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Will Ninja Theory’s Hellblade Make A Profit?

October 31, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Ninja Theory’s Hellblade Make A Profit?

Ninja Theory’s Hellblade will need to sell only 300,000 units to recoup its development budget. After releasing a string of AAA console titles to varying levels of commercial success, the UK-based studio is attempting to establish what it describes as a “third way” of making games – one that falls somewhere between what we have traditionally called AAA and Indie. Smaller scale, lower cost, with no sacrifices made in terms of creative risks and quality of execution. “We’re... 

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Will Big Huge Game Be Able To Make A Comeback?

October 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Big Huge Game Be Able To Make A Comeback?

Brian Reynolds buys the rights to Big Huge Games from the State of Rhode Island at auction and then reopens the studio and teams with Nexon to deliver the new mobile title called DomiNations. The game might be inspired by a lot of games, but the basic idea is that you are the leader of a Stone Age tribe and you have guide your tribe through civilization and human history. The ability exists for you to form alliances, trade with friends, and raid your enemies. Reynolds has not said what is next for... 

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How Far Should Video Games Go With Violence?

October 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
How Far Should Video Games Go With Violence?

Video game violence has been in the spotlight for over two decades now. When Senator Joe Lieberman chaired a subcommittee in 1993 after seeing the violence in Mortal Kombat, the mainstream media started paying close attention. And just five months later, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) was born and assigned Mortal Kombat an “M” for Mature rating. This was undoubtedly a good thing. In the years following, the board continued to tweak its ratings and in combination with retail... 

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Is Microsoft Games Studio Developing A New IP?

October 28, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Microsoft Games Studio Developing A New IP?

In an interview that Xbox head Phil Spencer gave to IGN, he says that a new IP is in development at one of Microsoft’s development studios. It apparently isn’t a new racing or military space marine title. Spencer says that the Xbox brand needs “new stories and new characters” which provide a “canvas to try new things.” He went on to add that “Sunset Overdrive is a great example of a game that isn’t like anything else in our portfolio, and he thinks that is great. I want to continue... 

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Will Mobile Games Dominate?

October 27, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Mobile Games Dominate?

As the market for games has grown and diversified, it’s become increasingly important to take any headline figures you might read with a grain of salt. Every time an analyst or a research firm announces that the games business has reached such and such a size, or that monthly revenues compare thusly with previous figures, or that a certain product or company has over- or under-performed projections, their august pronouncement isn’t so much an answer as a source of more questions. What... 

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The Xbox One Goes Social Next Month

October 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
The Xbox One Goes Social Next Month

November Xbox One update, explaining that it will throw a bucketful of new features into the console. The firm polishes the console experience on a monthly basis and this month sees it swathe the device in tweaks and social networking positives. Whether you use the console to browse the internet, talk to people, do social networking, watch television, or even play games, you will see some sort of improvement, according to spokeschap Major Nelson. “We’re bringing you new and exciting ways... 

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Is Master Chief Returning To Halo 5?

October 8, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Master Chief Returning To Halo 5?

In a recent interview with OXN, Mile Colter who plays Agent Locke in Halo Nightfall claims that his character is the primary character that people will be playing in the Halo 5 game. That is not to say that Master Chief will not have a significant role in Halo 5 as well. Part of the campaign will apparently be Locke’s search for Master Chief. Still we don’t know if Locke is a friend or not, so it is obvious that the relationship between the two will be a big part of the story in Halo 5 according... 

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Can The Call Of Duty Franchise Make A Comeback?

October 3, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Can The Call Of Duty Franchise Make A Comeback?

Industry analyst Sterne Agee has predicted another year of declining sales for Call of Duty, with Advanced Warfare expected to sell 15 per cent fewer copies than Ghosts. To be more specific, that’s a difference of 3 million units, with Advanced Warfare expected to sell around 17 million. Obviously, that’s still a very healthy number, and the sort of success that most publishers rarely experience, but nevertheless it would be ill news for what remains Activision’s most important... 

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Will Sony’s Morpheus Succeed?

September 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Sony’s Morpheus Succeed?

PS4 is going gangbusters, 3DS continues to impress, Steam and Kickstarter have between them overseen an extraordinary revitalisation of PC gaming, and mobile gaming goes from strength to strength; yet it’s absolutely clear where the eager eyes of most gamers are turned right now. Virtual reality headsets are, not for the first time, the single most exciting thing in interactive entertainment. At the Tokyo Game Show and its surrounding events, the strongest contrast to the huge number of mobile... 

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Was Titan A 50M Dollar Loss For Blizzard?

September 26, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Was Titan A 50M Dollar Loss For Blizzard?

When Titan first came to light in 2007, most people assumed it would be Blizzard’s next big thing, ultimately taking the place of World of Warcraft which was likely to see further declines in the years ahead. Fast forward seven years, WoW clearly has been fading (down to 6.8 million subs as of June 30) but Blizzard has no MMO lined up to replace it, and that fact was really hammered home today with the surprise cancellation of Titan. In fact, the developer stressed that it didn’t want... 

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Will Oculus Go Into The Mobile Space?

September 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Oculus Go Into The Mobile Space?

We attended the first ever Oculus Connect conference, the beats and chatter of a cocktail reception just next door, Max Cohen is being brutally honest about the company’s mobile-based virtual reality headset. “I can spend ten minutes talking about the problems with this device. We’re not afraid of them,” the VP of mobile says with a smile. “It overheats if you run it too long. It is 60 Hertz low persistence, which means some people will notice flicker. The graphical... 

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Watch Dogs For Wii U Coming In November

September 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Watch Dogs For Wii U Coming In November

Finally, Ubisoft has a release date for the Wii U version of Watch Dogs. While we don’t know if that many people are waiting for the Wii U version, when it does release it could very well end up being one of the last M rated titles for the Wii U console. The release date for the Wii U version of Watch Dogs appears to be November 18th in North America and November 21st in Europe. This ends the original release delay that Ubisoft announced for the Wii U version as resources were moved to prepare... 

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Will eSports Overtake the NHL?

September 11, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will eSports Overtake the NHL?

You can’t accuse eSports League CEO Ralf Reichert of always telling people what they want to hear. At last month’s FanExpo Canada in Toronto, Ontario, just a few blocks away from the Hockey Hall of Fame, Reichert told GamesIndustry.biz that he saw competitive gaming overtaking the local pastime. “Our honest belief is it’s going to be a top 5 sport in the world,” Reichert said. “If you compare it to the NHL, to ice hockey, that’s not a first row sport, but... 

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Is Video Game Music Production Being Outsourced?

September 10, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Video Game Music Production Being Outsourced?

In July, Gamasutra’s annual developer salary survey reported that the best compensated job for hands-on game creators wasn’t programmer or producer, but audio professional. That didn’t sound right to the organizers of audio conference GameSoundCon, so they conducted their own survey aimed squarely at audio specialists in the gaming industry, the results of which they released today. Gamasutra acknowledged its own numbers on audio professionals were likely skewed by a few factors.... 

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Will Gamers See An Alan Wake 2?

September 9, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Gamers See An Alan Wake 2?

While we would not call Alan Wake from developer Remedy Entertainment a disappointment, we would say that it took a long time to make, cost a lot of money, and didn’t quite live up to what everyone though it would be in the end. The one thing about Alan Wake has been however, that over time it has perhaps gained a bit of a following. Creative director Sam Lake from Remedy has been quoted as saying that, “while the sequel for Alan Wake didn’t work out at this point, but we are definitely are... 

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