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Report: Nioh Updates Introduce Hard Missions & PvP

Koei Tecmo has revealed some info in Japan about updates to Nioh that add harder missions as well as PvP to the action title.

The more difficult missions are coming in late March, with the PvP following in late April.

For more on the game, check out Dan Tack's review as well as his handy guide.

[Source: Siliconera]

 

Our Take
For a game that's already known for being merciless, it'll be interesting to see exactly in what way the March missions will make things even more difficult.

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Report: Nintendo Switch Consoles Stolen From US Distributor, Featured In Leaked Videos

A series of recent leaked videos have shown off Nintendo Switch consoles in the wild before the official release this March. According to IGN, these units were stolen by employees of a U.S. distributor and then illegally resold. The videos, which were posted on YouTube and NeoGAF, gave an overview of the Switch's menu screens, storage space, and UI.

NeoGAF user hiphoptherobot wrote in a post that he was "lucky" when he thought his retailer shipped him his pre-ordered Switch early. According to Nintendo, however, this unit was one of the several consoles that were stolen in an "isolated incident." The U.S. distributor remains unnamed. You can view Nintendo's full statement to IGN below:

Earlier this week, individuals claimed to prematurely purchase a small number of Nintendo Switch systems from an unspecified retailer. Nintendo has determined these units were stolen in an isolated incident by employees of a U.S. distributor, with one system being illegally resold. The individuals involved have been identified, terminated from their place of employment and are under investigation by local law enforcement authorities on criminal charges. Nintendo Switch will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017, and we look forward to everyone being able to discover the wonders of the new system for themselves at that time.

Although these videos are leaked, they show off some interesting tidbits of information for the upcoming console. The video from hiphoptherobot shows several features, including the account creation process in order to create a new user on the system, customization options, and storage. For example, the Switch's internal storage is apparently limited to 25.9 GB.

According to Kotaku, user hiphoptherobot sent back his system to Nintendo after learning that it was stolen from whomever he bought it from.

You can view the video for yourself below, though it may not be available for long.

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As it says in the above statement from Nintendo, the individuals who committed theft have been "identified, terminated from their place of employment and are under investigation by local law enforcement authorities on criminal charges."

We have reached out to Nintendo for further comment, and will update this article should we hear back. The Nintendo Switch releases on March 3. Check out the full list of announced Switch titles here, and also read about how eShop purchases will be tied to an online account on the Switch.

[Source: IGN]


Our Take
We've known so little about Nintendo Switch's hardware, that leaks seem inevitable. Fans have been eager to hear more about it despite its release in just two weeks time, and many would prefer to hear more about the console from Nintendo itself. However, these thefts are a blow to Nintendo, and it's good to hear that the perpetrators have been identified and are facing consequences.

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Report: New Watch Dogs 2 Ending May Point To Series’ Future Location

Watch Dogs 2 has received a new update, and within it is an extended ending for the game that may point to the location of Watch Dogs 3 or other content expansion.

IGN has a clip of the additional ending that features a .wav file, the title of which appear to be coordinates pointing to London's Brixton area.

Watch Dogs 2 does have DLC on the docket, but as IGN points out, this has already been announced to take place in San Francisco.

[Source: IGN]

 

Our Take
Unless Ubisoft plans for more DLC outside of the scope of the game's already announced season pass, this seems like a good clue to the next game.

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Report: Disney Drops YouTube Personality PewDiePie After Anti-Semitic Jokes

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that popular YouTube personality PewDiePie (Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg) has been dropped by Disney after stirring up controversy with anti-semitic video content. The Journal says that Disney told the publication it was cutting ties with him after reporters reached out to the company to inquire about the YouTuber's use of Nazi imagery in recent videos. 

According to The Wall Street Journal, Disney found the content in the videos to be "inappropriate" and that's why the company is severing ties with him. The report cites several incidents and includes footage of the anti-semitic content, including a video from January 11 where Kjellberg watches two men hold a sign up that says "Death To All Jews." He later created a video defending himself, claiming that media was mischaracterizing him.

The publication notes that YouTube has declined to comment on Kjellberg's comments. Maker Studios, the video distributor for Kjellberg's content, was purchased by Disney back in 2014.

You can watch the full report here.

[Source: The Wall Street Journal]

 

Our Take
Kjellberg is probably the most well-known YouTube personality, so Disney's swift tie-severing here speaks volumes of how unwilling brands are to be associated with bigoted remarks, whether they're made in jest or otherwise. EA also recently punished Madden champion Chris McFarland with a fine after a series of tweets the publisher found to be inappropriate.

