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Report: New NBA 2K16 Features Leaked

A broad list of features for NBA 2K16 has reportedly leaked, potentially exposing several details about the game's My League, MyGM, MyTeam, new 2K Pro-Am mode, and more.

Operation Sports has screen grabs from the Microsoft's SmartGlass app (Microsoft has since removed the reported details) from Twitter user @Droppin_Daggers.

Some of the highlights of the potential info drop include three-team trades, team relocation, summer leagues, and a thankfully re-vamped draft for MyGM. The grabs also mention more customization options for MyTeam and online functionality for MyLeague. The new 2K Pro-Am mode is also mentioned, which features five-on-five matches of MyPlayers, with up to 40 players at the same time.

We reached out to 2K for confirmation, but the company was unable to confirm or deny the report.

In other NBA 2K16 feature news, a recent report suggests that at least 10 collegiate teams may be used in NBA 2K16.

[Source: Operation Sports]

 

Our Take
Several of these reportedly leaked features have been highly requested within the community, so this could mean that 2K16 is the game players have been waiting for. If this list is accurate, what kinds of features pique your interest and what else would you hope to see? 

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Report: 2K Sports Might Be Bringing Back College Basketball

Today, ESPN Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell stated on his Twitter that 2K Sports has obtained the licenses for at least 10 college basketball teams and will have some sort of college basketball offering for players.

Recently, speculation occurred that 2K Sports had something in the works after Operation Sports was able to confirm licensing for a set of teams using the The Collegiate Licensing Company's database (which handles most licensing for NCAA products). Unfortunately, after the report gained some traction, 2K no longer appears using the search for any of the teams it was previously listed under (Arizona, Arizona State, Connecticut, Georgetown, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, Texas, UCLA, Villanova and Wisconsin.)  However, a recent leaked achievement list for NBA 2K16 also pointed to some involvement with college teams.

Rovell's report today only adds more credence to the possibility that 2K will bring back college basketball. Whether this is just for a part of Visual Concept's NBA 2K series or a brand new college basketball game remains to be seen, but Rovell's last sentence seems to indicate a new college basketball game. 2K Sports last published its NCCA series in 2008. EA Sports stopped soon after in 2009. In recent days, a $ 60 million settlement had been finalized due to  EA and The Collegiate Licensing Corporation improperly using players' likeness and not compensating them for such across its various college franchises. 

Rovell also revealed on Twitter that despite rumors to the contrary,  EA is unlikely to return with a college football game.

 

We reached out to 2K for confirmation and will update this story should we receive a response. 

[Source: Twitter, Operation Sports, True Achievements]

 

 

Our Take
Rovell is a pretty trusted source and I doubt he'd put something like that on his Twitter without doing his due diligence. This is pretty exciting, as every time March Madness rolls around, it bums me out that there's no longer a college hoops game out there. College basketball is exciting in its own right. After everything has played out in court, it feels like it's a good time to bring it back. Time will tell just what 2K has planned, but I'm excited to find out. 

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Report: Japanese Metal Gear Voice Actor Provides More Evidence Of Kojima Productions Turmoil

The longtime Japanese voice actor for Solid Snake and Big Boss, Akio Otsuka, reportedly revealed in a tweet (translated by Gematsu) that Kojima Productions was "forced to disband".

“Kojima Productions was forced to disband, but it appears that the work that the team has been putting their utmost effort into is nearly complete,” Otsuka said, according to Gematsu's translation. “I’m not exaggerating when I say that I expect it will become their greatest masterpiece. I couldn’t help it. I just wanted to say ‘Kept you waiting, huh?’ (Laughs). But even if this is the end, Metal Gear Solid is immortal!”

We've reached out to Konami for official confirmation on Otsuka's tweets according to these translations.

[Source: Twitter via GematsuNeoGAF]

Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima's ongoing falling out has been in the news since his name was removed from the MGS V: The Phantom Pain box art back in March. Kojima Productions has since then been rebranded as Konami Digital Entertainment.

Our Take
Konami has been quiet about publicly revealing details regarding Kojima's transition from the company, but the full story will be revealed one way or another. Otsuka's wording, if translated accurately, makes it appear that Kojima Productions was interested in continuing to work under Konami but didn't have a choice but to disband.

