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    Layoffs at Sega of America

    By GameSpot,

    Representative confirms company has "undergone a restructure" resulting in unspecified number of job cuts.




    Sega of America has cut an unspecified number of jobs as part of a restructuring process, a representative for the publisher confirmed with GamesBeat.



    "As the gaming industry continues to evolve, companies must adapt and adjust in order to compete and succeed in an ever-changing environment," the company said.


    "As a result of this, Sega of America has recently undergone a restructure that will enable the company to focus efficiently on developing new and existing content across digital platforms as well as continuing to focus on key brands for packaged goods."


    It is unclear how many jobs were cut or which divisions were hit, though GamesBeat understands that the number of affected employees is "small."


    Sega of America parent company Sega Sammy recently acquired Index Corporation, the owner of Persona and Shin Megami Tensei developer Atlus.


    The company also purchased Relic Entertainment and the Company of Heroes franchise for $26.6 million during the THQ bankruptcy auction in January.



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    Next-gen Deus Ex in the works

    By GameSpot,

    Eidos Montreal confirms new game in series coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 as part of new Deus Ex: Universe program.




    Eidos Montreal today announced that it has entered into production of a new Deus Ex game for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The most recent core Deus Ex game was 2011's Deus Ex: Human Revolution.



    "We're very excited about it at the studio and I wanted to let you know that most of the team behind Deus Ex: Human Revolution is already working hard on this new game," Eidos Montreal studio head David Anfossi said. "It took us four years to learn how to create a unique Deus Ex experience with Human Revolution and it was important for me to keep this knowledge within the franchise."


    The image released in conjunction with the game announcement is a piece of concept art that shows "trans-humanism segregation," described as the backdrop to Eidos Montreal's vision for the next-gen Deus Ex game.


    "It represents a 'ghetto-city' voluntarily built in order to separate the classes. The people in this segregated class have reshaped their environment, nostalgic for their ideal of Cyber Renaissance," Anfossi said. "This dark and dystopian vision sets the tone for things to come in Deus Ex."


    Gamers excited for the new Deus Ex game may want to pare back their enthusiasm, as Anfossi said "don't expect to hear much more from us just yet."


    The untitled next-gen Deus Ex game will be part of a new concept Eidos Montreal is calling the Deus Ex: Universe. The aim of this program is to "create an ongoing, expanding, and connected game world built across a generation of core games."


    "It's a commitment on our part to deliver meaningful content that expands the franchise on a regular basis and to deliver a deep conspiracy that will span several connected Deus Ex games, creating a more immersive and richer experience than ever before," Anfossi said.


    Deus Ex: Universe will include PC and console games, as well as titles and experiences available through tablets, smartphones, books, and graphic novels.


    It was also confirmed today that the Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut will be released on October 22 in North America and October 25 in PAL regions on Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The game will feature second-screen functionality through SmartGlass, PlayStation Vita, and the Wii U GamePad.


    Eidos Montreal is currently working on 2014's Thief reboot for current- and next-generation consoles.



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    "Next-gen Deus Ex in the works" was posted by Eddie Makuch on Wed, 02 Oct 2013 07:27:01 -0700


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    Microsoft investors calling for Gates to retire - Report

    By GameSpot,

    Sources says three of top 20 investors in Microsoft Corp. are pushing the board of directors to press Bill Gates to step down as chairman.




    Top Microsoft Corp. investors are pushing the board of directors to have Bill Gates step down as chairman, people familiar with the matter have told Reuters. Gates cofounded Microsoft in 1975 and is currently helping the company find a replacement for outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer.



    The report claims three of the top 20 Microsoft Corp. investors, who collectively hold more than 5 percent of the company's stock, are leading the effort, though these parties were not named. Gates owns around 4.5 percent of the company and is its largest individual shareholder.


    It is not clear if Microsoft's board would listen to the wishes of the three investors. A Microsoft Corp. representative declined to comment when approached by Reuters.


    "The three investors are concerned that Gates' role as chairman effectively blocks the adoption of new strategies and would limit the power of a new chief executive to make substantial changes," the Reuters report states. "In particular, they point to Gates' role on the special committee searching for Ballmer's successor."


    The sources also said that they are worried that Gates "wields power out of proportion to his declining shareholding." Gates spends most of his time on his philanthropic endeavors, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Reuters said.


