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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Aug 17, 2019 at 03:00. 5 comments

Halo Infinite Creative Director Leaves Company

Halo Infinite Creative Director Leaves Company

Tim Longo, creative director for the upcoming Halo Infinite, left developer 343 Industries this week, Kotaku has learned. It’s part of a leadership shakeup that arrives late in the development of the next Halo game, which is scheduled for release in fall 2020.

Longo, an industry veteran who also served as creative director for Halo 5, had moved to a different role a few weeks ago, according to...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Aug 17, 2019 .

The New Grandia HD Collection Is Pretty But Really Needs A Fast-Forward Button

The New Grandia HD Collection Is Pretty But Really Needs A Fast-Forward Button

Grandia and its sequel, Grandia II, are both very good classic role-playing games, full of charm and adventure and spirit. They came out in 1997 and 2000, respectively. Even an HD remake isn’t enough to make up for that.

Today, publisher Gungho Entertainment put out HD remakes of the first two Grandia games for Switch. The pack will cost you $40, and it includes two turn-based RPGs that rank...

Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Aug 16, 2019 . 8 comments

Some Tips For Avoiding Internet Distractions

Some Tips For Avoiding Internet Distractions

If you’re reading this, you probably know the feeling: You’re trying to get into a flow state on something productive, but somehow, your mouse gravitates to your bookmarks, and suddenly you’re browsing Twitter, or Tumblr, or another internet addiction of your choice. Today on Kotaku Splitscreen, we discuss.

I spent the past four weeks locking myself in my apartment and writing all day, which...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Aug 14, 2019 at 00:40. 2 comments

Bungie has a Destiny testing team called Velveeta that tries to find the cheesiest exploits in the g

Bungie has a Destiny testing team called Velveeta that tries to find the cheesiest exploits in the g

Bungie has a Destiny testing team called Velveeta that tries to find the cheesiest exploits in the game. That’s one of the revelations in Destiny frontman Luke Smith’s latest blog post, part one of a three-part epic looking at the state of the game since Forsaken launched last September. The biggest news? That clunky Pursuits tab is finally getting a new look.

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Aug 13, 2019 at 21:30. 6 comments

Final Fantasy VIII Remaster Addresses A Classic Meme

Final Fantasy VIII Remaster Addresses A Classic Meme

Later this year, Square Enix will put out a graphical remaster of Final Fantasy VIII for modern consoles. You may be pleased to learn that, thanks to its new high-def character models, this remaster will ruin a classic Final Fantasy meme.

It’s hard to tell who came up with this one, but it’s at least five years old. It’s a brief, beautiful moment from the ballroom dance scene early in Final...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 15, 2019.

Sony Accidentally Loses List Of PS4 Contest Winners 

Sony Accidentally Loses List Of PS4 Contest Winners 

Late last year in Japan, Sony held a pretty neat contest—people who bought a PS3, a PS4, a Vita, or a Vita TV between December 4 and January 15 could get a calendar with a special code that gave them a chance to snag one of those limited-edition 20th-anniversary PS4s , the ones that have been driving Sony fans wild for the past few months.

Today, the company behind PlayStation announced that...

Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 13, 2019.

Square Addresses The Top XV Criticisms Of Final Fantasy XV

Square Addresses The Top XV Criticisms Of <i>Final Fantasy XV</i>

As it turns out, Final Fantasy fans have OPINIONS. And Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata is listening very closely to those opinions.

In a presentation last night that was chock full of interesting details about the upcoming fifteenth Final Fantasy game (for Xbox One and PS4; no release date yet), Tabata and Square Enix marketing manager Akio Ofuji read through a list of the most common...

Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 12, 2019. 22 comments

Final Fantasy IX Retrospective: The Final Fantasy's Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy IX Retrospective: The Final Fantasy's Final Fantasy

You know when you’re playing around with a new recipe and you fall in love with one particular spice? Call it cumin. You find every recipe that makes sense with cumin, and eventually, you grow so obsessed with it that you just keep adding it to all of your dinners for a month straight, until the rest of your family is like “cut it out with the cumin,” and you realize you’ve gone too far? Then...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 11, 2019. 21 comments

Dragon Quest Builders 2 Is Even Better Than The First

Dragon Quest Builders 2 Is Even Better Than The First

The first Dragon Quest Builders was an underrated gem, a delightful game that proved that Dragon Quest and Minecraft go together as nicely as peanut butter and pickles. The second game, which comes out Friday, is even better.

I’ve played a couple dozen hours of Dragon Quest Builders 2 on Switch so far thanks to an early copy provided by Nintendo, and I’m pleased to report that it’s fantastic....

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 11, 2019. 14 comments

Legendary Mario Player Is Building Some Of The Hardest Mario Maker 2 Levels You'll Ever See

Legendary Mario Player Is Building Some Of The Hardest Mario Maker 2 Levels You'll Ever See

It’s a good thing you have to beat a level before uploading it in Super Mario Maker 2, or else who knows what kind of twisted horrors longtime player PangeaPanga would be coming up with?

