Disney Says It Has "Good Relationship" With EA, Prefers To License Games Rather Than Publish

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Disney Says It Has

Earlier this year, reports surfaced that Electronic Arts, the publisher currently licensed to develop Star Wars games, had canceled the in-development open-world game set in the galaxy far, far away. This led many to question the relationship between Disney and EA, and whether or not EA has done a good job with the license. During Disney's earnings call yesterday, CEO Bob Iger said that Disney has a "good relationship" with EA, and that the company prefers to license its properties rather than developing and publishing themselves.

"We’re good at making movies and television shows and theme parks and cruise ships and the like, we’ve just never managed to demonstrate much skill on the publishing side of games," Iger said during the call. "[...W]e’ve found over the years that we haven’t been particularly good at the self-publishing side, but we’ve been great at the licensing side which obviously doesn’t require that much allocation of capital."

Disney sees more financial upside in licensing its properties to video game companies like it has with EA for Star Wars since it doesn't require much financial investment. However, since acquiring the license in 2013, EA has only launched a handful of Star Wars games, including Star Wars: The Old Republic, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, and the two poorly received Star Wars Battlefront games.

Disney Says It Has "Good Relationship" With EA, Prefers To License Games Rather Than Publish

about X hours ago from
Disney Says It Has

Earlier this year, reports surfaced that Electronic Arts, the publisher currently licensed to develop Star Wars games, had canceled the in-development open-world game set in the galaxy far, far away. This led many to question the relationship between Disney and EA, and whether or not EA has done a good job with the license. During Disney's earnings call yesterday, CEO Bob Iger said that Disney has a "good relationship" with EA, and that the company prefers to license its properties rather than developing and publishing themselves.

"We’re good at making movies and television shows and theme parks and cruise ships and the like, we’ve just never managed to demonstrate much skill on the publishing side of games," Iger said during the call. "[...W]e’ve found over the years that we haven’t been particularly good at the self-publishing side, but we’ve been great at the licensing side which obviously doesn’t require that much allocation of capital."

Disney sees more financial upside in licensing its properties to video game companies like it has with EA for Star Wars since it doesn't require much financial investment. However, since acquiring the license in 2013, EA has only launched a handful of Star Wars games, including Star Wars: The Old Republic, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, and the two poorly received Star Wars Battlefront games.

Xbox Offering Original Crackdown For Free Ahead Of Crackdown 3 Launch

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Xbox Offering Original Crackdown For Free Ahead Of Crackdown 3 Launch

Crackdown 3, despite numerous delays, is actually coming out this month. With just a few weeks left until release, Microsoft is trying to get players ready by giving away the original Crackdown on Xbox One backward compatibility and Xbox 360 for free.

If you never knew the joy of leaping over small buildings and hurling cars at gang members, or if you simply want a good excuse to do it all again, jump on this chance to see what all the fuss has been about. Plus, if you have an Xbox One X, then this is one of the games even further enhanced by that system.

There was no time limit put on this promotion, but I would suspect the game won't be free forever. In the meantime, you can watch us play it on an episode of Replay.

Xbox Offering Original Crackdown For Free Ahead Of Crackdown 3 Launch

about X hours ago from
Xbox Offering Original Crackdown For Free Ahead Of Crackdown 3 Launch

Crackdown 3, despite numerous delays, is actually coming out this month. With just a few weeks left until release, Microsoft is trying to get players ready by giving away the original Crackdown on Xbox One backward compatibility and Xbox 360 for free.

If you never knew the joy of leaping over small buildings and hurling cars at gang members, or if you simply want a good excuse to do it all again, jump on this chance to see what all the fuss has been about. Plus, if you have an Xbox One X, then this is one of the games even further enhanced by that system.

There was no time limit put on this promotion, but I would suspect the game won't be free forever. In the meantime, you can watch us play it on an episode of Replay.

Cyborg Villain Raidou Returns To Dead Or Alive 6

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Cyborg Villain Raidou Returns To Dead Or Alive 6

Before its delay, we'd be right on the eve of Dead or Alive 6's release. We'll be seeing it just two weeks later, but the developers have one last reveal before the game comes out in the form of Raidou, Dead or Alive's longtime cybernetic villain.

You can check out his reveal trailer below.

Much like previous games, Raidou's fighting style is a brutal mix of incredibly hard hits, slams, and dark energy attacks signature to him. He also just slaps you around for fun.

