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Square Enix to combine dev teams amid losses

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 15 mins ago

Square Enix will shake up and combine its myriad of dev teams to help optimize and organize games development, the company today announced.




Square Enix hasn't been doing too well lately. Sales of Just Cause 4 didn't meet launch targets, and its Q3 smartphone games didn't take off, resulting in lower than expected earnings. Now the company plans to restructure its business divisions to help streamline how it makes games. The publisher currently operates with 11 different business departments that all handle development of various games, from big-budget Final Fantasy titles at BD1 to smaller-scale mobile games. CEO Yousuke Matsuda says this number shrink dramatically down to just 4 teams during Square Enix's next fiscal year.


"As of FY2020/3, we plan on reorganizing and consolidate the 11 existing business divisions at SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. into four business units in order to increase the efficiency of our workflows, make more effective use of our resources, and consolidate our expertise with the aim of improving profitability," Mr. Matsuda said in a recent Square Enix Q&A earnings report.

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Path of Exile PS4 release set for March 8

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 21 mins ago

After a few delays and tons of tweaks, Path of Exile finally has a concrete PS4 launch date, and it's quite soon.



Path of Exile will arrive on PS4 on March 8, 2019 alongside the game's new Synthesis expansion, Grinding Gear Games today announced. The PlayStation 4 flavor will release with all previous expansions and content baked in alongside the Synthesis update, complete with console-friendly controls, chat systems, and everything else the previous games are known for (including excellent action RPG mechanics straight out of Diablo).


Like previous updates, the latest Synthesis expansion has a bunch of new additions including a fresh league for ladder-like competition, a new NPC called Cavas that opens up a unique questline, new skill gems, a ton of new items, and an interesting new Fractured item type that can be earned from synthesizing Cavas' memories. Just when I think GGG can't top their previous expansions they find new ways to re-invent the wheel.

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Monster Hunter: World smashes Japan's sales charts

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 22 mins ago

Monster Hunter: World conquers Japan's 2018 game sales with 2.85 million copies sold on PS4.




Capcom's online-based Monster Hunter: World multiplayer game has exploded since launch, spiking company profits by sixfold and ushering in a new steady influx of cash for the publisher. The game, which has sold more than 11 million units worldwide, is a huge success in its native land and actually outpaced big hits like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokemon Let's Go in 2018's game sales.


Although Japan is typically ruled by mobile and handheld gaming, Monster Hunter: World is a big driver of the country's dedicated console sector. According to new figures from Famitsu, 2018's top five best-selling games in Japan include: Monster Hunter: World (2.85 million), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2.66 million), Pokemon Let's GO Eevee and Pikachu (1.36 million), Splatoon 2 (1.19 million) and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (1 million). It's worth noting eight out of the ten top games are on Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid.

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Lootboxes sneak into Black Ops 4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 21 mins ago

Activision and Treyarch add a familiar feature to Black Ops 4: lootboxes.




Black Ops 4 is already monetized with battle passes and COD Points (even reticles cost cash), but now lootboxes are coming back too. Starting with its new Operation Grand Heist update, Black Ops 4 will have purchasable lootboxes filled with randomized cosmetic loot. A new vendor, Blackjack, will peddle these seasonal-style wares in the game's Black Market microtransaction storefront. Not surprisingly, Activision never explicitly calls its lootboxes what they are--instead they're referred to as "Cases".


"Blackjack's Reserves: New Reserve items include playable zombie Blackout characters, Vacation Hudson sporting a Hawaiian shirt and tie, Mastercrafts for the KN-57 and Outlaw, and much more. Items from Reserves in past Operations will be available in Blackjack's Reserves, including the Mozu Replicant and SG12 Boombox Mastercrafts. Additionally, Cases containing Blackjack Reserves can be earned by playing Multiplayer or Blackout, or they can be acquired in the Black Market," reads a Treyarch blog post announcement.

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Xbox One still flops in Japan

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 26 mins ago

Japan, ruled by handhelds and mobile gaming, has no place for Microsoft's Xbox console.




According to hardware sales figures gleaned from Famitsu, the Xbox One is still doing poorly in Japan. The self-described "all-in-one" console can't gain traction on foreign soil, and is being absolutely annihilated by the Nintendo Switch and PS4 on their home turf. This is despite Microsoft's heavy investment in JRPGs and courting devs from overseas to help bolster the system's flagging first-party lineup.


The Xbox One barely managed to sell 100,000 units in Japan throughout 2018, whereas other dedicated consoles like the Nintendo Switch hybrid sold 6.8 million and the PlayStation 4 hit 7.5 million. But Nintendo's 3DS handheld absolutely dominated sales charts with 24.3 million units sold throughout the year, largely driven by strong catalog games and content.

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Google to reveal gaming platform at GDC 2019

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 37 mins ago

Google's been working on a big gaming platform for years now, and the company should be ready to show it off at GDC 2019 in March.




