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Thu, Apr 25, 2013 | 07:56 BST
The EA Partners label, the contract-based publishing service for independent developers, is said to be closing.
Game Informer has apparently received “word from multiple anonymous sources close to the matter” regarding the closure. The Partners label is responsible for bringing the Crysis series, Shadows of the Damned, Alice: Madness Returns, Bulletstorm, Brutal Legend, the Rock Band series and more.
The news follows the departure of CEO John Riccitiello, recent layoffs around the world and the abandoning of relatively new Facebook titles from a studio that was acquired for $300 million.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 | 11:07 BST
Miiverse can now be accessed via computer or smartphone. Wii U’s social network has now launched on browsers in its beta phase to see what all your friends are up.
The browser version allows users to view their Activity Feed, friends list, notifications and more but not make new posts and new accounts. To use the Miiverse outside of a Wii U a Nintendo Network ID still needs to be setup on a Wii U. Thanks Joystiq.
There is still no word of when Miiverse will hit 3DS.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 | 17:45 BST
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 | 06:56 BST
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 | 06:38 BST
The first round of tickets for BlizzCon are now available for purchase on the BlizzCon site. Tickets for the two day event held in Anaheim, California which starts November 8 are $175.
For those not ready to purchase tickets yet, another round of tickets go on sale on April 27 at 10am, courtesy of Shack News. The event will feature the 2013 StarCraft 2 eSports World Championship Series Global Finals, so fans better get in quick.
Blizzard will also announce pricing for Virtual Tickets of its live-streaming coverage down the track. Furthermore, tickets to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner go on sale May 1.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 | 07:03 BST
Unity announced today that it will stop selling Flash deployment licenses but will continue support for Flash customer for the rest of the current cycle.
The news was posted on the Unity blog, courtesy of Shack News, and states the decision is due to Adobe not being committed to future Flash development, saying “We don’t see Adobe being firmly committed to the future development of Flash. This is evidenced by the cancellation of Flash Player Next, the instability of recent Flash Player versions and by Adobe’s workforce moving on to work on other projects. By introducing, and then abandoning, a revenue sharing model, Adobe eroded developers’ (and our) trust in Flash as a dependable, continuously improving platform.”
Adding to that, Unity states that its own Unity Web Player has seen unprecedented growth in recent months, already installed on over 200M computers and by 1/3 of all Facebook gamers.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 | 05:09 BST
The Lost Reels is a remixed port of the original 2009 House of the Dead shooter and is set for release on iOS tonight. Broken into three “movies” or parts, the initial download offers the first movie, Papa’s Palace of Pain, and on playthrough will unlock the second movie, Ballistic Trauma. Naked Terror, the third part, must be purchased though. Each movie is made up of four levels and a boss battle.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 | 08:42 BST
Larian Studios Kickstarter campaign for Divinity: Original Sin has passed $700,000 in funding and will now see that all backers receive a digital copy of a unique Divinity audio CD that includes remastered and remixed music from Beyond Divinity and Divine Divinity.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 | 04:17 BST
Keaven Freeman, lead developer on Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning and Mythic Entertainment employee since 2007 has announced his departure today via his blog.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 | 03:54 BST
A sequel to Adult Swim’s endless runner Robot Unicorn Attack has launched in New Zealand in the lead up to a North American release. The sequel is available for iOS devices and features two worlds, 12 boost abilities, unicorn customisation options in the form of bodies, manes, wings and more.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 | 03:23 BST
Zynga, who acquired OMGPOP last year, have confirmed that Draw Something 2 is now available in the US for iOS devices. The sequel will feature a live social feed, player’s own gallery, a Free Draw mode that allows players to draw whatever they desire and share it with friends, new drawing tools and many new words.
Thanks to Polygon, who report the news was initially announced by Zynga CEO Mark Pincus during an investor call. The game is already available on iOS in Sweden (where it costs 22 kronor) and Canada (CA$2.99).
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 | 03:07 BST
Beyond: Two Souls is the very first PlayStation exclusive to be screened at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival. Some footage has emerged showing Ellen Page’s character in a challenging situation, but more importantly shows what to expect visually, with part of the video hinted as gameplay.
Thanks to GameInformer, who have the bootleg video available for viewing.
The game, being developed by Quantic Dream which also made Heavy Rain, is said to have psychological, spiritual and thriller elements and explores what happens after death. It also stars Willem Dafoe and will be out on October 8, exclusively on PlayStation 3.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 | 02:17 BST
Telltale Games has released the launch trailer for Poker Night 2. The game is out today on the Xbox Live Marketplace, will be available on Steam on Friday 26th April followed by the PlayStation Network on the 30th April.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 | 01:53 BST
Yager, the team behind Spec Ops: The Line, have come from a background of limited access to hardware and software resources to arrive where they are today. Originating in East Berlin, the early days saw the team deep in East Berlin’s piracy scene due to this lack of access.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 | 02:19 BST
CEO of InXile, Brian Fargo, not only successfully Kickstarted Wasteland II but also a second project, the Planescape: Torment based RPG, Torment: Tides of Numenera. He discusses why it makes sense to run the projects this way, focusing game development on the audience, crowdfunding and more.
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 | 06:42 GMT
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 | 06:44 GMT
Meh Games has launched its twin-stick arena shooter Grid Space Shooter on the Xbox Live Indie Games service. The game offers a large variety of enemies as well as power-up options, reports Indie Games.
Grid Space Shooter is going for 80 Microsoft points or can be trialed for free and offers three ships to play with, each with its own powers and abilities as well as alternate flight modes, offering more battle options.
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 | 05:57 GMT
Taito, the now Square Enix owned maker of Space Invaders, has just launched Gangster Connection in Japan. The game is a free-to-play simulation game that involves placing buildings strategically with players taking the role of a mob boss.
According to Siliconera the aim is to gain control of Sunshine City and to spread your influence, battling rival gangs to do so. Missions in the game are chosen by spinning a bullet chamber.
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 | 10:49 GMT
Normand Corbeil, the composer who worked with Quantic Dream and created part of the Heavy Rain soundtrack has passed away at the age of 56 from Pancreatic Cancer.
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 | 05:06 GMT
The Microsoft 5-Game Arcade/Indie Pack and the Settlers Bundle from Ubisoft are Amazon’s deals of the week, the first of which for $10 and the latter priced at $16.