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Blizzard Says PvE and More Story Events Is Something they are “Pursuing”

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On the heels of the announcement of a new hero, Ashe, at BlizzCon, Blizzard is looking at even more additions to their monumental success.

Geoff Goodman, lead hero designer, and Scott Mercer recently spoke to VG247 at BlizzCon about what lies ahead for the game, hinting that things such as more story events and even some sort of player-vs-enemy element could eventually come into play.

“We’re just trying to get feedback and find what people want, and then we’ll make it,” Goodman stated during the interview, referring to more story events and PvE in the future. “If the fans want it, it will come. In time.”

“We have a lot more story involving current day Overwatch with the recall and everything, so we’ve been talking, and I know there’s this hunger to know more about the present of Overwatch and everything. Can’t really reveal anything now, but it is something we’re pursuing,” Goodman continued.

Goodman also reiterated that no reworks were in the plans.

“I’d say we don’t have any plans to rework anybody right now, but that doesn’t stop us if we decided that the game was changing in such a way that we felt it was necessary.“

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Xbox Q2 Revenue Dips 13%, Game Pass Continues Growth

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Microsoft has reported declines in Xbox revenue during the three months ended December 31, 2022 with gaming revenues were down 13% and Xbox content and services revenues down 12%, but were offset by the growth of Xbox Game Pass.

The Xbox Game Pass subscription business has reported a record number of active players, reporting a record 120 million monthly active users across its gaming ecosystem.

  • Revenue: $52.7 billion (up 2% year-on-year)
  • Net income: $16.4 billion (down 12%)
  • Operating income: $20.4 billion (down 8%)
  • More Personal Computing (incl. Xbox) revenue: $14.2 million (down 19%)
  • Gaming revenue: Down 13%
  • Xbox content and services revenue: Down 12%
  • Xbox hardware revenue: Down 13%
  • Monthly active users (gaming): 120 million

The company said that a number of the declines were in line with expectations.

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Riot Games Victims of Cyberattack

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Riot Games issued a statement on Wednesday saying that they  received a ransom email after hackers stole source code for League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics, with the attack also targeting its legacy anticheat platform, according to an official release.

“Needless to say, we won’t pay,” Riot said in the statement.  “While this attack disrupted our build environment and could cause issues in the future, most importantly we remain confident that no player data or player personal information was compromised.”

Riot Games continued by saying that it’s been working to assess the leak’s impact on anticheat as “any exposure of source code can increase the likelihood of new cheats emerging.” The company added that “experimental features” were also exposed, saying that “most of this content is in prototype and there’s no guarantee it will ever be released.”

Riot Games first announced the hack back on January 20th, saying it was a “social engineering attack.”

 

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Squanch Games CEO Justin Roiland Resigns

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Squanch Games CEO Justin Roiland has officially resigned from his position at the company after news broke that Adult Swim would be parting with popular series ‘Rick & Morty’, according to an official announcement.

Per the company, Roiland’s resignation was received on January 16th, and the company added that it will continue to support High on Life, which released on December 13, 2022, and “keep developing games we know our fans will love.”

Roiland, who is the studio’s co-founder, was charged with felony domestic battery with corporal injury and false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, and/or deceit earlier this month.

“Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland,” Adult Swim/Cartoon Network/Boomerang senior vp communications Marie Moore said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, ‘Rick & Morty’ will continue, but with new voice actors cast in the iconic roles voiced by Roiland.

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