In The News
Someday maybe-soonish-in-the-grand-scheme-of-things, Pokemon fans will finally have a proper RPG on the Nintendo Switch. Game Informer’s Ben Hanson sat down with “Junichi Masuda and director Shigeru Ohmori” to talk more about the subdued E3 announcement.
Mmm burrito bowls. Chipotle is officially sponsoring OpTic Gaming and the team will sport its logo on their jerseys. “‘To have a food chain that massive be interested in esports is just the beginning,’ said Hector ‘H3cz’ Rodriguez, OpTic Gaming’s CEO and owner. ‘They’re starting out with us, and then where do they go from here? It never just stops with teams,’” Dot Esports’ Justin Binkowski reports.
PSA: Zapdos is yours to capture in Pokemon GO until Sept. 14.
Call of Duty is getting its own documentary, to be called “CODumentary.” It’s a 93-minute film by Devolver Digital — E3 attendees may remember Devolver as being the arcade and beer tent right outside the convention center. “Its Films division has now announced CODumentary—’a documentary following a story centered about the blockbuster videogame Call of Duty,’” Joe Donnelly at PC Gamer reports.
I refuse to let this get old. Yokohama is facing a “Pikachu Outbreak,” according to Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft, and they’re invading by land, air and sea. “The Pikachu is taking over Yokohama until August 15 but will be ruling Japan forever.”
Ubisoft now has a studio in Stockholm lead by Patrick Bach, VentureBeat’s Stephanie Chan writes. “Ubisoft opened up two new offices in France and Germany, and it now has over 30 studios worldwide … Its latest project is a game adaptation of Avatar in partnership with Fox Interactive and Lightstorm Entertainment. Ubisoft Stockholm and Massive will be working together on future projects.”
Jeff Minter is joining Atari to revitalize Tempest 2000, a game he helped create in 1994. “Tempest was one of Atari’s flagship coin-operated arcade games,” Engadget’s David Lumb explains. “While Minter had gotten into legal kerfuffles with Atari over his later games’ similarities to Tempest 2000, they’ve apparently set enough differences aside for him to helm the next version.”
Not-FF11-but-still-awesome Final Fantasy XIV has topped 10 million players, Square Enix announced. “This milestone coincides with the release of Patch 4.06 and the start of the annual Moonfire Faire seasonal event,” Hardcore Gamer’s Steve Hannley reports.
Sybo Games and Kiloo Games are in hot water after being sued by American parents for allegedly sharing childrens’ information with other companies, Gamasutra’s Alex Wawro reports. “The lawsuit prominently cites COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protectin Act) … the top game named in this lawsuit is Sybo and Kiloo’s flagship free-to-play mobile game Subway Surfers.”
EA Sports has revealed the talent behind NBA Live 18’s upcoming soundtrack. Artists feature “Kid Cudi, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, and Gorillaz,” GameSpot’s Eddie Makuch reports. Makuch also has a Spotify embed if you want to listen to some of the songs.