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Star Citizen’s Chris Roberts Leads First BAFTA LA Masterclass

BAFTA Los Angeles – the LA branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts – has announced it's holding a Games Masterclass series in 2015, and Star Citizen's Chris Roberts is its first presenter.

The masterclass is free and will be held at the Silver Screen Theatre, Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles on January 20 starting at 7:30. It's a 90-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session. The masterclass covers Roberts' experience developing Star Citizen and is open to the public, but you have to register in advance. For more info, head here.

Star Citizen has famously raised many millions past its crowdfunding goal, and follow the link to take a look at a trailer for its Arena Commander mode. – The Feed

November NPD: Xbox One leads consoles, Call of Duty tops software

Overall retail sales for new hardware, software and accessories saw an 11 percent drop in November 2014, versus the same reported period last year. For most of 2014, software sale declines have offset year-over-year hardware spending, however, this N…
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Capcom vet leads Japanese hitmaker Gumi’s expansion into Canada

This week the Japanese mobile game giant made good on its global expansion plans with the launch of its second Western office, a development studio led by a Capcom expat in British Columbia, Canada. …

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Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Generation leads Konami’s card game to mobile

Not to be outdone by Magic: The Gathering, Hearthstone or its lifelong animated rival Pokemon, Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh collectible card game will soon spawn a virtual adaptation on both iOS and Android devices.

Dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Generation, the game…
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After Burner 2 leads Sega’s second set of 3DS classics next year

Sega announced plans to re-release five games from its catalog on 3DS in 2015, the publisher announced today. The next set of “3D Classics” from Sega will reach North America and Europe next year, starting with After Burner 2 in early 2015. Sega…
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Uncertainty leads to the best horror games, says Resident Evil creator

“The horror experience is most scary when the player really isn’t sure whether their character is going to live or die.” – Shinji Mikami, best known as the creator of the Resident Evil series, discusses what he believes makes horror stories the most tense. …

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July NPD: PS4 leads hardware, Last of Us returns to top software

July 2014 continues the trend of rising hardware sales and declining software sales, according to the NPD, though the software sales charts have seen a shakeup thanks to Sony’s Last of Us re-release.

“Hardware sales doubled in July 2014 (vs. July…
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EA’s NCAA case leads to landmark decision on player likenesses

Players have to be paid for their likenesses in video games and broadcast, judge rules, saying that the National Collegiate Athletics Association is violating antitrust rules. …

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Watch Dogs Leads Strong First Quarter For Ubisoft

Ubisoft today released its first quarter earnings for fiscal-year 2014-2015 and things are looking good. The publisher brought in €360 million in sales ($ 489.4 million) compared to €76 million ($ 103.3 million) in the same timeframe last year. This surpasses Ubisoft's target for the quarter of €310 million ($ 421.6 million) by €50 million ($ 68 million).

Most of this success is due to Watch Dogs, which Ubisoft says sold over 8 million units. Unsurprisingly, it looks like there will be more games in the series. "Watch Dogs is now well positioned as a major franchise and we will be able to replicate and build on its success in the coming years," says CEO Yves Guillemot in a statement. A decent chunk of these sales came through digital, contributing to a 149-percent growth in Ubisoft's digital sales from the same time last year. The publisher also credits mobile games, Trials Fusion, Child of Light, and Valiant Hearts The Great War for the bump.

Ubisoft's projections for the second quarter aren't as red hot. The publisher expects around €85 million ($ 115.6 million), down 61-percent compared to the same time last year. Full-year targets will remain the same with sales at €1,400 million ($ 1,903 million) and operating income at €150 million ($ 204 million). Big projects still to come this fiscal year are Far Cry 4, Assassin's Creed Unity, and The Crew.


Our Take:
Watch Dogs had a lot of momentum behind it, but you can never be too sure about big sales with a new IP. Fortunately for Ubisoft, the game's delay out of holiday 2013 didn't seem to hurt it. It's also heartening to know that the series will continue on. I enjoyed the game, but certain things could have been better. Hopefully, the impending sequel will smooth out the rough edges. Looking forward to it! – The Feed

Ellen Ripley leads Nostromo crew’s return in Alien: Isolation’s pre-order DLC

Sega revealed Sigourney Weaver and several members of the original Alien cast reunite in two missions from the upcoming Alien: Isolation. Temper your excitement, because Sega is making both missions pre-order bonuses, with one exclusive in the US to…
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