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“Player choice and female playable characters are here to stay.” - DICE GM Oskar Gabrielson, delivering an excellent smackdown to Battlefield fans upset that you can play as a woman in the next game.

The developers of Fortnite are adding some new quality-of-life improvements, including custom controller bindings and better load times. They’re also adding a new event, Playground, with extra spawns, friendly fire, and... llamas? More here.

Samus Is A Better Character When She's On Her Own Samus Is A Better Character When She's On Her Own

Metroid games are so much better when the story is as subtle as possible. On this week’s Kotaku Splitscreen, we discuss why.

The World’s Biggest Game Company Just Keeps Getting Bigger The World’s Biggest Game Company Just Keeps Getting Bigger

Early this week, the studio behind Path of Exile received a majority investment from a Chinese corporation called Tencent. If that’s a name you don’t know, it’s worth learning, because Tencent is, without a question, the largest company in video games. Yet, many fans don’t even know it exists.

World of Tanks publisher Wargaming has shut down its Seattle office, laying off 150 people. “Wargaming will be assisting the current employees of the Redmond studio, if they decide to apply for open positions in other offices within the company,” the publisher said in a statement to Kotaku. “We would like to express…

Here's Our First Look At Battlefield V, Which Goes Back To WWII Here's Our First Look At Battlefield V, Which Goes Back To WWII

Battlefield is going back to World War II, developer DICE said during a livestream today, promising that the newly announced Battlefield V will tell “real stories about men and women who changed history” over the course of the second World War.

The next PlayStation is three years away, Sony boss Tsuyoshi “John” Kodera told reporters in Japan last night, confirming Kotaku’s reporting from last month that we won’t see the PS5 for a long time. Despite rumors floating around earlier this year, the PS4 is going to stick around for a while.

Destiny 2's Coolest New Mode Is Hobbled By Team Size Limits Destiny 2's Coolest New Mode Is Hobbled By Team Size Limits

Destiny 2’s new Warmind expansion is equal parts promising and frustrating, a step in the right direction that has also served to underline some of the game’s biggest problems. Case in point: Escalation Protocol, a new mode that’s frustrating players not because it isn’t fun, but because it’s almost impossible to…

What We Liked (And Loved) About The Leftovers What We Liked (And Loved) About The Leftovers

Last week I was on vacation, which was a great time to catch up on some TV. Kotaku’s editor-in-chief Stephen recommended The Leftovers to me, an HBO show that finished a three season run last summer. I didn’t expect to like the show as much as I did, and now all I want to do is talk about it. Jason Schreier and I sat…

Unhewn Throne Is One Of The Best Fantasy Series I've Ever Read Unhewn Throne Is One Of The Best Fantasy Series I've Ever Read

I have read many fantasy books over the years, many of them mediocre, and few as captivating as George R.R. Martin’s now-ubiquitous A Song of Ice and Fire. So it was refreshing and thrilling to discover a trilogy that’s nearly as good: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, one of the best fantasy book series I’ve ever read.

What It Was Like To Play D&D For The First Time What It Was Like To Play D&D For The First Time

I recently played Dungeons & Dragons for the first time ever, and it sure was fun. We talk about that and much more on this week’s Kotaku Splitscreen.

Nobody Is Saying How Many People Call of Duty's Battle Royale Will Support Nobody Is Saying How Many People Call of Duty's Battle Royale Will Support

When the makers of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 announced yesterday that the upcoming game will come with its very own battle royale mode, Blackout, they refrained from answering one big question: How many people will it support? The answer, it appears, is that developer Treyarch just doesn’t know yet.

No Man's Sky Is Getting Full Multiplayer No Man's Sky Is Getting Full Multiplayer

Nearly two years after it first launched, the space exploration game No Man’s Sky will finally get a proper multiplayer mode, developer Hello Games said last night.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Is Getting A Battle Royale Mode Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Is Getting A Battle Royale Mode

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is getting a battle royale mode, developer Treyarch said today, following in the footsteps of PUBG and Fortnite with a mode called Blackout. It confirms Kotaku’s report from last month that Activision will be the first major publisher to join the battle royale craze.

Everything We Know About Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Everything We Know About Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Today at an event in Los Angeles, developer Treyarch put on a show to reveal new info about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which will be out October 12 for PC (on Battle.net), PS4, and Xbox One. Seems like this will be a break from traditional Call of Duty in a whole lot of ways, as we expected.

If you’re curious about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, check out a livestream of the big reveal event right here. We’ll also be covering all the news on Kotaku as it happens.

Ubisoft’s pirate game Skull & Bones is delayed to next fiscal year, the publisher said today—it’ll now come out somewhere between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020. “Ubisoft has decided to give itself more time to develop Skull & Bones to offer players an even more engaging experience,” the company said in a press…

Sony Ends Production Of Physical Vita Games Sony Ends Production Of Physical Vita Games

Sony is ending physical production of Vita games, Kotaku has learned. Although the hardware manufacturer says digital distribution will continue, this move will mark the end of physical cards for the maligned portable game system.

Inside The Wild New Mash-Up Of Link To The Past And Super Metroid Inside The Wild New Mash-Up Of Link To The Past And Super Metroid

Imagine: You’re playing Link to the Past, the seminal Super Nintendo action-adventure game, and you walk into a fortune-teller’s house, where you’d expect to find a soothsayer taking rupees in exchange for hints. Instead, the screen goes black for a few seconds. Suddenly you’re on Zebes, fighting aliens as a suited…

Bethesda Announces Rage 2 [UPDATE: Gameplay Trailer] Bethesda Announces Rage 2 [UPDATE: Gameplay Trailer]

After a week of teasing, viral leaking, and marketing plans, today it’s finally official: Rage is getting a sequel, out in 2019.

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