This Zelda: Breath of the Wild mod tricks out Link's house

15 hours 1 minute ago

Remember when Bilbo returned to The Shire and had to reclaim his own stuff? Well, if he had video game/anime amnesia, he probably wouldn't have been as pissed off about it.

It's safe to say that in pretty much any game, having a humble yet functional abode is extremely important to me. In Elder Scrolls and Fallout games I'm very careful when choosing my home, but in Breath of the Wild, you only get one real choice: the house in Hateno village.

As we know from various lore bits, the Hateno house likely belongs to Link, decades before the events of the game. Well, famed Zelda modder Waikuteru is at it again, as they've whipped up a mod that upgrades that very house.

Here's what it adds:

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Chris Carter

Everspace 2 - lovely shooting, lovely looting, and the caves are brilliant too

15 hours 1 minute ago

That detonator drone. Cor! Drones can be a bit dull in games - stuff to swat away in annoyance in the latest Ubisoft offering, stuff you know is the sort of thing that can probably be picked up at Currys. But in Everspace 2, those drones. Those detonator drones. Lovely.

It's a clever blend. They are Asimov and Popcap, Foundation and Peggle. They come at you and explode. So far, so drone. But as they approach they ring out these escalating notes. I'm back with Jimmy Lightning, the ball bouncing over pins one to three four - Ode to Joy! Except it's inverted. I'm frantic to stop the escalation, to shoot it away or EMP it or dash to safety.

Everspace 2 is the space game I didn't know I wanted. Now it's here I really want it. And I wonder why I wasn't initially that excited.

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Valve and five publishers fined €7.8 million for geo-blocking Steam keys

15 hours 16 minutes ago

Update 21/01/2021: Valve have responded to the European Commission’s claims, saying they disagree with the Commission’s findings and the fine they’ve been issued. Read their full statement below. Original story from 20/01/2021.

Valve and a handful of game publishers have landed themselves in hot water with the European Commision for geo-blocking Steam keys in certain regions in Europe. The Steam owners, along with Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax (Bethesda’s parent company), have been collectively fined €7.8 million (around £6.9 million) for “breaching EU antitrust rules”.

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Imogen Beckhelling

Ex-EA exec Peter Moore returns to gaming at Unity

15 hours 17 minutes ago

Former EA executive Peter Moore has returned to the game industry, joining engine maker Unity as senior vice president of Sports and Live Entertainment.

Moore announced the news on Twitter.

Moore's career in video games began at Sega, where he worked to launch the Dreamcast in North America. He later joined Microsoft to work on the Xbox, displaying tattoos of Halo 2 and Grand Theft Auto 4 during E3 announcements. The video below shows the Halo 2 E3 2004 demo during which Moore showed off his Halo 2 release date tattoo.

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Limbo developer Playdead acquiring staff for its new sci-fi adventure

15 hours 31 minutes ago

Playdead, the esoteric indie developer behind creepy puzzle-platformers Limbo and Inside are currently looking for staff to work with the studio on a new, still unannounced project.

As spotted by @MauroNL3, Playdead is advertising vacancies for what seems to be a full development team, including coders, designers, and artists, as well as a technical director. While the new game is still not titled, the job listing describes a third-person science-fiction adventure, set in a remote corner of the universe. The technical director role asks for an individual with "open world, AAA, or other related experience." Curiouser and curiouser. At least we have several new pieces of concept art to peruse.

Also of note from the individual job descriptions: "Our approach to development does not include crunching towards arbitrary deadlines - instead, we particularly look for talented people who enjoy managing their own schedule and thrive on working within a friendly, collaborative environment."

Limbo (2010) and Inside (2016) both saw critical and commercial success thanks to their creepy and nightmarish atmosphere, simple but hooking gameplay, and eccentric and mysterious characters and worlds. While we know nothing specific of this new project, logic dictates that Playdead will continue with the style that brought them to the dance. It’s been a while, but hopefully we'll be hearing more about this venture soon.

