Sony has confirmed with Eurogamer that the studio responsible for DriveClub has suffered a number of layoffs this week. Sony did not disclose exactly how many employees have been let go.
Part of the Sony Worldwide Studios system, Evolution has been restructured by its parent company so that it can focus on treating DriveClub as an ongoing service and finish and release the free PlayStation Plus version of the game.
Resistance: Retribution will be losing multiplayer, according to a tweet from Sony's official PlayStation Twitter account. Last year Sony took multiplayer away from three other Resistance games: Resistance: Fall of Man, Resistance 2, and Resistance 3. It looks like Resistance: Retribution for PlayStation Portable will join them... on May 9.
Resistance: Retribution, which features - for the time being - several multiplayer modes for up to eight players, was released in 2009 and was developed by Sony Bend.
Pro gaming league ESL is getting into the matchmaking middleware business. The eSports organizer officially unveiled ESL Matchmaking, a white label development toolkit that will be featured in the upcoming anti-gravity racing game, Formula Fusion by R8 Games. UK-based indie developer R8 Games is set to release Formula Fusion on Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in early 2016. Formula Fusion is the first video game to leverage ESL Matchmaking for its eSports matchmaking multiplayer.
After a long delay, Gearbox Software has finally finished restoring multiplayer functionality to Borderlands on the PlayStation 3. Multiplayer went dark for the game on that particular platform when GameSpy - the multiplayer technology that powered the game - shut down and left many games and players in the lurch. Here's the announcement from Gearbox:
Elder Scrolls Online will be going free-to-play later this year and it will be coming to both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 too. Zenimax Online announced that its MMO based on the popular Elder Scrolls series of role-playing games will be released on June 9 for Xbox One and PS4. And with it coming to next-gen consoles the company also revealed that the game will be free-to-play, meaning no subscription fees. To play all you'll need to do is buy it for your favorite platform.
Frontier Developments is wrestling with an age old question about crime and punishment as it relates to its online-focused space simulation, Elite: Dangerous. As chronicled by Kotaku, the developers of the crowd-funded game are wrestling with the best way to punish players who commit acts of murder against their fellow space traveling peers.
The official DOTA 2 blog reveals that The International pro-gaming event will take place August 3 - August 8, a full six days. Valve also said that the Main Event taking place live in Seattle will feature 16 teams this year. Ticket availability for the event will be announced on the official DOTA 2 blog, and team invites are expected to occur after May 1, according to Valve.
Zombie Studios will close its doors, according to this PC Gamer report. The studio known for developing the Spec Ops series, military training games for the U.S. Army, and the popular online shooter (facilitated and run by Perfect World Entertainment) Blacklight: Retribution, said a fond farewell to customers on its official website.
League of Legends developer Riot Games is working on its own network to address combat ping disparity. In a post on the League of Legends forum, Riot's Charlie Hauser said that the way ISPs currently route internet traffic doesn't work very well for online video games. Its plan is to work closely with ISPs to have League of Legends players peer directly with its new network.
Sony Online Entertainment's online-focused zombie apocalypse game will enter Steam Early Access in January, according to the company. Speaking in a Reddit AMA, SOE president John Smedley made it clear that H1Z1 is an early access game that is playable but far from finished. He also pointed out that it won't be as functional as Day Z on release day.
Adult entertainment web site YouPorn has finalized a deal with Spain-based pro gaming team Play2Win to sponsor them for six months. Play2Win will play as Team YP at the Gamergy competition in Madrid on December 5 (www.gamergy.es). Play2Win specializes in professional competitive multiplayer DOTA 2 matches.
Crytek is shutting down its online action game Warface in February 2015, the company announced today. This is pretty shocking news considering that the game launched in April of this year.
The game will be shut down for good on February 1, 2015 and Crytek has already closed off access for new sign-ups as of today. Existing accounts can continue to play but they will no longer have the ability to buy "kredits," the game's in-game currency for buying various digital bits and baubles.
Julian Gollop, best known as the creator of the popular X-COM series of tactical strategy games, has launched his latest game on Steam Early Access. The game is called Chaos Reborn and officially launches on Steam Early Access for PC, Mac, and Linux on December 9 for $19.99. Chaos Reborn is sequel of sorts to the cult classic 1985 ZX Spectrum strategy title Chaos: The Battle of Wizards. This turn-based strategy role-playing game lets players control a wizard who casts spells to summon creatures for an army to use against AI controlled opponents and other players.
The Crew will not suffer launch problems - that's a promise from lead designer Serkan Hasan - made during an interview with the Metroopolist.
"For The Crew, we've reaped the benefits of a long term beta program, designed specifically to push our infrastructure as far as possible in real world situations, with thousands of players from all over the world playing the game at the same time," Hasan told the publication.
