HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys confirmed at the Television Critics Association's press tour today in Beverly Hills that Game of Thrones will wrap up after its eighth season.
While many suspected this was the case, this is the first official confirmation that Game of Thrones will complete at that point in time. The two final seasons will also be shortened in comparison to prior seasons: Season 7 has a planned seven episodes, and Season 8 will have six. Bloys said that the idea of a Game of Thrones spin-off has been discussed by the team, and that he's open to it, but "there's no concrete plans."
Game of Thrones return with Season 7, which has been delayed to Summer 2017 because of weather concerns for filming.
Over 43.5m PS4 have now been shipped to retailers worldwide, Sony has revealed.
That’s not the same as PS4’s sold, the most recent update for which was 40m+ at the end of May. The company still expects to sell 20m units of its console in its current financial year at the end of March 2017. Current FY sales stand at 3.5m units.
Whether PS4 Neo will arrive before March 2017 remains to be seen. It could still potentially arrive in time for Christmas, although extra time could possibly be taken in the wake of Microsoft’s Xbox Scorpio announcement.
The PS4 numbers come as Sony reports a 14.5 per cent increase in revenues from its Game and Network Services division in the last quarter. Operating income for the unit jumped 126 per cent, thanks to strong gains in software sales, particularly digitally. Reduced PS4 manufacturing costs were also cited.
Back in early 2015, Nvidia was hit with a false advertising lawsuit over claims that the listed specs for its GTX970 video card were not accurate. Simply put, the 4GB of GDDR5 RAM the card was supposed to come with was actually 3.5GB of GDDR5 and a separate 500MB block running at a significantly slower speed. This isn't an issue for games that don't break the 3.5GB limit, but as Wes explained when the problem first came to light, it's a real problem for those that do.
The discrepancy, which Nvidia blamed on a breakdown in communications between its engineering and PR teams, actually led to multiple lawsuits, all of which, according to Top Class Actions, have now been settled. Nvidia has agreed to pay $30 to individual buyers of GTX970 cards, and also to cover $1.3 million in lawyer's fees. The total settlement amount wasn't revealed in court filings, but there will not be a cap on the total amount it pays off. The individual payment amount “was calculated to represent a portion of the cost of the storage and performance capabilities the consumers thought they were obtaining in the purchase of the product,” according to the report.
Since then, the studio failed to make loan payments to the state of Rhode Island, the company collapsed into bankruptcy four months to the day after Amalur’s release, the in-development Amalur MMO is no more, and the residents of the state are footing the multi-million bill for star-struck ambition of long-departed economic development officials. Today, another chapter of the sad tale comes to a close.
No charges will be filed against Schilling or members of the state economic development board that authorized the $75 million loan. State attorney general Peter Kilmartin says the investigation is not being closed, however. Charges could some day be filed if more information comes to light.
In an eight-page document explaining the decision not to file charges, the Rhode Island State Police and attorney general state that “the quantity and quality” of the evidence would not be enough to secure a conviction. This decision does not intersect or impact with a civil case or Securities and Exchange Commission fraud charges filed against the state and some of those individuals responsible for pushing the deal through.
On Twitter, Schilling was quick to respond calling the investigation a “fake a** witch hunt.” In a subsequent tweet on an unrelated topic, Schilling also called former Governor Lincoln Chafee, who led the state during 38 Studios’ collapse, an “assh**". Chafee brought the loan default to the public's attention, essentially dooming 38 Studios.
Keiji Okayasu has returned. GameSpot has the story.
A key figure from the development of the original Shenmue will be contributing to Shenmue III, developer Ys Net announced today.
In an update posted on Kickstarter, Ys revealed that Keiji Okayasu has joined the development team working on Shenmue III. Okayasu was involved from the early stages of development on the original game, serving as its game and program director. He also worked on Shenmue II, though he estimates he left after about 70 percent was complete.
The Kickstarter update is accompanied by a short interview video with Okayasu, who is credited as a subdirector on Shenmue III. (That's also how he describes his role on the first two games.) He was working as president of a small Japanese development company, Studiofake, when Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki came to him and requested he work on the new game.
"I have just recently joined the team. I thought I would be another fan waiting excitedly for the release, but as it is, I get to once again be a part of the team," Okayasu said. "Of course I want to help finish the game, and do it so the fans will be satisfied. That means making it interesting for everyone who played I and II, and everyone who will be experiencing Shenmue for the first time.
Fans are as grouchy as Oscar about the news of cast changes on "Sesame Street."
