CCP Cancels Vampire MMO

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APRIL 14, 2014 • When CCP Games acquired Atlanta-based White Wolf Publishing late in 2006 an MMO based on the Vampire: The Masquerade RPG series was already in the planning stages. Although production on World of Darkness was intended to start in the 2008-2009 timeframe, the title never exited pre-production and has now been officially ...Continue Reading

Wal-Mart Tries Used Games Again

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MARCH 18, 2014 • Four years after finding its last run at the used games market unsatisfactory, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is taking another swing at the previously-owned segment. This time around used gamer purchases and sales will not be handled through a kiosk, but in a partnership with Texas-based CExchange Inc. The latter was retained ...Continue Reading

WB Launches Games Vault

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MARCH 18, 2014 • Looking to leverage its large catalog of game franchises, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) has launched a Games Vault program that will match its library of properties with up-and-coming development talent. Each title will be a direct-to-digital release. The first game to emerge from the effort is a modern update by ...Continue Reading

Native Linux CryEngine

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MARCH 13, 2014 • At this month's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco Crytek GmbH will be demonstrating its latest generation CryEngine (the developer ceased numbering its engine after CryEngine 3) which includes fully native support for Linux. Although Crytek ported CryEngine 3 to Linux, and Kingdom Come: Deliverance from Prague-based Warhorse Studios uses that ...Continue Reading

OnLive Resurfaces

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MARCH 6, 2014 • Last August Onlive Inc. entered into a process similar to bankruptcy called Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors. Nothing much has been heard since from the early cloud game streaming service until today. During the interim OnLive has invested in technology upgrades by adding thousands of new servers, opened data centers ...Continue Reading

Aeria Sells PC Biz

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MARCH. 4, 2014 • Aeria Games & Entertainment, Inc. is selling its PC games distribution business to ProSiebenSat.1 Games GmbH (PSG) for an undisclosed amount. Included in the deal is the former's European subsidiary Aeria Games Europe GmbH, as well as licenses to certain successful mobile games. PSG is taking over the entire Aeria Games ...Continue Reading

Guild Wars 2 Model Goes to China

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MARCH 3, 2014 • KongZhong Corporation is bringing ArenaNet's Guild Wars 2 to China with the same buy-once-play-forever model as employed by NCsoft in North America and Europe. The game client will be a digital download that will be playable after purchase of a key code. The model is something of a novelty for China ...Continue Reading

PC Sales Pick Up for Sega

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FEB. 11, 2014 • In financial disclosures for the nine months ending December 31 Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. reported that its top selling retail games platform was PC games. In addition, the number of PC titles sold versus the same period the previous year grew from 770,000 to 2.3 million units, an increase of 198%. ...Continue Reading

EA Outsources MMOs

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FEB. 5, 2014 • Two classic MMOs owned by Electronic Arts, Ultima Online and Dark Age of Camelot, are being moved from division Mythic Entertainment to a new independent studio, Broadsword Online Games. Broadsword was started by a group of Mythic alumni including co-founder Rob Denton. EA retains ownership of both MMOs along with billing ...Continue Reading

Funcom Investigated

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JAN. 29, 2014 • Økokrim (the Norwegian National authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime) is investigating Funcom N.V. regarding possible violation of Norway's Securities Trading Act. At issue is financial information given by the MMO game developer to the market regarding The Secret World from August 2011 until the launch of the ...Continue Reading