Spellbreak Closing In 2023, Devs Now At Blizzard For Warcraft

Spellbreak Closing In 2023, Devs Now At Blizzard For Warcraft

Image: Proletariat Spellbreakthe magic-based battle royale, is spellbroken, shutting down early next year, developer Proletariat announced in a blog post. Also, the whole studio is getting absorbed by Blizzard, the result of a recent acquisition intended to beef up development on World of Warcraft. News about shutdowns is always a bummer, but this one hits … Read more

Goodbye Zachtronics, Developers Of Very Cool Puzzle Video Games

Goodbye Zachtronics, Developers Of Very Cool Puzzle Video Games

On July 5, Zachtronics will be releasing Last Call BBS, a collection of stylish little puzzle games wrapped up in a retro PC gaming vibe. After 11 years in business (and even longer outside of commercial releases), a time which has seen the studio develop a cult following almost unrivaled in indie gaming, it will … Read more

Destiny And Spider-Man Studios Respond To Court Overturning Roe

Destiny And Spider-Man Studios Respond To Court Overturning Roe

Image: Insomniac Games / Sony On Friday the US Supreme Court made good on a longstanding right-wing threat to overturn Roe v. wadeand with it eradicates the constitutional right to abortion that had existed for nearly 50 years. Now some of gaming’s most well known studios, which had previously been silent, are speaking up about … Read more

Pokémon GO’s Remote Raid Passes Feel Under Threat By Niantic

Pokémon GO's Remote Raid Passes Feel Under Threat By Niantic

Image: Niantic Of all the many excellent changes Niantic made to Pokemon GO in the face of the global Covid-19 pandemic, remote raiding seemed to be the one that was most likely to survive long-term. So of course, every new move the developer makes seems to be threatening its future. Time was, when you wanted … Read more

Destiny 2 DMCA Revenge Plot Now At $7.6 Million Bungie Lawsuit

Destiny 2 DMCA Revenge Plot Now At $7.6 Million Bungie Lawsuit

Image: Bungie A spree of rogue DMCA takedown notices for Destiny 2 happy on YouTube earlier this year has now ballooned into a $7.6 million lawsuit, as Bungie goes after the alleged perpetrator in court. In addition, some Destiny 2 content creators now say they feel “betrayed” after the person who was seemingly responsible denied … Read more

Fall Guys Goes Free-To-Play, Servers Immediately Crash

Fall Guys Goes Free-To-Play, Servers Immediately Crash

Image: Mediatonic Oops, they did it again. Fall GuysMediatonic’s bubbly platformer royale, released on Xbox and Switch yesterday as part of a big free-to-play overhaul. The game’s servers immediately combusted, with reports of connectivity woes continuing more than 24 hours later. First released for PlayStation and PC in August 2020, Fall Guys was one of … Read more

Diablo Immortal’s China Release Delayed Following Weibo Ban

Diablo Immortal's China Release Delayed Following Weibo Ban

screenshot: Blizzard / Kotaku Diablo Immortal has been one of the most hotly contested releases of 2022, receiving the lowest ever user score on Metacriticwhile simultaneously receiving eight million downloads and making over $24,000,000 in its first two weeks. However, according to a report by Reuters, the announcement of an eleventh-hour delayed launch in China … Read more

Krafton’s Latest ‘AI’ Woman Recycles The Usual Sexist Tropes

Krafton's Latest 'AI' Woman Recycles The Usual Sexist Tropes

Image: Krafton When I first saw Ana, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds publisher Krafton’s attempt to put a face on its artificial “virtual human” technology, I was disappointed to see that this supposed Web 3.0 innovation was really just another pretty, pale girl. She’s airbrushed, but still tangible. She’s biting her tongue, looking at you. And I fear … Read more

Krafton’s Latest ‘AI’ Woman Recycles The Usual Sexist Tropes

Krafton's Latest 'AI' Woman Recycles The Usual Sexist Tropes

Image: Krafton When I first saw Ana, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds publisher Krafton’s attempt to put a face on its artificial “virtual human” technology, I was disappointed to see that this supposed Web 3.0 innovation was really just another pretty, pale girl. She’s airbrushed, but still tangible. She’s biting her tongue, looking at you. And I fear … Read more

Steelrising Combines Snappy Souls Combat And French Weirdness

Steelrising Combines Snappy Souls Combat And French Weirdness

gif: Spiders / Nacon / Kotaku Genre has been on my mind a lot ever since I had a chance to get some hands-on time with a preview build of Steelrising, an upcoming soulslike action-RPG from French developer Spiders. In this stab at the infectiously popular and notoriously challenging genre, Spiders hopes to send us … Read more