Riot lawsuit takes a turn, new Ninja Theory game, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome to your daily gaming update for Thursday, January 23rd. It is bonkers how much we have to talk about today, so let’s jump in.

Government agencies interfering in Riot class action lawsuit

You might recall the class action lawsuit that was pitted against Riot Games for gender discrimination. Only last month we thought it was over, with an out-of-court settlement of $10 million being agreed on for the 1000 plaintiffs involved. However, by a sudden turn of events, two new government agencies want to intervene in the case. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the department of Labor Standards Enforcement want to step in. They are saying that the plaintiff’s legal representation failed to carry out due dilligence, and they may actually be entitled to over $400 million, not 10. Additionally, they are claiming that Riot is basically getting away without being required to make changes to company policy. This is very interesting development, and the court is going to decide whether or not these agencies can step in on January 31st. Otherwise, the case settles. It’s also worth noting that lawyers for both Riot and the plaintiffs do not want this intervention, which is why they almost have to force their way into the case. We’ll see how this plays out next week.

Ninja Theory announces Project: Mara

Ninja Theory have announced yet another game called Project: Mara. Of course right now they also have Hellblade 2 and Bleeding Edge in the works, but it looks like this is an expirimental game that has a chance to balloon into something bigger. Once again they’re going to be exploring mental terror, much like Hellblade, except this time it will be a grounded and real-world, as opposed to fantasy. “our aim is to recreate the horrors of the mind as accurately and realistically as possible. Project: Mara will be an experimental title and a showcase of what could become a new storytelling medium.” No other details as of yet, but I’ll keep my eye on it for you.

Daybreak Games splits into three distinct studios

Daybreak Games are the developers of a number of MMOs, and today they announced that they are splitting up into three distinct studios, in an attempt to amplify the existing franchises. So they are now their own business entities, as opposed one entity with three studios. Dimensional Ink Games will work on DC Universe Online, and a new MMO starting in 2020. Darkpaw Games will work on Everquest, and whatever is next for that series. And Rogue Planet Games will work on PlanetSide, as well as a new IP. I really like seeing stuff like this, I think it’s a lot of fun, and hopefully it results in some better games.

Valve reinforces they will stick to release date for Half-Life Alyx

You may be skeptical of Valve Time when it comes to Half-Life: Alyx, but fear not, they have said that they will not miss their release window. Apparently the game is done, and they just have some playtesting to do and some minor tweaks. They said “We let the Valve Time happen before we announced the game.”

Telltale’s The Walking Dead headed back to storefronts

And the final story for today, Telltale’s The Walking Dead will finally be returning to digital storefronts this week on both the Switch and on Steam. All four seasons of the series will be published, and I believe the DLC will as well. It’s been off the stores for like a year now because of the closure of Telltale, so it’s nice to see that people can get it again.

Ok folks that’s all for today, thank you so much for tuning in, and thank you to Annalee and Michael for leaving me 5-star reviews on Amazon. As you know I am here every Monday-Friday with the news, which means I’ll be back tomorrow, and until then…happy gaming everyone.