On Thursday, news broke that actor Bob McGrath, who has played "Bob" since 1969, had announced that he "has been graciously let go" from the show, along with Roscoe Orman ("Gordon") and Emilio Delgado ("Luis").
It was announced last year that the series was moving to HBO. At the time, some fans raised alarms that children without access to the premium cable channel would miss out.
New episodes will air on the premium cable channel and then appear on the free airwaves later.
Disney Interactive has begun to send out emails detailing the timeline for shutting down online services, as well as the non-console versions, for Disney Infinity. This begins today, July 29 2016.
As of July 29, 2016
• No in-game purchases can be made within the PC, Steam version of Disney Infinity 2.0, iOS, Google Android, Amazon Android and Apple TV versions of the game as this feature has now been removed
• You can continue to make in-game purchases within the Steam version of Disney Infinity 3.0.
As of September 30, 2016
• You will no longer be able to log in to play the PC, iOS, Google Android and Amazon Android versions of Disney Infinity, these will no longer be available on the respective app stores
• The Steam versions of Disney Infinity 2.0 & 3.0 will remain operational with the exception of all online services and community features as these will be discontinued
• Apple TV versions of Disney Infinity will be removed from the AppStore
• The Disney Infinity Community team will no longer be reviewing or approving any new Toy Boxes that are submitted to Disney for all console, mobile and PC versions of the game. However if you are playing on any console, Apple TV or Windows 8/10 versions of the game, you can continue to download your favorite Toy Boxes from the Community Content section until March 3, 2017
As of January 3, 2017
• No in-game purchases can be made within the Windows 8/10 versions of the game as this feature will be removed
As of March 3, 2017
• Apple TV and Windows 8/10 versions will no longer be available, supported or playable
• All Disney Infinity online services and community features for all versions will be discontinued
Just a quick PSA, The free upgrade to Windows 10 ends Saturday morning at 5:59am EDT. Anyone wanting to upgrade in the future will have to shell out $120.00 for the Standard version, and the Pro version will set you back $200.00
I know, we're all happy with 7
PlayStation VR uses the PS4 Camera (not included) to track your movements, so it was always clear that it would need a little bit of room to work. It turns out the answer varies based on what you want to do, though a guide uploaded by PlayStation Asia has a handy little that shows what sort of space you might want to carve out of your living room.
New World Interactive has announced the release of its WWII shooter Day of Infamy on Steam Early Access.
Experience intense close-quarters battles in iconic WWII settings. Defend the line, storm the beach, torch the enemy, or use a radio to call in fire support. Day of Infamy is a teamwork-oriented shooter that will keep you on your toes and coming back for more with its diverse game modes and authentic arsenal.
"We are very excited about what we have to share with you all. It comes not only from hard work, but also from the passion we have for resurrecting the classic WWII action genre many of us grew up with," said New World Interactive CEO and Game Director Jeremy Blum. "Since the time Valve licensed the Source Engine for us to develop our spiritual continuation of Day of Defeat, we have found many ways to make the game not only nostalgic, but innovate the genre. We are very excited to see how the public responds to the game's fire support and radio communication features, and to see the reactions of players when they hear the screams after being set ablaze by a flamethrower."
One of the game's primary focuses is with team coordination. Officers can direct their team in the field with a wide variety of command options, and may call in fire support if a radio operator is nearby. Fire support options include artillery barrage and smoke screen. Local voice is used to talk to your teammates in the game, but be careful because the enemy can hear you if you're too close. Radio operators also serve as a communication beacon to those around them, as HQ and radio operator chatter can be heard through them.
With continued Steam Workshop support, players can create mods that contain all new factions, weapons, and more. You can expect to see custom mods, weapons, player skins, maps, and various other contributions from New World's talented community.
I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but Team Psycho Soldier isn't really filled with psychos or soldiers. On the contrary, it's comprised of a famous J-pop idol, goofy high school kid, and an old drunk kung fu master. Don't let that fool you though, because this team is legitimately dangerous.
First off, we have the psycho ball flinging Athena Asamiya. Athena is a cheerful and friendly high school girl who is adored worldwide for being a famous pop star. She has a strong sense of justice and always puts on a worthy show for her fans on stage and in the ring. Athena utilizes a variety of psionic abilities and will be a terror to any opponent in THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV tournament. Next up, we have Sie Kensou, a goofy Kung Fu kid with a penchant for dragons. He fights with a hybrid Kung Fu and psychic style, and has a lot of potential to become an unstoppable fighter. Oh, he's also in love with Athena and hopes to impress her one day with his fighting ability. That's as good as any reason to fight right? Lastly, we have the drunken master Chin Gentsai. Chin is a very ancient fighter who lulls his opponents to sleep with his drunken antics before exploiting their carelessness. He is both master and mentor to the two younger members of Team Psycho Soldier, and wants them to test their psychic abilities in the tournament.
