Planned Layoffs At ArenaNet Rock Guild Wars 2 Developer

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Planned Layoffs At ArenaNet Rock Guild Wars 2 Developer

Today, ArenaNet employees on social media came out with fears, and then confirmations, that the company is bracing for layoffs in the immediate future. While there's no strategy in place for how the layoffs will go, and who will in fact be laid off, it does seem like the MMORPG developer of the Guild Wars series will be losing a number of jobs within the next week. ArenaNet, owned by South Korean game developer NCSoft, has about 400 employees, but has not said how many are expected to lose their jobs.

According to Kotaku, which received a copy of the email sent by NCSoft CEO Songyee Yoon, the parent company is feeling a financial burden due to the simple fact that they're spending more money than they're making. As a result, ArenaNet's publishing division will get absorbed into NCSoft while jobs get lost in the process. 

Guild Wars 2, the major and currently only product in ArenaNet's modern profile, eschewed the conventions of other MMORPGs by not charging a subscription fee and instead monetizing the game through expansions. This strategy may also have caused financial issues by requiring consistent and consistently quality content for the game, which ArenaNet has struggled to provide. Guild Wars 2's last expansion released well over a year ago, meaning that both players and corporate bosses were growing frustrated with the lack of revenue-generating content.

Rumor: Microsoft Bringing Game Pass And Published Titles To Switch

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Rumor: Microsoft Bringing Game Pass And Published Titles To Switch

According to a report from outlet Direct Feed Games, an outlet that has a strong track record for rumors especially centering around Nintendo, Microsoft and Nintendo are about to get together in a big way in the near future. Not only will some Microsoft games find their way to the Switch, but it looks like the entire Game Pass library might arrive via the magic of streaming. 

The report states that Microsoft is looking into publishing some of their own catalog to the Switch in the form of actual ports. This is in no way strange for Microsoft, who has dabbled in things like lending out Rare for games on Nintendo systems and developing and publishing games on Nintendo consoles such as Minecraft. Microsoft-owned developers like Ninja Theory and Obsidian are still self-publishing their games on the Switch and other systems, as well.

The game specifically mentioned by Direct Feed is Ori and the Blind Forest, a crown jewel in Microsoft's lower key publishing initiatives.

Rumor: Microsoft Bringing Game Pass And Published Titles To Switch

about X hours ago from
Rumor: Microsoft Bringing Game Pass And Published Titles To Switch

According to a report from outlet Direct Feed Games, an outlet that has a strong track record for rumors especially centering around Nintendo, Microsoft and Nintendo are about to get together in a big way in the near future. Not only will some Microsoft games find their way to the Switch, but it looks like the entire Game Pass library might arrive via the magic of streaming. 

The report states that Microsoft is looking into publishing some of their own catalog to the Switch in the form of actual ports. This is in no way strange for Microsoft, who has dabbled in things like lending out Rare for games on Nintendo systems and developing and publishing games on Nintendo consoles such as Minecraft. Microsoft-owned developers like Ninja Theory and Obsidian are still self-publishing their games on the Switch and other systems, as well.

The game specifically mentioned by Direct Feed is Ori and the Blind Forest, a crown jewel in Microsoft's lower key publishing initiatives.

Celebrate Kingdom Hearts III's Launch In Square Enix's Mobile Games

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Celebrate Kingdom Hearts III's Launch In Square Enix's Mobile Games

Square Enix’s mobile role-playing games, Final Fantasy Record Keeper and Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross], are celebrating Kingdom Hearts III’s launch with a collaboration that crosses familiar heroes and villains over to both games.

In Final Fantasy Record Keeper, the event runs from today through March 6, and features numerous dungeons inspired by locations from core Kingdom Hearts entries, such as Destiny Islands and the Keyblade Graveyard. Everyone’s favorite clown-footed hero Sora will make his debut in the game alongside allies like Riku, Axel, and Roxas. Players who complete these dungeons can acquire two five-star, Kingdom Hearts-themed accessories – the Dark Ring and Fire Bangle – as dungeon rewards.

Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] will see its own crossover event that runs from February 22 to March 8. The “Defeat the Weaponmaster Campaign” lets up to six players team up in a multiplayer quest featuring the Weaponmaster – a Heartless based on Final Fantasy’s Gilgamesh. If the community can slay the Weaponmaster 100,000 times during the event, all players will receive 1,000 Jewels.

Celebrate Kingdom Hearts III's Launch In Square Enix's Mobile Games

about X hours ago from
Celebrate Kingdom Hearts III's Launch In Square Enix's Mobile Games

Square Enix’s mobile role-playing games, Final Fantasy Record Keeper and Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross], are celebrating Kingdom Hearts III’s launch with a collaboration that crosses familiar heroes and villains over to both games.

In Final Fantasy Record Keeper, the event runs from today through March 6, and features numerous dungeons inspired by locations from core Kingdom Hearts entries, such as Destiny Islands and the Keyblade Graveyard. Everyone’s favorite clown-footed hero Sora will make his debut in the game alongside allies like Riku, Axel, and Roxas. Players who complete these dungeons can acquire two five-star, Kingdom Hearts-themed accessories – the Dark Ring and Fire Bangle – as dungeon rewards.

Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] will see its own crossover event that runs from February 22 to March 8. The “Defeat the Weaponmaster Campaign” lets up to six players team up in a multiplayer quest featuring the Weaponmaster – a Heartless based on Final Fantasy’s Gilgamesh. If the community can slay the Weaponmaster 100,000 times during the event, all players will receive 1,000 Jewels.

Blizzard Teases Possible Backstory Of Next Overwatch Hero

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Blizzard Teases Possible Backstory Of Next Overwatch Hero

Blizzard uploaded a mysterious document today on its PlayOverwatch website. The report details a clandestine operation in Haiti. A small task force is charged with securing or – if resistance is met – eliminating a Talon VIP by the name of Jean-Baptiste Augustin. In the document, Dr. Cuerva, leader of the aforementioned unit, mentions Baptiste's unmatched skill as a medic and weapon specialist. 

Now that Year of the Pig has ended, players are setting their sights on the next scheduled event: Archives. Past iterations have primarily focused on hero backstories, so this year will likely be more of the same. In light of today's hint, speculation is two-fold: this Cuerva Strike Team report could be revealing Archives' newest objective as well as providing much-anticipated information on "Hero 30." 

Let us know what you've deduced from the document in the comments below. 

Blizzard Teases Possible Backstory Of Next Overwatch Hero

about X hours ago from
Blizzard Teases Possible Backstory Of Next Overwatch Hero

Blizzard uploaded a mysterious document today on its PlayOverwatch website. The report details a clandestine operation in Haiti. A small task force is charged with securing or – if resistance is met – eliminating a Talon VIP by the name of Jean-Baptiste Augustin. In the document, Dr. Cuerva, leader of the aforementioned unit, mentions Baptiste's unmatched skill as a medic and weapon specialist. 

Now that Year of the Pig has ended, players are setting their sights on the next scheduled event: Archives. Past iterations have primarily focused on hero backstories, so this year will likely be more of the same. In light of today's hint, speculation is two-fold: this Cuerva Strike Team report could be revealing Archives' newest objective as well as providing much-anticipated information on "Hero 30." 

Let us know what you've deduced from the document in the comments below. 

Skull & Bones Getting A TV Show Ahead Of Game's Release

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Skull & Bones Getting A TV Show Ahead Of Game's Release

Skull & Bones, Ubisoft's upcoming ship combat game taking the much-acclaimed feature from the Assassin's Creed games and spinning it off into its own game, is coming out later in the year. Before it hits, however, Ubisoft is partnering with a TV studio to show off the pirate-oriented world.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ubisoft is working on adapting the game as "a female-driven drama set in the lawless frontier of the Indian Ocean at the end of the golden age of piracy in the 1700s." That's all the details we have so far, but it is a strong vote of confidence from Ubisoft for the delayed game which is intended to release later this year.

Ubisoft recently announced a commitment to expand to further adaptations, having announced Child of Light and Werewolves Within adaptations as part of their Ubisoft Film initiative. Skull & Bones is releasing for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC later this year.

Skull & Bones Getting A TV Show Ahead Of Game's Release

about X hours ago from
Skull & Bones Getting A TV Show Ahead Of Game's Release

Skull & Bones, Ubisoft's upcoming ship combat game taking the much-acclaimed feature from the Assassin's Creed games and spinning it off into its own game, is coming out later in the year. Before it hits, however, Ubisoft is partnering with a TV studio to show off the pirate-oriented world.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ubisoft is working on adapting the game as "a female-driven drama set in the lawless frontier of the Indian Ocean at the end of the golden age of piracy in the 1700s." That's all the details we have so far, but it is a strong vote of confidence from Ubisoft for the delayed game which is intended to release later this year.

Ubisoft recently announced a commitment to expand to further adaptations, having announced Child of Light and Werewolves Within adaptations as part of their Ubisoft Film initiative. Skull & Bones is releasing for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC later this year.

Nintendo Of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé To Retire, Succeeded By Doug Bowser

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Nintendo Of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé To Retire, Succeeded By Doug Bowser

When Reggie Fils-Aimé took the stage at Nintendo's E3 2004 press conference to announce that he was there to "kick a** and take names," he instantly became a household name himself. Then a recent hire for Nintendo's marketing and sales department, Fils-Aimé took the aggressive attitude from his previous ventures at Pizza Hut and VH1 to a video game company that was increasingly finding itself boxed in by a juvenile reputation. It was not long until Fils-Aimé was named president of Nintendo of America, a position he has held for thirteen years and is now retiring from in April.

Fils-Aimé was a larger than life figure at Nintendo, often said to be one of the loudest voices at Nintendo board meetings. As president of Nintendo of America, Fils-Aimé was the first Amerian to hold the title, and was often consulted by Nintendo's Kyoto headquarters for his thoughts on appealing to the western market. 

Perhaps more than Fils-Aimé's career and influence at Nintendo, the corporate executive might be best known for being the often-jokey face of the company. Quotes like "My body is ready" when stepping onto a Wii Balance Board on stage, videos of him in Nintendo Direct skits tapping a watch while dancing in rhythm, a muppet version of him hanging out at E3, fans are on a first-name basis with the now-retiring exec after years of memes.