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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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Report: Switch Menu Leak Reveals Extra Storage Space For Dev Units

Nintendo is broadcasting an ad during this weekend's Super Bowl, showing off the Nintendo Switch (and little more than a second of Breath of the Wild). The company's Portugal wing apparently showed a bit more than it had planned to, uploading a version of the ad on YouTube that included a few shots of the console's developer menus.

The video has been pulled, but a fast-fingered NeoGAF user snapped some screengrabs beforehand. The menus show off a few interesting under-the-hood tidbits, such as an option to display the device's remaining battery life as a percentage, brightness settings, and automatic date and time updates.

Perhaps the biggest thing featured, however, is that the developer units apparently feature 64 GB of internal storage, as opposed to the 32 GB that the retail units are shipping with. To be clear, this is storage space, not RAM, so it's not likely that this would have any effect on game development at all.

 

Our Take
This is slightly embarrassing for Nintendo, mostly for releasing a video that featured placeholder footage instead of gameplay. Players will be able to upgrade their Switch's capacity by 2 terabytes, but I don't think anyone would have complained about having an additional 32 GB out of the gate.

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Report: Nintendo President Shares Switch Online Services Pricing, VR Considerations

The Nikkei Asian Review is reporting new details revealing subscription pricing for the Nintendo Switch's online services. 

Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima tells the Nikkei that the online game services will come at an annual cost of 2,000 to 3,000 yen, or approximately $ 17.60 to $ 26.40. 

Kimishima also says Nintendo is studying the possibility of adding virtual reality options for the Switch, but only if Nintendo is able to resolve issues connected to discomfort using VR over multiple hours. Previously, Kimishima has said that Nintendo has interest in VR, but this latest report indicates the primary dilemma facing the company before committing to VR.

We have reached out to Nintendo for confirmation on both online service pricing and the possibility of VR, and we will update this story if we hear back. 

[Source: Nikkei Asian Review, via @serkantoto]

 

Our Take
Even if we take these statements at face value, the online services pricing that Kimishima suggests is specifically tied to Japanese currency. Given that Nintendo has previously not had a subscription plan for its online services, it’s hard to know whether Japanese pricing would be the same in North America. 

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