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Day: February 5, 2019

A gorgeous new PlayStation 4 game enables players to create their own games, and the first examples are incredible – Business Insider

A gorgeous new PlayStation 4 game enables players to create their own games, and the first examples are incredible – Business Insider

PlayStation Games
This is "Dreams" in action, believe it or not.Sony/Media Molecule When Sony originally announced the PlayStation 4 in 2013, a gorgeous new project was also announced: "Dreams." Now, it's more than five years later and "Dreams" is still in development, but a recent beta offered the first extended look at what the game actually is. "Dreams" is a game that can be used to make entirely new games, and the games it's capable of producing are absolutely incredible. When Sony originally announced the PlayStation 4 in 2013, a new game from the quirky British studio Media Molecule was announced at the same event.  More than five years later, that game is still in development. "Dreams" is a bit of an enigma at this point, repeatedly teased and delayed across the entire lifespan of the PlayS...
NBCUniversal and Starbreeze team up on Payday: Crime War mobile game – VentureBeat

NBCUniversal and Starbreeze team up on Payday: Crime War mobile game – VentureBeat

Mobile Games
NBCUniversal and Starbreeze are teaming up to publish a new first-person shooter mobile game dubbed Payday: Crime War. The game is yet another example of a franchise that was previously available only on consoles and PC moving over to mobile devices on iOS and Android. That’s a recognition that mobile, at $63 billion in 2018, has become the world’s largest gaming market. The game is being developed by Stockholm, Sweden-based Starbreeze, while Universal Games and Digital Platforms will do the publishing, marketing, user acquisition and other non-development tasks. A beta version will be available in the coming weeks, said Chris Heatherly, executive vice president of Games and Digital Platforms at Universal Brand Development, in an interview with GamesBeat. (H...
Sports Games Drove Konami Revenue Growth in Third Quarter of 2018 – Variety

Sports Games Drove Konami Revenue Growth in Third Quarter of 2018 – Variety

Games News
February 5, 2019 11:52AM PT Konami revenue grew 7.8% year-over-year to an estimated $1.75 billion in the last nine months of 2018, it said in its latest financial report. The publisher credits that increase, in part, to the success of its sports titles and esports initiatives. Some of the games mentioned in the report include soccer title “Pro Evolution Soccer 2019,” which recently received a major update. Its online myClub mode continues to perform favorably, Konami said. “Professional Baseball Spirits A,” which has been downloaded over 10 million times since its launch in 2015, is also doing well. Additionally, Konami reported solid sales for its free-to-play digital collectible card game “Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links,...
Xbox One Free February Games With Gold Now Available – GameSpot

Xbox One Free February Games With Gold Now Available – GameSpot

XBOX Games
Microsoft's latest Games with Gold offerings are now available, giving you a host of freebies for your Gold subscription. February's inclusions offer a few retro throwbacks along with some action games from older generations. As always, some of the games are available throughout the entire month while others will rotate in and out midway, so check the schedule to make sure you don't miss out on any.The Xbox One games include Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, an 8-bit style game modeled loosely after Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse. It's a prequel, both spiritually and plot-wise, to the upcoming Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, and we found it rather good. It will be available throughout the entire month. Super Bomberman R also joins the rotation on February 16 through mid-March. It's an...
Here’s 5 mobile games to play with your friends and family during Chinese New Year – KLGadgetGuy

Here’s 5 mobile games to play with your friends and family during Chinese New Year – KLGadgetGuy

Mobile Games
Chinese New Year is a festive season for you to spend more time with your friends and family, and one of the best ways to have some fun together is none other than playing games. So, today I’m going to suggest five mobile games that you can play with your friends and family during Chinese New Year! PUBG Mobile I’m sure most of you already familiarised yourself with PUBG Mobile, but if you’re not a PUBG player, PUBG is an online multiplayer shooting game that allows you to team up with your friends. You can make up a team of four and fight against other players, or you can create a room with Room Card and invite up to 99 players to play with you. This could be the perfect chance for you to invite all your friends and family and engage in a shooting battle against each...
Review Site OpenCritic Says It'll Start Keeping Track Of Games With Loot Boxes – Kotaku

