Final Fantasy 7 Remake Gets Its First PS4 Patch

It feels like a lifetime ago when Final Fantasy VII Remake dropped on PlayStation 4 in April 2020. Now, seven months after launch, Square Enix has released the first patch for the action-RPG–and it doesn’t do much according to the patch notes

To be more specific, update version 1.01 simply “fixed various bugs.” That’s the one and only line of patch notes you can see when viewing the game’s update history on PlayStation 4. Square Enix has not expanded on what the “various bugs” are. And both the Final Fantasy VII Remake and Square Enix Twitter accounts have not publicly mentioned this update.

According to Push Square, the update fixes game crashes, addresses freezing and frame rate drops, irons out stuttering and lag, and implements performance and stability improvements. But again, neither the developer nor publisher has said what update version 1.01 does.

Despite whatever update version 1.01 is supposed to do, Final Fantasy VII Remake players are still running into texture issues in which objects look polygonal and assets don’t fully load.

In other Final Fantasy VII Remake news, the game shipped and sold over five million copies as of August 2020. The game has been a success for Square Enix, setting huge sales records since launch. And now, the second part of the three-part series is in full development.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is one of the few games that has received the coveted 10/10 score. In our Final Fantasy VII Remake review, editor Tamoor Hussain said the game is an “astounding achievement,” a title that can be enjoyed by first-time players and returning fans alike.

Now Playing: Final Fantasy VII Remake Video Review

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Tim Burton Wants To Make An Addams Family TV Show

The Addams Family just continues to be creepy, kooky, and fertile ground to revisit. According to Deadline, filmmaker Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure) is developing a new live-action TV series version of the popular satirical black-comedy series about a wealthy family who delight in the macabre.

Burton is reportedly seeking to executive produce and direct all episodes of his take on the long-running franchise that dates all the way back to 1938 cartoons created by Charles Addams. Incredibly, the family has come back in new versions for new adventures steadily since the ’30s–the most recent being 2019’s CGI film simply titled The Addams Family. (There is a sequel in the pipeline due for 2021.)

For Burton’s version which is still light on details, Smallville developers and executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar are reportedly attached to serve as head writers and also co-showrunners along with Burton. Netflix is among multiple buyers bidding to be the home for the series, and is also among the frontrunners.

Burton directing an Addams Family project seems not only natural but surprisingly overdue. Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Corpse Bride are among Burton’s strange and dark classic films he’s come to be known for, and he’s also previously demonstrated an interest in reviving dark comedies from yesteryear: 2012’s Dark Shadows was a horror comedy based on the popular ’70s soap opera, Dark Shadows. Beyond that, he also had experience adapting Beetlejuice to a four-season cult-classic animated series that likely even just by mentioning will invoke all kinds of nostalgia for readers.

The only way this could be construed as bad news is it might possible mean the long-rumored Beetlejuice sequel will have to wait on the shelf a little longer.

Best Nintendo Switch eShop Game Deals This Week

The Nintendo Switch only has a couple more major releases this year with Pikmin 3 Deluxe launching at the end of the month and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity arriving November 20. If you’ve gotten your fill of Super Mario 3D All-Stars and are looking for something to play, there are tons of great deals on the Nintendo Switch eShop this week, including Warner Bros. and Ubisoft publisher sales as well as a Mega Man franchise sale.

Ubisoft’s sale runs until October 29 and features discounts on a handful of notable games. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is down to $15, while the Gold edition with all of the DLC is only $20. Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection and Assassin’s Creed III Remastered are discounted to $20 each. Turn-based RPG fans can snag South Park: The Stick of Truth for $12 and The Fractured but Whole for $15. Arguably the best deal in the Ubisoft sale is on the stellar platformer Rayman Legends Definitive edition, which is discounted to just $10.

Outside of Mortal Kombat 11 for $20, the Warner Bros. Halloween Sale is focused on family-friendly titles. Scribblenauts Mega Pack–a great compilation for kids who are in the early stages of reading–is on sale for $10. There are also a bunch of discounts on Lego games, which are ideal for couch co-op. Lego City Undercover is $9, Lego Harry Potter Collection is $12.49, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is $9. The Warner Bros. Halloween Sale is live until November 2.

