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Epic Kills Battle Royale Game Just Six Months After Release

Picture: Rumbleverse In August 2022, Epic Games—developers of Fortnitecustodians of the Epic Games Store, creators of the Unreal Engine, rich as God—published a melee-based battle royale game called Rumbleverse. It is now January 2023 (February already for me here in Australia), and the game is already being killed off. Here are some impressions written by …

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PS VR2 Isn’t Even Out Yet And It’s Already Selling Poorly

Picture: sony Sony’s PlayStation VR2 headsets don’t release for several more weeks, but the console manufacturer is already reportedly cutting inventory by half after receiving fewer preorders than expected. Some analysts are still skeptical the device will ever be more than an “expensive accessory for the PS5.” Bloomberg reported last fall that Sony planned to …

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Activision Blizz Exec Has Most Unhinged Last Of Us Show Take

screenshot: HBO / Kotaku The Last of Us inspired no shortage of takes when it first released back in 2013. The HBO TV adaptation has been no different. Like a massive EpiPen of stimulus for the take economy in middle of winter, it has elicited both over-the-top praise, scornful dismissals, and everything in-between. But what …

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Thank You, Hi-Fi Rush, For Sparing Us From Video Game Marketing

screenshot: Hi-Fi Rush Hi-Fi Rusha game built around the concept of pure joy, was notable last week for two things. One, it’s really, really good! And two, it achieved that raret of video game feats: a successful surprise release. By surprise I mean absolute surprise. One minute nobody knew the game even existed, the next …

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Phil Spencer Defends Future Of Halo Amid Cuts And Criticism

Picture: 343 Industries/Microsoft Things haven’t been going great for Xbox recently. Microsoft is facing stiff resistance in its attempt to acquire Activision Blizzard. It released hardly any big exclusive blockbusters last year. And it just cut over 10,000 jobs last week, including many senior developers did Halo Infinite Studio 343 Industries. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil …

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GoldenEye 007’s Finally On Xbox & Switch But It Needs Some Work

Picture: Rare / Kotaku After years and years of rumors, whispers, fan outcry, and endless internet theories, Rare’s beloved Nintendo 64 first-person shooter, GoldenEye 007, is finally out on modern consoles. And while for many this is something to celebrate, these new ports aren’t quite as good as they could have been. First, the good …

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You Can’t Unsee Twitter’s ‘Useless’ But Amazing Animation Facts

screenshot: DreamWorks / Kotaku Each day, I walk down the path of blue-lit internet highways, through Instagram rabbit holes to nowhere, across Wikipedia pages I don’t remember why I was scanning, my face painted a clinical white by my favorite Google question, “Do I have a UTI?” I do not have a UTI, at least …

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Ubisoft Working On Far Cry 7 And Standalone Multiplayer

Picture: Ubisoft Assassin’s Creed publisher Ubisoft has at least two new far cry experiences coming down the road. One will effectively be Far Cry 7, the next mainline game in the hit first-person shooter series. The other is a standalone multiplayer spin-off and likely the company’s latest attempt to create a live-service money-maker around one …

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Bungie Explains Destiny 2’s Recent 20-Hour Outage

screenshot: Bungie Two days ago, Bungie turned off the Destiny 2 servers while the studio looked into a problem that had players apparently losing progress on in-game challenges. This outage lasted a bit longer than everyone expected, with the free-to-play loot shooter remaining offline for nearly 20 hours. So what happened? Today Bungie pulled back …

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