New Indie Publisher, Renegade Machine Starts Up

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So, our friend Tom Ohle from Evolve PR and Khaled Ibrahimi, Cinematic Producer of Killzone 3 and longtime developer, have started a new Indie Publishing Studio called Renegade Machine. They have created this new studio to help indies find success. Using Tom’s knowledge of media and PR and Khaled’s knowledge of development, they intend to be the publisher that can help indies in whatever manor they may need it. As Tom puts it,

Perhaps a better answer is that we want ultimately want to help developers wherever we’re needed. I’ve spent a long time in video game PR/marketing — 12 years and counting — so certainly we’re able to help devs on the promotional side. My cohort Khaled Ibrahimi has spent his career on the other side of the coin — development, that is — and as such we’re able to help with production issues, dev pipelines, managing a virtual team and everything else you need to do to get a game out the door. We’ve also both been around the block enough times to be able to consult on business matters, make connections, help with distribution and so on.

We realize that developers often have a negative image of publishers: they force ideas on you, take too much money or just plain suck. We want to use our experience in working with publishers to build an appealing publishing option for a wide range of indie needs. To that end we’ve pulled together a survey. If you’re an indie dev, we’d really appreciate a few minutes of your time so we can truly understand what you’re looking for in a partner.

These guys are looking to change how publishers work with studio’s, bring new exciting games to market, and to really change the gaming landscape. If you want to learn more or are a developer looking to get in touch with these guys, head over to their website – Renegade Machine.

You can also follow them on Twitter:
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I can’t wait to see the games that come out of this, it sounds exciting, and we wish them the best of luck!

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

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INSANE DEAL: Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed and Battlefield for FREE with ANY Trade In at Future Shop and Best Buy Canada

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Starting today thru Monday Future Shop and Best Buy Canada have an insane trade in deal that will unlikely ever be beat. Trade in any and I mean ANY PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 or Wii U game for your choice of Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV and Battlefield 4 for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U or PC. I can confirm that this is the real deal as you can see I definitely took advantage of this wicked deal. There is a limit of 1 game of your choice per trade but if you’re lucky like me you can make friends in line ask them to trade for you. (Thanks Jareth’s girlfriend and random dude behind me!) I was in line for about 2 and a half hours and there was still easily 400-500 people waiting in line. An added bonus is that these games are eligible for the Next Gen Upgrade deal where you can get these titles now and upgrade to Next Gen for only $10. Your milage may vary on this deal as reports are that some stores have already run out of stock. Thanks to my buddy Dustin who told me about this amazing deal.

via UPDATED: Future Shop offer: Trade one game for choice of new Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed or BF4

Sony Giving More Gifts to PS4 Early Adopters

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Sony has announced that for a limited time, in Canada and the USA, they will be providing special promotional vouchers inside every PS4 box, these vouchers include:

  • $10 Sony Entertainment Network wallet credit for PlayStation Store
  • 30-day free PlayStation Plus membership trial
  • 30-day free Music Unlimited service trial

The Playstation Plus and Music Unlimited trials are for new members only (Sorry existing members) So they will not stack on existing memberships, but you will be able to gift them to a friend. But everyone gets the 10$ wallet credit, which is a nice little bonus, Thanks Sony.

Source- Playstation Blog

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

New Video Showing Off The Xbox One’s Dashboard

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In the newest video from Microsoft, we get a step by step walkthrough of the new Xbox One dashboard. It is 12 minutes of Xbox Dashboard goodness, so if you are curious how the Xbox One will work when not playing games and how it will feel to navigate, look no further.


The Xbox One is slated to be released in North America on Nov 22, 2013.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

All the Blizzard Properties together In One Giant Awesome Game? YES PLEASE!

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Ever think to yourself, “I would love a MOBA style game, but with all the Blizzard Properties in it”? Well Think no longer, as Blizzard has shown off some gameplay footage for its new game, Heroes Of The Storm. Heroes Of The Storm takes characters from across all the Blizzard games, and places them in a League of Legends, DOTA 2 Style MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) If anyone can possible go up against the behemoth that is LoL and DOTA 2, it would be Blizzard. Take a look at the incredible Cinematic Trailer they have released, as well as the brand new gameplay trailer from Blizzcon below.

Cinematic Trailer:
Gameplay Trailer:


Beta sign-up’s for Heroes Of The Storm are going live later today here.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Wii Sports Club Tennis and Bowling now Available

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WII SPORTS CLUB – TENNIS AND BOWLING NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
The five beloved sports from the original Wii Sports game – bowling, tennis, baseball, boxing and golf – are making a dramatic and competitive return on Wii U. Starting today, two of the five sports – tennis and bowling – are now available in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.

The sports are being released individually as downloads in the Nintendo eShop, and feature HD graphics, enhanced controls via Wii MotionPlus technology, as well as a much-requested online multiplayer versus mode, so users with broadband Internet access can face off against friends and family members online. Players can choose to associate themselves with various state or regional clubs and can send messages to one another via Miiverse. People can play casually against members of their own club, or take on members of rival clubs to increase their club rankings.

Wii U owners who download Wii Sports Club will get a free trial pass that will let them play any available sports for a 24-hour period from when the Wii Sports Club game is started. Once the trial period ends, players can purchase two types of passes exclusively available in the Nintendo eShop: a Day Pass for $1.99 to play all available sports for a 24-hour period, or a Club Pass to gain permanent access to individual sports for $9.99 each.

