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CD Projekt Red doubles-down on microtransaction disdain

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CD Projekt Red doubles-down on microtransaction disdain

CD Projekt Red, the incredible studio behind The Witcher 3(which we just reviewed on the Nintendo Switch) and the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 have not been shy about speaking out against the industry's egregious monetisation practices in the past.

During a recent interview at PAX Australia with the folks at Gamespot, CD Projekt Red studio head John Mamais discussed Cyberpunk 2077 and reaffirmed the studios' position against the use of microtransactions. Mamais hit the nail on the head, stating "I think it's a bad idea to do microtransactions after you release a game. It seems like it's very profitable, though. It's probably a hard decision for the guy that runs the business to decide if we should do it or not. But if everyone hates it, why would we do something like that and lose the goodwill of our customers?"

If you've played any game in the last five years, you've likely encountered more than your fair share of shady money-grabbing systems. More and more games are at the mercy of people in suits and shareholders, who push developers to include ways to further squeeze hard-earned dollars from its player base. While plenty of outlets and gamers are rallying against these morally-defunct practices, the fact that companies are still raking in cash from microtransactions.

It's great to see CDPR sticking to their morals and putting gamers first when it comes to delivering a full experience that doesn't separate the player base based on their willingness to spend more money. Now, if the rest of the industry could take a page out of their book, that'd be just great. Considering how prevalent these practices are though, we still have a long road ahead of us.

The full interview is well-worth a read so jump over to Gamespot and check it out!

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Google Stadia has a release date... for some

Google Stadia has a release date... for some

Google's new gaming console now has a release date for those that pre-ordered the Founder's Edition – November 19.

The Founder's Edition includes a three-month subscription to Stadia Pro, a limited edition night blue controller, a Chromecast Ultra, and a three-month Buddy Pass to Stadia Pro for a friend.

Stadia Pro is promised to deliver 4K/60fps with 5.1 surround sound, while the Stadia Base service only offers 1080/60fps.

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Fortnite Chapter 2 trailer leaks following black hole event

Fortnite Chapter 2 trailer leaks following black hole event

Following the massive black hole event that saw the game world disappear, a trailer has leaked showing what players can expect from Fortnite when it inevitably returns.

Currently, anyone who attempts to log in is greeted by a black hole and is unable to do anything. Rumours have been rife, alluding to the game coming back as Fortnite: Chapter 2. Thanks to the recently leaked video, it looks like the rumours were spot-on. Check out the leaked trailer below.

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CoD dev claims Modern Warfare won't have loot boxes

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CoD dev claims Modern Warfare won't have loot boxes

After a number of leaks regarding loot boxes and microtransactions for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, an Infinity Ward dev has come out to set the record straight.

Joel Emslie, the game's art director took to Reddit in order to put these rumours to bed.

"Sigh. There continues to be misinformed and incorrect info being pushed about Modern Warfare," Emslie wrote. "What I can say right now is that we are definitely NOT working on any kind of supply drop or loot box system."

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Blizzard responds to Blitzchung ban outrage

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Blizzard responds to Blitzchung ban outrage

Blizzard Entertainment's president, J. Allen Brack has responded to outcry over a Hearthstone Grandmaster's banning and confiscation of winnings after they voiced support for the protests in Hong Kong.

In a lengthy letter posted on the publisher's site, Brack stated that Blitzchung would now receive his winnings, and that his ban would be reduced from one year to six months.

"We’ve had a chance to pause, to listen to our community, and to reflect on what we could have done better," Brack wrote. "In hindsight, our process wasn’t adequate, and we reacted too quickly."

Brack went on to note that "the specific views expressed by blitzchung were NOT a factor in the decision we made. I want to be clear: our relationships in China had no influence on our decision."

"We want to ensure that we maintain a safe and inclusive environment for all our players, and that our rules and processes are clear. All of this is in service of another important Blizzard value—Play Nice; Play Fair.

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Walkouts and boycotts continue against Blizzard

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Walkouts and boycotts continue against Blizzard

Blizzard's reaction to an on-air call for the liberation of Hong Kong by a Hearthstone Grandmaster has resulted in a backlash that has put the company between a rock and hard place.

