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European Commission fines Valve, Bethesda, Capcom and others €7.8 million over geo-blocking

Companies found to be in violation of anti-trust law.The European Commission has fined six publishing giants over the geo-blocking of Steam keys.In a post on its website, the EC said that it was fining Valve, as well as Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media, and ZeniMax €7.8 million following an investigation into whether they had breached European anti-trust rules.In short, the European Commission took issue with the fact that publishers could set keys for Steam to only be activated in certain countries. This goes against the concept of the European Digital Single Market.Of the publishers fined, Valve was the…

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Bethesda’s MachineGames working on Indiana Jones project with LucasFilm Games

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 16:30 GMT Who else would you get to make a game where you probably shoot Nazis?Wolfenstein developer MachineGames is working on a project based on the Indiana Jones IP.The project was revealed in a teaser video on Twitter from the studio’s parent company Bethesda, who went on to say that the title is being made in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games. That’s the new publishing banner that Disney revealed yesterday.Bethesda also said that Todd Howard is an executive producer on the title, but there’s not much other information about the project. The company says…

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Bethesda teases something that may or may not be Elder Scrolls 6

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 17:11 GMT But it’s probably The Elder Scrolls Online, who knows.Games giant Bethesda is teasing something The Elder Scrolls-related.In a post on the series’ Twitter account on December 31, the company tweeted a picture of a map along with the caption “Transcribe the past and map the future.” This could, of course, just be a message wishing its fans a Happy New Year, but there’s also fan speculation about what it could mean.As spotted by Rock Paper Shotgun, the map in question is of the region of Skyrim and features three lights. One…

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Bethesda might be teasing the Elder Scrolls 6’s location, maybe

Wake up and slap on your lore caps, Elder Scrolls fans. The Elder Scrolls VI may be quite a ways off yet, but that sure hasn’t ever stopped anyone from trying to divine details about where and when it might be set. The game’s afoot once again thanks to a map that Bethesda have posted with a message that seems like it could definitely possibly maybe be a hint that ES6 will head to Hammerfell. Maybe. (more…)

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Resident Evil creator has new game ideas not limited to horror

By Patrick Dane, Thursday, 17 December 2020 17:04 GMT Resident Evil director Shinji Mikami has new ideas for games across genres.Shinji Mikami will always go down as a legendary name in video game development. He helped hone and shape what horror in a video game could be when he directed Resident Evil in 1996. He then went on to reinvent the genre again with the more action-orientated Resident Evil 4.The creator, who founded ZeniMax’s Tango Gameworks in 2010, has taken a backseat in recent years though. The last game he directed was The Evil Within in 2014. This is by…

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Skyrim, Yakuza remasters and Among Us are coming to Xbox Game Pass

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 11 December 2020 12:12 GMT Microsoft adds yet more big names to its subscription service.Some heavy hitters are coming to Xbox Game Pass in the near future.In a video shown at last night’s The Game Awards, Microsoft revealed that The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim – Special Edition would be coming to its subscription service in just a few days, on December 15, just over nine years after its initial November 2011 release. This comes in the wake of the company’s announcement in September that it was buying Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media for a whopping $7.5B.Meanwhile,…

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New mod has Skyrim running at 60fps on Xbox Series X

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 24 November 2020 17:58 GMT Because Microsoft’s super-powered machine needs help running a nine-year-old game.Those lucky enough to have picked up an Xbox Series X will be able to play Bethesda’s Skyrim at 60 frames-per-second thanks to a new mod.That’s according to a post on Reddit, which says that the Uncap FPS Mod for the fantasy RPG allows the game to run at a fixed 60fps. This brings it in line with the experience that PC players have had with Skyrim.Right now, Skyrim is available on Xbox Series X via backwards compatibility. Bethesda has promised free…

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Deathloop’s ultra-violent groundhog day begins in May

Deathloop has poor assassin-for-hire Colt play out the same bloody day, again and again and again. Now, though, we finally the exact date of your man’s never-ending night of bloodshed – or, at least, the date we’ll be able to get our hands on it. Following a potential leak on an Aussie PlayStation store, a new trailer has put a pin on May 21st as the start of Deathloop’s stabby showdown. (more…)

