◆ Sony has confirmed there have been an unspecified number of layoffs at Driveclub developer Evolution Studios. "Evolution Studios will now focus on DriveClub as a service going forward, in particular, the important launch of the PS Plus Edition,” the company told Eurogamer.
◆ The release date for Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin has been brought forward. It will now be available from April 2 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.
◆ Sony Denmark is teaming up with Danish blood donation organisation GivBlod to give all who donate blood a copy of Bloodborne (or other undisclosed PlayStation 4 games).
◆ A Quitality is a new Mortal Kombat fatality triggered when someone leaves an online match before it is over:
◆ The release date of Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin has been brought forward to April 2.
◆ Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon donated US$250,000 to a charity stream for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
◆ The second episode of Tales from the Borderlands, Atlas Mugged, is out now.
◆ A new update for Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions called Evolved adds 40 new levels along with new boss battles, 3D grid shapes, and gameplay types to the game. The level gating system has also been overhauled so it’s easier to progress and unlock modes.
◆ Three new pieces of Helldivers DLC add new outfits and gear to the shoot-‘em-up.
◆ Check out this Unreal Engine 4-powered sinking animation that’s part of a project called Titanic Honor and Glory, currently seeking funds on IndieGoGo.
◆ APB: Reloaded developer Reloaded Games has acquired the rights to free-to-play mech combat title Hawken which means the game might be updated for the first time in more than a year. However, not everyone is happy about it.
◆ Mordheim: City of the Damned has made the jump from Unity 4 to Unity 5, bringing improvements to the game's lighting, shadows, and post-processing effects, and more.
◆ Here’s Paradox VP of acquisition Shams Jorjani on Cities: Skylines piracy:
Here are a few small tidbits of info about Cities: Skylines - day 1 we had 0% piracy. pretty cool. Day 2 16%.— Shams Jorjani (@ShamsJorjani) March 12, 2015
As usual our plan for pirates is to make a great game even better through free updates - making it more convenient to use Steam instead.— Shams Jorjani (@ShamsJorjani) March 12, 2015
It's all about offering the superior service. That's how we bring down piracy. By making the paid experience a superior one.— Shams Jorjani (@ShamsJorjani) March 12, 2015
◆ Octodad: Dadliest Catch is coming to Xbox One this winter.
◆ Real-time strategy title Etherium will release for PC on March 26.
◆ PlayStation Mobile will close in September due to a lack of interest, Sony says. The service was launched in 2012 to provide an option for smaller developers to create mobile games for PS Vita and PlayStation-certified Android devices. PSM games will no longer be distributed on PlayStation storefronts from July 15.
◆ The BBC is making a 90-minute live-action drama about the creation of Grand Theft Auto.
More detail on the GTA show I worked on: it's a 90-minute feature-length drama focussing on the people behind its creation.#BBCMakeItDigital— Guy Cocker (@guycocker) March 12, 2015
◆ Here’s the latest trailer for video game Adam Sandler movie Pixels:
◆ Fugitive Games has releassed 15 minutes of gameplay footage for Into the Stars: