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Activision Blizzard sued by California over sexual harassment and bullying allegations

A two-year investigation by the state of California has ended in a lawsuit aimed at Activision Blizzard, citing sexual harassment, bullying, unfair pay, and more besides.Following a two-year investigation by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the state has filed a lawsuit against the publisher and developer, alleging the company incubated a “frat boy” culture (via Bloomberg Law).The lawsuit alleges that female employees working for the company – who make up roughly 20% of the workforce – are victims of discrimination in terms of unequal pay, sexual harassment, bullying, and retaliation.CONTENT WARNINGThe investigation that brought the lawsuit to Activision…

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Ubisoft’s Skull & Bones has entered alpha stage, but it’s taken eight years to get there

Remember the Ubisoft game Skull & Bones that was announced at E3 2017? It has been in development for eight years and is just now reaching the alpha stage of production. That’s according to various Skull & Bones developers at Ubisoft who spoke with Kotaku recently. Watch on YouTubeWhat started off as an offshoot of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag back in 2013, instead of being released as a post-launch update, the project became its own title and went into development at Ubisoft Singapore. The game was announced at E3 2017 as a cooperative multiplayer title with PvP and plenty of…

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Steam Deck’s controller-friendly UI will replace Big Picture mode, at some point

By Sherif Saed 21 July 2021 12:55 GMT Steam’s outdated Big Picture mode will receive the overhaul we’ve been asking for, eventually.One of the biggest takeaways from the Steam Deck reveal, outside of all the hardware and platform talk, is the handheld’s UI. It was very easy to tell that this is very much not the archaic Big Picture setup we’ve been using for years.Watch on YouTubeIt turns out, that is because Valve built the new interface for Steam Deck, but it won’t just live there. The company has confirmed that, as many suspected, this design will eventually replace Big…

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Warframe will get cross-play and cross-save later this year

By Dom Peppiatt 18 July 2021 11:35 GMT Digital Extremes has announced that Warframe will be getting cross-play and cross-save at some point later this year.This weekend we saw Digital Extremes’ Warframe fan event, TennoCon 2021, take place, and the developer has confirmed that Warframe players will be able to cross-play and cross-save later this year.There’s no concrete release date set for cross-play and cross-save yet, but the studio reckons that players will be able to play with other Warframe users across PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One before the end of 2021.Watch on YouTube“Community is incredibly important to us,” Sheldon Carter, chief…

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Checking out F1 2021 online with the Logitech G29 Racing Wheel

By Dorrani Williams 16 July 2021 16:17 GMT I’m still no Lewis Hamilton, but I’m having fun. As I’ve been saying for a while now, I’ve got a new love for Formula 1 racing and have been really enjoying my time playing F1 2021 – so much so that I’ve gone out and purchased a racing wheel to give me a more authentic experience.Now make no mistake, I’m driving the cars in automatic with the majority of assists turned on but already it’s miles better than using a controller (I was playing on PS5, and the DualSense is no slouch).Watch…

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EGX: Rezzed – Join us this evening for a Martha is Dead developer walkthrough

By Stephany Nunneley 15 July 2021 20:12 GMT EGX Rezzed is going on right now, and VG247 is hosting a panel this evening with Martha is Dead developer LKA.Join us this evening at 2pm PT, 5pm ET, 10pm UK for a walkthrough of Martha is Dead where we will be joined by the game’s developer LKA.Watch on YouTubeThe first-person psychological thriller is slated to be released this year on PC, PlayStation 5, and the Xbox family of devices.Developed by the folks that brought you The Town of Light, the game takes place in the Italian countryside where Allied and Axis…

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Massive weapon damage nerfs hit Warzone in an effort to increase overall time-to-kill

Raven is rolling out some major changes to the Warzone meta for Season 4 Reloaded, part of a plan to increase the game’s time-to-kill.Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 4 Reloaded arrives today, and Raven is introducing some fairly drastic changes to the game to celebrate the occasion.Many assault rifles have been hit with quite severe nerfs to torso and headshot multipliers, meaning it’s going to take players longer to kill with those weapons on average.LMGs, meanwhile, are a more mixed bag; some will see headshot damage multipliers increased whereas others will see similar nerfs to the…

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Diablo 2: Resurrected to get a bigger stash and much more thanks to feedback

