Tuesday news, part two:
Wolfenstein studio says it's 'actively working' to eliminate crunch
Crunch at game developers is a particularly hot topic right now, driven by recent accusations of grueling working conditions at studios including NetherRealm and Epic. That heightened awareness is helping spur a backlash against it in some quarters. The CEO of Outward developer Nine Dots recently said that the studio was able to avoid crunch while making the game, and in an AMA over the weekend Machine Games senior producer John Jennings said that his studio is also working to eliminate the practice.
Ubisoft begins teasing Rainbow Six Siege's new operators
Ubisoft has begun the ramp-up to Rainbow Six Siege Year 4 Season 2 with a Twitter tease asking a very simple question. Or is it? I'm not a Siege player so I can't be 100 percent about it, but I think I see someone who's about to get seriously ganked. Fortunately, while the details of the presumed gankage are elusive, we already have a pretty good big-picture idea of what's coming. Ubisoft revealed in the Year 4 road map that the second season will see the addition of two new Rainbow Six Siege operators, one from the US and the other from Denmark; subsequent leaks indicated that the US operator will be a defender from the Secret Service with an optical device that's immune to the effects of flashbangs and smoke grenades, while the Danish attacker—maybe Jaeger Corps—is silent and invisible to cameras.
Battlefield 5: Firestorm players are struggling to find matches in Australia
Battlefield 5 players in Australia and New Zealand are reporting difficulties getting a match in the game's Firestorm battle royale mode. According to widespread player reports, both on Reddit and the official EA troubleshooting forum, long matchmaking waits and high ping have wracked the mode since its launch in late March.
Rage 2 takes a jab at Elon Musk in a secret bunker mission
Elon Musk, Rick and Morty fan and billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX who smoked weed once, is an indecently rich man who could use his money to solve a lot of problems today, but instead chooses to make electric cars for other rich people and crash rockets into boats. And how he's the butt of a bad joke in Rage 2 as part of a secret mission.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game is getting a remaster, according to Taiwanese ratings board
Released in 2009, Ghostbusters: The Video Game was a perfectly serviceable action game based on the beloved movie series. In addition to being a perfectly serviceable action game, it featured the voice talent of the original film's cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson were all involved, making it an important curio for fans.
Now, according to the Taiwanese Game Software Rating website (via Eurogamer), we have evidence that the game could be getting a remaster.
Solve puzzles using your desktop in clever, free adventure game File://maniac
The impressive File://maniac is a tantalising demo, proof-of-concept and pilot episode for an episodic series in development. On the surface, it's a point and click adventure game that asks you, a detective, to stop a serial killer. But it's the way you do this that's interesting. Each room features a puzzle that can only be overcome by you delving into your desktop, into the folders and files of the game itself.
Rockstar buys $7.9 million studio from struggling Starbreeze
Starbreeze is selling a studio to Rockstar Games as it continues to restructure in an attempt to avoid shutting down. Dhruva Interactive, an art production studio that's worked on Halo, Forza Horizon and Payday 2, was acquired by Starbreeze for $8.5 million and is being sold to Rockstar for $7.9 million. For that $7.9 million, Rockstar will get 91.8 percent of shares in the studio, Starbreeze's shares, and the deal is expected to close before the second half of 2019.
The PC Gaming Show 2019 lineup so far
One of the greatest tests of our watercooling setups each year is the months-long email binge that the PC Gamer team goes on in February. Every year around this time we mail, call, and generally bother every developer we know and ask them if they want to be a part of the PC Gaming Show, the E3 showcase for our favorite hobby. It's a moment we look forward to on the calendar because we never know who's going to say yes, and what secret projects they'll have.
The Division 2's first 8-player raid arrives this week
The Division 2's first ever eight-player raid will arrive on May 16. That's not much time for gearing up, so hopefully you've been diligently preparing for Operation Dark Hours already. Apparently it's going to be a toughy. Check out the trailer above.
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