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Overwatch’s Next Animated Short Will Focus On Bastion’s Backstory

Overwatch boasts a cast of diverse characters, which fans have quickly fallen in love with. Blizzard's animated shorts focus on the story of these characters before the events of the game, and Bastion will be the focus of the next in the series.

The transforming robot was controversial at the game's launch for being easy to abuse in multiplayer matches, but subsequent patches have added more balance. The Last Bastion, Blizzard's upcoming animated short, will tell fans what happened when this character awoke in the wilderness after years of inactivity.

The Last Bastion premieres exclusively onstage at Gamescom, August 18 at 9am Pacific time. Fans at home will be able to tune in on Blizzard's livestream to watch as well.

Previous shorts have featured Winston, Hanzo, and Soldier 76. Overwatch launched earlier this summer, revisit our review of the game here.

[Source: Overwatch]

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Capcom Sales Drop 25 Percent Due To Focus On ‘Minor Titles’

Capcom is backloading its fiscal year 2017 releases, pushing major games into the holiday and beyond. The company reports a significant sales dip and net loss for the first quarter of its fiscal year.

Revenues dropped 25 percent to ¥10.9 billion ($ 103.7 million). Combined with a foreign exchange loss of ¥1.3 billion ($ 12.7 million), Capcom reported a net loss of ¥1.4 billion ($ 13.4 million) for the quarter.

Capcom says that its sales dip was due largely to releasing only “minor titles” during the period. The company points to Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice (released in Japan on June 6) as performing as expected. The company also released the critically panned Umbrella Chronicles during the quarter. 

The company has a few titles on the horizon, including the long awaited Resident Evil 7. Revealed at E3, the game will be out in January. Capcom is also re-releasing Resident Evil 4 in August.

The Dead Rising series will have a big year, too. Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2, and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record will see release on current-gen consoles. Dead Rising 1 will also be making its way to PC for the first time. Dead Rising 4 is due out later this year for Xbox One and PC.

[Source: Capcom]

 

Our Take
It’s too early to tell where Capcom’s year is headed. Monster Hunter Generations sales from the western release have yet to be reported. Dead Rising has typically performed well, and the company has done right by its remasters. Resident Evil 4 is the update people are waiting for, so it’s likely to sell well. As for Resident Evil 7, we still don’t know quite what to make of it, but we’re curious.

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Assassin’s Creed Movie Producer’s New Film Studio Will Focus On Video Game Adaptations

Jean-Julien Baronnet recently departed his position of CEO at Ubisoft Motion Pictures after working on the Assassin's Creed adaptation. His next venture is a studio that will work on more movies based on games.

Marla Studios, named after Baronnet's daughters, will specialize in adapting the stories of popular games for a wider Hollywood audience. In an exclusive interview with Variety, he explained why he thinks so many video game movies have failed because they try to copy the story beat for beat without understanding the change in audience. Baronnet will head Marla Studios and work directly with video game developers to manage their IPs and come up the best idea for a movie. No partner companies have been announced yet.

Assassin's Creed opens on December 21, starring Micheal Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Before shutting down, Ubisoft Motion Pictures also worked on an idea for a Splinter Cell movie, potentially starring Tom Hardy.

[Source: Variety]

 

Our Take
Baronnet's comments about imagining a new story rather than copying the original are encouraging. It seems that Assassin's Creed is already following this mindset, but the jury is still out until the film opens. I personally have faith in it and hope to see more successful video game movies. Warcraft wasn't a complete trainwreck, but there are better stories out there primed for adaptation. I think this is a great time to revisit an old feature on how to make the Assassin's Creed movie not suck.

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Sega Sales Down, But Profit Up Thanks To Focus On Fewer Games

Sega is in the process of shifting strategy in its video game business that is starting to yield some success. The company has decided to focus on fewer games and mainstay IP.

In Japan, Phantasy Star Online 2 continues rake in money. Europeans continue to faithfully purchase Football Manager, which has been a viable franchise for a decade.

Sales were down 5.1 percent to ¥347.98 billion ($ 3.2 billion). Profits climbed out of the red to ¥5.37 billion ($ 49.3 million).

The new fiscal year, which began on April 1, will see the release of the long anticipated Persona 5 from Sega subsidiary Atlus. The company will also be releasing Total War: Warhammer for PC this month. In Japan, Phantasy Star Online 2 will be arriving on PlayStation 4, though there is still no word from Sega on a Western release.

[Source: Sega]

 

Our Take
Western gamers have been clamoring for a Phantasy Star Online 2 release, and given the success in Japan there might be money in it for the publisher. For the coming year though, Persona 5 is the game with the biggest potential in Japan and the West. It’s looking great and the series now has the name recognition to compete in a season that also sees Final Fantasy XV.

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Microsoft bins Android-to-Windows porting tool to focus on iOS

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Fallout 4 GDC Talk To Focus On Tools For Building Big, Varied Worlds Quickly

Bethesda will be in attendance at GDC to talk a bit more about Fallout 4’s development. The focus will be on how the studio created a number of unique environments in a relatively short amount of time.

The session, titled “Fallout 4’s Modular Level Design,” will feature senior designer Joel Burgess and lead artist Nathan Purkeypile. The two will discuss how modular tools allow them to create complex, varied open worlds.

They’ll also discuss how the process can be applied to smaller teams. GDC will be held in San Francisco from March 14 through 18.

For more on the event, check out those games and developers nominated for Independent Game Festival and GDC Awards. You can also read our review of Fallout 4 to learn more about the game's world.

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Kabam sells off Kingdoms of Camelot and other old titles to focus on big bets

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King of Fighters XIV is the beginning: SNK Playmore to focus on video games again

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