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Elder Scrolls VI Playable, Shakeups At Nintendo, And More Of The Week's Gaming News

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This week’s gaming news was far-ranging in its nature and its implications. We got reports that Pedro Pascal has already wrapped up shooting on season two of HBO’s The Last of Us, heard rumblings that some publishers are unsure if supporting Xbox continues to make sense for them, and got our first look at Marvel Rivals, which looks like a superhero-themed Overwatch competitor that’s also reminiscent of Smite. Those stories and more await you in the pages ahead.

The Last Of Us’ Pedro Pascal Is Reportedly Done With Season 2 Already

Image: HBO / Naughty Dog
Image: HBO / Naughty Dog

Season 2 of HBO’s The Last of Us is currently filming in the Canadian province of British Columbia and Pedro Pascal, who plays post-apocalypse dad Joel Miller, has reportedly finished all of his parts just one month after filming began. If you’ve played Naughty Dog’s TLOU Part II, then you probably know why he’s allegedly wrapped so quickly. - Levi Winslow Read More

Elder Scrolls VI Is Playable And Sounds Fun, According To An Update From Bethesda

Elder Scrolls Online artwork - Image: Bethesda
Elder Scrolls Online artwork - Image: Bethesda

The Elder Scrolls, Bethesda’s immensely popular open-world RPG franchise, turns 30 years old today. To celebrate, the company posted a short history of the series and its innovations on social media. However, it also briefly talked about the future of the series, confirming that folks at the studio were playing early builds of The Elder Scrolls VI and having a good time with the still-in-development RPG. - Zack Zwiezen Read More

Some Publishers Reportedly Not Sure Why They Should Keep Supporting Xbox

Image: Xbox / Kotaku / Asier Romero (Shutterstock)
Image: Xbox / Kotaku / Asier Romero (Shutterstock)

Reportedly, some third-party video game publishers aren’t sure why they should keep making and supporting games for Xbox consoles due to poor sales in Europe. - Zack Zwiezen Read More

Big Shakeup At Nintendo Testing Center Ahead Of Switch 2

Image: Nintendo / Kotaku
Image: Nintendo / Kotaku

Nintendo of America is restructuring the small army of contractors that helps test its games and hardware in its Washington state headquarters, the company confirmed to Kotaku. According to four current and former contractors, the result is a massive downsizing that comes amid layoffs across the rest of the video game industry and after the Mario maker reportedly delayed the launch of a “Switch 2" successor until 2025. - Ethan Gach Read More

NCSoft Confirms Guild Wars 3 Is In Development

Image: ArenaNet
Image: ArenaNet

It’s been over a decade since ArenaNet’s fantasy MMO Guild Wars 2 launched. In the years since its 2012 PC debut, the team has released several expansions and updates for it, with the latest being 2023’s Secrets of the Obscure. With two more expansions still in the works set to launch this year and in 2025, respectively, Guild Wars 2 players aren’t hurting for new content. That’s why the news that ArenaNet is working on a proper third game in the series came as such a shock. - Kenneth Shepard Read More

A 30-Year-Old Menu In Windows Was Meant To Be Temporary, Actually

Image: Microsoft / Kotaku
Image: Microsoft / Kotaku

It turns out that a small but useful menu inside your modern Windows PC was designed and built in one day in 1994. It was meant to be a temporary stopgap until something better was created to replace it. That never happened, and now, 30 years later, the guy behind that original menu has revealed the story behind it. - Zack Zwiezen Read More

Twitch Bans Using ‘Intimate’ Body Parts As Green Screens

Screenshot: Twitch / Morgpie / Kotaku
Screenshot: Twitch / Morgpie / Kotaku

Amazon-owned livestreaming platform Twitch has disciplined content creators again. Just as a new meta began dominating the site earlier this month, in which streamers started playing games like Fortnite on green-screened boobs and butts, Twitch has updated its Terms of Service to strictly prohibit this kind of risque content. Creators will no longer be able to stream content that “focuses on intimate body parts for a prolonged period of time” as of March 29. - Levi Winslow Read More

22 Years Ago, Kingdom Hearts Almost Got Me Grounded For Life

Image: Square Enix
Image: Square Enix

We could hear her flip-flops slapping the concrete steps that led to the basement before we saw her. “Shh!” we hissed at each other, both of us adopting casual, seated poses on the well-worn couch to exude an air of relaxation, of calm. My sister’s breathing betrayed us, however—her chest was rising and falling in big gulps as she tried to catch her breath. - Alyssa Mercante Read More

New Sonic Game Leaks, Looks Like Fall Guys

Screenshot from the Sonic-themed event in Fall Guys - Image: Epic Games / Sega
Screenshot from the Sonic-themed event in Fall Guys - Image: Epic Games / Sega

A gameplay trailer for Sonic Toys Party—an as-yet-unannounced Sonic game from Sega—has leaked online showcasing Fall Guys-like multiplayer battle royale action. - Zack Zwiezen Read More

Marvel Unveils Its Overwatch-Style Hero Shooter, Marvel Rivals

Image: Marvel
Image: Marvel

After some teases and leaks, Marvel and NetEase Games have officially revealed Marvel Rivals. The game is a free-to-play, 6v6 hero shooter in the style of Overwatch, but it’s in third-person and stars superheroes from across Marvel’s various comics. While we’ve only seen one trailer, it looks like it could give Overwatch a run for its money when it comes to PC. - Kenneth Shepard Read More

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