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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Glen Schofield on Going From Dead Space and Call of Duty to Being Given "Carte Blanche" in the PUBG Universe

The former Sledgehammer head's studio is building a PUBG experience with narrative at the forefront.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Is Already Out in Australia

So keep an eye out for spoilers.

Glen Schofield on Going From Dead Space and Call of Duty to Being Given "Carte Blanche" in the PUBG Universe

The former Sledgehammer head's studio is building a PUBG experience with narrative at the forefront.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Developers Explain Why It's a 100GB Download

Midgar takes up a lot of disc space.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Is Already Out in Australia

So keep an eye out for spoilers.

Minecraft Dungeons Officially Delayed After Studio Goes Remote Amid Pandemic

It's been pushed back, though not by much.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered Is Out on PS4, With Other Platforms to Follow

It's real, and it's available right now for some.

Gamescom 2020 Is Expanding Digital Presence While August Show Remains Uncertain

With the global situation uncertain, Gamescom prepares for a digital show.

Dead or Alive 6 Gets Its Final Update Next Month

One last pack of costumes for the road.

Artifact Won't Be Selling Cards When It Enters "Beta 2.0"

Some big changes are coming to the Dota card game.

Steam Changes Auto-Updates to Manage Increasing Bandwidth Usage During COVID-19 Pandemic

Only your most recently played games will pull down updates right away.

Fall Guys Changes Up Battle Royales By Making Elimination Fun

More Takeshi's Castle than Hunger Games.

Valorant Enters Closed Beta Next Week

Riot's anticipated tactical shooter will be playable soon.

Super Mario Galaxy Among Multiple Mario Games Reportedly Being Remastered for Switch

Many Mario classics could make their way to Nintendo's latest console.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Player Invents the Most Diabolical Prank Possible

It may be highly specific, but it is masterful.

Shantae and the Seven Sirens Is a Timed Apple Arcade Exclusive That's Fully Out Today

Shantae's latest is exclusive to Apple for a spell, with console release in May.

PlayStation Download Speeds Will Start Slowing Down in the U.S. Today

Sony is taking measures to help ensure internet stability.

Gears Tactics Eschews XCOM Comparisons By Embracing the Brutality of Gears

Tactics with the carnage and momentum of Gears.

Clubhouse Games Brings 51 Classic Tabletop Games to the Switch This June

Play on one Switch, several Switches, or the internet.

Catherine: Full Body Brings Lovesick Nightmares to Switch This July

Push, pull, and climb your way to victory.

USG Notebook: Nintendo Switch Is Selling Out As Players Hunker Down

Stores are seeing shortages of the Switch.

Plague Inc. Developer Is Making a Mode That Lets You Fight Viral Outbreaks

Become the cure, rather than the disease.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons "Swap Shops" Make Trinket Trading Fun

Take a bench, leave a bench.

Minecraft Makes Educational Content Free For Kids Stuck at Home

Explore space in its blocky glory.

PlayStation Slowing Download Speeds in Europe to Manage Increased Traffic

Might want to start that FF7 Remake download soon.

Konami Denies Recent Silent Hill Reboot Rumors

Might be a little too good to be true.

Valve Had Many More Ideas for Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Than Just "Epistle 3"

There were several attempts to make a third episode.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Co-Director Says Response to Red XIII's Guest Status Was Bigger Than Expected

The animal companion will still get some spotlight in the remake.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is Already Setting Sales Records

In the UK and Japan, New Horizons is outselling everything else.

Sony Believes the “Overwhelming Majority” of PS4 Games Will Be Playable on PS5

PlayStation is clarifying what games will carry forward.

Artifact's Reboot Is Large in Order to "Justify Its Existence," Gabe Newell Says

Edge reports it's internally being called Artifact 2.

GDC Announces Three-Day Summer Conference Following Original Conference's Postponement

The organization reassures that it's still monitoring health concerns around the coronavirus.

Rainbow Six Siege Will Let PS5 and Xbox Series X Players Play With Previous Gen Players

Siege is keeping the generations connected.

Echo Is Finally Joining the Overwatch Roster [Update]

The flying blue A.I. arrives.

Guilty Gear Strive Will Have Rollback Netcode And Revamp Its Interface

One of the community's biggest asks has been answered.

USG Notebook: Signs Point to Another Nintendo Direct As Early as Next Week

Reports are hopeful for more Nintendo news soon.

Square Enix Warns of Potential Final Fantasy 7 Remake Physical Shortages Due to Coronavirus

Those hoping for hard copies might have to wait.

PS5 Can Use Off-the-Shelf Drives For Expanded Storage, Once They're Cleared By Sony

They're not proprietary, but there's still some red tape.

Hearthstone Is Getting Its First New Class Since Launch: The Demon Hunter

Illidan's not just a card anymore.

Everything Shown in Today's Nintendo Indie Showcase

Including a few games that are out today.

Teamfight Tactics Goes Mobile This Week With PC Cross-Play

Autobattle on the move.

Development of Smash Bros. Ultimate's Next Fighter Affected by Coronavirus

COVID-19 is affecting all parts of life, including Smash Bros.

Yoshinori Ono Reflects on Street Fighter 5: “We Re-Learned the Importance of Listening to Our Players”

An interview on the lessons learned from Street Fighter's latest entry.

An Early Xbox Series X Port of Gears 5 Already Rivals High-End PC Performance

The next Xbox can hang with some high performance marks.

We Finally Know How Big the Xbox Series X Is

Digital Foundry gives us a look at the console's relative size.

Granblue Fantasy: Versus' RPG Mode is a Missed Opportunity

The single-player campaign can't square up with its excellent foundation.

Dreams is Experimenting With Letting Creators Turn a Profit on Their Creations

Monetizing your Dreams might be possible.

