In a recent post from Don Mattrick, President of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, on the Xbox’s official website, posts that all the Xbox One’s DRM of always being online and the restriction of not being able to freely trade the games that are released for the system to any one the consumer wants, has been scrapped!!!!! He states, “After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.” and, “There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.” Continue reading
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Tourchlight Goes Free…For Two Days!
The well received game by Runic Games, Tourchlight, has gone on sale for the very low price of… free!! As a part of their “No DRM” promotion, the game will be available, with ALL its juicy stats, till Thursday, June 20th at 12:59 p.m GMT.
So get your butts into the nearest computer chair and start downloading.
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IO Interactive Lays Off Half Their Employees
A spokesperson from IO Interactive has said to Develop that the company is heading a straight forward path to only focus on developing games for the Hitman franchise. By this decision the company has laid off about half of their employees. The spokesperson has been quoted as saying, “However we have taken the difficult decision to cancel other studio projects and initiatives at IO and reduce the workforce in this studio, which will impact almost half of the employees currently at IO, as we make internal adjustments to face the challenges of today’s market.” This is something that is not new to companies especially in the video game business, heck it could be way worse, it can just officially shut down but this is different in the case that a wide lay off was caused by the company’s decision to officially focus on one kind of project. Continue reading
This Week In Confirmed News 5
Confirmed news is back after its week break and we got a whole bunch of stuff to quench your news appetite with.
Hideki Kamiya Wants To Return To The Viewtiful Universe
In an interview between Viewtiful Joe creator Hideki Kamiya and Famitsu, Kamiya admitted he would like to make a sequel to the famed hero of Movieland’s games. The Viewtiful Joe series is made up of four installments: the original, part deux, Double Trouble on the DS, and their Super Smash Bros. clone Red Hot Rumble. This writer is glad to support this idea all the way. Unfortunately when Kamiya made Viewtiful Joe he was still working under Capcom, so they have all the rights to the franchise. One can only hope that he will be able to one day get the rights to his creation again and make that sequel.
2K Boss Says Photorealism Is The Way To Go
2K Games boss Christoph Hartmann stated in an in-depth interview with Gamesindustry International that games should inspire to capture a type of photo-realistic emotion that movies tend to display much easier than games do. He feels it’s the only way to open new genres in the gaming industry.
GameStop CEO Says Boo To Latest Pre-Owned Games Banned Rumor
A rumor has been moving around the mill lately that the next generation of consoles from Microsoft and Sony apparently won’t support any used games at all. Of course, this is just a rumor since a lot of details about the consoles themselves are little to non-existent, but this hasn’t kept the CEO of GameStop Paul Raines from being asked about this hot rumor in an interview he had with Gamespot about his company.
Dragon’s Dogma 2 Gets Some Added Features
In a recent interview between Dragon’s Dogma creator Hideaki Itsuno and Famitsu, he offered some insight on what added features the game’s will contain that didn’t make it to the first installment. Such features was the concept of a quest creator that Itsuno wanted to implement in the first game couldn’t due to time constraints. Along with this hint, Itsuno also says the game will be a lot bigger and things like story and gameplay are going to be much better and expanded upon. So maybe finally we will get to fight colossus-like giants in the next game to scale up on and some much needed multiplayer in this bitch.
This Week In Confirmed News 4
We got a pot luck of items this week, from an installment from the Sonic series coming back, an obscure game inspired by a manga coming to the 3DS, an anticipated piece of DLC, and more in this mixed bag of news this week.
More JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle Info released
In an interview with Famitsu, CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Maruyama released info on the next upcoming JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle game. Maruyama stated that the game is not going to be a fighting game but is in fact going to be a “Jojo” game. And because of this aim, the game is going to run a 30FPS instead of the usual 60FPS. The team, Maruyama says, are ultimate Jojo fans and felt that with the game running at 30FPS, it’s easier for them to portray the famous expressions that the series’ characters are known for. Finally Maruyama states that the games roster will be bigger than what people would expect. So how do you feel about the choice of making the game go 30FPS instead of 60FPS? Will there be a significant difference for the better or good? Let me see your comments.
