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We Happy Few Will Release In Australia

We Happy Few Will Release In Australia

Australia has incredibly strict censorship laws, especially when it comes to video games. We Happy Few was the most recent video game to face the Australian Classification Board (ACB). This game was at risk of becoming unavailable to Australian audiences when it’s released on August 10th, 2018. 

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The ACB released a statement last week announcing that they would reconsider their initial ruling of completely banning the game. News broke yesterday (7/3/18) that We Happy Few would receive an R18+ rating instead of being completely banned from the country. This all comes after their decision in May where the ACB said the game incentivized drug use. A made-up drug called “Joy” is a primary plot point in the game and that was considered to cross a line.

“A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the computer game We Happy Few is classified R18+ (Restricted) with the consumer advice Fantasy violence and interactive drug use,” read the official statement from the Classification Review Board. 

History of Australia’s Video Game Censorship

Banning video games in Australia was a much more common occurrence before 2011. Before then, Australia could only rate video games up to MA15+ (similar to T in the United States). R18+ was reserved only for film, and video games with similar content would be completely banned from the country as the appropriate classification wasn’t available. In July and August of 2011, the Australian Attorneys-General finally opened up the R18+ rating for video games as well.

Some Games Banned In Australia Over The Past 10 Years

  • Dark Sector
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
  • MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death
  • NecroVisioN
  • Omega Labyrinth Z
  • Risen
  • Saints Row IV
  • State of Decay
  • Shellshock 2: Blood Trails
  • Silent Hill: Homecoming
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Syndicate
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  • Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni
  • GTA 5

A Close Call for We Happy Few

We Happy Few almost made it on this list above before the ACB came to their senses and awarded this video game an R18+ rating. Australia takes its censorship extremely seriously. There have been many games like the massively popular Left 4 Dead 2 that were initially banned from the country, but only after a highly edited version of the original game was it made available. 

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Since the R18+ rating began covering video games, Australian audiences have been granted access to some of the most popular titles on the global market. This was arguably the most important development in the Australian video game industry in the past 10 years. Especially now, as video games become more realistic, there’s no telling which hits would have never made it to the massive island country. 

Gigamax Games played the alpha of We Happy Few before the substantial updates the game received over the past year. This interesting universe was a colorful world filled with mystery and imagination. Gamers in Australia would have missed out on a potentially incredible adventure if the R18+ rating still didn’t cover video games.

Watch Gameplay of We Happy Few Early In Its Development

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PlatinumGames Teases New Action Game

PlatinumGames Teases New Action Game

The studio behind the hit action game, Bayonetta, teased a new game in the same genre they perfected. PlatinumGames, also behind the canceled Xbox One game Scalebound, revealed their plan at the Bitsummit event when Platinum boss, Atsushi Inaba announced that the company has a number of new projects in the works. These games include Bayonetta 3 and something never before seen in the action genre.

According to the video game publication DualShockers, Inaba teased  that the game would “turn the action genre on its head.” Although, it sounds as if the game is still early in the development process as only a certain group of people are even aware of its existence at PlatinumGames.

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Platinum is also behind the cult classic Metal Gear: Revengeance and the recent hit Nier: Automata. On top of Bayonetta 3 and this mysterious game, the company is co-developing Lost Order and Granblue Fantasy Project Re: Link for both mobile and PlayStation 4.

This Is Only The Beginning

Inaba also said that back in January that PlatinumGames was already in the beginning stages of developing new games. “We’ve pretty much opened the company up to ‘Anybody can pitch a game,’ and so over the last year we’ve gotten about 70 design documents from different people,” Inaba said. “So [2017 was] about us basically diluting which stuff we wanted to focus on and not focus on, and drilling down to the point where we now have two designs that we’re genuinely focused on.” (https://bit.ly/2IDNyEt)

The studio head told fans to expect the next couple of titles to have a mid-range budget. “We can’t put together a AAA, $10 million-plus game, because we just don’t have that sort of cash as an independent developer. However, we don’t plan to go the indies route with just a few people on a team making a game, so it’ll be somewhere in the middle, looking at probably about 20 people on the staff making the game, so that’ll still be a healthy [size].” (https://bit.ly/2IDNyEt)

PlatinumGames is certainly a trustworthy studio that specializes in making games that break the mold, not only in terms of gameplay but story as well. It’ll be exciting to see what revolutionary ideas the studio will explore next and Gigamax Games will be sure to report the latest details when this new game is revealed.