PlatinumGames is Working on a New Engine to Make "Bigger, More Expressive Games"

Their games will get even more spectacular.

Phoenix Suns Will Keep The NBA Season Alive Inside NBA 2K

The real-life basketball team will play some virtual hoops.

The NBA’s Suspension Due to COVID-19 is Having an Adverse Effect on NBA 2K20 [Update]

Users are having trouble simulating a league that isn't playing.

The Writer Who Helped Shape Overwatch's Lore is Leaving Blizzard

One of the shapers of Overwatch lore is leaving the building.

The Amnesia: Rebirth Interview: "Only Releasing a Game Every 5 Years Takes a Toll On You"

Frictional Games on revisiting Amnesia, lessons learned from Soma, and the studio's future.

Lego Super Mario Brings the Plumber to Life With Lego Bricks

It's like Super Mario Maker, but in real life.

USG Notebook: The Fallout From E3 2020's Cancellation

With the big show gone, publishers might take a note from Nintendo.

Xbox Is Planning a Digital Event Following E3 2020’s Cancellation

Microsoft's news will arrive digitally this year.

E3 2020 Is Officially Canceled [Update]

In the wake of COVID-19 concerns, the ESA is looking to take the event online.

Doom Eternal Won’t Run at True 4K on Stadia After All

The cloud streaming service will upscale to 4K.

Super Mega Baseball 3 Is Back to Demolish More Pitchers This April

Plus an "unlimited" demo is on the way.

In Wake of GDC's Postponement, Devs Band Together For Relief

Independent developers and publishers are finding the best way forward after GDC is put on hold.

Apex Legends Orchestrated Forge's Leak to Misdirect Dataminers

Respawn confirms it purposefully leaked fake details to throw them off.

TurboGrafx-16 Mini Launch Delayed Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

There's no word on how long the delay might be.

Command & Conquer Remastered Devs Uncover Over Four Hours of Previously Unseen Footage in a Hidden Cabinet

A lost archive from the Westwood era will see the light of day.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Producer Says It Would "Be a Waste" Not to Use Parasite Eve's Characters

He doesn't know about any plans for the series, though.

PlayStation Veteran Takes Over Sony Santa Monica As Former Head Goes to Stadia

Yumi Yang will helm the God of War studio going into its next project.

USG Notebook: This Week's Been All About Final Fantasy 7 Remake

The demo is out and the internet's ablaze.

A Mysterious New Star Wars Game Called "Project Maverick" Has Leaked on PSN

Hopefully not a companion to Project Goose.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Lets You Tap Alucard With a New Mobile Port

Though the controller's probably a better option.

Riot Games' Tactical Shooter Valorant Has Been Six Years in the Making

The new competitive shooter from Riot has been in the works for a while.

Valve Says Half-Life: Alyx Is a "Return" to Half-Life, Not the End of It

Valve's Robin Walker doesn't see this as the last of Half-Life.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Director: "Real-Time Battles Are the Trend for Games These Days"

Nomura says the Remake was steering toward real-time since the planning stages.

Bloodstained Won’t Be Getting a Roguelike Mode After All

Instead, you'll be able to Randomize your playthrough.

Floppy Knights is a Cheerful Tactics Game About Deckbuilding and Floppy Disks

This blend of cards and combat isn't all doom and gloom.

Death Stranding Comes to PC This June With Photo Mode and a Headcrab

Sam is getting some Half-Life goodies.

Soma Developer Releases Ominous Teaser For Its Next Game

Tasi might want to write down that they are, indeed, Tasi.

Trackmania Nations Getting Remade With "Regular Updates" Planned

Head back to the old stadium roads.

House of the Gundead Fits the Chaos of Enter the Gungeon in an Arcade Cabinet

The Enter the Gungeon spin-off makes a number of risky genre moves, but is better off for it.

Kerbal Space Program 2 Devs on Why Development Was Brought In-House

At PAX East 2020, we catch up with the developers at the newly formed studio behind Kerbal Space Program 2.

Diablo 4's Most Exciting Change Might Be Rebinding Left-Click

Blizzard's also working on co-op screen hogs.

USG Notebook: Some of Gaming’s Biggest Shows Have Been Upended by the Coronavirus

Two major conferences are seeing their major players stay home.

"Konami Code" Creator Kazuhisa Hashimoto Dies

The developer of the infamous series of inputs reportedly died yesterday.

Project G.G. Teaser Trailer Revealed, the Conclusion to PlatinumGames' Hero Trilogy

Here's a first look at PlatinumGames' fully-owned new project.

Samurai Jack is Back With a New Game, Penned By One of the Show's Writers

Gotta get back, back to the past.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint's Anticipated Immersive Mode Delayed to Spring

The "radical and immersive" experience has been pushed back.

EA Backs Out of GDC 2020 Over Coronavirus, Says It Will Limit Attendance to Other Events

The publisher is the latest to withdraw due to the global situation.

Overwatch's First Experimental Mode is Benching a Tank For More Offense

Blizzard is experimenting with a little more damage.

Two Decades Later, There Simply Can't Be Another Marvel Vs. Capcom 2

How smack talk and superheroes created a scene that can't seem to be replicated.

Sony Seems to Have Found a Way to Utilize Gamer Sweat

A new controller patent suggests a sensor that will detect your sweat.

Kojima Productions Withdraws From GDC 2020 Due to Coronavirus Concerns

The Death Stranding developer is the latest to back out due to the coronavirus.

EA Reportedly Cancels Planned Battlefront Spinoff, but More Star Wars Is on the Way

A sequel to Jedi: Fallen Order is reportedly in the works.

Devotion, the Taiwanese Horror Game Removed From Steam, Is Getting Preserved in a Harvard Library

Red Candle's Detention will also be part of the collection.

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