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MOAR POWER! Xbox One X’s “World Premiere TV Commercial” is out.
NeoGAF owner Tyler “Evilore” Malka is being accused of sexual harassment.
Film director Ima Leupp, according to Kotaku’s Cecilia D’Anastasio, claims “that while she and Malka, who was her friend, were drinking together in a New Orleans hotel room in April 2015, she became very sick. Then, she says, Malka came up behind her in the shower without her consent … Leupp said that even after the alleged shower incident, she’d continued her friendship and even had a brief physical relationship with Malka until they had a falling out at E3 2015.”
Now, moderators are quitting NeoGaf en masse “and the website has been down for over half a day.”
Vungle CEO Zain Jaffer is out after he was arrested for “felony assault, lewd act upon a child, and other related charges,” Venture Beat’s Dean Takahashi reports. Rick Tallman took over as CEO.
“Jaffer has been formally charged with felony assault, child abuse, battery upon an officer and emergency personnel, lewd act upon a child, and oral copulation with a person under 14, said Steve Wagstaffe, district attorney for the county of San Mateo, California, in an interview on Friday afternoon.”
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is available for digital download “ahead of their launch as Xbox One backwards compatible titles,” Eurogamer’s Tom Phillips reports.
Other games, Game Informer’s Suriel Vazquez writes, include “Bloodrayne, Crimson Skies, Dead To Rights, Fuzion Frenzy, Grabbed By The Ghoulies, The King of Fighters: Neowave, Ninja Gaiden Black, The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time [and] Psychonauts Red Faction II.”
Don’t expect PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds 2, according to Brendan Greene. In an interview with IGN’s Seth G. Macy, Greene said that “‘”We still want to polish and refine, add more maps, add more assets’ … Greene sees the future of PUBG as a service, where you buy the game and it evolves with time, rather than working toward a sequel.”
PUBG is also upping the damage in the blue zone. PC Gamer’s Samuel Horti writes that “the development team plans to ramp up the damage that the blue zone deals to try and get players to focus on combat inside the play area.”
Blizzard has plans for its “‘franchises of the future,’” GamesIndustry.biz’s Christopher Dring reports. “The publisher is already generating around $300m from consumer products, the aim is to ‘make it orders of magnitude higher.’”