Ubisoft has confirmed that the game keys it deactivated last week were purchased through Origin with a stolen credit card then resold via third-party websites.
Ubisoft deactivated thousands of keys for games including Far Cry 4, Assassin's Creed: Unity, Watch Dogs, and The Crew, leaving many gamers without access to games they had purchased from sites such as G2Play.
Many of the keys were sold by smaller resellers through an eBay-style key marketplace called Kinguin.
Kinguin said it had received over 4600 customer tickets in the last 72 hours from customers demanding refunds.
It estimates that 148,377 euros (NZ$225,857) will be refunded as a result.
The Witcher series has never shied away from a little titillation, but The Witcher 3 looks set to take the prize with a massive 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data.
Apparently, the first such scene takes place almost immediately.
"People might think we’re putting sex into the opening scene for no good reason,” senior game designer Damien Monhier told The Guardian. “No, no, no. We are establishing that your character was intimate with this woman recently in order to plant in your mind that, at very least, he must enjoy her company.
Nintendo has released another mixed financial report that details slumping sales but increasing profits.
Sales for the nine months to December 2014 dropped 11.3 percent compared to the same period last year, totalling ¥443 billion, reports GamesIndustry.biz.
"Members of the 3DS family" were Nintendo's strongest prodcuts, with 7.08 million units sold worldwide. The company expects that figure to jump again when the new 3DS hits Europe and North America. Consumers bought 53.04 million units of 3DS software over the same period.
In 2011 Valve president Gabe Newell recruited economics professor Yanis Varoufakis to oversee the markets for virtual goods in Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, and Dota 2. Now Varoufakis has taken the role of finance minister in Greece's new government, and the fate of the Eurozone may be in his hands.
Anti-austerity party Syriza swept to power in Greece at a snap election in the weekend, after campaigning to renegotiate the terms of bailout loans from Germany and other European lenders which have crippled the country's economy.
Newell contacted Varoufakis three years ago after realising that the problems Valve was seeing with a shared currency across its virtual economies were analogous to Greece's situation with the Euro: “This is Germany and Greece,” Newell wrote, as he proposed that the economist might take a consulting role with Valve to help the software developer understand these issues. “Rather than continuing to run an emulator of you in my head, I thought I’d check to see if we couldn’t get the real you interested in what we are doing.”
Brian Fargo has announced plans for a sequel to The Bard's Tale 3 some 27 years after the game was released.
Fargo and inXile will seek the funds to develop The Bard's Tale 4 through Kickstarter.
In 2004, inXile released a comedic action adventure spin on the series called The Bard's Tale. Fargo said The Bard's Tale 4 would return to the series' roots, and would be "a proper sequel to the trilogy".
Capcom has announced that it is developing a Dragon's Dogma MMO, but has also stated it has no plans game to release it in the West.
Dragon's Dogma Online was revealed in Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu (translated by Siliconera, Gematsu, and NeoGAF). It will be a free-to-play action-RPG for PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3.
Online supports up to 100 players per lobby, and parties of up to four players and pawns can tackle its quests. Raids support up to eight.
A nationwide product recall has been issued for Saints Row 4: Re-Elected on PlayStation 4 in Australia.
According to a statement issued to press, the version of the game sold in Australia over the weekend was incorrectly classified.
"Unfortunately over the weekend, it has come to light that the PlayStation 4 retail release of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has a serious manufacturing issue and a nationwide recall is now underway in Australia," reads the statement.
A remaster of David Cage's 2005 adventure Fahrenheit (AKA Indigo Prophecy) is allegedly coming to PC and Mac this month.
Eurogamer spotted a since-removed Amazon entry for the game, titled Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered.
The release date was stated as January 29, and the price was US$10 for a Steam key for the uncut (European) version.
Feminist critic and gaming gadfly Anita Sarkeesian has announced plans to create a new series that explores masculinity in video games.
Sarkeesian made the announcement in non-profit Feminist Frequency's first annual report.
In addition to producing new episodes of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, Sarkeesian and company will produce a new miniseries that presents "examples of positive female characters in video games", and a series that explores "the representation of men and masculinity in video games."
“By combining two very different playstyles and providing some surprising depth, Evolve just might be the multiplayer game to look out for this year.”
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