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Published by Donald on July 23, 2014 Battlefield: Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition Delayed

Battlefield HardlineBattlefield: Hardline has been delayed and will be released in 2015, while Dragon Age: Inquisition has been pushed back from October 9 to November 21.

DICE Vice President an General Manager Karl Magnus Troedsson explained the reasons for Battlefield: Hardline‘s delay in a blog post, citing feedback from the recent beta: “This feedback…spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and ways we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better. The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing. However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn’t have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months.” Continue reading »

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Published by Donald on July 18, 2014 Microsoft Lays Of 18,000 Employees, Shuts Xbox Entertainment

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced in a company email that Microsoft will be letting go of 18,000 employees. 12,500 of these losses will come from the company’s recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services division, however other areas will be affected. Xbox head Phil Spencer has confirmed that the Xbox Entertainment Studios division will be closing in the coming months.

Xbox Entertainment Studios was originally set to produce original content for Xbox Live, including documentaries, reboots and original productions. A small number of employees will remain to continue production on the Halo: Nightfall digital series as well as the Halo TV series, as well as Signal To Noise, the documentary which recently found the fabled stockpile of buried E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial cartridges. Continue reading »

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Published by Donald on June 10, 2014 Woooo!! Part Twoooo!! Sony’s E3 2014 Press Conference

Sony E3 Tim SchaferTwo years ago, Sony’s press conference was full of Woooo Boys, the kind of people that whooped and hollered at the drop of a microphone, hat or otherwise. It was also a different environment compared to today. Back then, Microsoft had the mild advantage and the PS4 was merely the dreams of fanboys and Sony execs. Back then, the Woooo Boys were a nuisance.

The Woooo Boys were back for this year’s conference, and sure they were still insufferable, but this time they accompanied a cocksure Sony, a company clearly in the lead. Continue reading »

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Published by Donald on June 10, 2014 In A Limbo State: Microsoft’s E3 2014 Press Conference

Xbox Phil Spencer LimboAbout two-thirds into Microsoft’s press conference, the head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, Phil Spencer, walked on to the stage wearing a Limbo shirt, unintentionally reflecting the current state of the Xbox One. This time last year, it was pitched as an All In One entertainment unit, the Kinect placed front and centre. Now, the console doesn’t even come with the Kinect.

It’s a testament to Phil Spencer’s new vision for the Xbox One (i.e. the polar opposite of Don Mattrick’s vision) that the Kinect was quarantined to a 60 second segment from Harmonix announcing the downloadable Dance Central Spotlight. No Kinect Sports, Kinectimals, “Xbox On” or any of that in sight.

So what is Microsoft to do? Continue reading »

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Published by Donald on June 3, 2014 E3 2014 – Homefront: The Revolution Announced

Crytek has announced that is is working on Homefront: The Revolution, a sequel to THQ’s 2011 shooter Homefront. The game will follow on from its predecessor, pitching players in a near future Philadelphia occupied by North Korean troops. It is being developed by Crytek Nottingham, formerly known as Free Radical Design and previously responsible for the Timesplitters series, and will utilise the Cryengine.

It is expected to be released on Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC, Mac and Linux in 2015.  Continue reading »

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Published by Donald on May 1, 2014 Super Mario Actor Bob Hoskins Dies Aged 71

Actor Bob Hoskins, best known to the gaming world from the Super Mario Bros film, has passed away at the age of 71. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2011 and died of pneumonia.

Hoskins first appeared on the big screen in the 1980-film The Long Good Friday, before turning widely regarded performances in such films as Brazil, Mona Lisa (which earned him an Academy Award nomination) and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Continue reading »

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Published by Donald on April 30, 2014 Comic Mischief: Nintendo Direct 30/4/14

Nintendo Direct IwataNintendo might be taking a bit of a left turn. Its last Nintendo Direct, for the upcoming 3DS title Tomodachi Life, was effectively an endorsement of Deviantart’s Iwata/Miyamoto fan-fiction, and earlier today, the company teamed up with Mega64 to reveal its E3 plans via robot Reggie.

Now Nintendo has channelled the spirit of late-night television to reveal more details about the upcoming Mario Kart 8. You can watch Nintendo’s indulgences into infomercials, personal ads and ‘Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!’ at the bottom of this story, but if you want hard Mario Kart facts now, come with me.  Continue reading »

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Published by Donald on April 30, 2014 Nintendo Announces E3 2014 Plans

Nintendo ReggieNintendo has announced its plans for E3 2014, which will pick up where the company left off last year and eschew the traditional press conference in favour of livestreams and periphery events.

Central to this is the Nintendo Digital Event, which, like its Nintendo Direct videos and last year’s E3 package, will reveal new games and highlight current projects. This event will be livestreamed at 9am 10/6/2014 (2am 11/6/2014 AEST). During E3, it will also host Nintendo Treehouse, a livestream from the E3 show floor, to further show off the company’s titles. Continue reading »

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Published by Donald on April 1, 2014 Developer Regrets Announcing Game On April 1

Catalytic Games lead Morgan Lee has expressed regret over the studio’s announcement of its upcoming game on April 1.

“We scheduled the announcement to go up at midnight,” Lee told New Game Plus, “Not fifteen minutes after it went out, our Twitter account started to get flooded with images of this shiba inu dog, and people talking about how awesome our ‘joke’ was. I then saw the date and realised the scale of our mistake.” Continue reading »

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Published by Donald on March 20, 2014 Epic Games Releases Unreal Engine 4 For $19/month

Epic Games has made available its Unreal Engine 4 tools to everyone for $US19 per month, plus 5% of revenue from any game made using UE4. In exchange, users will be able to develop UE4 titles for PC, Mac, iOS and Android. A subscription grants access to the full C++ source code via GitHub, documentation and tutorials, access to developer forums and regular updates to the engine.

Subscribers will have the option to cancel their subscription at any time and will still have access to UE4 tools, however they will lose access to any future engine updates until they resubscribe. Continue reading »

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