There was a little something for everyone and every console released last week.
EA buys Respawn Entertainment
Publisher buys the studio behind the hit Titanfall games
Ea has been in the news a lot over recent weeks and they’ve gone and done it again.
The games publishing giant has worked with Respawn Entertainment on several projects over the past few years, including Titanfall and a Star Wars title. However, now they have decided to stop being a tease and fully commit in a deal that could cost them up to $450 million USD.
Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts says:
“We’ve seen firsthand the world-class caliber of Respawn as a development studio with incredible vision, deep talent and an inspiring creative mindset… Our longtime partnership is grounded in a shared desire to push the boundaries and deliver extraordinary and innovative new experiences for players around the world. Together, we’ve brought this to life in the Titanfall franchise, and now with the Respawn team joining EA, we have exciting plans to accomplish even more amazing things in the future.”
This news must appear to be rubbing salt in the wounds for ex-employees of Visceral Games, who were recently closed by EA and were also working on a Star Wars title for the publisher.
Xbox One X released
Microsoft’s half-gen console made it to shelves last week and was an instant hit
Essentially, an Xbox 1.5 hit store last week and was instantly popular, with many shops and online retailers reporting shortages of stock.
We covered news of Microsoft’s latest hardware release. If you didn’t catch it and want to read more, or are just bored and looking for ways to kill time, click the link below:
Niantic to venture into Harry Potter AR
Studio behind the universally popular Pokemon Go acquires license to make an AR Harry Potter game
You’ve obviously heard of the wildly popular and surprisingly addictive Pokemon GO. Who hasn’t, right? Well, the studio that created the smash hit is now looking to continue its winning streak with a new license acquisition, Harry Potter.
Myths and rumours have been flying around about this for a while and all of them were quashed and debunked. However, seemingly out of nowhere, it has now been officially announced and a steady stream of details are starting to come out.
Niantic will be partnering up with Warner Bros. Interactive to build an experience that will allow players to “[explore] real-world neighbourhoods and cities across the globe, go on adventures, learn and cast spells, discover mysterious artifacts, and encounter legendary beasts and iconic characters.”
John Hanke (founder and CEO of Niantic) had this to say following the official announcement:
“At Niantic, our goal is to leverage technology to create real world experiences that help people to discover the wonderful, and often magical parts of the world around them. The beloved Harry Potter stories have captured imaginations worldwide for more than 20 years and soon we’ll turn the fantasy into augmented reality, allowing fans and their friends to become wizards and witches.”