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‘Cyberpunk 2077’ is getting a sequel – potentially with multiplayer - nme.com
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‘Cyberpunk 2077’ is getting a sequel – potentially with multiplayer
CD Projekt Red has announced that 2020 RPG Cyberpunk 2077 is getting a new sequel, which will continue to explore the game’s “dark future universe.”In a tweet published today (October 4), the developer revealed that the sequel is being created under the name Project Orion.“Orion is a codename for our next Cyberpunk game, which will take the Cyberpunk franchise further and continue harnessing the potential of this dark future universe,” read the announcement.“Our plans are certainly ambitious, and call for a great deal of work, dedication and further growth,” said CD Projekt CEO Adam KicińskiOrion is a codename for our next Cyberpunk game, which will take the Cyberpunk franchise further and continue harnessing the potential of this dark future universe. pic.twitter.com/JoVbCf6jYZ— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) October 4, 2022Little else has been shared about the Cyberpunk 2077 sequel, however a group strategy update from CD Projekt Red has shared that it plans to “introduce multiplayer experiences” and “boost development abilities to deliver more content to gamers with a prime focus on quality.” Cyberpunk 2077 was planned to add multiplayer after release, but woes around the game’s launch led to this being cancelled.Those woes saw Cyberpunk 2077 launch in 2020 to some controversy as it was released with so many bugs and performance issues on its PS4 edition that Sony pulled it from the PlayStation store, refunding players.
Indie game publisher Wired Productions announces music label - nme.com
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Indie game publisher Wired Productions announces music label
Wired Productions has announced the launch of Black Razor Records, a music label that will raise money for mental health charity Safe In Our World with its first EP.Black Razor Records will aim to “merge video games with creative, original music and give music creators a paltform to showcase and commercialise their talent.”The label’s first release will be ‘Arcade Paradise EP’, which features music from Arcade Paradise – a Wired-published indie game that we gave four-stars in our review this year.‘Arcade Paradise EP’ is a collaboration between former Prodigy live drummer Kieron Pepper, Stu Brootal of Ivar & The Horde, and producer Ben Pickersgill.Discussing the EP, Pepper shared that the story of Arcade Paradise and protagonist Ashley’s “struggle with authority is one we have all experienced at some point in our lives.””When we were briefed about the theme, it was easy to quickly understand and relate to,” added Pepper. “Stu Brootal and his crew [Ivar & The Horde] smash it out of the park with the right level of anger and energy.”All proceeds from sales of the EP on Bandcamp will be donated to Safe In Our World, a charity that aims to improve mental health awareness within the video game industry.“Music has always been in the DNA of Wired Productions, so setting up a music label is a natural step for us,” explained Leo Zullo, managing director at Wired Productions.
Holly Willoughby - Phillip Schofield - Boris Johnson - ‘Duke Smoochem 3D’ takes aim at Liz Truss and “dystopian” ‘This Morning’ competition - nme.com - Britain - city Douglas
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‘Duke Smoochem 3D’ takes aim at Liz Truss and “dystopian” ‘This Morning’ competition
Dan Douglas has added This Morning‘s “dystopian” energy bill competition to Duke Smoochem 3D, a satirical mod for Duke Nukem 3D that parodies British current events.As shared on Twitter yesterday (September 5), the latest update from Douglas adds This Morning‘s Spin To Win competition, which offered one player the chance to win £1000 or four months of their energy bills paid.“Spin to Win your energy bill on This Morning, in Duke Nukem 3D,” said Douglas, revealing a brief clip of Duke Smoochem 3D that shows the Spin To Win wheel turning as This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby take a selfie with Boris Johnson.Spin to Win your energy bill on This Morning, in Duke Nukem 3D pic.twitter.com/Y3MWKqG0RD— Dan Douglas (@dandouglas) September 5, 2022This Morning‘s Spin To Win competition has been heavily criticised on social media, with one viewer labelling it as “dystopian” and “tone deaf” to Britain’s current cost of living crisis.Today (September 6), Douglas has followed up with a reference to Liz Truss becoming Prime Minister. Under graffiti that reads ‘Tory Scum’, a copy of The Mirror‘s ‘Same Old Tories‘ front page has been placed.that front page is going in obviously pic.twitter.com/lelOb1SXB0— Dan Douglas (@dandouglas) September 6, 2022Duke Smoochem 3D is a popular mod with Twitter users, as Douglas is quick to update the mod with any bizarre British event that captures the site’s attention.
Crystal Dynamics - Square Enix - Square Enix appears to be opening a new Western studio - nme.com - London - Japan
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Square Enix appears to be opening a new Western studio
Square Enix could be opening a new studio in the West.The application appeared on the database last week on August 17 where it was filed, created and formalised, and it currently appears to be pending  (via VGC).It looks like the new Western studio will be called Studio Onoma and will focus on developing and “publishing of computer game software and video game software.”The application also includes additional details for the services and goods the studio will provide, such as strategy guides, posters, casual clothing, toys, games, and playthings, “namely action figures, [and] handheld battery-operated games”. Square Enix Newco Limited is listed as the trademark applicant, which is a recently established company in London, England.Earlier this month, it was reported that Square Enix is looking to sell off stakes in Western studios in a bid to “improve capital efficiency.” This follows the sale of Crystal Dynamics and Eidos to Embracer Group back in early May. The deal was worth around £240million ($300million) and included Square Enix studios Crystal Dynamics, Square Enix Montréal, and Eidos.In July, the founder of Eidos, Stephane D’Astous, stated that the Final Fantasy publisher may have sold its Western developers to gear up for a Sony acquisition.At the time, he said: “If I read between the lines, Square Enix Japan was not as committed as we hoped initially.
‘Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic’ remake reportedly delayed indefinitely - nme.com
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‘Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic’ remake reportedly delayed indefinitely
Aspyr Media‘s Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic remake has been put on hold, following the abrupt firing of two senior developers.According to a report published by Bloomberg last night (July 26), Aspyr Media has placed development for Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic on indefinite hold.Bloomberg adds that earlier in the month, studio heads at Aspyr told employees that the project had been paused while the studio looked for “new contracts and development opportunities.”Along with the indefinite delay, Aspyr also reportedly fired the art director and design director for the remake.The report also alleges that Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic has suffered an unsustainable development cycle. An anonymous source familiar with the project told Bloomberg that too much time and money had been put into making a demo of the game for Lucasfilm and Sony, while multiple developers said the game was more likely to release in 2025, rather than Aspyr’s projected 2022 launch.Some staff at Aspyr claim that Saber Interactive, which joined the project in May 2022, could take over development completely.When Saber Interactive’s participation was announced, Embracer board member Matthew Karch said that while the team was “fully confident that the game is going to be fantastic,” the scope of the project means it will take time to complete.“It’s a massive, massive product and massive products require a lot of effort and a lot of time to make good.
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