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EA Vancouver ceases work on open-world Star Wars title

EA Vancouver ceases work on open-world Star Wars title

It appears EA has halted work on its open-world Star Wars game in favour of a smaller project that would release sooner.

As originally reported by Kotaku, multiple sources inside the studio have claimed the publisher has shifted focus in order to aim for a 2020 release date.

EA's rather coy response to the article reads: "There’s been speculation overnight about one of our Star Wars projects. As a natural part of the creative process, the great work by our team in Vancouver continues and will evolve into future Star Wars content and games."

While EA's non-answer states that work continues at EA Vancouver, it also does nothing to refute the claims made by Kotaku.

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Hitman developers IO Interactive open new studio

Hitman developers IO Interactive open new studio

It would seem that Hitman 2 has been both a critical and commercial success for IO Interactive as the developer today announced that it has opened a new studio in Malmö, Sweden.

IO Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak stated that "the new studio will strengthen IO Interactive’s commitment to deliver exceptional content to the HITMAN franchise, community and all our fans. Furthermore, this will expand our muscles for creating brand-new and exciting endeavours, new universes, new franchises. In other words, IOI Malmö and Copenhagen are one family”.

IOI, while well-known for the Hitman series, was also responsible for Kane & Lynch and one of my personal favourites Freedom Fighters so I'm hoping we see a sequel to one of these on top of any new IP's the studio is planning.

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City of Brass is coming to Nintendo Switch next month

City of Brass is coming to Nintendo Switch next month

Last year's impressive Rogue-lite Adventure from the BioShock veterans at Uppercut Games, City of Brass is coming to Nintendo Switch on February 8.

Inspired by Arabian knights, City of Brass tasks players with trespassing into a cursed city in search of treasure. Equipped with a handy whip and blades, players will need to navigate a mazelike metropolis, all the while avoiding deadly traps and fending off hordes of otherworldly enemies.

The Nintendo Switch version of City of Brass will launch with three new unlockable characters as well as additional enhancements, including new relics, weapons, enemies and other tweaks.

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All of Anthem's activities will offer matchmaking

All of Anthem's activities will offer matchmaking

In answering a fan on Twitter, Anthem producer Ben Irving has confirmed the amount of matchmaking in the game – and it's extensive.

Matchmaking in "every activity" would mean players can team-up for everything from Strongholds and missions, to events, and free-play.

BioWare has previously confirmed that "most" of the game can be soloable, while Strongholds require four players.

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Rocket League is now fully cross-platform compatible

Rocket League is now fully cross-platform compatible

Rocket League has now entered the PlayStation Cross-Play Beta program.

Players can now matchmake with or against players on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Steam in all Online match types including Casual and Competitive modes.

Cross-play is enabled by default, however players can choose to opt out in the menu under gameplay options.

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The Uncharted movie gets a new director

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The Uncharted movie gets a new director

After the previous director Shawn Levy stepped away from the movie adaptation of Uncharted, you would be forgiven for thinking that the film would never make it out of the pre-production stage. Movies based on Video Games have a historically rough ride with many being announced only to stay in limbo for years before being cancelled outright.

According to Variety, there's still hope for the Uncharted movie as 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg has been pegged to helm the Sony Pictures film.

The Uncharted film is set to star Tom Holland in the role of a Nathan Drake and will chronicle the beginning of his and Victor Sullivans relationship. The movie has seen several changes during recent years with Mark Wahlberg initially tapped to star as the charismatic treasure hunter. After the phenomenal success of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the studio decided to pivot and focus on Drake's early years.

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Info on Black Ops 4's next update drops

Info on Black Ops 4's next update drops

Treyarch has some nice changes for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 this month. In a post on Reddit, the developers have outlined what fans should expect in the coming weeks.

In the developer update, Treyarch confirmed that changes are coming to all three of the game's modes.

Gauntlets are being added to Zombies and consist of "curated 30-round challenges with unique rules for each round" in which players will "receive Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals and special tier-based rewards upon completing rounds 10, 20, and 30, as well as a unique reward (and bragging rights) for completing round 30 without failing a round".

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Activision and Bungie are getting a divorce

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Activision and Bungie are getting a divorce

Well, we didn't see this coming...

Destiny development studio Bungie has announced that after eight years, it is splitting ways with publishing goliath Activision. The developer today announced that following the split, the rights to Destiny will fall back to Bungie, who will handle all future publishing themselves.

In a blog post, the Destiny team stated "We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny. Looking ahead, we’re excited to announce plans for Activision to transfer publishing rights for Destiny to Bungie. With our remarkable Destiny community, we are ready to publish on our own, while Activision will increase their focus on owned IP projects."

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THQ Nordic acquires the rights to Outcast

THQ Nordic acquires the rights to Outcast

THQ Nordic is at it again, this time purchasing the rights to the open-world action adventure title, Outcast

Originally developed by Belgian-based studio Appeal, the original Outcast released in 1999.

A sequel was cut short when Appeal fell into financial difficulty, eventually declaring bankruptcy in 2002.

Thursday 17 January

EA Vancouver ceases work on open-world Star Wars title
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EA Vancouver ceases work on open-world Star Wars title
Smaller Star Wars game in the works instead.
Hitman developers IO Interactive open new studio
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Hitman developers IO Interactive open new studio
Killing is their business... and business is good!
Project Winter Trailer
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Project Winter Trailer

Wednesday 16 January

Tuesday 15 January

Rocket League is now fully cross-platform compatible
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Rocket League is now fully cross-platform compatible
Players, start your consoles.
The Uncharted movie gets a new director
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The Uncharted movie gets a new director
Will the movie ever see light of day?
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Monday 14 January

Info on Black Ops 4's next update drops
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Info on Black Ops 4's next update drops
115 Day Celebration Event and more inbound!

Friday 11 January

Activision and Bungie are getting a divorce
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Activision and Bungie are getting a divorce
Bungie is keeping the kids
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THQ Nordic acquires the rights to Outcast
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THQ Nordic acquires the rights to Outcast
Because why stop at 35 unannounced titles?
Red Dead Online now has a Battle Royale mode
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Red Dead Online now has a Battle Royale mode
With more updates in the works
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Thursday 10 January

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
The Switch starts the year in a strong way.
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Division 2 skips Steam in favour of the Epic Store
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Division 2 skips Steam in favour of the Epic Store
Exclusivity no longer exclusive to consoles.
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Wednesday 9 January

PlayStation 4 sales pass 91.6 million worldwide
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PlayStation 4 sales pass 91.6 million worldwide
While Spider-Man sells 9 million copies
Paradox Interactive acquires rights to Prison Architect
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Paradox Interactive acquires rights to Prison Architect
Possible sequel in the works.
Beat Saber Review
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Beat Saber Review
The beat goes on.
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Resident Evil 2 remake limited time demo incoming
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Resident Evil 2 remake limited time demo incoming
Feet fail me not, this maybe the only opportunity that I got
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Tuesday 8 January

The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 3 releasing next week
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The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 3 releasing next week
This tale will still be told...