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Activision issues statement about Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 launch

Activision Publishing, Inc. have issued a public statement regarding the launch of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, and promises to “continue to improve the gameplay experience.”

“We are aware of the issues that players have experienced following the launch of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5,” said the publisher, “and are working with the developer to address these so that we can continue to improve the gameplay experience for all of the Tony Hawk fans who have known and loved this franchise for more than 16 year.”

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 released this week and featured a host of bugs and glitches,  which some say makes it “unplayable.”


Tetsuya Nomura explains why Kingdom Hearts 0.2 is a PlayStation 4 exclusive

In an interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu, Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura explained why the recently announced Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep: A Fragmentory Passage is a PlayStation 4 exclusive.

In the interview, Nomura revealed that, because Kingdom Hearts 0,2 is being developed using Kingdom Hearts III technology, it can only be developed for PlayStation 4–instead of being developed on both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

Recently, Square Enix announced Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue for PlayStation, Continue reading

GameStop no longer carrying console bundles that include digital game codes

GameStop, the world’s largest video game retailer, has revealed, during its recent earnings report conference call, that its moving away from “digital bundles.”

Instead, the retailer will feature only “physical bundles,” which will include games physically in the packaging.

This new strategy went into effect last month with the release of Madden NFL 16 in which the retailer worked with Sony, Microsoft, and Electronic Arts to make sure a physical copy of the game was featured within every bundle sold.

During the conference call, GameStop COO Tony Bartel stated that, if Microsoft and Sony want to continue with digital bundles, the retailer will turn to “third-party physical bundles.”




Mojang: Minecraft: Story Mode is “pretty funny” and “adorable”

Mojang CWO Owen Hill said that Minecraft: Story Mode, a Telltale episodic game based in the Minecraft universe, is “pretty funny.”

QjhB4ZaNJf6i.878x0.Z-Z96KYq“The interactive storytellers at Telltale are giving players the chance to explore their own unique interpretation of the Minecraft universe,” said Hill in a statement.

“They’ve crafted a story that follows the logic of Minecraft, but still manages to feel original. It’s actually pretty funny too. And the pig is adorable. We’re super excited about players digging deeper into the world of Minecraft: Story Mode later this year.”

Yesterday, at Minecon in London, developers Mojang and Telltale Games detailed Minecraft: Story Mode.

Minecraft: Story Mode detailed at Minecon

Today, at Minecon in London, Telltale Games revealed Minecraft: Story Mode, a narrative campaign based on Minecraft which was announced last December.

Minecraft: Story Mode will follow the traditional Telltale story structure; one narrative-driven story, released across five episodes.

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Insider: Nintendo NX is “not aiming to compete on a power level” with PS4

Unseen64’s Liam Robertson tweeted that, after talking to “right people,” he is “absolutely sure” that the Nintendo NX won’t competing on a “power level” with the PlayStation 4.

nintendo-nx1“The NX is definitely not aiming to compete with the likes of PS4 on a power level. Absolutely sure of that now,” tweeted Robertson. Continue reading

Microsoft: We need to “do better in Europe”

In the latest issue of EDGE Magazine, Microsoft head of Xbox Phil Spencer admitted that Microsoft needs to “do better in Europe.”

“We need to do better in Europe,” Spencer said to EDGE. “When I look globally, mainland Europe is definitely an area we want to focus on.”

phil-spencer-featured“I’m excited about going to Gamescom at the beginning of August, having another press show where we’re able to show games that we didn’t show [at E3],” he continued. Continue reading

Corey Marshall returns to voice Ryo in Shenmue III

Corey Marshall, the voice actor who played Ryo in the English versions of Shenmue, has been confirmed for Shenmue III.

1300234760842529197“We would all like to thank Corey-san for coming back, and especially for all the support he has given to Shenmue over the years,” reads an update on the Shenmue III Kickstarter.

In addition, a number of pledge tiers have been updated for backers to get a personalized message from Ryo. Continue reading