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Ubisoft Toronto founder Jade Raymond departs to pursue ‘new opportunities’

Longtime Ubisoft producer and collaborator Jade Raymond has left the company, citing a need to “pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities.”

Raymond joined Ubisoft as a producer of the Assassin’s Creed series in 2004, and went on to found…
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Fifa fo fum, who smells the blood of an English man?

Chart-Track’s post-FIFA portion of the year rolls along on the UK charts, with the footie franchise holding the top spot now for four straight weeks. Hunting the perennial performer was The Evil Within and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in second and…
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When quality comes before making money: Developing Monument Valley

Monument Valleycreator UsTwo is primarily a UI and design firm, working for clients. They don’t usually make games. But Monument Valley, the company’s third game, sold over 1 million copies. …


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Hitman: Agent 47 Movie Pushed To August 2015

Originally meant to release in February, Fox's new Hitman film adaptation has been pushed back six months.

According to Hollywood Reporter, the push is related to extra time needed to complete special effect shots for the film. This isn't the first hurdle the film has had to clear. Paul Walker was originally cast as Agent 47, but the role was awarded to Rupert Friend after Walker's unexpected death.

You can find out more about the film by heading here.

[Source: Hollywood Reporter, via CVG]

 

Our Take
A Hitman movie certainly has potential to offer a worthwhile actions experience. The 2007 film with Timothy Olyphant in the lead role didn't impress man, but it also wasn't as reviled as many video game adaptations. Maybe this new film will be something worth getting excited about.

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Keiji Inafune On Spreading Himself Thin And Capcom’s Reaction To Mighty No. 9

At PAX 2104, we had the chance to sit down with Keiji Infaune and Inti Creates President and CEO Takuya Aizu about the development of Mighty No. 9 and Azure Striker Gunvolt. Below you will find out if Inafune is stressed from working on a million different projects at once, how Infaune and Aizu's working relationship has changed (they worked closely when Inafune was still with Capcom on titles like the Mega Man Zero games), and whether Capcom has reached out to Inafune about the similarities between Mega Man and Mighty No. 9.

Game Informer: Are you’re stressed out? It seems like you always have at least 4 or 5 games you are working on. Is it too much? Do you feel comfortable working on so many projects at once?

Keiji Inafune: Actually, when I was the head of research and development at Capcom there were still tons and tons of projects that I was working on all at the same time. So really my work style, my style of production, has not really changed over the years. I’m used to running and leading multiple projects all at the same time and actually at Capcom there were a ton of meetings I would have to attend as well so I was very busy even then.

What are some of the major differences between working at Comcept and at Capcom?

Keiji Inafune: Well the biggest difference is at Capcom we had internal production teams. Right now at Comcept we don’t have really internal production teams. We have core members that help lead the concept for some games but still the actual brunt of the production work, making the models graphics, etc, a lot of that is done with outsource production companies, so that’s one key difference

Would you ever want to focus on a single project for an extended period of time?

Keiji Inafune: Running multiple projects all at the same time is actually really something that fits my core personality. I’ve lived my life going back and forth between foreign countries and Japan. Even now I go back and forth between Tokyo and Osaka West Japan all the time and just that style of moving around as well as when I’m working on projects thinking from one project to the next is actually very efficient, because what happens is fortunately the progression speed for projects usually isn’t on the same loop. Usually you have one prototype started and then another game that’s in full production, so there are different intervals of how busy you’re going to be on each project and each project is going to have periods where there are problems and periods where things are going really great. What it allows someone with my core personality to do, is that if one game has problems and I’m trying to figure out solutions on it but they’re not really coming to light right away I can focus on other projects that are moving along rather smoothly, and then later I can go back to that problem.

What happens to a lot of creators if they focus on a single game is they’ll sit there and focus and get so entrenched on just that problem over and over, then actually that focus on the single title makes the game get delayed and the production slow down more than what you’d think. You’d think one person focusing on one project would be the opposite but it’s not because you get fixated on that problem. So someone like me with my personality wants to work on multiple things to be as efficient as possible.

