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What the Activision Blizzard deal means for game devs and platforms

So, what does Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard really mean for regular game developers — and game platforms? Well, firstly — it’s fractally complex. No one deal like this is transformative, and no one deal can significantly hasten the path to “the future.” But this acquisition — which used the equivalent of over half of Microsoft’s $130 billion “cash on hand,” […]

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Fortnite ‘blacklisted’ by Apple, Epic Games CEO says

Following a ruling in Fortnite creator Epic Games’ lawsuit against Apple, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney says Apple will blacklist Fortnite from its ecosystem until its appeals process makes the judgment final. “Apple lied,” Sweeney said on Twitter. “Apple spent a year telling the world, the court, and the press they’d ‘welcome Epic’s return to the App Store if they agree […]

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Netflix acquires Oxenfree developer Night School Studio

Netflix has acquired Oxenfree developer Night School Studio, the companies announced Tuesday. The game studio, known for its branching narratives, will create original games for the streaming platform’s nascent foray into video games. Night School Studio founder Sean Krankel said in a blog post about the acquisition that the company will continue working on Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals, which it […]

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Hearthstone’s new Mercenaries game mode drops the decks entirely

Hearthstone’s next game mode is Mercenaries, a turn-based RPG starring a tiny squad of Warcraft characters (and at least one non-Warcraft character). Players have a collection of Mercenary characters that they can pit against competing teams in both PvP and PvE modes. Blizzard will release Mercenaries on Oct. 12. Players will start with eight Mercenary characters and the main hub, […]

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Painting puzzle game Behind the Frame drips with Studio Ghibli charm

Hayao Miyazaki’s influence is seen beyond film, and in games across the entire industry. But never before have I felt as if I was playing inside of a Studio Ghibli film until my hourlong experience with Behind the Frame: The Finest Scenery. Created by Taiwanese developer Silver Lining Studio, Behind the Frame is mostly a short, interactive-fiction game about a […]

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This iPhone game looks 3D even without glasses

Some of the greatest games take the novel experiences of real life and translate them into a cunning virtual experience. For example, this train building game by James Vanas is reminiscent of the feeling of holding one of those plastic 3D bookmarks sold in tchotchke tourist shops. As you tilt it, the game moves like a holographic card. We have […]

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Pokémon Go’s biggest players call on Niantic to restore pandemic bonuses

The campaign pressing Niantic to re-implement Pokémon Go bonuses and concessions made for social distancing and the COVID-19 pandemic gathered new momentum on Thursday with an open letter, written by the game’s biggest players and influencers, and backed by their large social media audiences. The letter, posted this morning on the Pokémon subreddit The Silph Road, is signed by 28 […]

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