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Saturday, Jan 23, 2021

id Software VR Game Spotted

A new Australian Classification Rating is now available for a game called PROJECT 2021A, revealing id Software is apparently at work on a virtual reality game (thanks PCGamesN). There's not much to be gleaned from this, as it just relates to elements that would affect the game's age rating, which is R18+. The date of classification is January 22nd, the media type is virtual reality, and the reason for the restricted adult rating is "High impact violence, online interactivity."

Vicarious Visions Working on Diablo II Remake: Report

Jason Schreier reports on Bloomberg (may require registration or subscription) that Vicarious Visions is working on the long rumored remake of Diablo II. This follows yesterday's news that the studio is now part of Blizzard and "fully dedicated to existing Blizzard games and initiatives." According to the new story, the game was being handled by Blizzard's Team 1, an internal studio responsible for the poorly received Warcraft III: Reforged. But according to Bloomberg, that team has been dismantled, and the Diablo II remake is in the hands of the Diablo IV team and Vicarious Visions:
Team 1 wanted to avoid repeating the mistakes of Warcraft III: Reforged on its next project, the remake of Diablo II. Shortly after the postmortem, however, Blizzard pulled that project from the team and put the division behind Diablo IV in charge. A group at Vicarious Visions is also working on the remake, which was known as Diablo II: Resurrected.

On Oct. 15, 2020, Blizzard informed members of Team 1 that it was reorganizing the entire division, according to the people who worked on Warcraft III: Reforged. In the following weeks, members of the team were given opportunities to interview for jobs elsewhere within Blizzard. Those who did not find positions in the company were gradually cut. Others left for independent studios recently started by high-profile company veterans, such as Frost Giant Inc. and DreamHaven Inc., started by Blizzard co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer Mike Morhaime, whose departure widely signaled the beginning of Activision's takeover.


WWE 2K BATTLEGROUNDS is free-to-play for the weekend on Steam. This offers a temporary hold on this over-the-top Windows game based on the over-the-top world of professional wrestling, complete with everything but the scripted outcomes. If you enjoy the experience you won't have to grapple with whether to buy it, since it's on sale for half off. Here's more to help you come to grips with this:
The world of WWE is your battleground with all-new, over the top, in-your-face arcade action as your favorite WWE Superstars and Legends battle it out in outlandish interactive environments around the world. Compete in your favorite match types with an arsenal of exaggerated maneuvers, special abilities, and devastating power-ups, including Steel Cage, Royal Rumble, Fatal Four Way and more, as Mauro Ranallo and Jerry “The King” Lawler call all the mayhem! Are you ready to enter the battleground?

Op Ed

Saturday Mobilization

Out of the Blue

The NFL seems to have fully embraced prime time games when possible, so I cannot fathom why they aren't having one of this weekend's two playoff games tonight. Roger Goodell, give me a call. Let me straighten you out on this.

Obituary: Larry King, broadcasting giant for half-century, dies at 87.
Obituary: Gregory Sierra, 'Sanford and Son' and 'Barney Miller' actor, dies at 83.
Obituary: Rémy Julienne: Stunt king to the stars who fell to Covid. Thanks brother19.

Prime Time Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

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  • WOOD. Knee deep in the splinters.


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