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Evolve Open Beta Hits Xbox One on January 15

gamrFeed - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:23

Turtle Rock has announced that the open beta for Evolve will begin on January 15 exclusively on the Xbox One. Users who have Xbox Live Gold will gain access to the beta.

The beta will feature the Hunt game mode that allows people to play as the Goliath and Kraken monsters, as well as the first eight hunters. Also all 12 maps that come with the game will be playable. The game's Evacuation mode, which is a non-linear campaign will be added to the beta on January 17.

The PlayStation 4 and PC will have a closed technical test on January 16. User's won't have the chance to play the Evacuation mode and the unlocks won't be carried over to the official release of the game.

Evolve will be released on February 10 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/252525/evolve-open-beta-hits-xbox-one-on-january-15/

Capcom Using Unreal Engine 4 for Street Fighter V

gamrFeed - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:13

Capcom has revealed that it is licensing Epic Games' latest engine, Unreal Engine 4, to develop Street Fighter V. Staff from Epic Games will help the Street Fighter V development team with getting everything out of the engine.

"Our goal with the next generation of Street Fighter is to take our beloved fighting game franchise and bring it to our fans in the best way possible," said Capcom producer Bochan Kim. "In order to fully deliver on that promise, we know we have to incorporate the latest and greatest technology available, which is why we partnered with Epic Games to power Street Fighter V using Unreal Engine 4."

"This opportunity to help the development team using Unreal Engine 4 for the new title is a great honor for Epic, and I couldn't be more proud," said Epic Games Japan territory manager Taka Kawasaki.

Street Fighter V will be coming out for the PlayStation 4 and PC.

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/252524/capcom-using-unreal-engine-4-for-street-fighter-v/

Injustice: Gods Among Us Developer Opens New Orleans Studio

gamrFeed - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 06:04

Chicago-based developer High Voltage Software has opened up a new studio in New Orleans, according to Nola. The new studio is looking to hire 80 employees. The city is offering tax incentives of 35 percent in tax credit on payroll, 25 percent credit for production expensives and a $150,000 grant for location costs.

"This is really a case study on how you create a new industry," said Greater New Orleans Inc. president and CEO Michael Hecht. "You create the right policy. We encourage the development of places like the IP Building. You market it and eventually over time we are able to build this critical mass."

"This has been an easy decision," said High Voltage CEO Kerry Ganofsky.

"This is not about me getting a free back scratch," said High Voltage CEO Kerry Ganofsky talking about the tax incentives. "This is about me being able to reinvest. When you're doing something creative, you take risks to create something and sometimes those risks don't pan out. A tax credit like this gives you a little more buffer to take those risks and move on to the next level."

High Voltage developed games Injustice: Gods Among Us, Saints Row: Gat out of Hell DLC, and Toy Story Mania!

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/252523/injustice-gods-among-us-developer-opens-new-orleans-studio/

Former Codemasters Exec Hired by Redbox as New VP of Games

gamrFeed - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:56

Former Codemasters executive Bill West has been hired by rental company Redbox as their new vice president of video games, according to GamesIndustry. West will be working at Redbox's Santa Monica office.

"West brings extensive video game industry business planning and strategy expertise," said head of content Mike Saksa. "With our continuing focus on gaming, he'll work closely with publishers to drive title awareness and trial, while developing our strategy to transition consumers from current to new-generation consoles."

West had previously worked at Codemasters, Climax Group, Acclaim Entertainment, The Jim Henson Company and The Walt Disney Company.

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/252522/former-codemasters-exec-hired-by-redbox-as-new-vp-of-games/

China's Gaming Industry Hit $18.5 Billion in 2014

gamrFeed - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:47

The Chinese market has exploded in recent years and hit a new record for 2014, according to Xinhua News Agency. The gaming industry saw revenue increase 37.7 percent year-over-year to $18.5 billion.

The growth in sales was mainly due to the strength of mobile gaming. Mobile gaming jumped a massive 145 percent year-over-year to $4.4 billion. Social gaming increased 52.5 percent to $11.7 billion.

