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Epic is paying TONS of money for exclusives, dev says

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 17 hours ago

The biggest reason the Epic Games Store is an appealing platform for devs? Money, of course.




Epic Games has two major ways it lures developers onto its PC store: upfront cash from signing six- or twelve-month timed-exclusivity deals, and the promise of keeping 88% of revenue from all games sold. Both mechanisms are extremely powerful and attractive for everyone from smaller-scale indie devs like Saber Interactive to mega-million publishers like Ubisoft, Deep Silver, and 2K Games. Exclusivity is the only real advantage the Epic Store currently has over Steam, especially since Epic really doesn't make very many games any more besides Fortnite updates. Epic won't stop until it forces Steam to adopt a new revenue split--and it's forcing change with its Fortnite billions.


But how much does Epic pay out for these deals? It paid $2 million for Phoenix Point's one-year exclusivity. Now Sniper Elite developer Rebellion says Epic is paying quite a bit of cash to snag games for its store. "Generally I think I would prefer not to do exclusives but I understand Epic's position with it. Quite frankly they are paying through the nose to build their store. All credit to them, it's fantastic, and we'll take some of their money, thank you very much," Rebellion co-founder Jason Kingsley said at a recent Develop event in Brighton, UK.

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Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony move console production from China

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 17 hours ago

Thanks to the recent U.S.-China trade war, other major tech titans are pulling some of their console production out of China.




The specter of pricey tariffs have scared companies like Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony into moving games hardware manufacturing and assembly from China into other overseas regions, sources tell Nikkei Asian Review. New amendments would raise tariffs on China-imported goods by 25%, including console games hardware and accessories.


All three of the games industry's major players recently warned that tariffs would tremendously disrupt the precariously balanced and carefully calculated hardware industry, which relies on strict budgets and tight supply line margins to operate. The companies say that 96% of all consoles imported into the U.S. were made in China, and the region is host to major plants like Foxconn that create and assemble critical components such as processors. As a result of these disruptions, the MSRP of games console hardware is expected to rise as companies pass the increased costs onto consumers.

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Cuphead animated TV show happening at Netflix

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 3 days, 19 hours ago

Indie darling Cuphead makes for a great TV show, and Netflix agrees--that's why it's ordered an original series.




Cuphead is pretty much a playable cartoon turned into a hard-as-nails platformer, featuring hand-drawn animations straight out of the 1930's. Now the beloved game is getting a fully-fledged animated show over at Netflix, complete with that distinct visual style of the golden age of cartoons.


"The game that has won the hearts and minds of fans with its gorgeous retro hand-animated style, crazy boss-brawls, and challenging gameplay will come to life on television for the first time ever in The Cuphead Show!. The new series will expand on the characters and world of Cuphead, with an animation style inspired by the classic Fleischer cartoons from the 1930s," reads the official Netflix press announcement.

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Epic's PC exclusivity buy-ups aim to disrupt 70-30 split

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days ago

Epic boss Tim Sweeney explains why his company's new fledgling PC storefront keeps buying up exclusivity rights, and acknowledges its shortcomings.




Right now there's only one reason to use the Epic Games Store: it's the only place to buy and play certain games on PC. This is a huge advantage that Epic isn't about to give up any time soon. Epic is using its Fortnite billions to win over indie developers and even big-name players like Ubisoft, Deep Silver, and Take-Two. But for Epic, this strategy isn't necessarily about making money, or at least directly: it's about making a more sustainable industry for devs.


"We believe exclusives are the only strategy that will change the 70/30 status quo at a large enough scale to permanently affect the whole game industry," Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said on Twitter.

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Is Final Fantasy VII: Remake fully exclusive to PS4?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 2 hours ago

Final Fantasy VII: Remake might be a full-on PlayStation 4 exclusive after all, at least according to recent comments from Square Enix.




Despite issuing a press release hinting otherwise, Square Enix appears to rescind its earlier confirmations that Final Fantasy VII: Remake is only timed-exclusive on the PS4. "The highly anticipated FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE will debut first on the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system on March 3rd, 2020," reads the pre-E3 press release.


Xbox Germany recently erroneously announced the Remake for Xbox One, seemingly confirming our suspicions of a release on PC and Xbox. Now the games-maker says they flat-out don't have plans for other platforms. "As previously announced, Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be released for the PlayStation 4 on March 3rd 2020. We have no plans for other platforms," Square Enix told IGN. But it literally previously announced that the Remake will only release first on PS4, not that it's exclusive to PS4.

