Prominent Chinese piracy group 3DM is taking a year off cracking games to examine its impact on sales.
Quoted in a Torrent Freak report, the group's leader, known as Bird Sister, said that "starting at the Chinese New Year, 3DM will not crack any single-player games," and implied that such cracks would not be allowed on 3DM's forums.
"We'll take a look at the situation in a year's time to see if genuine sales have grown," she added.
Previously, Bird Sister had said that new anti-piracy measures were increasing the difficulty of cracking games, citing Just Cause 3 and its Denuvo anti-tampering software as a particularly tough nut.
"According to current trends in the development of encryption technology, in two years time I'm afraid there will be no free games to play in the world," she said.
Dragon Age writer David Gaider has left BioWare after 17 years to join the much smaller studio Beamdog.
Gaider said he was "thrilled" to join the company, although joking his new job is "25% paperwork, 25% documentation, 150% confusion."
Beamdog CEO Trent Oster said the position the company originally advertised, that of senior writer, was insufficient for someone of Gaider's experience.
With Overwatch's closed beta relaunching today, Blizzard has revealed details of the online "hero shooter's" character progression system.
Levelling will work on a per-player basis rather than per-hero, with each level unlocking a Loot Box containing randomised items.
Loot boxes will only include cosmetic items, like skins, emotes, icons, and poses; Blizzard assures players "they won't provide any additional player power."
Amazon today announced its own free video game engine – and released it in the same day.
Dubbed Lumberyard, the engine is based on a fork of CryTek's CryEngine that will be developed independently from this point onwards.
It can be used to make AAA-grade games for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, with mobile support incoming.
22cans will remove the price tag from Godus Wars' DLC, following backlash from players.
The RTS update to god game revival Godus had not even been out one week before the controversy arose.
It was released as a free update for current Godus Early Access players, but its second playable continent was a paid addition.
Zombie survival sandbox H1Z1 will be split into two separate games from mid-February.
The existing open-world title will be rebranded H1Z1: Just Survive, and will double down on the survival, crafting, and base-building features of the game.
The second game, H1Z1: King of the Hill, will incorporate the current game's dedicated PvP modes like Battle Royale.
Indie hit The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth was rejected from the iOS App Store due to its alleged depiction of child abuse, says producer Tyrone Rodriguez.
Rodriguez tweeted a screenshot of the rejection, which gives the grounds of "content or features that depict violence towards, or abuse of, children."
Though Isaac does indeed focus on a neglected child, that child also roams dungeons filled with poop monsters, using his tears as bullets.
The sequel to Respawn's online shooter Titanfall will include a single-player campaign, says the game's community manager Jesse Stern.
Speaking with Forbes, Stern also outlined the studio's intention to produce a television series alongside the new game, in association with The Hunger Games studio Lionsgate.
Stern said that although Respawn lacked the resources to create a campaign for the first game, its sequel will include one that will explain "here's who you are, here's where you are, and who's around you."
Unreal Engine 4 will soon support the creation of games from within a virtual reality environment.
The popular development suite, built by Epic Games, has supported VR output since the early days of the medium, but the Unreal Editor itself has only functioned on traditional screens.
"The industry's dirty little secret with VR development is we're developing these VR experiences while we're sitting at a PC using a mouse and keyboard," said Epic founder Tim Sweeney.
“There is more to Gravity Rush than just a brainless button mashing experience, thanks to its charming lead character and engaging storyline.”
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