Ascendant Studios, Skyrim modding controversy, more

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How is it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your Daily Gaming Update for March 1st, 2019. Head over to thegamingobserver.com for links and a transcript of today’s report.

Ascendant Studios announced, led by Bret Robbins

Former senior creative director of Sledgehammer Games, Bret Robbins, has founded a brand new development company called Ascendant Studios. During his time at Sledgehammer, he was the creative director for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Advanced Warfare, and WW2. He also held that role at EA for Dead Space. He told gamesindustry.biz that he wants to create games that will compete with AAA franchises, with the goal to grow the company to 100 employees over the next year. He emphasized that he will have a close eye on who is hired, and making sure that everyone shares the same vision and goal. Best of luck to Ascendant Studios, and hopefully we see great things from them.

Controversy in the Skyrim modding community

Some controversy has developed over the past couple of days in the Skyrim modding scene. You see, the multiplayer mod, Skyrim Together, just recently launched a playable closed beta. However, the developers of another mod, SKSE, accused them of stealing code. In response, a Skyrim Together dev said that they did indeed use their code early in development, but eventually made the decision to stop, and evidently forgot to remove some aspects of it. The reason why this all blew up though is because Skyrim Together has a Patreon, where they take in $33,000 a month. So now they’re directly profiting from someone else’s work, though in a way they’re not because Patreon is technically donations, but in another way they are because you need to pay via Patreon for beta access…You can see how it gets murky. Regardless, they have now promised to remove the code from their mod, and hopefully this will clear the air with the whole situation.

Plague Inc. adding anti-vaxxer scenario

This one is pretty funny. Following a change.org petition, Ndemic Creations will be adding a new scenario to their game Plague Inc., which will involve anti-vaxers. Plague Inc. of course is the game where you are a disease trying to infect the world and destroy humanity. The idea started out somewhere on the internet, it was turned into a petition, and so the devs said that if it gets 10,000 signatures, they’d add it to the game. Well, it’s currently sitting at 21,000, and they have confirmed that work will begin on the scenario. Not something you would expect to see, but humorous nonetheless.

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