Until October 29, you can save big on Mega Man games on the eShop. Mega Man 11 is discounted to $15, while the mainline Legacy Collections are $10 each. Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and 2 are also on sale for $10 each.

Other highlights include Rune Factory 4 Special for $30, The Last Campfire for $12, and Crypt of the NecroDancer for $4. You can check out the full slate of deals at the Switch eShop and see our picks below.

Best deals at Nintendo Switch eShop

  • Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection — $20 ($40)
  • Assassin’s Creed III: Remastered — $20 ($40)
  • Child of Light Ultimate edition — $5 ($20)
  • Crypt of the NecroDancer — $4 ($20)
  • The Last Campfire — $12 ($15)
  • Lego City Undercover — $9 ($30)
  • Lego DC Super-Villains — $18 ($60)
  • Lego Harry Potter Collection — $12.49 ($50)
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 — $9 ($30)
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle — $15 ($60)
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Gold edition — $20 ($80)
  • Mega Man 11 — $15 ($30)
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection — $10.04 ($15)
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 — $10 ($20)
  • Mega Man X Legacy Collection — $10 ($20)
  • Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 — $10 ($20)
  • Mortal Kombat 11 — $20 ($50)
  • Rune Factory 4 Special – $30 ($40)
  • Scribblenauts Mega Pack — $10 ($40)
  • Scribblenauts Showdown — $10 ($40)
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth — $12 ($30)
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole — $15 ($60)
  • Trials Rising — $6 ($20)
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War — $5 ($20)

Now Playing: Top New Video Games Releasing On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Month — October 2020

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Mortal Shell Gets Additional Free Content To Celebrate Halloween

It’s the season to be spooky, with Halloween just over a week away and every game under the sun getting in on the pumpkin-filled action. Recently released Souls-like Mortal Shell is no different, offering you a lot of free content for returning to its dreary world.

If you were a fan of Gorf when playing through Mortal Shell initially, you’re in luck. The enigmatic character has a new small quest waiting for players as part of Mortal Shell’s Rotten Autumn update, which is out now. Complete the quest and you’ll be rewarded with ten additional skins that you can apply to any shells you use throughout the game’s campaign.

You can show off the new skins with the new photo mode that has been added to the game, too, which will include a suite of editing options according to developer Cold Symmetry. In addition to that, you can also download a new soundtrack to switch up the ambiance to each of the game’s boss fights. That download is separate to the Autumn update but will be free to all players as well.

Mortal Shell launched earlier this year on the Epic Games Store, Xbox One, and PS4 after impressing with its initial trailer in early 2020. It’s a great take on the Souls formula too, with our Mortal Shell review stating, “Mortal Shell makes for a strong introduction to Souls-likes, a demonstration for new players of what so many have found so interesting about From Software’s games and those like them.”

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New On HBO Max In November 2020: More Movies, Anime, TV Shows, And Originals

With the year winding down, everyone will be spending a bit more time indoors, watching movies and TV shows on various streaming services. HBO Max–a new service for 2020 that still isn’t available on Roku and Fire TV devices–has plenty coming and going for the month of November. Check out the full list below along with a few recommendations.

Crunchyroll has been delivering some dynamite content to HBO Max since the launch of the service, and in November, you’ll be able to catch up on one of your favorite animes revolving around food. On November 9, Season 5 of Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma arrives. Based on the manga series written by Yūto Tsukuda and illustrated by Shun Saeki, the anime takes place in a culinary institute where student Soma Yukihira wants to become a chef. While there aren’t giant battles against super-powered foes, there are battles to make the most delicious food imaginable. Check out a clip below.

On November 1, the majority of HBO Max’s content arrives. This includes all five Prophecy movies–did anyone know there were five of them? Also arriving is Will Smith’s steampunk-western-spy-adventure Wild Wild West, which features a giant mechanical spider at the end. Smith stars as Jim West, desperado, rough rider, and no, you don’t want nada. You can also watch all three of The Hobbit movies on HBO Max that day as well.

