A Half-Life 2 mod brought a Star Fox voice actor out of retirement

A Half-Life 2 mod has managed to bring back Star Fox voice actor Estelle Ellis, who played Krystal in Star Fox Adventures, and hasn’t done any acting since 2005.

Half-Life 2 is a pretty good game, sure, but the most common criticism about the Valve developed title is that there just aren’t enough hot blue foxes in the game, which is absolutely the truth. Thankfully, in 2017, a mod was released that replaces Alyx Vance with probably the most famous blue fox, Krystal, though only her model. Now though, modder Gagnetar is working on an update to the mod that has somehow managed to bring Estelle Ellis out of retirement, and provide a complete rework of Alyx’s lines.

Over on the official fan site dedicated to the popular fox, Krystal Archive, a post was shared detailing the mod. “For that extra bit of polish, Gagnetar even took the trouble to rewrite some of the lines to fit better with Krystal as a character in the game world, rather than simply doing a word-for-word recreation,” reads the post.

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Far Cry 3 creative director leaves Ubisoft after almost two decades at the company

Long standing senior developer at Ubisoft Patrick Plourde has left the company after almost 20 years.

Plourde announced earlier this week (April 13) that he would be leaving Ubisoft after working at the studio for almost two decades, and has set up an independent creative consultancy. In a tweet on his personal Twitter account, Plourde referenced the various games he’s worked on such as Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas, Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry 3, Watch Dogs 2, and Child of Light, saying “it’s been a privilege to collaborate with everyone at Ubi on these great games! Now, I’m happy to share that I’m starting my own independent creative consultancy, where I will keep working with Ubisoft and also spend time on some personal projects.

The now ex-Ubisoft developer also provided a statement to Axios (via VGC) saying that he will “have a position outside a traditional structure (with mandate cross department),” and that he “will be able to dabble with other fields outside gaming” without the need to ask for Ubisoft’s permission.

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The City of London Police have arrested three people over a Club Penguin fan server

Club Penguin Rewritten, a popular clone of Disney’s children’s MMO Club Penguin, has been taken down, with three arrested by London police.

Club Penguin was acquired by Disney in 2007, an MMO filled with penguins aimed at kids that was shut down in 2017, which unsurprisingly resulted in a number of unauthorised remakes on private servers. Club Penguin Rewritten was one of the more popular remakes, and it launched in 2017 once the game had shut down. Except, Disney’s now shut it down as well, because what is an IP if not something you can file a takedown over.

Not only this, but as reported by TechCrunch, Club Penguin Rewritten has been completely handed over to the City of London Police. The remake of the game had a popular Discord community, though the only remaining message is one that tags the entire server, with a message that reads “CPRewritten is shutting down effective immediately due to a full request by Disney. We have voluntarily given control over the website to the police for them to continue their copyright investigation.”

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The Witcher 3 next-gen upgrade definitely isn’t in “development hell” insists CD Projekt senior vice president

CD Projekt Red has announced that the next-gen version of The Witcher 3 has been postponed until “further notice,”but a recent investors call insists that the game isn’t in any kind of development hell.

Earlier this week, an investors call was made where CD Projekt’s senior vice president of business development Michał Nowakowski touched on the state of the next-gen version of The Witcher 3 (via PC Gamer).

“I’ve been looking at the headlines that popped up here and there over the internet, and I’ve seen one that really drew my attention, which is, ‘Witcher 3 next-gen delayed indefinitely,’ which sounds like the game is in some sort of development hell,” Nowakowski said. “I want to state this is not the fact. There’s been a lot of insinuations that we’re going to launch, like, June next year or something like that. That’s completely not the case.”

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