Double Fine has suffered layoffs after a deal for an unannounced project fell through.
Double Fine confirmed the layoffs in a statement to IGN. Twelve of the company's workers were let go as a result of the unexpected cancellation of the unnamed game.
The Costume Quest 2 developer said that the layoffs are only relevant to the cancelled project, and its other games currently in development are unaffected by today's news.
Currently, Double Fine is working on Broken Age: Act 2, Massive Chalice, and the remake of the Lucasarts classic Grim Fandango Remastered.
Lay-offs are an all too common part of working in the tumultuous games industry, with companies like Wildstar developer Carbine Studios, Angry Birds developer Rovio, and Strife dev S2 Games all recently seeing reductions in their staff numbers.
On the heels of releasing the trailer for their big new series Marco Polo this week, Netflix have now also put out several poster images, focusing on supporting characters.
You can check out all the posters in the gallery below.
Marco Polo Character Posters:
And if you've missed it, here's the Marco Polo trailer.
While it's been announced that Toy Story 4 is coming in 2017, you'll be able to see Buzz, Woody and their pals a lot sooner when The Toy Story That Time Forgot airs on ABC on December 2nd. The second of two half-hour Toy Story specials -- after last year's Toy Story of TERROR! -- this installment finds Woody, Buzz, Rex and Trixie (along with a new little cat toy pal) encountering the Battlesaurs, a group of toys based around anthropomorphic, combat-ready dinosaurs.
ABC have released two clips from the special, which you can check out below, as the Battlesaurs are discovered for the first time.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham hews close to the series’ formula, pairing uncomplicated gameplay with a deep, charming dive into decades’ worth of DC Comics stories and history. But after the impressive freedom of Lego Batman 2 and Lego Marvel, Lego Batman 3 feels far more restrictive in scope, and its inconsistent tone sometimes seems to mock the great DC Comics source material it should be celebrating.
Picking up from the end of Lego Batman 2, the villain Braniac drives most of the fun but scattered plot in Lego Batman 3. Without giving too much away, Batman and the rest of the Justice League have to team up with the likes of Lex Luthor, the Joker, and the rest of the Legion of Doom to bring him down, and sort out some trouble with the various Lantern Corps. It’s not as strong or as focused a story as in either Lego Marvel or Lego Batman 2, but it manages to keep the interest high through most of the 10 hours or so it took to finish it.
The full Tech Fetish crew assembles to revisit net neutrality briefly, then we move on to discussing options in Justin's hunt for a new TV, an update on the Rosetta lander's status, and storing Bitcoin in your hands (!).
(Also, for those curious about that Amazon image we mention, here's the link.)
Star Trek's William Shatner recently teased a Haven guest spot on Twitter, but now we've actually got some details about his upcoming role on the Syfy series.
According to TVLine.com, Shatner will appear in a four-episode Season 5 arc, playing a pivotal role on the series - an important character who "has the potential to forever impact the fate of the town of Haven and its Troubled residents."
So yeah... #Haven
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) November 21, 2014
IGN’s review of Smash Bros. for Wii U is live, and we want to answer your questions about the game. Join Jose Otero and Brian Altano for a special one-hour livestream on Monday, November 24th, at 1:00 PM PST, 4:00 PM ET, 9:00 PM GMT, and Tuesday, November 25 at 9:00 AM ADT.
If you have a question and don’t want to wait for the livestream to submit them, email email@example.com with the subject line “Smash Livestream” and we’ll try to answer it on the stream.
In the meantime, we have a bunch of Smash-related articles and features, so be sure to check them out. If you need info on unlockables, head over to IGN’s Smash wiki for all your needs.
Showtime has released a first look at the new season of its gothic literary monster remix series, Penny Dreadful.
John Logan, series creator and executive producer, says (of the image), "This season Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) face new challenges, and old enemies, and turn to each other for solace. Their intimacy grows as they are forced to confront their demons together."
Sylvester Stallone gives the most resonant performance in Reach Me. Playing Gerald, a political blogger who paints abstract art in his free time, Stallone stands out from the crowd by expelling his pent-up rage in the form of insults like, “You're a fart catcher!” If only the other 64 characters in the film looked up from their navels long enough to exude that kind of personality, Reach Me would be a fairly entertaining existential romp.
Self-seriousness plagues writer-director John Herzfeld's tone deaf ensemble piece. Reach Me picks up as a motivational book of the same name “goes viral,” inspiring an electric group of characters to change their lives and seek out the tome's reclusive author. Colette (Kyra Sedgwick) becomes a devotee in her final days at a women's penitentiary; Rapper E-Ruption (Nelly) hits the morning talk show circuit to talk up its revelations; Roger (Kevin Connolly) is Stallone's stringer, sent on assignment to track down the man behind the book; Frank (Thomas Jane) is a cop who doesn't play by the rules... and spends every night in confession begging Father Paul (Danny Aiello) for mercy; Dominic and Thumper (David O’Hara and Omari Hardwick) are two mob muscles woken up to the fact that, maybe, what they do for a living is morally bankrupt.
PlayStation 4 has been out in the wild for a year now—and it’s been steadily growing since it first hit shelves last November. The PS4 interface has been smoothed a bit and improved in overall performance; an array of third-party games delivering fantastic experiences continues to expand; the list of heavyweight media partners keeps lengthening.
