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Are Rising Game Development Cost Hurting Some Studios

October 18, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Are Rising Game Development Cost Hurting Some Studios

Making games is expensive. Let me rephrase that: making games is really, really expensive. Obviously, that’s no secret, but the numbers involved are even surprising to those of us who follow the industry every day. Last month, Kotaku reported many studios budget around $10,000 per person per month to cover salaries plus overhead. Considering that many of the more polished games on the market can take years to create, budgets can spiral out of control very easily and this has a impact on the... 

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Did The Latest Final Fantasy Save Franchise

October 16, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Did The Latest Final Fantasy Save Franchise

Square Enix’ Final Fantasy franchise is arguably in the rudest health it’s ever been right now. The main series latest title, FFXV, launched to critical and commercial success and is being supported by a string of fine content updates; the MMO, FFXIV, is closing in on the peak players record set by World of Warcraft; and across mobile and other platforms, the franchise is enjoying success both with entirely new titles (such as Final Fantasy Brave Exvius on mobile) and with those tapping... 

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Nintendo Stock Hits A High Road

October 13, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Nintendo Stock Hits A High Road

Nintendo shares have hit a ten-year high following the announcement that Switch production is being increased to two million units per month. As reported by Digitimes, the Switch is upping production from a previous undisclosed number, estimated to be between 800,000 and one million. Nintendo shares are now trading at their highest value since March 2008 after rising 2.66% in Tokyo on Friday, gaining a total 77% since the beginning of 2017. The Switch, which was already Nintendo’s fastest selling... 

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Can UbiSoft’s Latest Move Successfully Fend Off Vivendi

October 12, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Can UbiSoft’s Latest Move Successfully Fend Off Vivendi

Ubisoft will repurchase up to 4m of its own shares in order to delay a potential takeover from French media conglomerate Vivendi. In an short statement to investors, the Assassin’s Creed publisher said it had mandated an unnamed investment services provider to handle the share buyback program – something that was authorised at the firm’s general meeting for shareholders last month. The aforementioned meeting saw shareholders supporting Yves Guillemot and his current strategy, highlighting... 

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Did AMD Optimize The RX Vega For Forza

October 10, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Did AMD Optimize The RX Vega For Forza

AMD has apparently done a hell of a job optimizing its drivers for Forza Motorsport 7 game as its Radeon RX Vega 64 and Vega 56 graphics cards managed to beat Nvidia’s GTX 1080 Ti and GTX 1080. According to benchmarks done by Computerbase.de, using Intel’s Core i7-6850K CPU, 16GB of DDR4-3000 memory and latest Radeon and Geforce drivers, AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 64 managed to beat Nvidia’s GTX 1080 Ti by quite a margin. The RX Vega lineup managed to beat the Nvidia counterparts... 

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Will Atari’s New AtariBox Console Succeed

October 5, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Will Atari’s New AtariBox Console Succeed

Atari has revealed more juicy details about its upcoming Ataribox console, due for release in 2018. The Ataribox will be based on PC tech, and as such won’t be tied to any one ecosystem. Now, usually this would send us screaming for the hills, but we know this one is going to get funded, so we’re not sweating about sharing some more info. Thanks to a report in VentureBeat including an interview with Feargal Mac, the creator of the device and reviver of the company, we now know it’ll... 

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Is Valve’s Steam Dominance Killing PC Gaming

September 25, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is Valve’s Steam Dominance Killing PC Gaming

Earlier this week I wrote about a recurring problem in games, and what I was going to do as a member of the media to try and fix it. Today I’m going to talk about something I’m doing to fix it as a customer and gamer. I hadn’t intended to write a follow-up piece, but I hit a bit of a breaking point this week with the one-two punch of PewDiePie dropping the n-word on stream and Bungie removing a white supremacist symbol from its Destiny 2. Both events are part of a wretched pattern... 