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Ed Boon teases DLC character Nightwolf for Mortal Kombat 11

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 5 hours ago

The Mortal Kombat 11 director, Ed Boon has taken to Twitter to tease the new DLC character Nightwolf that is on his way to Mortal Kombat 11.



This isn't the first time Boon has teased the upcoming DLC fighter, the first image that he released not to long ago showcased the characters hatchet. This time, Boon has released an image of the characters face and we can see the some of Nightwolf's facial features and color.


Judging by these teasers and how much Boon is teasing the character, we can assume that sometime soon we will be getting a reveal trailer for Nightwolf, so stay tuned. Mortal Kombat 11 is available on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC.

Sonic the Hedgehog movie character design should please fans

By: Jak Connor | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 4 days, 6 hours ago

Remembering back to May, we learned that the design of Sonic in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie was not good enough for fans. In response to Sonic's design, the movies director understood that a design change had to happen, and now we are hearing about what they have in-store.




The first trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie was released back in May and was met with heavy criticism by fans as Sonic's design was somewhat unsettling. Paramount and director Jeff Fowler took the criticism on-board and delayed the movie by about three months with a goal of changing Sonic's design to better accommodate fans desires. According to Tim Miller talking to Variety, a producer of the movie, "I think fans will be pleased" with Sonic's re-design.


Miller also touched on how everyone responded to fans criticism, saying "Look, I was with fans and so was Jeff. When the s**t hit the fan, I went over there and said, 'The most important thing to do, man, is say, 'I f**ked up. He'd already sent a tweet out an hour before I got there. He's a good man. It was exactly the right way to handle that. The fans have a voice in this too. There's a right way to listen." Many fans, including myself were extremely happy to hear that the decision was to postpone the movie so the studio had time to rework Sonic.

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NASA Hubble Telescope finds black hole gravitational anomaly

By: Jak Connor | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 4 days, 7 hours ago

There is many black holes throughout the observable universe, and as humans attempt to try and discover physics behind these strange matter eating giants we are constantly thrown off track by new information. Today is one of those days.




NASA has been using its Hubble Telescope which is designed to view deep into space at objects that are many, many light years away, such as black holes. At the heart of the NGC 3147 galaxy, which is 130 million light years away, the Hubble Telescope spotted a black hole that was acting differently than expected. Supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies are matter swallower's, as their huge mass has been pulled into an infinitely small space, where their gravitational pull becomes infinite and space-time curves inwards infinitely.


Keeping this in mind, active galaxies feed these supermassive black holes which are at the center of galaxies. Black holes having such a large gravitational pulls usually produce a ring of space debris that circle the hole until it is swallowed. Galaxies that are less active and have smaller black holes don't have the gravitational pull to produce these material rings. The black hole that is in NGC 3147 shouldn't be one of those producing a ring, as scientists assumed the hole was starving. That wasn't what the Hubble revealed though.

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Phenomenal Zelda & Link art encapsulates franchise legacy

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 8 hours ago

Being a gamer and coming across a piece of gaming art that truly captures the excellence of the desired game or franchise is always a pleasure. Today is one of those days, as we take a look at the legacy The Legend of Zelda franchise has created.




The above image was created by John Su, who is an programmer at Blizzard Entertainment and an art hobbyist. Looking at the image now, we are taken back to the roots of what The Legend of Zelda franchise has done for gamers. We can see the design progression of both Zelda and Link as the franchise paved its way forward, and while there is always certainly going to select fan favorites I believe each of the drawings provides some level of satisfaction for fans.


John Su has also posted in the Twitter thread other fun ideas he had when designing this piece, we can see that the Super Smash Bros. smash orb was jokingly placed in the middle of Zelda and Link and also a rupee. While this art piece is obviously incredible, I can't help but float the idea across that Ganon and his design progression would be a welcomed addition. Nice snag Destructoid!

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Co-created Halo sci-fi title 'Disintegration' teaser trailer

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 9 hours ago

One of the biggest gaming franchises ever released is no doubt the Halo franchise, and while you might not know the names behind the series other than Bungie, a decorated co-creator of the franchise has teased a new title.



The big name behind the new title which is called 'Disintegration' is Marcus Lehto, he was the creative director at Bungie for years as the Halo franchise was being rolled out. Disintegration seems to be taking the same route as the Halo, as the title is a sci-fi shooter and judging from the trailer players will be taking to the stars for an adventure.


Lehto will be developing the game with his own indie studio V1 Interactive and is also partnering with 2K Games' Private Division label for publishing purposes. There isn't much else to talk about for Disintegration, other than that more news is going to be released at this years GamesCom on August 19th. The trailer says that a "full reveal" will be happening on this date, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for Disintegration if you are a fan of Halo.