Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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Gears Tactics is Taking a Turn At Fighting the Locust Horde Next April

Don't worry, there are still chainsaws on the Lancers.

Here's a Trailer For Something By PlayerUnknown Called Prologue

It's a new project from the maker of PUBG.

The Fast and Furious Family Goes Digital For Crossroads

Life in the fast lane.

Gears Tactics is Taking a Turn At Fighting the Locust Horde Next April

Don't worry, there are still chainsaws on the Lancers.

Here's a Trailer For Something By PlayerUnknown Called Prologue

It's a new project from the maker of PUBG.

Gearbox Reveals Its First PS5 Console Exclusive—A Next-Gen "Looter Slasher" Called Godfall

Not to be confused with GreedFall or Godspell.

NPD: Death Stranding's Sales Do Fine in Light of Stiff Competition

There is some silver lining to 7th place.

Telltale's Batman Gets a Noir Makeover For Shadows Edition

Bats is back with a brand new look.

Half-Life: Alyx Won't Be at The Game Awards 2019 After All

The VR-exclusive Half-Life won't share more info as part of tonight's festivities after all.

New Mortal Kombat 11 Update Will Add Krossplay For PS4 and Xbox One [Update]

The Kombat arena seems to be expanding.

The Game Awards 2019 Air Tonight: Where to Watch and What to Expect

Ghosts, games, and Grimes are all set to show up at some point.

Resident Evil's Newest Survivor is a Living Homage to "Jill Sandwich"

Martin should probably stay away from small rooms with descending ceilings.

The New Battle Royale on the Streets is Forza Horizon 4's Eliminator

72 Mini Coopers drop somewhere in the UK.

The Game Awards is Launching a New Initiative Featuring Limited-Time Demos of Upcoming Games

Over a dozen games will have demos available for a limited time.

For Axiom Verge's Creator, the Switch Was a "Natural Platform" For the Sequel

Thomas Happ answers our most pressing questions about today's announcement.

Golf Story is Getting a Sequel Called Sports Story—And Yes, It Has Even More Sports

Tennis, baseball, even volleyball and soccer.

The Choose Your Own Adventure Publisher is Going After Indie Developers Who Use Its Trademark Phrase

Takedown notices going out to small-scale devs on Itch.io.

Resident Evil 3 Remake is Coming Next April. Check Out the First Trailer.

It'll be the campaign of the previously announced survival co-op game.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Could Be Headed to Other Consoles in 2021

New box art details indicate the remake might be a timed exclusive.

PUBG's Experimental Camper Solution: Put a Circle in the Circle

PUBG heard you like circles.

Tekken Wasn't Supposed to Be a Fighting Game, But 25 Years Later It Stands Tall

Devs recall how a tech test and late nights led to the king of 3D fighters.

You Can Own Vanquish and Bayonetta Together in One Handsome Steelbook Next Year

Relive Platinum Games history in 4K.

Danganronpa Creator Announces New Full-Motion Video Game

The creator of the killing games turns to FMV.

With Reconstruction Complete, Starbreeze is Pinning Its Future on Payday

After a tough year for the publisher, Payday seems like its best bet.

In Japan, a Dispute Filled With Accusations of Sexual Harassment and Bad Business Practices Boils Over

Allegations against Dangen Entertainment and its CEO are coming to light after a falling out between the company and some of its dev partners.

The Witcher 3's Initial Switch Port was 20 GB Bigger Than the Largest Cartridge

It took some finesse to make Switcher happen.

The Game Awards Has Around 10 New Games and Projects to Reveal

It'll run for almost three hours, too.

Phil Spencer is Apparently Playing the Next-Gen Xbox Scarlett at Home

If he beats you in Killer Instinct this weekend, feel free to blame that.

Xbox's Next-Gen Plans Reportedly Include a Second, Disc-less Console

The streaming future is upon us.

Report: A Plague Tale 2 is In Development

Get down with the sickness, again.

On Its 25th Anniversary, PlayStation Devs Reflect on Their Greatest Terror: Memory Cards

Turns out the PS2 memory card's quirks were other people's nightmares.

