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Alleged Rainbow Six Siege Copycat Gets Killed By Ubisoft Lawsuit

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Last week Rainbow Six Siege developer Ubisoft filed a lawsuit against Google and Apple because of Area F2, a mobile free-to-play shooter developed by Alibaba and Ejoy. Area F2 has been taken down permanently, with refunds being issues to players who purchased items via microtransactions.

The notice of termination, shared by industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, stated that Area F2 would be taken offline yesterday, May 20. Although the notice makes no mention of Ubisoft and their lawsuit, the timing suggests Alibaba and Ejoy decided against trying to defend their product in court. Players who made purchases during the game’s beta period can apply for refunds, either through the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or third-party retailer.

Ubisoft pointed towards Area F2’s user-interface and end match score screen as particularly egregious examples of the game’s copyright infringement. The French publisher also noted that it had pre-emptively warned Apple and Google of the game before it filed its lawsuit, but that neither took the game down in response.

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Life Is Strange Dev Dontnod Opens New Canada Studio

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Developer Dontnod Entertainment, the studio best known for its critically-acclaimed adventure series Life is Strange, has announced that it is expanding internationally by opening a new studio. The studio, which is based in Montreal, Canada, will allow Dontnod to “produce even more immersive, engaging, and innovative video games.”

According to a press release, this Montreal studio will allow Dontnod to be “closer to its North American players’ community.” Further, this new team will be supported by a brand-new project, though Dontnod has not specified what this project is.

“Our goal is to create video games as close as possible to our community’s expectations,” Dontnod CEO Oskar Guilbert said. “With this new international team, we will be able to envision even more ambitious titles and keep writing wonderful stories for our players.”

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New Xbox One Update Should Make UI Navigation A Little Easier

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Microsoft has rolled out a new update for Xbox One. The May 2020 update is aimed at improving the overall UI experience, specifically in regards to simplifying the Guide and making it easier to navigate.

“The new Guide is designed to be cleaner and easier to read,” Xbox Experience principal program manager lead Jonathan Hildebrandt wrote in a blog post. “We’ve reduced the total number of tabs by combining related experiences and introduced a new default, left-to-right tab order, making it simpler to move around. App and system notifications are now found with the rest of your Alerts, right when you open the Guide.”

Here’s a quick rundown of all the changes:

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons: 9 Quality-Of-Life Features We Want

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons has captured the hearts of scores of players since it first launched back in March, and it’s become something of a phenomenon. If you’re like us, you’re probably still playing almost every day (perhaps even for multiple hours), checking your turnip prices, fine-tuning your town layout, breeding flowers, and more Animal Crossing goodness.

But even if you love the game like we do, you probably have a few nitpicks by now. If you’ve crafted tons of fish bait or gotten really into terraforming, there might be a few features you’d like to see–just those little quality-of-life updates that tweak the minor issues that crop up when you’ve played a game for 200 or more hours. And because New Horizons is already getting ongoing support and new content updates, we can really dare to dream.

We put our heads together to come up with nine quality-of-life updates we’d love to see come to New Horizons. Let us know in the comments what other features you want to see come to the adorable life/gardening/friendship sim! And Nintendo, if you’re reading: We say all this with love.

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