Yet at the same time, owners have also had to deal with recurring service problems. Sony’s new system is selling incredibly well, but still seems to be searching for that one magical exclusive game. The controller, camera, and Vita each offer intriguing features that still haven’t been fully utilized by games or apps. Certain popular apps like HBO Go and Spotify are still missing—and we suspect in some cases that this is because Sony wants to boost attachment to its own proprietary media services.
Netflix has announced they will be the exclusive home of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Universal Television's new comedy series from co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, giving the series a two-season order in the process.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was developed for NBC, and the network gave the show a midseason order in May, so to now hear that it's going to be a Netflix series and that it's been given two seasons right out of the gate is quite the surprise.
The series stars Ellie Kemper (The Office) as a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York. The 13-episode first season was originally slated to premiere on NBC and instead will now launch exclusively across all Netflix territories in March 2015.
Earlier this week, I was roaming around a mill house packed floor to ceiling with supernatural artifacts and looking at Doctor Fate's helmet. The set of Constantine was dimly lit and the darkness and slight chill in the air made for an appropriately moody environment. While I would have been okay with Atlanta turning up the thermostat several degrees, the ambiance suited the subject matter. Sunny and warm isn't what comes to mind when the topic of demons comes up.
The visit to Constantine's set as part of a media tour group started early in the morning, but it was clear the cast and crew had already been at work for a bit. They were wrapping episode 12 and beginning episode 13. As we got settled just outside the mill house stage, we caught glimpses of Zed filming a scene where she's not in the best of situations. When asked about it later, Angélica Celaya mentioned that Zed's visions are getting stronger, and that's not necessarily a good thing: "As John always says, everything has its consequences. Magic has its consequences and having these visions has consequences, too. The consequences catch up to Zed in all aspects -- in her personal life and and her powers."
Prolific producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Rockne S. O'Bannon (creator of Farscape and Defiance) are developing a pilot based on Global Frequency -- a DC Comics-WildStorm series from the last decade -- for FOX.
According to Deadline, Global Frequency has landed a pilot production commitment at FOX, with O'Bannon writing the story and producing, alongside Bruckheimer, comics creator Warren Ellis (RED), Jonathan Littman (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and KristieAnne Reed (Hostages) for Warner Bros. Television and Jerry Bruckheimer TV.
In a recent interview with Turtle Rock Studios' Creative Director Phil Robb, IGN learned that all DLC maps for Evolve will be available to players free of charge.
According to Robb, giving players free maps means players won't be booted because they didn't pay for the DLC.
Robb addresses the issue around the 4:10 mark in the video below: "First thing we
said was we can't break the community up, so all of our maps will be free. We never want anyone to get booted off of a server because they haven't bought something."
Robb confirmed that new monsters, hunters, and maps are planned for Evolve's post-release DLC support. Additionally, players who do not purchase monster or hunter DLC will still be able to fight against the new monsters alongside the new hunters.
Ubisoft has offered a workaround for an issue causing games of Assassin's Creed Unity to crash at the main menu.
"We have discovered one of the issues that may cause the game to crash at the main menu after pressing the CONTINUE button. This issue affects all platforms," Ubisoft said on the official Assassin's Creed blog.
"The team is working hard on a fix for those players that have been affected by this. However, for players who haven’t experienced this issue, we highly recommend you take the following steps to prevent a crash:
The soon-to-be Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, has been friendly with the press since the big announcement was made a few weeks back that he had been cast as the Marvel character. And now in a new interview, the actor has revealed some details on where he stands as a comic-book fan, whether or not he’s tried on the Black Panther suit yet (he hasn’t), and more.
Talking to EW, Boseman says that he doesn’t think there’s a screenplay for his standalone film at the moment. “All of that is being come up with right now,” he says. “How do they say that: My pay grade doesn’t reach that high.” The actor also says that prior to the big reveal that he would be debuting as the character in Captain America: Civil War, he had only been talking to Marvel about the role for less than a month (though he acknowledges that there had been “rumors” out there prior to that).
Some GTA V players who bought the game for the PS4 and Xbox One are reporting that the game's online features aren't working properly.
According to a support thread on Rockstar's official forums, some users' game sessions are timing out before they can locate a match. IGN has also received news tips from readers expressing similar frustrations.
Rockstar was quick to respond with the following statement:
Google has unveiled its new initiative Google Contributor, a program that will allow users to browse selected sites without advertising for a small monthly fee.
"Today’s Internet is mostly funded by advertising," says Google. "But what if there were a way to directly support the people who create the sites you visit each day?"
Developer Bohemia Interactive is now hosting a miniature 2D tribute to their popular multiplayer survival game DayZ.
Appropriately called MiniDayZ, it is a small game in which players have to forage for food, manage supplies, and survive in a zombie-infested world. It's completely free and playable in a browser on Bohemia Interactive's website.
It should be noted that this is a single-player only game, and does not implement multiplayer in any way like DayZ.
Originally a mod for ArmA II, DayZ has since become its own standalone game available in Steam Early Access. A future release on PlayStation 4 was announced during Gamescom 2014, and an Xbox One version was recently teased by creator Dean Hall.