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/252521/chinas-gaming-industry-hit-185-billion-in-2014/

Haikyu!! Volleyball TV Anime Gets Sequel

Anime News Network - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:24
1st 25-episode season ended in September
Categories: General Anime

See The Weapon That Beats The Wave Motion Gun In The New Yamato Movie

Kotaku - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 05:00

As far as I know, we still haven't gotten the new Space Battleship Yamato 2199 TV/movie series in the United States, even after it aired a whole season in Japan. But now, there's a follow-up movie, Star-Voyaging Ark, in which the Yamato gets hit with a weapon called the Flame Direct Attack Cannon, that can "transcend space."

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Gate: Jiei-tai Ka no Chi ni te, Kaku Tatakaeri Military Fantasy Novels Get TV Anime

Anime News Network - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:54
Story of Japanese Self-Defense Force soldiers traveling to alternate world began as web novel
Categories: General Anime

Daiichi Pan TCG promotion starting off 2015: Five promo cards, two exclusive

BulbaNews - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 04:12
Starting on Jan. 1, 2015 will be a new promotion held by Daiichi Pan for the Pokémon Card Game. Each 2-pack of Choco Bread and Ham Mayonnaise Bread will also include one of five possible promotional cards: Pikachu, Fennekin, Hawlucha, Meowth, or Inkay. The Pikachu, Fennekin, and Hawlucha are specially stamped prints of previously released promotional cards, while the Meowth and Inkay are brand new promotional cards, complete with complementary artwork.
Categories: Pokemon News

Luffy Leads in One Piece Character Poll

Anime News Network - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:50
Weekly Shonen Jump published the results for the yearly One Piece character poll on Monday. Monkey D. Luffy scored highest in the poll with 9,183 total...
Categories: General Anime

The Folks Who Made Mad Men's Intro Also Make Game Trailers

Kotaku - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:00

The Folks Who Made Mad Men's Intro Also Make Game Trailers

Imaginary Forces is a creative design studio that works on all kinds of stuff, from trailers to game logos. You might have seen their God of War clip, but you've definitely seen their Marvel work, as it's the "flipbook" animation that plays before every one of the company's superhero movies. Oh, and they also did the iconic intros to Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire.

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JoJo's, Yu-Gi-Oh, Attack on Titan, Pokemon More Offered on Free Comic Book Day

Anime News Network - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:00
Free Comic Book Day will take place nationwide on Saturday, May 2, 2015
Categories: General Anime

3rd Live-Action Kenshin Film Wins Audience Award at Australia's Japanese Film Festival

Anime News Network - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 02:30
Other top picks include Thermae Romae II, Giovanni's Island, Tamako Market film
Categories: General Anime

The Most Random Game Of Fallout

Kotaku - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 02:00

The Most Random Game Of Fallout

If nothing else, I have to admire this Fallout: New Vegas player for his persistence. He's making every choice by rolling D20 dice. New Vegas is a huge game with countless dialogue options. That's, um—let me see, carry the several thousand—a megafuckton of real-life dice rolls.

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Air Master's Shibata Starts Yōkai Banchō Manga

Anime News Network - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 02:00
Series by 81diver creator to begin in January
Categories: General Anime

Luke's Top Ten Games Of 2014

Kotaku - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 01:30

Luke's Top Ten Games Of 2014

2014 was indeed a disappointing year for video games, punctuated by some big-budget misfires. But hey, it's not like every game released in 2014 sucked. Some were OK! And some were even better than OK.

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JAST USA Adds Girlish Grimoire Littlewitch Romanesque to Steam Greenlight

Anime News Network - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 01:00
All ages version on Steam Greenlight, adult version available for preorder
Categories: General Anime

Aww, The Dragon Age Dragon Thinks It's A Helicopter

Kotaku - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 00:30

Dragons are supposed to be Dragon Age's most fearsome foe. That's why they are in the title! This dragon didn't get that memo, though.

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Minecraft's Creator Buys The Most Expensive House In Beverly Hills

Kotaku - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 00:28

Minecraft's Creator Buys The Most Expensive House In Beverly Hills

In case you needed a material transaction to show you just how much money Markus Persson, aka Notch, has having sold Mojang (and Minecraft) to Microsoft, take a look at this: the dude just paid $70 million (and maybe beat out Beyonce & Jay-Z) to buy the most expensive house in Beverly Hills.

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Dude Kills Arcade Machine With Badass Spinning Kick

Kotaku - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 00:00

Dude Kills Arcade Machine With Badass Spinning Kick

It's a boxing game, dude. You're breaking the rules. And by the look of that hit counter going beserk in slow-mo, you're breaking the game as well.

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