No Charges In 38 Studios Case, Schilling Calls Investigation ‘Fake A** Witch Hunt’

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On February 7, 2012, Curt Schilling stood on stage proudly at an EA press event in New York City. It was the launch day for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and his company, 38 Studios had released what would be its only game.

Since then, the studio failed to make loan payments to the state of Rhode Island, the company collapsed into bankruptcy four months to the day after Amalur’s release, the in-development Amalur MMO is no more, and the residents of the state are footing the multi-million bill for star-struck ambition of long-departed economic development officials. Today, another chapter of the sad tale comes to a close.

No charges will be filed against Schilling or members of the state economic development board that authorized the $75 million loan. State attorney general Peter Kilmartin says the investigation is not being closed, however. Charges could some day be filed if more information comes to light.

Bad Boys 3 Director To Pen Uncharted Script

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Bad Boys 3 Director To Pen Uncharted Script

Sony Pictures has reportedly named a new writer to tackle Nathan Drake’s adventures. Joe Carnahan appears to be handling the script responsibilities for the upcoming Uncharted film.

Carnahan won’t be behind the camera. He’s about to tackle Bad Boys 3 with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

The movie has gone through a number of revisions. In 2014, we reported that a script was being worked on by Safe House writer David Guggenheim. Earlier this year, Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us creative director Neil Druckmann said that both films are quite a way out.

Disney Infinity Nears The End As Server Shutdown Dates Announced

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Disney Infinity burned bright for its three years of existence. Now, it’s all coming to an end, including the game’s online community support.

In the coming months, services will start to be taken offline in four phases. The first arrives today, with Disney Infinity 2.0 in-game purchases on PC, iOS, Android, and Apple TV versions being turned off. This does not impact Disney Infinity 3.0 yet.

On September 30, the PC, iOS, and Android versions of Disney Infinity 1.0 go offline permanently. You will not be able to login to play, and the apps will be removed from the respective stores. At this time, the 2.0 and 3.0 online and community functionality will go offline on PC. 

Perfect World Delays Co-op Top-Down Shooter Livelock Indefinitely

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Perfect World Delays Co-op Top-Down Shooter Livelock Indefinitely

Perfect World is giving its first console game a little more time in the oven. Livelock, a cooperative, top-down shooter has been delayed on all platforms.

The game was scheduled for release next week on August 2 on Xbox One and PC. The PlayStation 4 version was already slated for a later launch.

No new release date has been announced at this time. Perfect World  says the pushback is to “ensure the best possible gameplay experience” across all three platforms.

Last Call For Fall 2016 Game Informer Intern Applications

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Last Call For Fall 2016 Game Informer Intern Applications

Most of us don't want to think about Summer being over, but with the changing seasons comes a new opportunity for aspiring video games journalists. We're now accepting applications for Game Informer's Fall internship term.

For details on Game Informer's three month-long writing internship program, click here. If that sounds enticing, you can send your application (cover letter, resume, portfolio, etc.) to ben@gameinformer.com. The summer internship will run from September 14 to November 14. We're currently accepting applications until July 31, so if you're interested please send your application along before then!

This term we’re also accepting applications for video interns. This program is designed to help interns learn about the intricacies of video game journalism and video production by giving them an opportunity to practice game capture, filming discussions, studio tech, and editing. Successful interns will see stories published online. To apply for the video internship please send a resume, cover letter, and links to your previous video work alongside an explanation of your role in creating it to hanson@gameinformer.com.

Nvidia Will Pay $30 Per Customer In GTX 970 Class Action Settlement

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Nvidia Will Pay $30 Per Customer In GTX 970 Class Action Settlement

In 2015, Nvidia was named in a class action suit related to advertising claims of one of its popular cards. The GTX 970 was advertised as having 4GB of DDR5 memory. It turns out that’s not quite true.

The card has 3.5GB of DDR5 and a separate .5GB block of lower performing memory. The result in many cases is negligible. However, if you happen to be running a game that requires the full, advertised might of the 970, you’re going to have a problem.

The resulting settlement in the class action suit will see $30 paid out to eligible GTX 970 purchasers. Nvidia will also pay out $1.3 million in attorney fees.

PlayStation VR Requires About 60 Square Feet

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PlayStation VR Requires About 60 Square Feet

New PlayStation VR use details have emerged via PlayStation Asia. Information includes age warnings, required space, and recommended use scenarios.

The documentation specifies that some games will require Move controllers. Sony warns that controllers on the market right now may fail due to age of the batteries. Instead, the company wants PSVR customers to purchase a bundle of two Move units for $100.

The company says you’ll need to clear 60 square feet of ground space, as PSVR requires the PlayStation camera. You can have a seat in the play space. Height is dependent on the camera’s physical position.

Sony Has Now Shipped 43.5 Million PlayStation 4s

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Sony Has Now Shipped 43.5 Million PlayStation 4s

Sony continues to lean heavily on the strength of its game and network services division. The unit, which houses PlayStation consoles, first-party software, and PlayStation Network operations was responsible for 58 percent of the company’s operating income in the first fiscal quarter of FY17.

Sales for the division increased 14.5 percent during the period, as software sales climbed. The company also says it is realizing cost reductions related to production of PlayStation 4 consoles aiding the operating income growth.

PlayStation Network revenues made up 46 percent of segment sales. This is up 38 percent year-over-year.

Hearthstone's Next Adventure Is One Night In Karazhan

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Hearthstone's next single-player adventure explores the nostalgia-laden fan-favorite raid dungeon, Karazhan. Starting on August 11, players can begin to explore the first wing of the adventure, with new wings opening over the course of a month, similar to how other adventure content has been rolled out for Blizzard's digital card game.

One Night in Karazhan features 45 new cards and includes characters and settings that players will recall from the now-ancient 10-person raid instance, such as the Opera event and the enchanted chessboard.

Players will be able to take on heroic mode for a card back after unlocking all the cool new cards, which will also be added to Arena as each wing opens.