Seismic Games is best known for mobile game Marvel Strike Force, (something I had to do a bit of searching around to learn). Having a group of industry veterans with experience working on IP based games will hopefully provide a strong boost for Niantic’s upcoming Harry Potter game as well as Pokemon Go.
Nels Anderson, lead designer of Mark of the Ninja, Sean Vanaman and Jake Rodkin of Telltale’s The Walking Dead (probably most famous for their Idle Thumbs podcast), and artist Olly Moss have come together to form Campo Santo, based in San Francisco, CA. I can’t wait to see what they come up with.
Update April 21, 2018:
Valve has acquired Campo Santo, with the dev team to continue creating games
We had a series of long conversations with the people at Valve and everyone shared the satisfaction we take in working with people whose talents dwarf our own to make things we never thought possible. Both sides spoke about our values and how, when you get right down to it, we, as human beings, are hard-limited by the time we have left when it comes to making the things we care about and believe in. They asked us if we’d all be interested in coming up to Bellevue and doing that there and we said yes.
Will Wright has cofounded Syntertainment, a new startup that has raised $5 million from investors, including Andreessen Horowitz and former Electronic Arts chief executive John Riccitiello.
I also believe EA’s strategy is sound. Our focus on our talent, our brands and our platform together with our investment in next-generation consoles, mobile and PC free-to-play, as part of our ongoing transition to digital, is right. But we have plenty of work ahead to ensure our collective success.
The words of former executive vice president of EA Sports and Origin. Notice how PC is lumped together with ‘free-to-play’. Even though Wilson has been with EA for 13 years, I’m still a little surprised EA didn’t end up going with Peter Moore. I’ll be even more surprised if he stays with EA for much longer.
Sci-fi author and former writer and story consultant for Microsoft Game Studios, Eric Nylund, has joined up with Amazon Game Studios as its new director of narrative design.
After playing around with the Amazon games marketplace on Android, it seems pretty clear the want to really get into the video games market, they just don’t know how.
Using Mario Kart to demonstrate your startup’s new product is a neat idea. The website with all their results can be found here.
Carmack has been a huge backer of the Oculus Rift since it’s inception, so this comes as no surprise. Shortly after the announcement, id tweeted to confirm Carmack will still be involved there as well.
Former Monolith developers behind F.E.A.R have announced their new studo, Blackpowder Games and their first title, Betrayer. The high contrast black and white look is an interesting and unique style to go with.
After owning the little cube for more than a month now, I can attest to this. The marketplace and UI are horrible. I’ve since sideloaded the thing with XBMC and Netflix, and has become a nice media device, however.
Hidden away in the press release, World of Warcraft dropped to 7.7 million subscriptions, losing roughly 600k since the last quarter.
Formed by executives hailing from Blizzard, Sony Online and Relic Entertainment, and backed by NCSoft in their first round of funding. Their first order of business should be a better web site.
Former employees have reported the studio has closed March 24th, 2014.
In Wake of Atari’s bankruptcy auction, Master of Orion and Total Annihilation managed to get snapped up by Wargaming, with Rebellion Interactive grabbing Moonbase Commander and Battlezone, and Stardock bought Star Control. Interesting to note that Chris Taylor, designer behind Total Annihilation works at Gas Powered Games, which was acquired by Wargaming earlier this year.