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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier yesterday at 04:30. 2 comments

The Seven-Year Saga Of Shovel Knight Is Finally Over

The Seven-Year Saga Of Shovel Knight Is Finally Over

When I first met the co-founders of Yacht Club Games in October of 2016, at their sleek, ocean-adjacent offices in Marina del Rey, California, they told me they were shocked to still be working on Shovel Knight . After all, it had been three and a half years since they’d quit their day jobs to make their dream video game. Over barbecue rice bowls at a lunch spot nearby, they confessed to...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Dec 09, 2019 at 23:30. 8 comments

Sources: The New BioShock Has Been In The Works For Years

Sources: The New BioShock Has Been In The Works For Years

This morning, video game publisher 2K announced that it had formed a new studio to work on a brand new BioShock game, the fourth in the popular sci-fi series. It won’t be out for “several years,” the publisher said. What 2K didn’t say is that this project has already been in the works since at least 2015, although it’s been rebooted since then.

The truth is that BioShock 4, code-named...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Dec 05, 2019. 21 comments

Sources: Microsoft Is Still Planning A Cheaper, Disc-Less Next-Gen Xbox

Sources: Microsoft Is Still Planning A Cheaper, Disc-Less Next-Gen Xbox

In June, Microsoft announced Project Scarlett, a new iteration of the Xbox that the company said would “set a new bar for console power, speed and performance.” What Microsoft didn’t say is that it is also working on a lower-cost, disc-less version of Scarlett, code-named Lockhart, according to four people briefed on the company’s plans.

If those names sound familiar, that’s because they’ve...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Dec 02, 2019. 15 comments

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Thanksgiving Commercial Spoils The Damn Ending

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Thanksgiving Commercial Spoils The Damn Ending

Imagine: you’re sitting with your family on Thanksgiving Day, watching football or the parade or a Hallmark movie marathon, when suddenly you see a commercial for the new Star Wars game. “Cool,” you might think, for roughly twenty seconds, until it spoils the ending and one of the game’s coolest surprises.

That’s what it was like to be Kotaku editor-in-chief Stephen Totilo last Thursday, who...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Nov 27, 2019. 12 comments

The developers of Death Stranding say they’re releasing an update in mid-December that adds, among o

The developers of Death Stranding say they’re releasing an update in mid-December that adds, among o

The developers of Death Stranding say they’re releasing an update in mid-December that adds, among other things, an option to increase your text size. This is welcome news, given that it’s currently tough to play Death Stranding without squinting so hard that your eyes start tearing up like you’re in Death Stranding.

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Nov 22, 2019. 15 comments

'Jedi Master' Should Really Be The Easiest Difficulty Setting

'Jedi Master' Should Really Be The Easiest Difficulty Setting

You know what video games have gotten all wrong? Difficulty setting names. This week on Kotaku Splitscreen, we discuss.

This week we take a deep dive into Jedi Fallen Order, the great new Star Wars single-player action-adventure game from Respawn. We talk about its influences, its difficulty, and whether Uncharted and Metroid can really harmonize. Then we get into Half-Life VR and the tepid...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Nov 20, 2019. 19 comments

EA Scares Origin Users Into Thinking They're Hacked For No Reason

EA Scares Origin Users Into Thinking They're Hacked For No Reason

This morning at around 3am, jolted awake by an antsy newborn, I rolled over to check my email and was alarmed to see a message from EA with the subject: “You’ve redeemed an Origin Access Membership Code.” Goddamnit, I thought. Did someone hack me? Turns out it was just EA starting off everyone’s day with a nice little scare.

Ironically, this email came as the result of an EA initiative to...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Nov 16, 2019. 13 comments

Sources: BioWare Plans A Complete Overhaul For Anthem

Sources: BioWare Plans A Complete Overhaul For Anthem

Recent silence and a couple of high-profile departures from BioWare have led fans and pundits to speculate that the studio has abandoned its most recent game, Anthem, but the opposite is true. For the last few months, BioWare and parent company EA have been planning an overhaul of the online shooter, according to three people familiar with those plans. Some call it “Anthem 2.0” or “Anthem...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Nov 15, 2019. 18 comments

A Complete List Of Video Games I Played On Paternity Leave

A Complete List Of Video Games I Played On Paternity Leave
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I had a baby a couple months ago, and I took a few weeks off work to hang out with her. Mostly that meant giving her bottles, changing her diapers, and holding her on my lap as I played video games, because it turns out there’s nothing babies hate more than NOT being held at...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Nov 12, 2019. 12 comments

Here’s the lineup of games that will be on Google Stadia when it launches next week, including the T

Here’s the lineup of games that will be on Google Stadia when it launches next week, including the T

Here’s the lineup of games that will be on Google Stadia when it launches next week, including the Tomb Raider trilogy, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and Red Dead Redemption II. All of these games are sold separately, of course, so it’ll be interesting to see how people react to Google’s ambitious streaming platform.

