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MaxPlay’s new game engine aims to be ‘Google Docs for game devs’

A new challenger stepped into the game engine arena today: MaxPlay, a game technology company that aims to entice developers into using its “cloud-based” collaborative game development platform. …

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Humble Bundle sheds staff at San Francisco HQ

“Despite strong revenue… our past hiring was too ambitious and we had to make a hard call last week,” says COO. …

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Ubisoft Clarifies Might & Magic Heroes VII Collector’s Edition Confusion

Gamers who purchased the collector's edition of Might & Magic Heroes VII were disappointed to find a digital download code where they expected a game box to be, among other surprises.

Ubisoft says the mix up was caused by the fact that it mentioned the game was a download while showing an image (above) that referenced a box copy. Gamers have compiled an imgur detailing how a twitch unboxing of the edition by Ubisoft showed a DVD of the game and other apparent visual evidence.

There are also posts on the Ubisoft forum by readers who say they did not receive a soundtrack CD and that there was no digital code in its place.

Here is the statement from Ubisoft on the situation:

Ubisoft regrets any confusion created by the marketing materials from our Might and Magic Heroes VII Collector's Edition. We understand that some customers in North America were not aware the Collector's Edition delivered digital versions of the game and soundtrack. Ubisoft apologizes for any frustration and disappointment resulting from these items being in digital format vs. physical format. We are accepting complete refunds from any dissatisfied customers and will be providing a compensation plan of one complimentary digital PC game for consumers that have already purchased the Might and Magic Heroes VII Collector's Edition from the Uplay shop in North America. Affected consumers will be able to pick one game of their choice from a selection including Far Cry 4, Assassin's Creed Rogue, The Crew, AC Rogue, Toy Soldiers: War Chest Hall of Fame Edition and Zombi.

The Ubisoft store currently shows the correct information.

For more on the game itself, check out Dan's review.

[Source: PC Gamer, Ubisoft]


Our Take
While Ubisoft's admission of a mistake and the ensuing refund are good ways to rectify the situation, I'm curious when and how Ubisoft mentioned to consumers that the picture above was a mistake and that there were only download codes. Plenty of gamers who ordered the collector's edition seem to not have gotten the message. – The Feed

Batman: Arkham Knight Getting The High-Quality Collectible Statue Treatment

High-quality figure takes on Batman: Arkham Knight's protagonists, Batmobile, and some of his opponents are on the way.

Shioktoys, an authorized retailer for a number of high-quality figure creators, has a huge collection of photos of the new figures coming on its Facebook page. Above and below you will see Batman, Robin, and the Batmobile, but you will also find Arkham Knight, Bane, and Deathstroke.

[Source: Shioktoys Online on Facebook, Shioktoys] – The Feed

Grab Sir, You Are Being Hunted, Gone Home, And Gang Beasts For Cheap With Humble Bundle 15

The newest Humble Bundle is online, number 15, and it offers a number of quality indie games, including those outlined in the headline.

For any price you can grab Sir, You Are Being Hunted, Q.U.B.E.: Director's Cut, and Goodbye Deponia, and you also get a 66% off coupon for the Humble Store. Pay more than the average (currently $ 7.35) and you will also get Skullgirls and all its DLC, Planetary Annihilation, Xenonauts, Gone Home, Deponia, and Chaos on Deponia. Going up to $ 10 also nets early access to Gang Beasts. Going up to $ 25 will get you a physical, paintable Gang Beasts figure, and finally going up to $ 70 gets you a whole collection of Gang Beasts figures based on games featured in the very bundle we are discussing right now.

Currently, Humble's 15th bundle has raised more than $ 1 million.

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[Source: Humble Bundle] – The Feed

7 characteristics of a successful game studio

“From valuing software over presentations and showing respect for your player base, these are seven important elements teams–both large and small–should keep in mind.” …

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Campo Santo’s Firewatch To Warm February Up

Campo Santo has announced the release date for its first title, Firewatch. The adventure game set in the Wyoming wilderness arrives early next year.

The plan is to release the game simultaneously worldwide on February 9. All planned platforms (PC, Mac, Linux, and PlayStation 4) will arrive that day.

For more on Firewatch, you can read up on our hands-on time from earlier this year.

