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Monday, Dec 02, 2019

Riot Settles Gender Discrimination Suit

The Los Angeles Times reports League of Legends developer Riot Games will pay out at least $10 million to female employees to settle the class lawsuit over gender discrimination they were hit with last year. This suit was settled over the summer, but now the paper has details on the terms, noting that both sides have agreed to them pending court approval. Here's word:
The approximately 1,000 women who worked at Riot Games from November 2014 until the date the settlement is finalized will be entitled to a payment from the multimillion-dollar pot. The final dollar amount that each employee who self-identifies as female receives will vary depending on how long they worked for Riot, with full employees receiving more than contractors.

Asked about the settlement, a Riot spokesperson said in a statement: “We’re pleased to have a proposed settlement to fully resolve the class action lawsuit. The settlement is another important step forward, and demonstrates our commitment to living up to our values and to making Riot an inclusive environment for the industry’s best talent.”

The company has approximately 2,500 employees at offices around the world and brought in an estimated $1.4 billion in revenue in 2018.

The settlement filing also lays out a number of commitments Riot has made to improve its company culture, including beefing up internal programs for reporting sexual harassment and discrimination. They include undertaking a review of all pay, promotion and hiring practices to increase fairness and transparency, hiring a dedicated chief diversity officer, and creating a number of employee groups empowered to track the company’s progress on these fronts.

Phoenix Point Tomorrow

With the Windows edition of Phoenix Point due for release tomorrow, an article called It's Time to Rise from the Ashes on the official website looks to pave the way for this turn-based strategy game designed by X-COM creator Julian Gollop. They once again feature the previously released Launch Trailer and offer some details for players with a lot of focus on how this will work for those who backed the project during development:
Phoenix Point is just a day away from launch (that’s Tuesday, December 3rd at 11am PT / 7pm GMT for those detail-oriented types among you). We’re all really excited for you to start playing the game we have been working on passionately for the past three years.

Here are a few things you need to know:

  • Emails containing your Phoenix Point keys for the Epic store were sent on Friday, November 29th from our contact@snapshotgames.com email, and will be sent again, today, Monday, December 2nd, to those who didn’t open their Friday emails. If you can’t find the email with your key, please double check your spam, junk and promotion folders before contacting us. 95% of our emails regarding missing keys are found in these folders; checking there first saves you (and us) time.
  • The Epic Store keys we send you are package keys. That means they unlock all of your entitlements including any DLCs or digital items included in your tier with a single key. If you’re one of the people who qualify for a free season pass, your key will unlock that too. No need for multiple key redemptions.
  • If you purchased more than one copy of Phoenix Point, each key should be labelled by edition in the email you received.
  • If you have purchased the season pass separately, you will need to redeem the game key first, then the season pass key you received when you purchased that.
  • Sometimes, you may have to close and restart the Epic Games Store launcher for newly purchased items to appear in your library.
  • There are no preloads on the Epic Games Store, so everything you redeem will show as “unavailable” until 11 AM Pacific Time on December 3, 2019.
  • The full game is independent of the Backer Build. It will not overwrite the Backer Build in your Epic Games account and does not require any files from it. You can safely uninstall the Backer Build at any time without affecting your full game installation. Eventually, we will remove all Backer Builds from user libraries.
  • Purchases made directly via the Epic Games Store are added to your account automatically and do not require a key.

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MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 in March

BANDAI NAMCO announces a release date for MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2, saying this fighting game sequel is due on March 13, 2020 for Steam, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch. The news comes along with some details on the game, including word on a new feature called Side Kick Plus Ultra:
MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 smashes onto PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam and Switch on March 13, 2020 with a revamped story mode, new characters and new features!

MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2’s revamped story mode picks up from the ending of MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE, starting from the battle between All Might and All For One. From there, players will start the story and play through season 4 of the anime! MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 also welcomes Sir Nighteye, former sidekick to All Might and current leader of the Nighteye Agency, to the playable character roster! Sir Nighteye’s quirk – Foresight – allows him to see his opponents moves and intentions in the future second by second to anticipate their attacks, making him a formidable opponent to even the strongest of heroes and villains.

Along with new characters, MY HERO ONE’S JUSTICE 2 will also introduce a brand-new feature, Side Kick Plus Ultra! Sidekicks can now execute their PLUS ULTRA attack while in battle, so players must choose their teams carefully to make each attack count.

Starship Troopers - Terran Command Announced

Publisher Slitherine, developer The Artistocrats, and rights-holder Sony Pictures Consumer Products announce Starship Troopers - Terran Command, a real-time strategy game that's coming next year to cash in on Starship Troopers just 23 years after the movie based on the Heinlein novel of the same name. The Steam Listing for the game is already online, as is the Announcement Trailer and a Gameplay Teaser. "If you take one of the most iconic movies from the 90s and shape it into a strategy game of survival, that mixes classic real-time mechanics, tower defense and tactical deployment of units then you have ‘Starship Troopers - Terran Command’ in a nutshell," says Iain McNeil, Development Director at Slitherine. "Modern strategy games are fast-paced and they successfully blend unit management, survival and captivating storytelling. Nothing is more suited to this type of gameplay than the Starship Troopers universe, where there is a continuous sense of danger and uncertainty." Would you like to know more?
Set in the same universe of the original movie, “Starship Troopers - Terran Command” drops players right at the heart of a human colony overrun by the Arachnids. They must take the fight into bug territory, where they will lead an army of elite soldiers to defeat the alien menace. They will deploy their units in strategic locations to cover vital choke-points, build defence emplacements, and achieve superior firepower through the tactical use of elevation levels.

