Thursday, May 26

Gaming

Final Fantasy XIV Players Are Once Again Free To AFK (And Dance) Forever

Image: Square EnixWith lengthy wait times a distant memory, the Final Fantasy XIV team is ready to return to normalcy by letting folks stay logged in forever, no matter how long they go without, you know, actually playing the massively multiplayer online game.In July 2021, Final Fantasy XIV introduced a system that kicked players after 30 minutes of inactivity. This aimed to mitigate the game’s increasing server congestion ahead of the highly anticipated Endwalker expansion’s launch that December. Sadly, it didn’t do much. The overwhelming popularity often resulted in hours-long login queues. But things have chilled out these days. Players are again free to AFK to their hearts’ content, a feature that sets Final Fantasy XIV apart from its contemporaries.When Final Fantasy XIV implemented t...

Halo Infinite Fixes A Bunch Of Dumb Mistakes From The Last Update

Screenshot: 343 IndustriesTo follow Halo Infinite closely is to subject yourself to constant emotional whiplash. One day it’s on the top of the charts. The next, it feels like all of social media is calling it a “dead game.” Or maybe the developer adds a ton of cool stuff to the game…and then breaks a ton of other cool stuff…and then un-breaks the stuff that was broken? Yeah, it’s a wild ride. Yesterday, developer 343 Industries rolled out a patch purporting to fix (most of) what was broken by another patch earlier this month, meant to herald the first-person shooter’s second season.Released on May 3, Halo Infinite’s second season, called “Lone Wolves,” introduced a handful of new modes and cosmetics to the content-starved game. But the patch for the update changed the game in ways that ir...

World Of Warcraft Streamer Allegedly Harassed Off Of Twitch By Ex-Cop

Photo: Joe Scarnici (Getty Images)A 29-year-old former airport cop, Evan Baltierra, was arrested this week and charged in federal court with allegedly harassing a World of Warcraft streamer off of Twitch. The two met in person at BlizzCon 2019, according to an accompanying affidavit, but when the streamer declined to be his “valentine” and later took away his mod privileges from her Twitch channel he allegedly began a targeted harassment campaign against her, her boyfriend, and her family.“In March 2022, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Baltierra’s residence and seized several items, including a thumb drive that contained many photoshopped nude images with the victim’s face on them, and evidence on Baltierra’s iPhone of email accounts with which he used to send the victim haras...

Harrison Ford Announces Indiana Jones 5 Release Date At Star Wars Celebration

No stranger to Star Wars or the annual celebration happening right now in Anaheim, CA, Harrison Ford made a surprise appearance at the Lucasfilm Showcase today, but he didn't show up for a space-faring adventure this time around. Instead, he arrived to promote another Lucasfilm franchise he stars in by the name of Indiana Jones and dropped the big news of a 2023 release date for the next film installment. Ford's segment started with a musical introduction by longtime Star Wars and Indy composer John Williams (who celebrated his 90th birthday in February) playing him onto the stage. Ford spoke about working on the new Indian Jones film and how it was nearing completion. "I had a wonderful experience working with James Mangold," said Ford, according to a Tweet from Decider. "I am really pro...

Resilient Hunter x Hunter Fan Threw 1,000 Daily Punches Over Two Years For Manga’s Return

Hunter x Hunter fans, what’s keeping you from Nin training in real life like this guy?Image: VIZ Media / Shonen Jump / KotakuWhile Hunter x Hunter fans around the world clamored in celebration after creator Yoshihiro Togashi teased the end of the beloved shonen manga’s hiatus. But while others waited for two years, one unsung fan put himself through real-life training until the day the manga resumed serialization. Back in 2020, YouTuber Totsugeki Tarue began a series of videos he religiously posts titled “One Thousand Karate Punches of Gratitude a Day Until Hunter x Hunter Resumes Serialization.” In the hour-long videos, Tarue dons a white martial arts gi while livestreaming himself throwing hands, literally, every day until the manga resumed publication.After seeing the online hate and c...

