Gamasutra News Editor Joins tinyBuild

December 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Gamasutra news editor Mike Rose has left the publication to join indie game developer and publishing company tinyBuild. The long time editor for the site devoted to game developers, tools, and culture has also written for IndieGames.com and PocketGamer.

In his new role at the studio responsible for No Time to Explain he'll seek out new and exciting games for the company to publish.

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Ubisoft Releases Massive Day One Update for 'The Crew'

December 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Ubisoft's online racing game The Crew has launched today. Yesterday the company said that the game would not suffer from the same launch troubles as other games it released in November like Assassin's Creed Unity and Far Cry 4. But on launch day a massive Day One update for the Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, and PC has already been released tackling a bunch of technical issues that either made it by quality assurance or were found after the game went to manufacturing.

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'The Crew' Will Not Have Launch Problems, Promises Ubisoft

December 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Crew will not suffer launch problems - that's a promise from lead designer Serkan Hasan - made during an interview with the Metroopolist.

"For The Crew, we've reaped the benefits of a long term beta program, designed specifically to push our infrastructure as far as possible in real world situations, with thousands of players from all over the world playing the game at the same time," Hasan told the publication.

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Humble Bundle Hosting 96-Hour 'Games Against Ebola' Game Jam

November 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The fine folks at Humble Bundle are serving as host to a special game jam called Games Against Ebola. The 96-hour game jam will see teams from such notable game developers as Grapefrukt, Mojang, Ludosity, Coffee Stain Studios, Glitchnap, and SLMN build games to raise money for use in the fight of this deadly and terrible disease that has killed thousands of people this year.

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Turtle Rock: 'Evolve' Will Not Divide Its Community Based On Content Purchases

November 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Evolve developer Turtle Rock Studios plans to give away all downloadable content for free and it says that its premium DLC content will not "directly exclude" players who have purchased the base game.

In an interview with IGN, Turtle Rock's Phil Robb, the creative director for Evolve, said that his company has done this so it does not fracture the community into two groups.

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Thirteen Games Selected for UK Tax Relief Program

November 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The British Film Institute, which awards certificates for tax credits from the British government, has selected 13 projects - two of which are being kept secret - which passed the cultural test and will get tax relief.

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CCP Games Shuts Down Fan-Made 'Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines' Project

November 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A fan-made project to recreate the Troika Games-developed Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines (originally published by Activision) using Unity has been shut down by CCP Games.

CCP Games owns the popular vampire-themed RPG world now, and according to the group behind Project Vaulderie, it has sent them a Cease and Desists letter. The non-commercial remake has been put on hold, but the developers are continue to explore ways to make the project a reality at some point.

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RuneScape Well of Goodwill Raises $120K for Three Charities

November 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

RuneScape maker Jagex Games Studio announced today that the long-running MMORPG's community has helped the 2014 Well of Goodwill charity drive beat the record set during last year's campaign. The month-long initiative, which encourages players to use in-game gold pieces and bonds (which have a real-world value) into real-world donations. Last year's charitable effort raised $90,000 for a number of American and British-based charitable organizations. This year's event has raised more than $120,000 to-date - with 7 days still to go.

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'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood' Gives Proceeds to Aids Charity for World AIDS Day

November 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Glu Mobile's Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is one of 25 apps on iOS devices that will help RED and Apple raise money for AIDS, research and relief on December 1 - World Aids Day. From now until December 1, Glu will donate proceeds from the purchase of the game to the Global Fund. The money will be used to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 123

November 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 123), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, watch it to your left, or download it below.

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Frontier Developments Softens Stance on Refunds for 'Elite Dangerous'

November 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week Frontier Developments co-founder and Elite Dangerous creator David Braben told Kickstarter backers and pre-order customers who would be eligible for a refund after the company revealed in the prior week that it was nixing single-player in favor of always online multiplayer. Earlier in the week Braben told those invested in the game that if they played the alpha or beta builds they would probably not be eligible for a refund at this point.

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Report: Valve Making Changes to Steam Early Access Guidelines

November 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like Valve Software has decided to tighten up the rules a bit on Steam Early Access games, according to Gamasutra. In a new post on the official Steam Partners site and in emails sent out to developer partners this week, Valve laid down some new rules for Steam Early Access games.

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Frontier Developments Details Who Can Get a Refund for 'Elite Dangerous'

November 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week Frontier Developments announced that they were scrapping offline play in its space exploration game Elite: Dangerous and focusing on "always online" multiplayer. This made a lot of backers and pre-order customers very upset because they actually wanted a single-player experience or they viewed the always connected nature of the game as a form of DRM.

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Rockstar Fixing Problems With 'GTA V' Profile Transfers to PS4, Xbox One

November 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Those trying to transfer characters from last generation systems (PS3 and Xbox 360) to new generation systems (Xbox One, PS4) may have to wait a bit longer. Rockstar said today that its freshly released next-generation versions of the game are having trouble with the promised character transfer process.

In a post on the Rockstar Support forums, the company acknowledged problems players are having:

"We are looking into an issue preventing character transfer and GTA Online login on accounts that haven’t played GTA Online since 2013," the company says.

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Former Snail Games Employee Sues Company for 'Race Discrimination'

November 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

David Runyan, the former Director of Game Operations for the U.S. division of Chinese MMO company Snail Games, is suing the company for "race discrimination. According to Runyan's lawsuit, Snail Games CEO Shi Hai treated his "white American" employees differently than his Chinese American and Chinese employees, and often questioned his white employees' motives.

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'Read Only Memories' Playable Demo Released

November 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

MidBoss Games has announced the launch of the "first completely public playable demo" for its cyberpunk themed adventure game Read Only Memories.

