only one survivor will be able to leave the building. Yet, those who survive may be able to use magic.

A few days after this mysterious communal life begins, one of the girls is killed. Hibari regrets not being able to save her. “If I could go back to before it happened…” she thinks.

The day after she finds the girl that she thought had died alive in the cafeteria, revealing the ability to start over as many times as she wants.

When a girl is killed, Hibari can activate the time-loop ability and go back to before the death occurred. This shifts the game into the “exploration part” in which you explore the surroundings and collect information and evidence that may be relevant to the incident. Basically, you can see the story from the point of view of the victim.

You actually investigate in real-time and the information and clues you can find change with the time of day. Repeating the time loop over and over may let you find all the details you need.

Once you complete your investigation, the game moves to the “incident prevention part” in which you organize the information you gathered, draw conclusions, and avoid the girl’s death.

You can check out all the new assets below.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Blue Reflection: Second Light for PS4, Switch, and PC Gets New Screenshots & Details

2 hours 27 minutes ago

Today Koei Tecmo reached out with a press release to share new screenshots, artwork, and details of the upcoming Blue Reflection sequel Blue Reflection Tie, titled Blue Reflection: Second Light in English.

We get to take a look at two of the girls that will join our heroine in her adventure, Hiori Hirahara and Shiho Kasuga, on top of plenty of elements of the game.

You can check all the images out below alongside an official description with plenty of details from the press release.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker Gets Handsome Alphinaud Sage CGI Art

2 hours 50 minutes ago

Today Square Enix released brand new artwork dedicated to Final Fantasy XIV’s expansion Endwalker.

The artwork, created with beautiful CGI, portrays Alphinaud with his new sage job.

You can enjoy it below as we wait to be able to play as Sages ourselves when the expansion releases in a few months.

Incidentally, the new Final Fantasy XIV expansion Endwalker will release on November 23, 2021, for PS5, PS4, and PC. A benchmark has been released for PC, including the male viera character creation.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Square Enix Announces Financial Results & Confirm Growth of Final Fantasy XIV Paying Subscribers

3 hours 15 minutes ago

Today Square Enix announced its financial results for the fiscal quarter that ended on June 30, 2021.

We learn that for the whole company net sales were 88.6 billion yen, slightly up year-on-year while operating income was 17.3 billion yen, down year-on-year.

For the digital entertainment business, which includes video games, both figures dropped year-on-year due to the comparison with the strong HD games lineup during the same quarter last year, led by Final Fantasy VII Remake.

Mobile performance was “bearish” partly due to the lack of new releases.

Yet, good news comes from the MMORPG segment, with “brisk” recurring revenue due to Final Fantasy XIV paying subscribers growing year-on-year.

Considering that the upcoming expansion Endwalker is still months from its release on November 23, 2021, and the fact that the recent population boom continued well into July (and the results here end at June 30), looks like the MMORPG that once upon a time appeared to be dead and buried is basically unstoppable nowadays.

It’ll certainly be interesting to see what kind of numbers it achieves when Endwalker will be released in a few months.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Nintendo Announces Strong Financial Results But Sales & Profit Decline YoY Due to Comparison With Animal Crossing

3 hours 59 minutes ago

Today Nintendo announced its quarterly financial results for the fiscal quarter ended on June 30, 2021.

First of all, we learn that Nintendo’s sales declined 9.9% year-on-year, while operating profit dropped by 17.3%.

While the figures dropped, this doesn’t tell the whole story as sales of Switch software and hardware remain “steady” as Nintendo itself mentions. Simply, the past quarter could not compare with last year’s in which the company released Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which was a major driver of business for the console.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Nintendo Switch Has Shipped 89.04 Million Units; Sales to Customers Estimated at 85 Million Units

4 hours 22 minutes ago

Today  Nintendo announced its quarterly financial results and published an update to the number of Switch units shipped worldwide since the console’s release.

The data you’ll see below is updated as of June 30, 2021, when the latest fiscal quarter (which began on April 1) ended.

Specifically, the infographic below shows exactly how many Nintendo Switch units have been shipped to retailers. 89.04 million units of the hybrid console have been shipped to retailers.

