All News tagged with 'Industry News'

ESRB Addresses Lootbox Controversy With In-Game Purchase Label

Following increasing fury from players and potential government intervention from countries across the globe over lootboxes, the ESRB has taken action with the announcement of an In-Game Purchases label going forward.

Posted 20 days ago by Andy Mills, 4 comments

THQ Nordic Acquires Koch Media For €121 Million

THQ Nordic entered into a deal to acquire Koch Media. THQ Media is best known for game series such as Darksiders and MX vs ATV, while Koch is best known for the series Dead Island, Metro, and Risen.

Posted 29 days ago by Dave Bricker, 0 comments

Price Increase for All Artifex Mundi Games

Artifex Mundi has announced that all of their titles have received an immediate price increase by 50%, citing increased development costs as the reason for the change.

Posted 1 month ago by Kevin Tavore, 14 comments

TT Podcast Episode 59 - Critically Awarded

This week, there's a lot of award talk to be had. The Video Game Awards have come and gone, as has PSX, and that's only the beginning of the news.

Posted 3 months ago by Brandon Fusco, 0 comments

TT Podcast Episode 58 - Speechless

We've about had it with these video game companies, what with the loot boxes and the disingenuous experience reporting. What about you?

Posted 3 months ago by Brandon Fusco, 2 comments

MotoGP and Milestone Will Continue To Race Together for at Least Four More Years

MotoGP and Milestone S.r.l. have come together and signed a contract renewal allowing the Italian developer to retain the licensing for the official MotoGP game. The future looks solid for the team's franchise.

Posted 3 months ago by Ashley Woodcock, 1 comment

Clicker Heroes 2 Developer Abandons Free to Play Model Over Ethical Concerns

Despite the fact Playsaurus made a lot of money, including from whales who would spend thousands, they have dropped the free-to-play model for Clicker Heroes 2, instead opting to sell it as a US$30 game.

Posted 4 months ago by Kelly Packard, 1 comment

Star Wars Battlefront II Microtransactions Removed Temporarily

After reducing the cost of heroes was not enough to quell the flames, today they are taking things a step further and removing the microtransactions entirely, at least for now.

Posted 4 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 1 comment

Titanfall Developer Respawn Entertainment Becomes an EA Owned Studio

Electronic Arts made a surprise announcement today that they've purchased Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment. All of their current game projects will continue unhindered.

Posted 4 months ago by Rebecca Smith, 6 comments

Telltale Games Cuts A Quarter Of Their Staff In Restructuring Effort

There's sad news today as Telltale Games has announced they will be cutting a quarter of their workforce -- 90 people -- in an attempt to restructure the point-and-click adventure specialist.

Posted 4 months ago by Andy Mills, 2 comments

Activision Reveals How It Can Use Matchmaking to Sell Microtransactions

Activision's latest patent filing goes into gritty detail regarding how they use matchmaking to ensure they get as many sales of DLC as possible. Because of course they do.

Posted 5 months ago by Kevin Tavore, 8 comments

TT Podcast Episode 55 - Dark Days Ahead

It was a heavy week for video game news, especially this time of year, but the guys do their best to liven things up with some attempts at voice acting. Remember to tell us which character you'd be best at voicing!

Posted 5 months ago by Brandon Fusco, 0 comments

EA Closing Visceral Games, Reroutes Upcoming Star Wars Project

In a statement from Patrick Söderlund, EA has today revealed the double whammy of Visceral Games' closing as well as a seismic shift in the production of the studio's former untitled Star Wars game.

Posted 5 months ago by Mark Delaney, 1 comment

OpenCritic Says They Are Going to Take a Stand Against Loot Boxes

The loot box debate isn't going away, but hopefully it can become a bit clearer soon. OpenCritic,is looking to build a platform where consumers can easily determine what kind of in-game paid content each game offers.

Posted 5 months ago by Mark Delaney, 11 comments

TT Podcast Episode 53 - The Comeback Kids

Have trophies ever ruined a gameplay experience for you? We're about to get almost healthy about maybe being not so healthy in our trophy habits.

Posted 5 months ago by Brandon Fusco, 3 comments

TT Podcast 46 - Catsup!

After a couple of quick weeks, the team sits down to make up for the parts you've been missing. Yay bonus trivia! Also, Kingdom Hearts III has a release date, as does GT Sport. Telltale announces several new seasons.

Posted 8 months ago by Brandon Fusco, 7 comments

TT Podcast Episode 43 - Goal!

This week, the guys sort out their gaming goals for the rest of 2017! Come have a listen, and share you 2017 trophy goals within, and be sure to answer this week's poll!