GIANTS Software invites you back to the range - the premiere agriculture series returns in Farming Simulator 17! In Farming Simulator, you take on the role of a modern farmer with hundreds of acres of agricultural freedom. You have access to the world's latest equipment and vehicles, and choose from a plethora of different crops to yield and livestock to raise in a big open-world environment. Today's trailer, From Seeds to Harvest, is the first in a series of gameplay videos where we will be showing the new content and features of Farming Simulator 17! In this first gameplay video, you'll discover the basics of farming one of the new crops, sunflowers, using the latest brands, vehicles, and equipment in Farming Simulator 17!
Farming Simulator's unique and all-encompassing farming experience is loved by players around the world. While the game is an accurate simulator at heart with deep management options, it is also a very accessible sandbox, with two huge maps and countless vehicles & equipment to use and play with. All the big farming manufacturers are here, and Farming Simulator 17 boasts the franchise's largest roster yet with over 200 unique vehicles and equipment spanning 70 different brands! For the first time in Farming Simulator history, AGCO brands Challenger, Fendt, Valtra, and Massey Ferguson are available!
Potentially endless possibilities can also be opened up through user-created mods, which, for the first time in Farming Simulator history, are now available for both console and PC users. You can even let your friends visit and help you with your farm in online, mod-supported, multiplayer - up to 6 simultaneous farmers for consoles, and 16 for PC! Experience modern-day farming in the premier agricultural simulator Experience modern-day farming in the premier agricultural simulator - Farming Simulator 17!
Farming Simulator 17 will be available on October 25th on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Now, in an interview with Edge Magazine, Sweeney has become even more direct in his criticisms, claiming that future updates to Windows 10 could serve to erode the usefulness of third-party applications and storefronts like Steam.
"There are two programming interfaces for Windows and every app has to choose one of them," he said. "Every Steam app – every PC game for the past few decades – has used Win32. It’s been both responsible for the vibrant software market we have now, but also for malware. Any program can be a virus. Universal Windows Platform is seen as an antidote to that. It’s sandboxed – much more locked down."
"The risk here is that, if Microsoft convinces everybody to use UWP, then they phase out Win32 apps. If they can succeed in doing that then it’s a small leap to forcing all apps and games to be distributed through the Windows Store. Once we reach that point, the PC has become a closed platform. It won’t be that one day they flip a switch that will break your Steam library – what they’re trying to do is a series of sneaky manoeuvres. They make it more and more inconvenient to use the old apps, and, simultaneously, they try to become the only source for the new ones."
While that could technically be true, how could Microsoft ever hope to bring down something as gargantuan as Steam, either intentionally or inadvertently? Sweeney believes they have a plan for that.
"Slowly, over the next five years, they will force-patch Windows 10 to make Steam progressively worse and more broken. They’ll never completely break it, but will continue to break it until, in five years, people are so fed up that Steam is buggy that the Windows Store seems like an ideal alternative. That’s exactly what they did to their previous competitors in other areas. Now they’re doing it to Steam. It’s only just starting to become visible. Microsoft might not be competent enough to succeed with their plan, but they’re certainly trying."
Sweeney has previously said that the PC has remained at the vanguard of graphics innovation because it's an open platform. Microsoft's supposed attempts to turn Windows into a closed platform risks neutering new breakthroughs such as VR before they've had a chance to flourish.
HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
“The new take keeps the story in a period setting and offers a fresh view on the characters. Set six years after the original Rocketeer and after Secord has vanished while fighting the Nazis, an unlikely new hero emerges: a young African–American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jetpack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.”
The Jungle Book producer Brigham Taylor is set to produce the film with the unlikely pair of L.A. Clippers Power forward Blake Griffin and Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil.
Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.
Annie has tracked down the famed bounty hunter Clint to get revenge on the Kid gang.
With eight stages, each with three zones, there's plenty of bad robots to blast away. With a true arcade game feel, Wild Guns was the first sci-fi western to arrive on home consoles and, to this day, there really isn't any other game like it!
Wild Guns is a fast paced gallery style shooter mixing the Wild West with steampunk. Players can play as Clint, Annie, Dorris or Bullet, or all together in multiplayer action! Each can jump, dive and roll to get out of the way of the barrage of bullets enemies let fly – or shoot them down with their own gun!
