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2018: 10 big trends for next year

2017 is on the way out and while the world as a whole looks to be having a tough time, the games industry has delivered hit titles, bold new ideas and the life-dominating PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to keep us interested. Still, no time for nostalgia, a new year is calling. Have …

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Rick & Morty co-creator’s Squanchtendo rebrands as Squanch Games

The VR development studio founded by Rick & Morty co-creator Justin Roiland has undergone a rebrand. Squanchtendo was founded by Roiland and Epic Games producer Tanya Watson last year. The name was formed from ‘Squanch’, which is the name of a planet from Rock & Morty that is populated by …

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Niantic is relaunching AR pioneer Ingress

The creators of Pokemon Go have announced that they are taking another stab at its predecessor. Ingress will be relaunched under the name Ingress Prime, featuring a new UI, new technology and a brand new story arc. The original game launched in 2012 and has been downloaded over 20m times. …

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BBC announces new VR Hub and free VR Spacewalk app

The BBC has announced that its various VR ventures are to be all brought under one roof. The new unit goes by the name of VR Hub. It will oversee its various projects including 360-degree video and VR add-ons to properties such as Planet Earth II. To coincide with the …

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Climax Studios: AR goes mainstream

It’s currently too early to tell what makes a successful AR game, but with the release of iOS 11 (and Google’s upcoming ARCore) the stage is set for mainstream adoption of augmented reality games and apps. Jem Alexander speaks to Climax Studios CEO Simon Gardner about the rise of AR and the studio's new game ARise

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CCP retreats from VR, cutting 100 jobs and closing two studios

Icelandic games giant CCP has called time on its big virtual reality adventure. CCP was one of the earliest and largest supporters of VR, but has now announced its intentions to quit the sector. The move comes at the cost of 100 jobs and two studios. Its Atalanta office is …

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Oculus Rift price cut to £399 for good

In addition to announcing a brand-new standalone VR headset in the form of the Oculus Go, Oculus also announced yet another permanent price cut for its regular Rift headset.  After its successful Summer of Rift program, where it dropped the price temporarily to £399 for six weeks, the Rift will now stay at …

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Leap Motion opens new design research studio in London

Hand tracking company Leap Motion has opened a new design reserach studio in London, the firm has announced. Heading up the studio is VR and AR filmmaker Keiichi Matsuda, who assumes the role of VP of design and global creative director.  The news comes just three months after the company revealed …

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Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality headsets will have a ‘slow start’ – IHS Markit

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced its Windows Mixed Reality headsets would start shipping in the US from October 17th alongside its Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. But while the platform has some notable strengths, research firm IHS Markit predicts a "slow start" for the technology due to VR remaining a …

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