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August 2021

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31 August 2021
CD Projekt Red Hires Modders

CD Projekt Red Hires Modders: Community Collaboration

Shares in Tencent and other Chinese gaming firms have fallen sharply after news of gaming restrictions on under-18s, CD Projekt Red hires a group of modders to help with backend improvements for The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, and DrLupo has signed an exclusive streaming deal with YouTube Gaming.
30 August 2021
Angry Birds Maker Sued

Angry Birds Maker Faces Lawsuit: Legal Challenge

Angry Birds maker Rovio is being sued by the state of New Mexico over Privacy concerns for under-13 users, Chinese Regulators are restricting online gaming to under-18 users to 1 hour on Friday, Weekends and Holidays, and Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi is leaving Sega after 32 years to join NetEase.
29 August 2021
Starfield New Zone Videos

Starfield New Zone Videos: Exploration Teasers Emerge

Bethesda have revealed three new videos of new zones coming in Starfield, Dying Light Platinum Edition is coming to the Nintendo Switch, Azzavhar is a content creator that you should check out!
28 August 2021
Saints Row Reboot Backlash

Saints Row Reboot Faces Backlash: Controversy Arises

Some Saints Row fans have reacted negatively to the Saints Row Reboot announcement, Steam Refund Policy is potentially hurting indie developers, and Horizon Zero Dawn gets a PS5 Patch.
27 August 2021
DrDisrespect Suing Twitch

DrDisrespect Sues Twitch: Legal Battle Unfolds

DrDisrespect is suing Twitch over his permanent ban from the platform, Ubisoft still has ambitions to create a theme park, and my friend Neon_Genesis achieves Twitch Partner.
26 August 2021
New World Open Beta

New World's Open Beta: Amazon's Realm Access Begins

South Korea is ending the Shutdown Law, otherwise known as the Cinderella Law, that made it illegal for children under 16 to play games between Midnight and 6 am, New World will have an Open Beta starting 09 Sep 2021, and Riders Republic has an Open Beta between now and 28 Aug 2021, with Twitch Drops enabled on my Twitch page.
25 August 2021
Destiny 2 The Witch Queen Expansion

Destiny 2 Expands: The Witch Queen Update Incoming

Bungie announced the next expansion for Destiny 2 called Witch Queen, EA pledges to give away accessibility Patents to as many studios as they deem fit, and Hideo Kojima celebrates his 58th Birthday with a message.
24 August 2021
Psychonauts 2 Review

Psychonauts 2 Impresses: Positive Reviews Received

Some Twitch Content Creators will be Striking on 01 Sep 2021 in protest of the lack of action by Twitch regarding the current wave of hate raiding, Psychonauts 2 has been reviewed favourably, and Aliens Fireteam Elite launches.
23 August 2021
Resident Evil Remake Remade

Resident Evil Remake Remade: Classic Reimagined

The official Resident Evil Twitter has posted a quote from the Keepers Dairy in the original game, leading to speculation that the original Resident Evil game might be remade again, the Opening Night Live teaser trailer for Gamescom has been released showcasing 30 games the event will show, and the Skyrim Anniversary Edition has been announced.
22 August 2021
Lindsey Stirling at ONL

Lindsey Stirling at ONL: Music Meets Virtual Performance

Saints Row is going to be rebooted with more details coming during Gamescom next week, Lindsey Stirling will be performing at Opening Night Live according to Geoff Keighley, and Ryan Reynolds had to limit how much he was playing Fortnite after research for the movie Free Guys ended according to an interview he did with the BBC.
21 August 2021
James McAvoy Gaming Addiction

James McAvoy on Gaming Addiction: Celebrity Perspective

James McAvoy has revealed how gaming addiction was affecting his work as an actor, Activision has assigned 8 of its 10 core studios to Call of Duty development, and Aloy will be coming to Genshin Impact 2.2.
20 August 2021
Black Myth Wukong Unreal Engine 5

Black Myth Wukong: Unreal Engine 5 Embrace Revealed

Call of Duty Vanguard has been announced for PC, PS, Xbox to be released 05 Nov 2021, Quake Remaster has been released, Black Myth Wukong has been upgraded to use Unreal Engine 5.
19 August 2021
Frostpunk 2 Scam

Frostpunk 2 Scam Alert: Players Beware of Scams

An online website is already selling pre-orders for Frostpunk 2 even though the developer, 11-bit Studios, has not decided the price yet, Cyberpunk 2077 will soon have Patch 1.3 and free cosmetic DLC, and Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut releases tomorrow!
18 August 2021
Ubisoft Singapore Harassment Claims

Ubisoft Singapore Harassment Claims: Serious Allegations

Ubisoft Singapore is being investigated by Singapore's Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) over allegations of harassment and discrimination at the studio, Square Enix gives no royalties to the developers of Outriders, and an Activision Blizzard staff member has shared an email a job recruiter has sent them about how they are making it harder to find candidates because of what the staff is saying about the company.
17 August 2021
Roblox Acquires Guilded

Roblox Acquires Guilded: Metaverse Expansion Underway

Call of Duty Vanguard will have a trailer drop in Call of Duty Warzone on 19 Aug 2021, Roblox acquires Guilded, Steam have fixed a security flaw that allowed a hacker to give themselves unlimited Steam Wallet credit.
16 August 2021
Nintendo Switch Dominates Japan

