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Stephen Elop Taking Over Devices At Microsoft, Larson-Green Makes Internal Move

After Don Mattrick’s departure from Microsoft, former CEO Steve Ballmer reorganized Microsoft and put Julie Larson-Green at the head of the company’s new Devices and Studios division. Just two months after her July 2013 appointment, Larson-Green’s status became unclear when Microsoft acquired Nokia’s devices and services businesses.

The Nokia acquisition heralded the return of Stephen Elop, who was tapped to lead Devices and Studios. Now that Satya Nadella has been appointed CEO and Elop is set to return, Larson-Green is making an internal move.

Her new role is chief experience officer of the applications and services group. She’ll head a team called “My Life & Work,” which will be focused on digital experiences across devices. Larson-Green will begin her new role following the the completion of the Nokia deal and Elop’s return to Microsoft, where he previously served as head of the business division.

[Source: TechCrunch]

 

Our Take
Larson-Green only served as the head of devices and studios for seven months, though in that time the Xbox One and the Surface 2 were launched. We are interested in how Stephen Elop will approach his new role, especially as a vocal minority (reportedly representing under 1 percent of outstanding shares) are clamoring for Microsoft to jettison the Xbox operation. 

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Tales of Asteria announced for iOS, Android devices

Tales fans have Tales of Zestiria and Tales of Xilia 2 to look forward to, but those aren’t likely to pull several Tales protagonists into one game. Tales of Asteria is, though! Bandai Namco has announced the mobile-oriented RPG with a spring release…
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Hitman GO Brings Diorama Style Assassination To Mobile Devices

Square Enix Montréal has announced its new Hitman title coming to mobile devices. Before you get too concerned about unresponsive touch-screen controls in a traditional title, we have some good news. This Hitman game is designed to take advantage of mobile’s strengths.

Hitman GO is a strategy title, but instead of using the more realistic graphics of Hitman: Absolution, Square Enix Montréal is opting for a diorama aesthetic. Imagine Agent 47 plotting out his missions and you’ll get an idea of what the title is going to be.

All of the hallmark Hitman elements are in play, though. You’ll have access to disguises, distractions, and of course, 47’s iconic Silverballer guns. We don’t have a lot of details yet, but the studio promises we won’t have to wait long for the next update. For more on IO Interactive's next main-series Hitman game, check out our recent coverage.

[Source: Hitman]

 

Our Take
Deus Ex: The Fall was a flop for me because it tried to recreate a console/PC experience on mobile. Hitman GO looks like a smart, creative, and aesthetically appealing take on the franchise that provides a unique experience. I look forward to learning more.

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Broken Sword 5 Episode 1 Now Available On iOS Devices

The latest entry in the Broken Sword point-and-click series, born from Kickstarter, is now available on iOS devices.

The first of two episodes planned for Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse released in December of last of year on PC and the PlayStation Network. Yesterday, the game launched for iOS for $ 4.99.

The series began more than 15 years ago on PC with the original Broken Sword in 1996 and follows the exploits of French freelance journalist Nicole "Nico" Collard and American patent lawyer George Stobbart as they uncover mysteries and generally get into trouble.

You can head here to grab the game. You can also check out a trailer for the game as well as a handful of screenshots below.

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Pixeljam’s Glorkian Warrior glorks all over iOS devices this year

Glorkian Warrior: The Trials of Glork was a Kickstarter project before Kickstarter projects were cool, funded with $ 11,200 in March 2010 – and now it’s a full game. Glorkian Warrior is due out in Q1 2014 for iOS devices from Dino Run creator …
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The Room Two Coming Soon To Android And Non-iPad iOS Devices

The Room Two was one of our favorite iPad games last year, and soon it will be available on new platforms.

News of the assorted ports to new platforms comes by way of developer Fireproof Games' official Twitter account. The game will be available for iPhone and iPod touch devices starting on Thursday.

The Android version of the game is currently in testing and should be available sometime next month.

Unfortunately, there are no plans for a Windows Phone version of the game.

To read our review of The Room Two, head here.

