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    • Freedom Fighters, the 2003 cult classic from Hitman developer IO Interactive, might be making a comeback. The game, which was published by EA on PC, PS2, Xbox, and GameCube, has received a new rating from PEGI for PC. The rating, which was discovered and shared by ResetEra user dex3108, lists the publisher as IO Interactive. The studio went independent in 2017 after parting ways with Square Enix, and is currently working on Hitman 3. The release date is listed as September 21, 2020, but that could be a placeholder. This could mean that the game is receiving a re-release, as the listing is identical from the previous entries aside from the publisher. The game is unavailable digitally, and is beloved enough that a touched-up re-release makes sense. None of this is confirmed, but past precedent suggests that this rating could mean the game is going to be made available again soon. Freedom Fighters received a 9.3/10 in GameSpot's original review, and is often held up as a forgotten classic of its era. The game depicts an alternate-reality version of the US that has been taken over by the Soviet Union, and players took control of the eponymous freedom fighters looking to liberate the country. View the full article
    • Nvidia has apologized for the epic mess of the Nvidia RTX 3080 launch last week, and in particular, how bots slammed store pages to buy up units before real people could. In a forum post, Nvidia said the company saw "unprecedented demand" for the new RTX 3080 at retailers around the world, as well as Nvidia's own store. The company clarified that it planned to launch its own store at 6 AM on release day but the page was immediately "inundated with traffic" and it ran into issues before Nvidia eventually got it running again. One of the problems was related to bad actors. In particular, Nvidia acknowledged that bots and scalpers were rushing to the Nvidia store to snap up the cards, and the company is attempting to address this. "We're doing everything humanly possible, including manually reviewing orders, to get these cards in the hands of legitimate customers," the company said. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
    • Chinese internet company Tencent's video game investments are coming under scrutiny from the US government. According to Bloomberg, the Trump administration is reaching out to Tencent's US companies to ask them to send over details on their data-security systems pertaining to Tencent. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the US has sent letters to Epic Games and Riot Games, among others, asking them to share details and information about how they handle the personal data of their American users, according to Bloomberg's sources. Tencent owns League of Legend studio Riot Games completely, while it has a 40 percent ownership stake in Epic Games. Tencent also owns a minority stake in the American games publisher Activision Blizzard. Looking abroad, Tencent owns Path of Exile studio Grinding Gear, while it also has smaller investments in Ubisoft, Bluehole, Yager, and PlatinumGames. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
    • Baseball season in the US has resumed amid COVID-19 restrictions with a few changes, one of which is the new virtual first pitch--a filmed segment in which a guest or celebrity makes the traditional first pitch without actually attending the game. The Seattle Mariners got Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, to make the first pitch for a game--and he brought some guests along. In the video below, Nadella, who is pitching to former Mariners player Dave Valle, calls in Halo's Master Chief and several other Spartans to...hand him the ball. Master Chief does not make a throw himself, which seems like a bit of a wasted opportunity, and the music is all wrong, but it's good to see the costumes getting used, at least. It's possible that the Chief is too busy getting ready for Halo Infinite, which has been delayed into 2021, to practice his pitching. Poor throwing skills would explain why so many of our plasma grenade throws in The Master Chief Collection go amiss, at least. The Seattle Mariners has a long history with video game companies. Between 1992 and 2016, Nintendo of America was the majority shareholder of the team, meaning that Nintendo effectively owned it. The company would eventually sell most of its shares, but has maintained 10% ownership. View the full article
    • Now that the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles have been officially announced, developer CD Projekt Red is speaking up to remind people that Cyberpunk 2077 will be playable on those consoles, even though the dedicated next-gen edition is coming later. Cyberpunk 2077 is releasing on November 19, and from day one it will be playable on PS4, PS5, PS5 Digital Edition, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, and PC. "Almost like a launch title, right?" CD Projekt Red said of release on PS5 and Xbox Series X. While Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X at launch, this is the standard version of the game that is enhanced by the power of those consoles. A separate version of Cyberpunk 2077 for PS5 and Xbox Series X is also in the works, but it won't be here until 2021 at the soonest. Whenever it's released, it will be available as a free upgrade. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
