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Andrea Shearon

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Andrea Shearon is Fanbyte's weekend news editor. She's got a soft spot for most RPGs, but FFXIV occupies a majority of her free time.


The Last of Us Part 1 for PC Launches “Very Soon After” PS5 Release

While we already know Naughty Dog’s remake for The Last of Us isn’t a PS5 exclusive, a wait for PC may not take long. According to one dev on the project, a PC release for The Last of Us Part 1 could be “very soon after” its PS5 debut. On…

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The Last of Us Part 1 PC release may come soon after its September PS5 debut.

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Stray Modders Are Replacing Its Cat Protagonist With Their Own Pets

Attention cat people (also not-cat people), there’s a growing list of Stray mods out there — and they’re mostly just edits to make the cat look like their own pets. The game’s modders are changing up kitty shapes, sizes, and fur colors, so chances are there’s a playable kitty out…

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The Stray mod scene includes adorable doggy mods and a kitty.

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FFXIV Art Party Floods Empyreum With Love & Creativity

Over the weekend, the Final Fantasy XIV community put its new data center travel system to the test as players crowded into Primal’s Leviathan server for another community-focused gathering. Sepia Art Party ⁠— a player-hosted celebration of the “hush-hush cabaret and lounge bar” era ⁠— united FFXIV‘s talented player base…

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Sepia Art Party, a FFXIV player hosted art party where fans and artists unite under a shared love of Eorzea.

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Cloud Would Hate The NFT FF7R Bring Arts Figure

Square Enix has a new Final Fantasy VII Bring Arts figure of Cloud up for pre-order, but the Digital Plus edition comes bundled with an NFT the guy would hate. I’m not sure how many times we’ve mentioned this, but the Square Enix bad decision guys should play FF7R. After…

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The FF7R Cloud figure with an NFT from Square Enix.

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PSA: This Stardew Valley Mod Makes Combat A Million Times Better

Some of the best Stardew Valley mods are often for tiny tweaks you may have never thought of, and the Turn to Your Enemies add-on is no different. No more swinging at the wall while dying to mobs of Lava Bats, thank god. The Turn to Your Enemies gameplay mod…

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This Stardew Valley mod fixes how you face enemies in combat.

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Reset Your Passwords, Neopets Data Breach May Affect 69 Million Users

If you ever had a Neopets phase, it’s time to check on your pets and maybe change your password. The virtual pet site acknowledged its customer data could be at risk, and the hacker claiming responsibility for the Neopets data breach is selling the data for Bitcoin. According to a…

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The Neopets data breach has received an official response from JumpStart.

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Pixar Almost Didn’t Let Kingdom Hearts Have Toy Story

The Kingdom Hearts 3 collaboration between Disney’s Pixar Animation Studios and Square Enix almost didn’t work out. According to a Pixar creative director, the Toy Story-themed world initially saw some pushback from most higher-up executives. In a new MinnMax interview, Pixar’s creative director of theme parks Tasha Sounart explained how…

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The Kingdom Hearts Pixar partnership came close to an end when executives weren't so sure about a Disney Kingdom Hearts world with Woody.

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Blizzard Albany Announces Union Bid, Forms Albany Game Workers Alliance

The quality assurance testers of Blizzard Albany, formerly Vicarious Visions, have filed for a union representation election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). As the Albany Game Workers Alliance,  the workers have requested Activision Blizzard voluntarily recognize their union. Blizzard Albany (Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Diablo II: Resurrected) is…

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Blizzard Albany, formerly Vicarious visions, is the second studio to make a bid for an Activision Blizzard union.

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Kitase Says Crisis Core Reunion Story Won’t Change Much, But I’m Not So Sure

Square Enix may, or may not, make some Crisis Core changes in the game’s Reunion remaster that impact its prequel story. In a new interview with producer Yoshinori Kitase, a few extra vague details surrounding Zack Fair’s tale and how it feels “off” raise more questions than answers. Thanks to…

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Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core brings Zack to modern platforms in a new remake, and may include FF7R story changes.

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Grounded Gets Animated TV Adaptation From Star Wars Clone Wars Writer

Xbox and Obsidian Entertainment’s Grounded is the next video game to get its own TV series. According to a Deadline report, the Grounded adaptation is penned by Star Wars: Clone Wars writer Brent Friedman and shares a universe with the game. Instead of joining a sea of live-action interpretations, the…

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The Grounded TV follows the game storyline line and is from a Clone Wars writer.

