Godfall Review – Pretty and Boring

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Godfall on PC

The first thing that struck me when I booted up Godfall — which I’m sure was also the case for many other players — was just how utterly gorgeous the game looked. The color palette is vibrant, the world looks completely inviting and warm, and I was more than ready to start my new adventure looting and slashing and repeatedly farming missions for new gear.

That glossy first impression quickly peeled away once I’d beaten the tutorial and got a taste of what the campaign would be like. Godfall is beautiful and stylish, and that’s all it’s got going for it.

I’ll say right now that the story is pretty much completely dead in the water. Right from the start, you’re introduced as a character named Orin, who’s been betrayed by their brother Macros as he seeks to use the power of the gods to take over the world. There’s no sense of urgency, no concrete idea of who Macros is and why he’s such a threat, and you’re just expected to embark on this mission and be invested in Orin’s cause.

Fine. Sure, whatever. I don’t need a good story to enjoy some looter gameplay. I barely paid attention in Destiny 2 and still got a thousand hours out of that franchise, I can do the same with Godfall.

Except, not really.

I’ll start with the things I do love about Godfall. The HUD and UI are really pretty. Readability and overall presentation is important to me, and on that front, Counterplay Games really nailed it here. The menus look sleek and stylish, the fonts are futuristic-looking and pretty to look at, and even the equipment art is pleasing to the eye.

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Zhiqing Wan

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eBay Condemns PS5 Photo Scammers, Is Taking Action Against Sellers

1 hour 32 minutes ago
Auction site eBay has condemned scammers listing photographs of PlayStation 5 consoles, and has vowed to take action against the sellers and to remove listings. In a statement to Eurogamer, eBay said: "We condemn these opportunistic sellers who are attempting to mislead other users. We are in the process of removing all listings for photos of PS5s from our marketplace and will be taking appropriate action against the sellers.” [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/11/06/playstation-5-review"] These sellers are creating listings that look like they are for PlayStation 5 consoles, but are actually just for printed photographs of a PS5. Listings feature titles like “Sony PlayStation 5 Digital Edition 1TB Console - White (PHOTO)” and so - while actually disclaiming they are selling a photograph - the bulk of the name appears like a console listing. At time of writing, there are dozens of these listings across UK and US eBay sites. There are listings being actively bid on, with some current bids being in the multiple hundreds of dollars/pounds. These may be inflated by the scammers themselves in order to look more ‘legitimate’ and fool buyers, or simply be genuine bids by fooled buyers. "For any purchase, but especially highly priced or in-demand items, buyers should exercise caution and thoroughly read the listing description,” said eBay’s statement.
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IGN Staff

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This is your last chance to grab your favourite gaming mouse for £35 / $35

2 hours 19 minutes ago

A photo of the Logitech G502 Hero gaming mouse.

Though [cms-block] ended on Sunday (???), there’s still a chance to get some deals for Cyber Monday, and one of those is a doozy. The Logitech G502 Hero gaming mouse is still available for an all-time low price of £35 / $35 for both UK and US deals hunters. Last year, the older model of the G502 was officially voted RPS readers’ favourite gaming mouse of all time, and today could well be your last chance this year to snap it up so cheap.

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Alice Bell

The Children In Assassin's Creed Valhalla Are Terrifying

2 hours 20 minutes ago

Assassin's Creed Valhalla offers a stunning open-world for players to live out those Viking fantasies in. It even houses some pretty stellar references, including a Dungeons & Dragons game. That being said, there is one aspect that is far from beauty and grace, and it's these children that OH MY GOD WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEIR FACE?! 

Look, we're not here to judge. All children are beautiful in the eyes of yada yada yada, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that these kids have officially out-uglied the boat people of Marvel's Spider-Man when it first launched on the PS4. 

One Reddit user made a horrifying compilation showing off some of the best (?) of the best (again, ?) and really, this is not the content we should be sharing with you but we're doing it anyway. Sorry: 

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Liana Ruppert

These Legend Of Zelda Makeup Brushes Are Perfect For The Holidays

2 hours 34 minutes ago

The holidays are just around the corner and many are looking for the perfect stocking stuffers for gamers. For anyone looking for a unique gift (or just a cool fandom buy), there is a new set of Legend of Zelda makeup brushes that are pretty darn perfect for fans of the Nintendo franchise. 