Review Site OpenCritic Says It'll Start Keeping Track Of Games With Loot Boxes – Kotaku

Games Review
Screenshot: Kotaku (OpenCritic)The review aggregation website OpenCritic announced today that games with loot box mechanics will now include a warning at the top of their OpenCritic page pointing that out.On Overwatch’s OpenCritic page, for example, there’s now a bolded section highlighted in orange right below the aggregated scores that reads: “Please note: This game has monetized random reward mechanics, commonly referred to as ‘loot boxes.’” It goes on, calling loot boxes similar to gambling and pointing out that they are being investigated by regulatory agencies in Belgium and the Netherlands.OpenCritic’s CEO, Matthew Enthoven, told Kotaku in an email that a total of 42 games currently have the warning, including Respawn Entertainment&rsquo...
Platinum Games Isn't Working on Granblue Fantasy: Relink Anymore – IGN

Platinum Games Isn't Working on Granblue Fantasy: Relink Anymore – IGN

Games News
Development on the action RPG will carry on without Platinum Games. By Shabana Arif Platinum Games has announced that its contract with Cygames has ended, and it will no longer be working on the development of Granblue Fantasy: Relink. "While we, PlatinumGames, have been working with Cygames in co-development of the upcoming console game Granblue Fantasy: Relink, we officially announce our contract on the project has come to an end," read the blog update....
Project xCloud eyes native console games on mobile via Azure cloud – SlashGear

Project xCloud eyes native console games on mobile via Azure cloud – SlashGear

Mobile Games
Even while it is having not so small issues with Windows 10 updates, Microsoft seems to already be turning its gaze towards a new ambitious venture on the gaming side of its businesses. Perhaps emboldened by how its Xbox gaming and entertainment arm has been its most profitable last year, Microsoft is trying to expand its territory in ways it knows Sony and especially Nintendo will probably never do: bring its console games not just to PCs but to mobile as well. Bringing console and PC games to mobile isn’t exactly new. It isn’t easy either. It requires an ungodly mix of emulation and retrofitting and, because of hardware restraints, often only involve very old titles. In contrast, Microsoft’s proposed solution via Project xCloud won’t require ...
Titanfall battle royale game Apex Legends launches on Xbox One for free OnMSFT.com OnMSFT.com – OnMSFT

Titanfall battle royale game Apex Legends launches on Xbox One for free OnMSFT.com OnMSFT.com – OnMSFT

XBOX Games
EA and Respawn Entertainment today announced and launched Apex Legends, a new free-to-play battle royale video game set within the same universe as Titanfall and Titanfall 2. The game is set around 30 years after the Titanfall 2 campaign and focuses on human combatants over the giant titan mechs, which is likely why its title lacks any reference to them. Apex Legends is completely free for anyone to play and supports itself via loot boxes containing purely cosmetic items that have no impact on gameplay or progress whatsoever. Apex Legends is the latest of the many new battle royale video games launching after the incredible success of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) but its design aesthetic and setting does help set it apart from these two giant rivals. [embedde...
Manchester United news: 'Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has unblocked Jose Mourinho's mind games' – Jordi Cruyff hails impact of interim boss – Goal.com

Manchester United news: 'Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has unblocked Jose Mourinho's mind games' – Jordi Cruyff hails impact of interim boss – Goal.com

Games News
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has freed the bodies and minds of a Manchester United squad which had lost its way under Jose Mourinho, says Jordi Cruyff. The Red Devils had become stuck in a serious rut when the decision was taken to make another managerial change in December. Mourinho was relieved of his duties after two-and-a-half years at the helm, with a fresh approach sought under the guidance of a familiar face. Article continues below Editors' Picks Messidependencia! Barcelona are a Leo injury away from falling apart Still unstoppable at 34 – Ronaldo is the greatest athlete in football history VIDEO: Mourinho suffers embarrassing slip at Russian hockey game Body found amid Sala plane wreckage as search continues Solskjaer was handed the reins and charged with ...