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22. 2. 2020 – GamingHub
Activision Subpoenas Reddit to Pursue Call of Duty Battle Royale Leaker
Other / 22. 2. 2020

Court documents reveal that Activision is attempting to subpoena Reddit in order to uncover the identity of the user who recently leaked key art for Modern Warfare’s battle royale game mode, Warzone. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Activision is filing a Digital Millennium Copyright Act subpoena against Reddit in an effort to reveal the identity of the user who leaked “infringing Activision content.” [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=every-ign-call-of-duty-review&captions=true”] The now-deleted Reddit post seemingly revealed some key art from the upcoming Modern Warfare: Warzone game mode. This is not the first Warzone leak, as there have been a handful of leaks over the past couple of months, which have all but confirmed the unannounced battle royale game mode. A December leak seemingly revealed an official look at the new Warzone map, while a leak earlier this month seems to reveal the full battle royale map. Since Modern Warfare leaks are not uncommon, it’s unclear why Activision is just now deciding to take legal action. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/14/new-call-of-duty-modern-warfare-battle-royale-details-reportedly-leaked-ign-news”] IGN has reached out to Activision for a comment, but did not immediately receive a reply. A DMCA subpoena allows a company to notify another company that copyright-protected materials have been posted in some form on their own service, ostensibly compelling…

Activision goes to war over Call of Duty: Modern Warfare battle royale leaks
Other / 22. 2. 2020

Activision is fighting Call of Duty: Modern Warfare battle royale leaks with subpoenas and online takedowns. Modern Warfare’s upcoming battle royale, reportedly dubbed Warzone, is one of the worst-kept secrets in all of video games. While it remains unannounced, players have found themselves accidentally transported into its tutorial, and there is detailed information relating to its map and mechanics online. In fact, if you boot up Modern Warfare today you’ll see a “classified” portion of its main menu. Clearly, this will turn into battle royale once Warzone launches. And Activision even released what very much looks like a teaser for the battle royale, with one soldier saying “the gas is closing in” before fan-favourite character Ghost drops in to say “they’re targeting their own”. The camera then pulls back to show soldiers dropping out of a plane into a warzone with, yes, a green gas closing in. Read more

Microsoft Flight Simulator will feature “all the airports in the world”
Other / 22. 2. 2020

In the latest Microsoft Flight Simulator feature discovery diary, Asobo Studio’s lead game designer Sven Mestas talks about Airports and Airport features. According to Mestas, the previous Flight Simulator title simulated more than 24,000 airports. The new Flight Simulator features “all the airports in the world,” including 37,000 manually designed airports. You will find small bush and island runways as well as international airports adjacent to large cities covered. This means you can expect grass, dirt and concrete runways. Life is also supported in each of the airports according to the size. Ambient life has been added to parking lots, airport workers have also been included and will move from and to various points, service vehicles now have drivers, and baggage carts now have workers. The attention to detail is impressive, and if you are interested in the simulation title, you should give the discovery diary a watch. The last official look at the game showed off snow accumulation, as the game’s weather tech uses actual real-world data from Bing. Microsoft started testing the game via its Insider Program last summer, and although it is without a firm release date, it seems there’s plenty to be excited about. The post Microsoft Flight Simulator will feature…

Red Dead Redemption 2 Hot Coffee mod creator defiant despite legal threat
Other / 22. 2. 2020

A Red Dead Redemption 2 modder has insisted their Hot Coffee mod is here to stay despite receiving a legal threat from the game’s publisher. The Hot Coffee mod, which was uploaded to Nexus Mods on 12th February, recreates the infamous Hot Coffee mini-game from 2004’s Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. It sees main character Arthur Morgan have sex with a prostitute, and was built with animations lifted from the drunk saloon mission with Lenny and the sounds the character models make when they get injured. No nudity is shown, and the mod is only available for the single-player portion of the game. The original Hot Coffee was not normally accessible in San Andreas, but it hit the headlines after the release of the Hot Coffee mod for the PC version in 2005. This mod granted access to the mini-game, which portrayed sex between main character Carl “CJ” Johnson and his chosen in-game girlfriend. Assets for Hot Coffee were also found in the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions, prompting the ESRB to re-rate San Andreas Adults Only, some shops to withdraw and recall the game, and federal and legal action as well as civil class actions. Read more

Baldur’s Gate 3 Will Release in Early Access Later This Year
Other / 22. 2. 2020

With just about a week before PAX East, Baldur’s Gate 3 developer Larian Studios has announced that the long-awaited RPG will first launch in early access later this year. Hasbro, which owns Wizards of the Coast, which in turn is responsible for the publishing of D&D products, made the announcement at the New York Toy Fair, according to a report from DSO Gaming. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/06/06/baldurs-gate-3-announcement-teaser-uncut”] It wouldn’t be the first time Larian has released one of its expansive role-playing games in early access. Divinity: Original Sin 2 first released as early access in September 2016, and finally launched in full almost exactly a year later in 2017. During its first stage of early access, Larian only had the prologue, first chapter, and a transition to act two available to play. Hasbro and Larian have made no further comments regarding what amount of content will release during this early access period, or what state it will be in. After its full release, Divinity: Original Sin 2 also received ongoing updates, culminating in a Definitive Edition in August 2018, which came with a wide array of improvements. Larian will be debuting gameplay footage during PAX East for Baldur’s Gate 3 on February…

It turns out 9 out of 10 Mass Effect players were Paragon
Other / 22. 2. 2020

If you played BioWare’s wonderful Mass Effect trilogy, you’ll be familiar with its morality system. Ostensibly reflecting “good” and “bad” playthroughs, the Paragon and Renegade system let players choose different lines of dialogue and key actions that each would each contribute in some way to their character’s Paragon or Renegade score. Paragon points would be obtained for compassionate and heroic actions, while Renegade points were obtained for being ruthless or, well, a bit of a dick. Paragon and Renegade each had their own scores, which meant being nice every now and then wouldn’t adversely affect a player’s dodgy rep, and vice versa. However, a certain number of points in either track would open dialogue options with significant impact (in the first Mass Effect, high scores would unlock high ranks in the Charm and Intimidate skills). Read more