By Dom Peppiatt 14 July 2021 10:19 GMT Blizzard Entertainment will be making some substantial changes to Diablo 2: Resurrected following feedback it received during the game’s technical alpha.If you played the Diablo 2: Resurrected alpha back when it kicked off in April and gave Blizzard some feedback on your experiences, chances are you’ve shaped a better final product.Blizzard has posted a very in-depth look at the various player reactions to the technical alpha and has detailed what changes it will make to the game before it hits PC and consoles in September. One of the most notable updates is the…

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Watch EA Play Live Spotlight’s panel here on the role indies play in the industry

By Stephany Nunneley 13 July 2021 16:53 GMT The second of five EA Play Live Spotlight panels leading up to EA Play Live will air today.Today’s EA Play Live Spotlight will focus on the role indies play in the industry. Todd Martens of the Los Angeles Times will host the panel featuring Josef Fares of Hazelight (It Takes Two), Olov Redmalm of Zoink (Lost in Random), and others.It kicks off at 10am PT, 1pm ET, 6pm UK. You can watch it below.Next up is a presentation that will focus on Madden NFL 22 and how fans impacted the development of Franchise…

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Xbox’s Phil Spencer still sees a future for story-driven games

By Jeremy Signor 13 July 2021 13:12 GMT Risky projects like narrative-focused games are not being left behind in Xbox’s strategy.It’s no secret that live service games are the big money makers right now, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for more traditional story-driven games, according to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer. In a recent interview with The Guardian, the head of Xbox laid out how narrative single-player games are part of the platform’s strategy going forward.Watch on YouTube“I think we’re probably building more of those now than we’ve been in the history of Xbox,” Spencer told The Guardian, emphasising…

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Warner Bros. Games says NetherRealm Studios and TT Games are not being sold

By Sherif Saed 12 July 2021 10:38 GMT Warner Bros. Games has denied rumours that NetherRealm and TT Games are up for sale.Over the weekend, a new leak suggested that Warner Bros. is looking to sell Mortal Kombat creator NetherRealm Studios, as well as its Lego games house TT Games. The information came from Windows Central’s Jez Corden, who revealed on his Xbox Two podcast that he’d seen documents where the two studios were described as no longer “in the scope” of the company’s future.Watch on YouTubeCorden suggested that the decision to sell may have something to do with performance…

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Don’t expect to see Final Fantasy 16 at Tokyo Game Show 2021

If you were hoping to see Final Fantasy 16 at Tokyo Game Show later this year, we’ve got some bad news for you: it looks like Square Enix won’t be ready to show it off.During a special livestream dedicated to Final Fantasy 14 on Friday, Naoki Yoshida – director of Final Fantasy 14 and producer on Final Fantasy 16 – explained that the developer would like to show more of the upcoming game at Tokyo Game Show, but will likely be unable to due to not meeting development deadlines (via Aitai Kimochi).“We really want to show something for Tokyo Game Show 2021, but we probably…

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The Witcher Season 2 is coming to Netflix December 17

By Stephany Nunneley 9 July 2021 20:10 GMT Netflix has finally provided a premiere date for Season 2 of The Witcher.Fans of The Witcher series on Netflix will be pleased to hear that the long-awaited Season 2 will premiere on the service on December 17.According to information provided today during WitcherCon, the season will span eight episodes and start where things left off last year with Geralt and Ciri finally meeting up. And it looks like Geralt will come into contact with a Leshen this coming season. Yikes!Speaking of episodes, Netflix also shared the title of each on Twitter: A Grain…

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Watch EA Play Live Spotlight’s Future of FPS panel here for Battlefield 2042 and Apex Legends chat

By Sherif Saed 8 July 2021 12:44 GMT The first of five EA Play Live panels airs today.EA is doing things a little differently this year with its EA Play Live summer showcase. Before the main event on July 22, EA will be hosting five developer-lead panels – dubbed EA Play Live Spotlight – covering five different subjects, the first of which takes place today.The Future of First-Person Shooters is today’s panel, going live at 10am PT, 1pm ET, 6pm UK. The show mainly features Respawn Entertainment founder Vince Zampella, and DICE general manager Oskar Gabrielson. The two will also…

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Red Dead Redemption 2, Judgment and Nioh 2 come to PlayStation Now in July

By Dom Peppiatt 5 July 2021 20:57 GMT God of War, Nioh 2, Moving Out, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Nioh 2 will join PlayStation Now in July, extending the service’s offerings even more.One name there stands out from the pack: Red Dead Redemption 2. As per a statement on the PlayStation blog, Red Dead Redemption 2 will join the service this month and then remain on PS Now until November 1. The game – as with everything on PS Now – is playable on PS4 and Ps5.If you’re interested in playing the game, though, that should be more than enough…