Ready at Dawn hires former Blizzard exec as its new CEO

June 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Blizzard Entertainment executive Paul Sams has joined game developer Ready at Dawn as its new chief executive officer. Sams, who served for a very long time as Blizzard's COO, will lead the studios' new office in Austin Texas. That office will focus on business development and publishing. Ready At Dawn co-founder and now former CEO Ru Weerasuriya has moved into the position of president and chief creative officer.

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Call for speakers, award nominees for Unite 2015 now open

June 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Submissions for the Unity Awards 2015 and a call for Unite 2015 speakers have gone live today. The award winners will be revealed at Unite 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts September 21-23 at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center.

The call for speakers is officially open as well for those who are knowledgeable about developing games using the game development engine - you have until June 12 to submit your talk proposal.

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Epic Games and Ronen Bekerman team up for '2015 Vineyard Challenge'

June 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Epic Games has teamed up with architectural site Ronen Bekerman for a competition to bring realistic architecture into gaming via assets for Unreal Engine 4. That competition is called the "2015 Vineyard Challenge," and challenges competitors to "interpret a modern winery setting" in Unreal Engine 4. Competitors' entries will be judged on lighting, design, and interactivity.

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'Rock Band 4' not planned for PC, because piracy

June 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It should come as no shock that Rock Band 4 isn't initially planned for a release on the PC platform - the series has never appeared on the platform before - but Harmonix takes some time to explain the particulars to Eurogamer in this report.

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'Gears of War' developer Black Tusk Studios changes name

June 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Vancouver-based Gears of War developer Black Tusk Studios (the people who took it over after Epic Games sold the franchise to Microsoft) has rebranded itself as The Coalition. Studio head Rod Fergusson explained the name change in a YouTube video today:

"The Coalition speaks to who we are as a team, and what it is we're working on," said studio head Rod Fergusson. "A coalition is a team of diverse individuals working together for a common purpose, a concept that we feel describes our studio quite well."

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Long-time Remedy executive joins Wargaming.net

June 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Remedy Entertainment's long-time executive chairman Matias Myllyrinne has left the company and has joined World of Tanks maker Wargaming.net.  The man who's been in charge of the Max Pane, Alan Wake and now Quantum Break developer for 15 years - is leaving Remedy Entertainment. He's going to Wargaming.

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IndieCade Showcase @ E3 line-up revealed

June 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

IndieCade (the international festival of independent games) announced the line-up of games that will be highlighted at its annual IndieCade Showcase @ E3 during E3 2015 in Los Angeles. More than 30 games across multiple platforms (virtual reality, tabletop games, performance and physical games, and traditional formats) will be highlighted in the South Hall at Booth #601. The booth is in collaboration with hosting partner the Entertainment Software Association (ESA - the organizers of E3).

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Help fund 'The Bard's Tale IV' on day one, get free stuff

June 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer inXile announced today that those who back its Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the latest title in the RPG series The Bard's Tale within the first 24 hours can score some free games. Earlier this month the company announced that it would launch the crowd-funding campaign for The Bard’s Tale IV on June 2. Those willing to take the plunge within the first 24 hours will be able to get a free copy of inXile’s Wasteland 2, CD Projekt’s The Witcher, or The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

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Konami: we are still developing games for consoles

May 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Game Informer report, Konami's future still includes console games, and notes that a recent comment from Konami Digital Entertainment president Hideki Hayakawa that was published by Japanese outlet Nikkei may have been taken slightly out of context.

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Rep. Katherine Clark gets House backing on forcing DOJ to investigate online threats

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) once again called on the Department of Justice to investigate cyber crimes (online threats, swatting, etc.) aimed at women, and to announce that the House of Representatives has formally supported her request to "intensify investigation and prosecution of severe online threats against women."

'Project Cars' on Wii U stalled, says developer

May 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based game developer Slightly Mad Studios seems to have given up on bringing its online-focused racing game Project Cars to the Wii U. In an official forum post, a company rep. said that the game was struggling on Nintendo's latest home console (running at 23fps) and may never be released on the platform.

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Ex-Irrational developers launch crowd-funding campaign for 'Perception'

May 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Veteran game developer Bill Gardner has launched a new studio called The Deep End Games, and has taken to Kickstarter in an attempt to fund the company's first game - a horror adventure game called "Perception."

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The peaks and valleys of 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt'

May 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

There's plenty of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt news this morning and some of it isn't all good. First, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the fastest selling game and biggest release to-date in the United Kingdom, according to the latest weekly numbers from retail tracking firm, Chart-Track.  The numbers go hand-in-hand with news last week that the game enjoyed 1.5 million pre-orders prior to its launch.

