Having previously demonstrated a complete aversion to change, Zynga is now busily changing up policies if not its development philosophy to retain its fleeing top brass. Highlights include CEO Marc Pincus now drawing a $1 salary, while execs like Steven Chiang got a sizable bump, in Chiang’s case from $300K to $500K. Bonuses have also been increased, but they’re now more closely tied to performance as well.
Yet another studio will be packing it in, no doubt a victim of the contracting AAA landscape and general upheaval the industry is currently undergoing. Former Creative Assembly Australia, now known simply as Sega Studios Australia was responsible for Medieval 2: Total War and the London 2012 Olympics tie-in, which posted impressive sales numbers if nothing else.
While Hilco has been slated as the favourite out of HMV’s suitors, the deal was just finalised today, securing 2463 workplaces and 141 retail locations. Some changes reflecting larger music and film distributor involvement will be made, with the company expected to stock fewer consumer electronics and more media moving forward.
Earlier rumors suggested that the Xbox 720 could be an “always on” device, meaning that gamers will need an internet connection to play any game. This helps to prevent piracy, but issues from games like Diablo 3 and SimCity have proven the feature to be not worth it.
One of the most popular consoles of all time is the SEGA Dreamcast. Fans will want to get their hands on this Dreamcast Controller backpack.
The other day a leaked promotional image was spotted at a Best Buy which showed off the next DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The leaked “Uprising” promotional image showed four new multiplayer maps as well as a new co-op zombies map called Mob of the Dead. And now Activision has announced the official details for its upcoming Uprising DLC pack, with a trailer.
Kickstarter backers of the new Ouya console which raised over $8.5 million via a successfully Kickstarter campaign, are now starting to receive their Ouya console and first reviews are of the Android games console are being published.
However it still seems that the Ouya console still has a little way to go before being ready for a retail launch later this year in June.
We know very little about Microsoft’s next Xbox. Here’s something we do know. Gamers don’t like games that require always on internet connectivity. For the most part, anyway. According to multiple sources the next Xbox might require gamers to have an always on internet connection just to play games on the console.
If you are patiently waiting to get your hands on the new Wikipad 7 Android games tablet, you will be pleased to hear that production of the Wikipad 7 has now started, and the first devices have started to roll out.
The new Wikipad 7 Android gaming tablet is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, supported by 1GB of RAM and is fitted with a 7 inch screen sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.
You know Rovio for the Angry Birds series, but disgruntled avian games are not all they do. They are also responsible for Amazing Alex, which may not have gotten the same kinds of sales, but is still a fun game. The game has finally arrived on the Windows Phone Store.
Despite coming off a string of what in better times for the industry would be considered unqualified successes, Square Enix is not a company in the best of health. Shaken by a change of president and a sizable and unexpected “extraordinary loss”, not even the critically acclaimed Tomb Raider reboot and solid earner Hitman Absolution could drag it into profitability via its combined 7 million or so copies sold. Square Enix needs a win with yet another franchise reboot Thief 4, but the fact that it’s willing to drop a perennial marketing bullet point that even narrative-driven Tomb Raider enjoyed speaks volumes.
Disney announced yesterday that it is pulling the plug on LucasArts and many gamers were sad. Star Wars 1313 was just about to take off and it’s future became uncertain during yesterday’s announcement. Now it looks like the news isn’t good for the game. A LucasFilm representative confirmed the production for Star Wars 1313 has been halted.