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EA Says No to Mass Effect Trilogy Remaster for Xbox One, PS4

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Electronic Arts’ COO Peter Moore has effectively dashed the hopes and dreams of Mass Effect fans that have been praying day and night for a remaster of the trilogy.

In an interview with IGN for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Moore said gamers shouldn’t hold their breath for remasters on the grounds that EA is “focused on delivering for the future,” not revisiting the past because that’s just not what the company does.

More than that, the executive feels that remasters are what game developers and publishers resort to when they’ve run out of ideas.

He acknowledged that EA could make “an easy buck on remastering Mass Effect” because of the thousands of people who want it for the P4 and Xbox One. However, we aren’t likely to see one anytime soon because developer BioWare is too busy working on Mass Effect Andromeda and there aren’t additional teams sitting around doing nothing:

“Is there demand? Yes, there’s thousands of people who want it. Do we need millions? I don’t know. Our blinders are on and [we are] looking toward future. If you allow yourself to take the easy road – not to diss remastering great franchises – but there are so many opportunities for us to have people go to something else.

“We want to focus on the future and delivering new IP and new experiences. There’s easy money to be made all over this industry, but the real focus should be on being player-first and focused on delivering new IP and new experiences.

“We just feel like we want to go forward. There’s a little thing called Mass Effect Andromeda that we’re totally focused on at BioWare and it’s gonna be magnificent.”

Back in November 2014, BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn got everyone’s hopes up when he asked fans what they wish would be included in a remaster of the Mass Effect games, hopes that were later reignited in 2016 when EA Studios boss Patrick Soderlund said the company was looking into the possibility.

Why do game publishers and developers like playing with the heartstrings of gamers?

Mass Effect Andromeda is scheduled to release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in early 2017. Will you be getting it?

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Meet Cal The Fugitive In Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Reveal Trailer

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Are you ready for the next big Star Wars Game?

Respawn Entertainment has finally revealed Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and plans to have it ready by November 2019.

The reveal trailer is rendered in-engine and focuses on the story.
“Trust No One” is the overarching theme.

Like the The Force Unleashed, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an action-melee game that takes place after Order 66. You play as Cal, a fugitive a lightsaber -wielding, Force-endowed Padawan on the run from the Empire.

Respawn stresses that combat is an integral part of the experience. Each enemy will have a unique fighting style, requiring you to approach them differently and identify and exploit their weaknesses.

You’ll will have Cal’s Force Powers and various melee combinations at your disposal, as well as traversal and other platforming abilities to overcome enemies and solve puzzles.

In addition to the main character, we get to see his best-friend, a droid called BD-1; a mysterious companion by the name of Cere; and Second Sister, one of the Empire’s elite Inquisitors pursuing you.

Your adventure begins on Bracca, one of the brand-new Star Wars planet introduced in the game, where you will encounter droids, a number of familiar faces, various Trooper types and a slew of other interesting characters.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launches on November 15 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Pre-ordering it will get you “unique cosmetic content” for your lightsaber and droid companion.

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Does The Next Assassin’s Creed Take Place In The Viking Age?

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An Easter Egg may hint at a new Norse setting for the next Assassin’s Creed game.

An Easter egg uncovered by wiki user AlifMorrisonudin in The Divsion 2 could point to the Assassin’s Creed series moving from Norse mythology to the Viking age.

AlifMorrisonudin found a poster that depicts a Norse god wearing the Assassin’s Creed colors of red and white and holding an Apple of Eden artifact, another hallmark of the franchise.

Ubisoft has a long history of stuffing Easter eggs into its games that either allude to or even reveal upcoming releases. A Watch Dog 2 mission, for instance, unveiled new sci-fi game Pioneer to players.

What’s interesting is that the tease in The Division 2 is both subtle and in plain sight. There are multiple copies of the poster (some very large) scattered throughout particular parts of the game, yet who would have thought to look for the Apple of Eden in it?

Have a look at the poster in question, and let us know if it is indeed a revelation of a Viking setting for Assassin’s Creed or if we are overreaching…

Poster in The Divsion 2 -- Viking Age Assassin's Creed game
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The Assassin’s Creed series was rumored to be code-named Legion and set in ancient Rome at around 169 AD, particularly near the end of Marcus Aurelius’ reign. However, more recent reports claim it’ss code-named Kingdom and does indeed star Vikings. 

Either way, Ubisoft hasn’t officially confirmed anything other than the fact that the next Assassin’s Creed will be released in 2020, so while the poster could be a hint of what’s to come, it could also be nothing more than a mere Assassin’s Creed Easter egg.

Where do you want the next Assassin’s Creed to take place — Ancient Rome or the Viking Age? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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This Is Mortal Kombat 11’s Official Cover, What Do You Think?

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It’s familiar, but different; simpler, but engaging.

Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has revealed the official cover art for Mortal Kombat 11, and its of little surprise that it only features Scorpion.

Compared to Mortal Kombat 10, the overall design is brighter and simpler, featuring a yellow, hot background that surprisingly works well with Scorpion’s yellow outfit.

Scorpion’s pose is imposing, and its interesting that NetherRealm chose go with the more modern version of the character rather than the classic one that appeared in the reveal trailer.

Mortal Kombat 11 releases on April 23, 2019 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.

What do you think about the cover art? Better yet, what’s you favorite Mortal Kombat cover art of all time? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Epic Games Store New Return Policy Allows Unlimited Refunds, But…

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Gamers get more leniency and a simplified verification process.

Epic has updated the Epic Games Store’s return policy to make it more competitive with other digital storefronts.

With the old policy, you were allowed just two refunds per year, but now everyone has unlimited refunds within 14 days of purchase and with under two hours played.

The Epic Games Store doesn’t have a “self-service” solution, at least not yet, so you will have to go through Customer Support to request a refund.

A change was also made to the verification process for receiving a refund. Customers no longer have to provide their IP address, last four digits of the card used, account creation date, and other information if the return meets the set criteria, though a contact form will still need to be used.

Epic plans to add more regional pricing options to the store. There are currently 30 different regions available, encompassing a total of 130 countries.

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Chinese Minecraft Player Spent Entire Year Creating Awesome Cyberpunk City

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There is seemingly no limits to the scale and creativity one can realize in the blocky world of Minecraft.

Indeed, in Minecraft, you let your imagination run wild, and
we’ve seen some truly awe-inspiring creations

This cyberpunk city by Chinese Minecraft player AZTTER has to be one of the coolest ever.

The man has the patience and persistence of a winner, seeing as it took him an entire year to build it from the ground up.

The results speak for themselves …

Forget about the lights — just look at the scale of it all! AZTTER is bone fide champ.

Have you seen a city as impressive in MinecraftLet us know in the comments below.

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Half-Life 2 Co-Writer Eric Wolpaw Has Returned To Valve, But Why?

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What could Valve be working on?

After leaving the company in February 2017, Half-Life 2 and Portal co-writer Eric Wolpaw has returned to Valve.

Shack News confirmed the writer’s return after finding his name listed in the credits for Valve card game Artifact. This would mean Wolpaw joined sometime in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Jay Pinkerton, another writer that left with Wolpaw, has also returned to the company, but it’s not known what the two are working on.

Whether its the rumored Half-Life VR or some other project, for Valve to successfully entice two of its writers back into the fold, it must be working on something exciting.

What are the chances it’s Half-Life 3?

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