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    • Evil West, the supernatural Wild West action game from Shadow Warrior 2 developer Flying Wild Hog, has been delayed by another two months. First announced at the 2020 Game Awards for a 2021 release, the game was first delayed to September 2022, and has now been pushed back again with a new release date of November 22, 2022. The delay was announced via an image on Twitter, with the developers citing the pressures of developing across five platforms and multiple console generations as a reason for the delay. Evil West is intended for release on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. The announcement adds that Evil West has been well-received by audiences who checked out the demo earlier this year at PAX East, but that the extra few months of development time is neccessary for polish. "We understand that game delays may be frustrating, but it's a necessary step to deliver the best experience to everyone," the announcement adds. Evil West is a third-person action game set in a supernatural version of the Wild West, where players can step into the boots of vampire hunter Jesse Rentier to save the American frontier from its plague of monsters. The game can be played solo or with a friend in online co-op, with Jesse being joined by his partner Edgar Gravenor. View the full article
    • After years of speculation, the Fortnite-Dragon Ball collaboration is finally here. As of today, Goku, Vegeta, Bulma, and Beerus are available as skins in the massively popular battle royale. The collaboration also introduces new, limited-time challenges and additional Dragon Ball-related accessories. Some fans shared their thoughts on the event as soon as the collaboration went live, with some less-than-enthusiastic players expressing that Goku and Vegeta appear to look odd with the shading and disproportionate. Most fans, however, seem to love the latest addition to Fortnite. You don't have to look very hard to find tweets about how funny it is to watch Lord Beerus slam dunk on people or witness Goku eliminate someone with the iconic Kamehameha blast and hit the griddy right afterward. Other players have taken to expressing how they love using the new in-game items to help them secure a win. There are not many games where you can have Goku, Master Chief, Kratos, and Thanos all working together to be the last team standing. Here are some of the best takes we've seen so far on Twitter regarding the Dragon Ball Super x Fortnite Collab: For more Fortnite news, check out these stories: Fortnite Dragon Ball Challenges, Rewards, And Guides Fortnite Dragon Ball Super Crossover: All Skins, Weapons, Quests, And More Fortnite's Charge SMG Is Secretly Great -- And It Just Got Even Better View the full article
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    • Release dates for Call of Duty: Warzone 2 and World of Warcraft: Dragonflight may have leaked, if a (since deleted) image that circulated on the WoW subreddit that reportedly showed global release times for a number of Activision Blizzard products is to be believed. The image appears to show internal documentation related to readiness for various upcoming Activision Blizzard launches, such as the recently announced release date of the pre-patch for WoW: Wrath of the Lich King Classic. Though random images posted to Reddit shouldn't be accepted as fact, there is at least some evidence to back this particular one up. The reportedly leaked image as seen on Reddit, which has since been deleted.Take, for example, the aforementioned release date for Wrath of the Lich King Classic's pre-patch. Though Blizzard has since announced the official date, this image was on Reddit several hours before Blizzard's announcement. The leaked image also revealed the official launch timing for Wrath of the Lich King Classic, 3 PM PDT, which was not public knowledge until Blizzard's announcement earlier today. If the image is indeed legitimate, WoW players can expect to have their hands on the game's next expansion, Dragonflight, on November 28, with the game's pre-patch arriving roughly a month earlier on October 25. Meanwhile, Call of Duty: Warzone 2 could be launching November 16, several weeks after the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II. In addition to Warzone 2, the document lists a release of October 27 for something called "COD Cortez," which may the heavily rumored (and seemingly confirmed) DMZ mode for the upcoming shooter. The image also shows a prepurchase date of December 8 for Diablo IV, which may be tied to some kind of announcement at The Game Awards, if the image is to be believed. Despite the fact that the image was at least partially validated by Blizzard's recent Wrath of the Lich King announcements, it's still odd that so many products (most without public facing release dates) all appear on the same document. It's best to take this leak, if that is indeed what it is, with a grain of salt. Call of Duty fans won't have to wait too long to find out more information about the future of the franchise. A reveal event, titled Call of Duty Next, is slated for September 15. As for WoW's next expansion, Dragonflight is currently in alpha testing, with Blizzard having recently stated the title is still on track for a 2022 release. View the full article