Maybe the magic of Legend of Zelda will make me miraculously better at makeup. Probably not. 

From the shop Panashe-Essence (not affiliated with Game Informer or its parent company), the latest gaming crossover is none other than that of Legend of Zelda. This same company has offered other gaming goods, including a Pokemon set, but how could I resist writing up about a makeup option that offers the Hyrulian shield? 

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The above set comes with a powder brush, a smudge brush, an eyebrow brush, an eyeshadow brush, and a silkworm brush. The listing also states that the handles are made of metal for a heftier feel, but honestly? They just look really cool. 

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Liana Ruppert

Cyber Monday 2020 SSD deals: all the best NVMe and SATA deals

2 hours 41 minutes ago

A photo of the WD Blue SN550Samsung 970 Evo Plus - Best gaming SSD 2020

There’s never been a better time to pick up a new SSD this [cms-block] and Cyber Monday season, and you’ll find all the best storage deals from today’s Cyber Monday sale in our curated hub below. We’ve scoured the web for all the best SATA, NVMe and external SSD deals we can find taking place in the UK and US, and all of them come with the RPS seal of approval. Finally, we’ve got some fresh WD Blue SN550 deals for those shopping in the US, and there are also new deals on WD’s Black SN750, too. You’ll also find Samsung 860 Evo drives for some of their lowest ever prices. So, to help you secure the best savings on today’s best SSDs for gaming, read on for our Cyber Monday SSD deals highlights below.

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Katharine Castle

New Phasmophobia Prison Level Beta Is Live

2 hours 48 minutes ago

Phasmophobia is a campy co-op horror game that is terrifying and hilarious (due to the graphics and its resulting comedic glitches). Due to its ghost-hunting nature and scary as all hell levels, this experience quickly skyrocketed to streaming fame and for good reason. Now joining levels like the High School and the asylum, the new prison level teased earlier this month is now available in the beta build of the game. 

I haven't had a chance to check out the new level myself quite yet, but as soon as that work timer counts down, I plan on screaming my head off the same as always just in a brand-new location. 

With the beta build, the devs behind Phasmophobia can test out some of the lingering bugs and implement fixes. Even though it's just launched, new issues have already been found, and tackled, with an additional patch specific to the beta build: 

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Liana Ruppert

Super Nintendo World opens early February in Japan

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Universal Studios Japan will open its new Super Nintendo World attraction on 4th February.

That date was announced this morning alongside the first official photos from inside the area, which includes Mario Kart and Bowser's Castle-themed rides.

An early February date feels an ambitious target for the attraction, which has stood mothballed since the summer as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla Has A Cool Dungeons & Dragons Nod

3 hours 8 minutes ago

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is a massive game that has so much more than just its incredible main story to enjoy. Strategic building, meaningful romance, hilarious and intriguing sidequests; the new game has it all. It also has a pretty nifty Dungeons & Dragons reference, though not by that name. 

As spotted by @PlayWithJambo, there is a part in Valhalla at the Foris Turre viewpoint in Wessex that players can see the clever D&D nod with Prisons & Pyewackets character sheets and DM notes: 

While not an active game that Eivor can participate in, it is more than a passing reference. If you look closely, you can see detailed characters sheets and the Dungeon Master's (DM) notes on the ongoing game. There is even a dice tray that can be seen in the short clip above. 

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Liana Ruppert

SaGa Frontier Remastered Is The Latest Remaster From Square Enix

3 hours 16 minutes ago

Square Enix has another remaster on the way, this time with SaGa Frontier Remastered. While we don't have a release date quite yet, we do have a trailer showing off the latest nostalgia play from the studio. 

The below announcement trailer offers a glimpse at what the remaster will have to offer fans of the original, an experience that made its debut back in 1997. 

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“The team of eight have returned – now with Fuse added as a playable character,"  reads the official reveal made by Square Enix. "Choose your favourite character and embark on your own unique journey. Each of the eight characters have different goals and endings. Your choices will affect how events unfold using the Free-Form Scenario System. This in-depth system will allow you to manipulate and expand a story all your own.

"Challenge yourself in nail-biting battles by using ‘glimmer’ as well as learning new skills such as the ability to fire consecutive special attacks from multiple team members. With beautiful graphics, as well as the addition of new events and features, SaGa Frontier Remastered is an experience not to be missed!”

