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Killzone: Shadowfall’s Class Action Lawsuit Dismissed

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Last year, somebody decided to sue Sony for allegedly misrepresenting the details of its Playstation 4 game Killzone: Shadowfall. The plaintiff was a California resident named Douglas Ladore, and he was claiming that Sony had falsely advertised Killzone: Shadowfall’s resolution. This week, a US federal court has dismissed the case.

Ladore’s case was filed after the Playstation 4 launch game’s multiplayer mode had been found by Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry to run at 960 x 1080, as opposed to 1920 x 1080, which is the resolution commonly known as 1080p. Ladore claimed Killzone developer Guerilla Games, which is a subsidiary of Sony, had advertised in videos, social media, and the Killzone website, that the game would run in native 1080p. In multiplayer mode, however, the game ran with what Guerilla Games called “temporal reprojection,” which is a sort of technological shortcut to getting games to run at something similar to 1080p. Killzone’s website says, “the temporal reprojection technique gave subjectively similar results and it makes certain parts of the rendering process faster.” Guerilla claims that most of the time the effect is “identical to a normal 1080p image.”

Ladore’s original complaint charged Sony with, among other things, negligent misrepresentation, false advertisement, unfair competition and fraud and inducement. He sought damages of more than $5 million USD. The case was a class action lawsuit, which meant any damages he won would also have been won on behalf of everybody who had bought Killzone: Shadowfall. Typically, those sorts of cases lead to game owners being refunded a small amount of their purchase.

When the case first went to court, Sony tried to have it thrown out right away. But Judge Edward Chen of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California allowed the case to proceed, saying Sony’s argument for the case to be thrown out was “premised on an unduly narrow reading of [the] plaintiff’s complaint.” But according to a court filing, Judge Chen dismissed the case this week, signing “a joint stipulation that dismisses lead plaintiff Douglas Ladore’s lawsuit with prejudice.” Prejudice is a legal phrase that means the plaintiff cannot file another lawsuit against Sony over this issue again in the future. Both parties have also been ordered to pay their own legal fees.

Rhiannon likes video games and she likes writing, so she decided to combine them. As well as writing about video games, she also belts out the occasional science fiction or fantasy story, edits videos, and eats strawberry oreos. In that order.

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The new game from Danganronpa’s developers is being published by Aniplex, a Sony company, but it won’t be coming out on PS5

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The upcoming game from the creators of the Danganronpa series has found a publisher in Sony subsidiary Aniplex. However, it’s worth noting that it won’t be initially released on the PS5. It is highly likely that The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy will be released on Sony’s system at a later date, just like Master Detective Archives: Rain Code in October. However, the development team is currently focusing on prioritizing the release of their latest title on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

Described as a strategy game, the title allows players to step into the shoes of teenager Takumi Sumino, who resides in the perpetually secure Tokyo Residential Complex. When monsters suddenly unleash chaos upon the town, Takumi finds himself thrust into the Last Defense Academy. His mission? To protect the school alongside 14 other students for a grueling 100 days.

As one would anticipate, alongside the strategic gameplay, it is crucial to foster strong relationships with your comrades. Moreover, the outcome of the game can vary greatly, with a staggering 100 possible endings contingent upon the choices you make. We will reach out to Aniplex to inquire about the possibility of a PS5 port. However, it is important to note that Aniplex operates independently from PlayStation, as it falls under the Sony Music umbrella.

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The photo mode in Alan Wake 2 on PS5 doesn’t hold many surprises

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Most new games these days have some kind of photography feature, so it’s hard to remember a time before Photo Modes. Some developers don’t think it’s important for players to be able to take pictures right away, so the feature is added later. One great example of this is Alan Wake 2, which now has Photo Mode thanks to a new update that is now available.

If you look at the trailer above, you can see that you can really get creative with your photos by adding cool borders, overlays, and filters. We always like photo modes, where you can move different lights around in the scene. As the video shows, Remedy really lets you use your imagination with the different colors and lighting props.

 

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Before the DLC comes out, the Big Elden Ring update adds new features and fixes the game’s balance

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There will be an update for Elden Ring next week that sounds pretty important. The patch will come out on June 20, right before Shadow of the Erdtree goes live on June 21. “New features” and “balance adjustments” are what FromSoftware says the update will have.

Luckily, the developer went on to give more information. We went ahead and put them all together in the patch notes below:

New parts of inventory:

  • Items that were just gained will have a “!” next to them
  • There is now a new tab called “Recent Items” that lets you look at items that you just got

What’s new in Summoning Pool?

  • Now, active summoning pools will follow you to NG+
  • The newly added Map Functions Menu now lets you turn on and off individual summoning pools
  • When you use the Small Golden Effigy, it will only choose active Summoning Pools

All new hairstyles:

  • The game now has five more hairstyles to choose from. You can choose them when you make your character, with the Clouded Mirror Stand, or with Rennala’s Rebirth feature.
    FromSoftware also says that the patch will have extra features that aren’t listed here. I hope they’re a pleasant surprise!

Would you like to see any of these changes made? Are you still excited about Shadow of the Erdtree? Get ready by reading the comments below.

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