[Source: Campo Santo]


Our Take
I saw Firewatch at PAX last year and was impressed by how dynamic the dialog seems. It feels very reactive to the on-screen action and fluid enough to account for player choice. I’m eager to see how this comes together. – The Feed

PSA: GameStop Stores Closed On Thanksgiving

GameStop has announced that it will be closing all of its stores on Thanksgiving in the United States (Disclosure: GameStop is Game Informer’s parent company). This includes all of the company’s divisions, including GameStop, Spring Mobile, Simply Mac, Cricket Wireless, and Think Geek retail locations.

According to Mike Buskey, executive vice president and president of United States stores, the move is designed to give retail associates an opportunity to spend the holiday with family. “We know this is in stark contrast to what many other retailers are doing, but we are taking a stance to protect family time during this important holiday,” he says.

Stores will open again at 5 a.m. local time on Friday, November 27. Online stores for GameStop and ThinkGeek will be taking orders on Thursday without interruption. – The Feed

Allison Road Developer Cancels Kickstarter, Joins Worms Developer’s Indie Label

In a statement made today on its Kickstarter page, Allison Road developer Lilith Ltd announced that the popular indie horror game and "P.T. spiritual successor" is canceling its Kickstarter campaign in favor of a new partnership with publisher Team17. The publisher is most widely known as the developer behind the Worms franchise, and publisher of games like the recent Beyond Eyes and The Escapists series.

The Allison Road team will continue to work under Team17’s indie label program, which provides professional resources and marketing materials to indie developers. These resources include QA testing, development team support, and social media management among others.

“For us it’s an incredible opportunity to be part of a label that looks after not only such a massive gaming franchise, but also supports developers like Playtonic, Mouldy Toof, and many others,” the developer said in their most recent Kickstarter update. “Working with Team17 will give us the chance to make our game unhindered creatively, but at the same time will give us the resources, support, and experience that only a 25 year-old studio can give.”

No money should be withdrawn from the bank accounts of Allison Road’s Kickstarter supporters (Kickstarter does not withdraw funds until the end of the campaign, and only if the project has reached its goal), but the developer states that it will look for ways to involve supporters in the game at a later date.

Developer Lilith also recently released new concept art of a marshy forest environment, a stark contrast to the mostly indoor environment seen in previous trailers.

[Source: Allison Road Kickstarter]

Our Take
It's always disheartening to hear of a popular Kickstarter campaign being canceled, but Team17's track record as an indie publisher bodes well for a beneficial relationship, if you go by developer statements posted on their site. It does seem that Allison Road will be Team17's riskiest venture yet, though, considering the game's seemingly higher production values than previously published indie games. Fans ultimately want this game to come out of the gate running, and Team17's resources can only benefit the small team of six developers behind it. – The Feed

New Star Wars Battlefront Modes And Season Pass Revealed

In what will likely be no surprise to anyone, Star Wars Battlefront is getting a season pass. The bundle includes four add-ons to be rolled out over the coming months.

Those who want the whole experience can nab the game’s ultimate edition, which includes all of the content from the deluxe version (ion grenade, ion torpedo, DL-44 blaster, ion shock emote, and victory emote) and the season pass. The ultimate bundle also comes with an exclusive “shoot first” emote and two weeks of early access to DLC.

Also announced today are three new modes.  In Droid Run, players will chase and capture the trash can-like GNK droids. There are three on the loose in these smaller maps. 

Cargo is a capture the flag style game type. The twist is that you don't need to have your own stash at base in order to score. There are a total of ten points in the match, with each team starting with five. Scoring increases your count by one and lowers the opposing team's by the same. Matches are 15 minutes long, and it only matters who is in the lead when the clock expires.

Finally, Hero Hunt is a Star Wars game of tag. One player spawns in as an iconic character, with the other seven as troopers on the opposing side. Whomever kills the hero respawns as that character and the chase begins again.

You’ll be able to play Droid Run on all four planets (plus Jakku in December). Star Wars Battlefront will be out on November 17 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. For more, check out our impressions of the beta.

[Source: EA (1), (2)]


Our Take
Not much detail is available for the season pass, other than it will come in four segments with new locations. Whether that means new modes or a new collection of map variants on new planets isn’t clear yet. – The Feed