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Global Gaming News for 12 Feb 2019

Ranking Every Legend in ApexAll of the Legends are great in their own way, but we sat down and made a ranking list based on their individual strengths and team utility.
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Starbreeze Sells Back SystemAlongside a remastered System Shock, developer OtherSide Entertainment also announced a new System Shock game in 2015 as part of their reveal that they are holding the venerated license. Starbreeze,... the Stockholm-based game developer and sometimes publisher, quickly picked up publishing rights to the game to get behind OtherSide's System Shock 3. Now it appears Starbreeze and OtherSide are parting ways, leaving more questions than answers. The announcement came from Starbreeze today in a surprisingly short-and-to-the-point release. Stating that the decision to split was mutual, Starbreeze also points out that OtherSide will be repaying all the money that the publisher invested into the game at some point. It is unclear exactly how much that is, but GamaSutra reports the number as $12...
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Activision Blizzard InformsLast week, Bloomberg reported that Activision Blizzard, the Vivendi-owned merger of both companies, planned on laying off employees centering around a plan to restructure and centralize the company's... operations. According to the report, the massive layoffs could affect hundreds of people as Activision Blizzard capped off a tumultuous year where they failed to hit their fiscal target. Today, the layoffs seemed to go into effect, with Kotaku obtaining a letter from Blizzard president J. Allan Brack to employees. "Over the last few years, many of our non-development teams expanded to support various needs," Brack reportedly wrote in the letter. "Currently staffing levels on some teams are out of proportion with our current release slate. This means we need to scale down some areas of our...
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Rockstar Veteran ViceAfter Red Dead Redemption II, Rockstar ended a major piece of their modern game development. The seminal title was the culmination of years of work and effort one one of the biggest games the industry... has ever seen. It's not hard to see the game as the end of an era, which it seems like even Rockstar's veteran developers feel. At least, Jeronimo Barrera seems to think so, as he ends a 20-year tenure at the developer. Barrera, who has been Rockstar's vice president of development, has had a hand in every one of the studio's major games of the last two decades. He tells Variety that he felt like the conclusion of Red Dead Redemption II's development was a natural point to move on. "I pretty much left when it was done, it was a natural progression," he told the outlet. "I looked at what I...
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Activision Blizzard plans to grow the teams on its most successful franchises by as much as 20%, but it comes at the expense of "reducing certain non-development and administrative-related costs."
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Get a job: Nintendo of AmericaNintendo is looking for an experienced manager with proven leadership skills to advocate for and champion third-party partner marketing opportunities within Nintendo of America. ...
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Ubisoft partners with MozillaUbisoft has partnered with Mozilla to develop an artificially intelligent coding assistant called Clever-Commit, as announced during the DICE 2019 summit today. ...
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Learn how machine learning canMachine learning is changing the way we make games, and GDC 2019 the place to be if you want to better understand how ML can be applied across different disciplines to help you build better games!... ...
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Apex Legends: all Nessy locations

VG247 - 12 Feb 2019 22:51
Apex Legends: all NessyThe mystery of the Apex Legends Nessy Easter Egg has been solved, and here’s how you can do it yourself. Apex Legends players have found a fun little Easter Egg in-game, and it’s a Nessy plushie... paying homage to Titanfall. The little Loch Ness Monster has been present in Titanfall maps since the original game, […] The post Apex Legends: all Nessy locations appeared first on VG247.
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Paradox CEO shows how to leadAt DICE Summit 2019, Paradox CEO Ebba Ljungerud took the stage to chart her course from video game neophyte to leader of one of the game industry's most niche companies. ...
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BioWare GM Casey Hudson: "In my mind, [Mass Effect is] very much alive... It's just a matter of getting back to it as soon as we can."
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The Best Apple Deals of 2019 -Apple Deals Still Orderable For Valentine's Day.
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Apex Legends Players AreApex Legends players have solved a mystery that brings a new visitor to the battlefield. All they need to do is locate 10 stuffed dinosaurs that are hidden on the map. When one of these tiny toys is... shot, the message "A Nessy Appears..." pops up in the kill feed. When all of them are shot during a match, a towering Loch Ness Monster appears in the water. Reddit user Fazdaspaz listed all of the dinosaur locations on a handy map, and YouTuber Miguel Lozada gives us a look at the beast in the video below. Here's hoping developer Respawn has more secrets and events like this in mind for Apex Legends' future.
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Deal Alert: $6.67 a Month GetsYou can bring your existing phone over to Mint Mobile, too, so there's no need to sign up for a new phone.
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Jump Force Launch Trailer Makes Anime Real

Game Informer - 12 Feb 2019 22:00
Jump Force Launch TrailerDeveloper: Bandai Namco Release: February 15, 2019 Only one small Valentine's Day stands between you and Jump Force, Bandai Namco's upcoming crossover fighting game using characters from the Japanese... manga publication Shonen Jump. This means characters like Naruto, Yugi, Goku, and more are fighting each other and fighting off villains. Nothing exemplifies the explosiveness of that dynamic better than the Jump Force launch trailer, which you can watch below.
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PSA: Book your GDC 2019 travelPlease act fast: GDC 2019 housing partners have reserved a set number of rooms for GDC attendees to book at a discounted rate, and those reserved rooms tend to go quickly! ...
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Don't Miss: 7 Japanese RPGsWe reached out to some game makers and asked them to name some JRPGs that they believe all devs should study. They provided us with a diverse list of their highly personal picks. ...
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During his DICE 2019 keynote speech, SIE Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden discussed the lessons Sony has learned in game development, including how missteps with PlayStation 3 led to changes... with PlayStation 4.
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Arma 3 is free to play on Steam this weekend. No one to give chocolates to this Valentine’s Day? That’s okay, because you can play Arma 3 for free instead and not worry about forcing extra... calories on someone. Starting Thursday, February 14 until Monday, February 18 Arma 3 will be available to play for […] The post Arma 3 is free to play on Steam this weekend appeared first on VG247.
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Ubisoft aims to help machineThe role AI and machine learning play in game development is changing, and Ubisoft is eager to explore the possibilities that evolving tech introduces. ...
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Gaming Mouse Sale: LogitechGaming mouse deals from Logitech, Razer, and Redragon are available today, featuring some seriously deep discounts.
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It looks the part, has some great games, comes in a period-appropriate package and is trivial to hack, so for forty bucks, why not?
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Pokemon Go players can soonNiantic Labs has announced a new snapshot feature for Pokemon Go. Pokemon Go players will soon be able to use a new feature called GO Snapshot which provides an easy way to take pictures of Pokemon in... your Pokemon Storage. You can find the feature when looking at a specific Pokemon or accessing the camera […] The post Pokemon Go players can soon take pictures easier using the GO Snapshot feature appeared first on VG247.
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Where You Can Stream the OscarLooking to binge as many Oscars 2019 hopefuls as possible before the official ceremony? Here's where you can stream the nominees.
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Vampire: The Masquerade - new game teased with dating app Mysterious "dating" app Tender might secretly be a promotion for a new Vampire: The Masquerade game. News Feb 12, 2019
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