The room shifts ever so slightly to the right, back to centre, then left and back again. Lightbulbs flicker above, then pop like bubble wrap. A child's xylophone plays a looping, unsettling melody against the omnipresent purr of a ship's engine somewhere in the distance. You ease tentatively down the red carpeted aisle of the lunch hall as its bloated patrons moan through contorted expressions and slump to the floor before you. When the closing 10 minutes of a horror game evokes everything from Greek mythology to the works of Guillermo del Toro, Tim Burton, Hunter S. Thompson, and Roald Dahl in one swoop, it's doing something right. Little Nightmares is bloody terrifying, right to the very end. "Ultimately, you're a small child in a wilderness not meant for children. And with that, everything is planned so meticulously on a design level, from the layout of levels, to movement patterns of enemies, the timing of scares, and audio cues," says Little Nightmares senior producer Lucas … [Read more...] about Creativity and risk are driving modern horror games – but where does the genre go next?
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Call of Duty has been the best-selling video game series in the US for 13 years in a row now , but despite that, there have reportedly been discussions about no longer releasing the series annually. According to a report from Bloomberg , "high-level employees have discussed moving away from the annual release schedule..." as part of Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Nothing is set in stone as of yet, but the report said "there's a belief among many Call of Duty developers that releasing games at a slower cadence will please players and help bolster the franchise." This change could happen in 2023, or potentially later, the report said. 2022's new Call of Duty game, which is said to be a sequel to Infinity Ward's hugely popular Modern Warfare reboot , is poised to "redeem the franchise's fortunes," Bloomberg's report said. "Slowing down the Call of Duty release schedule may lighten developers' intense workloads and could provide new opportunities for … [Read more...] about Call Of Duty Might Stop Being A Yearly Series, But Maybe Not Soon Or Ever
Netflix boss Ted Sarandos has officially confirmed that a second season of Squid Game is on the way. During Netflix's latest earnings briefing , Sarandos was asked straight-up if there would be a sophomore season, and he responded enthusiastically. "Absolutely. The Squid Game universe has just begun," Sarandos said. Series creator, writer, and director Hwang Dong-hyuk has already spoken about Season 2 , but this is the first time an executive from Netflix has gone on record saying it will happen. "There's been so much pressure, so much demand, and so much love for a second season," he said. "So I almost feel like you leave us no choice! But I will say there will indeed be a second season. It's in my head right now. I'm in the planning process currently. I do think it's too early to when and how that's going to happen." Season 1 ended in a dramatic fashion, and while the show doesn't necessarily need a second season, it was such a massive hit that it's no surprise to … [Read more...] about Netflix Confirms Squid Game Season 2: “Absolutely”
I spent most of my extended winter break playing The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Anniversary Edition. There are so many new games I could have played with that time, but the fact that I chose to spend it with Skyrim is a testament to how good the game is a decade after its release, and how different it is from modern RPGs. It's been about ten years since I last played Skyrim and last lost hundreds of hours wandering its mountain ranges and exploring its network of dank caves. But as soon as I boot up the anniversary edition on my PS5 I can feel the pull of its allure, made even more appealing by lightning-fast loading screens and higher quality visuals. Dragonborn wanderer In Skyrim, aimlessness is encouraged. Most modern RPGs seem hesitant to give players free time, choosing instead to offer up a barrage of side-quests straight out of the gate or crowd the world map with POIs. But Skyrim is very content to leave you alone, choosing to show most waypoints on just the compass in … [Read more...] about Why I spent my winter break playing Skyrim instead of any new game
Brian Cox has revealed that he was offered roles in both Game of Thrones and Pirates of the Caribbean, but he turned them down. "I’m often asked if I was offered a role in Game of Thrones – reason being that every other bugger was – and the answer is, yes, I was supposed to be a king called Robert Baratheon, who apparently died when he was gored by a boar in the first season," Cox said in his recently published memoir, Putting the Rabbit in the Hat (via GQ ). "I know very little about Game of Thrones so I can’t tell you whether or not he was an important character, and I’m not going to google it just in case he was, because I turned it down. "Why? Well, Game of Thrones went on to be a huge success and everybody involved earned an absolute fortune, of course. But when it was originally offered the money was not all that great, shall we say. Plus I was going to be killed off fairly early on, so I wouldn’t have had any of the benefits of the long-term effects of a successful … [Read more...] about Brian Cox reveals why he turned down roles in Game of Thrones and Pirates of the Caribbean
It appears you'll still be able to answer the Call of Duty on PlayStation in the future, despite Microsoft's pending acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer made the announcement just a few days after the acquisition was revealed, answering one of players' most-pressing questions. Speaking on Twitter, Spencer said Microsoft intends to "honor all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation." Had good calls this week with leaders at Sony. I confirmed our intent to honor all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Sony is an important part of our industry, and we value our relationship. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 20, 2022 There were questions regarding Call of Duty's position as an Xbox exclusive in the future, but Spencer's statement appears to put those to bed--at least for now. It's also possible … [Read more...] about Call Of Duty Will Still Release On PlayStation, Xbox Head Phil Spencer Says
Activision's Call of Duty charity, the Call of Duty Endowment, is not technically a part of Activision Blizzard, and for that reason, it might not be included in the proposed sale to Microsoft. The details are still being worked out, though, and there are no firm answers yet about what will happen should Microsoft's deal to buy Activision Blizzard go through. Contract details for the proposed Microsoft/Activision Blizzard acquisition have been published, and the document includes a line pertaining to the Call of Duty Endowment. It points out, "CODE is not a part of Activision Blizzard. It is an independent non-profit organization." It goes on to say: "We are at the beginning of a comprehensive integration planning process that will help finalize the specifics of the future organization and this will take some time. There are currently no changes to our anticipated events or pipeline." The Call of Duty Endowment Bowl was scheduled to take place on December 10 as a live event … [Read more...] about What Will Happen To Activision’s Call Of Duty Charity After Microsoft Buyout?
The record $68.7 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard has brought with it renewed hope across the gaming industry that Microsoft can create a more positive working environment for studios that have been caught up in numerous controversies over the last few years. In a post on Blizzard's blog , company boss Mike Ybarra pledged that the company would look to rebuild the trust of its fans by making positive changes to its studio culture. Some of these changes include new appointments, which Ybarra shed more light on. A Culture leader who will help us maintain the best aspects of what we have today, and change and evolve where needed to ensure everyone brings their best self to Blizzard. A new organizational leader for Human Resources who will build trust, empower our teams, and help foster a safe, positive work environment for everyone. A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leader solely focused on our progress across multiple efforts in this area. Blizzard's compliance and … [Read more...] about Blizzard Boss Details Plans To Rebuild Trust In The Studio
Cheap Razer laptop deals are certainly possible to find, but they are rare. That said, these are particularly premium machines so if you're in the market for an upgrade, or you're looking to test the three headed snake for the first time, it's worth investigating the Razer laptop deals and sales available. You could stand to save some significant cash on an older model, and during larger events you may even find the latest configurations discounted as well. There's no denying it, these are some of the best gaming laptops on the market right now. The best Razer laptops pack the latest components into impossibly portable footprints with a slimline, lightweight flourish. Add gorgeous displays and plenty of customization and you've got a machine working particularly hard to justify its higher price tag. That's why cheap Razer laptop deals are so exciting. When they do appear, there's some serious value for money up for grabs, even if you're dropping down your GPU generation to … [Read more...] about Cheap Razer laptop deals 2022: all the latest sales and lowest prices