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BioWare is Going Back to its Roots with the Return of Casey Hudson as General Manager

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Casey Hudson is a name that is probably not that familiar to most gamers out there, but he was a major player at BioWare for many years. He’s responsible for the success of the two franchises that make up this featured image as well as Jade Empire, Baldur’s Gate, and so on.

Hudson left BioWare back in 2014 to pursue his own goals and ended up working closely with Microsoft starting in 2015 as a creative director. BioWare has only put out two games since he left, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Mass Effect: Andromeda. Beyond that, BioWare put out a bunch of expansions for Star Wars: The Old Republic as well.

After the controversy surrounding Mass Effect: Andromeda and its subsequent poor sales, BioWare’s Aaryn Flynn stepped down as general manager. Casey Hudson has now returned home to set things straight. As the new general manager, the Mass Effect trilogy’s original creative director is no doubt working on making the series relevant again after the news of its series hiatus.

As mentioned previously, Casey Hudson was a huge figure at BioWare during its peak in the gaming industry. With many successful franchises already under his belt, Hudson is now expanding his repertoire even further. He has taken over the production behind BioWare’s upcoming Anthem, a Destiny-esque game that caught many gamers’ eyes when it was announced at E3 this year.

Hudson’s return may also spell good news for fans of Star Wars games. When EA took over the Star Wars gaming license, they announced that Dice, Visceral, Respawn, and BioWare would be working on upcoming titles. Dice already released a game and is releasing its sequel later this year, but we haven’t gotten much from the other studios. With Hudson back and already having experience working on a Star Wars RPG in Knights of the Old Republic, production is sure to pick up in the area.

Hudson’s return to BioWare is a very big deal for the gaming industry. It’s too soon to fully tell what it means for fans of BioWare games, but with his track record, those fans should be able to breathe a little easier.

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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