Deep Silver Acquires Homefront: The Revolution

Publisher Deep Silver has acquired the Homefront brand from Crytek, less than two months after Homefront: The Revolution was announced. The game’s development team, originally working out of Crytek UK’s offices, will be transferred to Deep Silver’s newly founded Dambuster Studios; both offices are located in Nottingham.

Following this announcement, Crytek confirmed this sale and additionally confirmed layoffs from its US studio. Crytek US was working on Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age; development of this title will be transferred to Crytek Frankfurt.  Continue reading Deep Silver Acquires Homefront: The Revolution

EA Unveils New Subscription Service

EA AccessEA has announced EA Access, its new subscription service launching on Xbox One. For $5.99 per month (or $39.99 per year), EA Access subscribers will receive a number of benefits, including access to a library of games, a 10% discount on digitally purchased EA titles and the ability to download and play upcoming games five days before release. Continue reading EA Unveils New Subscription Service

Battlefield: Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition Delayed

Battlefield HardlineBattlefield: Hardline has been delayed and will be released in 2015, while Dragon Age: Inquisition has been pushed back from October 9 to November 21.

DICE Vice President an General Manager Karl Magnus Troedsson explained the reasons for Battlefield: Hardline‘s delay in a blog post, citing feedback from the recent beta: “This feedback…spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and ways we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better. The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing. However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn’t have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months.” Continue reading Battlefield: Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition Delayed

Microsoft Lays Of 18,000 Employees, Shuts Xbox Entertainment

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced in a company email that Microsoft will be letting go of 18,000 employees. 12,500 of these losses will come from the company’s recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services division, however other areas will be affected. Xbox head Phil Spencer has confirmed that the Xbox Entertainment Studios division will be closing in the coming months.

Xbox Entertainment Studios was originally set to produce original content for Xbox Live, including documentaries, reboots and original productions. A small number of employees will remain to continue production on the Halo: Nightfall digital series as well as the Halo TV series, as well as Signal To Noise, the documentary which recently found the fabled stockpile of buried E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial cartridges. Continue reading Microsoft Lays Of 18,000 Employees, Shuts Xbox Entertainment

2K Games & Gearbox Software Announce Battleborn

With Valve’s DOTA 2 International in full-swing, 2K Games & Gearbox Software have announced their take on the MOBA genre, in the form of Battleborn – a PS4/PC/Xbox One title set to hit sometime in 2015/16. Continue reading 2K Games & Gearbox Software Announce Battleborn