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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Aug 15, 2019 . 21 comments

'We Know We’re Not Taking It Far Enough': A Ubisoft VP Wrestles With Politics In Games

'We Know We’re Not Taking It Far Enough': A Ubisoft VP Wrestles With Politics In Games

A couple of months ago, in a meeting room on the outskirts of the Los Angeles Convention Center during the E3 gaming show, Ubisoft’s Tommy Francois described what he thought would be the ultimate video game.

It would be “a matrix where you get one thousand lives, where you get one thousand mistakes and within these thousand mistakes you get all these different points of view and you get...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Aug 13, 2019 at 04:35. 8 comments

The Division 2 Devs Remove New Mode Weeks After Launch To Make It Better

The Division 2 Devs Remove New Mode Weeks After Launch To Make It Better

Adding stuff to a game months after release? That’s usually good news. Removing it a few weeks later? That tends to not go over as well.

Members of The Division 2’s community have been expressing confusion and aggravation since late last week following confirmation that the game’s Expedition area, which was released just last month, is being cycled out tomorrow.

A Ubisoft representative,...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Aug 06, 2019. 14 comments

Months After Labor Controversy, Rockstar Converts Game-Testers To Full-Time

Months After Labor Controversy, Rockstar Converts Game-Testers To Full-Time

Workers at Rockstar Lincoln, the British studio that does the lion’s share of testing for the Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption games, are being converted from contractors to full-time employees, three sources familiar with the studio have told Kotaku.

The move will remove the uncertainty of working on temporary contracts, a positive turn at a company with notoriously arduous working...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Aug 06, 2019. 7 comments

The ESA, the lobbying group that also runs E3, acknowledged today that information for media attende

The ESA, the lobbying group that also runs E3, acknowledged today that information for media attende

The ESA, the lobbying group that also runs E3, acknowledged today that information for media attendees of two E3s in the previous decade was on a third-party website and has “either been taken down or are in the process of being removed.” For more on all of the ESA’s bungling of attendee info, check our updated post from the weekend.

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Aug 01, 2019.

A Hard-Hitting Investigation Into Whether Two Statues In The Division 2 Appear To Be Having Sex

A Hard-Hitting Investigation Into Whether Two Statues In The Division 2 Appear To Be Having Sex
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

Video games can inspire us do strange things. For example, there I was yesterday playing The Division 2, checking whether the shadow or reflection of an obelisk in the game fell upon the statue of a naked woman in a certain sexual way. It wasn’t my idea. It was in the game.

This misadventure began when I turned...

Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Aug 01, 2019.

Fortnite Adds Titans (I Mean Mechs)

Fortnite Adds Titans (I Mean Mechs)

The new season of Fortnite started earlier today and brought a new round of surprise changes. The most titanic one to drop? A new two-player mech called the B.R.U.T.E.

The new vehicle is showcased in a trailer for Fortnite Season 10 (or X, as they’re calling it).

An official blog post outlining the seasonal changes to Fortnite Battle Royale and the game’s other modes. It promotes the...

Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jul 30, 2019. 9 comments

Sony Has Shipped 100 Million PS4s

Sony Has Shipped 100 Million PS4s

The PS5 may be on the horizon , but the PS4 is far from dead. Sony reports that they have now shipped 100 million PS4s between the machine’s late 2013 launch and June 30 of this year.

Sony’s most recent figure for the number of PS4s actually sold to customers is 91.6 million, through the end of 2018.

Daniel Ahmad, an industry analyst and Tweeter of jokes, said that the PS4 has reached the 100...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jul 30, 2019. 16 comments

Watchdog Slams Lead Grand Theft Auto Studio For Avoiding Corporate Taxes In The UK

Watchdog Slams Lead Grand Theft Auto Studio For Avoiding Corporate Taxes In The UK

Rockstar North has used tax programs and other crafty accounting to avoid paying corporate taxes in the UK for years, even while its most successful game Grand Theft Auto V has sold millions of copies and made billions of dollars.

That situation is detailed in public tax filings for Rockstar North, Ltd. and highlighted in a searing report released this weekend by a group called Tax Watch,...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jul 29, 2019. 4 comments

The End Of Assassin's Creed Odyssey Is Finally Within My Reach

The End Of Assassin's Creed Odyssey Is Finally Within My Reach
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

The developers of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey have been moving the game’s finish line farther out since October of last year, but I think I’m finally about to catch it. This sums up my gaming experience these days, perpetually racing toward a moving goal.

