PUBG Corp., the company that develops and manages PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, is taking Epic Games to court over the similarities between Battlegrounds and Fortnite.

Bluehole and PUBG Corp. have been threatening this for some time, going back as far as last year when the Korean-based developer said they were mulling their options over how they would respond to Epic’s addition of a battle royale mode to Fortnite. The copyright infringement suit filed now reveals that PUBG Corp. had in fact filed an injunction against Epic in January.

The movement now is likely because Epic is expanding Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode into East Asia, with publisher Neowiz, developers and publishers of MMORPG Bless Online, partnering to bring it to net cafe-style businesses in South Korea. The suit was filed in Seoul Central District Court against Epic Games Korea specifically.

By filing suit, PUBG Corp. hopes to get a court to determine whether Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode infringes on Battlegrounds, particularly over things like items and user interface.

[Source: Korea Times]

 

Our Take
Not being a lawyer, it is hard to say how good PUBG Corporation’s argument is here. It does seem like they know this would be a massive waste of time if they didn’t feel they could prove at least some aspects of it. I also can’t imagine this has caught Epic by surprise and I’m sure lawyers have been preparing for this since the initial saber-rattling in September.

Square Enix is recruiting for jobs, including for the Final Fantasy VII remake. One of those recruitment pages, however, has the first look at Final Fantasy VII remake that we have gotten since 2015.

The image, which is found on this recruitment page, shows lead developer Naoki Hamaguchi sitting in front of a computer screen with an image of what looks like FFVII Remake on it. A tweet from uer @DKHF4 blew up the image to get a closer look.

The image appears to be Cloud standing in front of Air Buster, the second boss in the game that Cloud, Barrett, and Tifa fight right after meeting President Shinra for the first time. So we can safely say they have at least made a model for the second boss in the game.

Square Enix’s E3 showcase will take place Monday, June 11 at 10:00 a.m. PT.

 

Our Take
I really hope this game is shown at E3 because I am not even that excited but this drip feed is still driving me nuts somehow. I am at the point where I am reporting on images in the background.

Star Citizen is a crowdfunded game with a lot of money given to it, to the tune of $35,000,000 as of January. Now, Cloud Imperium Gaming is offering yet another tier of purchases for only $27,000 dollars.

The Legatus Pack is now purchasable for Star Citizen players, but with a special caveat. The pack, which contains 117 ships for your space baron lifestyle, is only viewable if you have already put $1000 into the game. It can be found on this page if you’re logged in and have invested your child’s college fund into the game already, otherwise you just get a 404 error.

Earlier this year, Star Citizen set a record for having been more funded than every other crowdfunded video game combined.

[Source: MMOPulse]

 

Our Take
More power to you if you want this and can afford it. Otherwise, please consult a financial planner before you commit to it.

While we wait on pins and needles for the next Avengers movie, it’s nice to be reminded that the MCU is also a place where superheroes have fun being superheroes, which is exactly what the new Ant-Man and The Wasp teaser does.

The teaser is about Paul Rudd’s character, the titular Ant-Man and less-than-mild mannered Scott Lang, making a list of their game plan for tackling the movie’s antagonist. Check out the spot below.

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Ant-Man and The Wasp burrows its way into theaters on July 6.

It’s been a big week for Dark Souls Remastered, the newest version of FROM Soft’s seminal 2011 action adventure game. Certainly, though, the strangest story cropping up from the game is how modders found early Bloodborne data in the new version of the game and then managed to open it up in Grand Theft Auto V.

Kotaku reports on the strange modding story that begins with a modder named Dropoff, who found the map data inside Remastered’s files. Dropoff discovered a file, the seemingly innocuous “m99_99_98_00,” which follows a naming structure of test files in FROM’s games. Opening this up showed the map data of Upper Cathedral Ward from Bloodborne.

The Upper Cathedral Ward is an optional late-game area in Bloodborne that culminates with the hardest non-chalice dungeon, non-DLC boss in the game. It seems FROM had been planning this area since the original Dark Souls release in 2011. Another Souls modder and data detective, Lance McDonald, posted the findings on Twitter, including bits of Boleteria from Demon’s Souls.

 

 

 

 

After finding the files, Dropoff extracted the level data and imported it into 3D software that allowed the modder to rebuild it into Grand Theft Auto V. Through this, Dropoff managed to start driving a car through Bloodborne’s Upper Cathedral Ward, for which you can find a video below here.