Cyborg Villain Raidou Returns To Dead Or Alive 6

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Cyborg Villain Raidou Returns To Dead Or Alive 6

Before its delay, we'd be right on the eve of Dead or Alive 6's release. We'll be seeing it just two weeks later, but the developers have one last reveal before the game comes out in the form of Raidou, Dead or Alive's longtime cybernetic villain.

You can check out his reveal trailer below.

Much like previous games, Raidou's fighting style is a brutal mix of incredibly hard hits, slams, and dark energy attacks signature to him. He also just slaps you around for fun.

Red Dead Redemption II Has Shipped 23 Million Copies

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Red Dead Redemption II Has Shipped 23 Million Copies

In a Take-Two earnings call, the publisher behind Red Dead Redemption II revealed that the anticipated old west game has shipped 23 million copies to retailers since its October launch. That means that, since the initial week-one shipment Take-Two reported in November, Red Dead has shipped an extra six million copies over the holiday.

This is another distinction between shipped and sold, so it does not necessarily mean that Red Dead Redemption II has sold 23 million copies, but it's probably pretty close. Despite this huge number, Take-Two's stock price is overall lower than expected, so Red Dead alone isn't solving all their problems. 

It was reported by the NPD group that Red Dead Redemption pulled ahead of Call of Duty to be the best selling game of the year in the United States, though with the caveat that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's PC sales were not counted in its total. Assuming Red Dead Redemption continues to sell, though, it's likely that retailers will continue ordering more copies.

Red Dead Redemption II Has Shipped 23 Million Copies

about X hours ago from
Red Dead Redemption II Has Shipped 23 Million Copies

In a Take-Two earnings call, the publisher behind Red Dead Redemption II revealed that the anticipated old west game has shipped 23 million copies to retailers since its October launch. That means that, since the initial week-one shipment Take-Two reported in November, Red Dead has shipped an extra six million copies over the holiday.

This is another distinction between shipped and sold, so it does not necessarily mean that Red Dead Redemption II has sold 23 million copies, but it's probably pretty close. Despite this huge number, Take-Two's stock price is overall lower than expected, so Red Dead alone isn't solving all their problems. 

It was reported by the NPD group that Red Dead Redemption pulled ahead of Call of Duty to be the best selling game of the year in the United States, though with the caveat that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's PC sales were not counted in its total. Assuming Red Dead Redemption continues to sell, though, it's likely that retailers will continue ordering more copies.

Assassin's Creed III Remastered Gets Release Date And Trailer

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Assassin's Creed III Remastered Gets Release Date And Trailer

Ratonhnhaké:ton (a.k.a. Connor) makes the leap to current generation hardware for anyone looking to fill any gaps in their Assassin's Creed history. The release date is March 29 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, so you won't have to wait too long to get started. The trailer shows what made the game stand out when it originally released in 2012 like climbing on trees and its impressive naval battles. It also highlights the graphical differences from that original version with better lighting and character models that make use of the hardware change.

The most important aspect of this release, though, is that in addition to Assassin's Creed III and all of its DLC, you will also get Assassin's Creed III: Liberation Remastered as part of the same purchase. The Vita game was an excellent side-story that many people skipped over because it was exclusive to a handheld, but Aveline's story is well worth seeing through if you missed the Vita version or its later port to 360 and PS3.

For anyone with the Assassin's Creed Odyssey season pass, these two games will be included with that purchase, but this release date is for the standalone product. There was, though, no word in the trailer of the recently rumored Switch version of the game, so there might yet be more news on this game forthcoming.

Assassin's Creed III Remastered Gets Release Date And Trailer

about X hours ago from
Assassin's Creed III Remastered Gets Release Date And Trailer

Ratonhnhaké:ton (a.k.a. Connor) makes the leap to current generation hardware for anyone looking to fill any gaps in their Assassin's Creed history. The release date is March 29 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, so you won't have to wait too long to get started. The trailer shows what made the game stand out when it originally released in 2012 like climbing on trees and its impressive naval battles. It also highlights the graphical differences from that original version with better lighting and character models that make use of the hardware change.

The most important aspect of this release, though, is that in addition to Assassin's Creed III and all of its DLC, you will also get Assassin's Creed III: Liberation Remastered as part of the same purchase. The Vita game was an excellent side-story that many people skipped over because it was exclusive to a handheld, but Aveline's story is well worth seeing through if you missed the Vita version or its later port to 360 and PS3.

For anyone with the Assassin's Creed Odyssey season pass, these two games will be included with that purchase, but this release date is for the standalone product. There was, though, no word in the trailer of the recently rumored Switch version of the game, so there might yet be more news on this game forthcoming.