We've been reporting for a few weeks now that Crytek were in trouble, but the company assured the public that all was good just a few days ago. Now we're hearing that Crytek has just downsized its Texas-based US studio, moving the development of the free-to-play co-op shooter Hunt: Horros of the Guided Age to their main offices based in Germany.
When Crytek announced it was downsizing its Texas studio, it didn't say that its senior staff, including studio head David Adams, had quit over a week ago. Why did they quit? Well, they weren't getting paid, "according to people familiar with goings-on at the company" reports Kotaku. Most of the studio, which is made up of around 30-35 people, are now gone, which is why Crytek was forced to move the development of Hunt to its Frankfurt-based office.
Crytek only opened the Texas, US-based studio in January 2013, so it didn't last that long.
Bungie's beta of Destiny is over now, but with the beta taking place between July 17 and July 27, just how many people played it? Bungie has said that a huge 4.6 million people took part in its beta, which is a gigantic number.
Activision Publishing CEO, Eric Hirshberg, said: "This is the biggest beta of this console generation by a wide margin and the largest console beta ever for a new video game IP to date. Hosting a beta at this scale is an incredible feat, so we're thrilled to see the phenomenal response". The beta of Destiny had people talking across the world, as it gave gamers a chance to look at Bungie's big new game, especially considering Activision has put aside $500 million for the franchise so far.
Two of the biggest games coming this year are from Ubisoft, with Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed: Unity not far from release. Steam is now listing pre-purchase deals on these two games.
If you purchase Far Cry 4 on Steam before it launches in November, you'll receive Hurk's Redemption Missions which feature 60 minutes of gameplay, as well as an additional three missions, and an exclusive weapon. When it comes to Assassin's Creed: Unity, which is due to stealth down onto your PC in October, pre-order bonuses include the Chemical Revolution Mission, Royal Arsenal Pack, Athos Duel Shir, Black Musketeer Breeches and Pappenheimer Rapier
Days after the closure of ComicCon, studios are continuing to publicly release goodies that were shown to limited and closed door audiences in San Diego convention centre. Today, Warner Bros have released the third trailer to Christopher Nolan's upcoming feature 'Interstellar', which both impresses and intrigues.
In typical Chris Nolan fashion, the studio have only drip-fed media, but the latest trailer gives us the best look yet at the over-arching plot, however, it's clear that the film, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway is shaping up to be a thinking mans sci-fi actioner, in the vein of '2001: A Space Odyssey'.
'Interstellar' is released on November 7th.
A British woman who added "Skywalker" to her name has been refused a passport application and told her name now infringes upon a trademark.
The woman, Laura Elizabeth Skywalker Matthews, from Southend, 29, said she'd never had a problem before - and that the name had been accepted for bank cards and her driving licence. But the passport office outright rejected it, and said she may have to use an old signature on a new form. Skywalker said she'd officially changed her name several years ago as a joke.
Britain's Home Office asserted that it refuses to accept name changes that are subject to copyright or trademark. "We have a duty to ensure the reputation of the UK passport is not called into question or disrepute," a spokesperson told the BBC.
The ex head of the FIA, which governs Formula 1, Max Mosley, is taking legal action against Google over images of him with prostitutes that are indexed online.
Max Mosley, the son of the former leader of the British Union of Fascists, issued High Court proceedings against Google, claiming that the company is in breach of the UK's Data Protection Act, according to the BBC. The pictures were first published in Britain's News of the World tabloid, which has since ceased to exist. Mosley successfully sued the paper in 2008.
At the time, the newspaper published the pictures on its front page. Mosley won damages after the paper accused Mosley of organizing a sex party with a Nazi theme. The High Court ruled that this story was not in the public interest. Google has said it is working with Mosley.
Driverless cars should be on public roads in Britain by January 2015, according to an official announcement made by the UK's business secretary Vince Cable.
Three cities will be selected by the Technology Strategy Board to trial the autonomous vehicles, lasting up to 36 months. Meanwhile, Britain's government is making 10 million pounds - or 17 million dollars - available as an official fund for research in the sector, made possible by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Transport. Additionally, research institutions will be able to apply for a chunk of the money.
"The excellence of our scientists and engineers has established the UK as pioneers in the development of driverless vehicles through pilot projects," business secretary Vince Cable said. "Today's announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this transformational technology and opening up new opportunities for our economy and society."
Apple TV owners now have a couple new channels to enjoy thanks to a recent update. The new channels include Fox Now and CNBC. One catch is that both of the channels do require a cable subscription to unlock most content.
A little of the content on both channels is available without cable credentials. The CNBC channel supports live broadcasts and the viewing of older shows and content as well. Fox Now has popular shows from the network that can be watched.
Those popular shows include American Idol, Glee, Family Guy, The Following, and others. Fox Now will offer full episodes of Fox series the day after the air on cable if you have a cable subscription. Participating providers include Comcast, AT&T, DirecTV, Dish, Verizon, and others.
Netflix has been fighting to improve video streaming quality for a number of its users. The way it is fixing many of these streaming issues is by paying the ISPs for peering deals that improve video quality. The latest company to put its hands in Netflix's pockets is AT&T.
AT&T and Netflix have announced a new peering deal that will help reduce buffering when users on the AT&T network are watching Netflix. The peering deal kicked off on Tuesday of this week according to two people who claim to be familiar with the deal.
No word on the financial terms of the agreement has been offered. "We reached an interconnect agreement with Netflix in May and since then have been working together to provision additional interconnect capacity to improve the viewing experience for our mutual subscribers,'' an AT&T spokeswoman said in the statement."We're now beginning to turn up the connections, a process that should be complete in the coming days."
One of the big mysteries that remained after the September 11 attacks was an old wooden ship that was discovered under where the towers once stood during clean up. While excavating the site, a wooden ship was discovered in the earth leaving scientists to wonder where the ship came from and what it was doing there.
Scientists have used tree rings in the lumber used to build the ship to learn something about where it came from and when it was built. The rings in the lumber reveal that the trees matched other lumber that was cut down about 280 years ago near Philadelphia. The researchers believe the wood was harvested in 1773 and was cut down somewhere around the time of the Boston Tea Party.
The rings in the lumber help the scientists pinpoint its year and location of origin while providing a bit of history about the climate in the area where it was harvested. The ship is believed to have been constructed by a small shipyard, because details in the design of the ship are unlike those used by larger shipyards. The ship is believed to have been retired in the city, coved by garbage and landfill, and then the Twin Towers were built over it.