Friday, October 7

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Star Citizen Site Has Now Raised Over Half A Billion Dollars

Image: Cloud ImperiumStar Citizen, a video game that exists as a Forever Promise, was first revealed to the world back in 2012 via a Kickstarter campaign that raised $2.1 million. In the decade since, through the announcements of spin-offs, modules, in-game economies and countless other features and half-baked ideas, the game seems no closer to an actual release.One thing it has accomplished, though, is make some money. Lots of money. As pointed out earlier today in this Reddit post, the game’s official “funds raised” tracker on its website just ticked over the $500 million mark. At time of posting it stands at $500,089,473 raised, from 4,096,539 backers. Half a billion dollars. For a video game that has been in development for over a decade. Were this five years ago, this is the point whe...
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Big GTA VI Leak Shows How Blockbuster Video Games Are Made

Last night a ton of videos leaked online that are likely from Grand Theft Auto VI, a video game currently in development and probably years away from release. The footage is rough, in many instances using little more than placeholder assets, and it is both the most remarkable and most normal thing you’ll see this week.It’s remarkable, of course, because of the scale of the leaks. This is one of the biggest video games series on the planet. Rockstar are notoriously secretive. To get any kind of credible leak out of a Rockstar game development studio is rare; to get footage like this is unprecedented. Yet it’s also normal because this is what a video game in development looks like. It’s supposed to be rough, because it’s not finished. Comparing the “game” in this footage to the finished prod...
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Huge Grand Theft Auto VI Leak Shows Gameplay And Characters

Image: Rockstar GamesA user on GTAForums, who claims to have also been behind the recent hack of Uber, has just dumped nearly 100 videos online claiming to show development footage of Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto VI, which are currently cicrulating across pretty much every social media platform.Matching much of what Bloomberg reported earlier this year—including that the game will co-star a woman and be set in Vice City—the videos are very much in-development footage, with unfinished textures and models all over the place, and code playing out in real-time across many of them. The leaker is currently taking requests asking people what else they’d like to see in more videos.In one, a white male playable character encounters a racist NPC by a poolside, and as the conversation transpires you c...
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Classic Jurassic Park Scene Recreated In PlayStation Game

The video you’re about to watch was built in Dreams, which is a video game but also some kind of mystical toolset that allows you to make anything.You may have seen many, often confusing Dreams videos if you spend long enough on forums or Twitter. I say confusing because the game is so flexible, and powerful, that many of its best creations start looking almost identical to the things they’re trying to recreate or pay homage to.I wrote about a Sonic the Hedgehog game last year, for example, that...looked just like something Sega would have released 5-10 years ago. Jack Yarwood’s excellent feature on the game for us in 2020 contained a bunch of other excellent examples as well, from static images (like the one below) to game homages.Screenshot: Martin NebelongThe video I want to talk about ...
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The Sims 4 Will Be Free On All Platforms Starting Next Month

The Sims 4Image: EA / MaxisEA announced today that starting next month, the base Sims 4 game on all platforms will be free to download and play. It also announced an upcoming livestream in which Maxis will lay out its plans for the game’s future updates.The Sims 4 is the latest entry in the long-running and incredibly popular life simulation franchise. Like past games in the series, it lets players create their own characters and homes, then watch these digital people live out full lives and help them get jobs, find friendship, or even trap them all in pools to slowly die. Fun stuff. The Sims 4 might be the “newest” game in the series, but it’s not young. It was first released eight years ago in September 2014. Since then, EA has released over 50 pieces of paid DLC for the game in various ...
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EA And DICE’s Battlefield Series Of Games Is Now 20 Years Old

Screenshot: Saving Private RyanOn September 10, 2002, publishers Electronic Arts and a relatively unknown developed called DICE released a multiplayer shooter called Battlefield 1942. In the 20 years since everyone involved has been on one hell of a ride.The game, which not only featured infantry but also allowed players to control vehicles, was notable for its scale and variety; I avoid pretty much every other online shooter—I’m talking Call of Duty and Counter-Strike, which are infantry-only—like the plague, but have always played Battlefield because I love the way it lets me spawn in as a sniper, get killed then figure, you know what, I’ll drive a tank next, and maybe pilot a fighter after that. battlefield 1942 introIn the 20 years since, the series has changed a lot. Playercounts have...
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There’s So Much Assassin’s Creed Now, It’s Hard To Keep Up

Screenshot: UbisoftI am sorry if the front page of Kotaku reads like an advertisement for Ubisoft right now, but do you want to know the wildest thing about it all? That’s not even everything that the French company announced recently in the world of Assassin’s Creed during its big Ubisoft Forward event. There was so much Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft held an entire showcase for the open-world series today.We knew it was coming, of course. And Ubisoft has always been a company that has had multiple Assassin’s Creed irons in the fire. But on the other hand, there’s a reason why this is the first year a series-exclusive segment was necessary. Let’s go over it, shall we? In addition to finally ending Assassin’s Creed Valhalla with a free content update that wraps up the story, Ubisoft is making a...
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Every Game At Ubisoft Forward, From Assassin’s Creed To Rabbids

Screenshot: Ubisoft / KotakuToday Ubisoft showed off a wide variety of upcoming and currently available titles from the French publisher. With Ubisoft Forward, there were some fun titles like Mario + Rabbids and Just Dance, a bunch of stuff for The Division franchise, some hints at a partnership with Netflix, and a lot of Assassin’s Creed. Did I mention Assassin’s Creed? Because good god there’s a ton of that.You can check out the whole show here, but these were the notable moments. Screenshot: Ubisoft / KotakuMario + Rabbids: Sparks of HopeThe colorful fusion of Mario and the Rabbids is set to hit the Nintendo Switch on October 20 of this year. Ubisoft kicked off its showcase by demoing some gameplay from Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope. The footage showed off a unique battle against a wo...
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Get Every BioShock, XCOM, And Borderlands 3 For Only $16

Image: 2K Games / Gearbox / KotakuA new 2K-themed Humble Bundle deal that will help support homeless youth contains one of the best deals I’ve seen all year. For only $16, you can walk away with over two dozen PC games including some genuine greats, like Civilization VI, XCOM 2, Borderlands 3, and a lot more. Even wilder, some of the games included are the deluxe editions, featuring a bunch of DLC. It almost feels like stealing!Released earlier today, the 2K Megahits bundle can be purchased over on Humble Bundle and contains 25 PC games for $16. Of course, as with previous Humble Bundles, you can pay more if you feel like it, sending a portion of your cost to the current charity. You can also get fewer games for less money, though keep in mind most of the big hitters like Borderlands 3 are...
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Kotaku’s Impressions Of The New Shin Chan: My Summer Vacation

Image: Shin chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation The Endless Seven-Day JourneyIn 2000, a game called Boku no Natsuyasumi (“My Summer Vacation”) was released on the PlayStation. As the name suggests, it was about being a kid on summer vacation, and its slow pace and cruisy setting made it something of a cult classic, though one that sadly never saw an official English-language release.Over the decades a number of other games were released in the series, on PlayStation 2, PSP and PS3, and each one was largely the same experience, asking players to guide a young boy through the day doing stuff like fishing, collecting bugs and going for a swim.Based around a calendar, the best way I think I can describe the games to anyone who hasn’t played them is to imagine Persona 4's daily schedu...