Tag: category-/Games/Computer & Video Games

Apple has removed almost 42,000 games so far in App Store licensing purge in China

To comply with Chinese law, Apple has removed nearly 42,000 games from the App Store in China since July 1 because these apps didn’t have proper licenses. Market researcher Niko Partners found that Apple removed 14,914 games in July ahead of a July 31 deadline to comply with a 2016 regulation that requires games to […]

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Sony and Microsoft don’t know the price of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X

Microsoft and Sony are playing a game of chicken when it comes to the price of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. No one wants to go first. And I’m sure that you, like me, find this strategy infuriating. They know the prices of their next-gen consoles, so why not tell us? Well — […]

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Zynga is acquiring hypercasual mobile game firm Rollic for at least $168 million

Zynga has agreed to buy Istanbul-based Rollic, a fast-growing hypercasual mobile game company, as part of its latest effort to expand through acquisition. The San Francisco-based Zynga will pay $168 million for 80% of Rollic, whose games have more than 250 million downloads. Hypercasual games can be played in a minute and are monetized through […]

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Zynga beats Q2 2020 expectations with bookings up 38% to $518 million

Zynga reported revenue and bookings today that beat expectations for its second quarter ended June 30, as more people turned to social mobile games because of the pandemic. The San Francisco-based social gaming company reported bookings of $518 million, up 38% from the same quarter a year ago, while revenues (which do not include deferred […]

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Intellivision delays launch to April 2021 and unveils 20 new games

Intellivision Entertainment announced today that it will delay the launch of its Amico video game console from October 10 to April 15. The company also announced 20 new games for the “reboot” console (with a total of 30 in the works), which is aimed at getting young and old family members together on the couch […]

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Pikmin 3’s October 30 release date on Switch is scary

Nintendo has finally given us a release date for Switch game for the rest of 2020. I’m just surprised by how late in the calendar Pikmin 3 is landing. As a Nintendo fan, it’s honestly kind of scary. Pikmin 3 Deluxe will debut October 30. The original version of Pikmin 3 came out for the […]

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Activision Blizzard beats expectations as Q2 2020 revenue grows 38% to $1.9 billion

Activision Blizzard reported earnings today that beat expectations as the company saw a surge for its Call of Duty games because people are staying inside due to the pandemic. The Santa Monica, California-based game publisher said its GAAP revenues were $1.93 billion, up 38% from $1.40 billion a year ago while non-GAAP earnings per share […]

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Starfinder is an interactive Alexa voice game starring Laura Bailey

Amazon is launching Starfinder, an interactive Alexa game featuring the voice actors Laura Bailey (of The Last of Us Part II) and Nathan Fillion. It’s a new way to entertain yourself in today’s stay-at-home culture. The first three episodes of Starfinder are available starting today on any Alexa-enabled device, including Amazon Echo, Fire TV, and […]

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gets over 100 Project xCloud games on September 15

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will get access to over 100 games via the Project xCloud streaming service starting September 15, Microsoft announced today. This means that those paying the $15 a month for Game Pass Ultimate will be able to play these 100-plus Xbox games on their Android phones or tablets, all thanks to […]

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Sony’s PS5 production on track for holiday launch

Sony said that the launch of the PlayStation 5 video game console is on track for the launch during the 2020 holiday season. The Japanese company made the announcement as part of its earnings release early Tuesday morning. The company said that while PlayStation 4 hardware production was slightly impacted due to issues in the […]

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PlayStation 4 sales pass 112.3 million as PS5 launch looms

Sony announced today that PlayStation 4 has now sold over 112.3 million consoles. The new came as part of Sony’s latest financial results, which is for the quarter ending on June 30. That number was at 110.4 million the last time Sony reported it in May. The PlayStation 4 launched in 2013. Since then, it […]

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Take-Two Interactive coasts to $831.3 million in Q2 2020 revenue as fans flock to online games

Take-Two Interactive reported that revenue for its first fiscal quarter (the second calendar quarter) ended June 30 rose 54% from a year ago to $831.3 million as fans played online games during the pandemic. The results for profits and revenues beat Wall Street’s expectations. Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead […]

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Ubisoft confirms alleged abuser Tommy François has departed the company

Ubisoft confirmed today that game creator Tommy François has left the company after being accused of inappropriate behavior including sexual misconduct. The move is the latest to happen in the wake of Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot’s pledge to overhaul how the company handles employee complaints about harassment, sexual abuse, and other matters. Ubisoft stood out […]

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The Avengers could web up PlayStation players with exclusive Spider-Man access

Sony confirmed today that Spider-Man will be exclusive to the PlayStation versions of Marvel’s The Avengers. Barring any delays, The Avengers will release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC on September 4. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions will follow in 2021. Spider-Man will be available as free downloadable content for the […]

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For World of Darkness, the future of tabletop RPGs is increasingly digital

The early-’90s, in all of its grunge-soaked glory, saw vampires and werewolves roam the night while humanity became part of a herd to be culled and controlled. A World of Darkness had been born in shadow and masquerade. With the birth of the first editions of Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse tabletop role-playing […]

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Oculus Quest dev discovers replay, passthrough features in system software

