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Sony shutting down Vita RPG Destiny of Spirits

Just over a year, in-game currency 'expiring'
Mar 27
// Steven Hansen
Sony's gotta-catch-'em-all Vita card game Destiny of Spirits will be shut down June 30. Apparently the "over one million downloads" were not enough to sustain the free-to-play Vita title and so Sony will be "ending service." ...
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Metal Gear

Konami working on a new, likely Kojima-free Metal Gear

'Even if the Metal Gear franchise continues, to me, this is the last Metal Gear'
Mar 20
// Steven Hansen
Konami's website has the first indications of Metal Gear Solid continuing without series creator Hideo Kojima. This note from Konami confirms Kojima will "remain involved throughout" Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain's Septe...
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What the hell?
"After we finish [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain], Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami," a source within Kojima Productions told GameSpot today amidst speculation that some real crazy shit is happening at ...

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DeNA spent 5 years trying to partner with Nintendo

Mar 17
// Steven Hansen
The Courtship of Regal Nintendo by the Pilgrim DeNA is a Kindle book I am definitely currently writing after learning that this morning's Nintendeal with DeNA was apparently five years in the making according to DeNA West CEO...
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Maxis closure

EA closes SimCity maker Maxis Emeryville

First SimCity (2013), now this
Mar 04
// Jordan Devore
Another studio with a storied legacy has fallen under Electronic Arts. The Emeryville offices of Maxis, the force behind simulation games like The Sims, SimCity, and Spore, shut down today. EA says it's "consolidating Maxis I...
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Capcom: No co-op for you!

Capcom pulls switcheroo with Resident Evil: Revelations 2

Offline co-op for the PC version is a no-go
Feb 26
// Rob Morrow
No stranger to controversy, Capcom is again making the headlines of popular gaming websites after delisting an offline cooperative mode that was advertised for the PC version of the episodic Resident Evil: Revelations 2 ...
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Moneyhat stuff

PlayStation led consoles to $263M in digital sales in January

Dying Light making money
Feb 26
// Steven Hansen
SuperData has expounded on its general reporting of digital sales in the United States videogame industry -- collectively $1.1 billion worth in the month of January -- with specific details on the console-side of the digital market. Here's the breakdown of the $263 million made in worldwide digital console sales in January.
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Tomb Raider

Crystal Dynamics: Tomb Raider partnership with Microsoft began in 2008

2013 Tomb Raider moved 7.5 million copies
Feb 24
// Brett Makedonski
At gamescom 2014, Rise of the Tomb Raider caused waves when it was revealed to be an Xbox exclusive. Well, sort of an exclusive. More like a timed exclusive. But, regardless of the confusion surrounding the announce...
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Derp Derp Derp

Windows Store selling fake versions of Darkest Dungeon

Apparently anyone can pass for a legitimate publisher on this marketplace
Feb 23
// Rob Morrow
There's a new app version of Red Hook Studios' groundbreaking roguelike Darkest Dungeon. Currently it's up for grabs on Microsoft's highly reputable Windows Store at the reasonable price point of only...
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Delta Six controller

Backers of crowdfunded Delta Six controller hit by friendly fire

It's all fun and games till someone shoots their eye out
Feb 21
// Jason Faulkner
The Delta Six controller is the latest entry in my inadvertent series on crowdfunding drama. Hot on the heels of news that The Stomping Land was abandoned by its development team, details have emerged of project mismana...
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Molyneux Interview

Tim Schafer comments on the Molyneux interview

Feels his colleague was treated unfairly by the press
Feb 19
// Rob Morrow
In a YouTube video posted by Double Fine Productions, founder and CEO Tim Schafer provided an update on the current state of the point-and-click adventure Broken Age's second and final act. Schafer also t...
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Ubisoft had a good quarter despite mediocre showing from Assassin's Creeds

No year-over-year change
Feb 12
// Brett Makedonski
Ubisoft didn't have a disappointing holiday season, as it posted financial reports today indicating that the publisher exceeded its quarterly sales expectations by approximately €80 million. More surprising, it did ...
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Sony Online Entertainment

SOE sold by Sony, sees a new dawn as Daybreak Game Company

Sounds like plans for Xbox are in the works
Feb 02
// Brett Makedonski
Sony Online Entertainment -- developer of popular MMOs such as PlanetSide 2, Everquest, and H1Z1 -- is no longer a part of Sony's stable of studios. After 20 years, SOE has been offloaded. Sony recently sold its subsidia...
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Dying Light DMCAs mods

Techland using DMCA claims to take down Dying Light mods (Update)

Sorry, no nude zombies
Feb 01
// Jason Faulkner
[Update: Techland says it did not intend to create "obstacles" for modders. "With the recent patch (1.2.1) on Steam we blocked cheating to make sure the game's PvP system (Be The Zombie) would not be abused. This, however, ha...
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Sega of America downsizing, relocating, and narrowing product lines

Cancellations are still up in the air
Jan 30
// Brett Makedonski
Sega of America, like all companies, has its eyes set on becoming as efficient as possible. Today, the publisher revealed plans to take drastic steps toward that goal by streamlining through downsizing and relocation. In a no...
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Nintendo financials: 9.2M Wii U, 1.9M New 3DS sold

Jan 28
// Steven Hansen
Nintendo released its Q3 financials, shedding light on the performance of its properties as of December 31, 2014--so throughout the holiday season.  The New Nintendo 3DS is doing well. 1.3 million of the XL version have ...
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EA financials

EA had a 'record-breaking' quarter behind Dragon Age

But no sales figures
Jan 27
// Brett Makedonski
It was a given that Dragon Age: Inquisition was going to be a big hit for both Electronic Arts and BioWare. That's a no-brainer for the conclusion to a triple-A trilogy. But, even the publisher seems to be taken a bit ab...
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Dying Light

'I love this game. It's sooo awesome!'