Posted 9 months ago by Brandon Fusco, 5 comments

IO-Interactive Now An Independent Company

In arguably the best outcome for everyone involved, IO-Interactive's split from publisher Square Enix has resolved amicably with the Danish company becoming independent and keeping their most famous IP, Hitman.

Posted 9 months ago by Andy Mills, 0 comments

Ubisoft Teases its Plans for E3 2017

Ubisoft has outlined its plans for E3 2017, where they will be showing more from Far Cry 5, South Park: The Fractured but Whole and revealing new details from the latest instalments of some of their other well known titles.

Posted 9 months ago by Lexley Ford, 0 comments

Focus Home Interactive Announces E3 Lineup Featuring Seven Games

The biggest publishers like EA and Ubisoft often garner a lot of conversation at E3 each year, but some up-and-coming publishers are building their own brand, like Focus Home Interactive, who's bringing seven games to E3.

Posted 10 months ago by Mark Delaney, 0 comments

WWE 2K18 and NBA 2K18 Give Take Two a Quieter Year

Take Two will have an unusually light release slate in FY18 with just two new titles to anticipate, but what's the highly anticipated new title from one of 2K’s biggest franchises that will be appearing in FY19?

Posted 10 months ago by Rebecca Smith, 1 comment

Trophy Talk Podcast Episode 39 - Hitman 86ed

From a slow news week to quite a busy one. But don't worry, the team has you covered! We've got all your deep Sega back catalog cuts and furry animal character creating fantasy fulfilling needs!

Posted 10 months ago by Brandon Fusco, 0 comments

Tom Holland Will Star as Nathan Drake in Upcoming Uncharted Movie

The rising star who played Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, got picked to play Nathan Drake in the coming live-action movie, directed by Shawn Levy.

Posted 10 months ago by Lea Sumner Bertelsen, 4 comments

E3 2017 Presentation Times

In the days leading up to Tuesday, June 13th, many publishers hold presentations at E3 2017 to reveal all of the big titles on which they're working. Now, that presentation lineup is confirmed.

Posted 10 months ago by Rebecca Smith, 2 comments

New BioWare IP Delayed, Mass Effect Potentially Put on Backburner

EA is looking forward to the next 12 months, but not everything has a rosy outlook. BioWare has reportedly been downsized to a support studio and their new IP has fallen out of the FY18 window.

Posted 10 months ago by Rebecca Smith, 2 comments

Square Enix And Hitman Developer IO Interactive Part Ways

Eight years on from controlling the company after the purchase of Eidos in 2009, Square Enix have announced that they are parting ways with Hitman developer IO Interactive.

Posted 10 months ago by Andy Mills, 1 comment

Trophy Talk Podcast Episode 38 - Everything Derailed

This week, we discuss the wonderful world of trademark protection! Also, did you know that Horizon: Zero Dawn just got an upgrade to the photo mode? Time to take some pictures!

Posted 10 months ago by Brandon Fusco, 0 comments

Call of Duty Counts Down to WWII

If you've been on the internet in 2017, you've probably seen the rumor that Call of Duty would be returning to a World War II setting this year. While it's not technically confirmed, it's all but there thanks to a new countdown.

Posted 11 months ago by Kelly Packard, 5 comments

Bandai Namco Teases New Project With #PrepareToDine

Bandai Namco has teased an upcoming title with a short video. According to the prolific publisher and developer, the footage is "original animation inspired by a new title in development by Bandai Namco Entertainment."

Posted 11 months ago by Kelly Packard, 0 comments

Next Star Wars Battlefront and Need for Speed to Be Shown at June's EA Play

EA has revealed more details about their upcoming event EA Plays. As you may remember from a few months back, this is the pre-E3 event that EA has forgone their usual E3 Sunday briefing in order to host.

Posted 1 year ago by Kelly Packard, 3 comments

Playstation 4 Games Coming to Playstation Now

Three weeks ago, Sony revealed they were ending their Playstation Now service on some platforms. This was to allow them to focus on developing the service for Playstation 4 and Windows PC users. They start with PS4 games.

Posted 1 year ago by Rebecca Smith, 0 comments

TT Podcast Episode 29 - It's Not Dead, Just Delayed

We've all been there. You're looking at a game on your storefront of choice, saying that you've already got a huge list of games you bought and haven't played, many of which are supposedly great. You buy the new game anyway.

Posted 1 year ago by Brandon Fusco, 6 comments

Milestone's New Partnership Reveals MotoGP 17 and One Other Title

Milestone S.r.l. is well-known in the racing game industry for series like RIDE, WRC, MotoGP, SBK and MXGP. Their recent partnership with Koch Media has also let us know about MotoGP 17 and another unannounced game.