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Former Rovio head of games launches Futureplay Games

May 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Rovio head of games Jami Laes has revealed the "other opportunities" he decided to pursue after he left the Angry Birds maker in January. Laes has launched a new mobile gaming company called Futureplay Games, with plans to develop games that focus on the "view-to-play" model for monetization. "View-to-play" gives players access to gameplay after watching monetized video ads.

Laes thinks this approach to monetization will be easier for players to accept.

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Techland shelves 'Hellraid'

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Eurogamer reports that Dead Island and Dying Light developer Techland has officially abandoned development on Hellraid, a first-person fantasy-themed game tentatively scheduled for release in 2015 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In a statement released this morning on its web site Techland said that the game's development progress was not meeting internal expectations.

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'The Witcher 3' pre-orders reach 1.5 million

May 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED revealed that the action-RPG had around 1 million pre-orders on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Today it revealed that those number increased by 500,000 units, topping out at around 1.5 million pre-orders.

Those numbers were revealed by CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Kicinski in an interview with Money.pl.

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Konami rolling the dice on gambling

May 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The future of Konami - as you may have read here or elsewhere - is mobile, but it turns out that the company is keen on games that allow for real-world gambling too, according to Game Informer. Nevada lawmakers this week passed Senate Bill 9, which allows for new types of technologies - including video game technologies - to be incorporated into slot machines.

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BioWare Veteran joins Microsoft to work on HoloLens

May 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

BioWare veteran and Mass Effect trilogy project director Casey Hudson has joined Microsoft Studios as its new creative director, PC Gamer reports. Hudson will puts fair amount of his attention on Microsoft's answer to virtual reality on Xbox and Windows platforms - the augmented reality headset code named HoloLens.

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inXile plans 'Bard's Tale IV' Kickstarter campaign launch for June 2

May 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Getting out in front of it by a couple of weeks developer inXile announced this morning its tentative plans to launch a crowd-funding campaign for The Bard’s Tale IV on Monday June 2nd at 6 AM PST via Kickstarter.

The crowdfunding campaign lines up with the 30th anniversary of the classic, comedic computer role-playing game series originally created by Interplay and developer Brian Fargo (who just happens to be the founder of inXile, in case you didn't know).

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Square Enix moves E3 press conference

May 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week Nintendo "officially" confirmed that it would host an E3 Expo digital presentation on June 16 at 9 a.m. Pacific time. For some reason publisher Square Enix announced that exact same time and date, causing a bit of a scheduling conflict to journalists and fans who might want to see both events but would have to choose one over the other. Knowing that a lot of people might pick Nintendo over its press conference, Square Enix announced via Twitter and Facebook this afternoon that it would be shifting its press event to one hour later on the same date.

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'Pac-Man' creator to be honored with 'Legend Award' at Gamelab

May 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of Gamelab, the "games and interactive entertainment conference" taking place in Barcelona, Spain June 24th-26th announced today that they will honor Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani with a Legend Award. Iwatani, who is now teaching in Japan, will also discuss the state of video games training programs in that region during the event.

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Report: layoffs hit Zynga's NaturalMotion studio

May 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week Zynga announced that, despite decent profits, it would be laying off 18 percent of its workforce. It looks like the first studio to feel the results of that plan is developer NaturalMotion. According to sources close to the situation who spoke to Eurogamer today, 20 people have been laid off at NaturalMotion's QA department. According to those sources, that leaves around five employees in the department. Zynga bought the UK-based studio in 2014.

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GREE closes Vancouver studio

May 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Mobile games publisher GREE has shut down its Vancouver studio, according to a tweet from GREE Vancouver's studio head, Steve Lin highlighted in this Gamasutra report - as well as a blog post from GREE International COO Andrew Sheppard.

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EA lays off a 'small number' of employees at Visceral Games

May 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts has laid off a small and undisclosed number of staff from its wholly owned Visceral Games studio. EA confirmed the news with Game Informer today. The company noted that the layoffs were staffers who were developing content for Battlefield Hardline Premium and an announced Star Was project.

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'The Black Glove' officially canceled

May 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Despite getting a lot of positive press and a very public endorsement from BioShock creator Ken Levine (and plenty of other high profile developers) Day for Night's The Black Glove failed to raise the money needed to get successfully funded on Kickstarter last year. Now the developers behind the game say that they are officially canceling it to focus on making a living working on other games for other studios. The Black Glove only managed to raise $216,517 of its $550,000 goal when the campaign ended on November 7 of last year.

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CD Projekt RED chases down early leaked footage from 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt'

May 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Witcher 3: Wild hunt isn't set for release until May 19, but that hasn't stopped some retailers from handing the game over to customers early and breaking CD Projekt RED's hard release date.

