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Report: Rapture would be the UK no. 1, if charts tracked digital

According to a report from MCV, recent digital releases Volume (by Mike Bithell) and The Chinese Room’s Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture would have hit the UK overall top-10 chart. …

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Report: Clint Hocking Departs Amazon Game Studios

Clint Hocking has departed Amazon Game Studios after 16 months with the company. Hocking joined the company shortly after the announcement of the Amazon Fire TV, an Android-powered set-top box that also plays games.

IGN broke the news of Hocking’s departure earlier this afternoon. Prior to joining Amazon, he was the creative director on Far Cry 2 and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory. After leaving Ubisoft in 2010, Hocking spent time at LucasArts and Valve, working on an unannounced project at the former. No details are available on what he was doing at Valve.

Hocking joined Amazon alongside Kim Swift in April 2014. We've reached out to Hocking for comment and will update should he respond.

[Source: IGN]


Our Take
With his Ubisoft roots, it wouldn’t entirely surprise me if he joined fellow alum Jade Raymond at EA's Motive in Montreal. It would be a good fit, and give him a solid chance at getting his first game out the door since 2008. If he's headed back to Montreal, he could also be ;and at Warner Bros., which has been quiet post-Arkham Origins. – The Feed

Report: Yager Files For Insolvency After Losing Dead Island 2, Larger Studio Unaffected

Yager has filed for insolvency (a form of bankruptcy) for the sub-division of the company that was tasked with developing Dead Island 2. While this might mean the end of that team, the larger company will continue its operations.

Earlier this year, Deep Silver announced that its relationship with Yager had ended. According to Yager, it had a different artistic vision from the game than the publisher. Deep Silver hasn’t yet named a new developer on the project.

In a statement received by Games Industry, Yager CEO Timo Ullmann directly cites the loss of Dead Island 2 as the reason for the financial trouble. "The insolvency filing is a direct result from the early termination of the project and helps protecting our staff,” Ullmann says. “In the course of the proceedings, we gain time to sort out the best options for reorganizing this entity."

Yager is also currently working with publisher Grey Box on a multiplayer title, Dreadnought. That title features large spacecraft in five-on-five battles. It’s anticipated as a free-to-play game and should be available in a public test phase this year.

We’ve reached out to Yager for more information. We’ll update should we receive a response.

[Source: Games Industry]


Our Take
Given that this sub-division of the company was created for the express purpose of working on Dead Island 2, it isn’t terribly surprising that the parting with Deep Silver caused financial hardship. What is a bit concerning is that the larger corporation couldn’t reorganize without insolvency. I’ve enjoyed Yager’s work on Spec Ops: The Line and I have previewed Dreadnought a couple of times. I hope the company can recover from this. – The Feed

Report: Kixeye lays off staff

A number of employees at the San Francisco-based online game company Kixeye lost their jobs today, though it’s yet unclear how widespread the layoffs were or how it might affect the company’s ongoing operations. …

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Indie developers report Ouya won’t pay them thousands of dollars

Multiple indie developers have claimed that Ouya still owes them thousands of dollars as part of their ‘Free the Games’ fund, none of which will be paid following Razer acquisition. …

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Report: Dragon Quest XI To Be Announced Tomorrow

Square Enix seems set to announced the next title in the long-running Dragon Quest series. A logo for Dragon Quest XI has appeared on the company’s website.

The image was uncovered by Gematsu, that also reports that a publisher presentation will also include Dragon Quest Heroes II. The event will also likely include a number of other titles in the franchise, including Monster Battle Scanner, Dragon Quest of the Stars, and Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King for 3DS.

While these are all announcements for the Japanese market, some might make their way to Western shores. We’re lagging behind on the Dragon Quest Heroes series, as the first one isn’t scheduled for arrival here until October 13.

We’ll keep an eye on the announcements and share any relevant information.

[Source: Gematsu, Pictured: Dragon Quest Heroes]


Our Take
With Square Enix moving almost the entire Dragon Quest library to iOS (and giving the franchise a new audience), the time is right for a new entry. The adorable slimes of Square Enix’s decades old franchise will likely look quite nice on current generation hardware. – The Feed

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? – The Feed

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. – The Feed

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. – The Feed

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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