Love Island game developer fires employees amid company turmoil • Eurogamer.net

Fusebox, developer of the popular mobile game Love Island, fired employees shortly after complaints about “problematic” content in the game surfaced. News of possible layoffs was originally picked up by GamesIndustry.biz last month, with at least nine out of 61 employees believed to be – mostly storytellers and designers. Now, a report from The Independent …

Ultimate Boxed Editions in Europe postponed indefinitely • Eurogamer.net

Sega has indefinitely postponed the physical release of Sonic Colors: Ultimate in Europe. The holdup applies to both the Standard and Keychain Editions of the game – the latter includes a Baby Sonic keychain. Digital versions of the game are not affected and arrive as scheduled on September 7th. Sega blamed “unforeseen logistical problems” for …

Apex Legends Developer Fired After Offensive Blogs Revealed • Eurogamer.net

“I’m embarrassed, sad, and angry at the younger me.” Apex Legends lead game designer Daniel Klein was fired from developer Respawn after recent abusive blog posts surfaced by him. Klein has “unreservedly” apologized for the sexist and racist language in the posts he believes were written in 2007. “I was recently confronted with some horrific …

Pokmon Go developer Niantic presents long-term plan for “real-world metaverse” • Eurogamer.net

Niantic, developer of Pokémon Go, has set out its long-term plan for a “real” metaverse based on our global reality – rather than a completely virtual one like the one seen in Ready Player One. In an extensive blog post entitled “The Metaverse is a Dystopian Nightmare, Let’s Build a Better Reality”, company founder John …

Tales of Arise will have a PlayStation and Xbox demo • Eurogamer.net

Bandai Namco’s role-playing game Tales of Arise will have a demo next week. You can download the trial version on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S starting next Wednesday, August 18th. Tales of Arise will be brought to these platforms and PC on September 10th. It’s worth repeating: for …

Sony Completes $ 1 Billion Buyout of Crunchyroll • Eurogamer.net

Sony has now completed its acquisition of the anime streaming service Crunchyroll, with a final price of $ 1.175 billion. We first heard of Sony’s intentions to devour Crunchyroll late last year when it offered $ 957 million. Today Sony announced that it has finally secured the service, its 5 million paying subscribers and more …

Fortnite disables buggy hug emote that players say will put them in an NSFW position • Eurogamer.net

Fortnite quietly pulled its new Bear Hug emote after discovering a bug that caused players to crouch in an NSFW position. The friendly emote Bear Hug was sold for 200 V-Bucks last night ahead of the huge Ariana Grande series of concerts this weekend. It’s a synced emote, which means that other players can interact …

Metroid Dread trailer answers a long-running puzzle • Eurogamer.net

A new teaser for Metroid Dread has some fan-happy hints of a long-standing mystery. The short video below focuses on a side of Metroid Dread that we’ve never seen – away from its murderous EMMI robots that chase Samus for much of the game. Let’s look at and then discuss: Metroid fans will recognize the …

Super Rush adds Toadette, New Donk City • Eurogamer.net

Surprise! Nintendo has announced a free update for Mario Golf: Super Rush that will be available for download tomorrow. This adds a new ranked game mode, a new course based around Super Mario Odyssey’s New Donk City, and – frankly, best of all – Toadette. Toadette footage shows how she uses the Super Pickax item …

It looks like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla may have a major recurring character soon • Eurogamer.net

Ubisoft appears to be planning the return of a great Assassin’s Creed character in an upcoming update for the Viking set Valhalla. Details of the character are included in the Datamined quest data and lines of dialogue that the ever-reliable Assassin’s Creed leaker J0nathan found in Valhalla. ATTENTION: FOLLOW SPOILERS. The fan-favorite Assassin’s Creed Odyssey …