Video game films are largely regulated to pure adaptations of existing games. Once in a while, though, you get films like 1UP, which uses gaming as a backdrop to tell a more personable story. The underdog comedy begins production this winter and centers on women in esports, and the sexism that often surround it. 

Per The Hollywood Reporter, the upcoming film stars Paris Berelc (Hubie Halloween, Alexa & Katie) as Vivian Lee, an eSports player who quits her college team after enduring sexist behavior from her male teammates. At the risk of losing her scholarship, though, she’s forced to assemble her own team led by an “enigmatic coach” played by Ellen Page (The Umbrella Academy, Juno). 

The film is the first production by BuzzFeed Studios and is directed by Kyle Newman (Fanboys, Barely Lethal). The fledgling studio aims to produce “socially Read the rest

EA has yet again found itself in hot water for including loot boxes in FIFA.

In 2018, the Kansspelautoriteit, Netherland’s Gaming Authority, held an investigation into loot boxes and their relation to gambling in ten games. The Ksa found four of them to be in violation of gambling laws in the country.

At the time, the Ksa didn’t reveal the four offending games, though FIFA is believed to have been among them. Nevertheless, the Gaming Authority gave everyone until June of the same year to make the necessary changes, or risk facing fines. Now, the Kansspelautoriteit has announced that everyone except EA complied with its request. As a result, EA could pay €10 million (~$11.7M) in fines.

The fine was actually imposed in October last year, but EA has been fighting to stop it from passing, and to prevent the Ksa from revealing those details to the public. A … Read the rest

Between its dusty plant pots and dew-laden leaves, Nintendo’s cute take on the strategy genre has always been more than the sum of its parts. Whether those pieces were the spaceship components you rushed to recover in Pikmin 1 or the household items you found littering the landscapes of Pikmin 2, your route to those hidden treasures was always about more than simply hoovering the map of its goodies. Pikmin’s charm lies in the gradual growth of your dinky armies, the act of plucking new creatures from the ground to replace their fallen forebears, the battles where you must attempt to protect them from harm.

And so it is in Pikmin 3 Deluxe, Nintendo’s latest Wii U game to get the Switch re-release treatment, this time courtesy of Japanese support studio Eighting. For your money this time around you get a relatively straightforward port of the original game, now with … Read the rest

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox!

What to Expect When You Boot Up Your Next Generation Xbox on Day One
With the launch of Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S just around the corner, we figured that now would be the perfect time to give our fans an in-depth look at what they can expect when they boot up their next-gen Xbox consoles on November 10… Read more

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Beyond Good and Evil 2 was finally announced after years of rumors during E3 2017, and while we’ve had a few additional looks at the game since then, it’s been mostly quiet on the Ubisoft front. With the recent events of game creator/director Michel Ancel leaving the games industry altogether, for reasons that seem more complicated than what was first revealed, the future of the sequel doesn’t seem as bright as many fans had hoped. 

During a recent earnings call (which also revealed the delay of Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Quarantine), Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot assured investors that the game is not stuck in development hell and that it is “progressing well.” 

Despite losing such a key name as part of the development process with Ancel’s departure, Guillemot promised that “The game is progressing well. The world is really fantastic. … Read the rest

After telling investors that crunch “is not that bad,” CD Projekt Red leadership has now turned around to employees to apologise.

Following its decision to delay Cyberpunk 2077 to December, developer CD Projekt Red hosted an emergency call with investors to discuss the delay, and update them on the company’s plans.

As part of that call, CD Projekt Red leadership said that PC and next-gen console versions of Cyberpunk 2077 are ready, but that the delay is caused by the current-gen console versions.

It was also there that company CEO Adam Kicinski addressed reports of the studio going into mandatory crunch, which the company said will see employees “well compensated.”

“Regarding crunch; actually, it’s not that bad – and never was,” Kicinski told investors.

“Of course it’s a story that has been picked up by the media, and some people have been crunching heavily, but a large … Read the rest

When I was a boy my dad taught me to play chess. Or at least, I think he did. My memories of these things are blurred by dread; they loom behind me like demons in fog, one QTE away from dragging me under. I’m not convinced my dad is any good at chess but he did have one gambit that always worked on me. Whenever I selected a piece he’d nod, lift an eyebrow and say something like “oh, so you’re doing that, are you?” Or he’d sit back, like Caesar regarding a supplicant from one of the meeker barbarian tribes, and ho-hum ominously to himself. After five minutes of this I’d be a quivering bundle of flight reflexes, klaxons howling inside my head as I peered owl-eyed at the board, paralysed by the thought of a million potential reversals. What can we learn from this? Well, firstly that my … Read the rest

In PUBG Season 9, we’re raising the stakes and taking you to the high altitudes of South America. Welcome to our new dynamic map, Paramo! With Paramo, we wanted to try something we’ve never done before with our previous maps. Paramo introduces a dynamic world system which produces different landing and looting experiences for each match, equating to fresh and unique gameplay each time you drop in.

Players can look forward to cities and landmarks being relocated with each new match. More importantly, you’ll have to keep an eye out for our new environmental hazards. Watch out for the dangerous streams of lava flowing from the active volcanoes around Paramo. Walking and driving vehicles in the lava will deal a massive amount of damage, so keep your wits (and feet) about you.

PUBG Season 9

Throughout the match, keep your eyes peeled and watch the skies for helicopters. These helicopters will be … Read the rest

What’s scarier than monsters, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night? We’ve all seen bots in games by now. I don’t mean players setting up systems to run to farm crafting materials in predictable routes or to play cards in a set order; I’m talking about bots designed by developers. Now, you might be saying to yourself, “What’s wrong with bots?” Bots can fill lobbies to make sure games can launch, they can make matchmaking take a lot less time, and hey, it’s always fun shooting down an automated opponent and getting a free kill in a field with dozens of human opponents running around. But there’s a lot more to these innocuous A.I. additions, and they have implications for all kinds of multiplayer experiences. With the trends we’re seeing in data acquisition, user privacy, and monetization models, bots are headed for dangerous implementation.

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Anthem’s revamp project is still going, and today, we get a new update.

After a bit of a hiatus, BioWare has returned with a new development update from the team currently working on making Anthem fun. While previous updates tackled loot and itemisation, this one is about skills, specialisations, builds and progression.

One thing that’s hard to ignore is how similar the new UI is to Destiny’s. This is obviously all work-in-progress, but you can clearly see two columns of weapons and abilities on either side of the screen, with the character render splitting them through the middle.

In gameplay terms, there are now 11 equipment slots, split across weapons, abilities and their mods, as well as the new artifact system. Components, as you might have already guessed, are gone, with mods now taking their place.

This screen is where you’ll be able to swap weapons, as well as … Read the rest