Two new characters, each with their own weapons and tactics!
1-4 player mode, where each player can take on one of the four characters!
Classic and NEW Stages!
NEW Boss Enemies and Special Weapons!
We’d like to introduce you to the latest Hero. We call this Support Caster … The Fey. She’s an entity who channels nature’s power in Agora. Get your first look at The Fey below. You’ll be able to play The Fey as part of our update on Tuesday, August 2.
The TL;DR on The Fey is that she is a Support Caster (Energy Damage; Growth, Intellect) who uses nature’s power in Agora to specialize in crowd control and harasses you in lane. Her Untamed Growth ability throws out a explosive plant that does AOE damage over time. Her Bramble Patch creates a line of thorny brambles that can slow multiple Heroes. Harvest Nettles refunds mana on successful hit while her Ultimate, Fly Trap, summons a gargantuan plant that drags you in and applies serious damage.
As always, all Heroes in Paragon are free, so if you're in Early Access you'll be able to jump in as The Fey on Tuesday. If you're not in Early Access yet, you can pick up a Starter Pack to get into the action prior to Free Open Beta on August 16. PlayStation Plus members can even pick up a free Starter Pack through Monday, August 1.
Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Legendary’s The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. The first English-language production for Yimou is the largest film ever shot entirely in China. The Great Wall also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.
Be apart of the trend that's more popular and annoying that people who take vaping seriously, that could bring thousands of new fans into the franchise by making it free to play, sticking it on your phone and taking out more of the parts that make it an actual video game. Its Pokemon GO!
We’re happy to share the free PS4 games for PS Plus members this August! This month we look to satisfy your inner space pirate, and let you battle it out with friends in a frenzied tower builder.
First up is Tricky Towers, a new title from WeirdBeard Games. Tricky Towers is a physics-based puzzler that’s at its best when you’re competing against friends. With local and online multiplayer for two to four players, the game shines as you race to stack your tower while casting spells to disrupt your opponents. The gameplay is fast, fun, and addictive, as you’ll find yourself coming back for more. So gather your friends or join them online and enjoy the mayhem of Tricky Towers.
Next up is Rebel Galaxy. Suit up and take command in this space combat RPG from developer Double Damage. Take the helm of a massive destroyer as you make your reputation through trade, by being a work-for-hire mercenary or a swashbuckling pirate. In a procedurally generated universe, no two star systems are the same and there’s always something new to discover. So take the helm, prepare for battle, and have a blast with Rebel Galaxy.
Today Fatshark and Nordic Games announce their partnership to bring the highly anticipated console versions of the critically acclaimed Warhammer: End Times — Vermintide to PlayStation®4 (PS4™) and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft.
The worldwide release is set for October 4, 2016, for PlayStation®4 (PS4™) and Xbox One, whereas Fatshark will self-publish the digital versions for both consoles, and Nordic Games will publish the physical editions worldwide.
"More than half a million PC gamers have already taken Vermintide to their heart, and this fall it's time for console players to do the same. The consoles will get an extended version that includes all DLCs released for the PC version to date" says Martin Wahlund, CEO at Fatshark. "We are over the moon to be working with Nordic Games on this release as their experience and expertise are incomparable."
"The combination of Fatshark and Warhammer seems too good to be true. We do have quite a few fanboys in our team, who played Krater, Lead and Gold, and – of course – also played the hell out of Warhammer Vermintide on PC. To say we are stoked to work with Fatshark on Warhammer Vermintide for consoles and the physical edition for PC is the understatement of 2016 in my book," comments Reinhard Pollice, Business and Product Development Director at Nordic Games.
The console version will include the super challenging Last Stand game mode as well as its two maps, where the players fend off horde after horde of Skaven in intense and increasingly difficult battles. It will also include Sigmar's Blessing as well as the Drachenfels DLC, which contains three additional adventure maps set outside of Ubersreik.
Paris, July 27th 2016 – DONTNOD ELEVEN®, formerly known as HESAW, is an independent video game studio, recently renamed following a growing collaboration with DONTNOD Entertainment, the studio behind the acclaimed narrative driven adventure game LIFE IS STRANGE®, and currently developing the awaited action RPG VAMPYR™, with the purpose of sharing knowledge, expertise and resources in the years to come.
DONTNOD ELEVEN® is pleased to unveil the first details about their upcoming title BATTLECREW™ Space Pirates, a competitive multiplayer shooter, with a high-paced gameplay, both accessible and deep. The game takes place in an original and iconic Space Pirates universe, where players control charismatic heroes that cooperate or compete for the most precious treasures of the galaxy. BATTLECREW™ Space Pirates includes innovative in-game community features, events and challenges.
