Tag: Gaming

Kixeye Launches War Commander: Rogue Assault After Three Years of Development

Hardcore games on mobile may still live on after the Kabam buyout. Their oldest rival, Kixeye has finally launched what may be the best looking game on mobile devices now, War Commander: Rogue Assault. The game looks to offer a level of gameplay not yet achieved on smartphones and tablets.

To top this all off, the game’s creative director was none other than Louis Castle, the co-creator of Command & Conquer, meaning this game has some real pedigree behind it. The game has been in development for 3 years with 2 and a half years of soft launches to refine the experience.

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Glu Acquires QuizUp Makers Plain Vanilla

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Everyone remembers QuizUp, right? The quiz app launched as a Trivial Pursuit-esque game where you could level up categories by correctly answering questions about them in battle with other players. Well, after Plain Vanilla’s contract with NBC for a QuizUp game show was canceled, the game has a new owner.

Earlier this year, Glu invested $7.5 million in the company, with the option to buy the entire business in the future. Now, the studio is willing to forgive that debt, and throw in $1.2 million, to own the company outright. It is not known how many employees will make the jump to Glu, as Plain Vanilla has laid off their staff before looking for a buyer.

The condition to the debt forgiveness was that QuizUp be published under the Glu banner before the end of March, but this event has already occurred in both the App Store and Google Play store. As part of the deal, Glu CEO Nick Earl has been appointed to Plain Vanilla’s board as a class II director and will work with the company’s Strategy Committee to plan for the future of Glu in Iceland.

Pokemon Go Players Have Walked.. A Lot

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The end of 2016 marks the end of the first six months of Pokemon Go’s existence. To celebrate, Niantic is announcing some statistics on the game. The main stat of interest is that players have walked over 8.7 billion kilometers, enough to circle the globe 200,000 times.

Another state: 88 billion. That’s the number of wild Pokemon that have been caught. As much of the United States is entering colder months, it’d be a surprise to see these numbers continue to grow. To keep players interested, Niantic has boosted rural spawn rates and added baby Pokemon that can only be obtained by walking to hatch eggs.

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Star Citizen Studio says No Issues due to Crytek Closures

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Today, Crytek announced the closure of five of their seven studios, refocusing the company on “premium IPs” and CryEngine. Roberts Space Industries, the developers of Star Citizen, aren’t worried. They’re using a modified version of the CryEngine, but say the closures will not have an impact on their game.

The studio said they do not rely upon Crytek for anything at this point and the company’s focus is on the upcoming single player version of the game, the first part of which is titles Squadron 42.

Atlus is Working on a New RPG

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Atlus, best known for Persona and Shin Megami Tensei, is working on a new fantasy RPG series. The details will be revealed this week, but we do know it’s being developed by the team behind Persona 5. The game will be revealed at 6 a.m. ET on December 23rd on a NicoNico livestream.

Studio Zero is a new studio within Atlus with some impressive credentials. Katsura Hashino, Persona 5’s director, and other talented Atlus employees are part of the studio working on this unnamed game.

 

Crytek Closes Five Studios

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We’ve talked before about the issues going on at Cryek. After a year of paying salaries late (October’s salaries were just paid this week), big changes are coming to the company. The company announced they are closing studios in Budapest, Hungary; Sofia, Bulgaria; Seoul, Korea; Shanghai, China; and Istanbul, Turkey in order to “refocus on its core strengths of developing innovative games and game-development technology.”

Crytek now only has their studios in Frankfurt, Germany and Kiev, Ukraine. In a news release, a spokesperson for Crytek said they are working to “put plans into action to secure jobs and to ensure a smooth transition and stable future” for all affected employees. Rumors of a sale of the Black Sea studio in Sofia may not happen, as nothing is being announced.

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Standing Stone Games Takes Over Lord of the Rings Online and D&D Online

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Change is underway at MMO developer Turbine Entertainment, a part of Warner Bros. Interactive. Back in July, Warner Bros announced layoffs at the studio as it transitioned to F2P mobile games. Today, that transition is complete.

A new studio is being formed, Standing Stone Games, consisting of the developers behind Lord of the Rings Online and D&D Online. Turbine is handing over the reins to both games to Standing Stone.

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