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Fig kicks off $500k funding initiative aimed at late-stage game dev woes

The crowdfunding company Fig has announced a new initiative focused on offering additional support to games successfully funded on the platform. …


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Konami Says ‘Sorry’ For Metal Gear Online Launch Woes

Metal Gear Online has had some struggles in its first week. There have been server and matchmaking issues that have impacted a number of players.

As a way to make up for the problems, Konami is giving Metal Gear fans two different things. First, everyone will receive 3000GP to every player. This will automatically be applied after today’s maintenance.

The XP Boost period has also been extended. If you’ve already activated your boost, it will be applied for three weeks instead of two.

Thankfully, there's a pretty solid single-player game you can spend your time with. Just remember to go offline so menus don't get bogged down if the servers hitch.

[Source: Konami]

 

Our Take
Unfortunately, the FOB and general connectivity problems Metal Gear Solid V suffered during the first month hinted at MGO issues. I think when I get back to it, I’m going offline permanently and ignoring the online features (and all of their related problems) permanently.

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Report: DRM not to blame for Far Cry 4 woes, says Microsoft

Following a sudden Xbox One Marketplace delisting that coincides with reports that some players could no longer play their legitimate digital copies of Far Cry 4, Microsoft has issued assurances that these woes were not the result of draconian Xbox O…
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PSN Slips Offline Again As Holiday Woes Continue

Here we go again. After readers alerted us to new problems (or perhaps those that have re-emerged), we have been able to confirm that the PlayStation Network is experiencing problems.

When attempting to access our friends list, we received error CE-34861-2. Additionally, Bungie has identified problems with players connecting and other tests suggest the problem is network related and not tied to a single title.

The PlayStation Store seems to be working, however. Sony’s PSN support page reports conflicting information, stating the the service is both “Online” and experiencing “Intermittent Connectivity.”

We’ll stay on top of this and update as we know more.

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343 announces free ODST campaign as apology for Halo: MCC woes

When Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched in November with a largely non-functional online multiplayer component, people were upset. Bonnie Ross, head of developer 343 Industries, personally apologized for the issues, promising to “make this ri…
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Halo: MCC woes push Halo: Spartan Strike spin-off into 2015

Though Halo: Spartan Strike was originally scheduled for release this month, a notice on Halo Waypoint claims the overhead shooter spin-off has been delayed due to the ongoing technical problems plaguing Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

“Earlier t…
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Halo: MCC removes playlists as matchmaking woes continue

343 Industries trimmed the number of active playlists in Halo: The Master Chief Collection in a bid to ease the ongoing matchmaking issues. Executive Producer Dan Ayoub said the temporary culling of four playlists, leaving the game with six, will…
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Capcom working to counter Street Fighter’s Steam woes

Street Fighter fans are supposed to smash bumbling opponents and conquer long-standing rivalries, not grapple with shoddy netcode and general technical issues. Unfortunately, anyone running Steam copies of Ultra Street Fighter 4 (or its predecessor,…
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Crytek speaks about its financial woes, manages to explain little

The company blames recent reports of its developers not being paid on internal miscommunication as Crytek sought additional funding, which it claims to have now secured. …


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Report: Ryse 2 Cancelled Amid Financial Woes At Crytek

Negative news reports continue to circle around Crytek. With its Homefront game already in question, now a Ryse sequel is said to be cancelled.

A few days ago, reports circulated that financial worries at Crytek UK were putting the development of a new Homefront title in question. There were also off-the-record reports that employees had not been receiving paychecks.

Now, new reports from Kotaku and Eurogamer indicate that the fiscal worries run deeper. According to Eurogamer, disagreements about ownership of the Ryse property have led to a falling out between Crytek and Microsoft and the cancellation of a Ryse sequel. This sequel was said to be a full-on action game, using conventional controls and not Kinect.

Now, it appears the game will not happen. The report also says that unpaid employees may be seeking legal action against Crytek.

[Source: Eurogamer, Kotaku]

 

Our Take:
I'd like to believe that these are just rumors, but there seems to be too much smoke for there to be no fire. Let's hope that Crytek can pull through this difficult time. 

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