Former DICE CEO Karl Magnus Troedsson Joins Indie Publisher Raw Fury

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Former DICE CEO Karl Magnus Troedsson Joins Indie Publisher Raw Fury

Indie publishing house Raw Fury has announced that it's added a new employee to its ranks, and he comes with an impressive resume. Karl Magnus Troedsson has left his position as GM and CEO at DICE in Sweden and VP of Group Strategy at EA to become the fifth employee at the company. Raw Fury eschews formal job titles, but Troedsson joins as a co-owner and partner.

In a blog post on its site, the company describes Troedsson  as a kindred spirit, with a passion for independent development. "When KM started in this industry he was a part of creating small games," the post says. "He journeyed into the land of AAA and now returns, with a wealth of experience, to support those who are about to start their very own journey."

Raw Fury got some attention a while back for its positive treatment of Clifftop Games, the one-person development studio behind the adventure game Kathy Rain. The game underperformed upon release, but Raw Fury took the unusual step of continuing to support the studio for 12 months.

State Of Decay: Year One Survival Edition Will Have Retail Release

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State Of Decay: Year One Survival Edition Will Have Retail Release

Nordic Games will soon be bringing the hit zombie survival game to retail stores.

State of Decay was an open-world zombie game with an emphasis on survival. Microsoft recently announced State of Decay 2, but the publisher is also partnering with Nordic Games to release the Year One Survival Edition of the game at retail outlets across the country. The physical edition of the game will include two major DLC packs, Breakdown and Lifeline, as well as a double-sided A3 poster and the game's soundtrack. State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition will release on August 9 for only $19.99. Check out the box art below:

Our TakeState of Decay wasn’t a perfect game (read our review here), but it developed an impressive following. With a retail release, it seems that the series is really reaching a mass audience.

Report: Nintendo Sales And Marketing VP Scott Moffitt Leaving This Summer

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Report: Nintendo Sales And Marketing VP Scott Moffitt Leaving This Summer

A report indicates that Nintendo is shaking up its leadership here in North America. Vice president of sales and marketing Scott Moffitt is said to be leaving the company later this summer.

IGN reports that Moffitt, who has been with the company since May 2011, is leaving under “amicable” circumstances. Prior to joining Nintendo, Moffitt was the senior vice president for Henkel of America’s personal care division. He also spent time running the SoBe beverage line for Pepsi.

We’ve reached out to Nintendo for comment and confirmation. We’ll update should we receive a response.

Nintendo Shuts Down NES/Famicom Visual Compendium Kickstarter

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Nintendo Shuts Down NES/Famicom Visual Compendium Kickstarter

Kickstarter backers hoping for a copy of Bitmap Books' Nintendo Entertainment System visual compendium are in for some disappointment. The House of Mario has shut down the crowdfunding project.

Notice went out today, with less than a day left before the campaign’s successful close. Nintendo cites its copyright for a number of games, including Super Mario Bros., Punch-Out!!, The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong.

“This Kickstarter project makes unauthorized use of Nintendo's copyrights as noted above,” reads a digital millennium copyright act complaint filed by law firm Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP. “The description of the book states that it is ‘mainly visual’, and the campaign shows pages of the book which consist simply of large screenshots copied directly from Nintendo’s video games. This campaign also makes use of a mark that is confusingly similar to registered trademarks owned by Nintendo. Specifically, the project’s creator is using a modified version of Nintendo's ‘Official Nintendo Seal’ mark to promote this project. This use of Nintendo's intellectual property may confuse Kickstarter backers into thinking this project is sponsored or licensed by Nintendo, when in fact it is not.”

Ken Levine And Jake Solomon Would Consider Teaming Up For A Strategy Game

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Ken Levine And Jake Solomon Would Consider Teaming Up For A Strategy Game

You might know Ken Levine best for his work on BioShock, but Irrational Games also has superhero DNA in its history. Released in 2002, Freedom Force is a real-time strategy game with RPG elements that lets players create their own league of heroes to save the day.

Levine is working on something completely new right now, but one fan has dreams of playing a blend of Freedom Force and Firaxis’ recent XCOM games.

@SolomonJake @IGLevine I dream to someday play with the *** child of Xcom2 and Freedom Force .... What a glorious game that would be :)

One Year Later, Shenmue III Developers Don’t Have Much To Report On Development

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One year after launching its successful Kickstarter campaign, developer Ys Net and its head Yu Suzuki have released an update on how development of Shenmue III is going. It doesn't answer a lot of questions, but it is something.

According to Suzuki, the team is creating a prototype build for the game began back in January – which he points out is when the project really ramped up. He continues, saying both the game's battles and facial expressions are starting to take shape, leading to lots of cheers from his team. "It makes me feel it will turn out to be a good game," Suzuki says in the video.

The creator closes by asking fans to continue their support of Shenmue III. Not explicitly saying it, but potentially asking for more backing via the game's still-running PayPal campaign.

Fig And Psychonauts 2 Still Don’t Have Approval For Crowd Investing

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In May, Fig co-founder Justin Bailey told us that the crowdfunding and investing platform was close to getting necessary approvals. “We believe we will finalize any moment, and will let everyone know as soon as we hear from the SEC.” Two months later, the organization is updating its filing as it has not been given the green light to proceed.

Fig is partnering with FundAmerica, which will handle back-end management for the the online platform, keep track of who owns shares, and manage other aspects of the stock. Fig is changing its filing in three ways in hopes of winning SEC approval, which is holding up its ability to collect on unaccredited investments for Psychonauts 2 and other projects.

The new filing streamlines the process, such that the organization need not create a separate limited liability corporation for each game. Instead, all funds will go into Fig’s working capital and then managed via development advances.

Animation Throwdown Card Game Mashes Up Fox’s Cartoon Lineup

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Animation Throwdown Card Game Mashes Up Fox’s Cartoon Lineup

Fox has found great success in its adult-oriented cartoon lineup. From The Simpsons to Family Guy to Bob’s Burgers, the network has found a niche in embracing animated absurdity.

The network. along with Kongregate (Disclosure: Kongregate is owned by GameStop, Game Informer’s parent company), is bringing five of its cartoons together this fall in a mobile card game. Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards combines American Dad!, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Futurama, and King of the Hill.

Players will create decks, with cards themed around each of the shows. No gameplay details are available yet, so it’s not clear if this is a card battler like WWE Supercard or something more intricate like Hearthstone.

Check Out Some Of The Characters Cut From Street Fighter V

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Capcom recently revealed some of the characters it cut from Street Fighter V. Among them are politicians, soccer players, and a "clumsy cutie."

Of the characters, some are in more complete stages than others – some are merely rough sketches – but it's interesting to see some of the different angles its cut characters took. Check out a description of each below and their designs in the gallery.

Fighting Literary Master – An older character constantly talking to himself under his breath. However, according to Capcom's post, "The pen is not mightier than the sword in this game."