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Chris Moyse

The joy of being a benevolent capitalist in Yakuza: Like A Dragon

16 hours ago

A screenshot of Yakuza: Like A Dragon protagonist Ichiban Kasuga, sitting triumphantly behind a desk

Hong Kong has a popular snack chain called Aji Ichiban. Despite the name, it’s not actually Japanese, but I do recall going to these stores a lot whenever my family and I visited, where we’d fill our suitcases with its giant pack range of Chinese pork jerky and dried mangos.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s Ichiban Confections is also a snack shop, albeit one that specialises in Japanese rice crackers. It’s also unfortunately on its last legs – unless someone with the right business acumen can turn it around.

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Alan Wen

European Commission fines Valve, Capcom, Zenimax and others $9.4 million in antitrust ruling

16 hours 1 minute ago

Following investigation by the European Commission, a selection of publishers have been hit with a combined €7.8 million EUR (or roughly $9.4 million USD) fine following accusations of geo-blocking practices.

In an official ruling by the Commission, it was decided Capcom, Bandai Namco, ZeniMax, Koch Media, Focus Home Interactive, and Steam owner Valve had breached antitrust laws by region-locking Steam activation keys for over 100 titles between the years of 2010 and 2015. The titles in question were rendered unusable outside of Czechia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, thus breaching the commission's "Single-Market" policies.

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Chris Moyse

Oh my God we're getting a Puzzle Quest 3

17 hours 1 minute ago

"You are victorious!"

I've heard those words a thousand times over the course of my multiple Puzzle Quest playthroughs. It all started back in March of 2007, and has, sporadically, continued to this day. While hope was lost for a while that the series would continue in earnest, a 2019 Switch port (with some new content) hinted that one day, we could see it return. That day has come.

Announced by way of publisher 505 Games, who acquired developer Infinity Plus Two (formerly known as Infinite Interactive, the original creator of Puzzle Quest), Puzzle Quest 3 is coming "later this year" on PC and mobile devices, with "additional platforms to be announced."

Note that the game is free-to-play, but monetization details haven't been announced yet. Amazingly, the game takes place "500 years after the original Puzzle Quest" (lore continuation?!), and involves "a 3D game world."

Just don't screw up the monetization and we're here for it.

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Chris Carter

Have You Played… Offworld Trading Company?

17 hours 30 minutes ago

Business takes place across a series of hexagons on Mars.

OK, I know this is my second Have You Played…? to find an excuse to start by talking about Age Of Empires 2, and I imagine Alice Bee is making a proper wolf noise out of frustration as she edits this. I am almost sorry. But like a smug schoolboy proclaiming he’s “home” in a game of “it” by touching a tree, I’ve got a cast iron excuse here. Because Offworld Trading Company‘s lead developer Soren Johnson told me himself that this cracking solar-system economics-’em-up was directly inspired by the simple yet robust supply/demand modelling behind the market building in AoE2.

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Nate Crowley

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town's expansion pass will bring back some familiar faces

18 hours 1 minute ago

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Bokujo Monogatari/Story of Seasons franchise, and Marvelous is doing what it can to keep players hooked to its upcoming release throughout 2021. The next entry in the series, Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town, is slated for release in the west this March. Starting in April, players will be able to download DLC expansions that will add new locations and scenarios to the game, as well as some returning faces.

The expansion pass will include five parts, with one part to release each month from April through August. Included in this DLC are:

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CJ Andriessen

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny Gets New Trailer Featuring Story and Its Wacky Characters

18 hours 45 minutes ago

Today Nippon Ichi Software released a new trailer of its upcoming tactical JRPG Makai Senki Disgaea 6, also known as Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny.

The trailer begins with a look at the story and its wacky cast. After all, it’s Disgaea, so you can expect everyone to be rather… out there.

A demo of the game has also been released in Japan.

You can watch it below.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Re:ZERO for PS4, Switch, & PC Gets New Trailer Featuring Opening Cutscene

19 hours 32 minutes ago

Today Spike Chunsoft released a trailer for the upcoming Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- The Prophecy of the Throne.

The trailer features the opening cutscene of the game, including the theme song “Reline” by Mayu Maeshima, whom you may know for the theme song of the second season of the anime.

We also get to take a look at the cast, including the new characters created especially for this game.

You can watch the video below and see if it excites you for the game.