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A Single Emoji Signals Another No Man’s Sky Update May Be On The Way

Sean Murray has us adjusting our tinfoil hats again with his latest No Man’s Sky update tease — or at least, that’s what we’re assuming it is. Up to his usual wink-and-nudge antics, it looks like the creator is signaling something new is on the way with a mysterious… “Flexing…

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The next No Man's Sky update may have something to do with another emoji tweet from creator Sean Murray on Twitter.

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UK Won’t Impose Loot Box Regulations, Trusts Industry to Self-Regulate

The UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) has issued its response to a call for evidence on loot boxes, video games, and their impact. Following its 2020 request for testimonies regarding concerns over gambling classification, addiction, and younger players, the UK government says it will not act…

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The UK says loot box regulations aren't happening for now, but the DCMS may revisit the issue later.

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FFXIV Best in Slot Scholar Gear For The Average Player (Patch 6.18)

The Final Fantasy XIV endgame grind cranks up the heat, and poorly outfitted healers won’t cut it if things go south. When your Warrior forgets to mitigate or when your Dragoon hits the floor, a few extra hit points may save a messy run. As FFXIV opens its floodgate of…

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FFXIV Scholar average player BiS and melds for Endwalker Patch 6.18, an easy to follow guide with no Savage.

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Yu Yu Hakusho Netflix Series Reveals its Yusuke; Teases Hiei, Kurama, Kuwabara [Update]

The Yu Yu Hakusho Netflix series will give another manga classic the live-action treatment, and it just named its Yusuke. Actor and musician Takumi Kitamura will star as Yusuke Urameshi, the high school troublemaker turned otherworldly detective, and retell the beloved ’90s storyline in a new series. In a reveal…

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The Netflix Yu Yu Hakusho Netflix Adaption finds its Yusuke. The live action remake will name other actors for Hiei, Kuwabara, and Kumara and a later date.

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It’s Official; Sony Acquires Bungie in $3.7 Billion Deal

It’s a done deal — Sony has closed its agreement to acquire Bungie and make the Destiny studio an official part of the PlayStation team. After announcing the acquisition in January, Sony finalized the addition with a $3.7 billion price tag. Both Sony and Bungie made their respective announcements through…

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The Sony Bungie deal closed for a bit more than expected, but PlayStation now has the Destiny 2 as part of the family.

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Stranger of Paradise DLC Adds Sophia, Ash, Neon, & Jed to Singleplayer

We’re killing Chaos again, but this time it’s as Sophia, Neon, Ash, or Jed when the Stranger of Paradise DLC expands its singleplayer roster. On the eve of the update, Square Enix has revealed that Trials of the Dragon King no longer locks the singleplayer experience to just Jack Final…

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Stranger of Paradise singleplayer now lets you play as Neon, Ash, Jed, or Sophia in the Trials of the Dragon King DLC.

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Spotify Buys Heardle, Making It Unavailable For Now in Some Countries

The musical cousin to Wordle, Heardle, is now part of Spotify. The music streaming platform just announced it’s acquiring Heardle for an undisclosed amount, but the acquisition means it’s suddenly unavailable for some usual players. For those still unfamiliar with Heardle, and any other games like Wordle, it’s exactly what it…

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As games like Heardle grown in popularity, Spotify acquires Heardle and makes it unavailable in some locations.

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Ubisoft Delists Assassin’s Creed Liberation From Steam, May Become Unplayable [Update]

Update July 11, 2022:  In a statement to IGN, Ubisoft confirmed that Steam users who bought Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD will retain access to the game. The publisher maintains “only DLCs and online features will be affected by the upcoming decommissioning.” Still a bummer for folks with DLC, but at…

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The Assassin's Creed Liberation Steam page indicates Ubisoft may revoke access from Steam user libraries forever.

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The Devil in Me Story Trailer Has Me Thinking About The Haunting of Hill House

The Devil in Me, Supermassive’s next installment to The Dark Pictures Anthology, revealed its Fall 2022 release window with a new trailer and a peek at its story. That’s all fine and good, but some vague setting notes, the usual Dark Pictures Anthology format, and a lack of horror experiences…

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The Devil In Me release date is set for some time this Fall, and it's got me thinking about The Haunting of Hill House as a game.

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Kojima Productions Considers Legal Action After Creator Misidentified as Shinzo Abe Assassin

Following the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a Greek news outlet and a French politician misidentified Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima as the suspected assassin. A day after misinformation spread online, Kojima Productions acknowledged it’s considering legal action in “some cases” of “fake news and rumors.” On…

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