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'We Were Working 100-Hour Weeks,' Red Dead Redemption 2 Head Writer Says, Then Clarifies 'We Were Working 100-Hour Weeks,' Red Dead Redemption 2 Head Writer Says, Then Clarifies

It’s long been an open secret in the video game industry that the prestigious developer Rockstar embraces overtime, and a new quote from company co-founder Dan Houser about Red Dead Redemption 2 caused controversy this morning by suggesting that it took 100-hour weeks to make. In a new elaboration to Kotaku, however,…

A Long And Hopefully Interesting Conversation About Microtransactions A Long And Hopefully Interesting Conversation About Microtransactions

If you’re looking for a lengthy, complicated, nuanced conversation about microtransactions in video games—and why they trigger so much rage—then you sure have come to the right place. That’s what this week’s Kotaku Splitscreen is all about.

PSN Name Changes Are Officially Coming PSN Name Changes Are Officially Coming

Last week, we told you that game developers were preparing for PlayStation Network name changes to arrive. Now, the news is official, with Sony announcing this morning that users will be able to change their old PSN IDs starting in early 2019.

Sources: Microsoft Is Close To Buying Obsidian Sources: Microsoft Is Close To Buying Obsidian

Microsoft is finalizing a deal to acquire the independent development studio Obsidian Entertainment, according to three people briefed on the negotiations. We don’t know if ink is on paper yet, and plenty of major acquisition deals have fallen apart in the final hours, but those close to the companies believe it is…

Death To Fall Damage Death To Fall Damage

One of the things I love about Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, a game full of things to love, is this: You can’t die from fall damage. No matter what.

Google's Project Stream Is Impressive So Far Google's Project Stream Is Impressive So Far

There’s something a little funky about playing a game like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in your internet browser. It almost feels obscene, like you’re getting away with something that shouldn’t be legal. Google’s Project Stream might have some obstacles on the way to global dominance, but it’s still pretty damn impressive.

Microsoft Announces Xbox Game Streaming Service Microsoft Announces Xbox Game Streaming Service

Today, Microsoft announced its plans to enter the world of video game streaming with Project xCloud, an ambitious service with a silly title that promises to allow the streaming of Xbox One games across computers, phones, and tablets.

Spider-Man 2 Should Let You Play As A Journalist Spider-Man 2 Should Let You Play As A Journalist

When Insomniac releases a sequel to this year’s smash hit Spider-Man for PS4, don’t you think Mary Jane should get some journalism gameplay? This week on Kotaku Splitscreen, we discuss.

Game Developers Say They're Preparing For PSN Name Changes Game Developers Say They're Preparing For PSN Name Changes

As PlayStation users across the world wonder whether they’ll ever get to change their names from (or to) xx_gokusephiroth420_xx, the option now seems closer than ever. Developers of multiplayer games tell Kotaku that they’re preparing for PlayStation Network name changes to finally come soon.

Blizzard President Mike Morhaime Steps Down Blizzard President Mike Morhaime Steps Down

Blizzard president Mike Morhaime is no longer in the job, with World of Warcraft executive producer J. Allen Brack taking the role. In a letter to fans, Morhaime said he had decided to step down from his position.

Mega Man 11: The Kotaku Review Mega Man 11: The Kotaku Review

Mega Man 11 is a fine game, and a worthy eleventh entry in a series that once set the bar for tricky platformers. It also feels oddly shallow, the latest iteration of a formula that has gone largely unchanged for decades. Mega Man 11 is great at being a Mega Man game. Maybe that’s why it didn’t do much for me.

Leaked Video Seems To Show Open-World Harry Potter Game Leaked Video Seems To Show Open-World Harry Potter Game

A video, leaked this morning by a Reddit user who says they captured it from a focus group, shows an apparent big-budget Harry Potter game that looks fantastic.

Google Announces Project Stream, Which Lets You Stream Games In Chrome

Google’s long-rumored Yeti streaming service is now official, as the company today announced Project Stream, a service that will allow users to stream games to the Google Chrome internet browser. The first game supported will be Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which launches on Friday.

Spider-Man Makes Us Want To Swing With Style Spider-Man Makes Us Want To Swing With Style

Swinging around in the new Spider-Man is so much fun, it’ll make you look past the Ubisoft-style collect-a-thon. We discuss that and much more on this week’s Kotaku Splitscreen.

Final Fantasy VIII Is MIA Final Fantasy VIII Is MIA

Last night, Nintendo and Square Enix delighted Final Fantasy fans by announcing a whole bunch of new Switch ports. There’s Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X/X-2, Final Fantasy XII, and even the adorable pocket edition of Final Fantasy XV. But where’s Final Fantasy VIII?

The Top Five Loot Drops In Destiny 2: Forsaken The Top Five Loot Drops In Destiny 2: Forsaken

There are a lot of cool weapons in Destiny, which is one of the reasons it’s such a popular game. Here are the top five drops in the latest expansion, which launched last week for PC and consoles.

Watch The Nintendo Direct Here Watch The Nintendo Direct Here

Ready to find out what Luigi’s death means for the rest of the Mushroom Kingdom? A Nintendo Direct starts at 6pm ET tonight, and you can watch it right here. Nintendo says it’ll last about 35 minutes and cover Switch and 3DS games.

Assassin's Creed III Is Getting Remastered Assassin's Creed III Is Getting Remastered

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s season pass will include, among other things, a remastered version of Assassin’s Creed III, publisher Ubisoft said today. There’s also downloadable content set in Atlantis, DLC surrounding the “first hero to wield the iconic hidden blade,” and a remaster of Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation.

The Nintendo Direct that was postponed last week will instead take place tomorrow, September 13, at 6pm ET, Nintendo said this morning. It’ll run 35 minutes and cover both Switch and 3DS games, the company said. Nintendo added that the Switch’s online service will launch on September 18.

Hollow Knight, one of the best games of this generation, is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 25. Don’t miss this one.

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