Battle over Star Control franchise escalates, settlement offer leaked online

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Battle over Star Control franchise escalates, settlement offer leaked online

Paul Reiche III and Frederick Ford, who maintain that they are the creators of the classic Star Control franchise, are being sued by Stardock for control of that intellectual property. These two groups are at odds over a pair of competing games currently in development, both of which claim to be sequels of the original series.

The situation has escalated this week with Reiche and Ford posting what they claim to be the details of a proposed settlement offer delivered by Stardock’s legal team. The two men say it would require them to surrender their rights to the franchise to Stardock, would prohibit them from making a similar game for the next five years, and would force them to pay Stardock $225,000 along with a public apology and other accommodations.

Facebook Games isn’t worried about data privacy scandal

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Facebook Games isn’t worried about data privacy scandal

It’s easy to look at Facebook Games, a division of the largest social media platform in the world, and argue it’s going through a bittersweet moment.

The division just announced new initiatives in its Instant Games and upcoming streaming sphere that Leo Olebe, the global director of games partnerships, hopes will ignite even more interest in Facebook’s gaming ventures. Olebe sat down with Polygon to talk about new developments in the company’s gaming subdivision, but also touched upon the recent controversy surrounding Facebook at-large.

Classic Nickelodeon games are returning, thanks to THQ Nordic

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Classic Nickelodeon games are returning, thanks to THQ Nordic

Several Nickelodeon series from the past two-plus decades are heading to modern consoles, with help from THQ Nordic. The companies have partnered to bring back a number of games from the Nickelodeon catalog starting later this year, THQ Nordic announced.

THQ Nordic hasn’t revealed which specific games it plans on remastering or re-releasing, instead naming the franchises that it plans to revive. On the list are some obvious choices — SpongeBob SquarePants, Fairly OddParents, Avatar: The Last Airbender — as well as a few surprising picks. Although fans of a certain age may remember cartoons like Back at the Barnyard and Catscratch, neither one is likely to inspire much nostalgia.

Sea of Thieves’ servers are struggling to handle launch demand

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Sea of Thieves’ servers are struggling to handle launch demand

Sea of Thieves garnered no small amount of hype over its development cycle, and launched late last night on March 19th. There’s just one problem with the game’s first days: players are struggling to connect.

The game offers a collection of color-beard themed error codes, which is cute but also a little confusing. Many players trying to start their adventure are running into the “Cinnamonbeard” error, keeping players in their launch lobby. Searching for Cinnamonbeard on Twitter brings up dozens of players complaining about being unable to connect. There’s also a ‘Greybeard’ error code, which also means that the player is unable to log on and access the server.

Hyper Light Drifter is coming to Switch

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Hyper Light Drifter is coming to Switch

Hyper Light Drifter will launch on Nintendo Switch this summer, the company announced during a media presentation today.

While absent from this morning’s Nindies livestream, Hyper Light Drifter is a headlining indie game for the hybrid console. It’s a stunning, retro-styled action game that achieved widespread acclaim after its spring 2016 launch. The promised Wii U and Vita ports were canceled later that year, with lead designer Alex Preston of Heart Machine citing optimization issues.

Ubisoft finally fends off Vivendi takeover bid through Tencent partnership

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Ubisoft finally fends off Vivendi takeover bid through Tencent partnership

Ubisoft has successfully gotten Vivendi out of its hair. The gaming publisher and the multimedia conglomerate have agreed to a deal in which Vivendi will fully divest itself of Ubisoft, ending once and for all a yearslong effort by Vivendi that was seemingly intended to take control of Ubisoft.

Vivendi currently holds a 27.27 percent stake in Ubisoft, amounting to nearly 30.5 million shares, making it by far the largest stakeholder in Ubisoft. It will sell off that entire portion of the company. Under the terms of the deal, Vivendi may not acquire any shares in Ubisoft for a period of five years following the closing of the transaction.

Arma 3 developer donates $176,000 to International Committee of the Red Cross

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Arma 3 developer donates $176,000 to International Committee of the Red Cross

Arma 3, the hardcore infantry warfare simulation from Bohemia Interactive, has donated more than $176,000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The developer, whose legacy game engines are also used to train active-duty troops around the world, shared the proceeds from its latest piece of downloadable content, called The Laws of War. The narrative module was a special project that hoped to instill an understanding of international humanitarian law (IHL) in its players. That includes education on the Geneva Convention and other international treaties that define war crimes such as summary execution, the unfair treatment of prisoners and the destruction of civilian targets in a warzone.

Nintendo Switch Nindies Spring Showcase 2018 trailers and release dates

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Nintendo Switch Nindies Spring Showcase 2018 trailers and release dates

Even though we just had ourselves a Nintendo Direct earlier this month, Nintendo is back at it again with another showcase of upcoming titles, this time highlighting indie games coming out for the Nintendo Switch. While today’s short presentation introduced us to some new titles, fan favorites like Mark of the Ninja, Lumines and The Banner Saga trilogy will also be making their way to the console.

Nintendo’s Nindies program launched last year in an effort to get more independent games onto the console. “Since the launch of Nintendo Switch, we’ve continued to be blown away with the amount of high-quality games coming from our passionate Nindie developers, and the positive fan reception for those experiences,” said Damon Baker, Nintendo of America’s Senior Manager for Publisher & Developer Relations. This year, the program continues its success with the announcement of 14 new games coming out to the Switch in 2018.

Lumines Remastered is coming to consoles and Steam this spring (update)

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Lumines Remastered is coming to consoles and Steam this spring (update)

Lumines Remastered, a remake of the original Lumines, is coming to Nintendo Switch, complete with beats that work with the Joy-Con’s HD rumble feature to give you better tactile feedback as you play. Lumines Remastered is scheduled to arrive on Switch — as well as PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One — in May.

Lumines has been remastered in high definition for this version, in an effort led by director Tetsuya Mizuguchi himself and his studio Enhance. This is great news for fans of the series, as Lumines has always been a great fit on portable systems. The first Lumines game launched on the PlayStation Portable, and took full advantage of the system’s power and large screen. It’s a great fit for Nintendo’s portable, as well as an experience that’s going to look great on your big-screen TV, pumping through your sound system.

Reigns: King and Queens coming to Nintendo Switch

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Reigns: King and Queens coming to Nintendo Switch

Reigns and its sequel Reigns: Her Majesty, published by Devolver Digital, are coming to Nintendo Switch in one package: Reigns: Kings and Queens. It’s set to release in spring 2018, according to the Nindies livestream this morning. The port will also debut a brand new co-op mode, exclusive to the Switch.

Using the Tinder “swipe left or right” mechanic to make decisions, you sit on the throne and decide how to go about ruling your kingdom. You’ll receive requests from peasants, allies, enemies, but beware: all of your decisions will have consequences. You can either listen to all of your advisers or decide to take matters into your own hands. Your reign will end as soon as one of your four major pillars (church, military, people, wealth) becomes too high or low. The developer describes it as: