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Far Cry 5 may release summer 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 17, 2017 9:32 pm

A new Far Cry game is coming, but when will it arrive? We make some predictions, and look over the company's financials for clues.




Ubisoft today confirmed that four new AAA games will release in its new Fiscal Year 2018 timeline, which is from now until March 31, 2018: Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, The Crew, and South Park: Fractured But Whole. We're not sure when the games will release, but its possible the four games will be carved up across the quarters for maximum sales effect.


We originally thought that Ubisoft would release one of these AAA games in Q1 to coincide with the big 22% sales spike it predicts, but that didn't make any sense; the publisher would have to release a game just weeks after its E3 reveal. A closer look at the timelines garnered some more predictions, chiefly with the new Assassin's Creed and Far Cry games. Based on tradition, Assassin's Creed should release in November, which is Q3 of Ubisoft's Fiscal Year 2018 calendar. Far Cry 5, on the other hand, should release in its own quarter, possibly Q2, or Summer 2017.

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Rumor: Destiny 2 hits 60FPS, has PS4 to PC cross-save

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 17, 2017 8:16 pm

Bungie is set to reveal Destiny 2 gameplay footage tomorrow, but rumors have popped up on the eve of the big date with Destiny.



According to people that have played Destiny 2, Bungie's latest online shared-worlds shooter will run at a crisp 1080p 60FPS on PS4, Xbox One and PC (higher depending on your rig), with full optimizations for Sony's new 4K-ready PlayStation 4 Pro and Microsoft's new 4K60FPS capable "monster" Project Scorpio console. Oddly enough, rumor has it that Destiny 2 will be optimized for Sony's next-gen PS4, the big successor to the PS4 Pro that analysts predict will launch in 2018.


The NeoGAF user's sources also say that Destiny 2 will have cross-saves on PC and PS4, so PlayStation 4 users can migrate their saves to PC and back. If true, is a very surprising development especially given Microsoft's cross-platform parity between Xbox LIVE on Windows 10 and Xbox One consoles. The sources go on to say that Destiny 2 will feature exclusive content on PlayStation 4 consoles, but we already know that to be true.

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Microtransactions to make 25% of Ubisofts FY2019 revenue

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 17, 2017 7:14 pm

Ubisoft expects in-game player spending to make up 25% of its total revenue in its next fiscal year, showing just how far the company has come in such a short time.




Ubisoft today announced its yearly financial earnings, reporting total sales earnings of $1.61 billion (1.45 billion euros) for its last FY2017 year, of which digital made up almost 50% of that revenue via microtransactions and in-game spending. But what's even more interesting is the company's roadmap for future earnings, and how it expects digital player investment to become even more of a significant earner.


The French games company forecasts that PRI (player recurring spending) will make up a steep 25% of its total earnings for Fiscal Year 2019 (March 2018 - April 2019). Ubisoft defines PRI as in-game purchases such as microtransactions, as well as expansions and add-ons for its online games such as For Honor, The Division, and Ghost Recon: Wildlands. As Ubisoft projects strong total sales revenues of $2.33 billion (2.1 billion euros) for FY2019, it expects to make a quarter of that from PRI, or $584.1 million.

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OnePlus 5 prototype caught on camera

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 17, 2017 6:24 pm

OnePlus has recently confirmed that they will launch the OnePlus 5, the successor to the OnePlus 3/3T, this summer. The highly-anticipated smartphone should be the company's flagship that could compete with the recently launched Galaxy S8.




We've seen numerous leaks about the upcoming phone and we know that it should be powered by Snapdragon 835 and come with a dual rear camera setup.


Now, an alleged prototype photograph has leaked, but apparently, this isn't the final design. The photo shows the back of the phone and confirms that the device will have a dual rear camera setup.

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Ubisoft to launch new IP in 2018-2019

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 17, 2017 5:20 pm

Ubisoft's latest financials reveal some interesting things about its future plans, including a new IP.




Today Ubisoft released its yearly financial earnings, showcasing some impressive results. As always the company delivered a peek into its future pipeline to reveal a new IP is in the works, alongside two new AAA games. We have a good idea what those games are, and Ubisoft's financials tell us what to expect from the new IP. Like all games publishers Ubisoft is always planning for the future.


The company's new IP will be released in its FY2019, which ends in March 2020. During FY2019 Ubisoft says it will release three total AAA games (the new IP + 2 other AAA's), but what are the other games? I predict that Beyond Good and Evil 2 will be included, alongside Blue Byte's unannounced AAA PC RTS, which could possibly be a Heroes of Might and Magic game.

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Qualcomm partners with Google for Snapdragon 835 VR HMD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 17, 2017 3:30 pm

Google has just announced its new Daydream standalone VR headset, something that it collaborated with Qualcomm on, using their impressive Snapdragon 835 VR platform.




This is a big move, as we have a fully tethered VR experience for the highest-end gaming PCs right now, and while the VR experience with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are awesome, they're restrictive. Doing away with cables with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor means that we can have high-res, smooth VR experiences - anywhere.


Sitting on a plane? No worries.

On the train to work? Yeah, sure.

On a 14-hour flight? Perfect.

Sitting on the toilet? Well, I guess.