However because of film licensing and whatnot, movies will be leaving the service in November as well. Aquaman makes its exist early on November 4, but most films leave HBO Max on November 30. This includes all three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies from the ’90s, Little Shop of Horrors, and Pearl Harbor.

Below, you’ll find everything coming and going from HBO Max for the month of November, and for more streaming info, check out the November lists for Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and Disney+

New to HBO Max in November 2020

November 1:

  • 10,000 BC, 2008
  • 13 Going On 30, 2004
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious, 2003 (HBO)
  • Above The Rim, 1994
  • All Is Bright, 2013
  • America, America, 1964
  • Anchors Aweigh, 1945
  • Another Cinderella Story, 2008
  • The Arrangement, 1969
  • Austin Powers In Goldmember, 2002
  • Autumn In New York, 2000 (HBO)
  • Baby Doll, 1956
  • Battleship, 2012 (HBO)
  • Beasts Of The Southern Wild, 2012 (HBO)
  • Billy Madison, 1995 (HBO)
  • Blast From The Past, 1999
  • Blood Work, 2002
  • The Bridge Of San Luis Rey, 2005 (HBO)
  • Broadway Danny Rose, 1984 (HBO)
  • The Bucket List, 2007
  • The Children, 2009
  • A Christmas Carol, 1938
  • Chronicle, 2012 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)
  • City Island, 2010 (HBO)
  • City Slickers, 1991 (HBO)
  • Clash Of The Titans, 2010
  • Critical Care, 1997
  • Cruel Intentions, 1999 (HBO)
  • The Dancer Upstairs, 2003 (HBO)
  • The Dark Knight, 2008
  • David Copperfield, 1935
  • Dead Man Walking, 1995 (HBO)
  • Desperately Seeking Susan, 1985 (HBO)
  • The Devil’s Advocate, 1997
  • Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, 2003 (HBO)
  • Dolphin Tale, 2011
  • Dumb And Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, 2003
  • The Eagle, 2011 (HBO)
  • East Of Eden, 1955
  • Eight Legged Freaks, 2002
  • Elf Pets: Santa’s Saint Bernard’s Save Christmas, 2018
  • The Enforcer, 1976
  • A Face In The Crowd, 1957
  • The Fast And The Furious, 2001 (HBO)
  • Femme Fatale, 2002
  • The Five-Year Engagement, 2012 (Extended Version) (HBO)
  • A Flintstone Christmas, 1977
  • A Flintstone Family Christmas, 1993
  • Free Willy, 1993
  • Friday The 13th, 2009
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra, 2009
  • The Gauntlet, 1977
  • Genius, 2016 (HBO)
  • Get Santa, 2014
  • Girl In Progress, 2012
  • Grumpier Old Men, 1995
  • Grumpy Old Men, 1993
  • Guys And Dolls, 1955
  • Hacksaw Ridge, 2016 (HBO)
  • Happy Gilmore, 1996 (HBO)
  • Heidi, 2006
  • High Fidelity, 2000 (HBO)
  • High Society, 1956
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 2012
  • The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, 2014
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, 2013
  • Hollidaysburg, 2014
  • House On Haunted Hill, 1999
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift, 2012 (HBO)
  • Impractical Jokers: Inside Jokes
  • The Iron Giant, 1999
  • J. Edgar, 2011
  • Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday, 1993
  • Jason X, 2002
  • King Kong, 1976 (HBO)
  • The Last King Of Scotland, 2006 (HBO)
  • The Lego Batman Movie, 2017
  • The Lego Movie, 2014
  • The Lego Ninjago Movie, 2014
  • License To Wed, 2007
  • Life Stinks, 1991
  • Linda And The Mockingbirds, 2020 (HBO)
  • Little Man Tate, 1991 (HBO)
  • Looney Tunes: Back In Action, 2003