Evolve developer Turtle Rock Studios plans to give away all downloadable content for free and it says that its premium DLC content will not "directly exclude" players who have purchased the base game.
In an interview with IGN, Turtle Rock's Phil Robb, the creative director for Evolve, said that his company has done this so it does not fracture the community into two groups.
China-based Perfect World Entertainment reported a decline in profits for the third quarter, citing poorly performing North American properties. During the three-month period ended September 30, 2014, Perfect World earned ¥974 billion ($158.7 million) in revenue, up by around 5 percent compared to the same period a year ago. The five percent growth was attributed to the ongoing success of DOTA2 in China, which the company operates for Valve and the successful launch of mobile games CrossGate Mobile and Forsaken World.
Those wanting to ditch Games for Windows Live in favor of Steamworks for multiplayer, leaderboards, and achievements in the PC versions of Dark Souls will have to wait a bit longer.
Bandai Namco and From Software announced on Steam that testing Dark Souls: Prepare to Die saves and achievements to Steam is taking a bit longer than expected and has forced them to push the migration to Steam to sometime in December.
Ultima series creator Richard Garriott and his game development studio Portalarium announced that its crowd-funded, online-focused RPG for PC Shroud of the Avatar is now available via the Steam Early Access program.
Portalarium says that the Early Access program gives players the chance to try out the game as it continues to evolve. Shroud of the Avatar has already raised more than $5 million from public crowd funding efforts on Kickstarter and via the game's official web site.
Twenty-year-old Boston man Shane Coffey has been sentenced in the UK for attempting to kill his online girlfriend and her brother in their Hook Road, Epsom, Surrey home on April 18. Coffey met 19-year-old Farha Dowlut in the online MMORPG Runescape when she was 13-years-old. They became close friends and later began dating online. Over the years they spent time gaming and chatting online. Dowlut eventually broke off the relationship because she feared that her Muslim family would not approve (because Coffey was not a Muslim).
A hacker group calling themselves "DerpTrolling" has claimed responsibility for the recent DDoS attacks on Blizzard's World of Warcraft servers over the weekend and has released a partial list of passwords and logins for various game-related services, including PlayStation Network and 2K accounts, according to this GII report.
Square Enix issued an advisory warning to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn players that they may experience intermittent connection issues due to an ongoing DDoS attack on the game's servers. While the attacks, which have apparently been ongoing for several days, are causing login difficulties for players, Square Enix says both personal customer information and character data "are not in danger of being exposed."
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.
Bungie announced today that its popular online action game Destiny will go offline for at least four hours on Thursday, Nov. 13. Starting at 8 am PT (11 am ET) Online services will go offline for roughly four hours, assuming that everything goes as planned.
"This totally planned service outage will enable us to prepare for the arrival of a series of updates planned for the next few weeks," Bungie said on its official site. "During this time, you'll be unable to play Destiny. We're sorry about the interruption, but it's for the greater good."
After a rough start for PS4 owners who wanted to get into the Evolve alpha but couldn't last week because Turtle Rock delayed it (due to problems with a PS4 firmware update that caused technical problems on Playstation Network), it looks like things are back on track. The team-based online-focused action game is now available to PS4 users and the alpha has been expanded to some degree on Xbox One and PC.
The news comes from the official Twitter account for the company. It notes that on Nov. 4 at 12PM PT the alpha will be expanded to some degree:
A number of people who enjoy playing Smash Bros 3DS online have found themselves banned... for 136 years! No this isn't Nintendo being heavy-handed with players; apparently it's all due to an odd bug. According to what one programmer posits on this Reddit thread, the bans occurred due to a bug related to the game's ban verification process, he suggests. His theory is that it involves a simple code error in the programming used to determine a player's correct ban length.
You know you are starting to get a bad reputation when you have to assure customers that your "game will work" at launch. That is what Visceral Games is saying today about Battlefield Hardline, the company's militarized police versus dangerous criminals shooter. The spin-off game based ever-so-loosely on DICE's popular military shooter series is being developed by Dead Space creators Visceral Games, in case you didn't know.
Free-to-play online games company NEXON Co., Ltd. has launched a new division within the company called ‘Nexon XP’ and shuffled some of its top executives. The new division will be dedicated to working with external development talent to bring their free-to-play games into the Nexon free-to-play games portal.
Hacking Group Lizard Squad is taking responsibility for knocking Destiny and Call of Duty: Ghosts servers offline with DDoS attacks today. This is the same group that took credit for a DDoS attack that took down the PlayStation Network last month and took credit for calling in a bomb threat that caused Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley's plane to be diverted.