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The Legend Of Zelda Re-imagined As Studio Ghibli Movie Posters

The Legend of Zelda series and Studio Ghibli's animated films are among the most celebrated works to come out of Japan, but what if the two properties came together? Illustrator Matt Vince uses that hypothesis as the basis for movie posters that prove the collaboration would be a match made in heaven.

Vince created three Miyazaki-esque movie posters featuring Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf that leave us wanting an actual crossover film that we never knew we wanted. In true Ghibli fashion, the fantasy flick has already garnered several awards despite not being a real thing. 

Admire his beautiful pieces below, and visit his website for other impressive illustrations. As for Zelda news, the Wii U entry is still happening, as is a remaster of Twilight Princess

[Source: Matt Vince via Tumblr via Kotaku] – The Feed

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Los Angeles mobile studio sues Kardashian clan and Glu

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Konami Officially Closes Its Kojima Productions Los Angeles Studio

Following speculation and rumor, Konami has confirmed the closure of the Los Angeles arm of Kojima Productions.

In a statement to Polygon, Konami confirmed the closure writing the following:

Konami has made the decision to close its Los Angeles Studio, effective immediately, due to the product development resources being restructured into a more centralized unit. This facility contributed to the recent Metal Gear Solid games. Konami will continue its operations to support all Metal Gear Solid titles, including the recently launched Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear Online. Metal Gear Online is still scheduled to release for PC Steam in January 2016.

The studio's creation was announced in March 2013 and officially opened in in September of the same year. Konami held a ceremony when it opened in September 2013 where Hideo Kojima and Metal Gear art director Yoji Shinkawa drank sake from square wooden cups and toasted to the venture's future success.

Despite Konami's restructuring and the departure of Hideo Kojima from the studio, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has been a critical and commercial success for the publisher shipping 5 million copies and garnering excellent reviews.

Update: Immediately after publication, we received a response to our request for comment from 24 hours ago. The comment we received mirrors the one that was provided to other outlets.

[Source: Polygon]


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It's always sad to hear about studio closures and this news is made exponentially worse by how drawn out Konami's announcements have been regarding the fate of Kojima Productions, and its head Hideo Kojima. We offer good luck to all those affected. – The Feed

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The Human Loop: Learning and interaction in the studio

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InXile opens new Louisiana studio with the governor’s blessing

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Ubisoft Purchases Studio That Worked On Rocksmith 2014

Ubisoft appears to be in acquisition mode right now, with a second studio purchase announced in the past month. Longtail, the studio behind the Rocksmith franchise, has been acquired by the publisher. It will now be known as Ubisoft Halifax.

While Longtail worked on the most recent Rocksmith title, its pedigree is in another area. The studio’s motto is “serious about casual” according to its website.

Previous titles include Dance on Broadway, Football U, Grey’s Anatomy: The Video Game, and Sports Connection. This brings the total number of Ubisoft studios to 26, with an additional 17 locations that serve as business offices. 

Ubisoft announced the purchase of The Crew developer Ivory Tower earlier this month. That studio’s next endeavor, The Crew: Wild Run, is due out on November 7 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

We've reached out to Ubisoft to get a better sense of what types of projects the studio will be working on. We'll update should we receive a response. 

Update: In a prepared statement, Ubisoft says that the 30-person team in Halfax will be working on a number of mobile titles. It is currently recruiting for 10 positions to grow its capacity.

[Source: MCV]


Our Take
Purchasing Ivory Tower made a lot of sense on the surface, but this acquisition is less obvious. Having the studio assist with Rocksmith now that Rock Band and Guitar Hero are back could help Ubisoft keep up (even though its offering is a more instructional product). 

Investing in a studio to pump out casual games makes less sense in this environment. Contracting out for that type of project seems less risky. – The Feed