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- The Prophecy of the Throne, releases on Jan. 29, 2021, in North America and Feb. 5 in Europe for PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

If you’re unfamiliar with the game, below you can read how Spike Chunsoft describes it.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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February 2021 PS Plus Free Games Predictions

19 hours 34 minutes ago

The Bigger Game – Marvel’s Avengers

PS Plus Free Games Predictions

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Last month for PS Plus, Sony gave subscribers three free games including Maneater, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Greedfall. While the offical list for February 2021 has yet to be revealed by Sony, we have some PS Plus predictions as to what those free games might be in the meantime.

Usually a larger game headlines the list, and for next month we suspect Marvel’s Avengers could be a likely inclusion.

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Haley MacLean

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New to Anime? Take this Quiz to Find Out Which Series Is Best to Start With

19 hours 37 minutes ago

The anime world can be extremely daunting, especially if you’re new to it. There are just way too many shows and while you’ve almost certainly heard of a few popular ones being thrown around, it’s hard to figure out if it’s for you and if you’d like it.

With that said, we’ve put together a shortlist of anime series that we feel would be good picks for someone’s first watch, and they cover quite a few genres as well so there’s going to be something for you, based on your own interests and preferences.

Take the quiz below and find out which series you should watch first as a beginner in the anime world.

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Zhiqing Wan

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New Pokemon Snap debuts Japanese TV commercial

21 hours 1 minute ago

Shutterbugs waiting on the return of Pokemon Snap might enjoy this blink-and-you'll-miss-it TV commercial for the upcoming Nintendo Switch release, which has started airing on Japanese television.

The typically enthusiastic short stars young actor Kokoro Tarada and YouTuber Fuwa-Chan as the duo prepare to enter the world of "Pokemon Ecology", both dressed to the nines as old-school explorers and ready to get snap-happy on the wide variety of Pokemon that await within. Brief gameplay footage then gives us a sneak peek at all our favorite characters, including Pikachu... Apple Burner... LongBeak... and... Butterfly.

You can check out the commercial below, courtesy of NintendoEverything.

New Pokemon Snap launches on Nintendo Switch April 30. Pith helmet not required.

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Chris Moyse

The Medium PC Requirements Revealed, and They’re Not Too Bad

21 hours 32 minutes ago

The Medium will be released on PC and Xbox next week, and if you’ve seen any of the trailers and gameplay footage, you’ll know that this is a visually impressive game that will probably require you to have a decent PC to run it. Bloober Team has just revealed the PC requirements for the game at its various settings, and while it is a demanding game, they’re not quite as bad as you might think.

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From the looks of it, most PCs should be able to run the game at the recommended settings and hit 1080p at 30 frames per second. However, if you want your game to look a little prettier at the high settings, Bloober Team recommends the RTX 2080 Super or the AMD 5700 XT.

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Zhiqing Wan

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LEGO Ideas Metroid Set Reveals Huge Ridley Add-On in Fan-Created Project

21 hours 46 minutes ago
A fan-created LEGO set featuring characters from the Metroid franchise received another milestone update today as Ridley has now been added to the project. It features fully articulating arms, legs, a tail, and head, and can even grab minifigures in its hands. Ridley has been one of bounty hunter Samus Aran's longtime arch nemeses throughout the series dating back to the original NES/Famicom title, appearing in many subsequent games and even becoming a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate after being one of the most-requested characters for years. But this LEGO creation might be one of Ridley's coolest iterations yet. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=lego-metroid-fan-project&captions=true"] The project by user L-DI-EGO actually began in May 2020, but has received a steady stream of updates as more supporters have backed the project, including multiple helmet styles for Samus, space pirate variants, and an alternate Hunter-class gunship variant seen in the Metroid Prime series. LEGO Ideas is a website where master builders can submit their ideas and if 10,000 people support the project it will be reviewed by a panel of LEGO experts and potentially be made into a real set.
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Matthew Adler

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Hitman 3 Murder Mystery Guide: How To Find Every Clue In Dartmoor

22 hours 11 minutes ago

There's a lot going on in Dartmoor, the second mission of Hitman 3. As usual, your job as Agent 47 is to sneak into a location--this time, a huge English mansion--and assassinate a target. But when you arrive at the mansion in Dartmoor, you discover that another murder has already taken place. You even get a chance to solve it if you steal the clothes of a certain private investigator, which opens up a few special opportunities to get close to your target.

