Monthly Archives: April 2013

Layoffs hit Square Enix Europe

Square Enix layoffs to hit European and UK offices; exact employee numbers unknown.

 

Square Enix has begun a round of layoffs in its UK and European offices.

In a statement to MCV UK, the company confirmed the news. The announcement comes after the publisher saw an “extraordinary loss” for the financial year ended March 31.


Speaking to the trade publication, Square Enix said, “We are reviewing our business in Europe to ensure we have the right structure, content, and skills for the changing entertainment landscape.”

“We do expect changes to the UK office, which will affect personnel. We will update you when the time is right, but our priority right now is for the people within the business.”

Last month, Square Enix president Yoichi Wada resigned from the company following the announcement of an expected 10 billion yen loss for the 2012-2013 financial year. Despite being well-received critically, sales for big-budget Square Enix titles Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution, and Sleeping Dogs failed to meet expectations in the North American market.

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The people got what they wanted, Lobo in Injustice Gods Among Us

Lobo will join the cast of Injustice: Gods Among Us.

 

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Gootecks chats with the SFxT and SSF 4 AE Champion Infiltration

Gootecks and Infiltration talk about his dominance in Super Street Fighter IV AE, new sponsors, Laughs role, notes and more.

 

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Gootecks takes you on a tour of Norcal Regionals

If you missed out or wanted to see what NorCal Regionals looked like, check out this tour of the venue.

 

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Respawn’s first game an always-online Xbox 720 exclusive?

Sources reveal details on first game from studio founded by Call of Duty creators; will reportedly be multiplayer-focused online shooter described as battle of Davids and Goliaths.

 

The first information about Respawn Entertainment’s debut effort may have been exposed. Several sources have told Kotaku that the studio’s first game will be a multiplayer-focused, always-online Xbox 720 exclusive. A version may also release for Xbox 360, but iterations for PlayStation and Nintendo consoles are not in the cards, one source said.


Call of Duty studio Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella created Respawn Entertainment in 2010 after Activision fired them, claiming insubordination. The studio’s first game will be published by Activision rival Electronic Arts.

The game is reportedly a future-set online multiplayer shooter and was described as a battle of Davids and Goliaths. It is not clear if a traditional single-player campaign will be included or if there will be any way to play the game offline.

“The Davids are heavily armed foot soldiers. The Goliaths are giant exoskeletons–Titans–that these soldiers can pilot. These Titans are big, mech-style walkers that move with an agility not seen in games like Mechwarrior or Steel Battalion,” Kotaku writes.

Respawn Entertainment recently filed a trademark application for the name “Titan,” suggesting this may be the title of the company’s first game.

The new game is reportedly being made on a modified version of Valve’s Source engine and not internal technology from Electronic Arts like Frostbite, which powers the Battlefield series, among others. Respawn is handling development of the Xbox 720 version, one source said, noting the company is in the process of choosing another studio to make the Xbox 360 version.

Neither Respawn nor EA could be reached for comment. A Microsoft representative said, “We do not comment on rumors or speculation. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform, but we don”t have anything further to share at this time.”

Gamers may not have long to wait to learn official details about Respawn’s first game. If the game is in fact an next Xbox exclusive, Microsoft may choose to show it off during the platform’s reveal event on May 21.

If the game is a no-show at Microsoft’s event, it will likely be unveiled just weeks later. Zampella said last month that Respawn will attend the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo in June, adding “I have no intention of showing up empty-handed!”

West has since left the company to take care of “family issues.”

Respawn’s first title was previously hinted to be, by EA Labels president Frank Gibeau, a first-person science-fiction shooter. It may support 3D.

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Dynasty Warriors 8 Screens

46 new shots posted.

     

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Diablo III PS3 preorders get XP-buffed Infernal Helm

Blizzard Entertainment reveals preorder perk for upcoming console version of dungeon-crawler.

 

Gamers who preorder Diablo III for PlayStation 3 will receive the exclusive Infernal Helm (below right), which grants users an XP boost, Blizzard Entertainment announced today.


“Wearable at level 1, the Infernal Helm confers a +EXP bonus to help you whip your new PlayStation characters into tip-top shape,” Blizzard said in a statement. “Plus, it looks sweet as hell (pun intended) on all five mortal heroes of Sanctuary–Witch Doctor, Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Wizard, and Monk.”

Currently, Diablo III for PS3 is scheduled to launch sometime in 2013, with the Infernal Helm becoming available on launch day. The item will apply to all PS3 characters, but will not transfer to any characters from the PC version of the game.

Diablo III was announced for the PS3 and PS4 during Sony’s major media event in February and was playable at PAX East in March. Diablo III for consoles features a new interface and control scheme, allowing players to directly control their character.

The console version allows for offline play, while the PC and Mac iterations mandates that players be connected to Blizzard’s Battle.net service, even when playing single-player.

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GS News – Rockstar holding GTAV online casting call

Developer will choose five fans and use their features to create in-game characters for fictional Epsilon Program religion.

 

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BioShock Infinite DLC adding new AI companion?

LinkedIn profile of 2K Games dev suggests first expansion for action-shooter will add new AI companion character.

 

BioShock Infinite‘s first downloadable content expansion may add a new artificial intelligence (AI) companion character. A 2K Games developer has listed “DLC1” on his LinkedIn page (via Superannuation), with work including “animation and R&D for a new AI companion character.”


No further details about this character were divulged and an Irrational Games representative was not immediately available to comment.

Elizabeth is the main AI character in BioShock Infinite. It is unclear how this new character, if it is added to the game, would affect Elizabeth’s role in the game.

BioShock Infinite’s $20 DLC season pass includes three expansions for the first-person shooter, said to provide “hours” of additional gameplay and include new stories, characters, abilities, and weapons.

For more on BioShock Infinite, check out GameSpot’s review.

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GRID 2 – Overtake, Time Attack, Customisation

Check out this official GRID 2 live stream replay that highlights the Overtake and Time Attack modes.

 

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