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Liana Ruppert

Cyber Monday 2020 graphics card deals: the best Nvidia and AMD GPUs still available

3 hours 20 minutes ago

A photo of the Sapphire Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics card.

[cms-block] might be over, but Cyber Monday has arrived, and we’ve been scouring the web to bring you the very best Cyber Monday graphics card deals in both the UK and the US. It’s not a great time for Nvidia GTX and RTX deals this year, as the continued stock shortages of the RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 haven’t resulted in any of Nvidia’s older RTX cards getting big discounts.

It’s been better over in the AMD Cyber Monday deals camp, but even then it’s still not great. Still, to help you get the best graphics card deal this Cyber Monday, I’ve put together this list of all the cheapest prices we can find right now. I’ll be updating this article as and when new graphics card deals arrive, too, so be sure to pop this page in your bookmarks to help stay ahead of the deals curve.

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Katharine Castle

Super Nintendo World Opens In February And It Looks Awesome

3 hours 22 minutes ago

When we first learned of the Super Nintendo World coming to Universal Studios in Japan, immediately my inner-child screeched in excitement with millions of others. Since then, every new look had that delight escalating further, and now? Now we've got a grand opening date as well as a new sneak peek at what the park will have to offer Nintendo fans. 

Originally slated for a Summer opening earlier this, COVID-19 had other plans and the delay was called for safety concerns. While the pandemic continues to escalate in some areas, Osaka, Japan is ready to harness its inner Mario on February 4. Currently, the only park to be opening its Nintendo-themed doors is in Japan, but more parks are in the works to expand that fandom love even further with United States and Singapore locations on the way. 

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Liana Ruppert

Monster Hunter Movie Crossover Revealed In New Trailer For Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

3 hours 47 minutes ago

The upcoming Monster Hunter live-action movie starring Milla Jovovich is almost ready to launch and to celebrate, Capcom is bringing the film's influence into the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne with a new crossover. 

The latest crossover event will kick off this week on December 3 and will include two of the leading characters. A playable version of Milla Jovovich's character will be among the added characters with Artemis. While it's not the Capcom venture she's known for, it is a neat little mashup for those excited for the film following the most recent Palico-driven trailer

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The new event kicks off on December 3 at 4 PM PST and will include two new limited-time only Event Quests with a two-part single-player story starring Artemis herself. Jovovich will be voicing her in-game counterpart with the added NPCs speaking in "Monster Hunter language." Capcom even added a cheeky little winking face following the latter part of the reveal. 

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Liana Ruppert

Cyber Monday 2020 gaming monitor deals: the best 144Hz, 240Hz and ultrawide deals

3 hours 56 minutes ago

[cms-block] is done for another year, but today’s Cyber Monday sale has brought us one last round of great gaming monitor deals. A lot of the best Black Friday discounts are now over, including the brilliant Samsung Odyssey G7 deal, but there are still plenty of gaming monitor bargains available across all display types, including G-Sync Compatible monitors, 144Hz and 240Hz screens and ultrawide monitor deals. So, to help you find the best bargains from what’s left, I’ve rounded up all my top picks in this curated list. Whatever you’re after, we’ve got you covered in our RPS-approved Cyber Monday gaming monitor deals round-up.

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Katharine Castle

PS5 Users Are Being Banned Due To PS Plus Collection Abuse

4 hours 2 minutes ago

PS Plus is a membership service that unlocks online play for PlayStation players while also awarding free games each month in addition to special sales on certain titles. The PS Plus Collection awards a total of 20 PS4 classics to PS5 PS Plus libraries, but it looks like some members are abusing that deal. With PS5 players now getting in on the free game action, a growing number of PS5 gamers are reportedly being banned due to a misuse of the service across generations.

With stellar titles like Batman Arkham Knight, God of War, Bloodborne, and more, the desire to utilize the PS Plus Collection is high. So many of these games set the tone for PS4's success, but it looks like more than a few accounts were using a loophole that awarded this collection to PS4 players and Sony immediately sought to rectify that. 

The PS Plus Collection is only meant for PS5 players, but some PS4 players have been using PS5 accounts with this particular library to download the free games onto their consoles. 

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Liana Ruppert

Last chance to get numerous Cyber Monday discounts on PlayStation digital games

4 hours 23 minutes ago

Though Black Friday 2020 might be over, Cyber Monday is here, and that's reason enough for Sony to keep the sale on its digital store ticking over for just a few more hours. Those who download select games for their PS4 or PS5 can get discounts of up to 80% on major games.

