Starbreeze Unlikely To Last Another 12 Months

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Starbreeze Unlikely To Last Another 12 Months

Starbreeze's ups and downs have been veering toward the latter far more often than the former in the last year. After Overkill's The Walking Dead failed to impress, Skybound pulled out of the licensing deal from the game and stopped selling it, the CEO stepped down among these struggles, and Starbreeze sold back their publishing rights to System Shock 3 to the developer. Now it appears that Starbreeze might not be long for this world as cash flow isn't there to support it for much longer.

The grim news comes from a quarterly shareholder report, where Starbreeze informed investors that they do not expect to last out more than 12 months at the current pace. It does get a little weird with the System Shock 3 sales, as OtherSide entertainment is expected return the $7 million approximate investment Starbreeze put into the game at some point, but it is not clear when.

This isn't necessarily a death sentence for the company, though. They are still evaluating their options and Payday, the multiplayer heist series, still does fairly well for them. Restructuring around that game and its monetization might still be an option.

Easter Eggs Connect Days Gone To Syphon Filter

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Easter Eggs Connect Days Gone To Syphon Filter

Sony Bend Studios' Days Gone has been scratching the open-world zombie itch for a lot of gamers recently, but if you're a Syphon Filter fan, you have even more reasons to be excited about the recent release.

The Syphon Filter series, debuted on the original PlayStation in 1999, and was a stealth, espionage game in the vein of Metal Gear. It seems very different from Days Gone, but it was actually developed by the same studio (then called Eidetic). Hardcore fans of the series might have already caught a few neat Easter Eggs in Days Gone linking the two games. As GamesRadar pointed out, Days Gone NERO troops look a lot like the Chemical and Biological Defense Command units from Syphon Filter. Also, after beating the game, you can craft a stun gun that looks like the one from Syphon Filter. All of which could be a nice homage to Sony Bend's heritage.

However, late in the game, you can find a report in the Cloverdale laboratory that actually names several characters and locations from the Syphon Filter series. Sony Bend definitely didn't advertise that Day's Gone took place in the same world as Syphon Filter, but it's pretty cool to see that the two games share a universe in the eyes of their developer. Check out the GamesRadar article for a more in-depth breakdown of these Easter Eggs.

Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of E3 2019

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Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of E3 2019

Every good journey has a roadmap and E3 is no exception. For the gaming media, E3 can be a golden opportunity to get all the best coverage we can and even help us plan out how we handle the rest of the year. As we're preparing for E3 here at the Game Informer offices, we want to help you prepare for the show, as well. Whether you're attending the show in Los Angeles or watching it all from home, we're here to help out with the information you need, both about the show and what we're doing during it.

Game Informer's Coverage Plans While we'll be on the show floor trying out as many games as reasonably can until scientists invent a way to add more hours in the day, we'll be rushing back to the website every day of the week to report back what we see, heard, felt, and experienced there. That means you'll get tons of written content on the website not just this week, but for the entire month. If you're looking for content more geared toward both audio and visual inclinations, we will be livestreaming the press conferences with commentary as they air. You can watch those on our Twitch or YouTube channels or on both at the same time for a stereo experience.

DeNA And The Pokémon Company Working On New Pokémon Mobile Game

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DeNA And The Pokémon Company Working On New Pokémon Mobile Game

One of the many constants of life is that The Pokémon Company is going to constantly produce Pokémon spinoffs, but it has been quite a while since they have introduced a new mobile game. Despite or perhaps because of the massive success of Pokémon Go, there hasn't been a wholly original new title from them or partners in a decent while. That looks to be changing in the near future.

At an investor's meeting in Japan yesterday, mobile game company DeNA announced last night that they are working with The Pokémon Company on a new mobile Pokémon title. The detail-free announcement didn't go far beyond that, except to say development on the game has begun. The announcement was posted by Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki. 

DeNA is also behind a number of Nintendo-collaborated mobile games, like Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. They also co-developed the upcoming Mario Kart Tour mobile title.