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Nov 09, 2019. 6 comments

Disco Elysium: The Kotaku Review

Disco Elysium: The Kotaku Review

The most important thing about Disco Elysium, an oddly titled role-playing game that came out last month for PC, is that it’s funny. Set in a beautifully ugly world of smudged watercolors and throbbing noir music, Disco Elysium appears at first to be the type of game that might take itself too seriously. It seems nihilistic, dropping not-so-subtle messages that its writers believe everything...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Nov 02, 2019. 16 comments

Blizzard Announces Diablo IV

Blizzard Announces Diablo IV

Diablo IV is coming, Blizzard said today, finally confirming the much-anticipated sequel after years of speculation.

A new cinematic trailer for the game showed a group of treasure hunters fighting against what could be demons, or private equity executives.

Blizzard says the game takes place “many years after the events of Diablo III, after millions have been slaughtered by the...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Oct 29, 2019. 18 comments

After A Terrible 2019, Blizzard Is Going All-In At BlizzCon

After A Terrible 2019, Blizzard Is Going All-In At BlizzCon

The plan was always to wait for BlizzCon. In November of 2018, after a PR blow-up surrounding the ill-advised announcement of the mobile game Diablo Immortal, Blizzard’s staff knew that they just needed to make it through the next year without incident. If they could, they’d be able to win fans back with a suite of killer announcements. Rumors of upcoming layoffs were making employees...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Oct 24, 2019. 21 comments

Sources: The Last of Us 2 Delayed To Spring [UPDATE: Confirmed]

Sources: The Last of Us 2 Delayed To Spring [UPDATE: Confirmed]

The PS4 sequel to The Last of Us will no longer be out in February, sources tell Kotaku. Publisher Sony has delayed The Last Of Us Part II to this spring, just a month after announcing a release date of February 21, 2020.

The news isn’t official yet, and Sony didn’t respond to a request for comment yesterday, but Kotaku has heard from two people familiar with goings-on at Naughty Dog that the...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Sep 24, 2019. 24 comments

Final Fantasy VII Remake's Box Art Sure Is Misleading

Final Fantasy VII Remake's Box Art Sure Is Misleading

This is the box art, released this morning, for the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake, which is out March 3, 2020. It’s killer art. But if you saw it on a store shelf, you would have absolutely no idea that it’s actually just part one of the remake.

The game that publisher Square Enix is calling “Final Fantasy VII Remake” is actually an expanded and enhanced version of the Midgar section of...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Sep 20, 2019. 17 comments

What's Your Weirdest Video Game Ritual?

What's Your Weirdest Video Game Ritual?

Do you have any bizarre rituals that you always perform in a video game, no matter what? This week on Kotaku Splitscreen, we discuss that question and much more.

First, Kirk, Maddy, and I talk about the great new visual novel AI: The Somnium Files, the wonderfully addictive Fire Emblem, and Remnant: From the Ashes, aka Gears of Dark Souls. Then we get into news (34:07) on Nicalis and Apple...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Sep 20, 2019. 22 comments

Tips For Playing The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Tips For Playing The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Link’s Awakening is not a challenging game, but it can be a little abstruse. Originally released for the Game Boy in 1993 and overhauled for Switch in a delightful remake that’s out this week, the fourth Zelda is full of secrets, mysteries, and weird quirks to discover. Here are some tips to help you leave no stone unturned on Koholint Island.

Do the trading quest

The most important tip I can...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Sep 19, 2019. 24 comments

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening: The Kotaku Review

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening: The Kotaku Review

The best feeling you can possibly feel while playing a video game is the act of swinging a sword in Zelda. I came to this conclusion recently, while playing the new remake of Link’s Awakening and trying to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes me love Zelda games so much. The answer, I think, is the way Link swings his sword.

Just look:

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Sep 17, 2019. 18 comments

Everything You Need To Know About Ni no Kuni Remastered

Everything You Need To Know About Ni no Kuni Remastered

This week, the charming role-playing game Ni no Kuni will come to three new platforms. On two of those platforms it’ll be all fancy and remastered, and on the third it’ll be portable. Here’s everything you need to know about this new release.

What’s a “Ni no Kuni”?

Good question. Ni no Kuni is a gorgeous JRPG made by developer Level-5 in conjunction with the iconic anime house Studio Ghibli. It...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Sep 17, 2019. 19 comments

Zero Escape Director's New Game Is Another Twisty, Captivating Mystery

Zero Escape Director's New Game Is Another Twisty, Captivating Mystery

When you play a video game directed by Kotaro Uchikoshi, you know you’re always going to get a few things. There will be tangents about fascinating pieces of science and mythology. The characters will frequently make terrible lewd jokes. And the story will be a sprawling tapestry full of twists, emotional moments, and ruminations on the meaning of life.

You may know Uchikoshi best from his

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