This means that the console has shipped 4.45 million units worldwide during the quarter (compared to 2.3 million PS5 plus 500,000 PS4 units shipped by Sony). We also hear that the estimated sell-through (which means sold to customers) for the console is over 85 million units.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Konami Announces Financial Results Showing Sales & Profit Growth Year-on-Year

4 hours 49 minutes ago

Today Konami announced its financial results for the first quarter of the fiscal year 2022, which ended on June 30, 2021.

As you can see from the tables below, the business of the company as a whole was quite strong, with 68,636 million yen in sales (+29.2% year-on-year) and 20,278 million yen in business profit (+64.2% year-on-year).

The digital entertainment business, which includes video games and the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game also showcased solid performance and year-on-year growth.

Specifically, sales were 49,859 million yen (+16.4% year-on-year), while business profit was 19,161 million yen (+25.2% year-on-year).

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Amazon’s Ambitious MMO, New World, Gets Delayed Yet Again to September

5 hours 34 minutes ago

Amazon launched a beta for their new MMORPG New World this past week, and the initial impressions have been looking pretty positive so far. However, the company’s game division announced today that they will be delaying the game yet again, making this the fourth delay since its initial announcement.

The statement reads:

“We want New World’s launch to be a smooth and fun experience for all players, and that means making some improvements based on what you encountered during Closed Beta. So we’re going to take a few extra weeks to smash bugs, improve stability, and polish the game. New World’s new global launch date is September 28, 2021.”

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New World is shaping up to be a pretty interesting MMO, as it features a fantasy setting that’s also very grounded in realism, with various different factions and market economies to check out. It’s certainly disappointing to hear that it’s been delayed yet again, but hopefully it’ll make for a better game in the end.

The post Amazon’s Ambitious MMO, New World, Gets Delayed Yet Again to September appeared first on Twinfinite.

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Zhiqing Wan

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Open Roads Studio Co-Founder Steps Down Following Toxic Workplace Allegations, Issues Statement

6 hours 53 minutes ago

Fullbright co-founder Steve Gaynor has departed his position as creative lead on the studio's new game Open Roads following allegations regarding the company's work culture. A new report from Polygon shares a deeper look into the "toxic" work environment at Fullbright, following shortly after the game's Twitter account shared a notice of the leadership change. 

The official Open Roads Twitter account offered a message to fans about Gaynor's change in position. "We are a small team passionate about making an inclusive, poignant, story-driven game that gives players a feeling of discovery," begins the social media post. "We care deeply about creating games that have a positive impact. We are also fervent believers in fostering a work environment that is healthy and collaborative, where we can work with transparency, autonomy, and trust.

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Liana Ruppert

Melty Blood: Type Lumina Gets New Gameplay Trailer Introducing Hisui & Kohaku

9 hours 28 minutes ago

Type-moon released a brand new trailer of its upcoming fighting game Melty Blood: Type Lumina, which will soon launch both in Japan and in the west.

The trailer focuses on two of the playable characters, Hisui and Kohaku. I guess you could define them one as they add as a tag-team and you select and play them together.

You can check it out below alongside an official description of the characters from the developer.

Hisui

“A maid for the Tohno family, responsible for household chores (except cooking) and taking care of Shiki.
She is Kohaku’s younger twin. Unlike her sister, she is known for wearing more modern, non-traditional clothing.
Her quiet nature makes her true feelings difficult to read, and her formal way of speaking has led Shiki to see her as being rather mechanical. Her fighting skills are not quite on the same level as her sister, but she holds her own well enough.”

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Nexon’s New Games Showcased With Plenty of Trailers: Project Magnum, Project HP, Project Overkill, & More

9 hours 40 minutes ago

Today Nexon showcased its upcoming lineup of games with a large series of trailers.

We start with the first trailer of Project Magnum, a new looter shooter for PC and consoles combining RPG elements with TPS gameplay.

We already know that this game will be launched worldwide, but the console platforms have not been announced just yet.