During an Asia-Pacific Grandmasters broadcast, Hearthstone Grandmaster, Chung 'blitzchung Ng Wai appeared wearing a gas mask, and declared "Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our age!"

Blizzard has since issued a 12 month ban and revoked his winnings, citing a rule violation that prohibits players from "engaging in any act that, in Blizzard’s sole discretion, brings you into public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damages Blizzard image."

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IO Interactive is partnering with Warner Bros for a new IP

IO Interactive is partnering with Warner Bros for a new IP

IO Interactive, the talented studio behind the Hitman series has announced the extension of their deal with publishing giant Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for a new game coming to PC and console.

IOI CEO Hakan Abrak stated that the upcoming title would be set in a "new universe", so it's highly likely that the recently opened studio in Sweden is taking the lead.

Abrak further went on to say "We're looking forward to continuing this relationship. IO Interactive has a proud history of creating compelling characters and universes for our players to enjoy--it's in our DNA."

News Index


Google Stadia has a release date... for some
Google Stadia has a release date... for some
NEWS Founder's Edition releases November 19
CD Projekt Red doubles-down on microtransaction disdain
CD Projekt Red doubles-down on microtransaction disdain
NEWS This guy gets it.
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Fortnite Chapter 2 trailer leaks following black hole event
Fortnite Chapter 2 trailer leaks following black hole event
NEWS It's ok, it'll be back really soon...
CoD dev claims Modern Warfare won't have loot boxes
CoD dev claims Modern Warfare won't have loot boxes
NEWS Setting the record straight
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Blizzard responds to Blitzchung ban outrage
Blizzard responds to Blitzchung ban outrage
NEWS "Our relationships in China had no influence on our decision"
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Walkouts and boycotts continue against Blizzard
Walkouts and boycotts continue against Blizzard
NEWS Blizzard yet to respond.
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IO Interactive is partnering with Warner Bros for a new IP
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NEWS What could it be?
Ex Bungie CEO reveals new company ProbablyMonsters
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NEWS Probably got the know how.
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PlayStation 5 will release Christmas 2020
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NEWS Surprise, surprise.
Doom Eternal pushed back to next year
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Ms. Marvel joins the team in Marvel's The Avengers
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Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC & Google Stadia
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Sony Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden leaves PlayStation
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NEWS Devasta-shawn ensues
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Bungie to become a multiple-franchise company by 2025
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NEWS Looking beyond its Destiny.
The Last of Us Part II won't include multiplayer
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NEWS But something is in the works for later
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Death Stranding has officially gone gold!
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NEWS It is actually happening!
PS4
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Jedi: Fallen Order's new trailer hints at epic baddies
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NEWS I've got a good feeling about this...
MediEvil demo available now on PSN Store
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NEWS ...but only til October 6th.
First look at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Campaign
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NEWS Captain Price and his mo have never looked better!
The Last of Us Part II gets a new trailer and release date
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NEWS Goosebumps.
Destiny 2's Annual Pass now free to Forsaken owners
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NEWS Forges, Drifters, and Opulence... oh my.
John Wick Hex releasing October 8
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NEWS “How good to see you again so soon, Mr. Wick.”
Terminator: Resistance announced for PS4, XBO & PC
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NEWS Releases November 15
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E3 2020 could be a festival for media & influencers
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NEWS Will it be enough to boost numbers?
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The MediEvil remake has now gone gold
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NEWS Sir Daniel Fortesque has never looked better
Bungie details Shadowkeep's release roadmap
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NEWS Plus weapon changes to resurrect guntypes
Final Fantasy VII Remake to feature 'classic' battle mode
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NEWS Out with the new and in with the old
Massive chunk of Death Stranding gameplay shown at TGS
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NEWS I'm still confused, but more excited than ever.
PS4
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OtherSide reveals pre-alpha footage for System Shock 3
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NEWS SHODAN has been busy.
Control update fixes major performance issues
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NEWS Out now on PS4 and coming soon on Xbox One & PC.