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Diablo III beta testing has begun

Closed beta testing for the long-awaited Diablo III has begun, Blizzard has confirmed, as the game enters what it describes as the final stages of development”. The beta allows gamers to play through the entirety of Act I either independently or in co-op. Five hero classes are selectable. It is …

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21 jobs go as EA closes Visceral Australia

Electronic Arts has closed its Visceral outfit in Melbourne, a local developer association has confirmed. As many as 21 workers have been made redundant as part of the move, according to a tweet from the Melbourne Chapter of the International Game Developers’ Association. EA has not officially commented on the …

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Future closes World of Warcraft magazine

Having managed just five issues, Future has called time on its officially licensed World of Warcraft magazine. Subscribers are free to either claim a refund for the issues that will now never be published or instead claim a voucher entitling them to six in-game World of Warcraft pets. Current Activision …

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Blitz calls time on indie publishing label

Blitz Games Studios is to wind down and close its 1UP initiative, which helped small studios develop, distribute, and promote their games. What’s changed is that the market seems to have shifted quite a lot in the way games are sold,” 1UP producer Neil Holmes told Develop, where you can …

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Uncertainty surrounds Team Bondi future

Sydney studio Team Bondi is on the precipice of financial collapse, according to a growing number of online sources. Claims that the company is filing for bankruptcy originate from theNeogafdiscussion board. They have not been substantiated by an official representative.A Team Bondi spokesperson declined to initially comment when approached by …

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Disney closes Black Rock

Disney is closing its UK games development studio the publisher has confirmed to Develop this morning. Black Rock, the racing studio it bought from Climax in late 2006, will close after five years of Disney ownership. 40 remaining staff will be made redundant – the studio had already laid off …

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Time called on Star Wars Galaxies

Publishers Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts have announced that as of December 15th 2011 long-running MMO Star Wars Galaxies will be no more. Subscriptions for the game are no longer available and its associated digital store has been closed. Current subscribers will be offered a free two-month trial on any …

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‘Giant enemy crab’ finally defeated?

Game Republic, the Japanese studio responsible for a string of PlayStation-exclusive games, is believed to have closed down after eight years in business. The studio, founded by Japanese industry luminary Yoshiki Okamoto, is thought to have vacated its Tokyo offices. Its website servers are no longer online. Okamoto’s group built …

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THQ shuts Homefront developer

THQ is in the process of closing down its New York studio Kaos. The publisher has confirmed to Develop it has made a strategic realignment within its internal studio structure and is in the process of closing two locations: the company’s UK studio and Kaos studio in New York." Its …

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FreeStyle survives Activision cull

Popular British outfit FreeStyleGames has survived Activision’s studio-wide cost-cutting operation, Develop understands. The DJ Hero developer is thought to have signed a new project with its owning publisher, after months of negotiating its survival. However, about thirty jobs are to go. For the full story, head over to sister site …

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