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Dungeons & Dragons In A New Light: Coming to a Console Near You

Dungeons & Dragons Creator’s Unpublished Work Will See New Life as Video Games

Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons may be gone but the Gygax family is ready to bring his legendary game back to life. It’s been 10 years since Gary Gygax’s death but his family and youngest son, Alex Gygax are taking the first steps to bring a new generation into the world Dungeons & Dragons. Bankrolled by the Gaygax Trust, the Gygax family wants to take Gary’s unpublished works and turn them into video games.

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“D&D: Curse of Strahd”

The Trust recently announced a new partnership with the crowdfunding and investment website Fig. The goal is to work together and start a global search for video game developers that will capture Gary Gygax spirit and carry his legacy on to a new generation of gamers.

In order for all this to happen, the Gygax Trust had to bring back Gygax Games and named Alex Gygax as CEO. Alex seems like the right fit to take the position. Gaming since he could walk and talk, both digitally and tabletop, he has a passion for his fathers work.

There is an open call to developers who want to propose content or ideas. Anyone interested can send reach out through pitches@fig.co and they’ll be reviewed by Figs green-light committee and Alex Gygax.

A Young Adventure Sets Off On A Quest

“My first D&D adventure I’d say was when I was four or five years old, running a solo campaign with my father on his work breaks. So I was playing D&D before I knew what any of that was,” said Alex in an interview with Polygon. He continued to explain, “I’ve played everything from Xbox games to computer games, board games, over at my brother’s house or Magic: The Gathering events at the local game store.” https://bit.ly/2qGl9m5

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Alex has been working in his hometown in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin as one of the lead bartenders of a local pub. Now he and the Gygax Trust believe he is ready to take his fathers’ masterpiece and bring it into the modern world. His job will be to ensure that any future projects based off of Gary Gygax’s unpublished works retain the spirit of the legendary adventurer and storyteller.

The Trust is currently working on cataloging handwritten materials from Gary’s personal effects which are known to have played a large role in the creation of Dungeons & Dragons. He even said Gygax Games will be using Gary’s personal D&D campaign that was never released to the public.

Gayax Games and Fig have now entered into a licensing agreement according to Fig CEO Justin Bailey. The goal of the agreement is to locate the right developers to pair with the project. Fig’s platform will be utilized to run crowdfunding campaigns to fund the production of the games.

To Breathe New Life Into His Fathers Legacy 

“It’s a good opportunity to get some games produced and work with gamers and still be able to have some direction of where some things go,” Alex said, “making sure the spirit, the essence, of Dungeons & Dragons and the RPG Realm is kept in mind.” https://bit.ly/2qEsHWE

Gail Gygax, Gary’s wife has seen first hand the development of her husband’s IP for computer games. They have worked with numerous companies over the years and some even produced incredible games but as she says, “the developers could never quite achieve the vision Gary had laid out,” https://bit.ly/2qEsHWE. Now with the partnership with Fig, the family trusts that they will be able to find the right developers and work with capable enough technology to explore and produce Gary Gygax’s imaginative stories with the depth it deserves.

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“Planescape: Torment”

Any fan of Dungeons & Dragons may be a little rattled that this news is catching so much attention. It isn’t the first time Dungeons & Dragons games have been released. However, there is something a little different about this announcement. Gygax Games partnership with Fig isn’t the only unique factor, either. Reading the words from Gary’s son, Alex, it is hard not to feel his passion. The worlds his father created brought so much enjoyment to millions. Alex even had the chance to enjoy those stories and adventures with the creator, his very own father.

Where Will The Path Lead?

