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Reader Discussion: Which Celebrities Would You Team Up With A Developer

Ubisoft just announced that Dean Evans, creator of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, would be teaming up with Elijah Wood's production company SpectreVision to make an unannounced VR game. It sure sounds like an April Fools story, but it's true. Which got us wondering what other kinds of Hollywood gaming fusions could we make?

Personally, I'm not entirely sure that celebrities need to get involved with games, but if I had to choose a combo I'd pick Valve for the game developer, because I'd like to see them make a game again (cheap burn), and I'd pick Idris Elba, because he's so hot right now. Sure the likelihood of this happening is about 1/1,255,585, but you know what that means? …There is a chance!

What about you? What crazy celebrity/video game developer combos get you excited.

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Reader Discussion: Which Celebrities Would You Team Up With A Developer

Ubisoft just announced that Dean Evans, creator of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, would be teaming up with Elijah Wood's production company SpectreVision to make an unannounced VR game. It sure sounds like an April Fools story, but it's true. Which got us wondering what other kinds of Hollywood gaming fusions could we make?

Personally, I'm not entirely sure that celebrities need to get involved with games, but if I had to choose a combo I'd pick Valve for the game developer, because I'd like to see them make a game again (cheap burn), and I'd pick Idris Elba, because he's so hot right now. Sure the likelihood of this happening is about 1/1,255,585, but you know what that means? …There is a chance!

What about you? What crazy celebrity/video game developer combos get you excited.

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Microsoft And Ubisoft Team Up For Xbox One Division Bundle

The Division is one of the most anticipated games of the Spring, and you might be considering which of the three platforms to play it on. If you’ve not upgraded to a current-generation console, Microsoft and Ubisoft have something for you to consider.

A new bundle featuring The Division was announced today. The 1TB black Xbox One is a standard deco version that comes with the game.

If you pre-order the $ 399 bundle, you’ll get guaranteed access to the beta running at the end of this month. It ships out alongside the game (also releasing on PS4 and PC) on March 8.

[Source: Major Nelson]

 

Our Take
Microsoft is smart to stay aggressive with bundles until it reaches heavier market penetration. Bundles have the most impact at this point in the product cycle as a way to quietly offer a savings without dropping the price. Given Microsoft’s move to offer more outside of the holidays, I expect this to be a theme for the year.

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Forge, New Warzone, Arena, And Big Team Battle Maps, And More Arrive For Halo 5 Today

Halo 5: Guardians got a big updated today. Dubbed Cartographer's Gift, the update adds Forge, new maps, weapons, assassinations, and more.

You can find dull details on the update here. Forge has received a handful of big updates since its Halo 4 iteration, but there's plenty available for those who prefer to destroy, rather than create.

New animations are part of the update, which you can see in action below.

There is also a new map for Warzone called Battle of Noctus, an arena map called Overgrowth, and two big team battle maps called Entombed and Antifreeze.

The update also brings with it a handful of bug fixes, new REQ packs, and tweaks to playlists and match requirements.

For our review of Halo 5: Guardians, head here.

[Source: Halo Waypoint]

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Team Ninja Channels Dark Souls In First Trailer For Ni-Oh

Team Ninja's latest has surprising ties to the late Japanese filmmaker, Akira Kurosawa, and looks a bit like the studio's take on a Dark Souls-style game.

You can check out the trailer below which has slow-moving, purposeful combat, looks difficult, and is very dark. The game has actually been in production for some time and is based on an unfinished script by the aforementioned Kurosawa. It was, at one time, slated for release in 2006, but obviously that date came and went almost a decade ago.

Team Ninja is known predominantly for the Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden series. Ni-Oh is a PlayStation 4 exclusive.

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Halo 5: Guardians Free Update Adds Big Team Battle Mode, New Gear

Halo 5: Guardians will receive its first free post-launch content this month in the form of Battle of Shadow and Light. The release adds armor, weapons, and 16-player Big Team Battle maps and modes.

Big Team Battle is the update’s centerpiece, adding 8v8 playlists and maps to the game, available in both Custom Games and Matchmaking.

New content also includes the Dying Star Light Rifle and stealth-oriented Shinobi armor, along with 48 additional REQs, vehicle skins, and a “Shove It” assassination move.

 

Our Take:

Halo 5: Guardians impressed last month.. Free post-release content gives players an added bonus to supporting 343 Studios stewardship of the franchise.

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[Update] EA Sports UFC 2 Launches Spring 2016, Adds Ultimate Team

Update: EA has released a trailer outlining the vision for its second licensed UFC game. The title is also confirmed for a Spring 2016 release.

The trailer mentions a new physics system and integration with whats' going on in the real world of MMA. The trailer below also shows some menu screens, and notably include an Ultimate Team mode. This will expand EA's extremely lucrative in-game transaction system to another sport. 

The publisher is dragging out its reveal, promising a full feature reveal on Friday, November 13.

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EA is stepping back into the Octagon. The publisher has announced that the follow-up to 2014’s EA Sports UFC is in development.

The publisher confirmed the sequel today on Twitter, with a promise of more details coming tomorrow. Unfortunately, while we’re urged to “tune in,” specific information on where to do that isn’t available yet.

EA secured the UFC license from THQ prior to that publisher’s demise. For more on EA Sports UFC, you can read our review. EA Access members can play the original in the “vault.”

[Source: EA Sports UFC on Twitter, pictured: EA Sports UFC]

 

Our Take
This was inevitable, though announcing this game on day when eyes are on Rise of the Tomb Raider and Fallout 4 is a curious decision. Sure, those audiences don’t overlap perfectly, but the sophomore outing for this franchise deserves a bit of the spotlight to itself.

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Microtransaction migration: Team Fortress 2 vs. Payday 2

“Taking a game and making it F2P is not a light decision; you need to provide benefits to new players while not stepping on the toes of your dedicated fanbase.” …


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EA Posts 64 Percent Gain In Ultimate Team Revenue In Second Fiscal Quarter

EA has exceeded revenue guidance for its second quarter, with more big gains from sports game Ultimate Team components. The company posted revenue of $ 815 million, down from $ 990 million the year before.

The company says that monthly average users for this year’s Madden, NHL, and FIFA titles are currently up 30 percent form last year. The two active Battlefield games (Hardline and Battlefield 4) combine for six million monthly active users.

On a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis, EA posted a loss of $ 140 million. However, the company is touting adjusted net income of $ 212 million. 

Despite the loss of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst in the current fiscal year, EA has raised its full-year guidance. The company is now expecting revenue of $ 4.4 billion on the year, up from $ 4.3 billion. If the company hits its mark, it will fall slightly short of last year’s revenue of $ 4.52 billion.

EA’s most important ace for the holiday season is still up its sleeve. Star Wars Battlefront is poised to make a huge impact on the company’s performance. It’s due out on November 17 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

[Source: EA]

 

Our Take
EA is clearly feeling confident. Bumping Mirror’s Edge Catalyst to next fiscal year isn’t even a risky move. Not only does it give DICE time to make the game exactly what fans want, but EA clearly can handle the financial hit. 

With the increase in Ultimate Team revenue and the huge windfall that Star Wars Battlefront can bring, the new quarter looks good for EA. It just doesn’t look great for Faith in February.

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