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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Activision Seeking Identity of Modern Warfare Battle Royale Leaker

Activision has filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act subpoena against Reddit in pursuit of the identity of a leaker who posted artwork from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare‘s unannounced battle royale mode, Warzone. The specific image in question (see above) seems to be part of an internal document, which means that only an Activision or an Infinity Ward employee could have leaked it.
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    Ring Fit Adventure Muscles Way to Popularity in China Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus

    It was reported earlier this week that Nintendo’s Ring Fit Adventure has seen a surge of popularity and sales in China, indirectly due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. [Thanks, SCMP!]

    Bayonetta 3 Development Still “Progressing Smoothly”, According to Hideki Kamiya

    The latest issue of Famitsu has an interview with Platinum Games’ Hideki Kamiya and Atsushi Inaba, who talk about the development of Bayonetta, and Bayonetta 3, as part of an interview about the Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle that released this week in the West. The Japanese version will release on May 28, 2020. [Thanks, Ryokutya2089!]

    Code: Realize~Guardian of Rebirth~ and the Switch Are a Perfect Match

    The time has come. The English Nintendo Switch otome game library is expanding. Otomate games are on the way, with Aksys leading the charge with a familiar face. The Code: Realize Switch port has arrived and, while this is a game we’re now seeing for the third time in English, it’s still a welcome prospect.

    PlayStation Store Big in Japan Sale Brings Deals on Japanese Favorites

    Sony is continuing its chain of themed sale days with the PlayStation Store Big in Japan sale, which offers to 70% off hundreds of games through March 7, 2020. In keeping with the theme, the unifying element is “Japan.” That means games developed in Japan, as well as a number of titles published by Japanese companies like Square Enix, are all on the block.

    Eve: Burst Error Sequel Eve: Rebirth Terror Will Find Its Way Onto Nintendo Switch on February 27

    The latest game in the Eve series visual novels, Eve: Rebirth Terror, is headed to Nintendo Switch via the eShop on February 27, 2020. The game released last year on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

    Mount & Blade 2 dated, Kickstarter unionised, and more of the week’s news

    This week, Mount & Blade 2 finally got a release date (well, for early access), Kickstarter unionised, and the Gothic Remake got the go-ahead. Read on for more of the week’s PC gaming goings-on in our News Digest, and do also check out the Weekly Updates Update for the week’s big patches.

    Final Fantasy VII Remake Another Story Battle Train Event Canceled Over Coronavirus Concerns

    Square Enix has made the decision to cancel the  Final Fantasy VII Remake Another Story Battle Train event, which was would have been held on February 22, 2020 in Tokyo. The Battle Train was a free promotional event to build excitement for the 2020 release of FFVII Remake ’s first episode. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

    Pokemon Home Will Undergo Maintenance to Resolve Hyper Training Issue

    Pokemon Home will be undergoing maintenance from 01:30 to 11:20 UTC on February 25, 2020. This is to resolve an issue with players losing their Hyper Training information. Hyper training is a method of training your Pokemon that allows players to maximize one or more of their Pokemon’s IVs. While this might not be a major concern for more casual players, acquiring IVs (or individual values) are extremely important for more competitive play.

    Life Force, Flak Attack, Naughty Boy, Formation Z Will Join the Arcade Archives

    Hamster revealed a few more games coming to the Arcade Archives collection of arcade games that are being revived and rereleased for modern consoles. [Thanks, Ryokutya2089!]

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    Netflix has announced The Witcher  Season 2 is officially in production, reveals cast

    The Witcher has become one of Netflix’s most popular original shows and I suspect that many of you are eagerly awaiting season 2. The company announced last night that season 2 is currently in production and revealed some of the cast members who will make an appearance. Have a look below to see whether you spot anyone familiar.

    EVE Online will let you hide a frigate inside your battleship, for emergencies

    Dang it, you’ve sunk my battleship. It’s fine, it had a smaller boat inside it all along. No, that’s definitely how the game Battleships work. I know what I’m talking about. Time was in EVE Online, losing your spaceship meant losing the fight. But CCP are mixing up intergalactic PVP by announcing new Frigate Escape Bays – getting you back in the fight by turning some of New Eden’s biggest ships into starfaring matryoshka dolls.

    Create and explore bizarre stock image landscapes with Sok-Worlds

    Dreams? Never heard of it. Media Molecule’s swish toolset might be locked down to PlayStation folks, but those rascals at Dutch indie collective Sokpop have already given us one better. The latest entry in their twice-monthly release catalogue is Sok-Worlds, a set-dressing toy for making and exploring 3D simple collages. Who needs modelling, scripting and animation tools when Google image search is sitting right there, anyway?