Have the surprises been unwrapped? Can the Guard pour a last handful of gingerbread cookies into your mouth, from at least five meters away and of course with three layers of plastic around his hand? Nice. Now time for game news. Tonight: no blood sucking yet, Netflix is ​​in court, Everquest is still doing quite well and more. Good morning!

Paradox director does not expect Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 in the first half of 2021

In an interview with Swedish Placera, the director of developer Paradox, Ebba Ljungerud, says he believes that Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will not make it to the first half of 2021 (thanks, SamaGame). The game’s development has been plagued with all kinds of issues for some time – Covid-19 certainly won’t have helped either – and that’s why the CEO of its developer isn’t exactly hopeful about a quick release. “But we’ll see,” he says. The highly anticipated sequel to the vampire RPG was originally set to release at the beginning of this year and has since been delayed twice due to controversy, among other things.

In June, Paradox announced that all content created by content designer Chris Avellone would be dropped following allegations of sexual abuse. In August, Paradox announced another postponement, accompanied by news that the development team would be shaken up and supplied with uhh… new blood. Later that month, news came out that lead narrative designer Brian Mitsoda and creative director Ka’ai Cluney were fired, and a short two months later, narrative designer Cara Ellison was also found to have been removed from the project.

About that time, CEO Ljungerud said the game is taking so long to release because they want to adapt Bloodlines 2 for PS5 and Xbox Series X; at the time he was still referring to the sparse range of dev kits for both consoles. And well, it has now been sixteen years since the first Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines was released, does half a year more or less really matter?

Digital Foundry compares the PS5 and PC versions of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Curious about what specs your PC should have to match or even surpass the PS5 version of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla? Then Digital Foundry will help you out as always, because their new video compares the two variants of the game. The striking thing here is that the comparison with Valhalla yields very different results than with the last major Ubisoft game, Watch Dogs Legion. For example, with a geForce card from Nvidia you seem to be less able to handle AC Valhalla than with Legion, while an AMD card allows you to get closer to the performance of the PS5. Nevertheless, it remains a difficult comparison, partly due to the dynamic resolution of Sony’s new console. Check it out here:

Epic will only organize online Fortnite tournaments in 2021, Valve cancels CS: GO-Major

Developer Epic Games has announced that it has canceled all in-person events for the coming year. All tournaments and events that people should come together for, including the Fortnite World Cup, will therefore be canceled in 2021 due to the corona crisis. In a blog post, Epic says they certainly plan to bring back these types of events, but the health of all employees and attendees is paramount.

Valve also scraps the plans for a tournament, namely that of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The Majors are expected to take place in Spring 2021, but an email to the tournament organizers makes it clear that the tournament will start later (courtesy of HLTV). The tournament was supposed to take place between May 10 and 23, but it looks like the Majors will now kick off at the end of 2021 – there are even arrangements with “a partner” and a branch in Europe to host the tournament. Provided you can do it again by then and no one’s health is endangered, you can follow the Majors between October 25 and November 7.

Everquest appears to be officially larger than Everquest 2

Fun fact for fans of MMORPGs: Everquest is still outperforming Everquest 2. Part 1 of the MMORPG was released in 1999, while Everquest 2 was released in 2004 – yet Everquest is doing a lot better in terms of subscribers, active players and cash income. This is a unique look behind the scenes at Everquest, as these relationships were normally never disclosed. The fact comes from EG7, which Everquest developer Daybreak bought for $ 300 million and then opened a booklet about the numbers achieved.

As it turns out, from January 1 to September 30, Everquest brought in about $ 11.5 million, while Everquest 2 had to do with ‘only’ $ 6.5 million in the same period. Actually, it’s not that crazy, Everquest is also the bigger game, with no fewer than 26 expansions (27 later this month due to the arrival of Everquest: Claws of Veeshan). Despite its age, the MMORPG is still doing pretty well, not to mention the massive influence it had on games like World of Warcraft, among others. Oh, and if you still have any hope for an Everquest 3 (or Everquest Next, as it was once called), it has still been canceled and EG7 has nothing to say about it.

Activision Blizzard is suing Netflix for separating former CFO Spencer Neumann

Netflix is ​​once again taken to court, this time by Activision Blizzard (via Hollywood Reporter). The reason for the charges is the allegedly illegal separation of CFO (Chief Financial Officer) Spencer Neumann, who now works for Netflix. Acti-Blizz claims that Netflix persuaded Neumann to break its agreement with Activision Blizzard, during conversations in which Neumann was trying to make a deal with Netflix for the game company. This is the third time that Netflix has been accused of illegally hiring employees by a mega corporation, previously this happened by Fox and Viacom.

Neumann worked for Activision Blizzard for a year and a half when it became known that the company was suspending him and planned to fire him. Netflix announced shortly after that it had hired Neumann to replace CFO David Wells. Lawyer Daniel Petrocelli writes: “Netflix’s unlawful behavior with regards to Neumann is no anomaly. To the contrary, Netflix has a demonstrated pattern of caring only about attracting and employing whoever Netflix wants, regardless of whether it violates the law along the way. ”

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