In what is clearly a record for an already over-saturated market, All Points Bulletin, the hybrid MMO/shooter from the beleaguered Realtime Worlds, has closed down after less than three short months in the wild.
The internet already has a compelling lawsuit-load of evidence of the many failures at Realtime Worlds that lead up to this point, not least this blog currently being maintained by ex-staffer Luke Halliwell, who vents his thoughts quite vigourously at the mis-management that clearly went on behind the scenes.
Regardless, following a month of administration and a clear inability to find a rescue buyer, the decision was made to close the servers down. Community [...]
Following the closure of their satellite studios earlier in the month and various rumours regarding their status, Bo & Ulf Andersson (aka. The Brothers GRIN) have announced that the doors at the Swedish studio are closed for good.
The main reason cited is various publishers withholding cash, possibly due the mediocre sales and reception of Bionic Commando (the long-awaited sequel of the infamous Capcom property), Wanted: Weapons of Fate & Terminator: Salvation (both movie licensed properties heavily slated for linearity, duff gameplay and barely 10 hours of gameplay between them.
For this writer, however, GRIN will always be remembered for Ballistics, the [...]
Deadline Games, purveyor of the fun Total Overdose, the disappointingly average Watchmen: The End is Nigh and the stillborn Faith and a .45, have supposedly filed for bankruptcy.
The news comes on the eve of much speculation about the companies future and the confusion about whether the second episode will hit the PC or not. Thank god it (apparantly) is coming to the Windows platform - I can't stand episodic series that aren't finished...
Watchmen: The End is Nigh - Episode 2 is coming to the Xbox 360, PS3 and (possibly) Windows via the Steam platform in July. The console versions are also receiving a retail release.
Gameindustry.biz carries the unfortunate news that Nintendo are too raise the trade price for the Wii in the UK to the order of £18-20 (from its current RRP of £179.99), despite the console making a profit from day one and selling more boxes than, well, boxes of boxes!
The excuse? The collapsing value of the pound, which was (probably) ruined by all those Americans who took up mortgages on $300,000 houses despite working in McD's.
What this means for the Wii @ Wii-tail is unknown, seeing as supermarkets tend to absorb most price rises to generate sales and the high-street brands are slowly bring their retail sales into parity with their internet sales following [...]
GameIndustry.biz has a very interesting editorial article on how the dire economic situation™ might stifle creativity in the industry following the risk associated with commercial failure of products based on newly developed IPs such as Dead Space & Mirror's Edge.
Luckily, there's light at the end of the tunnel as, with the avenues for distribution ever expanding on every format under the sun, independent creativity will almost certainly ensure a constant stream of reasonably priced, overtly playable and, most importantly, innovative releases for years too come.
Check it out here.
Despite everyone's misgivings and apathy towards Haze, I don't think anyone was happy to see Free Radical go to the wall. The company was one of the first victims of the economic downturn and has been operating in administration on a skeleton staff whilst a buyer was sought.
Well, now one has, and it's everyones favourite teutonic crybabies, Crytek.