    According to the report, Gates sells about 80 million shares per year as part of a pre-set plan. If continued, he would have no financial stake in Microsoft Corp. by 2018.


    Ballmer announced in August that he would retire within the next year. Ford CEO Alan Mulally is reportedly a top candidate to replace him.



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    Maxis considering mod support for SimCity

    By GameSpot,

    User Generated Content guidelines to be finalised over the next few weeks.




    Developer Maxis has announced its stance on User Generated Content (UGC) created for its urban planning simulation game SimCity.




    Posting on the official Electronic Arts (EA) forum, staff member MaxisKane announced the first draft of the UGC guidelines and invited fans to participate in the discussion.


    According to the post, official members of the SimCity development team will be active in the thread for "the next few weeks" to gather feedback. A final version of the official guidelines will then be created.


    The first draft of the User Generation Content guidelines outline what constitutes acceptable standards for content, including the replacement of art assets. It also states that UGC which effects multiplayer games and features are disallowed.


    SimCity's launch in March was beset by server woes, though this has not kept the game from selling more than 1.6 million copies since launch. Publisher EA recently announced an expansion titled Cities of Tomorrow, the first add-on for SimCity. Cities of Tomorrow is scheduled for release on November 12 for PC and Mac.



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    Mighty No. 9 coming to Xbox One, PS4, 3DS, PS Vita

    By GameSpot,

    [uPDATE] Kickstarter campaign for Mega Man creator's new platformer surpasses $3.5 million with just hours remaining; closes at $3,845,048 from 67,222 backers.




    [uPDATE] The Kickstarter campaign for Mighty No. 9 has closed, drawing a total of $3,845,048 from 67,222 backers.


    The original story is below


    With just two hours remaining, the Kickstarter campaign for Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune's Mighty No. 9 has surpassed $3.5 million, meaning the game will be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, 3DS, and PlayStation Vita. The funding milestone was achieved earlier today.



    At press time, funding for Mighty No. 9 stands at $3,629,125 from 63,513 backers. The campaign closes at 8:19 p.m. EDT this evening. The game is expected to be released in April 2015.


    With more than $3.5 million raised, the Kickstarter campaign for Mighty No. 9 is the third largest in the platform's history for a gaming project.


    Inafune announced and launched the Kickstarter campaign for Mighty No. 9 during PAX Prime last month. It reached its initial $900,000 target in under two days.


    For more, check out GameSpot's interview with Inafune about the Kickstarter project and his thoughts on the Japanese gaming industry, among other topics.



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    Warcraft movie set for release Dec. 18, 2015

    By GameSpot,

    Blizzard Entertainment confirms release date for upcoming movie based on fantasy series from Legendary Pictures.




    The World of Warcraft movie will be released in theaters on December 18, 2015, Blizzard Entertainment announced today.


    We�re pleased to announce that
    Pictures� WARCRAFT will be released by
    on December 18, 2015.


    — World of Warcraft (@Warcraft)


    The film is being directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and could feature In Bruges actor Colin Farrell and There Will Be Blood's Paul Dano in lead roles.


    The film's plot remains largely under wraps, though a past report suggests the movie will feature "time travel and alien worlds."


    "The opportunity to do something like Warcraft is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. You hope that you're going to get the chance to make films where you really get to delve into fantasy," Jones said during San Diego Comic-Con in July, where a teaser for the movie was shown. "And with Warcraft, I actually get to create a world and there's not that many filmmakers who get the chance to start from scratch and build something that big. I know how lucky I am and I am so excited to do it."




    At the time, Jones also briefly discussed the challenge of creating a film based on a franchise that millions of people the world over are already connected to.


    "I'm well aware of it. And a lot of people who are my friends play and I used to play. I'm very aware of what the goal is there to achieve," he said.


    The big-screen adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment's fantasy series was announced during E3 2006. Spider-Man director Sam Raimi was at one point attached to the film, though he would later drop out, claiming Blizzard "mismanaged" the film.



    The Warcraft film is believed to have a budget that exceeds $100 million.


    Production on the film will begin in January. Blood Diamond and K-PAX writer Charles Leavitt authored the most recent version of the World of Warcraft film's script.



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