Oskar Guilbert, CEO of DONTNOD Entertainment, commented:
“We are very excited about the announcement of DONTNOD ELEVEN® and its game: BATTLECREW™ Space Pirates. The goal of our collaboration is to help those talented independent developers and benefit from their know-how. They’ve been working on this game for about a year and we’re happy to help them achieve their goal of releasing this fun, exciting and innovative gaming experience.”
DONTNOD ELEVEN®'s debut project, BATTLECREW™ Space Pirates, will be launching soon on Steam Early Access. The Early Access release will give gamers the opportunity to experience a major part of the game prior to release and provide invaluable feedback to the small team of DONTNOD ELEVEN®.
Lead Engineer Jon "Slothy" Shiring has updated Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall 2 Blog with the second entry in their Inside Development series. This week the topic is servers for the upcoming shooter, which launches on October 28th. You can read the full Blog post here.
In my previous blog post, I mentioned we have a whole new system for running our massive army of servers. I've seen the anxiety that some gamers have had since then. So, let me elaborate about how we're going to be running our servers this time.
Titanfall was hosted on a Microsoft service that ran on Azure. We considered it a big success, and proved that cloud-hosted servers are something we should keep doing. So Titanfall 2 will continue to run entirely on dedicated servers for AI, physics, and all of the player movement that you loved from Titanfall.
Since Titanfall 2 will have a bigger launch this time, I wanted to make sure that we have the highest possible scalability and reliability, and have low-latency, fast servers. So this time we're still running on Azure, but we’re also on the other clouds as well as "bare metal" servers running in datacenters. We want fast servers running everywhere, ready for you when you want to get into a match.
The heat is blazing but the snow is falling. André reticulates the splines, Theo plays the demo 100 times, Chris draws magic and Joe yells at video games in a bar. We're coming at you live, though you'll hear us on tape delay, The Kings are back on EvilAvatar with the twenty-seventh episode of the 4205 Cast podcast and this week The Kings discuss high expectations.
You never know what to expect when you pick up that new game. You don't know who's going to go far in the tourney. A few things this week had us wondering if we thought we knew what we were doing. Hell, the plans even changed mid-episode! Join us as we manage our expectations about I Am Setsuna, Street Fighter 5, and the Evolution 2016 Championships
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.
While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.
Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
For Split, Shyamalan and Blum reassemble their core team from The Visit, the No. 1-grossing horror film of 2015. Their fellow collaborators include producer Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider.
Variety has a pretty in-depth article online talking about the outright failure or poor ticket sales of many of this summers biggest AAA blockbuster films.
On paper, the film, a $140 million adaptation of a beloved children’s book with a script by “ET” writer Melissa Mathison, had all the makings of a hit. Instead, the movie collapsed at the multiplexes, eking out less than $20 million in its opening weekend.
It’s a stunning fall for one of cinema’s highest-flying talents — a director whose finger was affixed to the pulse of mainstream tastes for decades. Yet “The BFG” is only the latest high-profile casualty in a summer that’s seen a slew of big-budget domestic bombs. Indeed, red ink has spilled out from such misses as “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Warcraft,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” each of which had production budgets north of $130 million, along with steep global marketing and distribution costs. The failures could cost their studios tens of millions of dollars.
“The theater business has weaker prospects going forward than at any time in the last 30 years,” says media analyst Hal Vogel. “It’s encountering visible strain this summer. It’s a superhero, mega-blockbuster, tentpole strategy run amuck. There’s too much of it, and it’s not working.”
Stop pandering to actors and directors who are past their prime and make more westerns. Westerns don't cost $150 million to make and they almost always make money.
Sega has announced that Yakuza 0 will launch in the Americas and Europe on January 24th for the PlayStation 4.
Behind the decadent glitz and glamour of 1980s Japan lies an underworld of money, sin, and above all else... opportunity. Anything and everything is ripe for the taking, but always remember that more money inexorably leads to more problems. And for Yakuza 0's two protagonists, Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima, the problems are just starting. And their problems will become players' problems when SEGA® of America, Inc.'s gangster drama Yakuza 0 launches in the Americas and Europe beginning Jan. 24, 2017 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. The game will be released physically and digitally for $59.99, and pre-orders are now live at retail!
Click on the image for the screenshot, and the headline for the press release.
Microsoft has some catching up to do: Xbox and gaming revenue fell 9 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2016, the company revealed in its latest earnings statement.