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Space Ape releases 'Rival Kingdoms'

May 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

MCV reports that UK-based mobile game developer Space Ape has released its second title, a strategy game called Rival Kingdoms. The most interesting aspect of the game is that game scribe Rhianna Pratchett lent her pen to the work. You may know her better for her writing in such high profile game titles as Tomb Raider (2013), Mirror’s Edge, Thief, Heavenly Sword, Prince of Persia and the Overlord series.

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Zynga reveals improved Q1 2015 results, announces 18 percent reduction in staff

May 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In the midst of celebrating the fact that it beat first quarter 2015 estimates, social game maker Zynga announced that it would lay off 18 percent of its workforce.

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First batch of GX3:Everyone Games 'Bosses of Honor' revealed

May 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GaymerX and MidBoss revealed the first five of fourteen "Bosses of Honor" (special high profile guests from the games industry) selected for their 2015 video game convention, GX3:Everyone Games.  The first five Bosses Of Honor Include Mass Effect’s Jennifer Hale, Adventure Time’s Natasha Allegri, Portal’s Ellen McLain, Cogs’ co-creator Dr. Rob Jagnow, and Team Fortress 2’s John Patrick Lowrie.

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MomoCon Indie Game Awards finalists announced

May 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The twenty indie games chosen as finalists for the first annual MomoCon Indie Game Awards have been announced. The awards are part of MomoCon 2015, which takes place Thursday - Sunday, May 28 - 31, 2015 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The twenty finalist were chosen from a pool of 120 entries. From this pool of twenty, five winners will be chosen.

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MattsworknameNot sure if your being sarcastic, or if you joined up with EA's marketing department07/06/2015 - 4:01am
Andrew EisenI don't know, maybe a heaping, helping of DRM is the panacea for all that ails Konami.07/06/2015 - 1:24am
MattsworknameThe only thing thats gonna save them andrew , is walking back all the stupid they have been doing lately. At this point , ithink they did to much damage to there brand to survive07/06/2015 - 12:42am
PHX Corphad there been a sonic 4 episode 3, I would Buy it on Steam, Xbox 360 and PS3 right away07/05/2015 - 10:10pm
Andrew EisenWell, what if Konami released MGS 5 with a mandatory $60 plastic peripheral? Do you think that would help?07/05/2015 - 8:09pm
MattsworknameI dont think so, I think that between the lose of iga, kojima, and so forth, i think MGS 5 will be less succesfull then they think, and tha will spell there end.07/05/2015 - 7:08pm
Andrew EisenI'm sure the Metal Gear micro-transactions will keep 'em afloat!07/05/2015 - 6:58pm
MattsworknameKonami is dying, slowly, surely, inevitably. Capcom is in the same situation, and I think that if they don't get there respective acts together, there going to pull a thq and sell off all there IP.07/05/2015 - 6:51pm
Andrew EisenHowever, if you have a gaming PC and like PC gaming, the Wii U is arguably the best console you could get (unless you just don't care for Nintendo's games, of course).07/05/2015 - 6:07pm
Andrew EisenAnyway, if the Wii U is your only gaming platform, yeah, you're missing out on a ton of great stuff.07/05/2015 - 6:06pm
Andrew EisenMatthew is referring to my latest video, if anyone's wondering. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkuL1UVHYJA07/05/2015 - 6:00pm
Matthew Wilson@AE the wiiu may have the best exclusives among consoles, but lack of third party support kills it. now if we want to play the exclusives game, the pc wins, not just in numbers,but some of the best games I have played.07/05/2015 - 5:53pm
Andrew EisenPic of the pack with measurements: https://twitter.com/paulfeig/status/61768231705475481607/05/2015 - 5:38pm
Andrew EisenThis is really cool to see. Ghostbusters director helping out cosplayers with prop pics. Here's the thrower with measurements: https://twitter.com/paulfeig/status/61735089365938995307/05/2015 - 5:37pm
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lMLRIwiB_c a very interesting video. by Unseen64 Tamaki. the video covers how project hammer fell apart.07/05/2015 - 3:43pm
Andrew EisenImagine if Nintendo started charging for the Super Guide feature it has in some of it's games. That's what the MGS microtransactions sound like to me.07/05/2015 - 12:36pm
PHX Corphttp://www.gamesradar.com/konami-mgs-5s-microtransactions-and-future-franchise/ Konami explains MGS 5's microtransactions & what happens after Koj07/05/2015 - 12:21pm
Andrew EisenFinished Gone Home last night. Really enjoyed that game. Very different. Definitely not for everyone though.07/05/2015 - 11:00am
InfophileI know the ZE series was in the red in Japan, but international series boosted it to profitability. That may not mean it's more profitable in the west, but it does mean ZE3 wouldn't exist without the western market.07/04/2015 - 7:54am
Consterwhy aren't "Video game players" an option on the poll? :P07/04/2015 - 5:19am
 

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