Now Alex is ready to help ensure his father’s work makes it to this new medium while retaining that special something that made Dungeons & Dragons such a spectacular experience. It’ll be exciting to see what direction the new D&D video games take. There’s no telling how the adventure will play out or what kind of commercial success it will see. Only time will tell what comes of these new D&D games but be sure to check back on GigamaxGames.com as the crew continues to follow this story closely.

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Ubisoft Fends off Vivendi’s Hostile Takeover

Ubisoft Fends off Vivendi’s Hostile Takeover

The French game publisher Ubisoft,  well known for games like the Assassin’s Creed franchise and the massively popular shooter, Rainbow Six Siege fends off a hostile takeover from Vivendi, integrated content, media, and communications group. Ubisoft and fans are celebrating while Vivendi is forced to address the strategic step back as they pledged to make video games a key pillar of their business.

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Vivendi’s two-year battle against the founders of Ubisoft comes to a close. The media group announced they’re willing to sell its 27.3% stake in the in the French video game publisher. Worth over $2.4 billion, Ubisoft made a call to long-time shareholders and new partners to help the publisher buy back the stocks. However, with an initial investment of 750 million Euros (around $919 million US), Vivendi walked away with a massive profit.

Ubisoft Breathes a Sigh of Relief 

“The evolution in our shareholding is great news for Ubisoft,” said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. “It was made possible thanks to the outstanding execution of our strategy and the decisive support of Ubisoft talents, players, and shareholders. I would like to warmly thank them all. The investment from new long-term shareholders in Ubisoft demonstrates their trust in our future value creation potential.” http://bit.ly/2ps0QJo

Even though Ubisoft is a butt of a lot of jokes throughout the gaming community, they have progressed in an amazing way. Constantly restructuring and making a point to address community feedback has taken them to new heights. 

New Friends and Money

This decision to end the hostile takeover actually opened up even more opportunities for the publisher. Tencent, Chinese internet conglomerate is one of the major new parties who is helping Ubisoft out of the massive financial void Vivendi left behind. Tencent is well known for their work on major titles including League of Legends, Fortnite, PUBG, and Clash of Clans. They also recently spearheaded the release of the mobile PUBG game that released in China and holds a 48% stake in Epic Games.

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“The new strategic partnership agreement we signed [with Tencent] will enable Ubisoft to accelerate its development in China in the coming years and fully leverage a market with great potential,” Guillemot stated. http://bit.ly/2ps0QJo

The decision to align with such a prominent Chinese internet conglomerate has the potential to open entirely new markets for Ubisoft. Western games have a difficult time reaching the massive Chinese audience because of their strict standards. Having a partner that has experience with bringing western games to the Chinese market could be a huge win for the French publisher.

This is sure not to be the end of the big news coming out of Ubisoft. With their new strategic partnership, there’s no telling what’s next for this extremely successful gaming company. The Gigamax Games crew is excited to see Ubisoft stand their ground. The path the publisher has been on in recent years has gamers of all kinds excited about a future where Ubisoft has the final say about the content they release.

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Brigitte Shield Charges to Overwatch on March 20th

Brigitte Shield Charges to Overwatch on March 20th

The 27th Overwatch hero, Brigitte is heading to all platforms including PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 20th. Blizzard announced this exciting news today (3/15/18) on Twitter along with an announcement post on their blog. Players that own a PC and want to try her right now, she is currently available on the Public Test Realm.

Blizzard is calling the new hero an “engineer with peerless armor constructing abilities,” and she definitely shows her prowess when deployed on the battlefield. Her primary weapon is known as the Rocket Flail, which extends when used and can hit multiple heroes at the same time.

Along with Brigitte’s flail, she also gets a deployable Barrier Shield, which like Reinhardt can protect allies immediately behind her. She also has the ability to throw Repair Packs to heal teammates, while her passive ability, Inspire, heals all nearby allies when she deals DPS.