Final Fantasy VII Will Still Release In Episodes

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Final Fantasy VII Will Still Release In Episodes

It's been a number of years since Final Fantasy VII's remake was announced until last night's new trailer. The last time we saw gameplay footage of the game, Barack Obama was president of the United States, Katy Perry was dancing with sharks at the Superbowl, and people were warring over the color of a dress. After the game was revealed, the development team including Yoshinori Kitase and Tetsuya Nomura revealed that the remake would be split into different episodes, otherwise the game would either never get done or have to excise everything but the most critical portions.

That was years and a different developer ago, though, so it would be reasonable to presume that this might have changed in the intervening years. Reasonable, but in this case, incorrect.

In a Japanese press release, Square Enix reconfirmed their plans to talk more about the game in June, likely at E3 this year. At the end of the release, the developer also restated that Final Fantasy VII is still a multipart release rather than the way it was originally done for the game's 1997 release. Basically, don't be surprised if this game ends where the discs end, give or take.

Watch The Documentary About God Of War's Development Now

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Watch The Documentary About God Of War's Development Now

Sony's Santa Monica Studio took some big risks with last year's God of War, but they really paid off. If you want to know the story behind the game, Sony just released a documentary that chronicles the grueling five-year journey to create one of the best games on the PS4. And the best part is, it's free! If you're interested in learning more about game development or just love God of War, this is a must watch.

Tetris 99 Gets Offline Modes As Paid DLC

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Tetris 99 Gets Offline Modes As Paid DLC

When Tetris 99 launched, it was very much positioned as a different kind of Tetris. As a battle royale, very little existed in the Tetris sphere (not the Tetrisphere, that's different) that was like it, but if you wanted to play the game somewhere without an internet connection or without the hardcore Tetris players destroying you immediately, you were out of luck. Now you can take the game offline — for money!

Titled the Big Block DLC, the $9.99 DLC adds two new offline modes to the game. One is battle royale with bots, so you can practice your aiming and attacking skills in this mode. The other is the classic Marathon mode, which would be well known to anyone who has ever played Tetris in their entire lives.

While it's not quite Tetris Effect, Tetris 99 is looking to add skins to the game, too. On May 17, a new Maximus Cup will take place. Regardless of where you place, you will earn some points, and 100 points during the weekend will earn you a Gameboy Tetris skin.

Be A Sugar Glider In Away: Survival Series

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Be A Sugar Glider In Away: Survival Series

Another new announcement at today's State of Play livestream, Away: The Survival Series puts you in the shoes (so to speak) of a sugar glider making their way in the animal kingdom. While sugar gliders are adorable, those adorability isn't going to save you from other animals, so interacting with the rest of the world in a way where you do not die is paramount.

Check out the trailer for the game below.

The game is set in the distant future and is intended to feel like the player is stepping into a wildlife documentary rather than just playing a game set in nature. On the PlayStation blog, director Laurent Bernier explained how much detail they are really going into in order to create the best possible natural world.

Predator: Hunting Grounds Coming From Illfonic And Sony

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Predator: Hunting Grounds Coming From Illfonic And Sony

During today's State of Play show, Sony revealed a new game from Worldwide Studios, the PlayStation's publishing arm. Those who have been hoping for a game that lets them live out their fantasies of becoming the Predator, the universe's apex hunter, might finally be in luck with Predator: Hunting Grounds, coming from developer illfonic.

You can see the first teaser trailer for the game below.

The short trailer just shows a group of soldiers pacing around a jungle when an invisible creature, obviously a Predator, standing on a tree above them. During the State of Play itself, the narration afterward explained that the title is an asymmetric multiplayer shooter, implying something similar to Evolve or Dead by Daylight where one player takes control of the stronger unit while every other player is a weaker but more numerous unit, like the soldier.

Spoiling And Debating Pokémon Detective Pikachu

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Spoiling And Debating Pokémon Detective Pikachu

We probably don't need to tell you that video game movies don't have a great track record, but early trailers for Pokémon Detective Pikachu have been promising. Now that the film is out, we know if Pokémon's big live-action film delivered or was a dud. In this episode of Spoiled, Leo Vader, Dan Tack, and Ben Reeves unload all their thoughts on the film and its ending. Also, don't watch the discussion unless you've seen the film. The video contains SPOILERS!

For more on Pokémon Detective Pikachu, read our review of the original game or check out our story of when we traveled to London last year to visit the set of the film.