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DGB 02.2022 SOURCES

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From BLOOMBERG.COM


Activision Blizzard Inc. will delay a Call of Duty game that had been planned for next year, the first time the franchise will be without an annual mainline release in nearly two decades, according to people familiar with the plan.


The company is pushing off the release after a recent entry in the series failed to meet expectations, leading some executives to believe that they’re introducing new versions too rapidly, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to discuss the deliberations. The decision was not related to Activision’s agreement to sell itself to Microsoft Corp. for $69 billion, the people said.


Last year’s entry, Call of Duty: Vanguard, failed to meet Activision’s sales expectations, leading executives to suspect that it had been cannibalized by the previous year’s game. A free-to-play version released in 2020, Call of Duty: Warzone, remains a massive success and may have drawn players away from the premium entries.



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From ENGADGET.COM


The much-lauded action-RPG NieR: Automata is being developed into an anime series, Square Enix has announced. A teaser trailer shows a potential glimpse of how it will look (and not much else), and the developers also tweeted an image of the lead character 2B and her Pod companion robot.


It appears that the story will closely follow the plot of the original game. "The stage is a distant future in which human beings are routing to the moon in front of the overwhelming force of 'machine life forms' that aliens unleash," according to the developer's blog post. "The '2B' belonging to the newly organized android unit 'Yorha' will put himself into a fierce battle to recapture the Earth."



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From IGN.COM


After 6 years and two updates, Capcom is finally moving on from Street Fighter 5 and has officially announced Street Fighter 6.


As teased through a countdown website, Capcom has officially announced Street Fighter 6 following the end of the Capcom Pro Tour fighting game exhibition. The countdown was supposed to end at 9 pm PST but remained locked until the end of the stream.


Capcom says more info for Street Fighter 6 is coming this summer.


The short teaser revealed a beefed-up Ryu as he faces Luke, the 45th and final character for Street Fighter 5 who was teased to be in the sequel. The announcement for Street Fighter 6 also coincided with the 35th anniversary of the franchise.


Street Fighter 6 will be developed without the involvement of longtime Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono, who left Capcom last year after almost 30 years with the company.



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From ENGADGET.COM


It looks like Netflix is headed to Rapture. The company says it's teaming up with 2K and Take-Two Interactive for a film adaptation of the BioShock series. No other details are available as yet, but based on the image Netflix shared in its announcement, it wouldn't be a surprise to see it tackling the first game.



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From ENGAGDET.COM


The 3DS and Wii U shops' days are numbered. In a new support page, Nintendo has revealed that it's shutting down the eShops for the Wii U system and the 3DS family of consoles in late March 2023. That means after that date, you won't be able to purchase any content from the shops anymore, download demos and redeem download codes. The shutdown process will start much earlier than March next year, though: You won't be able to use a credit card to add funds to your eShop account starting on May 23rd, 2022.



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From GAMESPOT.COM

Bethesda has announced it is closing its PC storefront, the Bethesda.net Launcher, later this year. In a blog post, the company thanked fans for their support and assured them they won't lose their games.


Anyone who owns games through the Bethesda.net Launcher can migrate them, along with any funds in their wallet, to Steam beginning in April. Most games will have their saves automatically transferred, too, though some will require manual transfers, and one title is not supported at all, Bethesda said. Additionally, the company clarified that all Bethesda.net accounts will remain accessible.



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From GAMERANT.COM


From Software has shared details on the various classes of Elden Ring in the lead-up to its release. Most recently, the developer had revealed the Prophet and Wretch classes for Elden Ring. The Prophet class seems to revolve around both offensive and defensive magic while Wretch is described as poor and purposeless. Players choosing Wretch will probably not get any initial bonuses or meaningful equipment as it looks to be the hardest class in the game. Now, From Software has released a new trailer that gives an overview of Elden Ring.



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From GAMERANT.COM


Elden Ring is set to arrive at the end of the week, which means that the excitement felt by fans is almost palpable. FromSoftware has now released what will likely be Elden Ring's last trailer, as it was titled as the game's launch trailer. The video contained a host of new enemies, biomes, and bosses that will likely only further accentuate fans' hype.



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Paramount+ today announced that its highly anticipated upcoming series HALO, based on the iconic Xbox franchise, has been renewed for a second season prior to the series’ upcoming launch on Thursday, March 24, exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. and in all international markets where the streaming service is available. In addition, David Wiener (“Homecoming,” “The Killing,” “Brave New World”) will join the series as showrunner and executive producer for the second season.



