Microsoft is closing down Xbox Entertainment Studios, but that won't affect Halo TV or Halo: Nightfall.
. I wanted to take a moment to share a few thoughts on what this means for our team and some of the changes we are making as a result.
"... As part of the planned reduction to our overall workforce announced today and in light of our organization’s mission, we plan to streamline a handful of portfolio and engineering development efforts across Xbox. One such plan is that, in the coming months, we expect to close Xbox Entertainment Studios."
Today, Ubisoft, along with GREE and PlayNext, announced Assassin’s Creed Memories, a free-to-play mobile card battle game for iOS, will be available later this summer.
Memories attempts to combine card battle, RPG, and strategy elements, while players travel through time recruiting allies and defeating rivals. The mobile game features both familiar time periods like Renaissance Italy and Colonial America as well as new eras. It offers a single-player and multiplayer mode that allows battles of up to 20 vs. 20.
According to Ubisoft, an emphasis has been placed on customization and strategy, allowing players to decide the type of assassin they will be and which allies they will seek. “The card battle genre is all about being able to evolve and grow great heroes and this franchise has created some of the most epic characters in gaming today,” said Eiji Araki, VP of Social Games at GREE.
Universal is reportedly poised to relaunch its library of classic monster movies under the creative direction of Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.
According to Deadline, the studio is in the early stages of rebooting the classic movie franchises and -- in a similar way that Disney has done with the Marvel cinematic universe -- unifying them. Kurtzman, known for his work on Star Trek, Transformers, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Morgan, who's written five of the Fast & Furious films, are spearheading the effort and in charge of the overall narrative.
This isn't exactly news in that we knew something like this was going on at Universal. Kurtzman's former movie writing partner Roberto Orci told us as much back in October of 2013 (watch the video chat above).
How important is a game company’s name, really? It’s certainly not as important as a good catalog of titles, reliable business connections, or a profitable license. Yet a memorable name serves a publisher or developer well, and it pays to put some thought into it. The name “Nintendo” famously translates roughly to “leave luck to heaven.” Xbox and PlayStation are evocative and easily remembered, too.
Other companies show considerably less trepidation adopting strange names. Names that are either downright weird, or at least easy to misconstrue. What follows is a chronicle of those brave, defunct bearers of strange game-company titles.
We had the chance to chat this week with actor Frank Grillo about starring in The Purge: Anarchy. The veteran actor, perhaps best known to you for his role as Brock Rumlow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, stars in the sequel to the 2013 sleeper hit as Leo, who uses the annual 12-hour Purge to settle a vendetta but finds his mission complicated by four people he reluctantly rescues.
Some minor spoilers for the film, which opens July 18, follow.
IGN Movies: I was pleasantly surprised at how gritty and sort of a throwback to the late '70s and early '80s the movie felt like to me.
Frank Grillo: You nailed it, brother! You nailed it. That's exactly what we set out to do.
Susan Heyward has been cast as the female lead in the Playstation Network series Powers, based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. Heyward will play Deena Pilgrim, half of a pair of homicide detectives tasked with protecting ordinary people from superhuman beings known as Powers.
Nintendo and Koei Tecmo finally showed Fatal Frame Wii U in action today while also announcing the survival horror game is coming out sooner than later in Japan: September 27.
Roughly translated to English as Fatal Frame: The Black-Haired Shrine Maiden, the newest entry in the franchise — also known as Project Zero in Europe and just Zero in Japan — is set in Hikamiyama, according to a translation by Gematsu. The mountain is known for death, and the game's protagonist, Kozukata Yuuri, reportedly goes there during the witching hour, when the worlds of the living and dead start to overlap.
Hearthstone's first expansion, Curse of Naxxramas, is set to launch on July 22.
Until now Blizzard had only promised we'd be venturing into the cursed ziggurat sometime this month, so it's good to know new challenges aren't too far off.
In terms of how much the new content will cost, players who play Curse of Naxxramas within the first month will have access to the first area, the Arachnid Wing, for free. After that, each wing will cost $7 USD each, or 700 in-game gold. Players who want to buy their wings in bulk will receive a $2 USD discount for each additional wing, although no discounts will be awarded for using Hearthstone gold.
After a really solid run of consistent and quality releases, the Wii U and 3DS eShop are both very light on content this week. However, what is there is pretty cool, and some of the sales are great, too. The main release is Strike Force Foxx, a Choplifter-inspired 3DS eShop game from Big John Games. The only other original release is another 3DS eShop game called Comic Workshop, which lets you create comics. On the Wii U, the only release is a new Wii U Virtual Console game, the Game Boy Advance game Mr. Driller 2. Of course, you have a ton of sales on awesome Wii U games such as Little Inferno and great 3DS games such as SteamWorld: Dig.
Strike Force Foxx ($4.99)
Sold Out Sales & Marketing Ltd. announced today a collector’s edition for indie turn-based strategy game The Banner Saga.
This is the game’s first physical release and will include its official soundtrack, as well as an add-on called the “Insane Viking Pack” – something previously offered as a preorder bonus, but now exclusively available through this collector’s edition.