    • Activision has revealed the creative process of making Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's Dark Water level, which was first showcased at Summer Game Fest Live. A Call of Duty blog post describes the trailer as a "vertical slice." That shows off core features, visuals, audio, and overall player experience. The campaign mission is meant to set the tone for what players can expect upon its release on October 28. "Dark Water balances being completely realistic while being completely ludicrous," said Rich Farrelly, lead-level designer at Infinity Ward. Sound designers for the game got creative and toyed with microphones on a lake to create authentic boat sounds used in the mission. At the same time, another recorded the sounds of precipitation and added rain sound to give the players a more immersive experience. A senior lead audio designer stated the engine being used opens itself up to better audio and is on par with some Hollywood films. A challenge that was faced was making physics look right when the cargo containers would move, as well as controlling the AI during a gunfight to make it look as realistic as possible. The VFX team at Infinity Ward utilized the engine to make Dark Water more realistic. So while players are on the boat, there won't be silent moments, and because of that, the team was able to create big splashes on the ship. Krzystof Wójck, a senior lighting artist, stated that the new shadow system played a pivotal part in helping with the game's lighting. The engine introduced Percentage-Closer Soft Shadows (PCSS), which allowed them to have better visuals on PCs and current-gen hardware. Creating realistic water was a significant focus for Infinity Ward this year. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is scheduled to come out on October 28 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. For more Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 news, check out these stores: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2– Here Are All The Details And Rumors So Far Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Beta Dates, Early Access, And Details Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Is Playable A Week Early If You Preorder View the full article
    • Final Fantasy XIV director Naoki Yoshida wants to make one more MMORPG "from scratch" before he dies. "I am a game designer, so I always have several ideas for games," Yoshida said in a recent interview with Inverse. "I can't talk about them here, but I think that goes for any game designer. I am the kind of person who's happy as long as they can make games, so while there isn't anything in particular, I occasionally think that I would like to make one more MMORPG title, from scratch, before I die." Although Yoshida, affectionately referred to as Yoshi-P by the Final Fantasy XIV community, didn't go into specifics on what kinds of ideas he would like to see in a new MMORPG (or whether it would be a Final Fantasy-branded project or not) he did spend the interview imagining what the future of both MMOs and online games in general could look like. Quantum computing, for example, could have major effects on the genre and video games in general in the next five to 10 years, according to Yoshida. "This would dramatically increase server performance and elements that could be simulated," he said. "That could lead to the creation of a living world that resembles reality, or even new ideas that create an actual online world." Even if Yoshida does want to make a new MMORPG, his current one isn't likely to be going anywhere soon. Final Fantasy XIV had a disastrous original launch in 2010, but thanks in part to Yoshida's efforts, was re-tooled and re-released in 2013 as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Fast forward to now, with Final Fantasy XIV breaking concurrent player records, Yoshida said he wants to ensure Square Enix's MMO stays in operation for "decades to come." Given the fact that the game is the most profitable entry in the Final Fantasy series and was a major money-maker for Square Enix in 2021, another 10 years of Final Fantasy XIV could certainly be a real possibility. In addition to serving as director on Final Fantasy XIV, Yoshida is a producer on the single-player PlayStation 5-exclusive Final Fantasy XVI, which is slated to release sometime in Summer 2023. View the full article
    • Rogue One, the 2016 Star Wars spinoff, is returning to theaters this month to help hype up the launch of the Rogue One TV series, Andor. The official Star Wars account confirmed that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will come back to some IMAX theaters starting August 26. But why go to a theater to see a movie released six years ago that's already on Disney Plus? Disney is including an "exclusive sneak peak" at Andor as part of the theatrical re-release. Beyond that, anyone who hasn't seen it already might be interested, and repeat viewers may want a refresher on the big screen ahead of the show's debut on September 21. There is no word on what the "sneak peek" might include, but it's probably some kind of new footage for the Disney Plus series. Diego Luna returns to play Cassian Andor in the TV show, which is a prequel to the film. Rogue One writer Tony Gilroy returns to write the TV show. He has explained that Andor Season 1 is all about learning more about Cassian and what drove him to become a person who would sacrifice himself for the greater good without vanity or recognition for it. "It's about him being really revolution-averse, and cynical, and lost, and kind of a mess," Gilroy said. Andor begins with Cassian's home world being destroyed and the journey he goes on to find a new home. "His adopted home will become the base of our whole first season, and we watch that place become radicalized," Gilroy said. "Then we see another planet that's completely taken apart in a colonial kind of way. The Empire is expanding rapidly. They're wiping out anybody who's in their way." Andor is just the latest live-action Star Wars series for Disney+. The streaming platform's first new Star Wars show was The Mandalorian, which proved to be a success and spawned multiple seasons. The Book of Boba Fett followed, with the Obi-Wan series premiering in May. Jon Watts is making a Star Wars TV show that is in the spirit of 1980's coming-of-age stories. View the full article
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