Final Fantasy XIV Maid Outfit Going Gender-Neutral Just In Time For Sexy Bunny Boy Onslaught

This morning, Square Enix released a huge list of the changes coming to Final Fantasy XIV with the MMORPG’s impending expansion, Endwalker (no relation). The breakdown is a dizzying doozy of details, but the one thing you should take away from it is that the new Viera bunny boys will thankfully be able to wear maid outfits. Endwalker launches in early access on December 3 for players who pre-ordered the expansion, and regular ol’ Joe Schmoe access on December 7 for everyone else. It’s Final F

Someone Is Trying To Make Mother 4 Again And It Looks Great

Not satisfied with simply taking inspiration from Mother (known as EarthBound outside Japan), a new group of developers is trying their hands at creating an unofficial numbered entry in Nintendo’s cult classic role-playing franchise. Mother 4 is “a fan-made sequel to the acclaimed Mother series, following a group of teenagers and their road trip across a rose-tinted America.” It features ubiquitous franchise mechanics like rolling HP counters and the rhythm-based combos introduced in 2006’s Mot

Bobby Kotick Has Always Been A Slimy Asshole

Bobby Kotick is a weasel of the highest order. And while he may finally be facing a reckoning for some of his actions as CEO of Activision Blizzard, it’s been a long time coming. Kotick has spent three decades at the top of Activision, now Activision Blizzard, in a tenure that has consistently proven evil and exploitative. New reports say that Kotick has been more than happy to ignore systemic issues, especially the abuse suffered by its female employees, as long as it didn’t affect the compa

Cloud Strife Voice Actor Fired From Soap Opera For Refusing Covid-19 Vaccination

Steve Burton, who previously voiced brooding Final Fantasy hero Cloud Strife, was recently fired from his long-standing role on General Hospital after refusing to comply with the soap opera’s vaccine mandate, the actor announced via Instagram (h/t Variety). “I know there’s been a lot of rumors and speculations about me and General Hospital, and I wanted you to hear it from me personally,” Burton told his 336,000 followers. “Unfortunately, General Hospital has let me go because of the vaccine

Epic Buys Rock Band Creators To Make ‘Musical Journeys’ For Fortnite

Epic Games recently acquired Rock Band developer Harmonix, the two companies revealed in separate announcements today. Here we go again. “Harmonix has always aspired to create the world’s most beloved interactive music experiences, and by joining Epic we will be able to do this at scale,” said Alex Rigopulos, Harmonix co-founder and chairman. “Together we will push the creative boundaries of what’s possible and invent new ways for our players to make, perform and share music.” The plan for Har

Rare Zelda Demo From 1997 Recreated By Fans

Want to party like it’s 1997? Well, you’re in luck, as a dedicated group of Zelda fans recently wrapped on a project that’s all about recreating what it felt like to play Ocarina of Time at a Nintendo event in the late 90s before it was officially released. Before the rise of its Direct presentations, the best place to learn about Nintendo games was Space World, a convention held by the Japanese developer almost every year from 1989 to 2001. Super Mario World for the Super Nintendo, for insta

F-Zero Fans Offer $5,000 Bounty For Long-Lost SNES Race Tracks

Do you have old Satellaview cartridges lying around that were last used 24 years ago to play an obscure, Japan-exclusive F-Zero game? Well, that aging data is now worth a good chunk of cash thanks to a pair of fans intent on preserving the franchise’s history. BS F-Zero Grand Prix 2 was originally released via Nintendo’s unique Satellaview broadcasts. Accessed by way of a modem add-on for the Super Famicom, the service provided special programming as well as games that were only available for

Elden Ring May Just Reinvent The Open-World Genre

From Software, as you may already know, has a new game coming out early next year. It’s called Elden Ring, and after spending a few hours with it during last week’s preview, I’m here to say that it’s shaping up to be something really special. To set some expectations, Kotaku did have access to the closed network test, but our time was limited to two three-hour sessions. While it wasn’t an unfettered look at the open-world game, it was definitely enough to get a sense of the overall experience

My Favorite Part Of Elden Ring's Preview Was Accidentally Reaching A Small Island

Elden Ring’s recent closed network test served as a fantastic sneak peek at From Software’s upcoming Dark Souls successor. There were menacing bosses to fight, unique dungeons to explore, and vague bits of lore to deduce, but the absolute best part of the whole experience was how I found my way to a small, uninhabited island that at first glance appeared inaccessible. The first thing I did upon exiting Elden Ring’s tutorial cave was beeline for the nearest cliff. I wanted to get a look at the s

Someone Right-Clicked Every NFT In The Heist Of The Century

Hours ago, a website appeared online with the express purpose of hosting a nearly 20TB torrent (that’s terabytes, folks, the big boys of digital data measurement) containing every NFT available through the Ethereum and Solana blockchains. The NFT Bay, whose name and overall design riff on iconic torrent database The Pirate Bay, is the work of one Geoffrey Huntley, an Australian software and dev ops engineer. In a frequently asked questions document written up for annoying reporters like me, Hun