Microsoft is attributing the decrease in revenue to declining console purchases and the cheaper price of the current Xbox One. This equated to a $152 million decrease during its fiscal fourth quarter. Microsoft could be aiming to liquidate current stock as the slimmer Xbox One S is about to hit stores. During E3, Microsoft also unveiled Project Scorpio, a new, more powerful and VR-capable console that’s set to launch sometime next year. This too could also be the reason why some are waiting to buy a new system.
The Xbox One has seen a troubled life. While outpacing its predecessor, the Xbox 360, in sales, the Xbox One has had some marketing gaffes. Most notably, the launch edition of the Xbox One was $100 more expensive than Sony’s PlayStation 4 and came bundled with Kinect. The motion tracking accessory failed to capture imaginations, and Microsoft quickly dropped it from the system.
For Nintendo Co., it’s becoming one Pokemon No after another.
After telling investors last week that they won’t be able to rely on Pokemon Go to bolster profits, the company said on Wednesday that a widely anticipated accessory for the hit app will be delayed until September.
Pokemon Go Plus, a 3,500 yen ($33) Bluetooth gadget that helps users detect nearby virtual pocket monsters, was supposed to be Nintendo’s one measurable benefit from the explosive popularity of the game. It was set to go on sale in Japan this week, until Nintendo, Pokemon Co. and developer Niantic Inc. pushed back the accessory’s debut.
Not only did that send Nintendo shares down as much as 13 percent in German trade, it will probably force analysts to adjust their estimates, which were already in disarray because of the lack of clarity over how Pokemon Go will impact the company’s bottom line. Still, Nintendo maintained its outlook for 35 billion yen in profit for the current fiscal year when it reported earnings shortly after announcing the delay.
The latest trailer features actor Takeshi Kitano, who was first revealed in a teaser last September. Other notable actors who make an appearance include Shun Oguri (Crows Zero, Great Teacher Onizuka) and Tatsuya Fujiwara (Battle Royale, Death Note).
Yakuza 6 was announced exclusively for the PlayStation 4 during Sony's press conference at 2015's Tokyo Game Show. In addition to Yakuza 6 Sega also announced Yakuza Kiwami for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, a remake of 2005's Yakuza. Kiwami has not yet been confirmed for a released outside of Japan.
Yakuza 5 came to North America three years after its release in Japan. We scored it an 8 in our review, earning praise for its engrossing storylines and rich settings but criticizing the less-than-sophisticated combat system.
Remote Access" is a series of videos that go in-depth on various aspects of the game. In this first episode, "Meet Marcus & DedSec" you'll hear from the actors behind Marcus, The Wrench, Sitara and Josh and also gain some insight from the lead scriptwriter behind the characters.
The most played mode in EA SPORTS NHL gets even better! Introducing HUT Synergy, an all-new “Team Building” system designed to challenge the way you build and play as your Ultimate Team. Pair player strengths together to create synergy in your roster and grant perks across your lineups.
The all-new HUT sets mechanic takes collecting to a new level that replicates the biggest real-world hockey moments. Collect sets to unlock rewards, including new thematic sets, to constantly build and improve your team. With Dynamic HUT Sets, if it happens hockey, it happens in NHL 17.
Adult Swim Games and Double Fine have announced the release of Headlander on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.
Launch into the ultimate head trip in Headlander, the new retro-futuristic action-adventure published by Adult Swim Games and developed by Double Fine. Out now for PlayStation 4 and Windows for $19.99, Headlander has already garnered acclaim from media around the world, including IGN, who proclaimed it “...an unexpectedly great take on Metroidvania-style action,” while GamesRadar hails it as “[Double Fine]'s best marriage of concept and quality of content since Psychonauts.”
Click on the headline for the music video and story trailer.
Eurogamer is spreading the rumor that the new Nintendo NX is a portable version of the Wii U controller with support for 32GB carts.
Nintendo NX is a portable console with detachable controllers
Nintendo's upcoming NX will be a portable, handheld console with detachable controllers, a number of sources have confirmed to Eurogamer.
On the move, NX will function as a high-powered handheld console with its own display. So far so normal - but here's the twist: we've heard the screen is bookended by two controller sections on either side, which can be attached or detached as required.
Then, when you get home, the system can connect to your TV for gaming on the big screen.
A base unit, or dock station, is used to connect the brain of the NX - within the controller - to display on your TV.
For more on the console's power, Digital Foundry has a deep-dive look at the chip Nintendo has chosen as the centrepiece of NX, according to numerous well-placed sources: Nvidia's powerful Tegra mobile processor.
