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Activision Blizzard split with Bungee, D.I.C.E. Awards nominations and this week's Gamegrrl news

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Jan 13, 2019, 5:31 AM EST (Updated)

Who says January is a slow news month? There have been huge stories so far, from some classic Nintendo games to the nominations for the D.I.C.E. Awards to the split between Bungie and Activision Blizzard, which will affect Destiny 2 and future iterations of the game. Without further ado, here is the Gamegrrl news for the week ending January 12, 2019.

Despite what you just watched in the Dead or Alive 6 release date trailer above, the game will come out on March 1 instead of February 15. The move comes because KOEI TECHMO America and Team NINJA want to make it better. “The title’s development is already near complete; however, we would like to take more time to further polish its balance, gameplay, and expressivity. In return for your patience, we commit to bringing you the best Dead or Alive gaming experience,” said Yohei Shimbori, the game’s producer and director. “I am truly sorry for the inconvenience caused by the release delay of Dead or Alive 6.”

When March 1 hits, we’ll get to battle on PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

This week we got a story trailer from Deep Silver and 4A Games for Metro Exodus. Narrated from the perspective of Anna, the Spartan Order’s top sniper and Artyom’s wife, the story trailer explores the hostile world of Metro Exodus that lies in wait for the crew of the Aurora as they flee the ruins of Moscow and embark on an epic year-long journey into the unknown. Artyom always believed that there was life beyond the Metro — now his hopes and dreams will be put to the ultimate test in the crucible of the Russian wastelands.

Metro Exodus is an epic, story-driven first-person shooter from 4A Games that blends deadly combat and stealth with exploration and survival horror in one of the most immersive game worlds ever created. Flee the shattered ruins of dead Moscow and embark on an epic, continent-spanning journey across post-apocalyptic Russia in the greatest Metro adventure yet.

Explore the Russian wilderness in vast, non-linear levels and follow a thrilling story-line inspired by the novels of Dmitry Glukhovsky that spans an entire year through spring, summer, and autumn to the depths of nuclear winter. You can also check out the making of video for the game here.

Next week on January 16, Zelda II - The Adventure of Link and Blaster Master will be available to play on Nintendo Switch Online. 

In Zelda II - The Adventure of Link, Link returns to Hyrule to search for the Triforce and to awaken Zelda from an endless sleep. Embark on a quest to find the Triforce of Courage and save Hyrule from ruin. Learn magic spells, talk to people in towns to get clues, collect items to increase your power and explore six palaces where the underlings of the evil Ganon await you.

Blaster Master — It’s panic or perish as you blast through an endless maze of tunnels, seeking secret passages for an escape. Destroy the Plutonium Boss and his mutant cronies before these warlords destroy the earth. Load up your arsenal, and get ready for the final encounter!

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The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has announced the nominees for the 22nd Annual D.I.C.E. Awards. The show is happening in Las Vegas on Wednesday, February 18. 

God of War leads the nominees with 12 total nominations, followed by AAA blockbuster hits Marvel’s Spider-Man with 11, Red Dead Redemption 2 with eight and indie title Return of the Obra Dinn with six nods. Tying with four nominations include ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission, Detroit: Become Human, Florence, and Into the Breach while Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Moss each receive three. Finalists for the top honor, Game of the Year, are God of War, Into the Breach, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Return of the Obra Dinn. You can check out the full list of nominees here.

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The big news of the week is, of course, that Bungie is splitting with Activision and will continue publishing the Destiny franchise by itself. The two companies have been working together since 2010. You can read the statement from Bungie here. According to the post, the transition is already underway. 

As an update to one of the stories we brought you last week: the Overwatch player Ellie, who had been accused of not being a woman, has been outed as an imposter. According to a statement from Blizzard to Kotaku, Ellie was never part of Second Wind’s active roster. This was indeed a smurf account from a veteran player. Whatever reason they had for doing this, it will only make things harder for women/female-identifying people in the gaming world. Gee, thanks. You can read the statement here

So, what are your thoughts on the news this week? Let us know in the comments. 

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