Speaking of which, don't worry - if you're planning on getting the next generation of consoles soon, the vast majority of PS4 games you buy and link to your account should be playable on the PS5, assuming you link your account and download them there too. We've listed some of the best options below for you to check out. Be quick - they won't be around after today!

Not only that, but there's another big discount going on, as online retailer ShopTo is doing a big sale that includes all their PSN wallet top-ups. That essentially means you can get £40 of PSN credit for £35 and so on, equating to discounts on… well, everything. We've listed some of those below, though you can find all the offers at the deals page here.

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Cyber Monday 2020 CPU deals: the best Intel and AMD deals

4 hours 47 minutes ago

A collection of Intel and AMD CPUs on a table.

There weren’t many good [cms-block] CPU deals this year, but today’s Cyber Monday sale has luckily brought us a few more, including a sizeable discount on Intel’s entry-level 10th Gen Core i3 processor. To help you get the best price on your new Intel or AMD CPU, we’ve rounded up all the best Cyber Monday CPU deals happening in the UK and the US. Most of this year’s Cyber Monday CPU deals are limited to the premium end of the price spectrum, unfortunately, but if you’re looking to pick up one of Intel’s new 10th Gen Comet Lake CPUs this is still a good time to do so.

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Katharine Castle

Have you played… Star Wars: Squadrons?

6 hours 46 minutes ago

I so desperately wanted Star Wars: Squadrons to be a huge success. If I could snap my fingers and change whatever I wanted about the games industry, I would give Star Wars: Squadrons the playerbase of Call Of Duty. It’s an absolutely phenomenal cinematic experience, and it’s also an amazingly deep competitive game that rewards tactics, skill, and keeping calm under high pressure.

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Ollie Toms

Super Nintendo World looks incredible, and I can't wait to go...eventually

7 hours 17 minutes ago

So uh, does anyone else love theme parks? Because this guy loves theme parks.

Among the many other things I've missed this year, riding rides with family is one of the things I've lamented the most, but we're all sort of hoping for a light at the end of the tunnel...eventually. Nintendo is banking on February 4, 2021.

That's the date of the grand opening of Super Nintendo World: which was originally supposed to debut during the Olympics in August of 2020. For obvious reasons it was pushed back to August 2021, but the theme park will open separately a bit earlier. In one word, it looks incredible.

Although we've had plenty of "over the fence" peeks at its construction, Universal Studios of Japan just put out an official video (below) that showcases it in all its splendor. While the outdoor zone is impressive on its own, the indoor areas are really where this park shines, like the giant red staircase leading to at Bowser statue for the "Koopa's Challenge" Mario Kart ride queue. As a reminder, the other ride is Yoshi-themed.

Eventually, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Florida (under the "Epic Universe" umbrella) will get their US versions, expected to launch in mid-2021 and 2024 respectively: minus any delays.

Super Nintendo World looks incredible, and I can't wait to go...eventually screenshot

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Chris Carter

Someone uncovered a secret Crash 4 logo tease that only appears when you reach 106% completion

8 hours 17 minutes ago

So Crash 4: It's About Time is fairly manageable if you're a platforming hound, but if you want to get the full 106% completion rate: good luck!

The extra content and time trial/limited life requirements are among the hardest activities I've played in 2020, and it looks like all those efforts do pay off; to some small degree. Sharing their discovery on Twitter, Kevin Fagaragan managed to uncover a secret logo that appears on the first level's television set.

The kicker is that the logo only appears when you've reached the aforementioned percentage. Like all secrets that pop up out of nowhere the solution was crowdsourced, and it seems like it doesn't work for a mere 100% completion rate: only 106%. It explains why it hasn't been as widely known this far out from launch. It's also a "blink and you'll miss it" moment, as it only appears on the screen for a split-second after you cycle through all of the main entry logos.

So what is it? Well, a tease of a new game, some DLC, or a Super Smash Bros. appearance would all work for me. I'm just happy to see Crash back and actually relevant again with a good game.

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Chris Carter

Genshin Impact's Zhongli Is Available As A Playable Character This Week

8 hours 26 minutes ago

With the Unreconciled Stars event finished and Tartaglia's event banner drawing to a close, Genshin Impact is about to drop the remainder of the new content that was patched in with Update 1.1--including a new quest and two new characters. Zhongli, a five-star character who players will know as a big part of the game's major storyline in Chapter 1, will now get his own featured event banner called "Gentry of Hermitage".

