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Blade Runner 2049 gets a mobile game spin-off

Blade Runner 2049 gets a mobile game spin-off

Finnish publisher and developer Next Games has landed the rights for a mobile game based on upcoming sci-fi movie Blade Runner 2049.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 16th 2017 at 11:15AM in News
E3 show floor

E3 2017: Play time or story time?

Academic studies of video games have long pondered the relative merits of gameplay vs story, or ludology vs narratology as it’s often called. While we leave such critical musings to ...

Seth Barton
by Seth Barton
on Jun 16th 2017 at 11:00AM in News
Konami faces fresh allegations about poor treatment of staff

Konami faces fresh allegations about poor treatment of staff

Almost two years on from a damning report about life for Konami workers, fresh allegations have been made about the company's treatment of its workforce.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 16th 2017 at 10:48AM in News
Microsoft explains Xbox One X's £449 price

Microsoft explains Xbox One X's £449 price

There has been much debate about Microsoft's decision to price the Xbox One X at £449 ($499 in the US).

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 16th 2017 at 10:19AM in News

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PlayStation

Stand and deliver - how and why publishers make us wait after E3

E3 press conferences were once littered with titles that wouldn’t see retailers’ shelves for years. But there looks to be a new sense of immediacy spreading across these events and ...

Seth Barton
by Seth Barton
on Jun 16th 2017 at 10:00AM in News
Take-Two wants to help creators impacted by Open IV mod fallout

Take-Two wants to help creators impacted by Open IV mod fallout

Rockstar owner Take-Two has said that its action against Grand Theft Auto IV mod software Open IV was designed only to protect GTA Online.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 16th 2017 at 9:48AM in News
Phil Spencer believes in VR, but says it's still not right for consoles

Phil Spencer believes in VR, but says it's still not right for consoles

The head of Xbox has again expressed his belief in the long-term prospects of VR, but also stressed that consoles aren't yet the ideal home for it.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 16th 2017 at 9:38AM in News
Read our E3 2017 analysis and in-depth take on the future of streaming in this week's MCV

Read our E3 2017 analysis and in-depth take on the future of streaming in this week's MCV

After a week of announcements and hype at E3, MCV is back from the show floor with in-depth analysis about what’s going to set the industry’s agenda for the next ...

Marie Dealessandri
by Marie Dealessandri
on Jun 16th 2017 at 9:30AM in News

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Facebook

E3 according to Facebook - more women posting, Sony generate biggest conversation spike

More women are talking about E3 on social media than ever before, according to new figures from Facebook. Over the past 30 days, 43m people made 115m E3-related Facebook posts, ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 15th 2017 at 2:38PM in News
Fallout 4 VR

Doom, Fallout 4 and Skyrim VR will drive awareness, but Ubisoft still 'go-to VR publisher' - SuperData

Virtual reality was a major theme of Bethesda's E3 announcements this year, with titles such as Skyrim, Doom and Fallout 4 all receiving the VR treatment by the end of ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 15th 2017 at 2:36PM in News
Bandai Namco VR centre

Mario Kart Arcade GP headlines Bandai Namco's new VR Zone Shinjuku centre

The newly announced Mario Kart Arcade GP will be leading the charge at Bandai Namco's latest VR entertainment centre, which is due to open next month, the publisher has announced.

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 15th 2017 at 1:53PM in News
Xbox One family

Xbox One game sales to grow 17% to 70m in 2017, thanks to Xbox One X - FutureSource

The global games software market is expected to exceed $100bn in 2017, according to a new report from Futuresource Consulting, with console game sales rising significantly toward the end of ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 15th 2017 at 11:48AM in News

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Grand Theft Auto V modding tool shuts down

Grand Theft Auto V modding tool shuts down

The community around PC Grand Theft Auto V modding tool Open IV is up in arms following its removal as a result of a cease and desist.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 15th 2017 at 11:10AM in News
BAFTA YGD

33% of BAFTA's Young Game Designer finalists are female

The shortlist for BAFTA's Young Game Designer competition is now online. Ten finalists have been selected for each of the four main categories, and the winners will be announced ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 15th 2017 at 11:06AM in News
Arkane says Dishonored 2's Emily was a response to gender criticism

Arkane says Dishonored 2's Emily was a response to gender criticism

Developer Arkane has explained the motivations that saw it offer a playable female lead in its recent release Dishonored 2.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 15th 2017 at 10:51AM in News
Ancel: Beyond Good & Evil 2 is not a Switch exclusive 'as far as I know'

Ancel: Beyond Good & Evil 2 is not a Switch exclusive 'as far as I know'

It looks as if the rumours that Beyond Good & Evil 2 will be exclusive to the Nintendo Switch were unfounded.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 15th 2017 at 10:08AM in News

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Joost van Dreunen

Ubisoft 'stole the show' at E3 this year - SuperData

Sony may have had a great showing at this year's E3, but for SuperData's Joost van Dreunen, it was Ubisoft who "stole the show."

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 15th 2017 at 10:00AM in News
Multiplay

Multi-tasking at Multiplay - what's next for this growing games service provider

Ditching a career in medicine to start a LAN-based events company isn’t the most traditional way of getting into the games industry, but over the last two decades Multiplay founder ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 15th 2017 at 10:00AM in News
Sony on Xbox One X power: Devs will work to the lowest common denominator

Sony on Xbox One X power: Devs will work to the lowest common denominator

PlayStation platform holder Sony has said that the Xbox One X's power advantage over PS4 Pro will likely not be as evident as some suspect.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 15th 2017 at 9:51AM in News
Miyamoto and Yves

Rabbid fanbase - how Nintendo and Ubisoft's Mario partnership gives Switch a tactical edge

We knew it was coming, but somehow Ubisoft still managed to surprise us. No, we're not talking about Beyond Good and Evil 2 (although let's just pause for a ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 15th 2017 at 9:45AM in News
Microsoft responds to PlayStation's crossplatform omission

Microsoft responds to PlayStation's crossplatform omission

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has bitten in what is almost approaching a war of words in the crossplatform multiplayer dispute.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 15th 2017 at 9:33AM in News
Joost van Dreunen

Horizon Zero Dawn DLC puts Sony exclusive on track to hit 'Uncharted territory' and 8m lifetime sales - SuperData

Analysts might not have made up their minds about Microsoft's Xbox One X reveal at this year's E3, but most seem to be in agreement that Sony showed a much ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 14th 2017 at 4:45PM in News
GAME Belong Arena Clash

GAME Belong's Arena Clash tournaments return for second season

GAME has announced a second season for its Belong centres' Arena Clash tournaments. Taking place in stores nationwide this summer, gamers will compete for a range of prizes in Call ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 14th 2017 at 4:08PM in News
A Way Out

Indie GoneGone - where are all the indies at E3 2017?

EA's been marching to its own E3 drum for a couple of years now, but last weekend saw the publisher putting players at the heart of its event like never ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 14th 2017 at 12:35PM in News
Phil Spencer wants to extend Xbox backwards compatibility to PC

Phil Spencer wants to extend Xbox backwards compatibility to PC

The prospect of official emulation of original Xbox games on PC looks like it could be a realistic one.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 14th 2017 at 11:31AM in News