Granblue Fantasy Relink No Longer Developed By PlatinumGames

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Granblue Fantasy Relink No Longer Developed By PlatinumGames

Granblue Fantasy, a popular Japanese mobile RPG from Cygames, has been exploding into different types of games recently. Just a few months ago, Cygames and Arc System Works announced a fighting game using characters from the title. Even longer ago, Cygames announced a collaboration with action game experts PlatinumGames for a large scale PlayStation 4 RPG called Granblue Fantasy Relink. Now Cygames has announced that PlatinumGames will no longer be developing the console title and that it is being moved entirely to their internal development.

Cygames announced this change in a short and somewhat terse press release that does not go into any reasoning on the subject.

"Tokyo-based video game publisher and developer Cygames, Inc. (HQ: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President: Koichi Watanabe, hereinafter referred as “Cygames”) has recently been engaged in the co-development of the upcoming console game Granblue Fantasy: Relink together with esteemed developer PlatinumGames Inc.," the press release starts. "Going forward, Cygames will handle 100% of development internally."

Granblue Fantasy Relink No Longer Developed By PlatinumGames

about X hours ago from
Granblue Fantasy Relink No Longer Developed By PlatinumGames

Granblue Fantasy, a popular Japanese mobile RPG from Cygames, has been exploding into different types of games recently. Just a few months ago, Cygames and Arc System Works announced a fighting game using characters from the title. Even longer ago, Cygames announced a collaboration with action game experts PlatinumGames for a large scale PlayStation 4 RPG called Granblue Fantasy Relink. Now Cygames has announced that PlatinumGames will no longer be developing the console title and that it is being moved entirely to their internal development.

Cygames announced this change in a short and somewhat terse press release that does not go into any reasoning on the subject.

"Tokyo-based video game publisher and developer Cygames, Inc. (HQ: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President: Koichi Watanabe, hereinafter referred as “Cygames”) has recently been engaged in the co-development of the upcoming console game Granblue Fantasy: Relink together with esteemed developer PlatinumGames Inc.," the press release starts. "Going forward, Cygames will handle 100% of development internally."

Valve Holding Award Show For Steam Awards

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Valve Holding Award Show For Steam Awards

Every year, Valve has Steam users vote on various Steam awards, picking out the best games from the previous year and beyond in a large number of different categories. For example, in the 2017 awards, The Witcher 3 won the "Choices Matter" award, while PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds won the "Mom's Spaghetti" award. Some are a little harder to parse than others. When the results are in, Valve makes a news post with the winners and puts a badge on the store page and everyone just moves on with their lives.

Now that the voting is over for the 2018 awards, Valve is going to go a step further with a Steam Award Show.

Also - the Steam Awards 2018 results are in. Thank you for voting!
Tune into https://t.co/f9C5DSUFFK on February 8th @ 10am PT to watch the first-ever broadcast of the Steam Awards results, including special messages from the winners.

Valve Holding Award Show For Steam Awards

about X hours ago from
Valve Holding Award Show For Steam Awards

Every year, Valve has Steam users vote on various Steam awards, picking out the best games from the previous year and beyond in a large number of different categories. For example, in the 2017 awards, The Witcher 3 won the "Choices Matter" award, while PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds won the "Mom's Spaghetti" award. Some are a little harder to parse than others. When the results are in, Valve makes a news post with the winners and puts a badge on the store page and everyone just moves on with their lives.

Now that the voting is over for the 2018 awards, Valve is going to go a step further with a Steam Award Show.

Also - the Steam Awards 2018 results are in. Thank you for voting!
Tune into https://t.co/f9C5DSUFFK on February 8th @ 10am PT to watch the first-ever broadcast of the Steam Awards results, including special messages from the winners.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season's Last Episode Arrives In March

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The Walking Dead: The Final Season's Last Episode Arrives In March

When the Walking Dead: The Final Season's third episode launched against all odds last month, the placeholder image for the fourth episode suggested we'll see it before the end of March. A tweet from publisher Skybound Games confirmed that as accurate today, revealing that the final episode will launch on March 26, ending the story of Clementine once and for all.

In addition, the entire season is being boxed together as a physical release the same day for consoles, meaning you can grab it all in one package at once including the final episode.