[Source: @Fireproof_Games, via Pocket Gamer]

 

Our Take
I'm sure most prefer playing games on an iPad, given the choice, based on the larger screen, but I always prefer playing games on my iPhone. The smaller screen makes everything easier to control and the device easier to hold. I am excited to finally play the game on my iPhone later this week.

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Deus Ex: The Fall Coming To Android Devices Today

Square Enix Mobile’s take on the Deus Ex universe is making the jump from iOS to Android. The title is an immediate sequel to James Swallow’s book, Deus Ex: Icarus Effect, following characters that haven’t been featured in a video game before.

Deus Ex: The Fall will be available for $ 6.99. For our review of the iOS version, head here

 

Our Take
I demoed the game at E3 last year, and was concerned about the touchscreen controls. That sentiment was echoed in Matt Bertz’s review when the title was released. I love the Deus Ex franchise, and should Square Enix ever incorporate controller support, I’d be there in a heartbeat.

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Mobile title Deus Ex: The Fall now available on Android devices

Is that…is that Jean Reno?

Square Enix announced today that mobile title Deus Ex: The Fall (previously available on iOS devices) is now out for Android devices, and it is only $ 6.99 in the Google Play Store!

Developed by Square Enix’s own mobile division in Europe, along with Deus Ex: Human Revolution developers Eidos-MontrĂ©al and N-Fusion, The Fall is action-packed, story-driven, and the first title in the Deus Ex series controlled entirely through your index fingers. Compatible with all major Android devices, The Fall contains new characters from the book Deus Ex: The Icarus Effect, and takes place right after the events of the novel (hopefully the book ended with Jean Reno up there ripping off the wings of Icarus and now he is a FLYING badass cyborg killer).

As of now, the title has not hit the Google Play Store, so keep checking back here throughout the day if you want to download The Fall. Also, check out the mobile game’s official site and a sweet trailer below!


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Final Fantasy VI now available on Android devices, looks quite strange

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy VI, one of the greatest RPGs EVER MADE, is now available on Android devices through the Google Play Store for $ 15.99. Released way back in the day on the SNES as Final Fantasy III (long story) in 1994, the game’s graphics have been updated by Square Enix and even been supervised by seasoned FF graphic designer Kazuko Shibuya. It looks….too smooth, like some of the magic of 16-bit sprites was taken away and it’s now bland. Looking at screenshots makes me upset.

Regardless, FFVI sports some nifty new features now that is on touchscreen phones, including:

- User-friendly controls, including the battle interface, that take advantage of the simplicity of touchscreen devices (can’t wait to see how Sabin’s Blitz moves are executed so I can suplex a phantom train once more).

- The new dungeons and espers that were included in the GBA remake of FFVI.

- The moogle Mog will now give players hints about where to go next if they are stuck, in addition to retaining his FABULOUS dance moves from the original SNES release.

- An album feature that lets gamers revisit the plot of the game just in case they had to poop or stopped playing for a while (fantastic addition, since I always had to start RPGs from scratch if I stopped playing for an extended period of time because I forgot the story and character names entirely).

- Multiple languages, including: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.

An official trailer is yours to view below (thankfully the incredible score is still intact even though the visuals are lacking). Players can also check out the title’s official website and purchase the game here. I think I’ll stick to my SNES copy of FFVI (FFIII); what about you readers?


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Brothers In Arms 3 Barrels Forward On Mobile Devices

Before E3 last year, Gameloft announced that it would release another mobile entry in Gearbox's classic Brothers In Arms shooter series, but we finally got a chance to see the game in action at CES.

Brothers In Arms 3 for mobile devices takes a new approach to the series. While previous entries tried to emulate the shooter controls of a console, this Brothers was build for more streamlined controls; now you swipe from one position to the next and your soldier automatically moves to that destination. To shoot enemies you simply have to tap on them. You can still shoot while you move and collect new weapons and tools, but you also call in other brothers in your squad to flank your enemies or fire a rocket launcher for a devastating effect. The game is simple fun, but it's also one of the best looking mobile games out there, as you can see based on these screens.

Players can look forward to completing over 100 levels stretching across the World War II theater when Brothers In Arms 3 releases for iOS, Android, and Windows phones sometime in the next few months. At least you won't have to take a big risk on the title since it will be free to play. Check out some more screens below. 

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