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Dark Souls Remastered is currently available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, with a Switch version scheduled for sometime this Summer. You can find our review of the game right here,

[Source: Kotaku]

 

Our Take
It’s utterly fascinating that actual map data for Bloodborne exists in the 2011 Dark Souls and perhaps even stranger that it couldn’t be found until now. Does that mean FROM was hammering out Bloodborne concepts then? Or was that area meant for Dark Souls and repurposed for Bloodborne?

Everyone’s favorite Metro City rascal Cody was announced for Street Fighter V along with everyone else from season 3, but this new gameplay trailer (with a hint of story) gives Cody some time to shine.

The trailer begins with a live action clip of Cody, played by New Japan Pro Wrestling star and Street Fighter IV Cody main Kenny Omega, entering the mayor’s office and receiving a phone call. From there, the trailer begins showing off Cody’s two V.skills – his trusty knife and what we can now say is a traditional Metro City mayoral pipe – and a new costume of traditional mayoral pants. Check out the trailer below.

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In addition, Capcom has announced three other DLC costumes for Cody. He can wear his prison garb from the Alpha series and Street Fighter IV, a white tuxedo, or his Final Fight outfit of an understated white t-shirt and jeans. Omega is also voice acting the character in the game.

Cody will be avalable on June 26 and will be followed by DLC characters G and Sagat later in the season. Street Fighter V is available on PlayStation 4 and PC.

 

Our Take
Canonically, Cody without his handcuffs is supposed to be one of the strongest humans alive on a tier of Oro and stronger than Akuma. I wonder if he’s gotten weaker in his older age.

Ever since the launch of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, it has been plagued with performance issues that have irked players. In a recent Steam post, PUBG Corp outlines upcoming performance fixes and how it has “fallen short” in the past.

The development team’s three biggest priorities are “performance, server-side optimization, and cheating.” Altering lighting effects so they can be better processed and changing how vehicles maneuver on different surfaces are two of the ways the team believes the game can reach better performance.

Player movement, animations, and character models will also receive adjustments in order to boost framerate. Sever-side optimization, reducing network latency, and tweaking item spawns are other fixes the team has planned. You can read the massive list of changes by heading here.

To read our review of PUBG, head here.

[Source: Steam]

Feudal Alloy, an upcoming Metroidvania action RPG, centers around a bizarre concept. You play through a medieval era as a robot powered by a goldfish, who is on a quest to defeat bandits that burned down their home.

You’re not the only goldfish piloting the robot. In this strange world, all enemies you go head-to-head with are similarly powered by fish. Feudal Alloy features hand-drawn 2D art, giving it a storybook vibe. Developer Attu Games describes the gameplay as discovering a “huge interconnected world, filled with wide range of enemies, bosses, skills, equipments and side quests.”

Check out the trailer below.

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Feudal Alloy is expected to launch on PC later this year, though no specific release has been announced.

Sleep Tight is a shooter that reminds you of the fears you had as a kid at bedtime. It’s about the monsters that lurk in your closet and under your bed, but this time, you have the power to stop them.

This twin-stick shooter blends base-building with intense combat. You craft fortresses out of bedsheets and furniture while fighting waves of monsters. Your goal is to survive as many nights as you can.

With 12 unlockable characters, you can switch between them to try out varying difficulties and playstyles. Check out the trailer below.

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Sleep Tight arrives on Nintendo Switch and PC on July 26.

Sea of Thieves is receiving its first free DLC expansion in a couple days, bringing a slew of new content to the pirate adventure. The Hungering Deep hits on May 29th, and will be followed by two other expansions called Cursed Sails and Forsaken Shores at later dates.

The Hungering Deep features new items, a story campaign, flags, exclusive cosmetics, and more. 

The time-limited story campaign centers around Merrick the bard, who is Sea of Thieves’ first established character. Players will attempt to find Merrick in the world, and if successful, they can go against his nemesis to reap substantial rewards.

New cosmetics include tattoos and scars that can be added to your customized pirate. As for items, you can now use drums and a speaking trumpet which allows you to be heard from a distance. New flags for your ship will give you some new ways off signaling your intentions to other ships during your voyage.

To learn more about The Hungering Deep, watch the trailer below.

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Rare teases that new weekly events are to come to the game soon. Sea of Thieves is out on Xbox One. Read our review here.

[Source: The Hungering Deep]