Welcome to the weekend, a time for sitting back, relaxing, and playing a few of your favorite games. Because you’ve surely been making your way through the latest release, I can only assume that you’ve gotten behind on everything that’s been going on in the wider world of gaming, so let’s get you right back up to speed. Today, we heard that Final Fantasy 16 has been rated by the ESRB, Assassin’s Creed Jade gameplay footage has leaked, and the Overwatch World Cup has returned after a three year hiatus. As always, these are just our top stories and so read on for the rest.
US Senator Asks Gabe Newell About Neo-Nazi Content On Steam
Senator Maggie Hassan recently sent a letter to Valve asking Gabe Newell about neo-Nazi content on Steam. Hassan didn’t mince words. “Disturbingly, Steam has a significant presence of users displaying and espousing neo-Nazi, extremist, racial supremacist, misogynistic, and other hateful sentiments,” the senator said in the letter. “Valve should be taking steps to prevent harmful content, especially given the relationship between online comments and violence in the offline world.”
OTK Co-Founder Rich Campbell Resigns Amidst Sexual Assault Allegations
The co-founder behind OTK Rich Campbell has been asked to resign amidst a series of ongoing sexual assault allegations. "Today, we learned of troubling allegations made against one of our founders, Rich Campbell," the organization said in a statement. "Rich has resigned from OTK, effective immediately. OTK stands firmly against sexual harrasment and assault and is committed to upholding its core values. We'd like to thank our community for the continuous support and share your disappointment."
Assassin's Creed Jade Gameplay Footage Has Leaked
Gameplay footage from the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Jade has apparently been leaked. The video begins with a few shots showing the Great Wall of China before transitioning to some simple platforming and a little bit of combat. After taking a zipline down the battlefield, the movie shows a short cutscene introducing the player character as Dengling Bai, Juzi of the Mohists. We’ll of course be keeping an eye on this one.
Overwatch World Cup Returns After Three Year Hiatus
The popular event known as the Overwatch World Cup will soon be returning after a three year hiatus, currently scheduled for 2023. This apparently was held for the last time back in 2019. “After three years away, we’re thrilled to announce that the Overwatch World Cup is returning for 2023," the announcement from Blizzard explains. "The competition will be bigger than ever. New game, new players, and new ways of spotlighting your country and region on a global scale."
Final Fantasy 16 ESRB Rating Confirms Torture, Blood, And Swearing
Final Fantasy 16 just received a rating from the ESRB and the game will apparently be featuring plenty of swearing, blood, and even some torture. The organization calls this upcoming addition to the famous franchise an “action roleplaying game in which players assume the role of an enslaved prince on a quest to find his missing brother. From a third-person perspective, players explore a fantasy kingdom, complete various quests, and engage in battles against enemy soldiers and fantastical creatures.” The description only gets more interesting from there.
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