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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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.
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.
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.”
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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.
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