  • The Losers, 2010
  • Lowriders, 2017 (HBO)
  • Made, 2001 (HBO)
  • The Madness Of King George, 1994 (HBO)
  • Magic Mike, 2012
  • The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special, 2017
  • Magnum Force, 1973
  • Malibu’s Most Wanted, 2003
  • The Man With The Golden Arm, 1955
  • The Mask, 1994
  • Menace II Society, 1993
  • Miss Julie, 2014 (HBO)
  • Money Talks, 1997
  • Mr. Nanny, 1993
  • Music And Lyrics, 2007
  • Must Love Dogs, 2005
  • Mystic River, 2003
  • National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1, 1993
  • Needful Things, 1993
  • The Neverending Story, 1984
  • The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter, 1991
  • New York Minute, 2004
  • Nights In Rodanthe, 2008
  • Nothing Like The Holidays, 2008
  • Now And Then, 1995
  • Ocean’s 11, 1960
  • Old School, 2003
  • On The Town, 1949
  • Once Upon A Sesame Street Christmas, Special Premiere
  • A Perfect World, 1993
  • Pleasantville, 1998
  • The Pledge, 2001
  • Popstar, 2005
  • Practical Magic, 1998
  • The Prophecy, 1995 (HBO)
  • The Prophecy 2, 1998 (HBO)
  • The Prophecy 3: The Ascent, 2000 (HBO)
  • Prophecy 4: The Uprising, 2005 (HBO)
  • Prophecy 5: The Forsaken, 2005 (HBO)
  • Radio Days, 1987
  • Red Tails, 2012 (HBO)
  • Rick And Morty, Season Four PremiereThe Right Stuff, 1983
  • Rock Star, 2001
  • Rosewood, 1997
  • Rumor Has It, 2005
  • Salvador, 1986 (HBO)
  • Scoop, 2006 (HBO)
  • The Sea Of Grass, 1947
  • The Secret Garden, 1993
  • Sesame Street, 1969
  • Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate, Special Premiere
  • Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, Special Premiere
  • Sinbad Of The Seven Seas, 1989 (HBO)
  • The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, 2005
  • The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 2, 2008
  • Smurfs Christmas Special, 1982
  • Some Came Running, 1958
  • Space Cowboys, 2000
  • Splendor In The Grass, 1961
  • Sudden Impact, 1983
  • Summer Catch, 2001
  • Swingers, 1996 (HBO)
  • Swordfish, 2001
  • A Tale Of Two Cities, 1935
  • Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines, 2003
  • Terminator Salvation, 2009
  • Terms Of Endearment, 1983
  • Thief, 1981 (HBO)
  • Thirteen Ghosts, 2001
  • Tightrope, 1984
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife, 2009
  • Tis The Season To Be Smurfy, 1987
  • Titans, Seasons 1 & 2
  • Torque, 2004
  • Tower Heist, 2011 (HBO)
  • The Town That Santa Forgot, 1993
  • Troll, 1986 (HBO)
  • Troll 2, 1990 (HBO)
  • True Crime, 1999
  • Tweety’s High-Flying Adventures, 2000
  • Twilight Zone: The Movie, 1983 (HBO)
  • Una Semana (HBO)
  • Unaccompanied Minors, 2006
  • Untamed Heart, 1993 (HBO)
  • Veronica Mars, 2014
  • A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, 2011 (Extended Version) (HBO)
  • We Bought A Zoo, 2011 (HBO)
  • When You Wish Upon A Pickle: A Sesame Street Special, 2018
  • Wild Wild West, 1999
  • Win A Date With Tad Hamilton!, 2004 (HBO)
  • Witches Of Eastwick, The, 1987
  • The Wood, 1999
  • Wyatt Earp, 1994
  • Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper, 1982
  • Yogi’s First Christmas, 1980
  • Young Justice, Seasons 1-3
  • Zoo Animals (HBO)

November 2:

  • Quadrophenia, 1979
  • We Are Who We Are, Season Finale (HBO)
  • A Woman Under The Influence, 1974

November 4:

  • Looney Tunes, 1930 – 1969

November 6:

