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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

Epic Games distances itself from Hatred

In response to its announcement, Unreal Engine creator Epic Games have distances itself from the playable “murder simulation” Hatred, asking the developer Destructive Creations to remove it’s logo from the game’s marketing.

“Epic Games isn’t involved in this project,” a statement from the company reads. “Unreal Engine 4 is available to the general public for use ‘for any lawful purpose,’ and we explicitly don’t exert any sort of creative control or censorship over projects. However, the video is using the trademarked Unreal Engine 4 logo without permission from Epic, and we’ve asked for the removal of our logo from all marketing associated with this product.”

Hatred developer Destructive Creations announced the game earlier today. The developer describes the game as “an isometric shooter with a disturbing atmosphere of mass killing, where player takes the role of a cold bloodantagonist, who is full of hatred for humanity.”

Destructive paints the game as a  response to “politically correct” trends in the gaming medium.

“These days, when a lot of games are heading to be polite, colorful, politically correct and trying to be some kind of higher art, rather than just an entertainment , we wanted to create something against trends,” adds the developer in a statement. “We say ‘yes, it is a game about killing people’ and the only reason of the antagonist doing that sick stuff is his deep-rooted hatred.”

CD Projekt Red responds to The Witcher 3 development accusations

Earlier this week, we reported that, according to an anonymous NeoGAF user, developer CD Projekt Red has built an “overblown” impression of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

The anonymous individual took issue with others “painting CD Projekt Red as some magical [development] studio with only the best of interests of the gamers in mind. Trust me they are not.”

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In response to these accusations, CD Projekt Red communications executive Michał Platkow-Gilewski told GameSpot that everything we’ve seen, or heard, should speak for itself.

“In principle, we don’t comment on rumors, especially when someone anonymous says that it’s ‘his/her word against CDP PR,’” Platkow-Gilewski said in a prepared statement. “So, PR aside, if you have any doubts about Wild Hunt’s quality, have a look at the 35-minute gameplay video we published some time ago, or check out gamers’ reactions to our public previews at Gamescom, San Diego Comic Con, and E3 (it’s all public and available on the studio’s YouTube channel), and decide for yourself.”

Then, GameSpot asked if the studio wanted to address claims that its team had been “crunching” for over a year. However, they didn’t respond.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt development in “a major crunch time for over a year,” take everything with a “grain of salt”

Every CD Projekt Red title has always seemed to feature gamers best interests in mind.

However, according to a NeoGAF insider, the developers latest project The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been in a “major crunch time” for over a year now, and everything said should be taken with a “grain of salt.”

“It looks like many [NeoGAF users] are painting [CD Projekt Red] as some magical development studio with only the best of interests of the gamers in mind. Trust me, they are not,” said insider Anaxymenes. “The bullshitting with The Witcher 3 started Day 1. [The PR team] is creating an overblown vision of a game that doesn’t exist while the team is in crazy crunch time for [about] over a year now. There’s some bad shit going on that if GAF knew, GAF would not like.”

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“Well, in the end, it’s my words vs CDP PR. I mean, why should You believe my if I have no solid evidence to show? But that’s kind of my point, CDP build a very good relationship with gamers and now it’s paying off as oppose to say EA,” he continued. “I do have inside knowledge, I did have contact with the game but again NDA and such plus I’m just a dude on the internet. my only point is that GAF should take everything CDP says with a grain of salt. EDIT: Just to some up my messy line of thinking–don’t preorder tha game (especially on consoles) wait for the reviews, then decide or don’t pay attention to a random dude on the internet and do what you want with your money.”

We’re reached out to CD Projekt Red for a comment.