In the This Week at Bungie blogpost, Bungie announced that Destiny 2’s Year 2 plans will be officially revealed on June 5 on the Bungie Twitch channel. Judging by the art released in the blog post, it looks like the September expansion will likely take guardians back to the Reef, home of the Awoken in the Destiny universe. Fans expected the Reef to be the next destination for Destiny 2 due to the last cutscene of the campaign, which supposedly hinted at Bungie’s entire DLC plan. The livestream will feature several faces from Bungie, including Game Director Steve Cotton and Project Lead Scott Taylor, and hosted by Bungie Community Manager DeeJ. The livestream will likely show off some of the new content set to launch in September, as well as address some community feedback about the state of Destiny 2 currently. Crucible Labs recently launched in Destiny 2, so crucible players will be able to provide plenty of feedback about the state of the PvP environment.During an … [Read more...] about Destiny 2 Will Reveal Year 2 Plans Next Week
Yearly investment plans
Today Bandai Namco announced a new mid-term business plan titled: “CHANGE for the NEXT: Empower, Gain Momentum, and Accelerate Evolution“. The plan involves rather extensive changes to the company’s business organization and goals, to be executed over the next three years. The goal is to strengthen the previous “IP Axis” strategy to maximize the value of the publisher’s IP, and “provide the best products and services at the best possible times.” On top of that, the company aims to improve its penetration and expansion in the global markets and strengthen development in regions and businesses with high growth potential. Starting in April 2018, the units formed by the publisher’s subsidiaries will be renamed from “SBU” (Strategic Business Units) to simply “Units,” and they will split into five from the previous three. The Network Entertainment SBU (which includes video games) will be split … [Read more...] about Bandai Namco Will Invest Heavily in Creating New IP; Announces New Strategy
With Spectre and Meltdown security flaws coming to light one might consider that Intel’s sales would drop, however, that is not the case as company’s stock rose over 5.5% for the fourth quarter of 2017 and according to the company itself, 2017 was a record year for Intel. According to the earnings report, the revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $17.05 billion which is 4% up year over year. As for 2017, as a whole, the company saw a total revenue of $62.8 billion. According to the company’s CEO Brian Krzanich: “2017 was a record year for Intel with record fourth-quarter results driven by strong growth of our data-centric businesses. The strategic investments we’ve made in areas like memory, programmable solutions, communications and autonomous driving are starting to pay off and expand Intel’s growth opportunity. In 2018, our highest priorities will be executing to our data-centric strategy and meeting the commitments we make to our … [Read more...] about 2017 A Record Year For Intel, Spectre Security Flaw Had No Impact On Revenue?
Fledgling virtual reality outfit XR Games has secured a $2.6 million seed investment from Australian venture capital firm, Global Merces. The Leeds-based studio was founded last year, and intends to create mobile and arcade virtual reality titles based on established properties. XR will use the cash to buy more properties and bolster its ranks with the hiring of senior management figures, and the expansion of its art, design, and development teams. "We're excited to invest in the team at XR Games," commented Global Merces chief investment officer Adam Schoff, who'll be joining the company as a director. "Their business plan for generating revenues in the VR space really stood out to us, and they have an undeniable pedigree of making games for world famous IPs that are enjoyed by millions of players." … [Read more...] about Virtual reality studio XR Games secures $2.6M investment
Max Hoberman, the man once in charge of Halo 2’s groundbreaking online multiplayer, writes fiction in his spare time — stories he shows to no one. One day, he hopes to publish a novel. That’s “my real secret dream,” he says. He just left a workers’ rights conference in his hometown of Austin, Texas, and he’s calling from the road; he’s headed home to check on his wife, who hasn’t been feeling well. “But her fever broke, so that’s a good thing,” he says. To an outsider, Hoberman’s life seems to share many of the qualities that have made his various high-profile game projects so successful over the years: this is someone with a lot on his shoulders, who’s often cautious and pragmatic, and yet he always keeps an eye to the future. Certain Affinity, the company Hoberman founded when he left Halo developer Bungie in 2006, is undergoing the biggest evolution in its decade-plus history. What began with a small … [Read more...] about Max Hoberman’s 10-year path from Halo to Last Expedition