Crytek closing five studios, will refocus on “premium IPs” and CryEngine

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Crytek closing five studios, will refocus on “premium IPs” and CryEngine

Crytek announced a major change in structure today: The developer is shedding five of its studios, with only Crytek’s Frankfurt, Germany and Kiev, Ukraine studios remaining.

In a press release, Crytek described this as part of the company’s effort to “refocus on its core strengths.” Although the company did not say outright that the other Crytek development studios would be shuttered completely, the announcement mentions that those employed at them are now looking for other work.

DICE organizers hand out first ‘WomenIn’ scholarships

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DICE organizers hand out first ‘WomenIn’ scholarships

The organizers of the annual DICE Summit today announced the first eleven women to receive scholarship money as part of the new WomenIn Program.

Each of the 11 students named by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ AIAS Foundation were awarded $2,500 to advance their academic career. The women will also each be paired with an experienced industry mentor and invited to next year’s DICE Summit.

Steam Winter Sale start date announced

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Steam Winter Sale start date announced

Just when you thought your wallet might survive the holiday season, along comes another Steam sale.

PayPal UK this morning, announced that the Steam Winter Sale hits on Dec. 22, also known as Thursday, or if you prefer, in two days.

Mass Effect 2 is free on PC right now

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Mass Effect 2 is free on PC right now

BioWare’s 2010 sci-fi role-playing game, Mass Effect 2, is currently free to download for Windows PC through Origin. The only requirement is an Origin account.

Mass Effect 2 doesn’t appear to officially be part of publisher Electronic Arts’ Origin on the House program, which gives away free games; EA is currently giving away Dungeon Keeper as part of that ongoing promotion. However, developer BioWare said on Monday that it had five days worth of freebies planned for its fans.

Killer Instinct’s next fighter is a cyborg with miniguns for arms

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Killer Instinct’s next fighter is a cyborg with miniguns for arms

Killer Instinct for Xbox One and Windows PC will get a new fighter in January, Microsoft Studios and developer Iron Galaxy confirmed today. Kilgore, a cyborg who brings some major firepower to the fighting game, will join the roster next year.

Kilgore will draw obvious comparisons to Killer Instinct series veteran Fulgore, though beyond the twin minigun arms, we don’t know too much about the new character’s capabilities. While Kilgore won’t drop until January, Killer Instinct players will get a sneak peek at the new addition soon, the developer says. Players will get to fight against Kilgore starting later this week.

Splatoon’s fantastic art is heading to bookstores

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Splatoon’s fantastic art is heading to bookstores

One of Nintendo’s most stylish games is finally getting its own art book. Dark Horse is bringing The Art of Splatoon to stores in 2017, the publisher announced today, filled with designs and illustrations from the hit Wii U game.

Die-hard Splatoon fans may recognize some of the art featured in the book, which was released in Japan last year. Dark Horse is adapting the Japanese edition of The Art of Splatoon for English-speaking audiences, making this the first time original concept art and even some comics based on the game will be translated from their native language.

Super Mario Run’s most polarizing mode is Toad Rally

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Super Mario Run’s most polarizing mode is Toad Rally

Despite millions of downloads, Super Mario Run has received a mixed response thus far, and players fall most divided on one of its two main modes. Toad Rally, the time attack-style, asynchronous multiplayer feature, is the cause of just as many Mario fans’ ire as it is their affection.

Toad Rally exists as supplemental to Super Mario Run’s main campaign, World Tour, drawing on preexisting levels and adding a competitive element to them. Mario races against a ghost of himself (culled from another player’s data) to collect coins, perform stylish moves and win the approval of as many Toads as possible in order to claim victory.

Glimpse Battlefield 1’s first expansion in this fiery concept art

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Glimpse Battlefield 1’s first expansion in this fiery concept art

Battlefield 1’s first expansion, They Shall Not Pass, expands the scope of the Great War to include the French Army, as you can see in the concept art that developer EA DICE released today.

They Shall Not Pass isn’t scheduled to arrive until March, so it makes sense that EA DICE doesn’t want to — or isn’t ready to — show anything beyond concept art at this stage. So far, the company has said that the expansion will allow buyers to play as the French Army in the game’s multiplayer component, and that a future add-on will bring in Russia. Austro-Hungarian, British, German, Italian, Ottoman and U.S. forces are currently playable in Battlefield 1.

Xbox Elite controller gets line of Scuf accessories, full custom option

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Xbox Elite controller gets line of Scuf accessories, full custom option

Microsoft’s popular Xbox Elite Controller is getting a new line of multi-colored mods from custom controller kings Scuf Gaming along with the ability to buy completely customized Elite controllers.

In October 2015, Scuf announced that it had signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft, both allowing the company to use its paddle design and making Scuf the exclusive third-party accessories partner for the controller.