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Report: Gameloft lays off staff, shutters New York studio

UPDATE: A Gameloft staffer confirms layoffs. Gamasutra has received word that a number of Gameloft employees have been laid off this week as the company moves to shut down its New York City office. …


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Report: Attending the The International Roguelike Developers Conference

John Harris returns with a special version of his @Play series: A report from the International Roguelike Developers Conference, where talks were given on the state of the beloved genre. …


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Report: Dishonored 2 Reveal Discussed Over Open Live Stream

Earlier today, an open microphone during rehearsal caught the discussion of several Bethesda and Arkane employees as they seemingly prepared for tomorrow’s Bethesda Showcase event. The audio recording has since been removed through a Bethesda copyright claim. However, a copy obtained by Kotaku includes, if our ears are to be trusted, co-creative director of the original Dishonored, Raph Colantonio, Harvey Smith, fellow co-creative director on Dishonored, and Bethesda vice president Pete Hines, among other participants. Dishonored 2 is not specifically mentioned, but the conversation and participants lend strong credence to the idea that we may be hearing about Dishonored 2 during tomorrow’s conference. 

Bethesda seemed to acknowledge the mistake, with a subsequent tweet that seems to promise more details in store for tomorrow night.

 

[via: Kotaku]

 

Our Take
It's too bad for Bethesda that it wasn't able to roll out the announcement of Dishonored 2 on its own terms, but the existence of Dishonored 2 has been long rumored. I'm certainly excited to see what the talented team at Arkane has been up to. Keeping major announcements secret during E3 has always been a big challenge, and the advent of live streams only makes things more complicated for big game companies to keep things under wraps. 

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Report: Fire Emblem’s Roy And Street Fighter’s Ryu Discovered In Smash Bros. Update Data

The latest Super Smash Bros. patch has already released in Japan, and fans have dug into the game's code to discover Fire Emblem's Roy And Street Fighter's Ryu will soon be added to the game.

You can see the two in action in the pair of videos below (while they're still online – Nintendo will likely pull them down soon). The videos showcase what is likely the short animations that appear when you complete the game as the characters in question.

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Roy appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee on GameCube, but Ryu, nor any other Street Fighter character, has ever appeared in a Smash Bros. game. These characters were likely meant to be revealed tomorrow during Smash Bros. creator and director Masahiro Sakurai's planned video presentation.

Another Smash Bros. DLC character, Lucas from Earthbound/Mother 3 and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, will be available starting tomorrow.

[Source: shoryuken, reddit.com/smashbros]

 

Our Take
People love making fake Smash Bros. videos (like this impressive Rayman fake), but this is different. If a fan made these, then they went through the trouble of creating Roy and Ryu character models and animating them, which would be an absurd amount of effort. Assuming these are real, I always preferred Roy over Marth in Melee and Ryu is an incredible surprise – though I prefer my fighting game guest charcters to be from non-fighting games if we're getting picky. Maybe Street Fighter and fighting game fans will finally consider Smash Bros. a real fighting game with his inclusion.

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Report: Apple buys augmented reality SDK startup Metaio

The startup produced an SDK available for a variety of platforms — and now Apple seems to have dived into the tech, as legal documents confirm that it’s been snapped up by the tech giant. …


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Report: Mortal Kombat X Delayed Again For Last-Gen Systems?

The last-gen versions of Mortal Kombat X for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 were delayed this spring, pushing their release into this summer. Now, there is some evidence that the game may be delayed once again.

Kotaku heard from GameStop employees last week that the title would be delayed [Full Disclosure: Game Informer is owned by GameStop], and this was seemingly confirmed on the retailer's online website, which now lists a December 31, 2015 release date for the fighter (click here for the PS3 entry).

High Voltage Software is porting the title for the last-gen systems.

We've contacted Warner Bros. Interactive to get some more info, and will update this story if we hear back.

All shots are from the current-gen version.

[Source: Kotaku]

 

Our Take
The December 31 date appears to be placeholder, but either way, I imagine the end of 2015 would be the latest you could release this game given the state of last-gen gaming and the distance from the current-gen releases.

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Report: Sony Creates New Studio In England For Morpheus Games

Sony has reportedly created a new development studio in Manchester, England for the exclusive creation of games for the company's Project Morpheus VR headset.

Eurogamer points to multiple job postings for a "small but highly experienced team" in the northwest of England. Eurogamer has also received confirmation from Sony Computer Entertainment. "We are still in the early planning phase with this studio and are currently focused on hiring the right team,"  said a spokesperson.

Furthermore, the website talked to two people with knowledge of Sony's plans who said that the developer will be based in Manchester and involve former members of Evolution Studios. Earlier this year, the Driveclub developer went through a restructuring resulting in layoffs and a shift in focus.

We've contacted Sony for comment on the matter, and will update this story if we have anything of note to share.

Morpheus is expected to release in the first half of 2016.

For Bertz's impressions of the near-final design from earlier this year, click here.

[Source: Eurogamer]

 

Our Take
Sony says that we can expect to hear about some of the headset's launch games at E3. However, if Sony is just starting this studio up now, hopefully there isn't a big gap between the device's launch and its next wave of first-party software – something that always seems to be a problem.

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