Black Tusk’s Gears of War to return to darker roots

Microsoft vice president Phil Spencer hopes the next Gears of War returns to the franchises’ darker, more destructive roots.

Spencer loved the “epic scale, the settings that I was in, the massive destruction moments. It was more what I would call soulful and maybe even a little dark.” When talking to IGN, in discussions with Black Tusk Studios’ Rod Fergusson, who’s in charge of developing the next installment, Spencer talked about Gears of War becoming “a parody of itself” over time.

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“Not for any horrible reasons,” but because managing success over time is challenging.

Both Spencer and Fergusson talked about “getting back to something.” “I think [about] the story and the setting and what they’re going through as a band. Gears of War, the name really meant something to what that game was about. We need to get back to that.” Spencer also reiterated that the next Gears of War is not a reboot.

Spencer is aware that “Judgment didn’t hit everybody’s needs and desires,” but said “I think we can continue, but we also have a new team. Rod’s there to really help with the continuity. We can really invest in this thing for the next decade, which is how I want to think about it.”

Silence: The Whispered World 2 is headed to Xbox One

Today, Daedalic Entertainment announced that Silence: The Whispered World 2 will be headed to the Xbox One when it releases early 2015.

“Silence has always been a multi-platform project”, said Daedalic’s Steffen Boos. “From early on, we planned to release Silence: The Whispered World 2 on consoles as well, but we wanted to make absolutely certain the controls were tuned to each platform before announcing its console status.”

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Silence: The Whispered World 2 is our first move into next gen development. We think the new generation of consoles offer a platform that is ideal for indie development, and with the new gameplay we’re introducing to the adventure genre with The Whispered World 2, adventure games now also can be a good fit to consoles,” continued Boos. Continue reading

Ubisoft plans expland Assassin’s Creed Chronicles series

Ubisoft expects to develop more games under the Chronicles series, says Assassin’s Creed Unity Alex Amancio in an interview with Eurogamer.

“We really liked the side-scrolling idea, like Mark of the Ninja, and we thought it would be a really great way to explore some of the other universes we’ve created,” said Amancio.

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Jade Raymond leaves Ubisoft

Industry superstar Jade Raymond, best known for as the producer on Assassin’s Creed, has left Ubisoft after ten years, announced the publisher today.

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“I’ve spent 10 extraordinary years at Ubisoft, and I am proud to have been part of many of the best teams in the industry making truly remarkable games,” Raymond said in a press release.

“This is one of the hardest decisions of my career, but the Toronto studio is strong and on a solid path. I’m confident that now is a good time for me to transition leadership of the studio to Alex and to pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities. Stay tuned for more on what’s next for me, but for now, I’d like to thank Ubisoft for its partnership through the years, and I wish them the very best in all their next endeavours.”

Alexandre Parizeau is said to take over as head of Ubisoft’s Toronto studio in her stead.

Harmonix would “love” to bring back Rock Band

“Music games are dead.” Now, whoever said that doesn’t give these games much respect. especially a game like Rock Band.

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In a conference call with Forbes, Harmonix communication lead Nick Chester that they would love to bring back Rock Band for another installment and that they’re already making a huge back catalog of downloadable content if it where to happen.

“We get this question all the time no matter what we announce,” Chester explains.

“That’s an excellent question,” Chester continued. “We would love for that to happen and we’d do everything in our power to make sure there’s compatibility with those instruments if we were to make another Rock Band game. We’ve already committed to building this huge library of downloadable content that we’d hope to be able to bring to another generation of consoles. We’ve already done that a little with Dance Central Spotlight, and we know it’s possible. That thinking carries over to the instruments as well.”

Halo franchise surpasses 60 million units sold

In celebration of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection being available for preload, Microsoft revealed that the Halo franchise has surpassed more than 60 million units sold worldwide.

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“To date, more than 60 million copies of Halo games have been sold worldwide, driving over 6 billion hours of gameplay by fans connected to Xbox Live,” said Microsoft on its official blog.

“As one of the most innovative and beloved names in multiplayer gaming, Halo is enjoyed by millions of players around the globe. Since its launch in 2001, it has been synonymous with the Xbox brand,” the company added.

Project Cars delayed until March 2015

Slightly Mad Studios and Bandai Namco have announced the delay of Project Cars, removing the game away from the busy holiday season to March 20, 2015.

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“Our goal has always been to deliver a landmark title that encompasses the wishes and desires of racing fans from all around the world; something with features and content powered by the community that provide a truly unforgettable and pioneering experience,” said Slightly Mad Studio head Ian Bell in a statement.

“Whilst a tough decision to make, the change in release date allows the game the greatest chance of success and visibility, and the opportunity to polish the game even further to the high standards that both ourselves and our community demand and expect. We’re eager for you all to see what we’ve been working on in just a few months.”

INTERVIEW: Destructive Creations talk Hatred, the answer to a politically correct industry

Hatred is an unsuspectingly shocking game.

It doesn’t convert to the norm, and frankly with all these big budget shooters an adventure games out today, their topics don’t spark a discussion like this game.  Journalist have even gone as far as calling Hatred “tasteless” and the ideal behind the game being “awful.”

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If you didn’t know, Hatred is a game developed by Poland indie dev Destructive Creations. The studio recently released a trailer depicting Hatred’s main antagonist slaughtering countless innocents and law enforcement to “spread Armageddon upon society.” Because of this, Unreal Engine creators Epic Games distant themselves from the game, asking the developer to remove their logos from the games marketing, Continue reading