  • Pecado Original (Aka Original Sin) (HBO)

November 7:

  • The Dead Don’t Die, 2019 (HBO)
  • The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2020 Inductions (HBO)

November 9:

  • Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma, Season 5 (Subtitled) (Crunchyroll Collection)
  • Industry, Series Premiere (HBO)

November 11:

  • Patria, Season Finale (HBO)

November 12:

  • My Sesame Street Friends, 2020

November 13:

  • De Lo Mio (HBO)
  • Entre Nos: LA Meets NY (HBO)

November 14:

  • Dolittle, 2020 (HBO)

November 15:

  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Season Finale (HBO)
  • Murder On Middle Beach, Docuseries Premiere (HBO)

November 16:

  • His Dark Materials, Season Two Premiere (HBO)
  • Linda and the Mockingbirds, 2020 (HBO)

November 20:

  • Porno Para Principiantes (Aka Porno For Newbies) (HBO)

November 21:

  • Between The World And Me, Special Event Premiere (HBO)
  • Real Time with Bill Maher, Season Finale (HBO)
  • Underwater, 2020 (HBO)

November 24:

  • Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)
  • Smurfs, Season 4, 1981

November 26:

  • Craftopia: Craft the Halls, HBO Max Special Premiere
  • Craftopia: Merry Craftmas!, HBO Max Special Premiere
  • The Flight Attendant, HBO Max Original Series Premiere
  • Superintelligence, HBO Max Original Film Premiere

November 27:

  • Chateau Vato (HBO)
  • How To With John Wilson, Season Finale (HBO)

November 28:

  • The Call Of The Wild, 2019 (HBO)

November 29:

  • The Undoing, Season Finale (HBO)

Leaving in November

November 4:

  • Aquaman, 2018 (HBO)

November 5:

  • Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge, 2017 (HBO)
  • Signs, 2002 (HBO)

November 25:

  • Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill, 2016 (HBO)

November 26:

  • All Def Comedy, 2017 (HBO)

November 30:

  • 24/7: Kelly Slater, 2019 (HBO)
  • All The President’s Men, 1976
  • Anastasia, 1997 (HBO)
  • Badlands, 1973
  • Batman Begins, 2005
  • Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead, 2007 (HBO)
  • Blinded By The Light, 2019 (HBO)
  • The Bodyguard, 1992
  • Bridesmaids, 2011 (Unrated Version) (HBO)
  • Bridget Jones’s Baby, 2016
  • Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, 1958
  • Charlotte’s Web, 1973
  • Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke, 1978
  • Chicago, 2002
  • Child’s Play 2, 1990 (HBO)
  • Child’s Play 3, 1991 (HBO)
  • Commando, 1985 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)
  • The Conversation, 1974
  • The Dark Knight, 2008
  • Dave, 1993
  • Deliverance, 1972
  • Dog Day Afternoon, 1975
  • Election, 1999
  • Ella Enchanted, 2004
  • Father Of The Bride, 1950
  • Going The Distance, 2010
  • Good Boys, 2019 (HBO)
  • The Haunting, 1999
  • JFK, 1991
  • The Kitchen, 2019 (HBO)
  • Little Shop Of Horrors, 1986 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)
  • Malcolm X, 1992
  • The Mask, 1994
  • Marathon Man, 1976
  • Pearl Harbor, 2001 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)
  • The Pelican Brief, 1993
  • Roger & Me, 1989
  • Sky High, 2005 (HBO)
  • Son Of The Mask, 2005
  • Stuber, 2019 (HBO)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1990
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, 1991
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3, 1993
  • TMNT, 2007
  • Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, 1966

Soccer Player Got PS5 Early, Or At Least The Controller

If you’ve managed to secure an order for a PlayStation 5 you still have a few more weeks to wait for the next generation of gaming from Sony. But if you happened to be a famous soccer player, you could have your hands on it right now.

That’s the case for Polish international and Bayern Munich player Robert Lewandowski, who has shared a photo on Instagram showing himself kicking back with a DualSense controller. The PS5 isn’t shown in either shot in the post, but a close-up of the controller makes it look like the real deal. And with just a handful of weeks until launch, it’s easy to assume he’s just been lucky enough to get some early access.

Even though Sony has not sent consoles to journalists yet, Microsoft sent numerous Xbox Series X consoles to media outlets nearly a full month ago. It’s given us a comprehensive look at the console ahead of its launch next month–our final Xbox Series X preview provides a look at load times, backwards compatibility, and more.

Sony has been revealing more details about the PS5 the closer to launch we get, including the first look at the console’s overhauled UI, information on which games won’t be backwards-compatible, and what streaming services you can expect on the console at launch. The PS5 launches on November 12, with Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Demon’s Souls, and more.

Now Playing: First Look At The PlayStation 5 User Experience

Decoding WWE’s Real Smackdown Hacker, The WCW Nitro Grill, And More

This week on Wrestle Buddies, GameSpot’s professional wrestling podcast, Chris E. Hayner and Mat Elfring are joined by Mario Rivera from DualShockers for a deep dive into a highly-anticipated topic, along with the return of one of our favorite segments. That’s not all, though, as an unexpected guest manages to hack his way into the show.

First up, it’s time to look back at the WCW Nitro Grill. While we’ve talked about WWF New York, WWE Niagara Falls, Hulk Hogan’s Pastamania, and so many other themed establishments, they all pale in comparison to the WCW Nitro Grill. It was, easily, the coolest wrestling restaurant that’s ever existed, and it just so happened to be housed inside of a giant castle in Las Vegas. What’s more, Mario went there and tells us about his experience as a 10-year-old eating a hamburger named after Goldberg.

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Next, an unexpected and uninvited guest makes himself known on the podcast. While Mustafa Ali revealed on Raw recently that he was the Smackdown hacker, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, the actual Smackdown hacker hijacks the show to explain why he was the real person behind those weird segments on Smackdown. It’s honestly kind of pathetic, but he seems like a nice enough guy that is definitely not Mat wearing a mask.

Finally, Gangrel Watch is back. It’s been far too long since we checked in with noted vampire warrior professional wrestler Gangrel, and he’s been a busy man. Mat catches us up on the wrestler’s latest tweets and we talk about his cool motorcycle.

All that plus we answer your questions! New episodes of Wrestle Buddies are released every Thursday on the podcast platform or app of your choice, including Spotify, Stitcher, and Apple Podcasts.

Bethesda Sued for $100 Million After ‘Intentional Sabotage’ of Rune 2 to Protect The Elder Scrolls

Publisher Ragnarok Game has amended a lawsuit against Human Head Studios, suing Bethesda for $100 million over its alleged part in an “intentional sabotage” of Ragnarok’s Rune 2 in an attempt to protect The Elder Scrolls franchise.

As reported by PC Gamer, the lawsuit was originally filed in December of 2019 and focused on Human Head Studios, the original developers of Rune 2. Ragnarok claims that the developers intentionally abandoned the game upon launch and refused to turn over the source code, so the publisher is seeking damages and restitution. The reason Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Media are now involved in the suit is that Human Head Studios went out of business a day after the game’s launch, only to be absorbed by Bethesda and re-opened as Roundhouse Studios on the same day.

You can read the amended complaint here, which notes that Ragnarok “seeks redress for fraud and the intentional sabotage of two video games, Rune II and Oblivion Song.” Oblivion Song wasn’t announced, but it appears to be an adaptation of the popular Robert Kirkman comic book series that was left unfinished when Human Head Studios announced their departure. “Rune II was maliciously torpedoed in a conspiracy between the game’s developer, desperate for cash, and a large video game conglomerate intent on destroying threats to its own video-game franchises,” the complaint reads.

