The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is on the hunt for a few good studios to develop games based on its most popular series, according to this Develop report. BBC Worldwide's Game team will be visiting London Mobile Games event later this month, seeking any development and partnership opportunities that will benefit their biggest IPs like Doctor Who and Sherlock.
Nintendo is teaming up with free-to-play and mobile powerhouse GungHo Online to create a specially branded version of the ultra popular mobile title Puzzle & Dragons. The game, Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition for Nintendo 3DS will retain the formula of GungHo's popular game but will also feature several iconic Mario characters including Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and Bowser. The game is scheduled for release in Japan on April 29. Nintendo did not say whether the game will be released outside of Japan or not.
RuneScape maker Jagex announced today that it is shutting down Transformers Universe, the company's MMO based on the popular Transformers franchise from Hasbro. The UK-based MMO developer proposed downsizing its team last month, noting that the free-to-play MMO game was reaching a "new stage of development in its life cycle."
But it turns out that the company decided that the game wasn't performing well enough to continue supporting it.
Nordic Games has acquired the intellectual property rights to European adventure game publisher dtp Adventure. Nordic Games now owns Moment of Silence, The Mystery of the Druids and Curse of the Ghost Ship. It has also secured the commercial use rights to Overclocked and 15 Days.
All of those games are adventure titles, a genre that is underserved by the publisher. Reinhard Pollice, Nordic's business development director, said that the deal has created a "considerable increase" in the company's adventure game catalog.
Is the third time the charm for Unity? We'll find out. Ubisoft announced via its live blog that it will release a third update for the Windows and console versions of Assassin's Creed Unity shortly. Ubisoft claims that this latest update contains over 300 fixes including framerate improvements - a pretty big issue for many players. Ubisoft says that players should expect more fixes for framerates in the future.
From Software and Bandai Namco will bring a refined version of their popular hardcore action-RPG Dark Souls II to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in April 2015, the companies announced this morning. The new game will be called Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, and will offer the original game, all three of the DLC packs that have been released (the Lost Crown Trilogy), and more.
A fan-made project to recreate the Troika Games-developed Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines (originally published by Activision) using Unity has been shut down by CCP Games.
CCP Games owns the popular vampire-themed RPG world now, and according to the group behind Project Vaulderie, it has sent them a Cease and Desists letter. The non-commercial remake has been put on hold, but the developers are continue to explore ways to make the project a reality at some point.
Bungie has released a free demo (or trial depending on what platform you download it on) for its first-person online focused shooter Destiny across all platforms the game is available on. The demo gives players a small taste of the Destiny character creation and progression systems, story mission content, and cooperative and social activities.
On Xbox One and PS4, the Destiny trial requires 20 GB of disk space, while the Destiny demo on Xbox 360 and PS3 requires 6 GB of free disk space.
Ubisoft is telling customers that "large crowds" in its game Assassin’s Creed Unity are not responsible for diminished frame rates. In a new blog update, the developers of the game said that - based on feedback - it has concluded that technical issues are not tied to large crowd sizes.
Angry Birds franchise owners Rovio announced that its latest game in the series, Angry Birds Go!, has been downloaded over 107 million times since it launched. The celebrate the latest milestone for this Angry Birds racing title, Rovio announced that it has launched a new mode - team multiplayer:
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has launched its own special Minecraft servers where animals are treated with the utmost love and respect.
Bloodborne Producer Masaaki Yamagiwa (Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studio) announced via the PlayStation Blog this morning that From Software's next hardcore action RPG won't be released until March 25, 2015.
In new story on the next-gen versions of WWE 2K15 (for Xbox One and PS4), Game Informer delivers some bad news on specific features that had to be cut from the game(s). According to that GI report, options to create arenas, Divas, championships, and narratives through the story designer will not make it into WWE 2K15.
After announcing its new team-based first-person shooter Overwatch, Blizzard has opened up registration for the beta it announced at BlizzCon today. You can sign up for that here. The beta will take place sometime in 2015.
Overwatch is reportedly based on its cancelled game codenamed "Titan" and is being helmed by World of Warcraft game director Jeff Kaplan. It is the first original IP announced by Blizzard in 17 years.
Lords of the Fallen, an RPG for PC, PS4, and Xbox One often compared to From Software's popular hardcore series Dark Souls, has sold 200,000 copies and shipped 700,000 - according to developers CI Games and Deck13 Interactive. The executive producer of the game, Tomasz Gop, confirmed those numbers with Eurogamer.
The LucasArts classic catalog is now available on GOG.com, and all of the games are DRM-free. The DRM-free digital distribution platform announced today that has secured the rights to carry LucasArts re-releases from LucasArts owner Disney including Star Wars: X-Wing and Tie Fighter. Both of those games will be released as "special editions" with better graphics and other extras. All of LucasArts' games on GOG.com have been reworked to be DRM-free and work on modern Windows operating systems too.
After a lengthy wait, PS Vita owners will finally be able to play Mojang's popular world crafting game Minecraft next week. Sony announced via the PlayStation Blog that the PS Vita Edition of Minecraft will be coming to the Playstation store next week.
Minecraft PS Vita Edition will be available via the PlayStation Store on Oct. 14 for only $19.99, while the retail version will be released on Nov. 11.
Nintendo made a few Super Smash Bros.-related announcements this morning including the fact that the Nintendo 3DS version of the game has sold more than 2.8 million units worldwide - mostly attributed to sales of the game in North America, Europe, and Australia. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS launched on Sept. 13 in Japan, Oct. 3 in the North America and Europe, and Oct. 4 in Australia.
The Pokémon Company International announced several new deals with European licensees. Ten new deals have been confirmed with players as diverse as Arguydal (a food and drink company), footwear maker Aventure Diffusion, candy maker Bon Bon Buddies: Confections, school supplies companies Cartorama and Vadobag, apparel company Fashion UK, poster maker GB eye, video games accessories companies HORI and RDS Industries, and board game maker Winning movies.
No petition required for this game! Some good news for PC gamers wanting to play the latest Metal Gear Solid game from Konami: it's coming to Steam on December 18th. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will come to the PC with 4K support, and will feature an "increase in the number of simultaneous light sources, the number of models that can be displayed on-screen, and increased shadow resolution," according to Konami.
Mojang will deliver a keynote address at the Brand Licensing Europe 2014 on Wednesday October 8th, event organizer Advanstar announced today. The presentation, "Minecraft: the rise of a world-class game and brand," will be presented by Mojang COO Vu Bu. The keynote is part of the Licensing Academy program of talks and seminars which are held during BLE 2014. They are free to attend and the full program can be found at www.brandlicensing.eu as well.
GungHo Online Entertainment's popular mobile game continues to hit major milestones. According to an announcement from the company today, Puzzle & Dragons was downloaded five million times in North America last week (September 16). Puzzle & Dragons is currently available on Kindle Fire, Android devices, and iOS.