In many ways, Mighty No. 9 and even Azure Striker Gunvolt are the Mega Man games that Capcom isn’t making. Is Capcom is frustrated by that? Has there been any blowback? I’m sure you’re still friendly with some members of Capcom. Are there negative feelings there? Are they upset?

Keiji Inafune: Honestly, we have not heard anything from the people we know at Capcom about it, about any sort of frustration or stress. There are a ton of 2D sidescrolling games. There are actually a ton of sidescrolling games where you shoot, and there’s actually a ton of games that have robots in them, as well. I think those comparisons are drawn because it’s me that made those original games and now I’m making another game that’s in a similar genre, but you can’t tell a painter to change his painter style. He paints how he paints. For us, we’re just doing what we’re naturally good at, and if we felt it was something that obviously was dangerous from a patent or a copyright perspective then I don’t think we would’ve gotten to this level. I think there are probably some people in Capcom that want to do Mega Man games, and if that’s the case, I really hope they do them because it’s a great character. But that’s totally up to the publisher what sort of content they’re going to invest in, and what sort of content they’re not going to invest in.

Have you been enjoying the open development process of Kickstarter?

Keiji Inafune: We don’t necessarily think that just because you’ve raised money on Kickstarter means you have to make the production open. I think that there are some companies that do it and some companies that don’t. However, this is one of our platforms that we’ve based raising money off of. The production was giving more openness to the fans and to the backers, for sure, so we embraced this wholeheartedly from the start.

One of the things that people don’t realize is that it’s an unforeseen benefit of keeping your production open is that for Mighty No. 9, every month, we update the backers with some sort of new information – how the production’s going, some new piece of the puzzle, etc. What we found is that fans excitement and motivation ends up empowering our developers and creators.

Making a game with all the crunch time and long hours you’re working is a mentally exhausting thing, but when you get that user feedback on such a regular – actually, increased – interval, you get the feedback loop even faster. You get the excitement, the energy, even faster than you would on a closed production. We found that a lot of our creators are really happy to come into work, and they’re really excited to see what that user feedback is going to be. It’s strange, because whenever you’re showing a new milestone to a publisher, you’re always stressed out, and it’s never fun. But when you’re showing a new milestone to the public, to the fans, you’re always excited. You get demotivated showing new milestones to a publisher; you get motivated showing them to fans.

For more from Inafune and Aizu on Mighty N0. 9 and the recently released Azure Striker Gunvolt, head to page two.


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Non-PS4 versions of Oddworld: New ‘n Tasty still underway, still not dated

PS4 users have been able to enjoy Oddworld: New ‘n Tasty, developer Just Add Water’s overhauled take on the original release of Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, since July of this year. Xbox 360, PS3, Vita, PC, Mac, Linux and Wii U owners only have a TBA…
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Destiny’s next patch to address Vault of Glass’ buggy boss

If you’ve been running and re-running Destiny’s Vault of Glass raid in hopes of obtaining exotic gear, you may have already learned about various tricks and exploits people are using to speed up their adventures. One of the most popular involves…
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Smash Bros. Wii U Lets You Pose Your Trophies For Photo-ops

You'll be able to do more with your unlocked trophies in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. than you ever have before.

You will be able to pose your trophies and take photos, mashing up an assortment of characters, like what you see in the image above.

"Zael from The Last Story grabs some Superspicy Curry from Master Hand. 'No…! You mustn't let that curry lure you in…!!'" writes game director Masuhiro Sakurai on the Miiverse. He continues saying, "In the Wii U version, you can take photos of dream collaborations and funny situations with your trophies in the Photo Studio."

Super Smash Bros. comes to Wii U on September 13. For our review of the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros., head here.

[Source: Super Smash Bros., Miiverse]

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Sigils of Elohim is The Talos Principle’s free, puzzling prelude

Sigils of Elohim is an early, free taste of one puzzle type you’ll find in The Talos Principle, but it’s also prime practice for those looking to brush up on organizational skills. Each timed stage asks players to arrange Tetris-esque shapes inside a…
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Reminder: IGF 2015 Main Competition deadline ends on Wednesday!

Don’t miss the IGF deadline! Submissions for the 2015 Independent Games Festival Main Competition entries are due October 22, and Student Showcase Entries are due October 31. …


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