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MTV Games closed

MTV Games has closed its doors following the sale of Harmonix, MCV can reveal. The International office, which was headed up by UK industry veteran Roy Campbell, was closed on Wednesday. Only a handful of financial staff remain in the New York office to collect or reconcile any outstanding receivables. …

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Rock Band DLC abandons older titles

Owners of either Rock Band or Rock Band 2 will not be able to download any future releases on the title’s in-game app store. Effective as of October 26th 2010, all DLC releases will work exclusively with Rock Band 3 only. Owners of the new game will be able to …

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Euro focus for Rock Band

Music game developer Harmonix wants to take a larger slice of the European market after selling 16.1m units of Rock Band worldwide. The MTV-owned studio says there will be a heavier proportion of UK and European artists in Rock Band 3’s track list than previous instalments. The music title, which …

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Dance Central 2 in the works

Harmonix has laid out the long-term plan for its Kinect launch title Dance Central, with pre-production already underway on a sequel. CEO Alex Rigopulos told MCV: I think that Dance Central has an opportunity to spark a phenomenon, much like the original Guitar Hero did. "I sure as hell hope …

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US: Dance Central recalled

Publishers MTV and Microsoft have recalled all copies of Kinect title Dance Central in North America. The reason? An unspecified misprint in the owner’s manual”. Microsoft has become aware that an update that needs to be made to the product manual (i.e. printed materials) included in the game entitled Dance …

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Zenimax buys Mikami studio

Zenimax Media has acquired Shinji Mikami’s new Tokyo-based studio, Tango. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though this month Zenimax raised $150m for what it deemed a ‘tactical buyout’. Mikami, the creator of Resident Evil and numerous other hit titles, said it was refreshing to find a publisher …

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Activision should acquire Rock Band

Publisher Activision’s only chance of prospering in the music genre is to attempt to acquire the Rock Band IP from MTV owner Viacom, one US analyst has claimed. Its recent release Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock has got off to a rocky start in the US, with opening weekend sales …

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