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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Sep 12, 2019 at 07:30. 8 comments

The Division 2 Developers Promise Some Good Changes For October

The Division 2 Developers Promise Some Good Changes For October

Ending a month-long hiatus, The Division 2’s otherwise weekly State of the Game stream returned today with promises of a wave of encouraging changes to the game’s loot, and a change in how content will be beta-tested, that should make the game’s season pass a less regrettable purchase.

Content developer Hamish Bode and game designer Nikki Kuppens spent most of the stream outlining alterations...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Sep 10, 2019 at 23:05. 19 comments

My Totally Reasonable Gaming Plan For The Next Few Months

My Totally Reasonable Gaming Plan For The Next Few Months
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

Lots of games coming up. Got to think this through strategically.

Gears 5? Finish that campaign this week.

Then move to Destiny 2. Still haven’t cleared that game’s original campaign but don’t want to skip ahead. I’ve got two weeks or so to catch up. Probably won’t catch up but will get close.

Somehow juggle Ghost...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Sep 09, 2019. 10 comments

The Gears 5 Glitch That Saved Me

The Gears 5 Glitch That Saved Me
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

I’m fighting the same video game battle for the 15th time in the past hour. This time, I think, I’m going to beat it. Enemy gets me with a chainsaw in the back. Nope.

Try again. This time? Shot with a missile from afar.

Deep breath. It’s going to all work out this time.

But then it doesn’t.

That was me repeatedly...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Sep 05, 2019.

Ubisoft's Tom Clancy Is About To Compete With Ubisoft's Tom Clancy

Ubisoft's Tom Clancy Is About To Compete With Ubisoft's Tom Clancy

It seems that every major video game publisher wants their own perpetually-updated mega-game that has a post-release content plan longer a U.S. presidential election cycle. The pinnacle of this is Ubisoft, which does everything extra large and appears to be testing the gaming world’s appetite by trying to do this with two similar games at once.

That’s the risk and reward evident in yesterday’s...

Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Sep 05, 2019. 9 comments

Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Discovery Tour Mode Lets You Ride Around On A Unicorn And Take Quizzes

Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Discovery Tour Mode Lets You Ride Around On A Unicorn And Take Quizzes

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey finally gets its Discovery Mode Tour this month, offering a way to explore the game’s recreation of Ancient Greece peacefully while maybe just learning something. As with all things Odyssey, it is intimidatingly large.

I’ve only taken the quickest of tours in Odyssey’s new mode, just enough to see the game’s map freckled with nodes for some 30 tours and hundreds of...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Aug 26, 2019. 9 comments

Watch Us Explain How Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey Works

Watch Us Explain How Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey Works

We’ve been eager to show you some footage of Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, a beguiling and bedeviling new game about human evolution. It’s a difficult adventure that explains little of itself to players. That’s where we come in.

Kotaku producer Paul Tamayo and I recorded a playthrough of the first 54 minutes of Ancestors, explaining many of the game’s basic systems along the way. Ancestors...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Aug 24, 2019. 12 comments

The Division 2 Developers Challenge Players To Find Misspelled Police Car

The Division 2 Developers Challenge Players To Find Misspelled Police Car

In the vast video game version of Washington, D.C in Ubisoft’s The Division 2 , there is a single police car that reads “POLCE.” The misspelling has been in the game for months, but only on Wednesday, after a prompt from the game’s creative director, did people finally start reporting its discovery.

A Berlin-based gamer named Patrik (SteelRampage77) was the first of over a dozen people to...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Aug 22, 2019. 19 comments

I'm Hooked On Ancestors, A Tough New Survival Game About Human Evolution

I'm Hooked On Ancestors, A Tough New Survival Game About Human Evolution

I’ve exchanged some odd DMs with a colleague over the past week as we try to figure out an intriguing new video game about human evolution. He gives me tips about hugging. I give him tips about making sharp sticks. At one point, I told him, “I gotta figure out how to mate.” We are trying to figure out how to advance the species.

The game we’re playing is called Ancestors: The Humankind...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Aug 20, 2019. 22 comments

You Can Finally See Some Gameplay From The Avengers Video Game

You Can Finally See Some Gameplay From The Avengers Video Game

Aside from a quickly-squashed leak, it hasn’t been possible to see the E3 2019 gameplay demo for Crystal Dynamics’ upcoming Marvels’ Avengers game. That would be the intro level that E3 attendees said was somewhat more encouraging than the game’s maligned E3 trailer.

Today, because the marketing plan demanded it, we can finally all watch the level in action. The 18-minute segment...

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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. 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. 10 comments

An Investigation Into Whether Two Statues In The Division 2 Appear To Be Having Sex

An 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 to 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...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Aug 01, 2019. 23 comments

New Fortnite Season Adds Titans (I Mean Mechs) [Updated]

New Fortnite Season Adds Titans (I Mean Mechs) [Updated]

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...

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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. 17 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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