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Natalie Flores

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Natalie is Fanbyte's Featured Contributor, with bylines at places like VICE, Polygon, PC Gamer, Paste Magazine, and more.


The Male Love Interest in Life Is Strange: True Colors Seems Unproblematic, Good for Him

To celebrate the fact that Life is Strange: True Colors is almost here, Deck Nine Games and Square Enix have released its first official gameplay trailer. This substantial and wonderful 13-minute look shows when Alex first arrives at Haven Springs’ local record store, where she meets love interests Steph Gingrich…

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The Garden Path Gets Fully Funded, Will Have Switch Port and Local Multiplayer

Earlier this week, the gorgeous slice-of-life simulator The Garden Path successfully concluded its month-long Kickstarter. Not only did it reach over 150% funding from over a thousand backers, but it also met its stretch goals to make its way to the Nintendo Switch and feature local multiplayer. Made by studio…

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The Best Final Fantasy Soundtrack of the Last Decade Is Now on Spotify

The best Final Fantasy XIV soundtrack of the last decade — “Shadowbringers: Final Fantasy XIV” — has finally made its way to Spotify. On August 13, Final Fantasy XIV composer Masayoshi Soken tweeted, “The Warriors of Light asked me, “Is there a Spotify for ShB yet?” We finally got to…

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FFXIV Lead Story Designer Banri Oda Reveals New Story and Lore Details

In a new interview with 4Gamer, Final Fantasy XIV lead story designer Banri Oda answered questions about details both large and obscure. While many of the 15 questions asked were about the MMORPG’s lore, Oda also discussed the process of creating stories. As one of the main scenario writers for…

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Boyfriend Dungeon Stalking Content Warning to Be Updated Next Week

Kitfox Games announced on August 14 that, in an incoming update next week, it will update Boyfriend Dungeon‘s content warning for stalking and emotional manipulation. As it stands right now, the content warning that appears when you first start a new game in Boyfriend Dungeon says: “This game may include…

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The Star-Studded Cast of Twelve Minutes Speaks Ahead of Its Release Later This Month

Twelve Minutes, developed by Luis Antonio and published by Annapurna Interactive, will be out in less than two weeks. The highly anticipated indie game, which has been in development since before 2015, features a star-studded cast composed of James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley, and Willem Dafoe. The three have provided more…

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Final Fantasy XIV Player Mods Emet-Selch Romance Into Stardew Valley

When I interviewed Final Fantasy XIV director Naoki Yoshida in May, I asked him about the community’s enduring enthusiasm over the concept of NPC dating. It’s a request he gets often, so it’s something he’s thought much about and won’t completely rule out. However, he shared just how tricky it…

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FEATURES

Niantic Addresses Pokemon Go Fans After Walking Back on Safety Measures

Niantic Labs has addressed the Pokemon Go community following its widespread disappointment over recent changes to the game’s extended range feature. Earlier this week, AR developer Niantic reduced the Pokestop interaction radius for the app in America and New Zealand. Following the initial COVID-19 outbreak, the interaction range between Pokestops…

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NIS America Partners With Fan Translation Group for the Next Trails Series Localizations

Fan translation group The Geofront, which has been diligently translating JRPGs on a volunteer basis, has announced a partnership with NIS America for the western releases of The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero and The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure. NIS America announced during the recent Nihon Falcom 40th…

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Chernobylite Creative Director Has Gone to the Exclusion Zone About 20 Times

The developers of The Farm 51, the Poland-based indie studio making the survival horror RPG Chernobylite, have consistently traveled to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to make their game as immersive as possible. Creative Director Wojciech Pazdur revealed in a Reddit AMA session held on June 24 that he’s traveled there…

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Composer Yoko Shimomura Reflects on the Legend of Mana Remastered Soundtrack

Earlier this week saw the release of the Legend of Mana remaster. Originally released in 1999 for PlayStation, the fourth entry in the Mana series has been remastered for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Despite the varying popularity of each installment, the Mana series is famous for its unanimously lauded…

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The 12 Best Demos We Played From the Steam Next Fest

Sable, one of the year’s most anticipated indie games and a favorite among Fanbyte staff, was far from the only game with a great demo for the Steam Next Fest. There were so many games you could try out — and try out many, I did. While not every demo…

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Final Fantasy IX: Memoria Project Is Dedicated to Reimagining the Best Final Fantasy

There is a group of developers and passionate Final Fantasy IX fans who are recreating the game in a modern capacity for a project known as “Final Fantasy IX: Memoria Project.” On June 10, project lead and 3D character artist Dan Eder shared a beautiful screenshot of Vivi in the…

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Going Forward, Phasmophobia Will No Longer Be Developed by One Person

Phasmophobia became an instant hit when it was released last year on September 18. The psychological horror game, which can be played among four friends, puts you in the shoes of a paranormal investigation team. Paranormal activity is on the rise, and it’s up to your ghost hunting team to…

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ICYMI: Everything Shown at Wholesome Direct 2021

In March, the organizers behind Wholesome Games announced that their flagship showcase would return this summer. The first Wholesome Direct was a surprise hit for the indie community, kicking off the 2020 E3 season with an upbeat presentation that highlighted more than 50 delightful-looking indie games. Earlier today, the team…

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For a Game About Imperfections, Chicory: A Colorful Tale Is Practically Perfect

I’m going to spend the next several hundred words trying to illustrate what makes Chicory: A Colorful Tale so wonderful that it’s become one of my all-time favorite games. It’s an inherently doomed task. There’s no big picture or smaller study I can create that will do it justice. This…

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REVIEWS

Report: “In My Games, All Women Are Whores,” Says David Cage

Content warning: Misogynistic remarks and a homophobic slur are quoted in this article.  French union Solidaires Informatique has reported the happenings of Quantic Dream’s David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière’s recent appearances in Paris court. The executives of the company — known for developing games such as Detroit: Become Human,…

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Sonic Co-Creator and Balan Wonderworld Director Yuji Naka Unsurprisingly Leaves Square Enix

Yuji Naka, the co-creator of the Sonic series and the director of the recently released Balan Wonderworld, has departed from Square Enix. He says he may even retire. Naka confirmed rumors of the departure on Twitter on June 5, saying he had left at the end of April. “I resigned…

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Get 1,000 Items for $5 With the Indie Bundle for Palestinian Aid

The Indie Bundle for Palestinian Aid is now live on itch.io until June 11. All proceeds will go to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency to support its work in helping Palestinians residing in Gaza. The UNRWA has provided food assistance for over one million Palestinians and will continue…

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The 10 Best Games We Saw in the Guerilla Collective 2021 Showcase

The E3 2021 season has begun. Before the Summer Games Fest officially kicks things off next week, Guerrilla Collective came back for its 2021 showcase. Throughout its nearly two-hour length, many exciting upcoming indie games were shown. This is a list of the ten best games we saw. For a…

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