At launch Odyssey was already a marathon, a game with not...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jul 26, 2019. 14 comments

The acclaimed 2015 throwback role-playing game Pillars of Eternity is coming to Nintendo Switch on A

The acclaimed 2015 throwback role-playing game Pillars of Eternity is coming to Nintendo Switch on A

The acclaimed 2015 throwback role-playing game Pillars of Eternity is coming to Nintendo Switch on August 8, according to a new trailer from publisher Versus Evil and development studio Obsidian. The Switch release will include the game’s updates and White March expansions . The Switch, along with other consoles, is also still slated to get a port of 2018's Pillars of Eternity II...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jul 26, 2019. 4 comments

Maybe it’s just me, but when I see a supposedly unreachable small island at the edge of a video game

Maybe it’s just me, but when I see a supposedly unreachable small island at the edge of a video game

Maybe it’s just me, but when I see a supposedly unreachable small island at the edge of a video game level, I think “GoldenEye.” That’s why the sight above in one of The Division 2'snew levels got me thinking about my colleague Heather’s article about a certain “dam island.”

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jul 25, 2019. 17 comments

Microsoft is tweaking the look of the Xbox One’s home menu again, with more space given to recent ga

Microsoft is tweaking the look of the Xbox One’s home menu again, with more space given to recent ga

Microsoft is tweaking the look of the Xbox One’s home menu again, with more space given to recent games played and separate clickable spots for accessing important pages like the store and Game Pass (they really want you to subscribe!). The change will go live for all Xbox One users this fall, according to an official Xbox news post.

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jul 25, 2019. 9 comments

The Division 2’s Big New Update Is As Promising As It Confusing

The Division 2’s Big New Update Is As Promising As It Confusing

Ubisoft’s sprawling loot shooter The Division 2 just received its biggest free update since its March launch...except most of it isn’t really free until next week, except for two parts that won’t even be free then, but some of the free stuff won’t be out until the week after next, and one promised part is on ice and…Shall we start this over?

On Tuesday, The Division 2’s Title Update 5, which...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jul 23, 2019. 3 comments

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Final Paid Expansion Is Terrific If You Like The Weird Stuff

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Final Paid Expansion Is Terrific If You Like The Weird Stuff

The most dedicated players of 2009’s Assassin’s Creed II could stray from the Italian Renaissance adventures of Ezio Auditore to solve puzzles that unlocked a 37-second video of a naked Adam and Eve running through a high-tech city in some unknown year BC. That’s the kind of stuff they used to put in Assassin’s Creed games, and how wonderful it is to see a new Assassin’s Creed finally go...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jul 17, 2019. 8 comments

Assassin's Creed Odyssey's New Atlantis Expansion Is Jaw-Dropping

Assassin's Creed Odyssey's New Atlantis Expansion Is Jaw-Dropping

I’ve spent 20 minutes playing the new Judgment Of Atlantis add-on to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and already just as much time snapping pictures in photo mode. As a colleague said, Ubisoft’s art directors are just showing off now.

Everywhere I turn, I’m seeing something cool.

There’s this spot...

There’s this one...

And there’s this!

Everything you’re seeing is part of the game’s rendition of...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jul 17, 2019. 11 comments

Okay, Seriously, Maybe VR Gaming Is About To Have Its Big Moment

Okay, Seriously, Maybe VR Gaming Is About To Have Its Big Moment

I keep thinking about a video game I played in Los Angeles a month ago that’s what you’d get if the renowned covert ops Splinter Cell series required your character to always be in a kayak.

The game is called Phantom: Covert Ops, and it’s pretty cool. The catch is that it’s all in VR.

Please, don’t go away. Keep reading! I’ve even got an interview to share with you involving the guy overseeing...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jul 14, 2019.

“We hated the game’s music, and then it won multiple awards” - One of five interesting details about

“We hated the game’s music, and then it won multiple awards” - One of five interesting details about

“We hated the game’s music, and then it won multiple awards” - One of five interesting details about The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter, shared by the game’s creative director on the PlayStation blog today. A version of the very good PC first-person mystery game hits PS4 on Tuesday.

Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jul 13, 2019.

A Brief Explanation Of Cosplay

A Brief Explanation Of Cosplay

We love showcasing great cosplay, and so we’re proud to announce the debut of a new series of video shorts called Behind the Mask, starting today with a quick explainer about what cosplay is (just in case you weren’t sure or needed to explain it to someone!).

Upcoming episodes of Behind the Mask will focus on six ambitious, creative cosplayers, telling their stories as they flex their...

Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jul 11, 2019.

What To Make Of Assassin's Creed Syndicate, One Month Out

What To Make Of <i>Assassin's Creed Syndicate</i>, One Month Out

Less than a month from release, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is likely to be judged as much on its own merits as on how well its publisher listened to fan discontent about the flagship series and what it’s been willing to change. Companion apps are out. Platform-exclusive DLC is back. The overall plan for the game and its various add-on components is nearly as complex as it has ever...

Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jul 11, 2019.

The Division 2&#39;s next big content update, which includes two new story missions and a more puzzl

The Division 2&amp;#39;s next big content update, which includes two new story missions and a more puzzl

The Division 2's next big content update, which includes two new story missions and a more puzzle-oriented challenge called Expeditions will be available for free for all players on July 30—and out on July 23 for Year One Pass Owners, who may be wondering why they paid $40 for supposed early access to content that was nearly all made available for all PC players on a test server last week.

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