NX will use game cartridges as its choice of physical media, multiple sources have also told us.
Considering NX's basis as a handheld first and foremost, the choice may not come as too much of a surprise - although we have heard the suggestion Nintendo recommends a 32GB cartridge, which is small when considering the size of many modern games.
Naturally, we expect digital game downloads will also be available. We were told Nintendo considered but then decided against making a system which supported digital downloads only.
Due to the radical change in hardware design and internal technology, we've been told by one source that there are no plans for backwards compatibility.
Another source said the system would run on a new operating system from Nintendo.
Finally, we've heard from one source that NX planning has recently moved up a gear within Nintendo ahead of the console's unveiling, which is currently slated for September.
Sony's Adam Boyes has found a new home with the developer of the pay-to-win Xbone fighting game Killer Instinct.
Adam Boyes Appointed Chief Executive Officer of Iron Galaxy Studio
Today, video game developer Iron Galaxy Studios announced that former Sony executive Adam Boyes has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer. Additionally, Iron Galaxy veteran Chelsea Blasko, Director of Product Development, has been named Chief Product Officer.
Over the last several years, Boyes has cultivated deep relationships with many of the most influential publishers and developers in the games industry. In his new role, Boyes will leverage his publisher relationships to explore new opportunities for Iron Galaxy and maximize the studio’s revenue potential. Iron Galaxy Founder, Dave Lang, will work closely with Boyes, overseeing the Company’s strategic vision and direction and business development. Blasko will manage production and operations across the organization, scaling the operation as Boyes delivers new opportunities and growth.
“I am extremely excited to have Adam and Chelsea join the leadership team at Iron Galaxy,” said Dave Lang. “Adam is a seasoned professional who can expand and evolve the publishing arm of our business, while Chelsea, who has been with us since inception, can manage and drive the teams forward as we execute against a grander vision. With Adam in place, Chelsea and I can focus on cultivating talent, managing our teams and delivering great product.”
Boyes joins Iron Galaxy Studios from Sony Interactive Entertainment America where he was VP of Third Party Relations & Developer Technology Group. He led his team to record revenue and profitability growth consistently in each of his five years in this position. Previously, Boyes held positions at Midway Games and Capcom. “I’ve always had a passion for game development and I’m extremely excited to be getting closer to it with my move to Iron Galaxy,” said Boyes. “I’m honored to be working with such a talented team and look forward to creating opportunities and crafting deals that deliver their products to a wider audience.”
Adam will relocate to Chicago and assume his new role on August 8, 2016.
Fans of Hydro Thunder Hurricane, Jet Moto and Splashdown are going to love this new futuristic water racing game by Vector Unit: Riptide GP Renegade for PS4, Steam, Xbox One, Windows 10 and mobile. I play several tracks from the game which features next gen water racing, police chases, online & split screen multiplayer as well as 1080P/60fps.
Delve into the happiness-obsessed world of Wellington Wells: We Happy Few is available now on Steam Early Access, GOG.com Games in Development, and Xbox Game Preview.
Set in an dystopian 1960s English city, We Happy Few is the tale of a group of slightly terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial. To find your way out of Wellington Wells and reconstruct the past, you’ll have to blend in with its citizens, who don’t take kindly to those who don’t abide by their not-so-normal rules.
Early purchasers of We Happy Few will be able to stroll through Wellington Wells, experiencing key mechanics like social conformity and suspicion, Joy intake, crafting, combat, and survival. Over the course of the Early Access, the city will expand and features will be improved, and the playable characters’ full storylines will be added on the final release of the game.
Activision Launches Marvel: Ultimate Alliance nad Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 on playStation 4 and Xbox One
Activision Publishing, in collaboration with Marvel Entertainment, is this week making the classic Super Hero action RPGs Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 available digitally on the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One for the first time, as well as once more on Windows PC via Steam. The pair of critically praised titles can be purchased separately or together in the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Bundle in Europe today via the PlayStation Store and Steam, and on 28th July through the Xbox Games Store.
Featuring a cast of over 22 playable characters, the first Marvel: Ultimate Alliance lets players create their own teams of heroes from the Marvel Universe, or recreate their favourite existing ones, like the Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four and more. Experience a story starring more than 140 legendary characters, including Captain America, Spider-Man, Thor, Loki, Wolverine, Doctor Doom, Ultron and many others. Customise and upgrade these mighty squads of champions to unleash upon the single-player campaign, or in cooperative and competitive online and local multiplayer for up to four players.