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Rovio To Move Forward With IPO

September 13, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Rovio To Move Forward With IPO

Finnish mobile games giant Rovio has confirmed plans to publicly offer its shares through the Helsinki arm of NASDAQ. The Angry Birds firm released a statement detailing its intentions, revealing that it is planning “a share issue of approximately €30m”, which equates to $36m. Shares will also be sold by Trema International Holdings – currently the firm’s largest shareholder – and “certain other shareholders”. This confirms ongoing reports that Rovio would... 

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Can The Nintendo Switch Handle The Final Fantasy Game Engine

September 12, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Can The Nintendo Switch Handle The Final Fantasy Game Engine

Developers have been exploring the limitations of Nintendo Switch in order to judge whether to bring their games to the popular new platform. Most notably, the Square Enix team behind last year’s Final Fantasy XV has been investigating whether it can bring the epic RPG to Switch – but has found that the console is unable to “bring the most out of” its proprietary Luminous Engine, DualShockers reports. The game’s director Hajime Tabata clarified that he was not saying... 

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Will Gamers Support CoD Going GaaS

September 8, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Will Gamers Support CoD Going GaaS

Eric Hirshberg has addressed suggestions that Call of Duty could evolve into an ongoing, persistent product rather than follow the yearly cycle of new releases it has followed for more than a decade. In an interview with Game Informer, it was suggested that the introduction of the Headquarters social space (among other things) points to Activision’s flagship shooter franchise moving towards a games-as-a-service model. The CEO responded: “It already is in many ways.” He pointed to... 

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Blizzard Get Tougher on Bad Gamers

September 7, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Blizzard Get Tougher on Bad Gamers

Blizzard has reassured its community that it will be clamping down on those who are consistently abusing other players or demonstrating bad behaviour in Overwatch. A user post on the official forums described the community as “toxic” and the reporting system “a failure”. Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan responded to this with more details on what the developer plans to do. In the short term, the Overwatch team plans to re-evaluate which punishments are assigned to various offences,... 

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PlayUnknown’s Battleground Headed The Top

September 6, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
PlayUnknown’s Battleground Headed The Top

It was a big weekend for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, as Bluehole’s breakout hit saw the conclusion of the ESL Gamescom PUBG Invitational tournament and reached a new milestone to boot. On Saturday morning, the game’s creative director Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene tweeted that the game had surpassed 800,000 concurrent players on Valve’s Steam storefront, sandwiched between a pair of Valve-developed evergreen hits on the service, Dota 2 (839,000 players at the... 

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Codemasters Loves The Xbox One X

September 1, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Codemasters Loves The Xbox One X

Adding virtual reality to Formula One would require “fairly significant” changes, so Codemasters is in no hurry to support the technology with its racing series. F1 2017 releases for Xbox One, PS4 and PC today, but the publisher has no concrete plans for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Playstation VR. Given that, like most racing games, F1 lends itself to a seated VR experience it seems like a natural extension for the franchise, but it’s not a simple case of porting the game. “We’ve... 

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Do Indy Developers Need a Publisher To Succeed On Steam

August 31, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Do Indy Developers Need a Publisher To Succeed On Steam

Discoverability problems on Steam have reached the stage where it’s essential that indie and smaller developers seek out a publishing deal. That’s according to Bulkhead Interactive producer Joe Brammer, who spoke to GamesIndustry.biz at Gamescom about indie attitudes towards publishers, lessons learned from his first few releases, and the increasingly crowded PC market. Back in December, it emerged that more than 4,200 games were released in 2016 alone – accounting for 38% of the... 

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Microsoft’s Xbox One X Enhanced Games List Keep Growing

August 29, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Microsoft’s Xbox One X Enhanced Games List Keep Growing

Microsoft spent its Gamescom livestream detailing some of the games that will be enhanced for Xbox One X. The company announced over 115 games that have been souped up for Microsoft’s new console, including including Halo 5, Dishonored 2, Halo Wars 2, Killer Instinct, Resident Evil 7, Gears of War 4, Rime, Star WarsL Battlefront II, Project CARS 2, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Smite, Rocket League, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Ark Survival Evolve and a whole lot more. The full list is through... 

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