"Over the last 10 months we’ve had an amazing time showing off our game at events like GaymerX2, GDC, Indiecade, PAX and E3," note MidBoss Games in its announcement about the demo. "Now we finally have a chance to put a final(ish) version of the game’s Prologue & Chapter 1 in your hands."

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Intel Resumes Ad Campaign With Gamasutra

November 14, 2014 - James Fudge

A spokesperson for Intel has confirmed with GamePolitics that it has in fact resumed running ads on Gamasutra. Some on social media have expressed doubt that the Intel ads currently appearing on Gamasutra are from a direct relationship with the chip maker (they argue that the ads are being served up through a third-party) - but according to Intel, these ads are part of an ad campaign.

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Robotoki Hit With Layoffs

November 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Indie game development studio Robotoki has been forced to lay off some of its staff after abandoning the free-to-play model for its upcoming game Human Element in favor of releasing the game as a "premium product." This drastic change has also forced the company to abandon its publishing deal with free-to-play publisher Nexon, which in turn has led to a round of layoffs, according to Gamasutra.

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Creative Assembly Hosting Game Jam to Honor Fallen Colleague This Weekend

November 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

To pay tribute to a colleague and a close friend who passed away, UK developer Creative Assembly is launching a game jam in his honor. Long-time Creative Assembly senior programmer Simon Franco died in June. His most recent work was on Alien: Isolation. To honor Franco, his colleagues and friends will remember and honor his memory with a game jam this weekend called the Franco Jam.

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'Assassin's Creed' Creator Launches New Studio

November 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The man behind Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series has launched a new studio. Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Désilets revealed that he has launched Panache Digital Games in Montreal. Désilets did not say exactly what he's been working on since he left Ubisoft for the second time in May 2013.

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Kickstarter Launched for 'That Dragon, Cancer'

November 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The makers of That Dragon, Cancer have turned to Kickstarter to fund the rest of the game's development. If successful, the game will be released in 2015 on multiple platforms including Ouya, Windows, Mac, and Linux.

That Dragon, Cancer is a game created by Ryan and Amy Green (with the help of Josh Larson), whose 4-year-old son Joel was diagnosed with cancer. During the ongoing development of the game, Joel lost that fight with cancer.

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Avalanche: 'Just Cause 3' Is Not Free-To-Play

November 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday as Just Cause 3 was introduced to the world through some leaked screenshots, many came to the conclusion that the next game in the series would be free-to-play and contain microtransactions. Luckily it turns out that none of that is true according to developer Avalanche Studios. Christofer Sundberg, the co-founder of Sweden-based developer Avalanche Studios said that those leaked screenshots were very old.

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Double Fine COO Calls Metacritic Obsolete

November 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Metacritic, the review aggregation site that some publishers have made financial ties to (I.E. tying developer bonuses to high  scores) is "all but obsolete," according to Double Fine Productions COO Justin Bailey (thanks Matthew Wilson).

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A Long Overdue Correction and an Apology to Brad Wardell

November 11, 2014 - James Fudge

On September 16, 2012 GamePolitics published a story about Brad Wardell and Stardock Systems entitled "Report: Stardock Sued Former Marketing Manager After She Sued CEO for Sexual Harassment." In that report we echoed a false narrative that Stardock's lawsuit against former marketing manager Alexandra Miseta was filed in retaliation for her filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against Stardock CEO Brad Warde

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Layoffs May Hit 'Transformers Universe' Development Team at Jagex

November 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based RuneScape and Transformers Universe studio Jagex has confirmed with GII that it is currently in a consultation process with members of its staff assigned to work on its Transformers Universe MMO game project. The company says that some of those staffers may secure new roles on other Jagex games, while others face layoffs.

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Sumo Digital Buys Back Its Independence

November 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and LittleBigPlanet 3 developer Sumo Digital has completed a management buyout, acquiring itself from parent company Foundation 9 Entertainment today. The UK-based studio was acquired by mega development studio Foundation 9 back in 2007, and has collaborated on big-name titles and built its own games since then.

The studio was able to buy itself back from Foundation 9 thanks mostly to cash from private equity firm NorthEdge Capital.

NorthEdge did not disclose how much it invested in Sumo Digital.

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'The Black Glove' Misses Funding Goal

November 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer Day For Night Games has failed to hit its Kickstarter crowd-funding goal of $500,000 for its upcoming game, The Black Glove. The company only managed to raise $216,517 of the $550,000 goal, forcing it to consider options other than crowd-funding to get its game developed. In case you didn't know, Day For Night Games is made up of many ex-Irrational Games employees - the majority of whom worked on the Bioshock series of games.

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'World of Warcraft: Looking for Group' Available For Free

November 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The World of Warcraft documentary, "World of Warcraft: Looking for Group," is now available for free via YouTube (thanks Matthew Wilson). The documentary had its official debut at Blizzard's annual fan gathering BlizzCon over the weekend.

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'Lords of the Fallen' Becomes Profitable, New DLC Announced

November 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Lords of the Fallen, an RPG for PC, PS4, and Xbox One often compared to From Software's popular hardcore series Dark Souls, has sold 200,000 copies and shipped 700,000 - according to developers CI Games and Deck13 Interactive. The executive producer of the game, Tomasz Gop, confirmed those numbers with Eurogamer.

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Unnamed Bungie Executive 'Swatted'

November 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to news station KOMO, a Bungie executive found himself in the crosshairs of police in the early hours of November 6. A call (which later turned out be an attempt at "swatting" the Bungie executive) to Sammamish, Washington Police Department from an armed gunman claiming to have taken the residents of the Bungie executive's home hostage and demanding a ransom sent law enforcement into action.

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