“When creating this game, we aimed to capture the essence of the original movie and its universe. This is not only achieved by creating a coherent set of units and scenarios, but also by mimicking the language, visual elements, dialogues and the little details that made the film such an iconic, cult feature.”, Iain McNeil continues.
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Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York Next Week

A post on Steam announces a delay to Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York, which was previously planned for this week (thanks GameSpot). Like vampires, delays suck, but word is this is a minor setback, and the "single-player narrative experience" is now expected next week:
The release of the PC version of Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York will be postponed for a week, which means that the launch will happen on December 11th, 2019, at 6 PM CET / 5 PM GMT / 9 AM PT (that’s the bad part…)

The reason behind the release delay of Coteries of New York is simple – we decided to give ourselves more time to get rid of bugs and further polish the visual side of our game. We’re doing our best to provide you with the highest quality product we can and we believe that this decision brings us closer to achieving this goal (and that, my friends, is the good part!)

Although we understand that you’re waiting impatiently for Coteries of New York for some time, we also humbly ask for your understanding and a little more patience.

With this in mind, I thank you for your amazing support and engagement and please remember that we’re always open to listen to your questions and feedback!

Batman: Arkham Legacy Reveal Next Week?

This video recap a livestream offering a rumor that the rumored new Arkham game called Batman: Arkham Legacy will be officially unveiled next week at The Game Awards. Thanks Dark Horizons via Game Fragger for the pointer to this tweet that explains where this originates:
This information comes from the same guy that provided me with leaked images from the cancelled Damian Wayne Batman game YEARS before they leaked to the public. He is very reliable, although nothing is 100% and the same goes with this scoop as we will discuss tomorrow.
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Getting 3v3 and 1v1 Gunfights

A tweet from Joe Cecot has word from the co-design director at Infinity Ward that a recent rumor of an overhaul coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was "a fake statement to get attention" and that they "are constantly updating the game at least once a week, sometimes twice." Joe also posted to Reddit on how rough it can be dealing with the game's online community: "It can be rough. I’d prefer less PMs about my children dying horrible deaths" (thanks MP1ST). To end on a less negative note, Charlie INTEL points to another recent tweet from Cecot confirming that 3v3 and 1v1 versions of the game's gunfight mode are in the offing, though he does not specify when. Finally, also Charlie INTEL also rounds up a few videos showing off gameplay from new Ground War map called Port that's coming to the military shooter.

Children of the Eclipse Next Year

Children of the Eclipse is a futuristic top-down shooter from Nutfarm Games coming to Steam next year. A new trailer is now available, offering a look at some "humorous" pre-alpha gameplay footage (just remember not to look directly into the eclipse). Word is: "The video reveals a cool feature of merging two player characters into one powerful mech unit. Take out a variety of dangerously weird enemies, uncover an epic conspiracy involving immortal cybernetic space travellers while relaxing between missions, jamming to an unforgettable and varied original soundtrack." Here are some details on the game:
Children of the Eclipse is a hardcore 1-2 player retro shooter at heart, wrapped in next-gen graphics, set in a unique far-future utopian sci-fi world teeming with life. The game is set in a far-future utopia, where all energy sources are renewable and cultures take pride in finding scientific solutions that benefit everyone, not just themselves. You´ll also find plenty of unique humor in this buzzing world - may it be sentient rocks, mercenary DJs or scientists in mind control suits.
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Natural Instincts Announced

DreamStorm Studios announces Natural Instincts, an "open-world, educational sim game where you will directly impact animals' actions." This does not yet carry a release date, but it does have a listing on Steam. Here's an Announcement Trailer with a look, and here are some details on what to expect:
Natural Instincts is an educational simulator that offers the player an open world and the ability to manage the actions of different animals. Protect the species and save them from harm – either from human threats or natural predators. Give commands to the animals, observe their rituals, and help them survive. Face various disasters, react to encroaching human presence, and help the animal kingdom flourish in this unique, environmental experience!
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Out of the Blue

Happy Cyber Monday, I guess. It was widely reported that most of this year's Black Friday sales were done online, anyway, it will be interesting to see whether these events end up converging over the coming years. Anyway, here's hoping no one gets trampled by crowds of shoppers today while hunting for bargains on the Internet.

Obituary: 'Will & Grace' actress Shelley Morrison dead at 83, remembered by co-stars.

Cyber Links: Thanks Ant.
Links: John Barnett on Why He Won’t Fly on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Thanks Boing Boing.
Media: NO TIME TO DIE Teaser.
Crane Operator Fails At Doing His Job So Terribly That It's Actually Glorious.
Auctions: Couple paid $100 for car, Elon Musk bought it from them for 6 figures. Thanks RedEye9.
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