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News: DriveClub Developer Evolution Studios to Lose Around Half of Workforce

DriveClub Developer Evolution Studios to Lose Around Half of Workforce

Dark days

Evolution Studios will lose around 55 team members, sources have told Eurogamer.net. It was announced last week that the Runcorn-based outfit would be struck by layoffs, but now we have an idea of just how hard. The developer, which is currently supporting PlayStation 4 exclusive DriveClub, is roughly 100 staffers strong, so this will...

Soapbox: Has It Just Been a Bad Week for Games, Or Is This Simply a Sign of the Times?

Has It Just Been a Bad Week for Games, Or Is This Simply a Sign of the Times?

Sammy Barker reckons that the industry’s in one big scrap

You've got to take the rough with the smooth – but these past few days have been more rugged than Vin Diesel's right-angled jaw. It's not been a vintage week for the games industry, with Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima seemingly being pushed out of Konami, first-party developer...

Feature: The Seven Deadly Sins of Game Design

The Seven Deadly Sins of Game Design

You should know better

Frustration is an emotion that none of us want to feel, especially when we're playing video games. The problem is, of course, that frustration is always lurking just around the corner, unless you're like the gaming equivalent of the most meditative monk in the world – in which case, we salute your patience and...

News: DriveClub Developer Waylaid by Layoffs

DriveClub Developer Waylaid by Layoffs

Studio to focus on Season Pass and PlayStation Plus Edition

As has been rumoured for the past couple of days, DriveClub developer Evolution Studios has been struck by a round of layoffs. The studio best known for the MotorStorm series was purchased by Sony in 2007, but has had to weather some nasty storms in recent years. Long-term readers will...

Rumour: Konami Power Struggle Leads to Hideo Kojima Craziness

Konami Power Struggle Leads to Hideo Kojima Craziness

War never changes

Just as we were going to press with our report on suggestions that Hideo Kojima has parted company with Konami, our friends at GameSpot posted a slightly more speculative article regarding the inner-happenings at the Japanese publisher. According to the site – via an anonymous source – a power struggle between the organisati

News: Sony: Free-to-Play Will Become a Big Chunk of Our Revenues in the Future

Sony: Free-to-Play Will Become a Big Chunk of Our Revenues in the Future

On the rise

For many, free-to-play is a dirty word – but not for Sony, who's seeing significant success from the controversial business model. Speaking as part of a panel at the Game Developers Conference overnight, SCEA employee Sarah Thompson – who's in charge of the platform holder's free-to-play business – said that the organisation's seen...

News: You Can Now Make Your Own PS4 Games for Free with Unreal Engine 4

You Can Now Make Your Own PS4 Games for Free with Unreal Engine 4

Open the floodgates

Epic Games' game creation suite Unreal Engine was enormously successful in the previous generation, but it's found its grip on the industry loosening of late. With the uber-popular Unity providing a gateway for fledgling developers, and most big publishers like EA Games, Konami, and Capcom building proprietary technology, the...

News: PlayStation's Winning the Digital Games Revenue War

PlayStation's Winning the Digital Games Revenue War

And by quite some margin, it seems

When looking at console sales, people often overlook the network impact. Indeed, we're so focused on hardware numbers that we tend to forget that every PlayStation 4 sold means a potential PlayStation Plus subscription and various PlayStation Network purchases as well. It would appear that Sony's quietly lapping...

News: The Hunger Games' Lionsgate Makes a Large Investment in Telltale

The Hunger Games' Lionsgate Makes a Large Investment in Telltale

Studio planning 'super show'

Lionsgate, the film studio behind The Hunger Games, has announced that it's made a significant financial investment in The Walking Dead developer Telltale Games. While no new titles have been announced, it has been confirmed that the movie company's boss Jon Feltheimer will join the studio's board of directors. Former...

News: PS4 Takes Centre Stage in Sony's Big New Three Year Strategy

PS4 Takes Centre Stage in Sony's Big New Three Year Strategy

Growth driver

It's been obvious for a while, but Sony will continue to bet on the PlayStation 4 to put it back in the black. As part of a corporate strategy meeting earlier this week, the Japanese giant labelled its gaming business as a "growth driver", and recognised it as pivotal in its ambition of raising ¥500 billion ($4.2 billion) in earnings...

News: Resogun Developer's Making Something 'Explosive' with the Creator of Defender

Resogun Developer's Making Something 'Explosive' with the Creator of Defender

Smashin'

In many ways, Resogun is the modern day equivalent of Defender, so we're stoked to learn that developer Housemarque has teamed up with the creator of the 1981 arcade classic, Eugene Jarvis, to make something "explosive". The aforementioned industry veteran has a stunning track record, with Robotron and Smash TV also created under his...

Talking Point: Do Review Scores Have a Future?

Do Review Scores Have a Future?

Number games

After an incredible 15 years – and more 8/10 jokes than we care to count – Eurogamer.net has dropped review scores. It's not the first site to do so – both Kotaku and Joystiq (RIP) ditched numbers and stars a while ago – but the news seems significant this time because our buddies from Brighton operate a more traditional...

News: EA: Games Are Still Too Hard to Learn

EA: Games Are Still Too Hard to Learn

Don't pull that face

A top executive from EA Games has suggested that most video games are still too difficult for the average person to learn. We suspect that this statement is going to go down like a lead balloon, but we reckon that chief creative officer Richard Hilleman, who was speaking at the 2015 DICE Summit, may actually have a point. "The...

News: Colossal PS4 Sales Propel Struggling Sony to Profitability

Colossal PS4 Sales Propel Struggling Sony to Profitability

Job done

If you wondered why Sony was doubling down on PlayStation across the board, then its financial report for the quarter ending 31st December should give you some idea. According to data released by the Japanese giant overnight, the company turned a rare profit over Christmas – aided significantly by staggering PlayStation 4 sales numbers...

News: Sony Online Entertainment Drops PlayStation Exclusivity as Part of Acquisition

Sony Online Entertainment Drops PlayStation Exclusivity as Part of Acquisition

Now named Daybreak Game Company

Who wants a bombshell to shake them out of their Monday slumber? Sony Online Entertainment, the company behind EverQuest, has announced that it has been acquired by a New York-based investment company named Columbus Nova, meaning that the internally founded outfit will be going multiplatform in the future. The...