Elden Ring Players Discover Terrifying Bear Monster Beyond Demo’s Bounds

Not satisfied with the copious Elden Ring content provided by last weekend’s brief, intermittent network tests, players figured out a way to escape the bounds of the demo’s map and explore the lands beyond its limited scope, discovering new aspects of the highly anticipated game along the way. Over the course of a few days, From Software gave some lucky players the chance to experiment with an early build of Elden Ring. It wasn’t the whole game, mind, but a relatively small slice of the massive

Modders Fight GTA Lawsuit As ‘Definitive’ Bundle Crashes And Burns

Attorneys representing the four defendants in Take-Two Interactive Software’s copyright infringement lawsuit against a group of Grand Theft Auto modders recently responded to the video game conglomerate’s complaint, flatly denying several allegations of wrongdoing. They also argue that their clients’ work constitutes fair use under the United States’ Copyright Act. This whole mess all started earlier in 2021 and quickly escalated. On February 13, the developers currently being sued by Take-Tw

Calls For Bobby Kotick’s Resignation Intensify As Employees Stage Walkout

Social media is aflame with demands that video game industry exec Bobby Kotick resign from his position as CEO of Activision Blizzard in the wake of reporting from The Wall Street Journal about his own terrible treatment of women. Leading the charge are Activision Blizzard employees themselves, who are planning another walkout today in response to the report’s revelations. “We will not be silenced until Bobby Kotick has been replaced as CEO, and continue to hold our original demand for third-pa

A Simple Hole Killed Tons Of Elden Ring Players

Among the scores of monsters and traps designed to kill Elden Ring players, an inconspicuous hole in the tutorial area proved to be the deadliest aspect of the game’s preview build. Over the weekend, everyone lucky enough to receive an invite to the Elden Ring closed network test got their first taste of From Software’s upcoming Dark Souls successor. It was pretty good, even if reaching the end awakened an unsettling, primal hunger for more in me that won’t be satiated until the game launches

Star Fox Hack Boosts Its Notoriously Choppy Framerate

Earlier today, Star Fox received a patch that allows the 1993 Super Nintendo classic to perform as if it was taking advantage of an advanced accelerator chip, boosting its framerate from the single digits to something nearing a more modern game. When Star Fox launched almost 30 years ago, it was a technical marvel. Thanks to the Super FX processing chip (developed alongside the game by Argonaut Software), the sci-fi dogfighting simulator did the impossible by rendering polygonal 3D graphics at

Elden Ring Players Are Already Cheesing Its Dragon Boss

Early this morning, From Software held its first closed network test session for the upcoming Elden Ring. The long-awaited Dark Souls successor transplants that franchise’s fantastic action RPG gameplay into a Breath of the Wild-like setting. Players now have the opportunity to both explore a beautifully crafted fantasy world from the best loresmiths in the business and take cheesing bosses to a whole new level. Flying Dragon Agheel is one of the many bosses included in this early Elden Ring st

Battlefield 2042 Is Crashing Xbox Consoles, Early Access Players Say

Although the latest installment in the Battlefield series officially launches on November 19, folks who doled out extra money to play Battlefield 2042 early say the game won’t stop crashing on Xbox Series X. “I’m just playing a few minutes, sometimes an hour and suddenly my whole Xbox shuts down,” reads a post pinned to the top of the Battlefield 2042 technical issues forum. Since yesterday afternoon, the thread has accrued over 100 replies, the vast majority of which come from other Battlef

Seems Like Marvel, Attack On Titan Might Pop Up In Call Of Duty: Vanguard

The latest Call of Duty just launched last week, but fans are already rummaging through Vanguard’s files for hints at upcoming content. Some of the juiciest morsels apparently reference Marvel superhero Captain America, beloved graverobber Indiana Jones, and even the wildly popular Attack on Titan anime and manga franchise. It started slowly. According to VGC, notable Call of Duty dataminers Nanikos and Zesty spent the weekend uncovering text strings referring to an “aot_sword” and an “aot_tita

Playdate Handheld Delayed To 2022 Over Battery Life Concerns

Playdate, the cute little handheld with a crank, won’t be making its late 2021 debut, developer Panic Inc. told early buyers via email this morning. As the Playdate’s first 5,000 units rolled off the assembly line, Panic found serious issues with the batteries despite the same power sources previously working just fine in the pre-release builds sent to game devs. “Playdate’s battery is designed to last a very long time, and always be ready for you, even if not used for a while,” the email expl

Square’s Obscure Street Racing RPG Is Finally Playable In English

The last few years have been an incredible time for fan translations, but here’s a doozy: Square’s combination racing and role-playing game Racing Lagoon is now fully playable in English. Racing Lagoon, first released on the original PlayStation back in 1999, wasn’t a critical or commercial success for Square at the time. While the game received middling reviews from Japanese press and reportedly only moved around 141,000 units in its first six months, Racing Lagoon’s reputation as a stylish
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