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Published by Jamie Galea on April 24, 2015 Telltale Games Partners With Marvel

(In brief) Telltale Games has announced a partnership with Marvel Entertainment to develop an episodic series based on Marvel properties. No details about this project were revealed, other that the game will be see release in 2017.

Marvel Entertainment joins a growing list of high profile collaborators with Telltale, which now includes 2K Games (Borderlands), DC Comics (The Wolf Among Us) and HBO (Game of Thrones).

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Published by Donald Duong on April 16, 2015 2K Australia Closes Down

The Canberra based studio 2K Australia has confirmed it is shutting down, citing operating costs. It was Australia’s last AAA developer, having most recently led development on Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and assisted on Bioshock Infinite.

The studio made the following statement: “We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process for 2K Australia in order to better manage ongoing development costs while improving the working proximity of our creative teams. We are very grateful for the team’s valuable contributions to numerous 2K projects, and are working with affected staff to explore reassignment opportunities where possible.” Continue reading »

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Published by Jamie Galea on April 15, 2015 Guitar Hero Live Announced

With Rock Band 4 looming over the horizon, Activison announced the revival of its own rhythm game series: Guitar Hero. The latest iteration, Guitar Hero Live, will be developed by Freestyle Games (developers of the DJ Hero games), and will be hitting the PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U and mobile in Spring 2015. Continue reading »

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Published by Matt Batten on April 10, 2015 LEGO Dimensions Announced

1000px-LEGO_logo.svgIn a world of Skylanders and amiibo, the latest brand to enter the interactive physical figurine front is LEGO as Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group announced LEGO Dimensions.

LEGO Dimensions is arguably the most ambitious project within the LEGO video game series, where physical LEGO brick building will merge with interactive console gameplay. Not only that, but many characters and environments based on the likeness of movies and original series will for the first time be able to co-exist. Continue reading »

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Published by Donald Duong on April 8, 2015 Five Nights At Freddy’s Film In The Works

(In brief) Warner Bros. has obtained the rights to make a movie based on the horror series Five Nights At Freddy’s, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is set to be produced by Roy Lee, who was producer on the American adaptations of The Ring and Run All Night, as well as Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg. Five Nights at Freddy’s creator Scott Cawthon said of the deal, “The story really lends itself to being a movie and it taps into a largely unexplored niche of horror that a lot of people will be able to relate to.” A writer has yet to be attached to the film.

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Published by Liam Merrick on April 6, 2015 400 And Counting: Week 20 (Hi, My Name Is…)

It’s been another long week. Thankfully it wasn’t three actual weeks like last time, but a busy Easter has made it feel like it. I realise that this opening paragraph has been used mainly to complain about actually writing the blog, which is not only lazy, I’m sure, but also rather boring. I’ll try to limit my incessant ‘struggles’ to later paragraphs.

This is the week that I also got Netflix and discovered I could watch it on the TV through my Bluray player. So far I’ve only watched one movie, which I did really enjoy, but I’m mainly looking forward to binge watching TV shows. I’ve already watched the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Tina Fey’s newest show starring Ellie Kemper (Erin from The Office). It’s great, funny and just joyful — you should watch it. Speaking of… Continue reading »

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Published by Liam Merrick on March 30, 2015 400 And Counting: ‘Week’ 19 (I Don’t Wanna Holiday in the Sun)

So, it’s been a long couple of weeks. I’ve had some big life milestones that have kept me busy. Despite that, Don (our very own editor and newsman) asked if I would be taking a break with the blog while I started a new job and went to New Zealand. I foolishly brushed the thought aside and arrogantly proclaimed that I would continue the blog without a break.

That was three weeks ago. Silly me. Continue reading »

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Published by Jamie Galea on March 30, 2015 Microsoft Announces Halo 5 Release Date

(In Brief) Microsoft has today announced that Halo 5: Guardians, will be releasing on October 27th, 2015. The announcement comes as Microsoft put out two TV ads for the game: one focusing on new character Locke, the other on Master Chief.

The above date is confirmed for the American release, and there’s yet to be any confirmation whether or not the date will be the same locally.

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Published by Donald Duong on March 24, 2015 Twitch Servers Breached, Passwords Reset

(In Brief) Twitch is requiring its users to changer their account passwords after breach of its systems. In blog posts and emails to its community, Twitch has confirmed that unauthorised people may have had access to user information, including: Usernames, emails, cryptographically-protected passwords, IP addresses used to log in, names, addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth.

Twitch users will be prompted to change their password upon login.

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Published by Jamie Galea on March 17, 2015 Nintendo Forms Mobile Partnership With DeNA

Nintendo has announced a partnership with Japanese mobile company DeNA to develop new games for mobile devices.

The arrangement between Nintendo and DeNA is designed to allow the best of both companies to shine; Nintendo with its IP and game development skills, and DeNA with its expertise in mobile gaming. While no games were announced, the companies confirmed that titles developed under this partnership will all be original titles using Nintendo Intellectual Property (IP), designed specifically for smartphones. Nintendo will have final approval on all games made as part of this alliance. Continue reading »

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