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This week in games: Ubisoft Club replaces Uplay bits as Best Buy peddles Fallout socks

Hayden Dingman | Oct. 26, 2015
Socks may or may not be radiation-proof

fallout 4

Fallout launch day used to be such a pleasant affair, a holiday to celebrate family and love and all that’s good in the world. And now? Such rampant commercialism. Worse than Christmas, even.

This week: Best Buy wants to sell you socks, Resident Evil gets its voice back, Ubisoft waves its hand and turns Uplay into Ubisoft Club, Battle.net adds voice chat, and more—it’s gaming news for the week of October 19-23.

Jill sandwich

Somebody modded the original (awful) voice acting from Resident Evil back into Resident Evil HD. The mod comes courtesy of Resident Evil Modding Forum user Bunny, who painstakingly edited over 500 audio files to create this unholy mix of 1996 and 2015. It’s uh...it’s really something.

Uplay in Club clothing

“Everyone hates Uplay, right? So why don’t we get rid of Uplay?” says one executive.

“I’ve got a better idea. Instead of getting rid of Uplay, why don’t we just rename Uplay? To something ultra-generic like ‘Ubisoft Club’?”

“Pop the champagne, we’ve got a winner.”

Cold war

Ubisoft’s up in arms this week though, thanks to some aggressive moves by Vivendi, who you might remember as the supervillain that owned Activision Blizzard up until 2013. Having divested itself of most of its Activision stock, Vivendi this month has acquired 10 percent of Ubisoft and hinted at wanting more more more.

Standing on the ramparts, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot gave a rousing speech (read: leaked email obtained via GamesIndustry.biz) to employees calling Vivendi’s investment “unsolicited and unwelcome.”

And the sun rises and the sun sets, and hastening to its place it rises there again.

This is not Scribblenauts

5th Cell, the developer you probably know best for Scribblenauts, launched a crowdfunding campaign through Fig this week and...well, it’s definitely not Scribblenauts this time. The game’s called Anchors in the Drift, and it’s a free-to-play action-RPG “set in a universe where an inter-dimensional empire known as The Domain has invaded Earth—collapsing time and causing islands from different civilizations to be spread across a quantum ocean known as The Drift.” Trailer/pitch video below:

War has changed

Sega pegged Total War : War hammer with a release date, this week: April 28. I would, of course, caution against preordering because of the whole “Rome II was busted” debacle, but...do what you will.

Gibs

The DOOM alpha runs this weekend, so hopefully you got selected to participate and aren’t stuck working or “enjoying the outdoors” or in church or something. If you are, or if you simply weren’t chosen (better luck next time), you can get a glimpse of the hot alpha action here:

 

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