Platforming Modern Classic Celeste Gets a Surprise Semi-Sequel

Platforming Modern Classic Celeste Gets a Surprise Semi-Sequel

The developers of 2018’s Celeste have released a surprise semi-sequel to mark the game’s third anniversary. Celeste director Maddy Thorson posted the news to Twitter, revealing that Celeste 2: Lani’s Trek or Celeste Classic 2 is a sequel to the original prototype of the game, built in Pico-8. Pico-8 is a “fantasy video game console” game engine that allows for its games to be played within a browser. This means you can play Celeste Classic 2 right now if you follow this link to the game’s Itch.io page. To celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Celeste, we made a sequel to Celeste Classic for PICO-8 😀 you can play Celeste Classic 2 now on web or pico-8! https://t.co/EHp7dTgGlE — Maddy Thorson (@MaddyThorson) January 25, 2021 According to the short description that accompanies the game, Celeste Classic 2 was built in just three days. The mini-sequel is a challenging aside clearly set within the Celeste universe. You play as a new character called Lani, who has a grappling hook. Here’s our review of Celeste from 2018, a game we scored a 10, noting its incredible platforming and innumerable secrets. If you’re looking for more Celeste content, here’s a speedrun of the game which manages to achieve the True Ending in just 54 minutes. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2018/01/25/celeste-review”] [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.
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19 Million People Got Star Wars Battlefront 2 For Free From the Epic Games Store

19 Million People Got Star Wars Battlefront 2 For Free From the Epic Games Store

More than 19 million people picked up Star Wars Battlefront 2 for free during the game’s recent Epic Games Store promotion. That’s approximately the same number of new players as the population of Chile. The news was revealed by the EA Star Wars account on Twitter, in a tweet that thanked players for their continued support. “More than 19M PLAYERS got #StarWarsBattlefrontII from the Epic Game Store promo,” the tweet reads. “Thank you so much for the continued support, even after our final content drop!” The promotion, which allowed players to pick up the game free of charge, saw a massive influx of new players to the game. The promotion caused some trouble with the game’s servers, forcing EA to increase capacity. This also coincided with a bug that saw players losing XP, which was promptly fixed. More than 19M PLAYERS got #StarWarsBattlefrontII from the Epic Game Store promo!Thank you so much for the continued support, even after our final content drop! We’ll watch your careers with great interest! May the Force be with you, troopers! pic.twitter.com/fC4A92HLNN — EA Star Wars (@EAStarWars) January 25, 2021 Players who picked up the game during the promotion were given access to the Celebration Edition of Star Wars Battlefront 2, which includes all of the customization content purchasable in-game from launch, all the way up to Battlefront 2’s ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ update. In other EA Star Wars news, a report has suggested that a new Knights of the Old Republic game is in the works, without original developers Bioware. We also learned in early January that Ubisoft is working on an open-world Star Wars game alongside the newly-reformed Lucasfilm Games. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/17/star-wars-battlefront-2-review-2019″] [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.
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Konami Explains Why It Restructured Its Game Development Divisions

Konami Explains Why It Restructured Its Game Development Divisions

Konami has provided more clarity on the future of its gaming division, saying it restructured to allow for games to be developed more efficiently.
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Disney Parks to Change Jungle Cruise Ride Over Longstanding Racism Complaints

Disney Parks to Change Jungle Cruise Ride Over Longstanding Racism Complaints

Disney has announced plans to update its Jungle Cruise attraction at Disneyland and Walt Disney World after receiving years-long criticism over the ride’s outdated and insensitive depictions of other cultures. The Walt Disney Company shared a special transmission from the world’s most remote tropical rivers on Monday, addressing some new and exciting enhancements that the Imagineers have planned for the Jungle Cruise attraction at both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida. The upcoming changes to the attraction are said to better “reflect and value the diversity of the world around us.” Exciting enhancements are coming to the Jungle Cruise in Disneyland park at @Disneyland Resort and Magic Kingdom Park at @WaltDisneyWorld Resort later this year! Here’s a first look from Walt Disney Imagineering at some of the “gnu” magic being added: https://t.co/B8HF1peLdF pic.twitter.com/2mWI8RPl3K — Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) January 25, 2021 “Imagineers are addressing negative depictions of native people while adding a humorous storyline that follows the adventure of a Jungle Cruise skipper, his passengers, and what has become of their boat and its contents,” Disney said in a statement provided by Michele Himmelberg, per USA Today. “Guests will also find this group of adventurers to be diverse – in background and fields of interest.” Image credit: Disney Image credit: Disney According to a Disney Parks blog post about the ride revamp, the river cruise will include “new adventures that stay true to the experience we know and love” with an extra splash of “humor, wildlife, and skipper heart.” The updated storyline will expand upon the skipper role, as the “live, experienced and witty guide” will also be “represented by a show figure within the attraction itself.” Guests will get to follow “a skipper and his passengers as their journey goes awry,” which sees them pass a half-sunken boat that has been overtaken by a group of chimpanzees, with monkey business ensuing. Disney Imagineer Kevin Lively promised that, ultimately, “the jungle gets the last laugh” in these new and updated scenes, illustrated in Disney’s concept art for the ride. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=the-25-best-disney-animated-movies&captions=true”] Jungle Cruise is not the only theme park attraction to be getting a revamp; Disney previously announced that Splash Mountain will be “completely reimagined” as a Princess and the Frog ride at Disneyland and Walt Disney World after fans petitioned to overhaul the ride because it was inspired by (and still includes) imagery from Song of the South, a movie featuring racially insensitive…
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Scalpers Used a Loophole to Buy PS5s from a UK Retailer Before Stock Was Live

