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Witcher 3 Sales Top 4M

JUNE 9, 2015 • CD Projekt SA reports its The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt RPG has surpassed 4 million units sold in two weeks. The title was released on May 19 for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. The previous two installments in the franchise have together sold 10 million units, according to […]

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Ubisoft Drops Last Gen

MAY 14, 2015 • A year and a half after the arrival of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Ubisoft Entertainment S.A. disclosed during a financial conference call that it is dropping development on the PS3 and Xbox 360. For the publisher’s fiscal year 2016 all of its AAA releases, with the exception of the […]

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Halo Online For Russia

MARCH 28, 2015 • Later this spring Microsoft Corp. is holding a closed beta for a free-to-play multiplayer online game on the PC in Russia called Halo Online. The title is based on the Halo 3 engine and is set directly after the events in that game. Most of the action takes place on a […]

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Final Fantasy XI Plans

MARCH 19, 2015 • The first multi-platform MMO, Final Fantasy XI, has had a successful run since appearing on the PlayStation 2 and the PC back in 2002. By 2005, the title had passed 500,000 subscribers and later added the Xbox 360 and PS3 (via backward compatibility). Thirteen years into the game’s run, Square Enix […]

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Nintendo Goes Mobile

MARCH 17, 2015 • After five years of ongoing discussions, Nintendo Co. Ltd. and DeNA Co. Ltd. have agreed to launch a mobile membership service offering new games based on Nintendo IP. The gamemaker will not port existing titles and intends to utilize those of its characters and play mechanics that best translate to users […]

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Unreal 4 Engine Model Changed

MARCH 2, 2015 • As the Game Developers Conference convened in San Francisco, Epic Games, Inc. changed its business model for the Unreal 4 engine. The $19 monthly subscription fee was dropped entirely for the engine and all future updates. The previous 5% cut that Epic required on all gross revenue has now been adjusted […]

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Sony Unloads SOE

FEB. 2, 2015 • With a projected ¥230 billion ($2 billion) loss looming for the fiscal year ending March 31, Sony Corporation has sold its Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) business to Columbus Nova. Financial terms were not disclosed. In December 2010, Columbus Nova set up Harmonix-SBE Holdings to acquire Harmonix Music Systems from Viacom Inc. […]

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Sega Moves South

JAN. 30, 2015 • Sega of America (SOA) is moving from the San Francisco Bay Area to Southern California as part of a company-wide restructuring. The relocation will be undertaken between January and early summer but a location for the new SOA headquarters was not disclosed. Some employees are receiving relocation offers but positions will […]

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PlayFab Monetizes Back-End

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OCT. 28, 2014 • From the early MMOs onto today’s huge number of freemium online titles, providing for the backend technology and ongoing service responsibilities has never been easy. Virtual item monetization has only added to the complexity. While the availablity of tools and services in this area has steadily grown over the years to […]

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Japan Shuns Xbox One

SEPT. 26, 2014 • Japanese gamers appear to be taking a lukewarm view of the new Xbox One. Microsoft Corp.’s latest console debuted on September 4 in Japan and took the No. 1 spot on Media Create’s weekly chart at 25,674 sold. Seven days later units sold dropped to 3,015, and in its third week […]

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