This Week In Mobile - Clones, Gods, And Remakes

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This Week In Mobile - Clones, Gods, And Remakes

Looking to scratch that mobile game itch this week? Look no further. This week, we take a look at recently ported excellent titles that you may have missed as well as a couple of brand new titles (well, sort of) that hitch on interesting premises from past games. As always, be sure to let us know what you're playing in the comments.

Skulls of the ShogunDeveloper: 17-BITPlatforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Price: $4.99 (iOS, Windows Phone), $1.99 (Android)

This games has been out for some time, but is now available on a new mobile platform. Android users can now play the well-received turn-based strategy title for themselves. To see some gameplay, check out our Test Chamber from last year.

Europe Gets Assassin's Creed Monopoly

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Europe Gets Assassin's Creed Monopoly

Assassin’s Creed is joining the long line of video games getting their own adaptation of the game of competitive capitalism, Monopoly. The officially licensed board game is exclusive to Europe, and will be completely redesigned in the style of the Assassin’s Creed universe. Whether or not “get out of jail free” cards will be replaced by “tear down wanted poster” cards is as yet unconfirmed.

Mr. Monopoly, the iconic Monopoly mascot, seems to have taken up the Creed, and wears the distinctive Assassin’s hood on the game’s board, but the cosmetic changes extend beyond him. The six game pieces are each modeled after one of the series’ iconic assassins; players have the opportunity to play as Altair Ibn-La’ Ahad, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Ratonhnhake:ton, Aveline de Grandpre, Edward Kenway, or Arno Dorian. 

Instead of spending and collecting money, players will get Abstergo credits. Purchasable real estate spaces will be pulled from the historical locations throughout the Assassin’s Creed games, with the most expensive spaces being occupied, of course, by Abstergo Industries and Abstergo Entertainment. 

Ex-Vigil Games Founder Leaves Crytek, Forms New Studio

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Ex-Vigil Games Founder Leaves Crytek, Forms New Studio

Several ex-Vigil Games developers have left Crytek Austin to form Gunfire Games. The new company is considering attempting to return to the Darksiders franchise.

In an interview with Polygon, ex-Vigil founder and ex-Crytek U.S. head David Adams says that a recent exodus of talent from Crytek's Austin wing. Adams said, "Forming another independent studio was something that I thought about because of what was going on. It got to the point where people were starting to leave... When you make a game, one of the most important elements of that is the people you work with. You could get 12 of the best developers in the world and put them into a room and they may not make a good game."

Adams also cited a lack of good communication between his studio and Crytek as another motivation for his departure. All of the members of the small new studio Gunfire Games are ex-Vigil employees.

CODumentary Documents Rise Of Activision's Call of Duty Franchise

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A new independently produced feature documentary tells the tale of Call of Duty's origins and rise to international popularity.

Entitled CODumentary: The Call of Duty Story, the film aims to document the rise of Activision and Infinity Ward's popular first-person shooter franchise, and the eSports scene that has sprung up around its competitive multiplayer.

"CODumentary has been made for [Call of Duty], and gaming fans everywhere in the world. I just felt it was important to make a film about such a great game and how it's just got bigger and stronger. There is also a strong moral side to the narrative and we portray the whole picture from the early days right up to 2014," says producer Jonathan Beales.

Here’s Your Gamescom 2014 Press Conference Streaming Schedule

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Here’s Your Gamescom 2014 Press Conference Streaming Schedule

Gamescom begins in just a few days in Cologne, Germany. We wish we could take you all with us, but instead, we’re helping bring the excitement to you.

Throughout the week, we’ll have news, previews, and interviews right from the show. Everything kicks off with four live events.

If you’re a Call of Duty fan, you’ll want to tune in here for the Advanced Warfare multiplayer reveal. That event begins at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. CEST on Monday, August 11.

Classic Gaming Expo Growing For 2014

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Next month, fans of retro gaming from across the globe will converge on Las Vegas for the annual Classic Gaming Expo. The event – now in its 15th year – is a haven for collectors, players, and anyone who’s interested in old-school arcade, handheld, and console gaming. We spoke with Scott Schreiber, one of the event’s co-directors, to learn more about how this year’s CGE could be the biggest one yet.

Classic Gaming Expo was founded in 1999 by John Hardie, Sean Kelly, and Joe Santulli. In addition to the expo, the trio founded the Videogame History Museum, which features a traveling exhibition that’s shown at events like E3 and GDC. The museum’s success meant that they had less and less time to work on planning and coordinating CGE. This year, Schreiber, along with the cohosts of his popular gaming podcast Retrogaming Roundup, Mike James and Mike Kennedy, approached the founders and offered to take over the show. They struck a deal, where Hardie, Kelly, and Santulli retain ownership of the show and operate the museum’s presence at the show, as well as the charity-auction portion. Schreiber and his staff are now responsible for organizing and staffing the show, and he sounds as if he couldn’t be more excited.

Kill All Zombies Invites Your Friends To Boost Or Befuddle You Via Twitch Chat

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Beatshapers has announced a new action title called Kill All Zombies that will invite your friends to affect the game. The concept is similar to Dead Nation and Zombie Studios' Daylight, with broadcast viewers impacting the game via Twitch chat.

Viewers will be able to vote on encounter options for the player every 80 seconds. These include zombie spawns, events, perks, and bonuses.

Those watching can also vote on which perk the player should take. If he or she waits for the vote and goes along with the crowd, additional experience and health will be awarded. Chat commands can directly impact the player’s speed, health, and enemy spawns. 

Crytek's Cevat Yerli: Unpaid Crytek Employees Were 'Impatient' And 'Emotional'

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In an interview, Crytek head Cevat Yerli addresses the company's recent struggles, new funding, and said that some staff had expectations that were "unrealistic."

Speaking with Eurogamer, Yerli addressed the company's recent struggles and its decision to sell the Homefront franchise to Deep Silver: "We're observing where the industry is going. We knew free-to-play or games as a service - online services in general - will become the future of gaming. We've known this for a while. But we were finishing up our retail games or still had them in development, with Homefront for example."

He also had some surprisingly strong words for the former and current employees who had complained about not receiving paychecks.

Twitch Details Changes To Stream Archiving, Audio Content ID Policies

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The popular game livestreaming channel Twitch is making changes to its video-on-demand stream archiving services and is taking new steps to enforce copyrights of audio and music.

This week, Twitch released a statement on its official blog regarding changes to how it is handling archived livestreams. Citing data that shows that livestreams past 14 days since creation generation almost no traffic, it is now limiting how long streams are archived.

From now on, past streamed will be archived for 14 days for regular Twitch users. Twitch Turbo subscribers and Twitch Partners streams will be archived for 60 days. However, highlight clips will now be saved indefinitely. Twitch has also lifted the time limit on highlight clips.

Activision Teases Sierra Announcement

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Sierra Entertainment, the publisher behind King's Quest, Gabriel Knight, and Leisure Suit Larry, may be making a return. Activision, which acquired Sierra in the 2008 merger with Vivendi games, launched a new website for Sierra late last night. The site offers the message "Gamescom 2014," and a brief video showing an explorer in the tundra and a new Sierra logo.

How Activision plans to use this brand is unknown at this time. Last year, Telltale Games announced it was no longer working on a King's Quest game, and that the game license reverted back to Activision. We'll have more on Sierra's return next week when Gamescom gets underway.

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