Oculus Quest developer Gerald McAlister has made more discoveries while digging inside the Quest system software after finding a potential “Guardian Couch” feature earlier this week. New code he uncovered indicates that an instant replay feature is being developed for the Quest, as well as a “passthrough portal” feature. Instant Replay feature incoming too. Really happy […]

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The RetroBeat: Disney’s Rescue Rangers gave the NES two fantastic sidescrollers

I hope you’ll indulge a little self-promotion. I co-host a podcast about Disney in the ’90s called (simply enough) 90s Disney. Our next episode is about one of my favorite cartoons when I was growing up: Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers. To prepare for the podcast, I not only watched some episodes of the show, […]

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Tens of millions of new players dove into EA games during the pandemic

Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson said in an earnings call with analysts today that tens of millions of new players have joined the company’s games since April. That’s a rare one-time change caused by the global health emergency that has left many in isolation at home, but the company believes that many of the new […]

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Carnegie Mellon researchers use Twitch to collect sounds for AI research

Carnegie Mellon researchers designed a live-streaming video game to collect audio from players that’ll populate a database for AI research. The team’s game — Rolling Rhapsody — is specifically designed to be played on Twitch, and it tasks streamers with rolling a ball across a map to collect “treasure” while viewers record sound from their […]

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EA reports strong June quarter with revenue up 21% to $1.46 billion

Electronic Arts reported financial results today that beat Wall Street’s expectations with revenue growing 21% to $1.46 billion for the first fiscal quarter ended June 30. The big game publisher released just two games during the quarter: Command & Conquer Remastered Collection, a remake of the real-time strategy series created by Westwood Studios in the […]

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15,000 games removed from Apple’s App Store in China ahead of registration deadline

Unlicensed mobile games are dropping like flies from the Apple App Store as China’s deadline for registration approaches on Friday. At the request of the Chinese government, Apple removed nearly 15,000 games since July 1, with more likely to disappear when the August 1 requirement for registration arrives, said Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad over […]

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How Xsolla provides developers with a game business engine

Xsolla is a video game powerhouse, but chances are you haven’t heard of it. That’s because the company stays behind the scenes as it provides what it calls a “business engine” for game developers, and it has done so for 15 years. Xsolla handles more than 700 different payment systems around the world. And it […]

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Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout — How Mediatonic crafted a cute battle royale

If you told me that someone was making a cute battle royale, I would have laughed out loud in derision. When I saw what Mediantonic did with Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, a very cute battle royale, I did laugh out loud. Because it’s so fun. Fall Guys is one of my favorites from E3 2019, […]

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Phantasy Star Online 2 comes to Steam on August 5

Sega announced today that Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to Steam on August 5. For years, Phantasy Star Online has been exclusive to Japan. The online action role-playing game finally became available in the U.S. when an Xbox One version released here in April, followed by a Windows release in May. Now this Steam […]

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Cuphead launches on PS4

Cuphead has had a surprise release for PlayStation 4. You can play the run-‘n’-gun action-sidescroller on that platform right now. Developer Studio MDHR made the announcement today during an interview with Geoff Keighley as a part of his Summer Game Fest series (part of what we’re going “Not E3” as folks come up with replacement […]

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At Pokémon Go Fest 2020, millions of players caught nearly a billion Pokémon

Niantic announced today that Pokémon Go Fest 2020 drew millions of players who caught nearly a billion Pokémon over the weekend. The annual fest took place on July 25 and July 26 as an online-only event, in contrast to prepandemic years, when it was held as a physical event in big parks in different regions. […]

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Analogue Pocket preorders open August 3, ships May 2021 due to pandemic

The Analogue Pocket is closer than ever and yet still so far away. The company confirmed today that Analogue Pocket preorders start at 8 a.m. Pacific time (11 a.m. Eastern) on August 3 . But Analogue will not begin shipping the modern Game Boy revival until May 2021. It blames supply-chain challenges due to the […]

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Mobile game publisher Gismart woos developers of hypercasual games

Mobile game and app developer Gismart announced it is seeking to partner with developers of hypercasual games to speed both development and publishing of their titles. The London-based Gismart is inviting experienced hypercasual, puzzle, and idle game development studios to partner with the company. Gismart is joining companies such as Crazy Labs in chasing after […]

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Altdeus: Beyond Chronos merges visual novels and mech battles in VR

Nine months on from its initial announcement, we finally have more details about Tokyo Chronos sequel, Altdeus: Beyond Chronos. The game, developed by MyDearest, is coming to the Oculus platform first in Q4 2020. It’s a full sequel to Tokyo Chronos which, you may recall, was a stab at adapting the visual novel genre popular in […]

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The D20 Beat: Fae Tactics gives me that ol’ Final Fantasy Tactics feelin’

As I was meeting my perspective colleagues for my first job in the enthusiast press, lo so many years ago (2006!), they of course asked me about my favorite games. I had three answers: X-Wing, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, and Final Fantasy Tactics. Tactics came out in 1998 in the United States, and […]

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Why all great games need a product vision

Game studios all too often find themselves stuck in the same situation: Production should be underway, but the dev team is still somewhere in discovery mode. Rather than execution and content-build being in full flow, time is being spent debating over fundamental questions that should have been answered at the start. What is the game […]

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