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Garena aquires Heroes of Newerth from S2 Games as Frostburn Studios

As seen in a recent press release, Garena has developed a subsidiary called Frostburn Studios and taken over the management and game development of Heroes of Newerth (HoN) from S2 Games.

 

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This move aligns with the fifth anniversary of HoN as this online multiplayer game still sees a large popularity within many eastern countries.

 

Known as one of the biggest 'MOBA' style games before the birth of League of Legends and Dota2, HoN has seen a small decline in recent years marked around the time of their 2013 'HoN Tour' finals. It has remained quite popular in Asia however with Garena picking up the game and naming the popular community figure Brad Bower as their head.

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'Star Wars' characters join Disney Infinity 3.0

Parents of school-aged children might very well be aware of the increasingly popular 'Disney Infinity' gaming franchise, which merges collectible figurines with a gaming environment - but the latest version might even interest a few parents! Disney have announced the third iteration of the series will include characters from the 'Star Wars' franchise, along with 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', the upcoming Pixar animation 'Inside Out' and 'Tron Legacy'.

 

 

Accompanying the release will be collectible figures, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Darth Maul, Darth Vader, Han Solo and Chewbacca, which will be backwards compatible with previous versions of the series.

 

Disney Infinity 3.0 will hit stores in the fourth quarter, ahead of the December release of the latest 'Star Wars' film, 'The Force Awakens'.

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Killing Floor 2 developer says Sony is 'far easier to work with'

PC gamers are being prepared for Killing Floor 2 with its minimum and recommended requirements for your PC, where you'll need a dual-core processor from Intel or AMD to play.

 

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On top of that, VGA requirements aren't too bad with Tripwire requiring an NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 or AMD Radeon HD 4350, 3GB of RAM and a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or higher to play Killing Floor 2. They do recommend an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 or AMD Phenom II 450 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 6950, 4GB of RAM and a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or higher.

 

As for the PlayStation 4 version of Killing Floor, the team are targeting 1080p 60FPS, with the studio explaining that they already have it running at 1080p 60FPS on the PC on a wide variety of hardware. Alan Wilson, VP of Tripwire Interactive, said: "Its a TARGET. Will we achieve it? Don't know - but we've already got the game running on a pretty broad spectrum of hardware on the PC".

 

As for the Xbox One version of the game, Wilson explained that Sony is far easier to work with, which is the reason why the PS4 will be getting Killing Floor 2 ahead of the Xbox One. He continued: "Oh, it most likely will. Just that Sony were far easier to work with, had been on the ball for a long time, helping us along. And Microsoft didn't. So it goes to PS4 first (and exclusively)".

Titanfall 2 launching sometime between April 2016 and March 2017

The sequel to Titanfall is coming, thanks to EA's latest earnings call revealing some information on Titanfall 2. EA said that Titanfall 2 wouldn't be coming until at least 2H 2016, or closer to 2017.

 

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Blake Jorgensen, EA's Chief Financial Officer, said in a response to a question about Titanfall 2: "You should assume that's not in fiscal '16; it's more likely in fiscal '17". With EA's fiscal 2017 running from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind Titanfall 2, has said that the sequel to the mech-based first-person shooter would be "multiplatform" teasing that it would arrive on the PS4.

 

The original Titanfall was released onto the Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC, but never made it to Sony's consoles. Titanfall 2, when it's released, should reach the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

DICE and EA tease Mirror's Edge 2 for early 2016

EA and DICE have been teasing a sequel to Mirror's Edge since mid-2013, but fast forward to now and we finally get a release window of early 2016 for the parkour-style title.

 

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Electronic Arts has said that Mirror's Edge 2 will be out in Q1 2016, with EA saying that Mirror's Edge 2 "reboots the franchise for the next generation". Last year, Senior Producer on Mirror's Edge 2, Sara Jansson, said: "I wanted to let you know that the game is progressing nicely and I think you're going to love it. I know many of you probably wish we would show more of the game, but we're still pretty early in development and our passionate core Mirror's Edge team is working full on to make the best game possible".

 

Mirror's Edge 2 launches for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC in early-2016.

NVIDIA offers GTX 900 series "Two Times the Adventure" game bundle

In a bid to increase sales and show off some features, NVIDIA is offering The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Batman: Arkham Knight as a bundle with their GeForce GTX 970 and 980 model cards from participating retailers. If you're looking into the GTX 960 or a notebook containing the GTX 980M or 970M you'll receive a code for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt only.

 

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The codes for these games can be activated through Steam and are counted as pre-orders, meaning you can download and install the game before the official launch date.

 

These titles have been chosen due to them allowing NVIDIA's GameWorks technology, enabling new features such as HairWorks in The Witcher 3, PhysX-accellerated cloth effects and destruction plus HBAO+ in both available games.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 video game coming later this year

Last November, game publisher Activision confirmed a new Tony Hawk video game was in development, and word comes today of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. Developer Robomodo and Activision want to give gamers the classic game play of the original Tony Hawk Pro Skater series, and will include single-player, competitive play, and online co-op.

 

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Pro Skater 5 will hit the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 before the end of 2015, and an Xbox 360 and PS3 version will be released later.

 

The new title will feature Nyjah Huston, Ishod Wair, Aaron Homoki, Lizzie Armanto, Riley Hawk, David Gonzalez, Chris Cole, Andrew Reynolds, and Leticia Bufoni.

Report: Mobile gaming to surpass rivals, becoming $45B market by 2018

Mobile gaming is an absolutely huge business, as smartphones and tablets continue to reach new phone owners across the world. Game software revenue is expected to generate $88 billion revenue in 2015, and surpass $110 billion in 2018, according to the Digi-Capital intelligence firm.

 

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The mobile market is expected to draw more interest than console games, but Steam PC titles and free-to-play game titles weren't included in the research.

 

"Where mobile games will take $3 of every $10 spent by gamers on software in 2015, that figure will go up to $4 out of every $10 by 2018," said Tim Merel, founder and managing director of Digi-Capital, in a report. "Mobile games revenue will grow from $29 billion in 2015 to $45 billion by 2018 at 15 percent annual growth."

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Lost Planet 3 developers Spark Unlimited shuts down

If you were a fan of their wide range of Spark Unlimited's developed games including Lost Planet 3, Call of Duty: Finest Hour and Ninja Gaiden Z this news will come as a shock as this company has laid off its workforce and shut down.

 

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In an interview with IGN, John Butrovich from Spark Unlimited stated "Yes, Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile development doesn't service the needs nor desires of Spark as an entity," adding "As such, Spark as we know will cease operations with various splinter efforts focusing on some new dynamic projects inside and outside of game development."

 

Published by Capcom in 2013, Lost Planet 3 was reported by this giant as selling "below expectations"

Sega won't have E3 booth, focusing more on restructuring instead

Sega won't have a large presence at the E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles next month, choosing not to have a booth.

 

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Earlier in the year, Sega announced it was going to restructure, which includes moving its San Francisco office down to southern California - and any Sega games at the show will be hosted by its industry partners.

 

"Over the next months, Sega of America will be focusing on the restructure and relocation to southern California, and we have decided to not attend E3 with our own booth this year," a Sega spokesman told Game Informer.

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