Blizzard isn’t expecting World of Warcraft to grow again.
The game’s subscriber numbers peaked in 2010 at 12 million, and have been steadily sliding ever since. They currently stand at 6.8 million.
“We really don’t know if it will grow again,” lead game designer Tom Chilton told MCV.
“It is possible, but I wouldn’t say it’s something that we expect.
“Our goal is to make the most compelling content we can.”
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is now available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in Australia, and will launch tomorrow in New Zealand.
The third-person multiplayer online shooter is already available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Windows PC.
“We’ve been perfecting Garden Warfare and optimising it for PlayStation gamers.” said PopCap creative director Jeremy Vanhoozer.
Castle Crashers and Battleblock Theater developer The Behemoth is teasing its latest game, which is has codenamed Game 4.
“Shortly before the release of BattleBlock Theater we started working on something new,” said Behemoth.
“We schemed up a bunch of concepts and picked our strongest one. From there we fleshed out the lone survivor prototype!!!
Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare isn’t coming to the Wii U, developer Sledgehammer Games has revealed.
Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey tweeted that the decision was made by Activision rather than his studio.
In related news, Ubisoft has decreed that Watch Dogs will be its final mature release for Wii U, because sales of similar games haven’t done well on Nintendo’s console.
The New Zealand Game Developers Association is running a competition that will reward one game creator or team with support worth NZ$25,000.
KiwiGameStarter is open to all, but is looking to give a boost to a team who are already developing a product and business plan, said NZGDA chairperson Ben Kenobi.
As such, the competition’s judges will be looking for the game and team with the best chance of succeeding commercially, he added.
Alone in the Dark and Haunted House reboots are coming this spring, Atari has announced.
Alone in the Dark: Illumination is being developed by Pure, and will be the sixth game in the franchise’s history.
The original Alone in the Dark was released in 1992 by Atari owner Infogrames. The last game in the series, 2008’s Alone in the Dark, was poorly received by critics.
It will be possible to play some Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer modes without the exosuit, developer Sledgehammer has confirmed.
The exosuit is the biggest addition to the FPS franchise in years, and allows players to double-jump, boost dodge, deploy a shield, and more.
“We understand that some players may want to go back to the more traditional style [of Call of Duty],” Sledgehammer studio co-founder Michael Condrey told YouTube personality DVLZStation.
There have been more than 10 million PlayStation 4 consoles sold in the nine months since its launch, but Sony admits it isn’t wholly certain why the system is so popular.
Speaking with Eurogamer, Sony Worldwide Studios' Shuhei Yoshida expressed his gratitude, but also a measure of confusion and apprehension.
“It’s just beyond our imagination,” Yoshida said. “We are so happy. But I for one am a bit nervous because we do not completely understand what’s happening.”
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