Scalpers Used a Loophole to Buy PS5s from a UK Retailer Before Stock Was Live

UK retailer Argos has been targeted by PS5 scalping groups, possibly contributing to lower-than-expected availability during a recent stock update. In the early hours of January 26, UK gamers were delighted to see the PS5 back in stock at Argos. But, just as we’ve seen time and time again, the stock lasted for a much shorter time than expected, amid widespread issues. Not only was the site buggy, alongside the app, but there was also supposedly even less stock than expected on the already limited supply of consoles. Multiple sources (who wished to remain anonymous) have confirmed to IGN that this is in part because individuals were able to order PS5 consoles from Argos on January 25, a full day before the aforementioned official stock drop. This was down to a loophole discovered by scalping group Express Notify, a paid-for Discord server that shared links allowing users to buy the PS5 before the general public even knew about the new stock. Express Notify has been publicly taking credit, with many of its users showing off their orders for multiple consoles. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=the-best-ps5-games&captions=true”] Argos supposedly shut these rogue links down quickly, but not without several consoles being sold and even collected from Argos outlets beforehand. There hasn’t been any confirmation of how many PS5s were claimed before the loophole was closed, but this is just another example in the growing list of frustrations that customers are facing when trying to purchase the next-gen system. To compound the issues, those who were attempting to buy legitimately via Argos in the early hours of the morning weren’t exactly given a head start. At first, stock appeared to be available on the Argos app – which repeatedly dropped for maintenance – but not on Argos’ browser-based website. However, even success with the app was seemingly entirely dependant on your area, and whether it wanted to play ball in general. Some users reported success, others said the money came out of their account without a confirmation email, while many more were left without a console once again. We’ve contacted Argos for comment on the issue. Scalping has become a major issue for the low-stock, high-demand PS5, and has been particularly prevalent in the UK. Consoles have gone missing from Amazon deliveries, been stolen from moving trucks, and retailers have cancelled huge swathes of orders claimed by scalping rings. It’s been enough for a set of UK politicians to motion…
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Hitman 3 Codes Guide: All The Door Codes, Safe Combinations, And Keypad Solutions

Hitman 3 Codes Guide: All The Door Codes, Safe Combinations, And Keypad Solutions

Hitman 3 has its fair share of locked doors to open and safes to crack, but if you’re observant and persistent enough, you should be able to find the codes to access them. But if you need a helping hand and would rather spare yourself the time required to discover their codes organically, then we’ve compiled all the code solutions to the game’s various locked doors, safes, and keypads for your reference.For more tips and secrets, be sure to read our Hitman 3 walkthrough and guide hub. Otherwise, check out our other codes guide below.DubaiThere are quite a few locked doors and safes keeping you from getting to your objectives in Dubai. Fortunately, the majority of them are repeated codes.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Tomb Raider 2 Adds Lovecraft Country Showrunner as Director

Tomb Raider 2 Adds Lovecraft Country Showrunner as Director

Tomb Raider 2, starring Alicia Vikander, has secured Lovecraft Country showrunner Misha Green as the new writer and director. Green will replace Ben Wheatley, who was first reported as director in September 2019. Tomb Raider 2 originally had a March 2021 release date but was recently taken off MGM’s release calendar without receiving a new date. The news was first reported by Deadline and confirmed by Green in a post on Twitter. In her tweet, she said that 2006’s Tomb Raider: Legend is her favorite “classic era” game in the series and 2015’s Rise of the Tomb Raider is tied with 2018’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider as her favorite in the current series. My fav from classic era is Legend & from survival era it’s a tie between Rise & Shadow. So I’m thinking something like: *whispers* Who’s as excited as I am for a @TombRaiderMovie!?!? #TombRaider — Misha Green (@MishaGreen) January 25, 2021 Green is not just the showrunner behind Lovecraft Country but also wrote every episode of the show’s first season and directed an episode. Green hasn’t written or directed a feature-length movie yet, but Deadline said Green recently wrote a movie, The Mother, which Netflix won after a heated competition with rival studios. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2018/03/14/tomb-raider-review-2018″] There’s no word on why Wheatley isn’t involved in the project anymore. The filmmaker has kept busy by directing a horror movie during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Empire. That movie is set for release in 2021. Variety says that Wheatley is also set to direct The Meg 2 with Jason Statham. Details are slim regarding the Tomb Raider sequel. All that’s known at this time is that Vikander will reprise her role as Lara Croft from the first movie. The first Tomb Raider movie with Vikander was released in 2018. Captain Marvel screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Small Axe writer Alastair Siddons wrote the script that was directed by Roar Uthaug. IGN gave the movie a 5.5 out of 10 in our review. We said Tomb Raider “fails to develop interesting characters or motives but at least offers viewers some fun action.” [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=live-action-versions-of-video-game-characters&captions=true”] On the other hand, Lovecraft Country was nominated for IGN’s Best TV Series of the Year. Green says that she has been in touch with HBO regarding Lovecraft Country season 2, but nothing is official yet. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN who highly recommends…
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