Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Plans Will Be Revealed “Soon”

Square Enix has said it will reveal its plans for Final Fantasy’s 30th anniversary celebration soon.

In the latest issue of Famitsu, as reported by DualShockers, Final Fantasy brand manager Shinji Hashimoto confirmed the first event will be an Escape game held in Tokyo, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka, and Osaka.

Escape games are themed mysteries in which players are taken to a real life location and asked to solve a series of puzzles to escape. Square Enix’s one will be based on Final Fantasy XIV. Looking further ahead, Hashimoto said “there are things that will be announced soon, so please look forward to it.”

Currently, Square Enix has a number of ongoing Final Fantasy projects in development. Among these is a remaster of Final Fantasy XII for PlayStation 4 and also a remake of Final Fantasy VII.

In January 2016, Square Enix producer Yoshinori Kitase said 2016 would be a “year of preparations” for the Final Fantasy VII remake, suggesting there’s still lots of development work to be done. This also indicates that it may not launch in 2017. The remake it set to be released episodically.

For more on the Final Fantasy VII remake check out the stories below.

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PS4 Controller Now Fully Supported By Steam

Steam now fully supports the PS4‘s DualShock 4 controller, according to the latest patch notes for Valve’s PC gaming platform.

The update was first revealed in October and adds “access to the same sort of customization/configuration support as Steam Controllers.” That means you’ll finally be able to take advantage of the PS4’s touchpad and gyroscope, and map them to act like a keyboard and mouse or control menus, for example.

It’s currently unclear whether the support extends to Mac-based Steam users.

Steam will now read your DualShock 4 exactly like a Steam Controller–though the in-game icons will likely remain ABXY in gamepad mode, and not switch to the PlayStation shape symbols unless developers patch their games especially.

Back in August, Sony announced a wireless USB adapter for the DualShock 4, alongside bringing its streaming service PlayStation Now to PC. The adapter works in the same way as it does when connecting the PS4 controller to a PC via a wired USB connection. Not every game offers functionality for the DualShock 4, and this means that it won’t work with these games.

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Ex-Lionhead Employee Tells Wild Story About Threatening Teenage Hackers

Lionhead Studios, creators of the Fable series, are no more, meaning there’s nothing stopping crazy stories from their past getting out. Like this one, where an ex-employee claims the developers were once hacked by some teenagers, who Lionhead tracked down then threatened with…ratting them out to one of their mums.

As first reported by the BBC, ex-Lionhead community manager Sam van Tilburgh told the tale at a BAFTA function on Tuesday night, to the surprise of others appearing on his panel who seemed genuinely shocked at the “Sherlock-like” revelation.

The story goes like this: in 2003, as the team were preparing to release the first Fable title, a group of hackers known as Kibitz “managed to get their hands on some screenshots” from an earlier build of the game, along with “other material”. One of those screenshots showed the game’s hero “stabbing a little kid through the head”, and was “never meant to be released for obvious reasons”, Van Tilburgh says.

The teenagers—who threatened to release the stuff they’d obtained—must have thought they were pretty hot shit, if not for one oversight: Kibitz says they posted some of the stolen screenshots on Lionhead’s own forums, which allowed the studio’s community team to track the IP of one of the members who had uploaded them.

“We knew where the guy was living, and we managed to get hold of the guy’s high school record…through a mate, including the poem that he recited at his end of year event”, Van Tilburgh says.

“We wrote a public message as Lionhead Studios to the group, Kibitz, and we started the message with the opening lines of the poem that he recited in high school, and we included a picture of the landmark he could see from his house where he lived.”

“And I said, ‘You gotta stop this now, otherwise I pass all this information on to your mum.’”

“He was 16.”

As extreme as the measure was—the community team didn’t even tell Lionhead’s legal department until “after the fact”—it apparently did the trick, with the “other material” Kibitz got hold of never being released. Van Tilburgh says the threatened hacker was “a very kind, polite boy after that”, and that he even met with him a few times over the years at Fable community events.

You can watch the story in the clip below from 34:12 onwards.

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Walking Dead Star Will Play Lead Role in Star Trek Discovery

Star Trek: Discovery has found its lead. It has been announced that Walking Dead star Sonequa Martin-Green will play the main character in the upcoming small screen return of the long-running sci-fi franchise.

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As reported by Deadline, Martin-Green will play Lt. Cmdr. Rainsford. It had been know for some time that Discovery’s lead would be female, and for first time in the franchise’s history, would not be a captain. “The story that’s fascinating for me now is not from the captain’s perspective,” co-producer Bryan Fuller said in August. “We’ve seen six series from the captain’s point of view and we wanted to do something different.”

Martin-Green is known for playing Sasha on The Walking Dead. Deadline’s sources state that she will continue to appear on AMC’s hit zombie drama, although it’s worth bearing in mind that its writers frequently kill off main characters.

Last month, CBS announced some other cast members for Discovery. Anthony Rapp (Dazed & Confused, Rent) will play crew member Lt. Stamets, while Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) will portray science officer Lt. Saru, part of an alien race never seen before in the franchise. In adition, Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) will portray Captain Georgiou, the commanding officer on a different vessel.

Star Trek: Discovery will debut in May. The first season will comprise 13 episodes, and while the first episode will screen on the CBS network channel, all subsequent ones will appear on the company’s All Access digital subscription service.

Netflix has the rights to the show outside of the US and Canada, and every episode will hit the streaming service within 24 hours of its US broadcast. In Canada, it will be screened on the streaming channel CraveTV.

Disclosure: CBS is GameSpot’s parent company.

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Pacific Rim and Godzilla Sequels Have New Titles

The upcoming sequels to monster movie hits Pacific Rim and Godzilla have new titles. It has been reported that the films will now be released as Pacific Rim: Uprising and Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

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The news came via producers Legendary Pictures in an announcement about new EVP of Physical Production Herbert W. Gaines. The announcement stated: “Gains’ responsibilities will include overseeing production of Legendary’s feature film slate including such highly anticipated projects as Pacific Rim: Uprising, Pokemon’s Detective Pikachu, and Godzilla: King of Monsters.” (via Collider)

The Pacific Rim sequel was initially reported as Pacific Rim: Maelstrom in November, after star John Boyega posted an photo of his script folder on Instagram. The Godzilla follow-up, meanwhile, has only been known as Godzilla 2 up to this point.

Pacific Rim: Uprising is currently in shooting in Australia. Some on-set images of Boyega in action were revealed earlier this month–check them out here. The film is directed by former Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, and also stars Scott Eastwood, Zhang Jin, Cailee Spaeny, and Jing Tian.

The film has seen a troubled development over the years, with original director Guillermo Del Toro ultimately handing the reins over to DeKnight, but remaining on board as a producer.

Godzilla: King of Monsters is currently without a director after Gareth Edwards, who made 2014’s Godzilla as well as the current Star Wars hit Rogue One, stepped away from the production earlier this year. In October, it was reported that Krampus director Michael Dougherty was in talks to helm the movie. Dougherty is already onboard as co-writer, alongside Zach Shields.

The film will form part of Legendary’s ongoing big monster universe. Kong: Skull Island is set for release in March 2017, with Godzilla vs. Kong following in 2020.

Pacific Rim: Uprising hits theaters on February 23, 2018, while Godzilla: King of Monsters arrives on March 22, 2019.

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Best of 2016: Surviving and thriving as a game dev with chronic illness

In this 2016 feature, Gamasutra chats with a few developers who live with different chronic health conditions to talk about how it shapes their lives and life’s work in the game industry. …

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