Phil Fish Not Patching Fez For The Second Time
Phil Fish, the creator of the hit indie game Fez has been bombarded by fans who have been suffering from in-game issues like save file corruption, frame rate issues, and such that affected 1% of his fans after the installation of the first patch. The reason for this, according to Fish, is that patching the game will take around thousands of dollars to fix, and a number of $40,000 was thrown out there as the exact number it would take.
Another reason is that his company, Polyton, already owes money towards Microsoft, stating that he had to pay to become an exclusive on Xbox Live Arcade. Phil finally then released a proper statement. “To the less-than-1% who are getting screwed, we sincerely apologize. We know this hurts you the most, because you’re the ones who put the most times into the game. And this breaks our hearts. We hope you dont think back on your time spent in FEZ as a total waste.”
Suda 51’s Heart Wasn’t In The Final Product Of Shadows Of The Damned
According to Shinji Mikami, director of Resident Evil 4, Suda 51′s heart was not in the final release of Shadows of the Damned, which he acted as Executive Director of the project. The director went on to say, “It became a completely different game. That was a bit disappointing. I think Suda was unable to create the scenario he’d originally had in his head, and he rewrote the scenario several times. I think his heart was broken. He’s such a unique creator, so it seems to me that he was not quite comfortable with making this game.The game was nothing like Suda had planned, which is rather sad. Mind you, if we’d made it as he originally planned, it probably would have sold even less, but it would have been very unique.”
It is hard to say anything because I’m not one to believe something unless I hear or read it from the main source’s mouth. But if this is true, then wow. If I can say something to Suda 51 then I will tell him that I liked Shadows Of The Damned even if it wasn’t his ideal end product. It still came out good. If there was something you can say to Suda what would you tell him? Out of a lot of game companies out there, his company and he himself are the few that are doing something different, hate to see a guy like this get discouraged from making great games.
Nintendo Wii Could Help Cancer Patients With Fatigue
Amy Hoffman, a nursing researcher at Michigan University’s College Of Nursing, is getting a grant of $379,741.00 and a Nintendo Wii console to help lower the risk of fatigue her lung cancer patience suffer from, especially after surgery. NSCLC (Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer) is the most common lung cancer by about 85% and icauses life threatening risks alone, but even the treatments can also cause high risks. So Hoffman’s been looking for a solution as she mentioned “Nearly half of all Americans live with at least one chronic illness, and nearly a quarter of Americans having multiple chronic illnesses. The needs of the chronically ill are not being met, and a common challenge noted by patients with cancer is self-management of symptoms.”
Deadpool Gets His Own Game and Seems Excited For It
Well the people at High Moon Studios, Marvel and Activision are giving the psychopathic hired gun and semi hero a game of his own titled, by the hero, Deadpool. It is just as crazy as he is. There’s not a a lot of news coming with the reveal of this game, but you can expect it to come out for PS3, Xbox 360, and gladly the Wii U (which has been confirmed), but the game trailer has revealed more than the actual makers.
The game will have you fighting military type enemies in a 3rd person hack & slash/shooter style with some over-the-top gore. The trailer also revealed a lady that looks very similar to X-Men’s Psylocke. But what the trailer did in my eyes very well is portraying its sense of humor that was so hilarious and funny to watch. So while the gameplay doesn’t look like it has much depth in it, the comedy looks like it has top notch writing. Do you think Deadpool deserves a game? Was anybody surprised by this? Because him having a game came out nowhere for me, and from what I see the highlight for it so far seems to be its humor.
This Week In Confirmed News 3
This week we got games of the past getting some face lifts and some out right getting a full body procedure, some indie games and a couple of news for more new titles.