This is the type of world we live in, and mobile VR powered by Snapdragon 835 is a huge win for Qualcomm. I've tried out a few of Qualcomm's standalone VR headsets over the last year, and they're getting better and better as the improvements continue piling into the Snapdragon family. Google has their Project Tango tracking technology built into the headset, with the reference design Daydream VR headset including custom specifications for tracking cameras and other sensors, that will fully utilize Tango.


I can see tetherless VR becoming a real thing, especially when it's driven by Qualcomm technologies like 4G, future 5G technology, Wi-Fi, and more. VR on desktop could take a big hit in the future, as standalone VR headsets will branch out with new features and accessories, and then developers will dive onto them like they did with when 'apps' became a thing with smartphones. Imagine the Angry Birds of VR, or Candy Crush of VR, for example.

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Nintendo Switch was best-selling console in April

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 17, 2017 2:05 pm

Nintendo's new Switch system continues to break sales barriers in both hardware and software.




Nintendo today announced that its new Switch handheld-console hybrid was the best-selling console for April, and that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the best-selling game for the month as well. According to tracking firm NPD Group and Nintendo, the Nintendo Switch sold more than 280,000 units globally. This is the second month that the Nintendo Switch has topped games hardware sales charts.


The console's must-have racer Mario Kart 8 Deluxe eclipsed hardware sales with an impressive 550,000 units sold globally in the first two days. NPD notes Mario Kart 8 sold 460,000 physical copies on the Switch, and Nintendo says the game sold 90,000 units digitally on the eShop.

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Netflix making live-action Witcher series

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 17, 2017 12:45 pm

Move over, Game of Thrones; Netflix today confirmed that it's making a live-action series based on the epic Witcher franchise that will "stay true" to the original books.




Netflix will develop The Witcher books into a live-action series, with the Witcher series' original author Andrzej Sapkowski being closely involved in the project, Polish production company Platige today announced. The series will be English-based, not Polish, and will tap Sapkowski's rich and vibrant Witcher books for source material.


"Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar," said Erik Barmack, Netflix Vice President, international series. "We couldn't be more excited about bringing Netflix members around the world."


"I'm thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing," said Sapkowski. "I'm excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life."

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New Far Cry and Assassin's Creed coming in 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Apps | Posted: May 17, 2017 12:11 pm

Ubisoft has now officially confirmed a new Far Cry and Assassin's Creed game will release in its Fiscal Year 2018 timeline, which extends from April 2017 - March 2018.




Ubisoft today filed its financial earnings for last year, and delivered a roadmap for upcoming releases for 2017 and beyond. The company announced that it will release four AAA games this fiscal year: Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, The Crew, and South Park: Fractured But Whole. Before you get too excited, Ubisoft says that FY2018 will have stronger emphasis on recurring player investment, which translates to microtransaction spending--so expect all of these games to have some sort of live service with microtransactions.


The French games entertainment company expects to make $1.88 billion (1.7 billion Euros) this year, strongly bolstered by digital sales and recurring player investment. Since Ubisoft will manage six live titles this year versus three last year, we may see extensive online components added the four AAA releases planned for this year. Digital content is expected to make more than 50% of Ubisoft's revenues and earnings from its back catalog of games--such as Rainbow Six: Siege and The Division--are expected to rise further.

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Qualcomm slaps Apple by suing iPhone manufacturers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 17, 2017 12:03 pm

Qualcomm is hitting Apple in a totally new way starting today, with the mobile giant suing four of Apple's Taiwan-based contract manufacturers: Foxconn, Compal, Wistron, and Pegatron.




Forbes reports that Qualcomm is suing these four manufacturers for not paying royalities to Qualcomm for the patents on its smartphone tech, including IP on cellular modems - you know, 3G/4G are a big thing. Don Rosenberg, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Qualcomm said: "It is unfortunate that we must take this action against these long-time licensees to enforce our agreements, but we cannot allow these manufacturers and Apple to use our valuable intellectual property without paying the fair and reasonable royalties to which they have agreed".


Qualcomm has accused Apple of "strong arming" the contract manufacturers to stop paying the licensing fees they legally owe Qualcomm, which is a breach of the contract between Qualcomm and the manufacturers. Qualcomm adds that Apple has promised to contribute towards any damages that the contract manufacturers are hit with, as a result of them not paying Qualcomm's royalty fees.


Rosenberg continued: "As Apple continues to collect billions of dollars from consumer sales of its Qualcomm-enabled products, it is using its market power as the wealthiest company in the world to try to coerce unfair and unreasonable license terms from Qualcomm in its global attack on the company. Our license agreements with Apple's manufacturers remain valid and enforceable. The manufacturers must continue to live up to their obligations under these agreements and Apple should immediately cease its tortious interference".


I talked to Founder & Principal Analyst of Moor Insights & Strategy, Patrick Moorhead, and he said: "Apple does not have an IP license with Qualcomm, but rather Qualcomm has IP licenses with Apple's ODMs, so it makes sense that Qualcomm would need to sue the ODMs for payment due to their breach of contract. As immersed as the larger dispute between Apple and Qualcomm is in IP, the suit between Qualcomm and Apple's ODMs is about breach of contract due to non-payment which, ironically, is slated to be heard in San Diego, Qualcomm's home town".

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