Final Fantasy 15 Gets New November Release Date

Following several reports that the release of upcoming role-playing game Final Fantasy XV has been delayed, Square Enix has confirmed a new launch date for the game. Final Fantasy XV will be released globally on November 29–nearly two months later than its previously scheduled September 30 launch date.

According to a statement released by Square Enix, the new date “will allow the development teams time to further polish and conduct quality testing so that the reality of the game can match the expectations of both the fans and the creative teams.”

Speaking in a video posted on YouTube (embedded above), game director Hajime Tabata said: “From the moment we joined this project, our vision was to create a level of freedom and realism previously unseen in the series. Regrettably, we need a little bit more time to deliver on this vision and are confident that this new release date will help us achieve this… as the director and lead of this project, I wish to personally apologize for the additional wait. As a team, we want FINAL FANTASY XV to achieve a level of perfection that our fans deserve. We kindly ask for your understanding.”

Square Enix commented that it would confirm whether this delay would affect the disc release of both Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV “at a later time.”

from GameSpot


DOTA 2 Tournament Pays Out Over $20 Million In Prizemoney 

DOTA 2 Tournament Pays Out Over $20 Million In Prizemoney 
Wings collecting the Aegis of Champions after their victory | Image: Valve

The 2016 edition of the The International, DOTA 2’s biggest tournament of the year, was held in Seattle over the weekend. It made a lot of people very, very rich (or, as this list of esport’s top earners shows, richer).

With over $20 million in prizemoney on offer, the winning team—Wings, from China—took home just over $9 million. Which means every member of Wings pockets a bit under $2 million. Each.

It was a memorable tournament, with some of the biggest names (like Team Liquid) bowing out early in upsets.

If you were away/working and missed it, you can watch all 11 hours of the main matches below:


from Kotaku

Volkswagen Isn’t Having Any Of Your Pokémon Go Shit

Volkswagen Isn't Having Any Of Your Pokémon Go Shit
Via AP Images.

Volkswagen has informed around 70,000 of its employees that they are amplifying the risk of corporate espionage by playing their silly little augmented reality Pokémon games.

According to the German site Bild (via CarScoops), Volkswagen sent out an email to approximately 70,000 of its employees informing them that they are not allowed to have Pokémon Go installed on their phones. You can check out the email (in German) over on their site.

This isn’t just Volkswagen being a Debbie Downer on fun at the workplace—that’s just an on-brand side effect. No, the German automaker is worried that workers playing with the app will be more susceptible to corporate espionage. Iran has also banned Pokémon Go for similar reasons.

The worries come from the Pokémon Go app using location tagging, data sharing and of course the cameras of the employees’ phones, which could make it more likely that we’ll get a sneak peek of something Volkswagen doesn’t want exposed yet in a screenshot of a Pikachu sitting on the next Golf platform.

Volkswagen, as a rule, does not play games. They just occasionally play the regulatory system.

from Kotaku

Fall of Gods, an “illustrated novel” put together by some video game concept artists, has been picke

Fall of Gods, an “illustrated novel” put together by some video game concept artists, has been picked up by 20th Century Fox, who want to turn it into an epic fantasy film.

from Kotaku

Now This Is A Good Transformers Movie

Now This Is A Good Transformers Movie

When I opened an email about a “Transformers cosplay fan film”, I feared the worst. A CG-filled compilation of cringe, with bad Stan Bush covers.

Nope. Turned out it was the opposite. GENERATION 1 is the perfect celebration of a corny cartoon, it’s giant heads and emphatic gestures nailing the goofy tone of the original series while still looking impressive (in a Japanese Godzilla movie kinda way) thanks to a bunch of dedicated effects like RC vehicles, hand-drawn laser blasts and a practical Ark.


If this was an 11-minute show that aired at midnight on Tuesdays on Adult Swim, I would watch every damn episode.

The creators were kind enough to also include some video and shots from the production of the film, showing how they pulled off some of the practical shots:


Now This Is A Good Transformers Movie
Now This Is A Good Transformers Movie
Now This Is A Good Transformers Movie

from Kotaku