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Report: Sony Renews TV Show ‘Powers’ For Second Season

Sony has reportedly renewed its comic book-inspired Powers television show for a second season. The series, which stars Sharlto Copley as former superhero Christian Walker, is based on the comic by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.

Hollywood Reporter indicates that the series will be back for another run in 2016. Season one is available now, and PlayStation Plus subscribers can view it as part of the membership.

For more on the first season, you can read our impressions of the first few episodes.

[Source: Hollywood Reporter]

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Report: Lost Planet 3 Studio Spark Unlimited Ceases Game Development Operations

According to a report from Polygon, Spark Unlimited, the studio behind Lost Planet 3, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, and Call of Duty: Finest Hour, has laid off all of its employees and is no longer developing video games.

The studio's chief technical officer John Butrovich told Polygon, "it's the end of Spark as a game developer." Butrovich also said that the important members of the team declined to move on to other things and that all of the company's games, including a free-to-play title, were canceled, leading to the shutdown.

We have reached out to Spark Unlimited for comment, but a response to our email was not immediately received and our phone call to the office went unanswered. We will update this story if we hear back from the studio.

[Source: NeoGAFPolygon]

 

Our Take
It certainly isn't looking too good for Spark Unlimited. Its recent releases haven't set the marketplace on fire, but the studio has done good work in the past. It's always sad to see a studio go under and we sincerely wish those affected by the closure all the best.

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Report: Lost Planet 3 Studio Spark Unlimited Ceases Game Development Operations

According to a report from Polygon, Spark Unlimited, the studio behind Lost Planet 3, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, and Call of Duty: Finest Hour, has laid off all of its employees and is no longer developing video games.

The studio's chief technical officer John Butrovich told Polygon, "it's the end of Spark as a game developer." Butrovich also said that the important members of the team declined to move on to other things and that all of the company's games, including a free-to-play title, were canceled, leading to the shutdown.

We have reached out to Spark Unlimited for comment, but a response to our email was not immediately received and our phone call to the office went unanswered. We will update this story if we hear back from the studio.

[Source: NeoGAFPolygon]

 

Our Take
It certainly isn't looking too good for Spark Unlimited. Its recent releases haven't set the marketplace on fire, but the studio has done good work in the past. It's always sad to see a studio go under and we sincerely wish those affected by the closure all the best.

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Report: Microsoft’s HoloLens To Cost A Lot More Than A Home Console

Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality technology sounds far out, and as is usually the case, you get what you pay for. A recent report states that the tech will likely cost well north of $ 400.

The New York Times says that an unnamed Microsoft executive (whose relationship to the project is also unknown) told the paper that HoloLens would cost – in the paper's words – "significantly more than a game console."

HoloLens will be at E3, and Microsoft also recently released this hardware video.

[Source: New York Times]

 

Our Take
Given the tech, this isn't a great surprise. Before you start saving your pennies or swearing the whole thing off, we wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft already expects consumers to adopt HoloLens at a later date. Many electronics products start out at prohibitively higher prices, with true consumer-friendly price tags not planned until later in the product's life.

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Report: Ouya is up for quick sale

According to Fortune, Ouya is reportedly up on the auction block and aiming for a quick sale in order to make good on its debt to investors. …


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Report: Ouya Looking To Sell Quickly To Pay Off Mounting Debt

According to an email allegedly sent by Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman this month, the company responsible for the eponymous microconsole needs to find a buyer quickly. Ouya originally raised $ 8.6 million via Kickstarter within July and August 2012.

Today’s news comes via a report from Fortune, which says it has obtained a copy of a confidential email sent to investors. 

The company later received funding from a variety of venture capital sources and, most recently, received $ 10 million from Chinese set-top box provider Alibaba. Even after a move into a service architecture called Ouya Everywhere that brought the company’s games to the Madcatz Mojo Android handheld, players didn’t warm up.

Just a month after that announcement, we learned that the best selling game on the platform had only moved 7,000 copies. This follows a report in mid-2013 that stated that users were only upgrading from trials to full, paid games at a rate of 8 percent.

Ouya also misstepped with a development incentive program that offered little monetary reward and demanded onerous exclusivity periods. The "Free the Games Fund" was also criticized for potentially incentivizing cheating of the Kickstarter system by offering a $ 100,000 bounty for the program that raised the most funding.

We’ve reached out to Ouya for comment on its financial position and clarification of the details revealed in the Fortune report. We’ll update should we receive a response.

Update: An Ouya representative responded to our inquiry. The company has no comment at this time.

[Source: Fortune]

 

Our Take
While the demise of Ouya would not be a surprise, the company finding a willing buyer might be (at least at the level Ouya hopes). The company has a series of failures to its name, with a consumer base disinclined to spend and smart developers steering clear. Perhaps there is some value in the technology that a larger company could put to good use, but the platform and connected distribution service have been deemed worthless by the end-user market.

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Report: Call Of Duty: Black Ops III Release Date Leaks

We may be a couple of days away from Activision and Treyarch's big reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops III, but we may have an early look at the release date.

According to an image obtained by Kotaku, Black Ops III is scheduled to release on November 6. The promotional card from GameStop also says that there will be a beta test on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC that will be accessible to those who pre-order the game. 

To this point, we've seen a teaser trailer that hints at a futuristic world with robotic body modifications, but real details have been scarce. The world reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops III is currently scheduled for Sunday, April 26.

Disclaimer: GameStop is the parent company of Game Informer.

[Source: Kotaku]

 

Our Take
The first real details on Call of Duty: Black Ops III are hitting this weekend, so it's likely we'll hear more then. November is typically when Call of Duty games release, so this date certainly would make sense.

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Report: Original Gears Of War Coming To Xbox One

Between Halo's Master Chief Collection and the fact that a new Gears of War game is currently being developed by Black Tusk Studios, fans have been clamoring for a Marcus Fenix Trilogy release that would include remastered versions of Gears of War 1, Gears of War 2, and Gears of War 3 on Xbox One. While a new report won't quite satisfy those fans, it does indicate that Xbox One owners will have the opportunity to play a remastered edition of the original Gears of War.

An unnamed source has told Polygon that Microsoft and Black Tusk are working on remastered edition of the original Gears of War. The remastered version is said to feature enhanced visuals and cutscenes that have been remade by animation studio Plastic Wax.

The original game released on Xbox 360 in 2006, meaning that much like Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, the remastered version of Gears of War could be in development to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the game.

We have reached out to Microsoft for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.

[Source: Polygon]

 

Our Take
We expect to hear more about the upcoming Gears of War at June's E3. If this news ends up being true and we see a Gears of War Anniversary release on Xbox One in 2016, that could point to the new Gears of War game releasing beyond next year, which will disappoint many fans. 

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Report: Layoffs strike Disney’s Club Penguin

Disney Interactive has reportedly laid off a number of people who work on its decade-old MMO game/world Club Penguin this week across offices in Los Angeles, England and Canada. …


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Report: China now leads the world in downloading iOS apps

The latest report from mobile analytics firm App Annie shows China finally surpassing the U.S. in terms of iOS app downloads, though not in revenue. …


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