The Guilty Gear Strive Interview: Why a Cult Favorite is Starting From Square One

The goal of Strive is to make everyone feel like a "newcomer."

Persona 5 Royal Will Steal Hearts Once Again in March

The updated Persona drops in at the end of a stacked month for games.

The Legend of Heroes Makes Its Switch Debut with Trails of Cold Steel 3

Falcom's behemoth RPG series is coming to the Switch in 2020.

Riot Games Settles Gender Discrimination Lawsuit For $10 Million

The League developer has reached a settlement with its maligned employees.

Respawn is Fixing Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's Missing Bounty Hunter Problem

There weren't enough people on some players' tails.

Starship Troopers Will Become an RTS Next Year

For those still clamoring for Starship Troopers games.

Quantic Dream Condemned by French Court for Failing to Meet Security Obligation

An employee will receive some compensation for the spread of Photoshopped images.

Kingdom Hearts 3's Re:Mind DLC Will Have New Difficulty Options

A fleshed-out photo mode is on the way, too.

Yacht Club Games Seems to Be Hinting At Its Next Project

A bevy of new listings are teasing something new.

USgamer Holiday Gift Guide 2019: For the Traveling Gamer

If your special someone is always on the go, here's some ideas to make those delayed departures sting a little less.

Exclusive: Here's a Jazzy Sneak Peek at Shovel Knight: King of Cards' Soundtrack

GENTLE LOVE re-arranges one of King Knight's jams.

Report: Longtime Metal Gear Producer Kenichiro Imaizumi Departs Kojima Productions

One of Metal Gear Solid's guiding hands has reportedly left the building.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Will Have a Number of Returning Faces

I hope one of them pops out of a traffic cone or manhole.

M2 Designer Says Implementing Easy Game Modes is Important For Bringing in New Players

Bullet hells can be a little less punishing for some players.

Garou: Mark of the Wolves Turns 20 Today—Here's a Glimpse of the Sequel That Never Quite Happened

It might literally be sitting in a file folder somewhere.

Valve Says Goodbye to the Steam Controller with One Last Fire Sale

Valve's controller will be missed by someone, I'm sure.

Dota 2's Huge New Update Makes It Basically a New Game

The core changes to Dota's formula feel like Dota 3 in disguise.

Pokemon's Global Link Service Will End Next Year

The changing of the guard continues for Pokemon, but it's not too drastic.

Castlevania Season 3 Isn't Coming This Weekend After All [Update]

No vampire hunting after giving thanks.

How Guildlings Went From a Satellite-Level Management Sim to Social RPG

"We had no idea we were making a JRPG until we were almost at full JRPG."

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's Digital Launch Exceeds All Other Star Wars Games

Cal Kestis rockets to the front of the pack.

The Pokemon Company is Trying to Sue Whoever Leaked Sword and Shield Info

Info from the official strategy guide got out, and they'd like to know who did it.

Amazon Will Reportedly Announce a Cloud Gaming Service Next Year

Google, Sony, Microsoft, and soon, Amazon.

Destiny 2's Vex Offensive is Wrapping Up, But the Finale's Underwhelming

The Undying Mind's return left a little to be desired.

Son Leaves Touching Tribute to Dad and Fellow Star Wars Developer in Jedi: Fallen Order

Star Wars links a father and the son he inspired.

Borderlands 3's First Campaign DLC Will Be a Glitzy Casino Heist

Like Ocean's 11, though probably a lot louder.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions Will Have a New Dungeon and Adventure on Switch

Plus, the president enters the fray.

Former Arkane Founder and Producer Team Up to Form New Studio

And you won't have to wait long to see what they're working on.

The Biggest Game Awards 2019 Snubs and Surprises: Disco Elysium and Outer Wilds Miss Out

Some indie darlings are up for smaller awards, but not the major one.

The Game Awards 2019 Nominations: Control and Death Stranding Among Top Nominees

And Smash Bros. gets some belated acknowledgement.

Former Fallout and Mass Effect Devs Form New Studio To Develop More Diverse Games

Corner Wolves is the first project meant to expand the scope of storytelling in the industry.

Amy Hennig is Forming a New Team at the Hollywood Production Company Skydance

The Uncharted co-creator has found a Hollywood-sized backer.

