“In many ways this acquisition was a natural extension for us, because our focus has been on creating web and mobile games with strategy and RPG gameplay elements for a hardcore gaming audience, which is comparable to Rumble’s target audience,” said Plarium’s chief marketing officer and cofounder Gabi Shalel in an email. “Rumble Games titles have similar themes but are more focused on action/RPG components. Ultimately, Rumble can help us expand into the RPG market.”
Plarium, the PC-turned-mobile developer of strategy MMOS, has acquired Rumble Entertainment, makers of RPGs such as KingsRoad. Some of Plarium’s most popular games include Vikings: War of Clans and Soldiers, Inc. Vikings, a two year old game, is still earning the company $3 million a month, due to the social multiplayer component.
Continue reading “Plarium Acquires Rumble Entertainment”
More changes are afoot at Turbine, as the Asheron’s Call series is coming to an end. Turbine first released Asheron’s Call in 1999 and followed it up with a sequel three years later. The sequel was canned in 2005, before reopening in beta for Asheron’s Call subscribers in 2012. After Turbine was acquired by Warner Bros. Interactive, support for the games were on and off.
A post on the official Facebook page reads “it is with a heavy heart that we must announce the end of our support for Asheron’s Call and Asheron’s Call 2. This decision did not come easy, and we know this is disappointing for many of you. This game is a labor of love, and it’s not easy for us to bring it to an end.”
Continue reading “Asheron’s Call has Been Answered, Game Going Offline in January”
Big news for fans of Overwatch! Blizzard released a digital comic today called “Reflections” for the online shooter, which is massively successful and ranks among many’s favorite games of the year. The big news comes as Tracer. lead star of the game, is revealed to be gay. She seeks out a present for her girlfriend before giving her a big kiss!
This is pretty notable that a character as popular as Tracer is among the members of the LGBTQ community, as they’ve been sorely under-represented in the gaming industry. This gives the community a new idol to look up to. This is far from a Bioware romance.
Blizzard stated back in 2015 that Overwatch would star a gay character and now we know who it is! Blizzard has teased that there are multiple gay characters in the Overwatch universe, but Tracer is the first officially confirmed one.
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.
Continue reading “Standing Stone Games Takes Over Lord of the Rings Online and D&D Online”
CCP hf, the Icelandic developers of EVE Online, the massively-multiplayer space battle simulator, may be put up for sale. Apparently, multiple potential bidders have recently expressed interest and CCP is weighing the options.
Continue reading “CCP Games, Makers of Eve Online, Possibly for Sale”