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The Need for Speed Franchise Will Once Again be Developed by Criterion

14 February 2020
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Future Need for Speed titles will be once again developed by the UK studio Criterion. Ghost Games who has developed the previous four Need for Speed entries will go back to being called EA Gothenburg and will take on a supporting development role. EA told gamesindustry.biz, “With a strong history and passion for racing games…

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Outriders Adds PS5 and Xbox Series X Versions. Delayed to Holiday 2020

12 February 2020
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Square Enix today announced the Outriders Reveal Stream and unveiled its debut gameplay trailer. Watch the Outriders Official Reveal Trailer: From People Can Fly, the developers of Gears of War: Judgment and Bulletstorm, and Square Enix External Studios, the minds behind Sleeping Dogs and Just Cause, Outriders is a co-op RPG shooter for a new…

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2K Silicon Valley Officially Named 31st Union

12 February 2020
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2K announced today that 2K Silicon Valley, the label’s wholly-owned development studio founded in February 2019 and led by video game industry veteran Michael Condrey, will officially be known as 31st Union. Alongside revealing its new state-of-the-art development facility, branding and core values commitment to further establish its identity, the studio also announced plans to…

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THQ Nordic Sets Up Nine Rocks Games Studio. Developing a Shooter/Survival Game

11 February 2020
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THQ Nordic has announced the establishment of Nine Rocks Games, a new studio based in Bratislava, Slovakia that will be working on a new game in the shooter / survival genre. More information on the game will be announced “in due time.” The staff of Nine Rocks Games have previously worked on titles such as…

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Gears of War boss Rod Fergusson Leaves Microsoft to Oversee Diablo at Blizzard

8 February 2020
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Rod Fergusson, studio head at Gears of War studio The Coalition and producer on the series for over 15 years, will leave the Microsoft-owned studio in March in a move to Blizzard Entertainment to oversee the Diablo franchise, he announced. “I began working on Gears of War over 15 years ago and since then, it…

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Wizards of the Coast Opens New Studio. Working on Sci-Fi Multiplatform RPG

3 February 2020
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Archetype Entertainment is a game development studio in Austin, Texas led by industry veterans from BioWare and other AAA studios. Founded in 2019, Archetype is an autonomous division of Wizards of the Coast. We are assembling a world-class team to build a multi-platform roleplaying game set in a new science fiction universe. “At Archetype, we…

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C77 Entertainment Studio Established, “Big Action Experiences for PC and Console”

3 February 2020
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The new game development studio, C77 Entertainment in Seattle, is the latest addition to the Amplifier Game Invest portfolio and an expansion onto the North American market for the company. The team will focus on big-action experiences for PC and console players. “We found an opportunity to set up a new studio together with Mattias…

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Focus Home Interactive and Blackbird Interactive Announce New Partnership

22 January 2020
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Focus Home Interactive, publishers of World War Z, Greedfall, A Plague Tale: Innocence, and many more, are delighted to announce their partnership with Blackbird Interactive, creators of Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak and the upcoming Homeworld 3, on a new project. Set in an original IP and combining Focus Home’s love of innovative, new experiences with…

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Rumor: Xbox Series X Prototype Hardware Images Leaked

22 January 2020
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Alleged images of an Xbox Series X prototype revealing the system’s back ports have surfaced. The images were posted by NeoGAF user CurryPanda and claimed authentic by Thurrott. The ports on the back of the prototype model include an optical audio port, two USB A ports, ethernet, power, and a single HDMI port. Xbox Series…

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Daybreak Games Establishes Three New Franchise Studios

22 January 2020
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Daybreak Games Establishes Three New Franchise Studios

Daybreak Games today announced its “Franchise First” initiative in the form of a business structure that establishes three new individual creative franchise studios — Dimensional Ink Games, Darkpaw Games and Rogue Planet Games. Building on the success of the teams that introduced genre-defining games and franchises including DC Universe Online, EverQuest and PlanetSide, this business…

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Warner Bros. Montreal Teases New Batman Game Again

11 January 2020
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WB Games Montreal, developer of Batman: Arkham Origins, has teased fans with a cryptic image via social media. A cryptic image was released featuring an eagle and several blades surrounding a city with a coat of arms underneath. The iconography of birds, weapons, and regal apparel could hint towards the Court of Owls, a villainous…

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PlatinumGames Announces Partnership with Tencent to Help with Self-Publishing

7 January 2020
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Bayonetta 3 and Babylon’s Fall developer Platinum Games has received a capital investment from Tencent Holdings as a basis for partnership, the company announced. The partnership has no effect on the independence of Platinum Games, which will continue operations under its current corporate structure. Platinum Games president and CEO Kenichi Sato said the company will…

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Respawn’s Vince Zampella to Lead EA DICE’s LA Studio

3 January 2020
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Respawn Entertainment CEO Vince Zampella has taken on a new project leading Electronic Arts: EA DICE’s Los Angeles studio. In an interview with The LA Times, Zampella revealed his new role at DICE LA, which he will take on while remaining with Respawn Entertainment. Zampella described his position at Respawn as being that of a…

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Fumito Ueda’s GenDesign Seemingly Teases New Concept Art

3 January 2020
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GenDesign, the team behind PS4 exclusive The Last Guardian and headed by Fumito Ueda, has updated its website with a new splash screen that appears to be concept art for an upcoming project. Ueda has been pretty quiet since the launch of The Last Guardian back in 2015, only speaking with the media on rare…

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Embracer Group Acquires Little Nightmares Dev Tarsier Studios

21 December 2019
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THQ Nordic parent company Embracer Group has acquired Little Nightmares developer Tarsier Studios, the company announced. Embracer Group will support Tarsier Studios with long-term investments into new intellectual property development, and the studio will remain autonomous within Embracer Group’s wolly owned sub-group Goodbye Kansas Game Invest. Embracer Group and Goodbye Kansas Game Invest will act…

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