No, that’s not a typo. Welcome to the Weekly Warp-Up, your weekly wrap-up of the biggest and the best articles posted at Warp Zoned this week…
This week is all about major business moves, so get set to hear a bunch of executivespeak.
Activision can now be considered an “independent” company because CEO Bobby Kotick and other investors have bought the company from Vivendi for $8 billion. And speaking of the indie movement, Microsoft has decided to allow independent developers to follow Sony and Nintendo’s lead. Reversing a previous policy decision, Big Redmond has announced that indie developers will be able to self-publish their games on the Xbox One.
Finally, Precursor Games is taking another crack at funding Shadow of the Eternals, their spiritual sequel to Eternal Darkness, through Kickstarter. Those crazy kids have been through a lot, but they just might do it this time.
That’s all the business news we’ve got, but you can find even more of this week’s new news after the break.
The Week in Reviews…
- Deadpool: SUCK IT WOLVERINE!!
The Week in New Games…
- This Week’s Releases: The Smurfs 2
- This Week’s PlayStation Network Update: Stealth Inc, Zeno Clash II, Do Not Fall, and more.
- This Week’s XBLA Wednesday: Zeno Clash II, Mars: War Logs
- This Week’s Nintendo Download: Kid Icarus, Picross E3, Chain Blaster, and more.
- Next Week’s Releases: Terraria: Collector’s Edition
Amazing Paperboy Delivers…
- Nintendo and Namco Bandai have released the latest update to the Mario Kart Arcade series: Mario Kart Arcade GP DX.
- Author Neil Gaiman will help develop a video game for the first time when Wayward Manor releases this Fall.
- Activision has finally (and officially) announced Call of Duty: Ghosts will be coming to the Wii U.
- Another rogue joins Batman: Arkham Origins… The Mad Hatter.
- NetherRealm will add Martian Manhunter to Injustice: Gods Among Us on July 30.
It’s A Secret To Everybody…
- A Producer at Warner Bros. “confirms” that Mortal Kombat 10 is in development. It’s a bombshell, but it’s also really not surprising.
- Capcom has no plans to resurrect the Darkstalkers franchise again.
- Rockstar has renewed the trademark to Agent, their in-development 70s spy game.
- Saints Row IV will be released in August, but do you know how Volition originally wanted to end it? With a big Bollywood-style dance number! Yes, really.
Our UK Correspondent, Andrew Rainnie, takes another look at some of Kickstarter’s most promising game-related projects in the latest edition of Kickstart This!