Next is Project Overkill, a 3D action-RPG set in the world of the super-popular IP Dungeon & Fighter.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Activision Blizzard Shareholders Voice Concerns Over Ongoing Lawsuit

9 hours 41 minutes ago

The state of California is currently suing Activision Blizzard following a two-year investigation into the company's behind closed doors workplace culture. The lawsuit addresses various labor abuse allegations, including sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and a "frat boy" culture regarding internal behavior. As more details surface in relation to the lawsuit, an investor's call took place on August 3, and the overall feeling of the meeting felt different than the usual shareholder conference. Though advertising goals and release timelines were addressed, including news about Diablo II and Overwatch 2, a portion of the call took on a somber tone as questions from stakeholders were fielded about the future of the company. 

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick opened the call with a statement that was similar to his public acknowledgment of the labor lawsuit last week. "I want to start by making clear to everyone that there is no place at our company where discrimination, harassment, or unequal treatment of any kind will be tolerated nowhere," said Kotick when he opened the August 2021 investor's meeting. "We so appreciate the current and former employees who have come forward in the past and recent days with courage."

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Liana Ruppert

Shorter Games With Worse Graphics bundle keeps smashing sales goals

12 hours 52 minutes ago

The full sentiment, which you've perhaps seen floating about social media, is "I want shorter games with worse graphics made by people who are paid more to work less and I'm not kidding". That's exactly what the games in this particular Itch bundle of 28 indie games are. A good number of people were not kidding, indeed, because the bundle keeps blowing through the modest sales goals that its organiser has set. After initially only setting a goal for $1,000, it's currently surpassed $8,000 with over a week remaining.

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Lauren Morton

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition Sold “Well Above Expectations” & Reignited The Passion of Fans According to EA

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Today, during Electronic Arts’ quarterly conference call for investors and analysts, chief executive officer Andrew Wilson talked about the performance of Mass Effect: Legendary Edition.

According to Wilson, the Legendary Edition “reignited the passion of fans around the world” for the franchise, driving sales “well above” Electronic Arts’ expectations.

Considering the fact that many appeared to have fallen out of love with Mass Effect, this is certainly an achievement.

If you’d like to learn more about the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, which is currently available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, you can read our dedicated guides. Here’s how Electronic Arts describes it.

One person is all that stands between humanity and the greatest threat it’s ever faced. Relive the legend of Commander Shepard in the highly acclaimed Mass Effect trilogy with the Mass Effect™ Legendary Edition. Includes single-player base content and over 40 DLC from Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 games, including promo weapons, armors and packs — remastered and optimized for 4K Ultra HD. 

Experience an amazingly rich and detailed universe where your decisions have profound consequences on the action and the outcome. 

Relive the Cinematic Saga — Heart-pounding action meets gripping interactive storytelling, where you decide how your unique story unfolds.

Experience the Legend of Shepard — Create and customize your own character, from appearance and skills to a personalized arsenal, then lead your elite recon squad across a galaxy in turmoil.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Dorfromantik has launched its creative mode in beta for you to puzzle over

14 hours 14 minutes ago

Tiny strategy puzzler Dorfromantik is a relaxing experience already, but it's now even more so thanks to the creative mode that the developers have been working on. It's still in a beta phase, which you can opt in to test yourself right now. You can now start snapping together its pretty landscapes free as you please if you don't care to worry about your score for a bit. The new test branch also reworks the save system to give you more freedom there too.

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Lauren Morton

Microsoft Flight Simulator Getting New Hotfix, F-14 & Twin Otter Get New Screenshots, CRJ 900/1000 Delayed; Warsaw Modlin Airport Announced

14 hours 31 minutes ago

Today Microsoft and third-party developers had news aplenty to share about the popular Microsoft Flight Simulator and upcoming addons.

First of all, we learn that a new hotfix is coming for the simulator, to address more issues caused by the Sim Update 5.

Here’s a list of what will be addressed when the patch is released on Friday or Monday, but the developers mention that there could be more.

We also hear the confirmation that World Update 6 is planned for a release on August 24 and will bring more fixes.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Fall Guys celebrates first anniversary with birthday cosmetics and its original stages

14 hours 34 minutes ago

Fall Guys, developer Mediatonic's knockabout battle royale game, is celebrating its first anniversary today, 4th August, with a selection of special, minimally priced birthday cosmetics and a trip down memory lane as it wheels out its original stages.

