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Doublejump Digest: July 25, 2022

This week in gaming: John Romero’s working on a new FPS, Ubisoft cancels more games, Resident Evil fans can finally play as Lady Dimitrescu, and more!

Another week of gaming is in the books, and we’ve hand-picked another few pieces of news to help keep you up to date with what’s going on in the industry! Keep an eye out for the Digest every Sunday night, and be sure to check the archive for news from weeks gone by!

John Romero is creating a new first-person shooter:

Romero Games, the studio helmed by Doom creator John Romero, took to its official Twitter account on Tuesday to announce that it’s working on “an all-new FPS with an original, new IP.”

The announcement came in the form of a job advertisement wherein the studio revealed that it’s “working with a major publisher,” and it’s looking for “talented people for all positions and at all experience levels, particularly those with Unreal Engine 5 experience.” The positions currently listed on Romero Games’ careers portal are within the art, design and programming departments, but the studio notes that it’s “always looking for experienced and talented Programmers, Artists, Designers, Writers, etc.”

There’s absolutely no further information about the game, or who’s publishing it, as of this writing, although the studio’s FAQ section does note that “it’s way too early to share any other information on it.” Watch this space!

Sam Kerr is one of FIFA 23’s global cover stars:

In a huge achievement for herself, Australian football and women’s football as a whole, Matildas captain and Chelsea striker Sam Kerr has become the first woman to be named as one of FIFA 23’s global cover stars, alongside French superstar Kylian Mbappé.

Check out our coverage for more information on the cover, as well as the first bits of information we received about FIFA 23 earlier this week.

Ubisoft cancels four upcoming games, delays two:

As part of an earnings call this past Friday (AEST), Ubisoft revealed to investors that it is delaying both Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora and a “smaller unannounced title” — which a source familiar with the company’s plans told Jason Schreier is an Assassin’s Creed title codenamed Rift — and cancelled a further four.

Among the four titles that have now been cancelled are a Splinter Cell VR title (although the Splinter Cell remake announced this past December is still in the works), and the free-to-play battle royale title Ghost Recon: Frontline. The other two games had yet to be announced. Ubisoft did not provide any reasoning for these cancellations, but it attributed the delays — which saw both Frontiers of Pandora and Assassin’s Creed Rift pushed into Ubisoft’s 2023-2024 fiscal year — to “the current ongoing constraints on productions across the



Lady Dimitrescu is playable in new Resident Evil Village DLC:


Resident Evil fans the world over will finally get to see the Village from the standpoint of a 9’6” vampiric mutant with terrifyingly long and lethal talons when Lady Alcina Dimitrescu becomes playable in the Resident Evil Village’s Mercenaries mode on October 28.

Fans will already be familiar with Lady Dimitrescu’s aforementioned physical advantages, she also brings a unique mechanic known as the Thrill Gauge, which fills up when you attack enemies or use the “Lady’s Lipstick” item. As the Thrill Gauge gets higher, Alcina’s movement speed and nail damage will increase and she’ll unlock some new moves; maxing the gauge out will not only max out her damage, but it’ll allow you to summon one of the Daughters Dimitrescu — Bela, Cassandra and Daniela — to fight alongside their “mother” for an unspecified period of time.

While “Lady D” is the headline act here, the Additional Orders will also add long-standing Resident Evil hero Chris Redfield and the hammer-wielding, Magneto-esque Lord Karl Heisenberg to the Mercenaries mode’s playable roster, each with their own unique powers and abilities. You can read more about them, and about Lady Dimitrescu as well, over on the PlayStation Blog.

Quick Bites

Bungie sues toxic Destiny 2 player: “Toxic” probably isn’t the right word for Luca Leone, who has not only been streaming the game while using cheat software but has also made serious threats against community manager Dylan “DMG04” Gafner and Bungie HQ as a whole.

PlayStation acquires eSports platform Repeat.gg: Repeat’s Digital Marketing and Growth Manager, Jeff Shull, says that the acquisition will give the company “the opportunity to scale and create esports events for millions of players”, and to “deliver some truly unique experiences at a scale we would not be able to without SIE’s support.”

Motion Twin releases Dead Cells 2022 roadmap: It includes three seasonal updates and a promise that 2023 will be “the most exciting year in Dead Cells’ history.” Five years of support for an indie game is incredible!

Detroit: Become Human is getting a manga spin-off: True to its name, Detroit: Become Human: Tokyo Stories is an original story set in Tokyo in 2038 that follows an android “idol” named Reina.

Rockstar announces more GTA Online improvements: Launching on July 26 as part of The Criminal Enterprises, the list of improvements includes business activities in Invite Only sessions, new vehicle customisation options, payout increases and more “general improvements”… “with more to come.”

LeBron James is coming to Multiversus… Well, sorta. It’s just “LeBron”, and he’ll be voiced by John “Barrett Wallace” Bentley, but still. Player First Games has also announced that Rick & Morty’s title characters will be coming to the game a little later.

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