Telltale Games lays off majority of staff ahead of studio closure

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Telltale Games lays off majority of staff ahead of studio closure

Telltale Games, the studio behind games like The Walking Dead and Tales from the Borderlands, laid off 250 employees yesterday, leaving behind a 25-person “skeleton crew” to tie up Telltale’s “obligations to its board and partners”. According to a report from The Verge, many former employees are saying they were let go with no severance.

The studio released a formal statement on Twitter confirming the news:

Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges. A majority of the company’s employees were dismissed earlier this morning, with a small group of 25 employees staying on to fulfill the company’s obligations to its board and partners. CEO Pete Hawley issued the following statement:

Join in the celebration as Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War marks 500 days on the high seas

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Join in the celebration as Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War marks 500 days on the high seas

Inspired by the hit Disney franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War brings the swashbuckling, gold-plundering and rum-swigging fun to mobile. Players assume the role of pirates, tasked with building, battling and looting their way around the seven seas. You'll encounter choppy waters, with other players bent on taking what's yours - so upgrading your ships, training your troops and defending your fort is essential for survival. You'll also encounter a few familiar faces along the way, including favourites Captain Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swan.

The game's South Korean publisher, Joycity, is marking 500 days since Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War was launched worldwide with a week-long celebration. It's an opportunity to reward loyal players (and new ones too) for joining the fun. The first reward comes in the form of the player appreciation log-in event. If you log-in during the week starting the 21 September, you'll be given all sorts of in-game goodies, including a 500 Day Anniversary Box - redeemable daily.

Norse mythology-inspired RPG Phantomgate: The Last Valkyrie lands on mobile

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Norse mythology-inspired RPG Phantomgate: The Last Valkyrie lands on mobile

Yesterday, Netmarble released its latest free-to-play RPG – Phantomgate: The Last Valkyrie – worldwide for Android and iOS.

Phantomgate finds players thrust into a world inspired by the rich stories of Nordic mythology. It promises a truly engaging adventure as you traverse the perilous land of Midgard with a group of four unique partners in tow.

At launch, you can expect an eclectic mix of gameplay styles, from turn-based RPG combat to adventure game style puzzling, and even PVP elements. All of this is set to come together with an engaging narrative and console-quality graphics.

Fortnite Season 6 is dropping into battle next week

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Fortnite Season 6 is dropping into battle next week

Earlier today on their Twitter, Epic Games announced the start date for Season 6 of Fortnite.

The studio advised that we get in now to unlock those final few Battle Pass rewards, as Season 6 will be starting soon on September 27.

Thankfully we'll have a bit of help, with the added bonus of 400% Match XP all weekend, from now until 1pm UK time on September 24.

The Steel Media Family Round-up - September 21st

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The Steel Media Family Round-up - September 21st



We did it, folks. We made it to the end of another week, and something only briefly caught fire at the office. Granted it was "the entire building" and now there's "criminal charges" being placed on me, but these things happen, y'know?

All sleep-deprived jokes aside, it's time for us to once again shine a light of the work of people who aren't us but are owned by the same company, and are therefore just as good as us.

Teslagrad's mobile port will be fully touchscreen

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Teslagrad's mobile port will be fully touchscreen

There was chatter earlier this month that Teslagrad was on its way to mobile, and now we know for certain it's coming to iOS and Android. It's already up for pre-order on the App Store and Google Play

For those of you who haven't been able to play it on one of its many platform releases yet, Teslagrad is a super cool platform puzzler set in a steampunk version of old Europe. Playing as a young boy, you suddenly end up right in the middle of an ancient conspiracy and it's up to you to figure out how to get through it. 

Check out Persona Q2's gorgeous animated opening

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Check out Persona Q2's gorgeous animated opening

Earlier today, Persona developer Atlus released a handful of exciting new videos for Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth.

As first reported by Nintendo Everything, not only did we get our first look at the animated intro – a popular staple of the Persona series – but we were also gifted some brand new screenshots and extended character trailers for returning series favourites.

For those not in the know, Persona Q2 is a mash-up of the last three Persona games in a strange chibi art style, and plays more like a traditional Shin Megami Tensei entry than the actual Persona games.

The 14 best 2D platformers for Nintendo Switch

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The 14 best 2D platformers for Nintendo Switch

With the Nintendo Switch a year and a half old, it's always impressive to see how far the system has come and how well developers have been responding to it.

Platformers are one of the most classic genres of video games, right alongside sh'mups and arcade fighters, and you know we've already seen a lot of them pass through the Switch's doors.

Since we know there are some knock-out 3D platformers on the market at the moment, we wanted to focus solely on which 2D (or 2.5D if you're being really picky) platformer games you should think about picking up.