While Fall Guys' fifth, jungled-themed season continues to be the main event, players currently have the option to tumble back to where it all began with the special Anniversary Party show, featuring the game's original roster of rounds.

And for those wanting to dress for the occasion, Mediatonic has added two birthday cosmetics to the in-game store - a special body suit, emblazoned with cakes, balloons, and the like, plus a fetching birthday crown. They can be purchased for a meagre 10 Kudos each.

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Matt Wales

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Eldest Souls – New Gameplay Today

14 hours 34 minutes ago

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Eldest Souls, as you might have guessed by its name, is a Souls-like experience. Before you roll your eyes at the idea of yet another “one of these,” this game trims the fat, so to speak, by removing enemy grunts and maze-like exploration to focus on one element: epic, sweat-inducing boss battles.

From an enraged werewolf-like warrior to a formidable ice golem, Eldest Souls’ rogue’s gallery is no joke in terms of challenge. Thankfully, you can keep the odds leveled at all times, thanks to a healing system that restores HP each time you land a powerful blow. No need to fuss over running out of estus flasks or other pick-ups. Want to regain that chunk of health you just lost? Charge up your sword and acquaint it with the flesh of your opponent. Not only does this system encourage a more aggressive playstyle, but it rewards that boldness by essentially letting you heal as much and as often as you like. Of course, that can be easier said than done. Bosses won’t just bend over and let you wail on them after all. 

Intrigued? If so, join Marcus Stewart, Dan Tack, and Alex Van Aken as we take a look at Eldest Souls opening boss battles and give the skinny on what makes the experience tick. Since we’ll be showing off New Game + footage, you’ll also get a glimpse at some cool late-game abilities.  

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Marcus Stewart

Think You Know the God of Mischief? Take This Loki Trivia Quiz To Find Out

14 hours 47 minutes ago

Loki season one is done and the last episode left the God of Mischief is in a bit of a predicament, to say the least. The timeline for the beginning of season two may be far off in the distance, but there’s still plenty to know from the first six episodes. If you think you’re a fan of Loki, then just take this trivia quiz to find out.

Just keep in mind that if you haven’t finished season one of Loki, you likely won’t get a perfect score. You may know a few facts about the show, but it’s unlikely that you’ll ace it. If you don’t care about a perfect score, then go for it and have some fun.

On top of likely not getting a great score, this Loki trivia quiz is full of spoilers from each episode. Some are inconsequential, but others focus on major plot points. Again, if you’re okay with that then take a shot. You can always try again after you finish each episode.

Now it’s time to put your study materials away and test your knowledge with this Loki trivia quiz. If you don’t know an answer, feel free to guess. When you finish up, don’t forget to share your score in the comments and on social media. Challenge your friends and shoot for a perfect score.

And while you’re here, don’t forget to check out all of the other fantastic trivia and personality quizzes we have right here.

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Omar Banat

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Electronic Arts Announces Financial Results Above Expectations as FIFA 21 Passes 31 Million Players

15 hours 5 minutes ago

Today Electronic Arts released its financial results for the first quarter of the fiscal year 2022, related to the period ended on June 30, 2021.

You can find a summary of the publisher’s performance in the table below.

Net revenue was $1,551 million, up year-on-year, while net income was $204 million, significantly down year-on-year.

That being said, the results are still defined “above expectations” and led Electronic Arts to raise the prediction for the full fiscal year.

The press release also includes a statement from chief executive officer Andrew Wilson, who boasted an “outstanding quarter.”

“We’ve had a very strong start to the fiscal year with our incredible teams delivering experiences that continue to bring hundreds of millions of players together.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Here's a peek at how co-op works in "TMORPG" Book Of Travels

15 hours 6 minutes ago

I've had my eye on Book Of Travels for a while, and lately every time I see it I think of Ed saying he doesn't like MMOs anymore. I'm pretty sure I also don't like MMOs anymore, but Book Of Travels isn't one. It's what Shelter series developers Might And Delight call a TMO—tiny multiplayer online. They're planning this little online world to be a calmer space than the likes of your GW2s or FFXIVs, which they've illustrated more today in a new video explaining what kind of co-op tasks you'll get up to on the Braided Shore. They're planning additional videos every week this month until Book Of Travels heads into early access on August 30.

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Lauren Morton