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Mass Effect Legendary Edition is a dream release for fans of the sci-fi series, even if it has some curious graphical changes that have baffled fans. It’s a remaster of the original Mass Effect trilogy with quality-of-life changes to bring fans the definitive experience, being released alongside a Legendary Cache of collectables. The remaster is also set to include nearly every single DLC from the three games — with one notable exception.

Mass Effect: Pinnacle Station was an expansion released for the original Mass Effect. It featured Commander Shepard traveling to the Pinnacle Station upon reaching the status of Spectre, where they participate in unique training experiences and survival missions. Outside of practicing combat with a squad, the DLC provided incentives for completing the survival missions.

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Completing all the survival missions would unlock the ability to replay the previous missions with an extended timer. Once the player beat those secret missions, they would be rewarded with a new apartment and have rare items constantly given to them. Those who still have either the Xbox 360 or PC version of Mass Effect can still download the expansion to this day. However, BioWare has confirmed that Pinnacle Station will not be included in Legendary Edition, meeting the same fate as Mass Effect 3‘s multiplayer.

As for why the DLC is being excluded, it’s first important to mention that Pinnacle Station was not developed internalled by BioWare. Pinnacle Station was made by a third-party, Demiurge Studios, with the permission of BioWare. Demiurge has been involved in such projects as BorderlandsBioShock and Medal of Honor: Airborne. The studio has since been acquired by Sega and has recently been involved with several mobile projects.

Reportedly, Demiurge Studios lost the original source code for Pinnacle Station. In an interview with Game InformerMass Effect Legendary Edition game director Mac Walters stated that they went through quite the ordeal trying and track down the Pinnacle Station‘s source code. Demiurge Studios was able to find a backup, but unfortunately, this was corrupted and no longer usable.

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While it would technically have been possible to recreate Pinnacle Station for Legendary Edition, Walters explained that it would have taken a lot of time and effort to recreate the DLC from scratch. This would have forced BioWare to delay the game past its May 14 release date. Plus, there are also plenty of other changes and updates fans would like to see Legendary Edition focus on instead.

Pinnacle Station wasn’t the best-received DLC pack for Mass Effect, with critics calling the pack uninspired in comparison to the more story-focused Bring Down the Sky. However, Pinnacle Station did have its fans, as plenty of players enjoyed the survival missions and extra in-universe VR combat scenarios. Pinnacle Station focused more on providing players with more ways to experience Mass Effect‘s combat.

There is a chance that fans will restore Pinnacle Station to Mass Effect Legendary Edition through mods. Pinnacle Station still exists on both the Xbox 360 and PC versions of Mass Effect; it’s even free for PC users on Origin, meaning that skilled modders in the Mass Effect community may be able to reverse engineer Pinnacle Station into the trilogy remaster. Despite Pinnacle Station‘s rocky critical reception at launch, many fans enjoyed the pack, and it would be a shame to see it lost to time.

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Google dangles paid upgrade to businesses using Gmail addresses

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Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday unveiled an option for small businesses to upgrade their Gmail accounts for greater calendaring, video chat and email newsletter functionalities.

Google Workspace Individual, which starts at $7.99 monthly including a temporary $2 discount, adds to the company’s expanding efforts to have users subscribe to some of its services such as YouTube and Google Photos in exchange for more support and features than are available for free. Subscription sales could help Google grow revenue beyond advertising.

The small-business offering compares with existing plans aimed at larger organizations that have their own websites to use in email addresses.

Javier Soltero, vice president for Google Workspace, told reporters that his unit had been informally saving photos of business cards or work vehicles mentioning an “@Gmail.com” address to “remind ourselves of the sheer number of people using our consumer products to run their businesses.”

Those that upgrade for appointment booking, newsletter production and other tools should be able to provide a more professional experience to clients, he said.

Workspace Individual will launch soon in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and Japan.

Google announced other changes to Workspace on Monday. Big businesses will be able to control encryption of their files on Google Drive for the first time and prevent Google from unlocking them. Airbus SE is an early customer.

All users now have access to Google Chat, the company’s successor to instant-message program Google Hangouts.

Now for the first time in years, free and paid users alike will have the same set of chat and email services, providing a common foundation that makes it simpler to develop new features, Soltero said.

 

(Reporting by Paresh Dave; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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Facebook says remote working move could slow jobs growth in Ireland

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Facebook still plans to “aggressively” grow staff numbers in its European headquarters in Ireland but a company-wide policy allowing permanent remote work from other countries could slow that growth over time, its Irish chief said on Friday.

Ireland’s economy is hugely reliant on multinational firms that employ around one in eight Irish workers and any move to facilitate remote working abroad would add to the challenge already posed by a planned global corporate tax overhaul.

Facebook, which is one of Ireland’s largest such employers with around 3,000 full-time staff and another 3,000 contractors, will allow some workers to permanently relocate after more than a year of many working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible employees in Facebook offices in Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom will be able to move to another one of those locations. U.S.-based staff can also move to Canada, it added.

Facebook Ireland’s Gareth Lambe said it was still working out how many Irish-based employees would be eligible to take advantage of the policy. Fewer than half of its staff are Irish nationals.

“We’re going to continue to grow aggressively,” he told national broadcaster RTE, citing a move in the next year or two to a new 57,000 square metre campus in Dublin that it intends to fill with 7,000 employees.

“This won’t have on balance a material impact on the growth of employment for Facebook in Ireland,” he said, referring to the remote working policy. “We have a target this year of adding about an additional 700 employees and we’re going to continue to do that and we’re going to continue to grow,”

“But this is a significant evolution and in the future over the coming years and decades, it is possible that the growth of jobs and numbers may not be as fast in Ireland as it would have been before it.”

Lambe said Facebook’s main Europe, Middle East and Africa decision makers will continue to be based in Dublin, meaning its corporate tax status will not change. However those permanently relocating abroad would no longer pay income tax in Ireland.

Responding to the move, Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said one of the consequences of the pandemic will be a lot more mobility of workers across national borders but that foreign direct investment will remain “an indispensable part” of Ireland’s economic model.

 

(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Frances Kerry)

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Apple hires former BMW executive for car project

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Apple Inc has hired Ulrich Kranz, a former senior executive at BMW AG’s electric car division, to help its vehicle initiatives, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Kranz will report to Apple veteran Doug Field, who led development of Tesla Inc’s mass-market Model 3 and now runs Apple’s car project, the report said.

Apple did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment.

The iPhone maker’s automotive efforts, known as Project Titan, have proceeded unevenly since 2014 when Apple first started designing its own vehicle from scratch.

In December, Apple said it was moving forward with its self-driving car technology and targeting to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology by 2024.

 

(Reporting by Mrinalika Roy in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli)

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