Blizzard Picks Up The Pace

Brigitte was officially announced by Blizzard only a couple of weeks ago and right beforehand they revealed a lore database that will host content revealing the backstory of many of their popular heroes. To start Blizzard gave some more insight into how Torbjörn lost his arm in a tear jerking letter to his wife. With the new heroes imminent arrival, we’ll be sure to show her off in action the day she becomes available to the public, so don’t forget to check out our Stream Page so you know exactly when you’ll have a chance to see this exciting new hero!

Brigitte Abilities

  • Rocket Flail – Brigitte’s melee weapon has an extended range, enabling her to strike multiple enemies with a single swing.
  • Repair Pack – Brigitte throws a Repair Pack that can heal an ally. Any healing over that ally’s maximum health provides them with armor instead.
  • Whip Shot – Brigitte throws her flail a long distance, dealing damage and knocking an enemy away from her.
  • Barrier Shield – Brigitte deploys a frontal energy barrier to absorb a limited amount of damage.
  • Shield Bash – Once her Barrier Shield is deployed, she can dash forward to stun an enemy.
  • Inspire – When she hits enemies with her flail, she also heals nearby allies over time.
  • Rally – She moves faster and provides all nearby allies with armor that lasts until it’s removed by damage.
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Rainbow Six Siege: New Threats Await in the Tactical Shooter

Rainbow Six Siege: New Threats Await in the Tactical Shooter

Rainbow Six Siege is gearing up to release a monstrous update. Beginning in March, Operation Chimera and the highly anticipated Outbreak event will be available to the public. Operation Chimera and Outbreak are very different experiences. One is a regular Rainbow Six Siege update and the other is something completely new to Ubisoft’s’ tactical first-person shooter.

Find the latest details on all the new content coming the Year 3 of Rainbow Six Siege. Directly below is the latest cryptic trailer that hints at the origins of the new threat coming to the Outbreak event.

Operation Chimera

The new Counter Terrorism Unit making its way to the dangerous world of Rainbow Six Siege is the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Threat Unit. With biological and chemical attacks becoming a more serious threat, the CBRN is a different kind of CTU than those previously added to the game. Focused on advanced threats, both operators have incredibly unique special abilities.

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Using a drone to maintain “quarantine perimeters”, one of the new operators is Lion, a French operator and comes with a mysterious backstory. The official Rainbow Six blog post on the update explained, “Their service record is astounding, but their list of regrets seems endless.”

The second, a Russian operator named Finka, discovered the incredible world of self-dissolving nanobots through their studies in the motherland. Not much else is known how these nanobots will impact the course of battle. Ubisoft did state that the entire team will benefit from the research carried out by Finka.

Outbreak

Now things start to get interesting with the Year 3 content. Ubisoft is releasing a limited time co-op event unlike anything Rainbow Six Siege has seen before. An epidemic has consumed the town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico and things get interesting. A team of three will be tasked with neutralizing the alien threat.

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The new mode will include three exclusive new PvE maps and will be larger, more open and more linear than the PvP maps. These new maps are specifically designed for co-op play but will have all the destructive elements people enjoy so much.

The limited time event is available to anyone with Rainbow Six Siege. It also comes with a host of cosmetic offers including headgears, uniforms, weapon skins and new charms. Gamers will be able to play Outbreak as the Two new Chimera Operators Finka and Lion, Smoke, Ying, Buck, Kapkan, Hibana, Zofia, Fuze, Ash, Doc, Thermite, Tachanka, and Glaz. 

New information will continue to become available as the release nears closer. Details on the new threat coming to Outbreak as well as a more in-depth explanation of the new operators are still scarce. Gigamax Games will continue following this new content until  Gigs and Mack are able to get hands-on with the update.

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Sources:

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/rainbow-six-siege-outbreak-event-detailed-features/1100-6456343/

https://www.pcgamer.com/rainbow-six-siege-outbreak-event-will-bring-alien-parasites-three-new-pve-maps/

https://rainbow6.ubisoft.com/siege/en-gb/news/detail.aspx?c=tcm:154-318132-16&ct=tcm:154-76770-32

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