There's a Good Reason to Go To Dathomir First in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

The trial by fire pays off, for once.

Square Enix Hasn't Forgotten About Babylon's Fall, Its Impending PlatinumGames Crossover

There should be more news before the year is out.

Street Fighter 5 is Getting a Champion Edition With Every Fighter So Far

Also, Gill is back, both buff and almost in the buff.

Guilty Gear 2020 Has a Name and a Release Window

It will Strive onto the scene later next year.

Path of Exile 2 Just Got Announced, and It's Already Throwing Jabs at Diablo

We've got a tussle for the loot game spotlight on our hands.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Players Are Reporting a Scary But Solvable SD Card Issue

It looks more frightening than it really is.

Indie Devs: Apple Arcade is Healing a Wound in Mobile Gaming

The developers of Guildlings and Threes say the model is fixing the player-dev relationship.

Report: A New Mass Effect Is In Very Early Development at BioWare Edmonton

A Kotaku report indicates the series may return after a rough venture to Andromeda.

Xbox's Phil Spencer Has Thoughts on Sony Holding Back Important Exclusives From Its Subscription Service

Phil Spencer says putting games on Game Pass doesn't devalue them.

Xbox Head Says It's Learned Some Lessons For Scarlett From Xbox One's Launch

"...We will not be out of position on power or price."

Obsidian CEO Says It Doesn't Plan On Expanding Too Much Under Microsoft

More resources doesn't mean Feargus Urquhart wants giant teams.

Life is Strange Developer's New Game Will Explore Memories and the Trans Experience Through Twins

Tell Me Why looks like it ain't nothing but a heartache.

Rare Announces Everwild, Its Mysterious New IP

We got a glimpse of what Rare's next project is.

Bart Simpson and Godzilla Were Almost in NBA Jam

Or at least, toy-like facsimiles.

John Carmack Is Shifting Roles at Oculus to Focus on Artificial Intelligence

The former CTO is now the "consulting CTO."

Several Big Google Stadia Features Won't Go Live Until 2020

Family sharing, Android compatibility, and more are missing the launch window.

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Director Has a Pretty Simple Explanation for Why Exp. Share is Always On

The new game's director explains why one feature is locked in the On position.

Xbox X019 Could be Where All of Microsoft's Shiny New Studios Start to Bear Fruit

It looks like the many, many studios of Xbox will have some news to share.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Patch is Trying to Address Your Thundering Footsteps

Also, Piccadilly should hopefully be less of a circus.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood Gets Free Endgame Hunt for Ancient Treasure Today

Some old treasure for the Youngbloods.

Nintendo Has No Plans to Reduce the Switch's Price Point

President Furukawa says they'd like to sell the Switch at its current price point for as long as possible.

Death Stranding on PC Won't Be an Epic Exclusive

And everyone breathed a short sigh of relief.

We Need a Mass Effect Remaster for More Important Reasons Than Nostalgia

Shepard's legacy should outlive their consoles.

Anyone Who Wanted Kingdom Hearts 3 Seems to Have Bought it at Launch

Final Fantasy 14 and mobile games carry Square Enix through a quiet year.

Switch Lite Sales Haven't Detracted From Original Nintendo Switch, Bowser Says

The Switch Lite has been "additive."

The Last of Us Part 2 Won't Be On PlayStation Now So Its Launch Can Be "Clean and Pure"

PlayStation Now will still lag behind Sony's first-party rollout.

Guerilla Games Co-Founder Takes Over PlayStation Worldwide Studios

Shuhei Yoshida will meanwhile be heading up a new indie-focused initiative.

Death Stranding's Stealth Gameplay Has Shades of Metal Gear Solid, But Not the Whole Picture

Sam's sneaking missions can still be fun, even if they don't quite measure up.

Bungie is Dropping Some Cryptic Teasers for Destiny 2

Turns out hitting level 999 was just the tip of the iceberg.

The Best Moments From Sakurai's Big Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tribute to King of Fighters

Terry's entrance into Smash Bros. came with a lot of fanfare.

Remember Deep Down? So Does Capcom, Apparently

Or at least, it's kept the trademark around.

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