Google's new Project Stream game streaming service may just be a part of its ambitious plans. The company is one of the many tech giants stepping into the streaming arena (Apple, Verizon, Microsoft and EA are all working on streaming), but the billion-dollar search mogul needs more than a singular service. The company will likely unveil its comprehensive, multi-faceted platform that incorporates Project Stream and other software and services, the same way Microsoft's Xbox LIVE online is the framework for its rich bedrock of subscriptions and services.


It's possible that new Google gaming hardware will be part of the plan, too. Project Stream aims to use cloud servers to beam high-quality gaming to any device via Chrome, whether its laptops, PCs, tablets or phones. But we should also see the company roll out small, cost-effective mini-consoles or set-top boxes to receive Project Stream's cloud-streamed games.

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Jagex showcase Old School RuneScape in-game statistics

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 53 mins ago

Jagex should be more than proud with their efforts they have thrown into Old School RuneScape. The game has taken off once more and has reached a new all-time high popularity wise, and now we have the statistics to prove it.



Since Jagex decided to re-roll the RuneScape servers back to the glory days of 2007, the Old School RuneScape community has been on nothing but an upswing player-base wise. The classic game powered by a democracy of community decisions recently debuted to mobile as well, which resulted in the title catapulting itself through records set back in 2008 for 'most total paid memberships at once'.


Now, Jagex has is currently sitting at new heights with Old School RuneScape and has taken this moment to release some in-game statistics regarding activities players constantly do. According to Jagex's statistics, there are 200,000 quests completed on average per day, 25.1 million fish caught per day, 198.2 million logs chopped per day, 32.2 million weapons and armor forged each day and 2.3 million bosses slain. Each of these activities are achieved by quite a large amount of dedicated players. Old School RuneScape is currently available on the PC, iOS and Android devices. A link to the website for more information can be found here.

'The Witcher 3' developers possibly working on Switch title

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 53 mins ago

How possible do you think it would be to get The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt onto the Nintendo Switch? At first thought, I would say that would be quite an achievement for CD Projekt RED or any porting company, but not entirely impossible.



CD Projekt RED is the developer behind the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077, and also the developer behind the critically acclaimed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The news of CD Projekt RED dipping their toes into the Nintendo Switch pool come from YouTuber 'Doctre81', who claims to have found a recent job listing for a GOG Galaxy software engineer.


The listing which is for a position of 'Head of Software Engineering for GOG Galaxy' asks potential applicants to imagine a place where all gamers would be able to connect regardless of their platform, more specifically it also lists Nintendo Switch as apart of that. CD Projekt RED owns GOG and seems to looking towards the Nintendo Switch as a potential platform, what game would we see if the polish game developer decided to venture there? Most likely, I would think Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is most realistic even though CD Proejekt RED has said they have 'no plans' for a Switch port.

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PlayStation CEO says Sony has an eye on multiplayer/co-op

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 53 mins ago

There is absolutely no doubt that Sony take 1st place in terms of having exclusive titles on their platform, with big names such as God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn and Detroit: Become Human the publishing studio really has hit the nail on the head story game wise. But what of multiplayer?




In a recent interview with Business Insider, PlayStation CEO, Shawn Layden was asked some questions regardining the weakness of Sony. Most shockingly was how honest and straightforward Layden was, and props to him for doing so as honesty at those high levels of position is very much respected. Layden said; "I think all those things we do [story-driven games] really well. What we don't do so much in is multiplayer."


Layden was asked a follow-up question whether he was referring to online multiplayer or local multiplayer (couch co-op), his response was this; "Couch co-op - I mean, that's a whole category I think the industry needs to look back at. We have that with sports titles, and some racing titles, but not with much else. And I think that speaks to the power of the internet on the one hand, but otherwise we might wanna revisit that to get more family engagement in the gaming experience."

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Netflix pull future 'The Punisher' & 'Jessica Jones' seasons

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 16 hours, 54 mins ago

Two of Marvels popular T.V shows on Netflix's platform 'The Punisher' and 'Jessica Jones' have had some quite unfortunate news announced.




According to a statement issued to Deadline, there will not be a third season of 'The Punisher' despite the second season just releasing on Netflix in January, 2019. Accompanied in this canceled deal between Marvel and Netflix is that Marvel's 'Jessica Jones' will be on its last season, the show will run its third season but that will be the final one.


Despite both of these popular shows having future seasons canceled, Netflix will still keep the shows on their service for subscribers to enjoy. It is unknown how long those show will stay on the platform, but we can imagine it would be enough time for people to enjoy it. Marvel's TV boss Jeph Loeb gave a statement on the decision, he said that Netflix was the one to drop each of the characters' shows and not Marvel, he further teased that Marvel is not done with characters and could still use them for future projects whether it be in TV or movies.

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