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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Staff Writer at Fanbyte. He still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.


Summerfall Studios Reveals its First Project is a Musical Adventure Game: Chorus

After going public last month, Summerfall Studios, a new studio helmed by ex-Dragon Age writer David Gaider and Beamdog alumni Liam Esler, has revealed its first game, and it’s a bit of a departure from the RPG roots of both developers. As it turns out, Summerfall’s first game is Chorus: An Adventure…

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Starbreeze Says Payday 3 Will Launch Between 2022 and 2023

In the midst of a reconstruction within the company, Starbreeze Studios AB says Payday 3 will be launching somewhere in the next three to four years. News of this came from a financial update from the company on its official site, which primarily focused on the studio’s funding as it continues…

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Wait, What Do You Mean Claude from Fire Emblem isn’t Bisexual?

Intelligent Systems, queerbaiting isn’t just mean-spirited, it’s also bad writing.  I knew Fire Emblem: Three Houses had a problem with same-sex romances, especially on the MLM side. I even got mad about it on Twitter and wrote about it elsewhere on the internet. After months of wanting nothing to do…

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Sony is Giving Out Hideo Kojima Masks to Promote Death Stranding

At Madrid Games Week, a week long convention in Madrid, Sony is doing what it normally does by promoting its upcoming games, including Death Stranding, which has a playable demo at the show. The less normal thing Sony is up to is handing out masks of Director Hideo Kojima’s likeness to…

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Montreal Law Firm Looks to Sue Epic For Making Fortnite Addictive

A legal firm in Montreal is looking into suing Epic Games for Fortnite: Battle Royale’s apparently addictive qualities, even comparing the game to cocaine at one point in its 38-page request. According to a CBC report, Calex Légal is representing the parents of two minors, a 10-year-old and 15-year-old, who claim their children…

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Rockstar Reportedly Worked on a Bully Sequel for Over a Year Before Cancelling it

A report from Video Game Chronicle has revealed new details about a Bully sequel that was in development at Rockstar New England for around 18 months before work on the project was ultimately cancelled. According to VGC, sources told the outlet a new Bully game was in development at Rockstar between the 2010 launch of Red…

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Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker Merchandise Removes Rose from Images She Was Already In

As Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker nears, merchandise for the film is sprouting up, but there’s a character who is notably absent from images on various shirts, tote bags and whatever else it is Disney is putting on store shelves to promote the movie. Rose Tico (played by actress Kelly Marie…

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Amazon Lists Overwatch Novel Dedicated to Underrepresented Heroes

Given the Switch port and the rumored PVE sequel supposedly set for reveal at Blizzcon next month, Overwatch is in a bit of a renaissance right now. With a new push comes new lore, and an Amazon listing is hinting that new stories in the Overwatch universe may be coming…

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Nintendo’s 24-hour Pokemon Stream Finally Reveals Galarian Ponyta

If you’ve been seeing screenshots of a static shot of a forest occasionally occupied by Pokemon on social media and wondered what was up, Nintendo has been streaming for an entire 24 hours all leading up to the big reveal: Ponyta, one of the original 151 Pokemon, is getting a…

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The Death Stranding Baby Speaks Through PS4 Controller Speaker Because Of Course it Does

In an effort to make Death Stranding’s consistently horrifying baby-related imagery more horrifying, Hideo Kojima has confirmed the baby you’ll be carrying around in the game will speak to you through the DualShock 4 controller’s speaker when the game launches in November. Kojima announced this via his personal Twitter, along with photos of…

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Cuphead Goes on Sale Alongside Community Events For Second Anniversary

Cuphead has reached two new milestones as of this week, and developer Studio MDHR has decided to make a thing of it with five days of giveaways and a sale for the sidescroller across all platforms. This week-long celebration is in honor of the game’s second anniversary, as well as its…

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Switch Lite Users Join Joy-Con Drift Class Action Lawsuit

About a week into the system’s lifetime, the handheld-dedicated Nintendo Switch Lite is apparently already showing signs of the dreaded Joy-Con drift that’s been plaguing the original system since 2017, and as such has been added to the ongoing class action lawsuit against Nintendo regarding the issue. The amended lawsuit…

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The Next PlayStation May Have an AI Assistant Installed

The next PlayStation (presumably called PlayStation 5) might have an AI assistant on the system akin to Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana. News of this comes from a Sony patent for “PlayStation Assist,” described as a “Voice Help System Using Artificial Intelligence” (thanks Techtastic). The proposed program would respond to…

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Uncharted Movie Reportedly Gets a Sixth New Director Attached to the Project

The ever-hectic production cycle for the Uncharted movie continues as Bumblebee and Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight is reported to be attached to the adaptation set to begin production next year. Deadline reports Sony is in negotiations with Knight to direct Nathan Drake’s big screen debut, which will mark his second time directing a…

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Being a Damage Main in Overwatch Kinda Sucks Right Now

Folks, there are nights when I play Overwatch that I just want to play as the grumpy, gay granddad that is Soldier: 76 without it being a big to do. But I haven’t been able to do that lately and it’s really starting to take its toll on my relationship…

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Streamer Beats Zelda: Breath of the Wild Using Only Shields

In an incredibly impressive show of patience, YouTuber and Twitch streamer PointCrow has found a way to beat The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild without using any weapons whatsoever. The play through took 27 hours, according to his Twitter, and to pull it off he utilized an infinite jump glitch to…

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WB Games Montréal Seems to be Teasing a Batman Announcement [UPDATE]

UPDATE 1: Scott Snyder, a writer of several Batman comics posted and then deleted a tweet hinting that whatever game WB Games Montréal is teasing will follow the “Court of Owls” story line. While Snyder has since done away with the tweet, Twitter user @chuge11 did manage to get a screenshot of…

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BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Update Brings Nine New Characters in November

Arc System Works is about to bring a sizable addition to its crossover fighting game BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle with its 2.0 update launching on November 21. The update itself will include balance updates, character interactions, and a new scenario, but headlining the patch are nine new playable characters. Four…

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Batman Comes to Fortnite to Use the One Weapon He Condemns

A new Batman-themed promotion is launching on Fortnite today, confirming leaks from earlier this week. The Fortnite X Batman event includes skins of both Batman and Catwoman, along with weapons based on the two’s arsenals. In addition to the skins, an area of the game’s map has been updated to…

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Switch Lite Breakdown Reveals it has the Same Analog Sticks as Standard Joy-Cons

The new Nintendo Switch model called the Switch Lite is out this week, and while the compact, handheld only console has some improvements to battery life and smaller form factor, it appears the new iteration didn’t make any changes to one of the original Switch’s known issues: the analog sticks.…

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