Biggest video game news of the week (December 25)


The video game industry never stops, not even for the holidays. The final seven day period may have started with Christmas Day, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t some great stories to break. It may have been a little quieter than usual, but some interesting things happened during this holiday week. Square Enix has confirmed that Marvel’s Avengers roster isn’t complete, a YouTuber has given us a sneak peek at a detail of the upcoming enhanced edition of GTA 5, and people continue to buy switches by ship. More info on all of this and the other biggest gaming stories from the past week.

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Riot accepts $ 100 million settlement

Video game headlines have been dominated by the lawsuits against Activision Blizzard in 2021. One of the saddest things about the situation is that it’s nothing new. Legal action against League Of Legends developer Riot alleging workplace discrimination and harassment of women has been ongoing since 2018. This week Riot agreed to settle the lawsuit for $ 100 million. That’s ten times the original offer he made in 2019, which the California State Department of Employment and Fair Housing deemed too low.

Fortnite’s servers have gone down



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No matter how much you love your family, everyone needs to be away from them for an hour or two, especially at this time of year. If your escape from vacation and family life sneaks in to play Fortnite, your world will have been shattered earlier this week. The game’s servers were down, making the game completely unplayable. The only thing to do was look at Twitter and wait for the green light. Or, you know, play something else. It turns out that Fortnite is unplayable on purpose, people don’t mind, but when it’s unexpected and unintentional, not so much.


Star Wars Eclipse is still in a galaxy far, far away

The Game Awards were filled with big reveal, one of the biggest being a first look at Star Wars Eclipse. If you can get past Quantic Dream as the studio behind it (tough I know) then the Eclipse cutscene looks pretty amazing. There is a second problem, however. The game is still a long way off. That’s according to insider Tom Henderson who claims development is moving so slowly that Quantic’s Star Wars game might not be here until 2027. One day, studios will learn not to announce games too soon. Today is not that day.

She-Hulk arrives at Marvel’s Avengers



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Square Enix has had very little to report since it gave players Marvel’s Avengers on PS4 and PS5 Spider-Man earlier this year. Some were rightly concerned that the game had failed so much that it had no more heroes in 2022. Fortunately, it didn’t. The next hero to come in Avengers will be She-Hulk, as his voice actor Krizia Bajos has confirmed. No official information on when the new character will be added to the game has been revealed, nor has Square given us a glimpse of what She-Hulk will look like from her powers.


The Switch exceeds 100 million consoles sold

We could forgive Nintendo for worrying a little about the performance of the Switch. The Wii U, the console before it, was a flop. Nintendo needed to bounce back in a major way and it did about as much as it could have hoped for. The Switch sold an additional 1.3 million units the week before Christmas, ultimately pushing its total sales since launch to over 100 million. That means it’s now probably months, if not weeks, to overtake the Wii and become Nintendo’s most successful home console of all time. Another 20 million and that will also leave the Game Boy in its wake.

The future paint jobs of GTA 5



GTA 5 color cars

The next-gen versions of GTA 5 were supposed to be here in November, so it stands to reason that many of the new details the games will bring are already available and waiting to be discovered. It looks like the upgraded version of the game will include some pretty sleek chameleon paint jobs. YouTuber MrBossFTW claims to have discovered them in the GTA 5 files and shared them with the rest of the world this week. There are 16 in total, all accessible via a mod.

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