The new banner features Zhongli as its main 5-star character, meaning players will have an increased chance to add him to their rosters. Unlucky players will have to make at least 180 wishes before they're guaranteed to pull Zhongli, however. Like other 5-star banners, players could spend hundreds of dollars trying to obtain the character through Genshin Impact's gacha system.

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Hayley Williams

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Super Nintendo World Opening Date Announced by Universal Studios Japan

8 hours 35 minutes ago

Today Universal Studios Japan announced the opening date of its new Super Nintendo World attraction.

The gates to the world of Mario will open on Thursday, February 4.

At a later date the park will reveal more info on how to apply for the preview event, which has not been detailed.

in the meanwhile, we get a trailer and some new images, which you can check out below.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Japan's Super Nintendo World Theme Park Area Gets an Official Opening Date

9 hours 2 minutes ago

Universal Studios Japan today announced that its long-awaited Super Nintendo World area will finally open to the public on February 4, 2021. IGN Japan was on hand for a sneak peek at one section of the new world; the very first time members of the press have been invited inside – check out our gallery below.

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Bowser’s Castle (or Koopa’s Castle in Japan) is an immense reconstruction of the iconic location from the games. Visitors will be able to climb a sweeping grand staircase, at the top of which is an enormous, imposing bronze statue of Bowser himself. The scale is seriously impressive.

The walls of the castle’s corridors are lined with huge portrait paintings of Bowser, along with bright and colourful emblems from the Mario Kart games. Huge faux brass knockers adorn the doors, while Bowser’s face in menacing silhouette peers down from the top of the door frames.

We also saw where guests will line up for one of the park’s most anticipated new attractions, Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge, which promises to put visitors in the driving seat for a ride that includes AR and projection mapping effects to bring courses from the Mario Kart games to life. This is realized through a special headset styled on Mario’s hat with a built-in AR screen.

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Daniel Robson

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Nintendo Switch Fortnite Edition Bundle Available Now For Cyber Monday

9 hours 9 minutes ago

In October, Nintendo released a special Fortnite-themed Nintendo Switch called the Fortnite Wildcat Bundle, but US fans could only import it from Europe. As a Cyber Monday surprise, Nintendo has brought the cool Fortnite console stateside. It's available to purchase at select retailers for $299--right now, we're seeing the Fortnite Switch bundle in stock at Walmart and GameStop. This seems to be a limited-time restock, as Nintendo's website says "available while supplies last," and like other Switch bundles, we expect it'll sell out fairly fast. If you have a Fortnite fan on your holiday shopping list who wants a Nintendo Switch, this might very well be the perfect gift.

In addition to the sweet design, the bundle also comes with Fortnite goodies. You'll get three outfits and a trio of Back Blings as well as 2,000 V-Bucks to spend in the in-game store. Fortnite is also pre-installed on the console, though it's free-to-play anyway.

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Steven Petite

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New Genshin Impact Character Zhongli Looks Super-Cool in New Trailer

9 hours 19 minutes ago

Today MiHoYo released a new video about its popular action RPG Genshin Impact focusing on one of its latest characters.

We get to take another look at Zhongli, who certainly manages to appear super-cool thanks to his calm demeanor in and out of battle.

You can check him out in action below, with both English and Japanese voice acting.

Here’s how Zhongli is officially described:

“Wangsheng Funeral Parlor mysterious consultant. Handsome, elegant, and surpassingly learned.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Cyberpunk 2077 Multiplayer Is More Than Just A Mode

9 hours 54 minutes ago

CD Projekt Red has cleared up some confusion about the upcoming multiplayer game set in the Cyberpunk 2077 universe. Executive Adam Kicinski said during the company's latest earnings briefing that it's not right to call it just a "mode" for Cyberpunk 2077.

Instead, it should be thought of as a standalone product. "So, first, we don't call it modes," Kicinski said (transcription via Seeking Alpha). "It's a separate dedicated production, a big production. We think about it as a standalone product."

The Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer game is connected to the single-player game, but CD Projekt Red sees it as an "independent production" with a team working on it that's separate from the team building the single-player game.

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Eddie Makuch

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