EA buys studio from the co-creator of 'Halo'

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EA buys studio from the co-creator of 'Halo'

EA is still covering very familiar ground with most of its games. However, it's willing to branch out a bit: the publisher has acquired Industrial Toys, the studio from former Bungie CEO and Halo co-creator Alex Seropian. His team will join EA's Worldwide Studios team and help it produce "new game concepts." Don't expect him to simply recreate his best-known game, especially when his team includes just 14 people.

Fornite’s Playground mode could be a cash cow

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Fornite’s Playground mode could be a cash cow

The wildly popular title Fortnite introduced its practice Playground mode at the beginning of last week, and despite being a big hit, Epic announced it will be shut down on July 12th. But don't fret. The game's developers confirmed they're working on an improved version with added functionality. In their words, this was a "first step into what a full creative mode looks like in Fortnite." That could end up being a simple freeform tutorial. But Epic Games would be foolish to pass up the opportunity to turn it into a full third mode in the game's universe alongside its co-op 'Save The World' and solo 'Battle Royale.' Players are making lots of cool stuff, so why not establish a marketplace where they can sell their creations to each other?

Uncharted's Nathan Drake isn't a bullet sponge after all

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Uncharted's Nathan Drake isn't a bullet sponge after all

Almost every action-adventure game has an unrealistic health system. In Gears of War, for instance, you can take a shockingly high number of bullets (at least on the standard difficulty) before your hero starts to crawl along the floor. Halo: Combat Evolved has regenerating health, and countless games have some kind of insta-healing med kit. You might think that treasure hunter Nathan Drake falls into the same boat, but it turns out the Uncharted franchise has a different health system entirely. That red ring around the screen? It doesn't represent damage, but the hero's luck.

Over-the-top anime 'Kill la Kill' becomes a game in 2019

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Over-the-top anime 'Kill la Kill' becomes a game in 2019

One of the better-known (if at times infamous) anime shows of recent years is getting the video game treatment. Studio Trigger and Dragon Ball FighterZ developer Arc System Works have announced Kill la Kill the Game: If, a 3D brawler adaptation of (what else?) Kill la Kill for both the PS4 and PCs running Steam. The creators haven't said much about how the title will work, but the trailer suggests it'll hew closely to the anime. That means a sword-wielding girl out for revenge (with a giant scissor-like sword), an abundance of violence and equal amounts of racy, sentient clothing.

Co-op shooter 'Warframe' is coming to Nintendo Switch

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Co-op shooter 'Warframe' is coming to Nintendo Switch

Add another game to the list of seemingly unlikely Switch ports. Digital Extremes has announced that its cooperative free-to-play shooter Warframe is coming to Nintendo's console. There are precious few details -- not even a general release window. Doom and Wolfenstein port developer Panic Button is responsible for this conversion, though, so you can expect some creative software tricks to make the title play as well as its PS4, Xbox One and PC variants without sacrificing too much of the visual splendor.