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God of War Ragnarök’s designers want you to express yourself (with violence) – TheVerge.com

Mihir Sheth, the lead combat designer for God of War Ragnarök, explains how the newest installment of GOW will allow players to better customize their own fighting style. Ragnarök offers multiple weapon selections, shielding options, and five levels of difficulty to reach players of all skill levels.

Blizzard and NetEase end 14-year partnership: Everything you need to know – GamesIndustry.biz

Negotiations have broken down between Blizzard and their Chinese publisher, NetEase. Several of Blizzard’s titles will soon cease new sales in China. Blizzard has the option to start negotiations with a different partner, but game titles will “need to re-enter the approval process” with the new publisher.

Ubisoft and Riot Games are working together to combat toxic chats – TheVerge.com

In efforts to reduce “disruptive behaviors,” Ubisoft and Riot Games are testing out AI technology to help monitor in-game communication. Initially, the “Zero Harm in Comms” project will be studying if usable data can be collected while still protecting player privacy. In the second phase, the project will focus on the use of “natural language processing” for detection instead of the “dictionary-based technologies” currently available.

Company of Heros 3: Wehrmacht Sizzle Trailer – CompanyOfHeros.com

Relic Entertainment released a new trailer for Company of Heroes 3 which showcases the German armies of the Wehrmacht. Originally set to arrive in November of this year, the initial launch for COH 3 has been rescheduled for February 23.