Final Fantasy 9 and the picture book adventure of a PS1 Final Fantasy

There’s a small, almost incidental sequence that I’ve often thought about since I first played Final Fantasy 9. In it, Princess Garnet (or ‘Dagger’, at this point in the game) and her buffoonish knight Steiner have a conversation whilst in a hillside cable car, all brass and rivets. Soon after they are reunited with thespian/thief Marcus in the station café, before the next leg of their journey. The area is framed from up high, round tables and stools and bottle green gas-lamps. The lighting is warm, people are chilling, and…

Blizzard outlines plans to merge its less-populated World of Warcraft servers with more populated ones

Blizzard has confirmed plans to merge its less-populated World of Warcraft servers with more populated ones. In a post on the official forums, the team said the decision to « connect the low-population realms to other existing realms » will give players more opportunities without having to shell out for server transfers. « World of Warcraft is best when you have a community of other players around you, and while numerous ways to participate in cross-realm play have been added to the game over the years, there are still many aspects of the…

Overcooked 2's next DLC, Sun's Out Buns Out, is free and out later this month

Overcooked 2’s next serving of DLC, Sun’s Out Buns Out, is out on PC on 5th July, 2020, with a console release coming « later this month ». The update – which is free – boasts a « new pair of lovable canine chefs who are ready to help (or hinder) players in the heat of the kitchen », summer recipes such as an ice cream float or a summer salad, new levels that take you to five new destinations, and a summer celebration with a parade in which you can « expect fireworks, confetti,…

Splinter Cell creative director Maxime Béland resigns from Ubisoft after misconduct allegations

Maxime Béland has resigned from his post at Ubisoft. In a statement issued to our sister site VGC, Ubisoft confirmed Béland had left his position « effective immediately » but added it would continue to investigate the allegations made against him. Béland was suspended last week as the publisher/developer reportedly put two senior executives and « several other employees » on leave as it began investigating claims of misconduct after multiple allegations of sexual assault and harassment have been made against a number of Ubisoft employees, including Tommy Francois, Maxime Béland, and Andrien « Escoblades »…

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare players complain of "fake" double XP awards this weekend

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare players have hit out at Activision for what they say are « fake » claims about this weekend’s double XP promotional event. « This is not some stupid ‘conspiracy theory’ that I have, It’s actually true, at least in Multiplayer, » explained u/Radeni (thanks, Dexerto). « For those of you who play hardpoint, you know that if you’re on the Hardpoint the moment it spawns, it gives 450 XP, so with double XP it gives 900XP (as it did before), but this time around, It’s still 450XP. I hope I’m…

Star Wars: Squadrons' HUD and customisation options are entirely optional, says EA

EA has confirmed that Star Wars: Squadrons will permit players to decide if they want to see other people’s customisation options in their games, as well as revealing that the flight mechanics and HUD elements will be entirely changeable and optional, too. « Some players aren’t going to want to see any of [other player’s customisation choices], » creative director Ian S. Frazier told IGN. « It won’t matter how plausible it is, they just want to keep it to exactly what we’ve seen in the films, no more and no less, and…

Final Fight: DF Retro revisits the arcade original, every port, and all sequels

Emerging at a time of unprecedented technical innovation in the arcade, the story of Capcom’s Final Fight is remarkable. Building from the semi-success of the original Street Fighter, the firm revolutionised the side-scrolling brawler with the debut of Final Fight, originally known as Street Fighter ’89. Brilliant art design, fast-paced kinetic fighting and a pounding soundtrack combined with the technical brilliance of the CPS-1 board to create a revelation and one year later, the game would achieve further popularity from the arrival of a mega-successful – but controversial – Super…

Is Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito's "huge" video game project Far Cry 6?

Giancarlo Esposito – or Breaking Bad’s Gustavo Fring, as you might better know him – will reportedly star in Far Cry 6. The news post on GameReactor that first hinted at the rumour has now, curiously, been taken offline. But as our friends at VGC report, a recent interview by Esposito in which he discusses his appearance in a « huge » video game led GamesReactor to claim that Ubisoft’s as yet unannounced AAA project is a new Far Cry game. Esposito further added that the development of the secret game required…

Tencent's new Californian studio will "focus on the development and publishing of AAA titles"

Chinese megacorp Tencent has launched a new studio in California, USA. As reported by our pals at GI.biz, the new studio – LightSpeed LA – will be headed by former Rockstar developer, Steve Martin, and will reportedly « focus on the development and publishing of AAA titles ». « We’re ushering a new era of game culture by combining world-class development with a stress-free work environment, » Martin said. « From day one, our teams will be focused on building the highest caliber games while promoting integrity, proactivity, collaboration, and creativity. » Read more Source:…

Funko tweets Five Nights At Freddy's Security Breach characters and hints of a possible release date

The characters from the next Five Nights At Freddy’s game, Five Nights At Freddy’s Security Breach, have appeared online courtesy of a promotional tweet from Funko advertising a new FNAF range of action figures and « mystery minis ». While these kinds of leaks typically come from premature social media campaigns and are usually deleted pretty sharphish, Funko’s tweet appears intentional and while one of the preorder links included on the tweets doesn’t take you anywhere yet, the Walmart page confirms they’ll go on sale on 17th September, 2020 – perhaps to…