“This is the definitive version of the game,” says James Cato, Sales Director of Sold Out Sales. “We’ve worked really closely with Stoic to create a pack which does their stunning game justice – we know it’ll go down well with fans new and old alike.”
The Banner Saga is a single player role playing game, set in a world of Vikings. Stand-out features of the game include the use of tactics and strategy, both in combat and conversations with people in the world. IGN gave the game a “great” score. Read the full review here.
Today, Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella wrote a letter to all company employees that indicates the corporation is preparing to lay off 18,000 employees. (The New York Times reports that this makes up about 14 percent of Microsoft's global workforce.) These layoffs will be the biggest and most severe in Microsoft's history.
The layoffs are set to occur in the next year, and will hit Microsoft's newly-acquired Nokia branch the hardest. Nokia, which was purchased by Microsoft in April for $7.1 billion, will lose 12,500 jobs as Microsoft attempts to merge the two companies.
In celebration of San Diego Comic Con 2014, 20th Century Fox is releasing another round of SDCC exclusive covers for some of its classic Blu-rays. Yesterday, IGN unveiled Fox's "Sci-Fi" designs, and today, we're showing you the "Comedy" lineup, which includes Young Frankenstein (marking its 40th anniversary!) and The Princess Bride. In addition to the Blu-ray, each set comes with an individually numbered lithograph, featuring the key art.
Check out the gloriously consistent cover images below (click to enlarge):
If you hadn't already heard the news, RiffTrax will soon be riffing one of their most frequently requested titles in Rifftrax history -- the King of the Monsters himself -- Godzilla! And now, to mark the occasion, Fathom Events have got a monster of a sweepstakes for you...
The name of the game is Godzilla '98 trivia. Test your knowledge, and you could win one of three epic prizes, including passes to see "RiffTrax Live: Godzilla" in cinemas, and more:
Some crackerjack casting right here. Deborah Ann Woll, who plays the vampire Jessica on True Blood, has joined the cast of Netflix's Daredevil series...as Karen Page.
As EW.com reports, Woll's role is essentially the female lead of the series - Karen Page being Matt Murdock/Daredevil's longest-running love interest in the comic books. There, she served as Murdock's secretary and legal aid until, well, things got messy both romantically and Daredevil-y.
We're stoked to debut these new stateside character one-sheets for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.
Several character posters have popped up online over the last few days, and today we have your first look t the new bus shelter art featuring the villains Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), Korath (Djimon Hounsou), and Nebula (Karen Gillan).
Click on the images below for higher-res versions:
The Destiny beta is underway, and it includes a sampling of maps and the Control game mode in the Crucible PvP multiplayer mode. To help you get a leg up on the competition, Destiny lead designer Lars Bakken shares some of his heavily practiced tips and strategies, gleaned from months of shooting his Bungie co-workers in the face in Crucible as they've been developing the game. He's broken up his tips into relevant categories. Enjoy!
• In the standard Control playlist, we normalize incoming and outgoing damage to keep players on a level playing field.
• People bring in all their own gear, and we Matchmake players based on Skill.
• The first team to reach 20,000 points wins. If the game goes to time, the team with the highest score at the end wins.
Nintendo revealed today a new video series for the eShop based off Cat Mario and Cat Peach from Super Mario 3D World.
Called The Cat Mario Show, the free video series is a puppet show that features tips and tricks for Nintendo's youngest fans. The first episode — available now on the European eShop for Wii U and 3DS — has Cat Mario and Cat Peach showing secrets in Super Mario 3D World, as well as detailing strategies to become the best at Kirby Triple Deluxe.
The Uncharted movie is set to start filming in early 2015, according to director Seth Gordon.
Speaking to Zap2It, Gordon confirmed the plan was to crack on with shooting before too long, despite the fact we still don't have a star for the flick.
"I think very early next year. That's the plan," he said. "It's going to honor the mythology of the game, but I would say honor some of the most interesting stuff from the first one and build from there. There's some stuff that isn't in the game."
The Horrible Bosses director promised the movie would be "very international" and "all over the world", though he's still not quite sure who's going to step into the lead role of Nathan Drake since Mark Wahlberg stepped aside.
The Elder Scrolls Online is set to storm onto Steam later today.
Bethesda announced both the Standard and Imperial Editions of the game will be available as a prelude to a QuakeCon panel set for tomorrow.
The next major update for the game is due to arrive in August, with a wealth of changes in tow. Though it was delayed by around six months, ESO is still expected to land on PS4 and Xbox One later this year.
The penultimate chapter in Telltale's The Walking Dead: Season Two finally has a release date.
Episode 4: Amid the Ruins lands on PC and Mac on July 22, with North American PS3 and PS Vita owners also able to pick up the next chapter on that date. The following day, July 23, sees the episode arrive globally on Xbox 360 and also hit European PlayStation platforms. Finally, the iOS version of the title will be released on July 24.
Telltale has also released a new trailer for the game, showing off some of the horrors that await us Amid the Ruins. By the looks of things, the studio is really going for broke in ratcheting up the tension ahead of the final chapter in the season. Check the trailer out below, and be sure to keep your eyes on IGN for our review.