Set within the climactic events of Marvel Comics’ Civil War story arc, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 throws players into the struggle for or against the infamous Superhuman Registration Act. The missions, challenges, and threats players face are affected by which side of the conflict they choose. Like its predecessor, the game lets players assemble and level up their own Marvel Universe dream teams from over 24 playable characters, each with specialised abilities that can be combined for amazing results. Play alone in single-player, or battle together in online and local co-op with up to four friends.
Take-Two boss weighs in on evolution of the industry, Nintendo's feast-or-famine cycle, VR, and his company's new indie program
The medium of video games has come a long, long way in the last three decades and the business of games has evolved along with it. Investments from major publishers in AAA projects are skyrocketing and the risks have never been greater. At the same time, however, when a game strikes it big, the rewards are also bigger than ever.
"That's the nature of a mature entertainment business," Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive tells me at E3. "The really good people do really, really well and then have the assets to invest to do really well again. And those who don't do well... they stumble and then they don't have the resources to take the big risks again and then they're not even in the game - that's what happened with THQ, that's what happened with Midway. Will it happen with anyone in our current lineup? I don't know, we have a pretty well capitalized group of competitors who make pretty good products but it could happen."
On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download WARRIORS OROCHI 3 Ultimate ($59.99 ERP) for free during the month of August. WWE 2K16 ($39.99 ERP) will be available as a free download from August 16th to September 15th.
On Xbox 360, starting Friday, August 1st, Spelunky ($19.99 ERP) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through August 15th. Then on August 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Beyond Good & Evil HD ($14.99 ERP) for free through August 31st.
After a family moves into an old Victorian home, they discover a chest in the attic containing antiques tainted by a malevolent spirit. As the antiques slowly possess each family member, the spirit hellbent on kidnapping the children.
Nintendo’s shares plunged after the company said late Friday that the worldwide success of Pokémon Go will not significantly impact its financial results. Nothing Nintendo disclosed about the ownership of the game was new information, but markets were shocked anyway.
The stock sank 18 percent to 23,220 yen at the close in Tokyo, the maximum one-day move allowed by the exchange, noted Bloomberg. After the drop, Nintendo’s stock remained flat. In morning trading today, the Kyoto-based company’s shares were down $2.36, or 8.14 percent, at $26.64.
On Friday, Nintendo put out a statement pointing out that it owns only 32 percent of the voting power of The Pokémon Company, an affiliated company that holds the ownership rights to Pokémon. Nintendo also owns 13 percent of Niantic, the San Francisco-based mobile developer spun out of Google last year who developed and distributed the game.
“Because of this accounting scheme, the income reflected on the company’s consolidated business results is limited,” Nintendo wrote in a notice.
I got a couple of presents today and I'm going to count them as my first Birthday presents! It's a sweet signed copy of Tex Thompson's novel One Night in Sixes. She is one of the best and brightest new authors out there and you can support her in the old fashioned way -- by buying her book! (Not whatever you were thinking, Perverts.)
After a rousing reveal at E3 2016, Quake Champions has ignited interest amongst Quake aficionados and newcomers alike. But what exactly is Quake Champions? We chat with id Software’s Studio Director Tim Willits to get the lowdown straight from the source. Willits tells us how Quake Champions not only captures the spirit of the original games but also brings the storied shooter into the modern era with the addition of Champions. Along with new insights into each of the four revealed Champions – Ranger, Visor, Nyx and Scalebearer – Willits also shares his personal favorite of the bunch.
Call of Duty storms San Diego Comic Con 2016 with new intel! Greg Miller hosts a discussion on the immersive narrative of Infinite Warfare with developers from Infinity Ward and the talented cast, including never-before seen footage from the campaign, an interview with actor Kit Harington as he digs into his role as Admiral Salen Kotch, the first look at the Terminal Bonus Map, and much more.
“Metal Gear is important to a lot of people here and as has been stated publicly, will be supported in the future in a console market,” he said, admitting that Konami had lost the trust of its fans. “It can be hard as fans. One day I hope we may earn you back and surprise you. Hope that helps and does not sting,” he added, also teasing something for the upcoming 30th anniversary for Metal Gear next year.
But what about the existence of the pachinko? A lot of Metal Gear fans have been taking it hard, considering it to be an affront to the franchise, as well as conclusive proof that Metal Gear as a AAA gaming franchise may be at an end. However, Ben very candidly answered those questions too, noting that the pachinko is a local product for just the Japanese market that fans are reading too much into, and pointing out, yet again, that its existence does not and will not impact the development of any Metal Gear game Konami may be working on- in other words, it is not one or the other, and it can definitely be both.