Panga is a member of the Kaizo community, a group of bafflingly skilled Mario players who make and speedrun through ultra-tough platformers in which there’s no room for error. In a level like this, one...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 10, 2019.

JJ Abrams is making a video game with Chair, the studio behind Shadow Complex

JJ Abrams is making a video game with Chair, the studio behind Shadow Complex

JJ Abrams is making a video game with Chair, the studio behind Shadow Complex. It’s called “Spyjinx”—lol—and we don’t know anything about it, but here’s the website. They say it’ll be out next year. Presumably that Abrams/Gabe Newell crossover is never gonna happen.

Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 10, 2019.

System Shock 3 could be happening, if a new teaser by the studio Otherside is any evidence

System Shock 3 could be happening, if a new teaser by the studio Otherside is any evidence

System Shock 3 could be happening, if a new teaser by the studio Otherside is any evidence. Otherside, founded by veteran designer Paul Neurath, is also working on the Kickstarted Underworld Ascendant. Here’s guessing System Shock will be a Kickstarter, too.

Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 10, 2019.

Watch Microsoft's E3 Press Conference, Right Here [UPDATE: Over]

Watch Microsoft's E3 Press Conference, Right Here [UPDATE: Over]

It’s time to see what Microsoft’s got up their neon green sleeves. Will today be the day we see the Xbox Scorpio?

We’re also expecting an Xbox Slim, some new Dead Rising, some Gears of War 4, and hopefully a lot of other surprises. The big E3 Xbox press conference starts at 12:30pm Eastern. You can follow along with our liveblog here and you can watch the stream live right here.

UPDATE: And...

Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 10, 2019.

Hearthstone Players Aren't Pleased About Expensive New Skin

<i>Hearthstone </i>Players Aren't Pleased About Expensive New Skin

Yesterday, Blizzard finally announced plans to add a new hero to Hearthstone: the dwarf king Magni Bronzebeard. Except, well, Magni isn’t actually a new hero. He’s a new portrait.

Yep, for the hefty price of $10, players of Blizzard’s stellar digital card game can replace the current warrior portrait (Garrosh Hellscream) with Magni, in all of his dwarven glory. He’s got unique emotes...

Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 10, 2019.

The Overwatch closed beta will begin on October 27, Blizzard just announced

The Overwatch closed beta will begin on October 27, Blizzard just announced

The Overwatch closed beta will begin on October 27, Blizzard just announced. If you’re interested in the colorful new team shooter (which came from the ashes of Blizzard’s Titan ) you can opt in on battle.net. They’ll also be holding beta test weekends starting after BlizzCon in November.

Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 09, 2019.

'SQUIRTLE!!!'

'SQUIRTLE!!!'

A ridiculous end to a ridiculous week. Have a good weekend, folks. Try not to get decked while chasing Squirtles. (h/t Tech Insider)

Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 08, 2019. 1 comments

Want to know what it’s like to be at E3?

Want to know what it’s like to be at E3?

Want to know what it’s like to be at E3? Danny O’Dwyer and his Noclip team have put together a great tour of the show, featuring interviews with media, developers, and even some jerk from Kotaku. Watch above.

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 08, 2019.

Fallout Monopoly Is Coming [UPDATE]

<i>Fallout </i>Monopoly Is Coming [UPDATE]

Continuing their quest to destroy all of your free time this fall, Bethesda announced Fallout Monopoly this morning, and although details are scant, we can already imagine what’ll be in there.

Bottle cap bankers? SPECIAL cards? Monopolies in the Commonwealth? Pip-Boy pieces? FALLOUT FOR EVERYONE.

Bethesda says it’s coming in November—just in time for Fallout 4.

UPDATE (4:15pm): A tipster sent...

Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 08, 2019.

Steam Is Down [UPDATE: Steam Is No Longer Down]

Steam Is Down [UPDATE: Steam Is No Longer Down]

UPDATE (2:06pm): Steam has returned. Carry on.

Original post follows:

Happy holidays. Steam is down. We don’t know why. Could it be back up by the time this post goes live? Absolutely. But for now, rest assured that A) it’s not just you and B) Half-Life 3 is never coming out.

As we all wait for Valve to get their servers back up so we can spend more money on PC games we’ll never play, let us...

Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 08, 2019.

Two Years Later, Sony’s '#JRPGVita' Campaign Is A Bust

Two Years Later, Sony’s '#JRPGVita' Campaign Is A Bust

On June 6, 2013, Sony director of strategic content Shahid Ahmad wrote on Twitter that the company was looking to bring more Japanese role-playing games to the Vita.

“Greetings,” he said. “We’re looking at JRPGs and similar for Vita. Your votes on which ones you’d buy using #jrpgvita please.”

The tweet exploded, drawing attention from JRPG fans on sites like NeoGAF and Reddit, and in the coming...

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