Monthly Archives: February 2014

Another update for GTA Online is coming next week

Another update for GTA Online is coming next week

GTA 5 developer Rockstar is planning another bite-size update for the videogame next week.

The Business Update arrives on Tuesday, 4th March and includes the Heavy Pistol and Special Carbine weapons, three new sports cars and a new luxury airplane.

A fresh range of suit jackets, shades, “business hairstyles” and “currency-themed tattoos” are also included, Rockstar revealed in a new blog post.

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The Battlefield 4 class-action lawsuit went nowhere

The Battlefield 4 class-action lawsuit went currentlyhere

The class-action lawsuit against Electronic Arts concerning Battlefield 4 has amounted to nothing at all. Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP–the legal team behind the high-profile Enron lawsuit–commenced the legal action in the middle of December, but the case required a lead plaintiff (someone materially harmed by the company’s sales performance) to come forward within 60 days for the case to become an actual class-action lawsuit.

That never happened. And currently all mention of the case has been scrubbed from Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd’s website. We have reached out to Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd a half-dozen times over the past two weeks and in every case could not reach the lawyers behind the proceedings. Messages through voicemail and email were not returned.

The original complaint alleged that during the July 24-December 3 Class Period, defendants issued “materially false and misleading statements” regarding Battlefield 4. As a result of these statements, EA’s share value rose and reached a high for the period of $28.13–allowing certain EA senior executives to sell their shares at the inflated price, the suit claimed. Various EA senior executives–including CEO Andrew Wilson–indeed sold thousands of shares ahead of Battlefield 4’s release in November, but it appears this was not out of the ordinary.

The lawsuit also featured charges related to the bug-ridden PlayStation 4 version of Battlefield 4. EA’s share value fell after the company disclosed the videogame’s various issues, and then even further after EA said it had halted all future projects until the issues could be fixed. But EA has since clarified that its work on fixing the Battlefield 4 issues has not impacted the release schedule of any of its future videogames, news that led to the company’s stock bouncing back significantly.

From day one, EA maintained that the lawsuit was “meritless,” telling GameSpot in December that, “We intend to aggressively defend ourselves, and we’re confident the court will dismiss the complaint in due course.” We have reached out to EA corporate communication for a comment on the lawsuit’s dissolution and are awaiting a response.

Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army coming to consoles with new content

Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army is coming to consoles, developer Rebellion has announced.

The Sniper Elite V2 spin-off launched a year ago on PC with the first videogame. Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 came out in October. Now, the series has sold half a million copies across Steam, retail and Rebellion’s Gamestore.

Now, a console version is in development.

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Warner Bros. working on Minecraft movie

Warner Bros. working on Minecraft movie

A film version of Minecraft is in development at Warner Bros., a new report has revealed.

Warner recently acquired the rights to Minecraft on the big-screen and is designing a live-action movie, Deadline writes. The Lego Movie producer Roy Lee will help develop the project.

The announcement comes as the aforementioned Lego film continues to pull in huge audiences worldwide (and the video videogame version is doing well, too).

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Remember Cel Damage? It’s coming back in HD

Remember Cel Damage? It’s coming back in HD

Remember Cel Damage, the cartoon vehicle combat videogame that released in 2002 for the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and original XBox? It’s coming back – in HD.

Cel Damage HD is described as a “revitalisation” of the original by its maker, the Toronto-based indie developer Finish Line Games. It’s due out this spring on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and VITA as a Cross-Buy title, which means once you buy it you can download all three versions.

We don’t kcurrently much else about the videogame at this stage. While we wait for more information, let’s check out a videogameplay video of the original. Where does the time go?

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Podcast Beyond Episode 331: Layoffs, Persona 5, and Infamous: Second Son

Podcast Beyond Episode 331: Layoffs, Persona 5, and Infamous: Second Son
What can consumers do to help their favorite developers? What’s the word on the hotness from Japan? Find out via the Internet’s No. 1 PlayStation Podcast!

Awesomenauts Assemble! lands on PS4 next month

2D side-scrolling MOBA Awesomenauts Assemble! will arrive for PlayStation 4 on 5th March, developer Ronimo has announced.

It’ll cost €9.99 in Europe (UK pricing is still to be confirmed) and $9.99 in North America, where it will launch a day earlier.

Swords & Soldiers developer Ronimo revealed the news in a new blog post on behalf of the team at Abstraction Games, which is handling the PlayStation 4 version (and before that did a fine job bringing Hotline Miami to the PS3 and VITA).

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Battlefield 4 Windows PC and PS4 update goes live, fixes ‘sound loop crash’

EA DICE began to roll out a Battlefield 4 update for XBox One and Windows PC today, according to posts on the Battlelog forums, improving general stability, Mantle performance, as well as addressing the “sound loop crash” issue.

The Windows PC update fixes the “sound loop crash” issue that causes the videogame to freeze, a problem that occasionally prevented players from shooting while in the gunner position of a vehicle, addresses the headshot icon appearing incorrectly at non-headshot deaths, including suicide or explosion, and general stability improvements.

The update also addresses an issue with Mantle where the sky/fog to be either too bright or too dark when it was utilized and adds on-screen video memory utilization statistics with…

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God of War developer Sony Santa Monica suffers layoffs

God of War developer Sony Santa Monica has suffered a round of layoffs, Sony has confirmed.

The layoffs were first reported by IGN, which claims one of the studio’s mystery projects was also cancelled.

“SCEA can confirm that we have completed a reduction in workforce at Santa Monica Studio,” Sony said in a statement issued to Eurovideogamer this morning.

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