During The Game Awards 2016, BioWare debuted a new Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay trailer. The trailer features combat, dialogue and more.
The Andromeda trailer was just one of several big reveals made during the annual industry awards event.
Country living RPG Stardew Valley has been given an Xbox One release date. The game’s developer Eric Barone (ConcernedApe) confirmed the release date alongside a new trailer, showcasing examples of Stardew Valley gameplay.
The announcement follows a confirmation this summer that Stardew Valley would be coming to consoles, including the PS4 and the Wii U.
LGBTQ adventure game Queer Quest: All in a Gay’s Work has been successfully greenlit on Steam. Steam users voted in favour of releasing the game on the platform, greenlighting it in 37 days.
An indie “point-and-clit” (point and click) game from Queermo Games, Queer Quest is being developed for PC and Mac.
League of Legends introduces a new female character called ‘Camille, the Steel Shadow.’ Developer Riot Games explains that Camille is ideally played in a solo lane and that she is “great at split-pushing,” though she isn’t ideal for initiating teamfights.
Camille is the sixth and final new champion to be added to the game this year. Her introduction follows the addition of other new characters such as Taliyah, the Stoneweaver and Aurelion Sol, the Star Forger.
An Australian college has announced its plans to offer up to $500,000 worth of scholarships to film and game creators. Half of the scholarships will be reserved for women and underrepresented groups.
The scholarships look to foster the best creative talent as well as to help to improve the game and film industries’ lack of diversity.
A new game bundle hopes to raise awareness about transgender health issues. The Action for Trans Health game bundle also aims to raise money for Action for Trans Health, an organisation that works to improve trans people’s access to health care.
The bundle launched as part of Trans Awareness Month (November), an annual event that seeks to educate and encourage action on trans rights and issues.
Riot Games co-head of eSports Whalen Rozelle says that eSports is a “fantastic place” for equality and opportunity. Rozelle also explains why the developer has no plans to make womens-only competitions for its hugely popular MOBA, League of Legends.
Rozelle’s comments on diversity in eSports follow several other company’s initiatives on that front. EA will do its ‘best’ to support female eSports players, while Intel and ESL’s AnyKey also aims to promote diversity in professional gaming.
EA CEO Andrew Wilson discusses diversity in games, saying that “representation is really important.” The executive also details how EA is working to make its own workforce more diverse.
Wilson’s comments come not long after fellow EA executive Peter Moore said that diversity is at the ‘core’ of what the company believes.
Ubisoft’s new cyber sandbox game Watch Dogs 2 pokes fun at Silicon Valley’s race problem. The game, which features an African-American protagonist, makes multiple references to the tech industry’s lack of racial diversity.
Previously, the actor who plays lead character Marcus Holloway said that Watch Dogs 2 “represents African-Americans in the tech industry,” noting that characters in entertainment rarely reflect their experiences.