Posted 1 year ago by Kelly Packard, 0 comments

E3 2017 Is Open to the Public

E3 was once a bastion for the press and industry insiders to go and play the year's hottest games well before they released. No longer. This year E3 is open to the public.

Posted 1 year ago by Kevin Tavore, 3 comments

Starbreeze Invests $8 Million to Publish Psychonauts 2

Starbreeze AB sees profit potential in Double Fine's upcoming Psychonauts 2 as they have announced an investment of $8 million to aid in the publishing of the game, which is expected to launch in 2018.

Posted 1 year ago by Kelly Packard, 0 comments

EA Reveals Upcoming Titles in Earnings Call

Another financial quarter has finished and it's the time for most of the publishing companies to start declaring their financial results from the last three months to their shareholders. Publisher EA was the first to lead the way.

Posted 1 year ago by Rebecca Smith, 4 comments

Bioware Teases New IP

Bioware's new IP will be right at home in the developer's portfolio, offering a whole new universe to play in with one unique detail: you'll do it with your friends.

Posted 1 year ago by Kevin Tavore, 0 comments

Crytek Refocuses Company, Releases Satellite Studios

In a move to focus on its core services and games from its headquarters and Kiev studios, five satellite development studios will be sent out from under the developer's wing.

Posted 1 year ago by Kevin Tavore, 0 comments

Evolve's Turtle Rock Studios to Develop New Free-to-Play FPS

The last we heard from Turtle Rock Studios, they had ended support for 2015's Evolve after a last ditch free-to-play model failed to revive the game. They've announced a partnership with Perfect World to develop a new IP.

Posted 1 year ago by Kelly Packard, 0 comments

Bigben Interactive Acquires the Test Drive Franchise

This week Bigben Interactive, publisher of Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter, has purchased the rights to the Test Drive series from Atari. Perhaps we'll see an entry into the franchise for the first time in years.

Posted 1 year ago by Kelly Packard, 2 comments

The Game Awards Winners List

Another year has come to an end, so it's time to reflect on all that we played and experienced throughout 2016. Check out the winners from The Game Awards. Did your favorites take home any trophies?

Posted 1 year ago by Mark Delaney, 0 comments

Ubisoft Details New DLC Policy

Rainbow Six Siege has apparently taught Ubisoft a valuable lesson: you don't need DLC in order to monetize a game beyond its initial purchase price, at least if there's multiplayer involved.

Posted 1 year ago by Kevin Tavore, 3 comments

TT Podcast Episode 20 - Thanks for All the Fish

On this edition of the TT Podcast, we discuss how to build an anecdote factory, mull over DLC promises, wonder about Vince Zampella's wit, and thank a huge list of developers for making some of our favorite games.

Posted 1 year ago by Brandon Fusco, 0 comments

NBA 2K17 Getting Fitbit Integration

Have you ever wanted your active lifestyle to give you an edge with your gaming? 2K has announced a new partnership between NBA 2K17 and Fitbit that will reward active gamers with in-game rewards.

Posted 1 year ago by Lexley Ford, 0 comments

The Game Awards 2016 Nominees Announced

It's far from the only video game award show, but because of the outlets involved and its secondary duty as a teaser trailer landing spot, The Game Awards have made a name for themselves with the industry.

Posted 1 year ago by Mark Delaney, 2 comments

Voice Acting Strike May Have Revealed Several Unannounced Titles

Telltale Guardians of the Galaxy, Saints Row, and the next Call of Duty highlight the list of titles that are potentially currently in development.

Posted 1 year ago by Kevin Tavore, 5 comments

TT Podcast Episode 18 - You're Doing It Wrong

Does game difficulty get you down? Do you find yourself wishing you could get up off the ground to shoot a dude? Do you feel embarrassed discussing this with your doctor? Good News! The TT Podcast team has a cure!

Posted 1 year ago by Brandon Fusco, 0 comments

TT Podcast Episode 17 - A Discussion In Review

Bethesda is only the latest publisher to stop sending out early review copies. What does this mean? Who benefits from this? Should you hide your wife, hide your children? Probably not, but you SHOULD listen to this podcast!

Posted 1 year ago by Brandon Fusco, 2 comments

PS 4 UK Retail Chart - Infinite Warfare Knocks Battlefield 1 Off Top Spot

The behemoth that is the Call of Duty franchise has entered the latest PS4 retail charts in the top spot, with Infinite Warfare knocking Battlefield 1 down to second place.

Posted 1 year ago by Dave Horobin, 3 comments

Beyond Good and Evil Creator Teases...Something

Series creator Michel Ancel has continued the eight-year long teasing of a new Beyond Good and Evil game with two new images that hint that something new is on the way, with one in particular hinting at a prequel

Posted 1 year ago by Andy Mills, 0 comments