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Report: Disney Drops YouTube Personality PewDiePie After Anti-Semitic Jokes

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that popular YouTube personality PewDiePie (Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg) has been dropped by Disney after stirring up controversy with anti-semitic video content. The Journal says that Disney told the publication it was cutting ties with him after reporters reached out to the company to inquire about the YouTuber's use of Nazi imagery in recent videos. 

According to The Wall Street Journal, Disney found the content in the videos to be "inappropriate" and that's why the company is severing ties with him. The report cites several incidents and includes footage of the anti-semitic content, including a video from January 11 where Kjellberg watches two men hold a sign up that says "Death To All Jews." He later created a video defending himself, claiming that media was mischaracterizing him.

The publication notes that YouTube has declined to comment on Kjellberg's comments. Maker Studios, the video distributor for Kjellberg's content, was purchased by Disney back in 2014.

You can watch the full report here.

[Source: The Wall Street Journal]

 

Our Take
Kjellberg is probably the most well-known YouTube personality, so Disney's swift tie-severing here speaks volumes of how unwilling brands are to be associated with bigoted remarks, whether they're made in jest or otherwise. EA also recently punished Madden champion Chris McFarland with a fine after a series of tweets the publisher found to be inappropriate.

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Report: Mass Effect Andromeda To Feature ‘Meaningful’ Side Quests Similar To The Witcher

In a recent interview with PC Gamer, Mass Effect: Andromeda producer Fabrice Condominas delved into how BioWare is approaching side quests, and how the upcoming game is taking inspiration from CD Projekt Red's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Condominas explained that the BioWare team listened to the criticism they received regarding the tedious side quests in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Condominas dubs the issue as the "Hinterlands problem," where players must grind through unsatisfying side content in one location.

With Mass Effect: Andromeda, Condominas explains that BioWare has learned from its missteps and is making a push for more "meaningful" side content.

"We are approaching the completionist aspect very differently, because we've done and learned a lot from Inquisition," Condominas told PC Gamer. "But we've also observed what other games have been doing, like The Witcher."

For more on Mass Effect: Andromeda, click here to be transported to our hub of exclusive content from our December 2016 cover story, or click the banner below. Mass Effect: Andromeda releases on March 21 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

[Source: PC Gamer]

 

Our Take
As much as I love Dragon Age: Inquisition, the meager and tedious side quests often felt frustratingly boring in comparison to the engaging main narrative. A push for more meaningful content is never a bad thing, and The Witcher 3 is an exemplary model of how side content can be just as meaningful as the main story. BioWare has a great reputation of building fascinating worlds and characters, and I hope they will shine in these quests.

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Report: Upcoming PlayStation 4 Update To Improve Performance Of Older Games On Pro Systems

Along with adding the option to use external hard drives, the PlayStation 4's 4.50 update (which is still in beta and offered only to a limited number of users) may also improve the performance of older games on the PlayStation 4 Pro.

The Verge reports the update includes a "Boost Mode" on PlayStation 4 Pro systems, which allows them to run "at a higher GPU and CPU clock speed" to improve performance for games released before the Pro was, allowing for reduced load times and higher framerates on some titles. The mode could cause glitches or errors in some games, however, which is why the mode can be turned on or off in the system menu. Currently, games released before the Pro run about the same on the system unless they're updated by the developers, and in some cases run worse. Though Boost Mode wouldn't give older games HDR options or allow for higher texture density, it should be a nice quality-of-life improvement.

We've reached out to Sony for comment and will update this article should they offer any details.

[Source: The Verge]

 

Our Take
As someone who has a Pro, it'd be cool if I could go back to games like Hitman or Bloodborne and see a performance boost. It'd make my purchase of a Pro a much better investment, especially if the load times are shorter between all my deaths against the Blood-Starved Beast. 

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Report: Blizzard chief slams U.S. travel ban, pledges support for affected staff

Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime issued an internal company-wide email┬ácondemning the ban and pledging HR & legal support for affected staff, according to an anonymous source trusted by Polygon. …


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Report: GameStop staff under fresh pressure to sell used games over new ones

If you work on games that are sold at retail, you should know about a Kotaku report alleging GameStop employees are under new pressure to sell pre-owned games — even if it means misleading customers. …


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