Solving the mystery requires you to do some actual detective work, though. You have to track down clues, interview suspects, and verify alibis. The clues themselves can be a little tricky, as they include a combination of items you pick up and items you scan with your camera. Finding all the clues gives you three different options you can present when you finally share your findings with the mansion's owner, giving you chances to manipulate the situation.

Here's the location of every clue in the Dartmoor mansion and how to find it. Note that clues you need to scan with your camera can be tough to find, since they're not highlighted in Instinct vision and are only highlighted through the camera viewfinder when you're very close to them. Use the Camera icons on the map and minimap to track these down.

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Phil Hornshaw

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New Pokemon Snap Download Size Revealed, Will Have Online Functionality

22 hours 40 minutes ago

Nintendo and Bandai Namco revealed that New Pokemon Snap would be getting released for the Switch in April, and more details about the game have surfaced on the official eShop listing. More specifically, we now know the download size for the game for players planning on getting it digitally.

First off, the download size will be 6.8 GB, which isn’t exactly terribly big for a Switch game. Players still using the Switch’s built-in internal memory will be able to download it comfortably, and it shouldn’t be too much of an issue for those who have adopted micro SD cards.

In addition to that, the listing also states that the game will support cloud saves, as well as online play. We haven’t really heard any details about online functionality for the game just yet, so it’s not clear what this will entail. It’s likely that there will be some sort of social sharing function, where players can upload their snaps and share it with the community, but that remains to be seen.

New Pokemon Snap is set to be released for the Switch on April 30.

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Zhiqing Wan

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Hitman 3 Walkthrough, Guides, And Tips

22 hours 46 minutes ago

Hitman 3 is the final installment of the World of Assassination trilogy, effectively tying up the story that began with the 2016 reboot. As the first entry to be released on the latest generation of consoles, it's notably a great place for new players to jump on. But for longtime fans, it's a thrilling continuation narratively and mechanically, offering some of the best mission design in the series so far. But like previous entries, Hitman 3 is just as open-ended and brimming with unique opportunities, strategies, and secrets, which can still prove overwhelming for both series fans and newcomers alike.

In this in-depth walkthrough and guide series, you'll find the resources you need to navigate through Hitman 3's six main missions while also clearing its dozens of assassination challenges. For more about our thoughts on the game, be sure to read our Hitman 3 review.

Walkthrough Sections: Mission Story Guides

There's a total of six missions in Hitman 3, each comprised of linear stories that give you a more guided experience through each one's main story beats and open-ended map. Below you can find our story guides for the first three missions, but we should have the rest posted in the coming days.

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Matt Espineli

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Dead Cells to Get Free Trial for Switch Online Subscribers Next Week, Alongside Fatal Falls DLC Launch

23 hours 1 minute ago

It’s been a couple of years since the full release of Dead Cells, and developing studio Motion Twin has certainly been keeping up with consistent updates and support for the game. Next week, on Jan. 26, the new Fatal Falls DLC will be launching for the game. It brings about brand new weapons, enemies, and bosses for players to check out, providing a whole slew of new content for those who have already beaten the game multiple times.

Not only that, for new players who might be wondering if this game is for them, there’s going to be a free trial available on the Switch next week.

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Zhiqing Wan

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Umurangi Generation Will Have Gyro Controls On Switch

23 hours 31 minutes ago

When photography game Umurangi Generation hits Switch sometime this year, it’ll do so, the developers just announced, with an updated suite of mechanics that make use of the console’s unique features. One of these will be gyro controls, to help you snap the perfect picture.

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Ian Walker

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Hitman 3 Mission Walkthrough: Berlin (Apex Predator)

23 hours 48 minutes ago

Things take a turn in Hitman 3 once you get to the third mission in Berlin called Apex Predator. You don't have a proper handler here, and there are no Mission Stories to help you seek out your targets and objectives. This is a full-on sandbox-style mission where you need to take out several targets amid the huge crowds of ravers who've turned an abandoned power plant into a nightclub, and it's quite the challenge.

In this mission, you have a total of ten possible targets of which you only need to eliminate four--your object requires five kills, but the first one is a given when using the original entry point. This gives you the freedom to assassinate whichever targets you want however you want, if you can track them down, of course. As with any Hitman mission, there are many options for entry points, exits, methods of assassination, disguises, and more. Here, we walk through some tips for your first run, but if you want specifics on how to eliminate this mission's various targets, be sure to check out our assassination and challenges guide for the Berlin level. Otherwise, check out our other guides below.