A dying light...
Jan 27
// Steven Hansen
Techland did its best to hold off on handing out Dying Light review codes until the day before release. That's never good. But Techland doesn't need to cherry pick reviews for box quotes when it can pay for them. No, this is the future. And the future is sooo awesome!
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Joystiq is reportedly shutting down

Good luck to all the fine people over there
Jan 27
// Brett Makedonski
I stayed in bed longer than I should have this morning. It was an unlikely occurrence because I woke up rejuvenated and feeling great, ready to take on the world. As I lay in bed and opened Twitter on my phone, I was hit by a...

Zoe Quinn founds anti-harassment network Crash Override

Jan 27 // Mike Cosimano
As for the reasoning behind Crash Override, the group credits GamerGate as being the primary motivator, although combating the movement doesn't seem to be Crash Override's modus operandi. "It was originally Gamergate that brought so many of us together," the representative said. "but in terms of scope, our group was formed to assist victims of any kind of coordinated online mob harassment." So even if your particular case has nothing to do with gaming's largest controversy, the network will provide assistance. "Many of the people we hear from are targets of much older campaigns, some still active," the representative said. In the event that a GamerGate supporter is the victim of mob-based harassment, Crash Override will offer the same level of care, according to the group's representative. "We aim to assist victims of online mob harassment regardless of their ideology or prior affiliations, even Gamergaters, providing that they are approaching in good faith." Since the network launched just over a week ago, the response has been "substantial," according to the Crash Override representative. "We're branching out into areas of online harassment we hadn't planned for, and growing our network of experts accordingly to make sure we do it correctly." If you have recently found yourself a victim of organized mob harassment, you can email the Crash Override network via [email protected] Hack the planet.
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Hack the planet!
In response to the wave of harassment in the videogame industry, Depression Quest developer Zoë Quinn and freelance game producer Alex Lifschitz have formed Crash Override: a network of anti-harassment crusaders wit...

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Master Chief beta

Halo: The Master Chief Collection's next update requires public beta testing

So it's come to this
Jan 21
// Jordan Devore
343 Industries has had enough issues with Halo: The Master Chief Collection that, two months after release, it's come to this: public beta testing for an impending large-scale content update. Testers will be chosen from a poo...
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Blizzard Founders Pack

Forty dollars will get you instant access to the Heroes of the Storm beta

The new Founder's Pack has all the skins
Jan 21
// Rob Morrow
Having any luck getting into the closed beta for Blizzard Entertainment's new MOBA Heroes of the Storm? If the answer's no, and you've got a little spare cash burning a hole in your pocket, then...
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Evolve DLC drama

Turtle Rock defends Evolve's DLC, pre-purchase options

Videogames sure have gotten complicated
Jan 16
// Rob Morrow
Turtle Rock studios co-founder Phil Robb took to the company's forums to address concerns about upcoming four-versus-one asymmetrical multiplayer title Evolve's numerous pre-purchase options and plans for downloadable co...
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Hotline Miami 2

Hotline Miami dev suggests piracy as an alternative to Australia 'ban'

While not encouraging the practice, Söderström makes an exception
Jan 16
// Rob Morrow
Devolver Digital and Dennaton Games' forthcoming title Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number made headlines yesterday after the Australian Classification Board made the decision to refuse the game classification, effectivel...
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Xbox One back at $349

Hah, wow: Microsoft drops Xbox One back to $349

Jan 15
// Jordan Devore
Microsoft sold the Xbox One for $349.99 during the holiday season, which worked out well for sales. The system became "the best-selling console in the U.S. in November and December," according to the company. But that wasn't ...
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Humble Bundle

Humble abandons 'one-click' Steam Key redemption

Looking into new ways to protect developers going forward
Jan 14
// Rob Morrow
Just over a year ago, Humble Bundle implemented OAuth "one-click" Steam Key redemption in an effort to simplify the process of adding games purchased through the service to your Steam account while protecting participating de...
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Battletoads chatter

Microsoft's Ken Lobb discusses Rare IP, mentions Battletoads specifically

While a new game may not currently be in the works, it's not out of the question
Jan 11
// Rob Morrow
Back in November we ran a story on the head of Microsoft's Xbox division Phil Spencer's visit to Rare's offices where he tweeted about having a look at its latest project. This visit, coupled with the filing for the...
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Come sale away

PS4 sales at 18.5M worldwide, PS+ subscribers near 11M

Come sale away
Jan 05
// Steven Hansen
PlayStation Plus was such a clever way to migrate people towards the idea of paying for online mulitplayer. It's still a good service, but also sly as hell. I let my membership lapse last year, but I'm (probably) in the minor...
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High Voltage Software

Conduit developer High Voltage opening new studio

Chicago company announces New Orleans satellite
Dec 21
// Kyle MacGregor
High Voltage Software, the studio behind The Conduit, is opening a new office in New Orleans. The company has been looking to expand for some time, and considered new locations in both Georgia and Florida before setting on Ne...
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Investors inject influx of $6M to Majesco Entertainment

But it wasn't enough to save Midnight City
Dec 19
// Brett Makedonski
Majesco Entertainment's fallen on hard times. It had gotten so bad that sources familiar with the publisher's financial situation said the company had become unresponsive and that its leadership had gone reclusive. And, that ...

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