Halo’s early launch, Bobby Kotick’s allegation, and all the other big stories of the past seven days.
Another week, seven more days filled with video game news. Many of us have played Halo Infinite a month earlier than we expected, something that has proven to be a welcome distraction from the somewhat broken GTA Trilogy.
However, all is not good news this week. Annoying problems Activision Blizzard went from bad to worse when a new report allegedly cast a bright and damning spotlight on the company’s CEO Bobby Kotick. More on that below along with other excerpts from the biggest news stories from the video game industry over the past seven days.
Accusing Bobby Kotick
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick is accused of some pretty bad things this week. A new report alleges the head of the studio knew about sexual harassment allegations within the company for years, and that he even helped an employee allegedly involved keep their job. When Acti-Blizz employees held a mass walk after the report, the studio’s board revealed that they remained very supportive of its leadership. PlayStation and Xbox owners Jim Ryan and Phil Spencer since then speak out against Kotick and the studio, and previously even had removed Call of Duty: Vanguard from its featured store.
Halo Infinite Multiplayer Coming Soon
2021 is a better year for games than it’s been credited for, and there’s still a lot to come – Halo Infinite launches on December 8th and could be the biggest game of the bunch. year. What we didn’t expect was everyone can play Infinite a month early. Since it’s a free game, anyone with an Xbox One, Series X | S or PC that can handle the load can play it now. Its first wave of players was a bit frustrating at Infinite’s slow matchmaking, but 343 solved and corrected those problems.
Game of the year nominations announced
The end of the year is almost here, which means it’s time to decide what your favorite games of 2021 are. Game Awards will take place next month to determine what is the best game and early this week the nominees have been announced. It takes two, Deathloop, and Psychonauts 2 are all among the six that stand a chance of being the best game of 2021. There are 30 different categories though with a plethora of titles represented. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Resident Evil Village just a handful of games that could leave The Game Awards next month with lots of trophies.
Warner Bros. MultiVersus is real
With Smash UltimateWith their roster complete, the studios clearly believe there’s a gap in the market that needs to be filled. First passed Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, and now by Warner Bros. with MultiVersus. The game has been rumored to be live for a while thanks to a handful of leaks, and now Warner Bros. Games has confirmed the game is real. Its reveal trailer debuted this week and shows Superman, Arya Stark, and Adventure Time characters all going to war, among others like Steven Universe. It will be free to play at launch next year and will be available on multiple platforms.
Naruto comes to Fortnite, and he brings his friends
What to start with? the discovery of the word “headbands”” in Fortnitemy files led to this. A Naruto: Shippuden crossover larger than regular Fortnite collaborations. Instead of the crossover skins and accompanying items that most Fortnite crossovers get, Narutoincludes three new skins, an NPC, a weapon and a creative themed island. All of that is available in the game right now, and the dedication to the partnership suggests there’s much more to come from this partnership.
70 new games with Xbox backward compatibility
With every new generation of consoles, it becomes more and more important to preserve old games, and Xbox obviously recognizes that for a number of reasons. Most notable is the relentless effort to create more titles from the original Xbox and Xbox 360 available for newer consoles through backward compatibility. Xbox stepped up that effort even more this week, more than 70 old games from its first two consoles to new systems. They will even look better than they’ve ever looked before. These will be the last games that Xbox brings from its first two consoles through backwards compatibility.
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