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The suit alleges that Human Head contacted Bethesda and ZeniMax about a potential acquisition without notifying Ragnarok, and later provided the publisher with keys to a pre-release version of Rune 2, which allowed Bethesda to “see for themselves the threat that Rune II posed to their hit franchise, Skyrim/Elder Scrolls.” Then, two weeks prior to Rune II’s launch, Zenimax allegedly formed Roundhouse Studios and used the company “to purchase all of Human Head’s equipment and take over its leases,” which Ragnarok alleges contained trade secrets, source and materials relating to the two games.

The complaint also mentions the PR troubles caused by the alleged sabotage, noting that in spite of the game’s positive reviews, the next day Ragnarok was faced with headlines about the studio’s departure and the wavering future of Rune 2 post-launch. For more on Rune 2, you can check out our preview of the game from 2019.

ZeniMax Media was recently part of a major acquisition, with Bethesda Softworks and Roundhouse Studios brought under the wing of Microsoft in September as part of a $7.5 billion deal.

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Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.

Smash Bros. Ultimate Patches Out Minecraft Steve’s Unintentionally NSFW Victory Pose

Nintendo has pushed a patch to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that removes the unintentionally NSFW victory pose used by Minecraft Steve.

The Mojang mascot arrived in-game on October 13, and shortly after fans made the internet aware of his provocative victory animation. If Steve triumphs over his Nintendo colleagues, he will start eating a piece of steak in the endgame screen and then hold the steak slab at waist height, creating an image rife with potential innuendo for those of us with a dirty mind.

However, Nintendo has now made it so that the steak vanishes after he eats it, removing its promiscuous potential. You can see Steve’s new victory pose in the video above, uploaded by Twitter user Plun_Yu. This is one of the many tweaks introduced in the Ver. 9.0.1 update, issued on October 21. As well as getting rid of Steve’s slab, the patch has fixed a few issues with the Minecart and Anvil moves used by the new suite of Minecraft characters.

Microsoft’s head of gaming Phil Spencer was shown the image in an interview with Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo last week. After a long pause, Spencer responded “Yeah. Who did that?” before being told it was a real screenshot for the game, and saying, “I assume that will be fixed.”

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In our review of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Minecraft Steve DLC we considered more than just his modesty, scoring the fighter a 7 and noting that “his uniqueness carries him far nonetheless.” In other Smash Bros. Ultimate news, check out the new Banjo-Kazooie, Byleth and Terry Bogard amiibo that will arrive in 2021.

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Sherlock Holmes 3 Is ‘on the Back Burner’

Director Dexter Fletcher has confirmed that Sherlock Holmes 3 is currently “on the back burner” after facing new “issues” due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic this year.

Appearing as a guest on the Celebrity Catch Up Podcast, Fletcher, who is taking over the franchise from Guy Ritchie, shared an update on the third Sherlock Holmes installment, as he admitted that the project had been put on hold indefinitely whilst they try to figure out a plan of action that will enable them to move forward with production.

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“Sherlock’s hit its own issues on and off,” Fletcher said. “That’s sort of sitting on the back burner at the moment until it becomes clear where the world is at and what’s going to happen. The same is with The Saint. I’m pushing ahead with both of them, and that’s always part of the challenge.”

Fletcher explained that The Saint, his reboot of the 1997 action thriller that starred Val Kilmer, had faced the same challenges as Sherlock Holmes 3, as he cited COVID-19 travel bans and social gathering restrictions as the main “dilemma” for film productions.

“They’re both up against the same dilemma,” he confirmed. “[It’s] the same issue that we all [have]: How do you get large groups of people together to create something and then shift them all around the world? And what do you do with actors that are in a love scene? It’s complicated.”

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The project might currently be stalled, but Robert Downey Jr. has already revealed that he has some very big plans for the sleuthing series. He recently outlined his intentions to spin a new cinematic universe out of Sherlock Holmes 3, which is currently scheduled for release on December 22, 2021, after being pushed back from its original 2020 release date.

In his mind, the third film would serve as an entry point into a new “mystery-verse” that will feature multiple spinoffs backed by the lessons that he picked up from his “decade of tutelage” working on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Downey Jr. believes there is “an algorithm to the potential” for franchises to expand. For more, check out our rundown of movie series’ that we feel improved over time.

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Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.