In a not-so-shocking turn of events today, developer Sledgehammer Games revealed that Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare will not be coming to the Wii U. According to a tweet from Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey, the decision not to release the game on Nintendo's console was not his or his company's, but Activision's.
"No, no WiiU," he said in response to a question about bringing the game to Wii U. "That was an Activision decision. We are focused on XboxOne, PS4, and PC."Read more
Zabuza Labs has launched "Save Trees - A Game for Social Cause" for Android-based devices, a simple game that offers a message about conservation and protecting the environment. The game promises to entertain with simple gameplay mechanics while delivering a "social message" and educational information on trees.Read more
Developers of video games that are deemed "culturally British" can claim tax relief on some of the production costs in the United Kingdom thanks to a new tax relief scheme that officially went into effect in the region yesterday.
Under the newly implemented plan, game developers and publishers can claim a tax credit of up to 25 percent on qualifying production costs associated with producing games that are certified by the BFI as culturally British.Read more
InFamous developer Sucker Punch has laid off an undetermined number of employees, according to what Sony Computer Entertainment America (the parent company of the studio), has told IGN UK.
SCEA would not give an exact number, but did confirm that there has been a "reduction in workforce." The company also did not disclose the reasoning behind the layoffs.Read more
Gamescom organizer Koelnmesse revealed that Gamescom 2014 drew an estimated 335,000 people from 88 countries to its annual event in Cologne, Germany last week. The attendance number is slightly less than last year's attendance number: 340,000 people. This year's attendance number included 31,500 regular people and 6,000 members of the press.
Koelnmesse also said that 700 exhibitors from 47 countries showcased their gaming products this year, up from 635 exhibitors in 2013.Read more
According to this CVG report, Activision might be taking some inspiration from Microsoft (even though it is rumored to be dumping its studio business off to someone else) and considering building its very own in-house film studio. Presumably Activision would use some of its top franchises such as Call of Duty and Blizzard's properties (sans Warcraft) to create movie adaptations.Read more
Retailer GameStop announced that its CEO Paul Raines underwent unscheduled surgery last week to remove a small, cancerous tumor from his brain. The company revealed the news in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The surgery, removed the tumor from an "easily accessible" part of Raines' brain and was a success. Raines is expected to make a full recovery, according to GameStop.Read more
Watch Dogs will be the only mature rated title from Ubisoft coming to the Wii U this year. Why? Because, according to Ubisoft, Wii U users don't buy mature rated games. In fact, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot tells Game Informer that Watch Dogs will most likely be the last mature game published for the Wii U. Ubisoft is pointing to poor sales of Assassin's Creed games on Wii U as the main reason for this decision. Read more
According to new data from the International Game Developers Association most game developers think working at Valve Software would be the best career move they could make. The data is part of the IGDA's annual Developer Satisfaction Survey. The survey, conducted by researchers at the University of Western Ontario and M2 Research polled more than 2,200 developers on a variety of topics.Read more
The Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 offers three games for whatever you want and seven if you are willing to pay more than $15 bucks. Paying more than $1 will get you The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing - Complete Pack from Neocore Games, Deadlight from Tequila Works, and Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition from Stardock.
Paying more than the average price will get you Terraria, THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII Steam Edition, and Crusader Kings II (with 3 DLC Unit Packs).Read more
Bungie has to return the founders’ shares in the game studio that it took away from former music and audio chief Marty O’Donnell, according to a ruling made in an arbitration proceeding.Read more
Delaware has become the first state in the US to enact a law that ensures families’ rights to access the digital assets of loved ones during incapacitation or after death. Last week, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed House Bill (HB) 345, "Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts Act," which gives "heirs and executors" legal authority to take control of a digital account or device, according to Ars Technica.Read more
Mental health charity Take This is returning to PAX Prime again this year with an AFK Room and a special panel led by the group's founders and other contributors.
"PAX has been a huge part of the success of Take This in being able to reach those who need help dealing with mental health issues in the greater video gaming community," said Take This president Russ Pitts. "It's an honor to be able to return to the show in an expanded role, and to hopefully help more people and spread more awareness about these very important issues."Read more