Howdy gamers, what’s the latest? Like (seemingly) most of my Twitter timeline, I’ve been enjoying Hades, as well as Animal Crossing for those sweet, sweet fall updates. I’ve also been playing a lot of Going Under, where you play as an intern clearing the dungeons—er, offices—of failed startups in your company’s coworking space. It’s very good. Let us know what you’ve been playing over on Twitter! Now for this week’s news…
Employees Raise Allegations of Racism and Sexual Assault At Twitch
Earlier this summer, it seemed like the video game industry was facing a reckoning as employees at numerous studios and Twitch streamers came forward with allegations of sexual assault at studios and among streamers. According to a new report by GamesIndustry.biz, a number of Twitch employees have come forward about Twitch fostering a culture of sexism, racism, and sexual assault. The lengthy report describes a harrowing and toxic culture that often punished female Twitch employees and streamers.
Twitch staff call the company out on sexual assault, racism, morehttps://t.co/DLsbYwxb32
— GamesIndustry (@GIBiz) October 8, 2020
Also this week, one streamer called out Twitch for attempting to coerce streamers into promoting brands without compensation:
Creators beware! @Twitch staff is now going around donating spare change in attempt to trick you into shouting out brands w/o proper compensation. Don’t fall for it. His punk ass lucky I couldn’t ban him. pic.twitter.com/Ecma9xVt8p
— The Black Hokage (@Mr_iKeepitreal) October 6, 2020
Development on Indivisible Will Cease
Following the dissolution of Lab Zero Games after designer Mike Zaimont was accused of inappropriate behavior, Indivisible publisher 505 Games announced there will be no further development for the game. Indivisible will still be available to play, but, aside from updates that will bring Couch Co-Op, New Game+, and additional challenges to Nintendo Switch, will not be updated further.
A number of former Skullgirls and Indivisible artists and developers recently formed Future Club, an “employee-owned cooperative game development studio.” We wish them all the best in their new endeavors.
Official statement from 505 Games.
— Indivisible (@IndivisibleRPG) October 9, 2020
More Than 99% of PS4 Games Will Be Playable On the PS5
The knowledge that the PlayStation 5 will be backward compatible isn’t new—Sony first mentioned it all the way back in April 2019. However, a recent blog post from PlayStation announced further details ahead of the console’s November 12 release. It turns out players can expect to be able to play more than 99% of PS4 games on the PS5 at launch, regardless of whether they purchase the console with the disc drive or the digital-only edition.
When PS5 launches this November, more than 99% of the PS4 library will be playable on PS5.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) October 9, 2020
Amazon Has Canceled Its Free-to-Play Shooter, Crucible
Amazon’s first AAA effort, Crucible, launched in May to middling reviews before returning to closed beta in July. After this rocky start, Amazon announced the game was officially canceled last week. Players already in the closed beta can enjoy a few more weeks of the game, including a “final playtest and community celebration” after which matchmaking will be disabled. Crucible will fully shut down at 3 p.m. ET on November 9.
Crucible announced that It is no longer going to continue development yesterday. I wanna give a shout out to all the amazing artists on that team at Amazon, and for letting me work on the game for a few months before I transitioned to Riot.
Here's a top Lydia reaction 🥵 pic.twitter.com/mDavpPQlIS
— LYDIA ZANOTTI // PHRISK (@RiotPHRISK) October 10, 2020
New Final Fantasy XVI tidbits were released in a Famitsu interview:
The latest Famitsu magazine has some new info on Final Fantasy 16 + new comments from Yoshi-P and Takai!
-Protagonist IS the one who says (re: Joshua) "Stop! He's my younger brother!"
-Humans cannot live w/o crystals
-Staff are working towards completion of the game. pic.twitter.com/Sq4yUwXxfv
— ☆オードリーAudrey☆ (@aitaikimochi) October 9, 2020
If you, like me, were obsessed with American Girl dolls and stories as a child, check out this deep dive on Courtney, the new gamer doll.
Another Resident Evil movie is coming:
BIG NEWS! Capcom has greenlit a #ResidentEvil movie set in 1998 that plans on being faithful to the first 2 games. Jill Valentine, Claire & Chris Redfield, Leon and Wesker have all been cast.
— Denny the Villain (@DennyVonDoom) October 6, 2020
Bugsnax voice cast announced:
— Wario64 (@Wario64) October 8, 2020
Among Us merch is coming, via Dual Wield Studio:
Thank you all for your patience.
We've worked with our lawyers and the @InnerslothDevs to draft up a fan merch/item creation process we're very excited about. This is for large businesses to single-person operations.
— DUAL WIELD STUDIO (@dualwieldstudio) October 10, 2020
Madison Butler writes about advertising by day and about video games the rest of the time. She can usually be found crying about Final Fantasy and Nier: Automata on Twitter @madisonrbutler.