Posts Tagged ‘Tencent’

J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot forms games division

Bad Robot, the production company of J.J. “I make every show and movie starting with ‘Star'” Abrams, have officially opened a video games division. They have dabbled in games before, including collaborating with Valve on Team Fortress 2’s Pass Time mode and with ChAIR on the still-unseen Spyjinx, but now they’re really going for it. Video games are a good match for J.J.: they share the same wild lust for exaggerated lensflare effects. What makes this most interesting is that the creative director of Bad Robot Games is Tim Keenan, the creator of wonderful low-fi sci-fi horror Duskers. Read the rest of this entry »

Tencent grab majority stake in Path Of Exile devs

Changes are afoot at Path Of Exile developers Grinding Gear Games, as Chinese publishers Tencent have bought a controlling stake in the Kiwi studio. Grinding Gear say that Tencent will help them grow and improve their action-RPG, with multiple expansions currently in the pipeline, and insist that the free-to-play game won’t become ‘pay-to-win’.

“We will remain an independent company and there won’t be any big changes to how we operate,” they say. Hmm! Path Of Exile is a corker, going from strength to strength across updates, so it’ll be interesting to see how this develops. Read the rest of this entry »

Caught In The: CrossFire Makes A Lot Of Money

Counter-Fire. No wait, I mean, Cross-Strike.

Do you remember CrossFire? John wrote about it back in 2008, when shortly before its western release some players noticed that the Counter-Strikey free-to-play shooter seemed to drop all pretense and include de_dust2 outright. John investigated, and its western publisher confirmed the map was included in the original release, but also that it would be removed before reaching our shores.

Anyway, that was back in 2008. Now CrossFire is the highest grossing free-to-play game in the world, according to a report by SuperData.
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Call Of Duty Online Is More Call Of Duty Than Call Of Duty

Word of warning: you probably cannot (easily) access Call of Duty Online. It’s a free-to-play extension of Activision’s cash cow that lays golden eggs, and it’s tailor-made for Chinese markets. That said, I simply must share this trailer with you, because it’s the most Call-of-Duty related Call of Duty thing I’ve seen in a long time. Two words: robot zombies.

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Big Is Beautiful: Monster Hunter Online Trailer

WHAT?
I think that’s a giant squirrel in the screenshot. I could find out if it is, but to be told it’s not would only make me sad. And the cropping is odd because I refused to chop the tip off that magnificent sword the player is wielding. The two together can only mean one thing. Monster Hunter Online! It’s the newly announced MMO based the Capcom console game that everyone on my Twitter feed seems to scrabbling around in. It’s currently only planned as a Chinese free-to-play title, but we know such distinctions are meaningless and arbitrary in the world of PC gaming. If enough people want it, it will happen. Just ask publishers Tencent to run it through Google Translate.
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Hey, Robot Rising Is Not Rise Of The Robots

Oh no, those robots are killing each other! Somebody do something!
Robot Rising is actually a Facebook-bound ARPG, featuring robots. But do they rise at all? Well, maybe a little bit, but mostly they kill other robots on a 2D 3D plane. Not much rising involved there. But anyway, even if you think social games are at an “evolutionary dead end” there’s still a glimmer of hope in the likes of the Robot Rising devs, Stomp Games, saying that they believe Facebook needs “core” games for more traditional gamers. Perhaps it does. And ARPGs might be a step in the right direction for that. Gunshine wasn’t too bad, either.

In summary: Robot Rising is in beta now, and there’s a trailer for its announcening below. Now it’s time for us all to make cup of tea simultaneously. Go!
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Epic’s Turning Chinese I Really Think So

why ain't this on GoG yet?

With the Western gaming industry, or at least the traditional boxed product aspect of it, currently in the doldrums (just ask Max Payne) many eyes have turned Eastwards. Huge audiences, huge development manpower, increasingly huge piles of cash, both real and potential. China especially is slowly moving into (and being moved into for) games, despite having a mainland ban of sorts on consoles, and the next major herald of its intentions comes in the news that Chinese giant Tencent has bought a “minority interest” in Jazz Jackrabbit developer, Epic.
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