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Michael Higham

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New Games Coming In January 2021 For PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Switch, PC

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2021 is officially here, which means a new year's worth of game releases to look forward to on your favorite platforms. Although January is typically a slow month for new releases, there are a handful of exciting titles coming to PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, PC, and last-gen systems over the next few days, including IO's highly-anticipated Hitman 3, Bloober Team's unsettling horror game The Medium, and more.

We've rounded up January's biggest game releases for each major platform below. For a look at what else lies ahead this year, be sure to check out all the major video game release dates of 2021. We've also put together lists of our most anticipated games of 2021 and 50 indie games to keep an eye on this year.

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Kevin Knezevic

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Hitman 3 Berlin Assassination Guide: How To Find Every Agent And Complete The Challenges

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Hitman 3's Berlin level lives up to its title Apex Predator, as players are given a sandbox that is crawling with 11 possible targets. Long and winding story missions are pushed to the side in this chapter, as Agent 47 fights back against the ICA used classic assassination methods. The catch here is that no matter which disguise you're wearing, the enemy agents will be immediately suspicious of it.

To finish the Apex Predator level, you'll need to take out five ICA agents. The majority of them are roaming the environment on their own, with some agents occasionally crossing paths. If you play your cards right, you can even eliminate multiple agents in one fell swoop, earning one of the trickier challenge achievements in the process. For more tips and secrets, be sure to read our Hitman 3 walkthrough and guide hub. Otherwise, check out our other assassination guides below. We'll be posting more in the coming days.

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Darryn Bonthuys

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Hitman 3 Dartmoor Guide: How To Find And Open The Secret Rooms

1 day 1 hour ago

The second mission in Hitman 3 sends you to a huge English mansion that's straight out of an Agatha Christie novel. That's not an exaggeration; the enormous estate is also the setting of a murder mystery that's playing out at the same time as your assassination mission to eliminate Alexa Carlisle.

There are many paths through the mansion to complete your objective and eliminate Alexa Carlisle. You can even find a way to solve the murder mystery in the mansion and use your findings to manipulate the situation. To do that, though, you'll need to uncover some of the mansion's secrets, including a series of hidden rooms that can allow you to get into and out of certain specific areas unseen.

Finding your way into those hidden rooms is essential to mastering Dartmoor and to completing the murder mystery. But some hidden rooms are easier to find than others. Here's a quick rundown of how to get into all the hidden rooms in Dartmoor and what tools you'll need to access them.

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Phil Hornshaw

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What PlayStation Franchises Should Return on PS5?

1 day 1 hour ago
On this week's episode of IGN's PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Brian Altano, Max Scoville, and Mitchell Saltzman to discuss why Hitman 3 is one of 2021's first great games, as well as what PlayStation franchises we hope make a return on PS5. With more word that a new Sony studio is working on bringing back existing Sony series, we discuss the likelihood of various franchises, from Uncharted to Infamous to Ape Escape, making a debut on PS5. Watch the episode above! [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=the-best-ps5-games&captions=true"]
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Among Us Dev Reveals What’s Next For Game, Development Challenges

1 day 1 hour ago

Among Us studio InnerSloth announced what is coming to the online multiplayer social deduction game in 2021 alongside some details about development itself.

The developer said it would be making a public roadmap for the game for 2021, but not contain dates unless the team knows they can make the deadline.

An account system is currently in the works with a report system planned as the first feature for it. The studio said a friends list, recorded stats, and other requested features will come later.

The Airship map, announced at the 2020 Game Awards, is still scheduled to launch as a free update in “early 2021.”

InnerSloth revealed that updates for the game have been taking long because the studio had to restructure itself after exploding in popularity in 2020, and even canceled its sequel to work on the original game.

“We had to spend 2 months just restructuring, figuring out new processes, and getting external partners to help us manage on board,” the studio said. “Originally it was just 3 friends working together (and now I’m here to make 4, hi), but if we wanted this to work long term and hire up, we needed to streamline things.”

The studio also said that hiring takes time and does not make development go faster when it takes for “hiring, training, onboarding, possible interpersonal disputes, artistic differences, code legibility, legal/privacy concerns, and an infinite number of other problems can arise.”

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Tom Meyer

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