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The Carlyle Group Acquires Jagex, the Creator of RuneScape

25 January 2021
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Global investment firm The Carlyle Group today announced it has acquired Jagex, a leading developer and publisher of video games. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Cambridge, UK, and employing more than 450 people, Jagex is one of the largest and most successful British video game studios, developing and publishing video games…

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Vicarious Visions Merged Into Blizzard

22 January 2021
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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 developer Vicarious Visions has moved from the Activision side of Activision Blizzard to the Blizzard side, and is now “fully dedicated to existing Blizzard games and initiatives,” the company told GamesIndustry.biz. “After collaborating with Vicarious Visions for some time and developing a…

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Tencent Buys Majority Stock in Klei Entertainment, The Developers of Don’t Starve

22 January 2021
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Tencent has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Don’t Starve and Mark of the Ninja developer Klei Entertainment, the companies announced. According to Klei Entertainment founder Jaime “Bigfoot” Cheng, the developer will retail “full autonomy of creative and operations across all aspects of the studio, including projects, talent, and more.” Here…

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Report: Capcom has Overhauled Its Plans for the Resident Evil 4 Remake. Possibly Delayed to 2023

22 January 2021
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The Resident Evil 4 remake first rumored to be in production at M-Two back in April 2020 is now being led by Capcom’s Consumer Games Development Division 1, according to a VGC report citing people with knowledge of the project. The remake has reportedly been in development since 2018 at M-Two, which partly contributed to…

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The King of Fighters XV Meitenkun Trailer and Screenshots

21 January 2021
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SNK has released a new trailer and screenshots for The King of Fighters XV introducing playable character Meitenkun (voiced by Seira Ryu). Check Out The King of Fighters XV’s Meitenkun Trailer: If you missed it last week, watch the Shun’ei trailer here. Here’s KoF XV Meitenkun’s image gallery. Click on any of these image thumbnails to…

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Takaya Imamura, the Artist Behind F-Zero and Starfox, Announces his Retirement

21 January 2021
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Takaya Imamura has left Nintendo after 32 years of employment, the game developer announced in a Facebook post. “Today is my last day coming to work,” Imamura said. “I took a selfie with the empty office building. It feels pretty sad to think about not coming here anymore… Hats off to myself for 32 years…

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Tomonobu Itagaki Establishes New Itagaki Games Studio

18 January 2021
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Tomonobu Itagaki, creator of the Dead or Alive and modern Ninja Gaiden series, has established a new game studio called Itagaki Games, the developer announced. The news comes via Itagaki’s official Facebook page, where he posted an interview he did with Bloomberg for its Xbox 20th anniversary story published on January 6. According to Itagaki,…

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The King of Fighters XV Shun’ei Trailer and Screenshots

17 January 2021
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SNK has released a new trailer and screenshots for The King of Fighters XV introducing playable character Shun’ei (voiced by Takashi Oohara). Check Out The King of Fighters XV’s Shun’ei Trailer: Here’s KoF XV Shun’ei’s image gallery. Click on any of these image thumbnails to see the full-size screens: The King of Fighters XV is due…

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Pokemon ’25 Years of Memories’ Video. Katy Perry Collaboration Announced

16 January 2021
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The Pokémon Company International officially launched the celebrations for Pokémon’s landmark 25th anniversary. As an iconic video game and entertainment franchise beloved by millions of fans of all ages around the world, Pokémon has been bringing people together since its launch in 1996. Check Out the ‘Pokemon: 25 Years of Memories’ Video: In 2021, Pokémon…

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Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment Announce Open-World Star Wars Game

16 January 2021
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Publisher Ubisoft and The Division series developer Massive Entertainment have entered into a partnership with Lucasfilm Games to develop an open-world Star Wars game, the companies announced. Development on the new title is still very early, and Massive Entertainment is still recruiting staff for the project. The Division 2 and The Crew director Julian Gerighty…

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Take-Two No Longer Trying to Acquire Codemasters

15 January 2021
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Take-Two Interactive has announced that the time has officially lapsed on its bid for UK studio Codemasters and as such is no longer pursuing its plan of action to purchase the developer. Take-Two – who already owns major developers Rockstar and 2K Games – put in a purchase offer for racing game specialist Codemasters back…

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Square Enix Trademarks Ever Crisis, The First Soldier and Shinra Logo in Japan

14 January 2021
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Square Enix filed trademarks for “Ever Crisis” and “The First Soldier” on December 17, 2020 in Japan, as well as the Shinra Electric Power Company logo on December 22. All three trademarks were just made public this week. All three trademarks seem to be related to Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII series: “Ever Crisis” shares…

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Monster Tale Coming to Modern Platforms in 2021

12 January 2021
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On the heels of the latest release of Double Dragon: Neon on Nintendo Switch, Majesco Entertainment has announced that the long-loved Nintendo DS classic Monster Tale will be finding its way onto modern game platforms in 2021. Developed by Dreamrift, Monster Tale left its mark by bringing a nostalgic feel and a vibrant world featuring…

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The King of Fighters XV Launches in 2021. Reveal Trailer

8 January 2021
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SNK has released the reveal trailer and screenshots for The King of Fighters XV, which confirms the game will launch in 2021. Platforms were not announced, but another trailer is planned for release next week. Watch The King of Fighters XV’s Reveal Trailer: “The day we can reveal The King of Fighters XV has finally…

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Nintendo Buys Next Level Games, Maker of Luigi’s Mansion 3, Super Mario Strikers

5 January 2021
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Nintendo has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the outstanding shares of the Vancouver, Canada-based Next Level Games to make it a wholly owned subsidiary, the company announced. The acquisition is expected to close on March 1. Next Level Games has developed a number of a Nintendo titles in the past, including…

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