When Ubisoft delayed Watch Dogs, most expected it to have very nefarious reasoning behind it, but it's not that drastic. Watch Dogs' Senior Producer, Dominic Guay, wrote on Ubisoft's official blog, giving his version of the events.
Guay said it came down to issues with planning and testing, adding that Watch Dogs was complete, and playable from "front-to-back". He said that getting everything together and working like it needed to for launch "takes time", and "it's really hard to predict how much time that's going to take".
So now we know that Watch Dogs was complete, but needed that final spit polish before it was released to the foaming mouths of gamers across the world. Personally, I think there were some last minute performance issues that needed to be fixed up - with some of the videos I've seen (online, and in-person) not looking that great when the action on-screen was hectic. At the end of the day, I just want me some Watch Dogs.
The Tomb Raider reboot was released early last year, and recently re-released as the "Definitive Edition" on next-gen consoles. Tomb Raider has rocked back and forth from success, to a worry, but now it is definitely leaning toward being a big success.
Square Enix's Head of Studios, Darrell Gallagher, has said: "By the end of this month we will surpass 6 million units for our Tomb Raider reboot, and, having achieved profitability back in 2013 Tomb Raider has exceeded profit expectations and continues to make significant contributions to our overall financial performance".
It looks like Lara Croft is back and in business, so I'm sure we'll hear about a sequel to Tomb Raider soon enough.
Researchers from Saarland University in Germany created a unique piece of software designed to help keep Google Android users more secure. Specifically, the "Chabada" detection software helps scan apps to see if they are possibly infected.
App functionality is quickly scanned, and the software is able to identify if an app does something overly suspicious. Google reportedly is interested to have the entire Google App store searched to see which malicious apps may have slipped in.
"Apps whose functionality is described in the app store should behave accordingly," said Andreas Zeller, Saarland University professor of software engineering, in a statement. "If that is not the case, they are suspect."
Users will now be able to get their hands-on the first public release of VLC media player for Windows 8 via the Windows store on March 10th, coming this Monday. The announcement was made by VideoLAN via its Twitter account.
Earlier in 2012, VLC started a Kickstarter campaign which ended as a success in raising the necessary funds. Along the way, VideoLAN showed off their work-in-progress media app player. Some time ago, it was reported that VLC was passed to have its passed and will be placed on the app store. Now that the team was able to take care of last minute bug fixes, it was two days away for its release.
Titanfall is only days away, with Microsoft teasing an exclusive Xbox One console for the creators of the game, Respawn Entertainment. The studio tweeted out some photos of the custom console, which looks quite stunning.
While you won't be able to purchase this custom-made Titanfall Xbox One console, you can purchase the limited edition Titanfall Xbox One controller. There was a leaked image back in January, which hinted that we might expect a limited edition Titanfall Xbox One console, but it looks like it won't be happening. The company is however offering up Titanfall with a special console package next week, for $499.99.
Former Apple, Inc's CEO John Sculley is going to launch a new smartphone brand for India. He'll be partnering with the former head of Micromax's smartphone division and HTC's India head Ajay Sharma. The team is based on former employees of HTC and Micromax and is funded by a Singapore-based investment and acquisition company 'Inflexionpoint'.
Though the name of the brand is not yet revealed, the unnamed company plans to launch its series of smartphones and feature phones at April. These phones are said to be priced between Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 15,000 which is that's approximately $82- $245.
Paramount Home Entertainment Australia have announced the forthcoming Australian Blu-ray release of 2013's Bad Grandpa, which starred Johnny Knoxville and a ton of old age makeup.
Retailers will carry the title from March 26th, which comes in an extended 'uncut' version, no doubt containing even more of what the film and literature board have termed "crude humour". The Blu-ray disc comes equipped with nine short behind the scenes featurettes along with a number of alternate and deleted scenes. Retailer JB Hi-Fi will also exclusively offer a two disc edition which offers even more additional features, although these have yet to be detailed at print time.
Produced on a budget of $15 million and ultimately grossing $150 million worldwide in its theatrical release, Bad Grandpa was seen to be a good money spinner for the studio. Better still for Paramount, the world's critics were far less harsh than anticipated - the film sits at 60% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
Target is restructuring following a massive data breach in which the retailer was warned of security issues beforehand, and cybercriminals were able to deploy malware on the company's in-store point-of-sale machines.
"It's a decision that should have been made by the CEO on January 1, not through the resignation of an employee that overlooked critical weakness in the operating model," said Brian Sozzi, Belus Capital Advisors CEO, in a statement to Reuters.
Jacob is the first Target executive to resign - and it's possible others will either receive walking papers, or "quit" - and an interim CIO will be chosen to help move Target's cybersecurity forward. It seems shocking that Jacob didn't quit earlier, or that CEO Gregg Steinhafel didn't show her the door earlier, but expect the company to find an external hire next.
PAPAGO is known for its in-car dash cameras, and with its camera technology being such a success the company has created an entirely new division centered around action cameras. The new PAPAGO GoLife Extreme is the first installment into this line of HD action cameras and represents one of the most affordable of its kind on the market today retailing for just $269.99.
The GoLife Extreme has been designed with ruggedness in mind and features an aluminum alloy body with a crystal clear protective cover over the lens. The GoLife Extreme features a image resolution of 1920x1080 and has an effective field of view of about 160 degrees. Weighing in at just 80-grams the GoLife Extreme is much lighter than the GoPro or Contour HD and comes with a mount as well as a tripod.
The Last of Us was one of the biggest games released on the PlayStation 3 console, so it should come as no surprise that Sony is working on a movie based around the PS3 exclusive title.
Naughty Dog, the studio behind the game, has its Creative Director, Neil Druckmann, on board writing the script. Naughty Dog is heavily involved, pitting its co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, as well as Game Director Bruce Straley into the project. Sony will use it's own Screen Gems production company, the same one int uses for the Resident Evil movies.
Deadline is also reporting that Spider-Man director Sam Raimi is involved, along with his Ghost House Pictures company being attached to the movie. Wells talked about Screen Gems and Ghost House Pictures' involvement: "Since our game released last June, we've talked with many companies about making a film, but we couldn't have found better partners who share our creative vision and high standards".