Reader Discussion: What’s In Your Gaming Backlog Right Now?

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Reader Discussion: What’s In Your Gaming Backlog Right Now?

In case you haven’t been paying attention, there are some big titles on the way in the next few weeks. If you’re anything like many of us at Game Informer, you watch the approaching calendar dates with a mix of sweet anticipation and potent dread. How in the world are you going to have enough time to play all the games in your backlog before it’s time to get going on your next giant RPG or open world action game?

With the likes of Batman: Arkham Knight, The Witcher 3, and Destiny: House of Wolves all set for release in the next couple of months, what titles in your stack deserve more attention first?

Share your desperate, last-minute hopes for your gaming time in the comments below. 

Zynga Lays Off 364 Employees After First Quarter Losses Of $46 Million

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Zynga Lays Off 364 Employees After First Quarter Losses Of $46 Million

Zynga continues to suffer as the company posted $46 million in net losses (GAAP) for the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year. As part of a measure to cut costs, the company has laid off 18 percent of its workforce, amounting to 364 employees.

Despite the losses, Zynga outperformed its first quarter estimates as it moves to transition its focus more fully to mobile (and away from social). The company will continue to reduce costs in order to save approximately $100 million.

Zynga also recently experienced a leadership change as Don Mattrick (formerly of Microsoft's Xbox division) departed. Mark Pincus has stepped back in as CEO.

Activision: Destiny’s Biggest Content Update Yet Coming This Fall

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Activision: Destiny’s Biggest Content Update Yet Coming This Fall

During its first quarter earnings call, Activision mentioned multiple times a major update coming to Destiny this fall. The company isn’t sharing many details yet, especially since House of Wolves is just around the corner.

The second expansion, which has been revealed piece by piece over the past few weeks, will arrive on May 19. Bungie also recently registered a trademark for something called “The Taken King.”

We covered that in detail earlier today. For more from Activision’s earnings call, check out our previous coverage.

Activision Digital Revenue Hits Record 45 Percent Of Total In First Quarter

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Activision Digital Revenue Hits Record 45 Percent Of Total In First Quarter

During Activision’s first quarter earnings call, the company touted the continuing growth of digital revenue. The publisher posted $581 million in that category.

This represents 45 percent of total company revenues during the quarter, a new record. Part of this is due to the strength of Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, both of which helped Blizzard grow the percentage of non-World of Warcraft revenue as part of the whole. 

For more on Activision’s first quarter finances, visit our previous coverage.

Activision Beats Estimates In Strong First Quarter Of Fiscal Year 2015

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Activision Beats Estimates In Strong First Quarter Of Fiscal Year 2015

Activision is off to a running start after the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year. The company posted $1.278 billion in net revenue (GAAP) against forecast of $1.14 billion and performance the same time last year of $1.111 billion.

Activision continues to group registered player counts for Destiny and Hearthstone. The combined total is now 50 million. With yesterday’s news that Hearthstone has reached 30 million players (albeit a month after the close of the quarter), we can roughly estimate that Destiny is posting 20 million users.

Activision says that average Destiny play time is approximately three hours per day and expansions are attaching at a high rate. The press release did not specify the percentage backing up that statement, though.

Capcom Delights Mega Man Fans As The Misadventures Of Tron Bonne Arrives On PlayStation Store

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If you weren’t gaming on the PlayStation 1 in the late 1990s, you might have completely missed Mega Man Legends. The two titles were an action/adventure take on the classic hero, pitting him against new foes in a new world. One of those enemies, Tron Bonne, eventually got her own game.

The Misadventures of Tron Bonne is a collector’s item now, with complete copies selling as recently as last week for nearly $250 on eBay. For those that aren’t interested in breaking the bank, a digital version is available right now on the PlayStation Store for $5.99.

The title stars the anti-hero, who is working to pay off her brother’s debt. The different segments of the game borrow from a variety of genres, including managing the Servbots (who might look familiar if you’ve played Dead Rising).

Destiny Update 1.2.0 Arrives Today, But Won’t Be Activated Yet

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Destiny Update 1.2.0 Arrives Today, But Won’t Be Activated Yet

If you get booted from Destiny in a little while, don’t be alarmed. Bungie is pushing through a new patch, 1.2.0.

When you log back in, you’ll be treated to… exactly what you saw before you were kicked. While the patch is arriving today, its features will remain inert until a later date.

If you are looking for new information though, today at 11 a.m. Pacific / 2 p.m. Eastern, Bungie will be unveiling the Prison of Elders. All we know right now is that it is an end-game, cooperative experience.

Creating The Witcher 3 Fan Art Can Win You Some Cool Prizes

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CD Projekt is inviting fans of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to put their artistic skills to the test. Your efforts even have the chance for reward, as the developer is offering up a number of prizes.

CD Projekt is leaving the medium up to entrants, but lists “digital, paint, and clay” as three options. We confirmed that this contest is for visual art only.

The Grand Prize winner will walk away with:

Report: Sony Renews TV Show ‘Powers’ For Second Season

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Report: Sony Renews TV Show ‘Powers’ For Second Season

Sony has reportedly renewed its comic book-inspired Powers television show for a second season. The series, which stars Sharlto Copley as former superhero Christian Walker, is based on the comic by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.

Hollywood Reporter indicates that the series will be back for another run in 2016. Season one is available now, and PlayStation Plus subscribers can view it as part of the membership.

For more on the first season, you can read our impressions of the first few episodes.

MomoCon Organizers List Finalists For Its First Indie Game Awards

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MomoCon Organizers List Finalists For Its First Indie Game Awards

MomoCon is an annual celebration of animation, comics, and games. This year, the Atlanta-based show is paying tribute to indie-game developers, with its first-ever Indie Game Awards. They've narrowed the field down from more than 120 entries to what they considered the top 20, and they'll all be playable at the show.

You can see the list of selections below, as well as links to each game's official site. Each developer is vying for one of the five top prizes. Winners will get $1,000, exhibit space and a dedicated panel at MomoCon 2016, a trophy, and a writeup in the show's newsletter.

MomoCon runs from May 28-31 at Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center. The winners will be announced in an awards ceremony held Saturday, May 30, starting at 5 p.m. Eastern. You can see the event live on MomoCon's Twitch channel.