Nintendo Switch Dominates: Japan's Market in Lead

Amazon Games have stepped back from a policy that allowed them to claim rights to games created by their employees outside of work, Xbox will have it's own live stream at Gamescom 2021 on 24 Aug 2021, and Nintendo Switch dominates games sales in Japan with all top 30 best selling games being Nintendo made.
15 August 2021
Jedi Fallen Order Series

Jedi Fallen Order Series Expands: Star Wars Universe

EA is investing in a series to carry on Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, the Half Life 2 community has rallied to give the game its highest tracked Steam concurrent player count since records began, and a judge grants an injunction against the owner of ROM Universe after he fails to pay the first payment in compensation to Nintendo.
14 August 2021
Control Passes 10 Million Players

Control Surpasses 10M Players: Remedy's Achievement

Control passes 10 million players and Remedy Entertainment are working on several new games, STALKER 2 will release using Unreal Engine 5, Congress want Loot Boxes and other predatory designs to be gone from games that target children.
13 August 2021
GTA Trilogy Remasters

GTA Trilogy Remasters: Classic Titles Revamped

The Diablo IV director and lead designer, Luis Barriga and Jesse McCree, as well as a WoW designer Jonathan LeCraft have been fired from Blizzard, Rockstar is reportedly working on a trilogy of GTA remasters for GTA III, GTA Vice City, and GTA San Andreas, and Twitch are taking various actions over hate raiding and other issues on the website.
12 August 2021
Life is Strange True Colors

Life is Strange True Colors: Empathy Explored in Narrative

Apex Legends lead game designer has been fired for racist and sexist remarks he made during 2007, Assassin's Creed Valhalla Siege of Paris expansion releases today, Life is Strange True Colors releases 10 Sep 2021, with DLC coming 30 Sep 2021, but the remastered collection is delayed.
11 August 2021
DrDisrespect Starting Game Studio

DrDisrespect Ventures: Game Development Debut Planned

Guy "Dr Disrespect" Beahm is recruiting a studio head for his own Game Studio, as he has experience working as a developer on Call of Duty for Activision I wish him good luck in his endeavour, Tales of Arise will have a demo on Xbox and PlayStation from 18 Aug 2021, and harassment allegations have been made from a former employee of SCUF Gaming.
10 August 2021
Hellblade Game Upgrade

Hellblade Game Upgrade Teased: Sensory Enhancements

Xbox Cloud Streaming, also known as xCloud, is available as a standalone app in the Microsoft Store, Focus Home Interactive acquires DotEmu and Hellblade is being optimised for Xbox Series S and X.
9 August 2021
New South Park Game

New South Park Game: Humor-Filled Adventure Begins

Xbox will have a showcase live stream on 24 Aug 2021 at 6 pm BST or 1 pm Eastern, Take Two are currently working on three unannounced remasters of previously released games, and a new South Park game is being developed along with the huge new deal with Comedy Central for the studio.
8 August 2021
Back 4 Blood Open Beta

Back 4 Blood Open Beta: Zombie-Slaying Access for Players

The Back 4 Blood Open Beta starts 12 Aug 2021, a sealed copy of Super Mario Brothers, the original NES Edition from 1986 sells for a record $2 million, and Windows 10 has an official update that fixes game mode when used with center power settings.
7 August 2021
Elden Ring on Steam

Elden Ring Arrives on Steam: FromSoftware's Title

Elden Ring has now appeared on Steam with information, screenshots and ability to wishlist the game, Google apparently wanted to buy Epic Games it has been revealed in court, Epic Games Store is giving out Rebel Galaxy from 12 Aug 2021.
6 August 2021
Matt Damon Gamer

Matt Damon Explores Gaming: Actor's New Hobby Takes Flight

Sony have secured a supply of semi-conductors so they can keep manufacturing PlayStation 5 to reach their goals, Google has set up a fund to help Mobile Games developers, Matt Damon turns down a lot of money for a Bourne based game as he didn't want it to be an FPS.
5 August 2021
Age of Empires 4 Closed Beta

Age of Empires 4 Closed Beta: Strategy Access for Testers

Ages of Empires 4 Closed Beta will be running from 05 Aug 2021, FFXIV has opened pre-orders for its Ultimate Cookbook that will feature in-game recipes, and Gamescom 2021 is just 3 weeks away with more details being shared by Producer and Presenter Geoff Keighley.
4 August 2021
Blizzard President Steps Down

Blizzard President Steps Down Amid Controversy

Blizzard Entertainment President J. Allen Brack has stood down from the company amid the ongoing complaint and DFEH lawsuit in California, Epic Game Store announce $130 Million loss from 23 exclusive games, Hades and many other games announced for Xbox Game Pass.
3 August 2021
eFootball Demo Details

eFootball Demo Details: New Gameplay Insights Revealed

Pro Evolution Soccer has been renamed to eFootball, has become free to play, and will soon launch with a demo, Tencent and NetEase shares go down 10% after Chinese State Media call online games addicting, and GTA 5 is still selling well passing 150 Million total sales, with more than 5 million copies sold last quarter.
2 August 2021
Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters

Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters: Nostalgic Return

Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters for Final Fantasy 1 - 3 are available on Steam, iOS, and Android, Eric Baptizat who directed Assassin's Creed Valhalla will be directing Dead Space Remake, and PS5 will soon add M.2 SSD support to its expansion drive after testing.
1 August 2021
FFXIV Sage Icon Change

FFXIV Sage Icon Change: Visual Transformation Implemented

Icarus has been delayed until November from its original 11 Aug 2021 release, Halo Infinite tech test contains campaign spoilers and FFXIV have updated the design of the Job icon for the upcoming Sage job to answer community concerns over trypophobia.