Last December, popular indie developers Image & Form and Zoink Games merged and created The Thunderful Group, also known as Thunderful. Today, Thunderful revealed that they acquired publisher Rising Star Games, and that they have appointed a new Managing Director. According to Thunderful, this acquisition is part of their effort to establish Thunderful Publishing, which would focus on acquisitions and publishing titles on par with Image & Form and Zoink Games’ quality. The studio claims interest has already been “substantial”, so 100% of Rising Star Games’s shares were purchased to help Thunderful manage this new workload. This isn’t the first time the studios have worked together, as Rising Star Games published the physical version of SteamWorld Dig 2 on PS4 and Nintendo Switch. After this acquisition, Thunderful will have new offices in both the US and UK. While any games currently under development at Rising Star Games will release with the … [Read more...] about Thunderful Acquires Rising Star Games and Appoints New Managing Director
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DICE, the developers of Star Wars Battlefront 2, have been steadily releasing new content for the game since it came out in November of 2017. So far, the developer has added more story content, as well as content based on the recent Star Wars: The Last Jedi film. Dennis Brannvall, the design director for Star Wars Battlefront 2, went on Twitter to talk about possible content being added to the game’s Arcade Mode. The mode tasks players with tackling a variety of missions based on different characters and set pieces from the Star Wars universe. A curious fan on Twitter asked Branvall, “Just a question. While the online community is enjoying the Jetpack event, what can the offline players expect to happen before the next season? As someone who can’t afford Playstation Plus, I just wanted a little clue, please.” Brannvall responded by saying, “We’re not ignoring our PvE audience! Arcade is doing really well, so of course … [Read more...] about Star Wars Battlefront 2 Will Get More Arcade Content
One of the biggest stories in video games last year was the cancellation of Visceral’s Star Wars game. Publisher EA explained that the game had shifted from being a linear, action-adventure title with a focus on story to a “broader” experience that players could spend a lot more time in. In a new interview, former director of the Uncharted series and one of the biggest names attached to the Star Wars game, Amy Hennig, sheds a little more light on what happened. Speaking to Sean Vanaman (co-founder of Firewatch developer Campo Santo), Hennig reveals that “what happened with our Star Wars project didn’t come out of the blue.” Although Hennig calls articles about the death of linear story games “dramatic,” the developer does say that there is a “real problem” that developers have been facing “for years.” The problem includes rising development costs, player demands of “hours of gameplay, fidelity, production … [Read more...] about Uncharted Director Discusses Star Wars Game’s Cancellation
Last week, Xbox Live announced its schedule of Games With Gold for December, bringing to 48 the number of free games it offered in 2016. Were they any good? What would they cost otherwise? In short, what do the numbers say about the value of this Xbox Live Gold benefit? We’ll try to answer that question this year as we have the past three years. To that, however, we’ve added a few more questions: How old is the game? Did Microsoft publish it? What publisher did Games With Gold use the most? Did these appear earlier on PlayStation Plus? These questions may shed light on where these free games programs are headed, particularly as the previous console generation ages and the Xbox One’s backward compatibility program continues to pile up old titles. What about PlayStation Plus? Getting Started In all, there were 48 games in Xbox Live Games With Gold for 2017, with an average Metacritic score of 77.19 and a combined retail price (at the time of the offer) of $1,029.52 The … [Read more...] about Xbox Games With Gold gave out $1,029 worth of games in 2017. Were they any good?
We saw an impressive number of legendary franchises celebrate a 30th anniversary in December 2017, including Mega Man and Final Fantasy. That year-end birthday pile-up makes a lot of sense. Back in the era before Black Friday took over the world, mid-December used to be the optimal time for Japanese game releases, landing a few weeks before the country’s big New Year holiday. Similarly, it makes sense that 2017 in particular saw such landmark dates. After all, 1987 was the year that Japan’s 8-bit game developers finally had both the experience and the tech available to fully realize their ambitions — the latter thanks to the arrival of advanced memory-mapper chips for the Famicom console and the launch of NEC’s impressive PC Engine hardware. Some publishers greeted last month’s anniversaries in fine style. Capcom brought Mega Man back from the dead, and Square Enix continued its steady churn of news and products for Final Fantasy, which continues going … [Read more...] about It’s time for Phantasy Star to make a proper comeback