On March 26th, not only can you play Episode 4, but you'll also be able to hold the entire Final Season in your hands! For full details please see here: https://t.co/si9wtvWCZU pic.twitter.com/1t70ViyhGI

The Walking Dead: The Final Season's Last Episode Arrives In March

about X hours ago from
The Walking Dead: The Final Season's Last Episode Arrives In March

When the Walking Dead: The Final Season's third episode launched against all odds last month, the placeholder image for the fourth episode suggested we'll see it before the end of March. A tweet from publisher Skybound Games confirmed that as accurate today, revealing that the final episode will launch on March 26, ending the story of Clementine once and for all.

In addition, the entire season is being boxed together as a physical release the same day for consoles, meaning you can grab it all in one package at once including the final episode.

On March 26th, not only can you play Episode 4, but you'll also be able to hold the entire Final Season in your hands! For full details please see here: https://t.co/si9wtvWCZU pic.twitter.com/1t70ViyhGI

Sony Stock Sees Significant Decline Due To Slowing Video Game Business

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Sony Stock Sees Significant Decline Due To Slowing Video Game Business

The PlayStation 4 has been killing it. The console sold 5 million units over the holiday and is on track to hit 100 million before either the PS2 or Wii did in their lifetimes when launch-aligned. Pretty much everyone can agree the PS4 is a major success, but the problem is that the success is not growing fast enough, and that makes investors nervous.

Shortly after Sony disclosed its quarterly earnings this past week, Sony's stock price fell a whopping 8.1 percent, the highest decline since 2015 for the company. While there were complaints about Sony's flagging Xperia phone sales, the real concern was centered around the gaming division and its sales growth. While the PS4 continues to do extremely well, its growth over previous years is not high, which is a recipe for making investors unhappy.

To add to that, investors are concerned about the lack of scheduled software to move units this year. Sony hasn't tipped their hand about what will make it in 2019 yet, with titles like The Last of Us Part II, Death Stranding, and The Ghosts of Tsushima being undated at this point in time. Even if the PlayStation 4 sells 18 million units again this year, investors don't see any 2019 games that have been announced so far as making the platform sell 20 or more million units.

CD Projekt Red Offers More Compensation To Witcher Creator Andrzej Sapkowski

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CD Projekt Red Offers More Compensation To Witcher Creator Andrzej Sapkowski

Last year, Andrzej Sapkowski was pretty upset about The Witcher video games. As the writer of The Witcher books, Sapkowksi ended up signing away a lot of his rights to CDPR for a flat fee after turning down a profit percentage deal assuming that the game wouldn't actually make any profit. Several Witcher games and millions of dollars later, Sapkowksi regrets this decision and made that clear when he demanded $16.1 million in royalties, which CDPR rejected. Now, it's CDPR changing their mind and offering Sapkowski compensation.

According to Polish news outlet Puls Biznesu, CDPR has agreed to pay out some money to Sapkowski in recognition for his role in creating The Witcher series. The number, which was not disclosed, is quite a bit less than the $16 million he demanded earlier, but CDPR argues it is quite a bit more than they are obligated to give. In a statement given by the developer, they explain that they are mainly trying to maintain good relations with Sapkowski through this payment.

Titanfall 3 Is Not In Development

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Titanfall 3 Is Not In Development

When Electronic Arts acquired Titanfall developer Respawn in late 2017, the publisher calmed initial fears about the acquisition by assuring fans that "the next entry in the Titanfall series" was in development. Considering this was only a year after the release of Titanfall 2, it made sense to assume this meant a Titanfall 3 in the same vein as its predecessor. Today, Respawn revealed Apex Legends, a battle royale game set in the Titanfall universe, and it seems to be what EA announced in 2017, meaning that Titanfall 3 is not in development.

This was confirmed by Respawn producer Drew McCoy in an interview with Eurogamer.

"There are some people who think there are too many battle royale games or it's a fad, the world thinks we're making Titanfall 3 and we're not – this is what we're making," McCoy told the outlet.

Here’s Why The New Titanfall Spin-Off Doesn’t Have Titans

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Here’s Why The New Titanfall Spin-Off Doesn’t Have Titans

Repsawn unveiled (and released) a new Titanfall game called Apex Legends today that has two twists. The first is that it’s a free-to-play battle royale game. The second is that there are no titans. Naturally, we had to ask why.

Here’s what Executive Producer Drew McCoy said about the lack of titans in Apex Legends when I put the question to him during an interview:

You can read the full interview here. For more on Apex Legends, check out our impressions and tips here.