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For more information about Wii Sports Club, visit http://wiisportsclub.nintendo.com.

via Press Release

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

Call of Duty: Ghosts Sells Over $1 Billion In First Day At Retail

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Activision this morning announced, that Call of Duty: Ghosts has sold more then $1 Billion into retail on the first day of release. Since being released yesterday, it has moved into the #1 spot on Xbox Live, according to Microsoft. Activision has also stated that the average play session on Xbox 360 has been longer on Ghosts then either Black Ops II or Modern Warfare 3 during the same time period. They also went on to state that Call of Duty: Ghosts is Gamestop’s Most preordered Next Gen Title, and that Activision saw more then 15,000 midnight launch events around the world for the title. The Full press release is below.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), announced today that the company sold more than $1 billion of Call of Duty®: Ghosts into retail stores worldwide as of day one.

Call of Duty is by far the largest console franchise of this generation,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “More people have played Call of Duty this year than ever before, logging four billion hours of gameplay. And in the last 12 months, Call of Duty®: Black Ops II, including its digital content, generated more revenues than any other console game ever has in a single year. Although it is too early to assess sell-through for Call of Duty: Ghosts, it’s launching at a time when the franchise has never been more popular.”

Millions of people are already playing Call of Duty: Ghosts online. Since its release yesterday, Call of Duty:Ghosts has moved to the #1 spot as the most played game on Xbox Live, according to Microsoft. Additionally, Activision confirmed that on the Xbox 360 videogames and entertainment system from Microsoft, average player sessions for Ghosts have been longer than either Black Ops II or Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3, during the same time period.

Call of Duty: Ghosts launched at 15,000 midnight openings around the world. Fans around the world shared their excitement in social media, with Call of Duty-related terms trending an astounding 20 times globally on Twitter in the last 24 hours.

Ghosts is an amazing game which ushers in the next generation of Call of Duty. The team at Infinity Ward has delivered yet another epic thrill ride in the campaign, and what I think is our best multiplayer game yet,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “This is the must have launch title for the next generation of consoles, and we expect Call of Duty: Ghosts to be the most successful launch title for the Xbox One and PS4 by a wide margin. In fact, according to GameStop, Call of Duty: Ghosts is their most pre-reserved next gen title.”

Call of Duty: Ghosts is out now across PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and I even saw it for sale for the PS4 when I was in the store yesterday.

Via Press Release

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Call Of Duty: Ghosts Compared on PS3, Xbox 360 and PS4

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So our friends over at IGN have thrown up a video showing current gen (PS3 and Xbox 360) up against Next Gen (PS4), Sorry guys, no Xbox One. It is a pretty great video, and I highly urge you to take a look if you are curious what the next gen is going to look like on console. Take a look below and feel free to tell us what you think.


Source- IGN

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Konami Announces Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Coming in Spring 2014

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Konami announced today that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, the prequel episode for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, will be coming out spring 2014. This is to be “part one” in the two part Metal Gear Solid V game. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is being setup to help ease players into the new control and gameplay advances that will be an integral part of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The Press Release reads:

METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES will launch Spring 2014 as a prologue to the events leading into METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN. This prologue brings all of the hallmarks of the renowned franchise in a concentrated story mode that guides players into the new gameplay mechanics against the backdrop of the expansive METAL GEAR SOLID universe.

 

METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES features new advances made possible by Kojima Productions’ FOX Engine, such as radical new game design, day and night cycles, and weather conditions that will all dynamically affect gameplay. The missions are designed to ease players into the new control and gameplay advances that will be an integral part of METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN.

 

The METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES storyline follows the series’ hero, Big Boss, as he infiltrates a remote Cuban prison camp on a rescue mission, all while trying to remain undetected. Explosive plot lines develop quickly as he finds himself on behind enemy lines with little options for help.

 

METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN will pick up where METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES leaves off and will plunge players into a new breed of open-world stealth action, featuring deep story arcs and dynamic gameplay as expected of a canon chapter in the METAL GEAR SOLID series. Both titles will be released for PlayStation®3, PlayStation®4, Xbox360® and XboxOne® systems, highlighting the groundbreaking capabilities the FOX Engine brings to current and next generation consoles.

 

“The advanced capabilities of the FOX Engine are allowing me to express the story of METAL GEAR SOLID in a new way,” explained Hideo Kojima, Creator of the METAL GEAR SOLID series, and head of Kojima Productions. “There will be a significant difference in what METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN brings to the series, so we want to ease players into the new open world environment and its potential, allowing them to fully benefit from all that the new game offers. As such, METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES has been designed to introduce key elements, while setting up the events of METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN.”

 Konami also sent some new screenshots for Ground Zeroes:

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be released in Spring 2014 for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One. The game will retail in store for $29.99 and $19.99 via online download on current gen systems. For the Xbox One and PS4 it will be available via online download for $29.99.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Call of Duty: Ghosts Live-Action Trailer featuring Megan Fox

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The official Call of Duty: Ghosts live action trailer, directed by James Mangold and featuring Megan Fox, follows four buddies on the trip of a lifetime through Las Vegas and beyond. Call of Duty: Ghosts arrives globally on November 5th, 2013.

Pre-order now at participating retailers and get the Free Fall Dynamic Bonus Map and play the Double XP Launch Weekend!

Trailer:

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

via Official Call of Duty®: Ghosts Live-Action Trailer – “Epic Night Out” – YouTube.