Journey Was Completed While thatgamecompany Was Bankrupt

Habitual game of the year list fixture Journey was made by a very small team, but that doesn’t mean development was cheap. The game’s development ran an extra year out of the desire to polish the game into what it is today. And by the end the company had spent all of its money, staff were on half-pay or no pay and almost everyone involved left for greener pastures.

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Crytek Will Be Free To Play Only In Five Years

Crytek, the company behind top tier game engines and middling FPS games with superlative visuals is going free to play in a big way. Already at the forefront of melding AAA and F2P with Warface, they’re now committed to the new business model long term. Another part of that push is the company’s GFace platform.

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Epic Shuts Down Former Kingdoms Of Amalur Dev Impossible Studios

When 38 Studios closed down last year after Curt Schilling failed to repay a loan to the state of Rhode Island, Epic stepped in to offer the displaced staff a lifeline and formed Impossible Studios in the process. Things didn’t work out for either party, however, and Impossible studios is being shut down. Staff will get three months severance pay and a chance to try to keep the studio afloat on their own under the new name.

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Farmville Getting TV Animated Series

Despite Zynga’s recent setbacks, Farmville is still a relevant brand. Or at least, that’s what Zynga is banking on, having tapped director Brett Ratner to make a half hour animated show based on the property. Brett Ratner might be familiar as the director of Rush Hour, Red Dragon and X-Men Last Stand.

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Rayman Legends Delayed For Multiplatform Release After Developers Crunched To Complete It

Former Wii U exclusive Rayman Legends is going multiplatform and has been delayed for six months as a result. However, the Wii U version of the game is complete and will just be held back to wait for the other versions. According to an anonymous developer posting on a Spanish forum (and picked up on by NeoGAF), the team working on the game went through a brutal crunch period  to deliver the game in time for its former February launch date and is not happy with Ubisoft for the delay.

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Bayonetta 2 & Wonderful 101 Are Nintendo-Funded, Will Remain Wii U Exclusives

Current Wii U exclusives Bayonetta 2 and Wonderful 101 are extremely unlikely to ever grace other consoles because they’re being fully funded by Nintendo, according to Hideki Kamiya, co-founder of Platinum Games. Recent former Wii U exclusives Rayman Legends and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge are now in development for the PS3 and 360, possibly prompting Kamiya’s statements.

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Dead Space 3 Exploit Is Intentional, EA Not Patching It

Despite the exploit which allows players to farm valuable resources negating Visceral’s addition of microtransactions to Dead Space 3 in the first place,  EA are saying there are no plans to patch it. The publisher says the exploit was actually planned as an alternative way of getting resources without buying them in order to avoid making microtransactions central to the game.

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New Call of Duty Confirmed For 2013 By Activision Blizzard

During their fourth quarter and calendar year 2012 results Activision Blizzard, has confirmed that they will be releasing a new instalment in the Call of Duty franchise.

Activision CFO Dennis Durkin confirmed the launch of a new game in 2013 under the Call of Duty banner, but no details on the new game have been released as yet.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines’ Bug Hunt DLC (video)

This week Walmart has let slip that the new Aliens: Colonial Marines’ Bug Hunt DLC which is being released for the new highly anticipated Aliens: Colonial Marines games which is set to launch next week.

Will be arriving for the game on March 19th for $14.99, and will include the ability to team up with your friends and take on waves of increasingly difficult enemies in an all new game mode.

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Wikipad Gaming Tablet Re-Launches With a 7 Inch Sceen

If you have been patiently waiting for the launch of the Wikipad gaming tablet which was supposed to launch in October last year, after partnering with GameStop.

You will be pleased to learn that the Wikipad is has now been re-launched, but this time with a 7 inch screen rather than the 10 inch screen of the original, and will be shipping for $250.

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