Rogue One Prequel Series Andor Premieres On Disney Plus In August

Star Wars Celebration began today with a panel showing with a showcase of the projects Lucasfilm is working on, and the new Star Wars series Andor had the spotlight after the cast of Obi-Wan Kenobi left the stage. Not only was there a brief interview with the show's cast and crew, but a teaser trailer debuted along with the release date on Disney+ of August 31. The teaser trailer shown is musically paced with anvil-like percussion and throat-singing casting the theme of the footage. Focusing on the growing tension between the rebellious citizens and the overbearing Empire, Andor will depict the five years of Cassian Andor's life prior to the events of Star Wars: Rogue One. The trailer shows those citizens preparing for conflict with imperial forces while Diego Luna's Andor voices his disp...

Xbox Boss Says He Will Recognize Raven Software’s Union After Acquisition Closes

Photo: Kevork Djansezian (Getty Images)In today’s internal all-hands meeting with Xbox Game Studios employees, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said that he would recognize Raven Software’s union. This came after the QA testers at Raven voted to form the first labor union at a major studio.During a previous all-hands meeting a year and half ago, Spencer said that he didn’t have much experience with unions. In today’s all-hands, Spencer addressed that previous statement. “Linda Norman and I have been spending a lot of time educating myself on unions.” Spencer said. “We absolutely support employees’ right to organize and form unions.” Kotaku was able to verify this quote from a video taken of Xbox’s remote all-hands meeting.“Once the deal closes, we would absolutely support [an] employees’ organiza...

Breaking Star Wars TV News: The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, And Something New Called Star Wars: Skeleton Crew

The first season of The Book of Boba Fett almost transformed into the third season of The Mandalorian, so we haven't been away from Grogu, Luke Skywalker, and Din Djarin for too long. The wait to be reunited with them again, however, will be a little longer than expected. The Mandalorian's third season won't hit this year. The first episode is now officially slated to release in February 2023. This news comes from the first day of Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, Calif. The series' creators, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, took to the stage in front of a packed theater to deliver the update. Actor Rosario Dawson also appeared in full Jedi makeup from the set of Ahsoka to reveal it would also be hitting in 2023, but no month was given. Filoni and Favreau then surprised the crowd with the a...

GTA Vice City, Goodfellas Star Ray Liotta Dead At 67

Photo: Vincent Sandoval (Getty Images)Actor and producer Ray Liotta, famous for his starring role as Tommy Vercetti in the PS2 open-world classic Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, has died. He was 67 years old. He leaves behind a daughter and fiancée. Deadline reports that Liotta died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where the 67-year-old actor was reportedly filming the upcoming movie Dangerous Waters. The outlet also reports that Liotta leaves behind a daughter named Karsen and that he was engaged to Jacy Nittolo.Liotta, whose career exploded after his incredible performance in 1990’s Goodfellas, is probably best known to some audiences for his starring role in Rockstar’s mega-popular open-world hit, GTA: Vice City. In the game, Liotta played Tommy Vercetti, a no-nonsense tough guy wit...

Cursed Mafia III Studio Hangar 13 Hit With New Round Of Layoffs

Image: Hangar 13 / 2KHangar 13 can’t catch a break. The studio behind Mafia III, which suffered multiple rounds of layoffs in the years that followed its 2016 launch, is once again on the chopping block. Kotaku has learned that in addition to a steady stream of departures, developers across the studio’s three global sites have been let go, with close to 50 laid off at Hangar 13's Novato, California office. The news comes soon after former studio head Haden Blackman resigned earlier this month. “I know it sucks,” Blackman’s successor, Nick Baynes, head of Hangar 13's Brighton, UK office, told Novato staff in a meeting today, according to a recording obtained by Kotaku. “I’m sorry I’m not over there to deliver this message. I will be coming over soon. I know you need some local leadership an...