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Fallout 76’s next free update is Steel Dawn and it’s out in December

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 18:01 GMT The Brotherhood of Steel is coming to Appalachia in the Fallout 76 update Steel Dawn.The next free update for all Fallout 76 players is Steel Dawn, and it releases on December 1.This is the first chapter of the Brotherhood of Steel questline and expands on April’s Wastelanders update, adding new NPC’s, new locations to visit, C.A.M.P. Shelters, new weapons and armor to earn, and more.Alongside the return of the Brotherhood, Steel Dawn introduces a new Season, beginning December 15, and the S.C.O.R.E. board as well as many additional improvements to the game.In the update, Paladin Leila Rahmani and her troops have arrived from California to establish a new Appalachian chapter.You will work with or against other Factions and visit…

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Deathloop’s release date potentially spotted on New Zealand PlayStation Store

By Patrick Dane, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 17:48 GMT Deathloop’s new release date may have been revealed as a listing on the PlayStation Store suggests the game launches May 20, 2021.Arkane Studio’s mind-bending shooter Deathloop looks like it’s going to be full to the brim with style and flash. The time-loop manhunt premise has been turning heads since it was announced at E3 2019.Those excited about the announcement got some disappointment late last year though. Sadly, it was revealed that the game was getting pushed to the second quarter of 2021. Up to this point, we’ve not had any further…

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Fallout 76’s troubled launch hasn’t put Bethesda off making multiplayer games

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 3 November 2020 17:19 GMT Fallout and Elder Scrolls firm Bethesda might make more multiplayer-centric experiences. That’s according to the company’s Todd Howard, who told that the firm might work on non-single-player projects at some point in the future. This in spite of the fact that Bethesda has somewhat struggled in this space, namely with 2018’s Fallout 76.That title faced a lot of problems after its launch and failed to meet player expectations. Howard said last year that the team knew Fallout 76 wasn’t going to review well on launch, but that it would improve…


MachineGames says super-fast SSDs in next-gen consoles are key to the player experience

MachineGames is rather excited over really fast storage in the upcoming consoles.While folks have always been able to buy fast storage for PC, having super-fast SSDs in the upcoming consoles is key to the player experience, according to Wolfenstein developer MachineGames.Speaking in an interview on the Bethesda website, chief technology officer Jim Kjellin said this helps the team change how it thinks about game design. “The historical issue of having to wait for loading to finish or artificially slowing the pacing before you can do major changes to the player experience will be a thing of the past,” he said….


Xbox can recoup $7.5 billion Bethesda investment without going multi-platform, says Spencer

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 16 October 2020 19:47 GMT Xbox boss Phil Spencer is confident Microsoft can recoup the funds spent on acquiring Bethesda, without releasing the studio’s games on other consoles.Speaking with Kotaku, Spencer said “yes,” Microsoft will be able to recoup its $7.5 billion investment without releasing Bethesda games, such as The Elder Scrolls 6, on other consoles.“I don’t want to be flip about that. This deal was not done to take games away from another player base like that,” he said. “Nowhere in the documentation that we put together was: ‘How do we keep other players from playing these…

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Dishonored and Prey, Wolfenstein Collections look set for a Xbox Series X/S release

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 14:27 GMT ESRB listings state the Dishonored & Prey: The Arkane Collection along with the Wolfenstein: Alt History Collection are heading to Xbox Series X/S.The listings dug up by resetera, show both the Dishonored & Prey: The Arkane Collection and Wolfenstein: Alt History Collection are heading to “Xbox Series” consoles.Dishonored & Prey: The Arkane Collection features four titles: Prey, Dishonored, Dishonored 2, and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider.Wolfenstein: Alt History Collection also contains four games: Wolfenstein: The New Order, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, and Wolfenstein: Youngblood.Both collections are already…

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Aspiring overseers, Fallout 76 is adding instanced base building

Begone the travails of fighting against terrain to build your shoddy Fallout 76 camp with wood you’ve scraped off fallen trees. Life is oh so much better below. Fallout 76 is adding underground vault instances for your base where you can build without the restrictions out in the fresh air. You can test out the Vault Shelters this weekend on the public test server before they’re added to the game later this year. (more…)