Tag: Games

Respawn pledges transparency for Apex Legends, teases Season 2 updates

Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment is going through some growing pains with the popular battle royale shooter. In a new blog post, the company said that it plans on fixing some issues while also improving communication with fans. “While we’ve made some good progress towards a healthier game, as our community grows issues have come […]

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Epic Games is giving away 500 Magic Leap One AR devices to developers

Epic Games is making its Epic MegaGrants fund a little more enticing. Today, the company said that it’s partnering with Magic Leap to award 500 of the Magic Leap One augmented reality glasses to developers working in AR (the Creator Edition normally retails for $2,295). The free AR headsets are in addition to the $100 million Epic is […]

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CEO Tim Sweeney: Epic Games Store will ‘hastily’ retreat from exclusives if Valve changes revenue model

The war between rival digital storefronts on PC wages on. On Wednesday, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney made a comment on Twitter about what it’d take for the company to stop signing exclusive games on the Epic Games Store. Sweeney claims that if Valve, the company operating Steam, permanently adopted a revenue share model similar […]

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Series: Your Story Universe is NBCUniversal’s big push into interactive storytelling

NBCUniversal and Endless Entertainment launched a new interactive storytelling mobile game today: Series: Your Story Universe. Universal Games and Digital Platforms, is tapping NBCUniversal’s rich set of entertainment intellectual property to fuel storytelling experiences for players, who can make decisions and choose narrative paths that are based on their favorite TV shows and movies. It […]

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NetEase launches Cyber Hunter, a sci-fi battle royale on iOS and Android

Battle royale is everywhere. Game investor and former Microsoft gaming bigwig Eric Fries joked Wednesday during our GamesBeat Summit that he got through the Game Developers Conference without a single battle royale pitch. But we haven’t seen many sci-fi takes on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or Fortnite. NetEase could see Cyber Hunter stand out with its futuristic […]

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Nintendo slightly misses earnings and Switch sales forecasts, won’t introduce new console

Nintendo spread a little disappointment with its latest earnings post for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019. The company’s earnings fell slightly below analyst estimates and, reversing expectations from earlier reports, the company will not launch a new Switch game console at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) trade show in June. Operating profit for […]

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Nintendo Switch hits 34.74 million consoles sold, growth slowing

Nintendo reported that the Nintendo Switch hybrid game console has sold 34.74 million hardware units to date, along with 187.52 million copies of software. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, Nintendo sold 16.95 million units, up 12.7 percent from the previous year, while 118.55 million Switch games were sold. In the fourth fiscal […]

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate punches out 13.8 million

Nintendo reported today that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was a smash hit of the holiday season, with 13.81 million units sold to date on the Nintendo Switch hybrid game console. But Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still the top seller on the Switch, with 16.69 million copies sold, followed by Super Mario Odyssey with 14.44 […]

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Microsoft reports $30.6 billion in Q3 2019 revenue: Azure up 73%, Surface up 21%, and LinkedIn up 27%

Microsoft today reported earnings for its third fiscal quarter of 2019, including revenue of $30.6 billion, net income of $8.8 billion, and earnings per share of $1.14 (compared to revenue of $26.8 billion, net income of $7.4 billion, and earnings per share of $0.95 in Q3 2018). All three of the company’s operating groups saw […]

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Overwatch’s new Workshop will let players make their own game modes

Blizzard announced Workshop for Overwatch today, a new feature will let players create their own game modes. Overwatch launched for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2016. The team-based shooter became a quick hit, and Blizzard has supported it with a steady stream of new (and free) characters and maps, along with seasonal events. […]

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Mortal Kombat 11 has franchise’s most successful launch ever, ‘years of content’ planned

Despite being almost three decades old, the Mortal Kombat series is more popular than ever. David Haddad, the president of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, announced that Mortal Kombat 11 has had the best launch in the franchise’s history. Haddad pointed out the milestone during his panel at the 2019 GamesBeat Summit in Los Angeles. The news comes just […]

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Chris Taylor reveals Kanoogi cloud gaming platform and Intergalactic Space Empire RTS

Chris Taylor, a game developer known for the titles Total Annihilation, Dungeon Siege, and Supreme Commander, announced today that he has been developing a new cloud-based gaming platform, Kanoogi, and a new real-time strategy game, Intergalactic Space Empire. Taylor unveiled the game, which will run on any modern web browser, at the GamesBeat Summit 2019 […]

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Wizards of the Coast taps Baldur’s Gate, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic designer James Ohlen for new studio

James Ohlen retired from BioWare last year after a 22-year career in role-playing game design, serving as the lead designer and creative director for landmark hits like Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Dragon Age: Origins. He went into the tabletop industry, founding Arcanum Worlds, but it looks like […]

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Google Stadia’s Phil Harrison: Cloud-based gaming will be a difficult but ‘fundamental shift’

With Stadia, Google is trying to change the way people play games. And if the upcoming cloud gaming service takes off, the company hopes it’ll fundamentally change how developers make their games, too. Google vice president Phil Harrison (who’s overseeing Stadia) and veteran game designer Amy Hennig spoke about the future of gaming at the first […]

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Watch GamesBeat Summit 2019: We talk online gaming, influencers and video, and community on Day 2

Day 2 of our GamesBeat Summit 2019 kicks off this morning at the Two-Bit Circus micro-amusement park in Downtown Los Angeles. As with Tuesday’s program, we’re streaming live from our two stages — Boss and Hero. The action starts on the Hero stage at 9:15 a.m. (all times Pacific) with opening remarks from our co-emcees, […]

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Inside the making of Baobab’s latest VR short Bonfire

Baobab Studios took the wraps off its next original virtual reality creation yesterday, debuting a trailer for the short VR film Bonfire. The full episode will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this week. I was able to play the episode on the HTC Vive VR headset, and I talked with its […]

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Insomniac’s Ted Price nabs the second annual GamesBeat Visionary Award

We pulled off a nice surprise by giving Ted Price, CEO of Insomniac Games, our second annual GamesBeat Visionary Award. It was like our own little Easter Egg inside the GamesBeat Summit 2019 event in Los Angeles. Price spoke with Morgan Webb of Bonfire Studios about crafting community and culture at a game company — […]

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Magic: The Gathering and ProGuides partner on tutorial videos

Magic: The Gathering is drawing in new players with Arena, a free-to-play digital adaptation of the granddaddy of all collectible card games. And let’s face it — learning Magic can feel daunting. ProGuides wants to help. The esports company specializes in producing guides and how-tos for getting into competitive games like League of Legends, Hearthstone, […]

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Frostpunk sells over 1.4 million copies in its first year

Frostpunk’s world may be cold, but its sales have been anything but frigid, as 11 Bit Studios reveals that the postapocalyptic survival sim-city builder has sold over 1.4 million copies since its release one year ago today. A studio rep said that Frostpunk, which surged to more than 250,000 copies sold just three days after […]

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Bonfire Studios is not ‘gonna suddenly go out and make Candy Crush’

Indie studio Bonfire Games has been quiet about what it’s been up to since its founding in 2016. But at the 2019 GamesBeat Summit, the Irvine, California-based company offered a few new details about its debut project, saying that it’ll be an online multiplayer game for targeting core gamers. “We’re not gonna suddenly go out […]

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