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Hearthstone game director Ben Brode is leaving Blizzard

Hearthstone game director Ben Brode is leaving Blizzard

Hearthstone game director Ben Brode has announced he is leaving Blizzard after 15 years with the company.

Brode is starting a new company that will “probably” make games, and is looking forward to “actually creating things again”.

“I am very fortunate to be able to take a crazy risk right now in my life, and I’m excited to be scrappy and a little scared,” he wrote on Blizzard’s official forums.

“I’m going to miss the on-campus Starbucks, though. Dang.

“Blizzard, thank you for taking a chance on me, and thank you for taking a chance on Hearthstone. I can’t wait to see what you do next.

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Australian High Court orders Valve to pay AU$3m over misleading refund policy

Australian High Court orders Valve to pay AU$3m over misleading refund policy

Valve has lost an appeal filed in The High Court of Australia, and must now pay an AU$3 million penalty for breaching Australian Consumer Law.

The Australia Competition and Consumer Commission commenced legal action against Valve in August 2014, contending that Steam’s refund policy was in breach of Australian law.

At the time, Valve did not offer refunds for games at all. It now offers refunds on games played for fewer than two hours, with some caveats.

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Universal is working on a new Doom film

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Universal is working on a new Doom film

An actress has let slip that a new Doom film is in the works at Universal.

Last week, actress/singer Nina Bergman tweeted that she has signed up for the flick, and that the film's director is guy who is "an actors director, not scared of taking chances, thinks outside the box, writes crazy cool female characters and dialog".

Of course, there has already been one Doom film this millennium, a dismal effort starring Kiwi legend Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, and some dude called Dwayne Johnson.

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Housemarque teases "high flying and heavy hitting" multiplayer title Stormdivers

Housemarque teases "high flying and heavy hitting" multiplayer title Stormdivers

Nex Machina studio Housemarque is teasing a “high flying and heavy hitting” multiplayer title that will be its first games-as-service effort.

The Finish studio has been working on Stormdivers for two years, and says that with the game and another unannounced triple-A title, it is entering a new era.

There isn't a ton of info out about Stormdivers just yet, but when Eurogamer suggested it might be a a battle royale game, Housemarque head of publishing Mikael Haveri replied, "That's a very good assumption."

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Aussie adventure Moonquest hits Early Access soon

Aussie adventure Moonquest hits Early Access soon

The Australian procedurally-generated adventure game formerly known as Moonman will launch onto Steam Early Access in June.

Moonman has been retitled MoonQuest to reflect its now-expansive cast of playable characters, which include Moonman, a human, a spaceman, a knight, and a moss-elemental. Each character plays slightly differently and starts with different gear.

The game promises a rich procedurally-generated world to explore, and has mechanics similar to games like Minecraft, Terraria, Starbound, and Crea.

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Valve acquires Firewatch studio Campo Santo

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Valve acquires Firewatch studio Campo Santo

Firewatch studio Campo Santo has been acquired by Valve.

As a result, the studio’s 12 employees will relocate from California to Bellevue, Washington, where they will continue production on In the Valley of Gods.

In an update on its official blog, Campo Santo said the culture at Valve was a good fit for its employees.

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Kiwi FPS Sky Noon's first public test runs this weekend

Kiwi FPS Sky Noon's first public test runs this weekend

The first public test of Kiwi FPS Sky Noon is running from now until Tuesday morning, developer Lunar Rooster has announced.

You can sign up to participate in the beta on the game’s official Discord channel.

Sky Noon is a western-themed multiplayer FPS where kills are scored by knocking opponents off the map, Smash Bros.-style.

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NeocoreGames: 90 hour workweeks "meant as a joke"

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NeocoreGames: 90 hour workweeks "meant as a joke"

The studio behind an upcoming Warhammer 40,000 action RPG says it was joking about making its staff work 90 hour weeks to make up for the game’s delayed release.

This morning, Hungarian studio NeocoreGames announced on Steam and its own forums that Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr would be leaving Early Access a bit more than three weeks later than expected.

Technical issues on the game's console versions mean the game will launch on all platforms on June 5 rather than May 11.

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Everspace dev: influencers "just shit at playing the game"

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Everspace dev: influencers "just shit at playing the game"

Rockfish Games paid thousands to streamers at the launch of Everspace, but says most of the money was wasted.

As VG24/7 reports, Everspace developer Michael Schade gave a talk today at the Reboot Develop conference, where he outlined the pitfalls of paying prominent streamers to play a game.

Rockfish paid up to 5000 euros per hour to streamers to publicise the game, but Schade said that most were “just shit at playing the game” and “a disaster”.

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Universal is working on a new Doom film
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Universal is working on a new Doom film
Can't be worse than the first?
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Aussie adventure Moonquest hits Early Access soon
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Aussie adventure Moonquest hits Early Access soon
After six years of work.
Valve acquires Firewatch studio Campo Santo
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Valve acquires Firewatch studio Campo Santo
"It quickly became an obvious match."
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Hearthstone game director Ben Brode is leaving Blizzard
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Hearthstone game director Ben Brode is leaving Blizzard
"I’m excited to be scrappy and a little scared."
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