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From VIDEOGAMESCHRONICLE.COM


Speaking to CNBC, Brad Smith clarified again that the acquisition would not prevent future Activision Blizzard games from being released on PlayStation consoles.


However, Smith then went one step further by also confirming that the company plans to release Call of Duty and other Activision Blizzard franchises on Nintendo Switch for the first time.


“One of the things we’re being very clear about as we move forward with the regulatory review of this acquisition is that great titles like Call of Duty from Activision Blizzard today, will continue to be available on the Sony PlayStation,” Smith said.


He then added: “We’d like to bring it to Nintendo devices. We’d like to bring the other popular titles that Activision Blizzard has, and ensure that they continue to be available on PlayStation, [and] that they become available on Nintendo.



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Insomniac Games confirmed Spider-Man 2 and Wolverine will be released exclusively on PS5.


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From KOTAKU.COM


Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the next two games in the mainline Pokémon series, are coming to Nintendo Switch later this year, The Pokémon Company announced during today’s Pokémon Presents.


The reveal came at the very end of the 14-minute livestream that showcased news for a variety of different games, such as Pokémon Go. Truthfully, most people weren’t expecting anything big out of the livestream. And at first, that seemed to pan out. The introduction to the trailer saw a real-life human investigating something, which made it seem like the Presents was going to end on a trailer for something Detective Pikachu related. But it wasn’t!


Instead, something that kind of looked like a hybrid of this year’s Pokémon Legends: Arceus and 2020's Pokémon Sword and Shield started playing. There were large open-looking spaces, bright town squares, and plenty of lens flare. The Pokémon also seem to be a lot more responsive with additional animations for when they appear out in the wild.


Here’s how the Scarlet and Violet website describes the game:


Various towns blend seamlessly into the wilderness with no borders. You’ll be able to see the Pokémon of this region in the skies, in the seas, in the forests, on the streets—all over! You’ll be able to experience the true joy of the Pokémon series—battling against wild Pokémon in order to catch them—now in an open-world game that players of any age can enjoy.​



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From KOTAKU.COM


Super Smash Bros. won’t be featured at Evo 2022, the biggest fighting game event of the year. The Sony-owned esports organization announced the loss of the platform fighter in a statement on Twitter today, and appeared to blame the decision on Nintendo, which has historically tried to tightly control how its games are featured out in the wild.


After revealing that the full lineup of games to be played at Evo 2022 would be announced in a livestream on March 8 on Twitch, the organization preempted questions about Smash Bros. by saying up front that it wouldn’t be included. “We want to let you know in advance that Super Smash Bros. will not be making a return appearance,” Evo’s organizers wrote. Since 2007, we’ve seen historic Super Smash Bros. moments created at Evo’s events. We are saddened that Nintendo has chosen not to continue that legacy with us this year.”



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From PCGAMER.COM


What the heck? Valve is releasing a new game. No, it's not Portal 3, but it is set in the same universe.


Aperture Desk Job is a free "short" game designed for the Steam Deck that teaches you how to use the new device. Releasing March 1, it looks like even if you don't have a Steam Deck you'll still be able to try the game out on your desktop if you have a controller. (Mouse and keyboard is not supported.)


"Aperture Desk Job reimagines the been-there-done-that genre of walking simulators and puts them in the lightning-spanked, endorphin-gorged world of sitting still behind things," says the game's Steam page.


"You play as an entry-level nobody on their first day at work — your heart full of hope and your legs full of dreams, eager to climb that corporate ladder. But life’s got other plans, and they all involve chairs."



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From PCGAMER.COM


It was a big moment for PC gaming when Microsoft stopped releasing its games exclusively through the Microsoft Store and started putting them on Steam. It wasn't every Microsoft game at first, but now it's gone that direction—just three days ago Bethesda announced it was dropping its own launcher and releasing everything on Steam going forward. But Microsoft also has Game Pass, a subscription service that's grown to millions of subscribers across Windows and Xbox, and those games notably still run out of its own app, not Steam. When I spoke to Valve president Gabe Newell about the Steam Deck last week, I asked him if Valve is interested in its own subscription service, or whether we could see Game Pass games on Steam in the future.


"I don't think it's something that we think we need to do ourselves, building a subscription service at this time," Newell said. "But for their customers it's clearly a popular option, and we'd be more than happy to work with them to get that on Steam."



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From ENGADGET.COM


The Wolf Among Us 2 finally has a release window. The revived Telltale Games team has announced that its long-in-the-making sequel will be available sometime in 2023. There's a new trailer to match, and this clip sheds more light on where this precursor to Bill Willingham's Fables is headed.


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