    • Super Mario Bros. recently celebrated its 35th anniversary, and the series continues to be extremely popular to this day. The character of Mario is particularly iconic--30 years ago, a poll outside of Japan found that the character was more recognizable than Mickey Mouse, the head Disney mascot. Nintendo has just published their Q & A summary from Nintendo's corporate management policy briefing for the current fiscal year, and Mario's creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, has reflected on this poll. His reaction to having made such a popular character is surprising--but he also details how the character's popularity galvanized him. Asked about 35 years of Mario, Miyamoto notes how much each major platformer in the series differs. "We often hear our consumers saying that each title in the Super Mario Bros. series feels like a meaningfully different game," Miyamoto says. He then reflects on the Mickey Mouse poll, and how he felt about it. "I felt bad that Mickey Mouse, who had been hugely popular among fans, including myself, for 60 years at that point, was even being compared to Mario, who had just been around for a few years back then." Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
    • The Nintendo 3DS has been discontinued, meaning that the console is no longer being produced. Because of this, fans of the device--or owners of many digital games that they don't have downloaded--might be wondering what this means for the system's online functionality, including online play and the Eshop store. According to Nintendo, though, there's no need to worry. In a statement given to Gamesindustry.biz, Nintendo has affirmed that the 3DS online functions will remain in place for a long time yet. "Nintendo and third-party games for the Nintendo 3DS family of system will continue to be available in Nintendo eShop, on Nintendo.com and at retail," a Nintendo spokesperson told the site. "We currently have no plans to end any existing online services for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems." The statement continues, assuring fans that there's nothing to worry about. "Online play and Nintendo Eshop will continue to be available and it will be possible to access and re-download all previously purchased content in the foreseeable future." The 3DS sold over 75 million units to date. Some major digital-only titles on the system include BoxBoxBoy, Pushmo, Pocket Card Jockey, and Crimson Shroud. The 3DS recently received a new physical game, The Atooi Collection, which brought together many previously digital-only releases, although it could only be purchased online. The last 3DS game to receive a wide retail physical release was Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth. View the full article
    • The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War alpha on PS4 has come and gone, and one part of it that's leaving a lasting impression is its use of skill-based matchmaking (SBMM). This is a backend matchmaking system that puts players into matches with players determined to be of a similar skill level. Some people complained about SBMM for the Black Ops Cold War, and now the technology director at Treyarch has responded. Martin Donlon corrected someone on Twitter who claimed that games like Black Ops 2, Modern Warfare 3, Modern Warfare 2, and 2007's Modern Warfare did not have SBMM, and this made them better as a result. But Donlon made it clear that they all had SBMM, even if it wasn't immediately noticeable. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
    • The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War alpha test was held this weekend on PlayStation 4, and if you were one of the many, many people who took part, you might have noticed that the sniper rifles felt a little too powerful. This was intentional, according to Treyarch lead designer Tony Flame. He said on Twitter that snipers were buffed during the alpha, and you can expect a nerf for the upcoming beta in October based on player data from the alpha weekend. Flame also pointed out that the alpha version of Black Ops Cold War that you might have played this weekend represents an outdated look at where the game stands today. The studio has made a range of improvements already, covering weapons and movement, as well as "new gameplay and system features." Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
    • Microsoft's Halo Infinite isn't coming out until 2021, but one retailer recently updated its website with details on new special edition of the game. In the US, Best Buy will sell a $105 USD bundle that comes with the standard edition of the game, as well as a SteelBook case and a Master Chief PVC statue. It also includes a $10 reward when you pre-order, though the store is not yet accepting orders. The page is very sparse at the moment, so we don't know further specifics like the exact dimensions/details of the statue. This appears to be the first Halo Infinite special edition bundle, and it's expected that more will be announced in the lead-up to the game's release in 2021. And if Microsoft is cooking up a special-edition Xbox Series X/S console, a safe bet is that it might be for Halo Infinite, but this is just conjecture at this stage. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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