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Maxis closure

EA closes SimCity maker Maxis Emeryville


First SimCity (2013), now this
Mar 04
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... read
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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
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 ... read
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Moneyhat stuff

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


Dying Light making money
Feb 26
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. read
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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
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... read
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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
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... read
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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
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... read
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Molyneux Interview

Tim Schafer comments on the Molyneux interview


Feels his colleague was treated unfairly by the press
Feb 19
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... read
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Ubisoft

Ubisoft had a good quarter despite mediocre showing from Assassin's Creeds


No year-over-year change
Feb 12
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 ... read
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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
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... read
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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
[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... read
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Sega

Sega of America downsizing, relocating, and narrowing product lines


Cancellations are still up in the air
Jan 30
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... read
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CREAM

Nintendo financials: 9.2M Wii U, 1.9M New 3DS sold


CREAM
Jan 28
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 ... read
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EA financials

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


But no sales figures
Jan 27
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... read
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Dying Light

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


A dying light...
Jan 27
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! read
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Joystiq

Joystiq is reportedly shutting down


Good luck to all the fine people over there
Jan 27
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... read
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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... read feature

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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
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... read
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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
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... read
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Evolve DLC drama

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


Videogames sure have gotten complicated
Jan 16
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... read
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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
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... read
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Xbox One back at $349

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


'Communication'
Jan 15
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 ... read
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Humble Bundle

Humble abandons 'one-click' Steam Key redemption


Looking into new ways to protect developers going forward
Jan 14
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... read
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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
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... read
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Come sale away

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


Come sale away
Jan 05
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... read
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High Voltage Software

Conduit developer High Voltage opening new studio


Chicago company announces New Orleans satellite
Dec 21
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... read
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Majesco

Investors inject influx of $6M to Majesco Entertainment


But it wasn't enough to save Midnight City
Dec 19
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 ... read
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Extreeeeeeeme

Well I'll be sucked, Tak Fujii has left Konami


Extreeeeeeeemely lame
Dec 17
Metal Gear Solid, Pro Evolution, and literally nothing else developer Konami has lost its brightest star aside from the one that goes around wearing a Drive jacket and hanging out with Kiefer Sutherland.  Tak "... read
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Tomb Raider

Microsoft is the publisher of Rise of the Tomb Raider


Square Enix confirms
Dec 09
Ever since Microsoft's gamescom exclusivity reveal, there's been plenty of speculation about the state of Rise of the Tomb Raider. Although it was soon found out to be a timed-exclusive, there are still many uncertainties sur... read
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Electronic Arts

EA's looking to build from within instead of acquiring new studios


You gotta believe in yourself
Dec 03
In one way, Electronic Arts has always sort of been the New York Yankees of videogames -- it simply buys what it wants. Many of the studios in EA's stable -- such as PopCap and BioWare -- weren't home-grown, but rather bought... read
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The Crew

Ubisoft informs everyone of The Crew's review process and it's not great


Just be patient
Nov 25
Only a few weeks removed from the kerfuffle surrounding both the Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed Rogue reviews and embargoes, Ubisoft is opening up about exactly how The Crew's review process will go. Th... read
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PS Vita refunds

Sony settles over deceptive PlayStation Vita ads


Early adopters can get some money back
Nov 25
Following Federal Trade Commission charges over false advertising in late 2011 and early 2012, Sony has agreed to give consumers who purchased a PlayStation Vita before June 1, 2012 "either a $25 cash or credit refund, or a $... read
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Early Access Update

Steam updates rules and guidelines for Early Access


While far from perfect, I'm glad the program exists
Nov 24
Giant Bomb's Patrick Klepek reported last Thursday that a new set of rules and guidelines for Steam Early Access has been issued to developers in an effort to further define what it means to be involved with the pro... read






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