Tiburon Veterans Found Studio For Mobile/Social/PC Titles

PixelFoundry has been founded by technical lead Volga Aksoy and creative lead Jerry Phaneuf. The ex-EA Tiburon staffers will work on a PC real-time strategy called BlackSpace, and will also release social and mobile titles in the future.

“In line with some of the forward thinking independent developers out there, we really want to get the community involved with the game, incrementally releasing features and enhancements, while getting reactions and suggestions,” explained Phaneuf.

Source: Gamasutra

EverQuest Goes Free-To-Play March 16

Sony Online Entertainment has confirmed that EverQuest will be going free-to-play on March 16. The date also marks the 13th anniversary of the game launching.

“Through this brand new membership system (Free, Silver and Gold), players of every type will now be able to play EverQuest in a way that best suits their needs. Former, new and current EQ players will be able to dive into the 18 expansions and countless game updates that have released since its initial launch in 1999,” said SOE in a statement. “EverQuest‘s new free-to-play system will be available to all PC players worldwide, including options for Free, Silver ($5.00) and Gold ($14.99) memberships. A matrix further detailing the three new EQ membership levels is available here: everquest.station.sony.com/free” {link no longer active}.

Blizzard Free-To-Play Game Reportedly In The Works

Reports are that Blizzard is working on a free-to-play game right now. It is unknown if this title would be the long rumored Project Titan, though the studio’s development capacity exceeds its currently announced development load.

“It certainly is possible, if we find ourselves in that circumstance, or if we come up with a game where we think that’s the right business model, the most appropriate for players to experience it,” said Blizzard COO Paul Sams at BlizzCon 2011. “We don’t have any opposition to the concept [of F2P], it’s just that at this point we haven’t decided to make a game where that is the model. But that doesn’t mean that we won’t.”

AMD Might Provide Processor Power To PS4

Reports are suggesting that Sony is working with AMD on the PS4. This would mean that AMD would be working on Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony’s next-generation consoles.

AMD provided the graphical and main processors of the Xbox 360 and Wii, but Nvidia was responsible for the GPU of the PS3. Neither Sony nor AMD had an official comment on the rumor.

Source: Forbes

T-Mobile Protests Verizon’s Spectrum Acquisition

T-Mobile USA is requesting that the federal government block the purchase of wireless spectrum from cable companies that Verizon Wireless has proposed. They believe that the spectrum deal involving Comcast, Time Warner, Bright House Networks and Cox Communications, will grant too much power to the number one carrier in the U.S.

“[The spectrum in question] is unlikely to provide any near-term benefits to Verizon Wireless customers,” T-Mobile said in its filing. “Rather, the principal impact of the acquisition would be to foreclose the possibility that this spectrum could be acquired by smaller competitors — such as T-Mobile — who would use it more quickly, more intensively, and more efficiently than Verizon Wireless.”

These agreements have already raised concerns among some politicians, noting that Verizon and Comcast, in particular, would essentially be on the same team. “These joint-marketing agreements will turn these rival companies into partners, rather than competitors,” wrote Senator Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, in a letter to the commission this month. “I fear this will ultimately mean less competition, less choice, and higher prices for consumers.”

T-Mobile says that the spectrum transfer would limit the ability for competitors to build so-called fourth-generation LTE networks. At the same time, the mobile company announced that it would spend $4 billion on its network over the coming years, including $1.4 billion in incremental network investment in the next two years, to deploy LTE and expand the coverage of its HSPA+ network, partially using spectrum gained from the failed merger with AT&T.

Source: New York Times

Industrial Toys Founded By Bungie Veteran

Bungie co-founder Alex Seropian has revealed that his new company will be Industrial Toys. Along with work at Bungie that includes Marathon and Halo, he helped found Wideload Games and headed up the core gaming team at Disney Interactive Studios.

“We’re big fans of mobile gaming, but we think there aren’t enough great mobile games for core gamers and we want to try and change that,” reads the company’s description. “We’ll be mobile to the core, with games that let you have an immersive session at home that blows your mind apart as well as a 30-second experience that still moves you forward while you’re waiting for the bus. We’re going deep on story and community and all that crunchy goodness that we like to geek out on.”

“We believe that the future of gaming is about being accessible without sacrificing quality,” it continues. “That mobile technology allows us the creativity to invent more dynamic gameplay. And that games are meant to develop and thrive as open collaboration between game designer and user.”

Source: facebook.com/industrialtoys  {page no longer active}

Choose Your Flight

The official website for the Jordan AJ 2012 delivers a premium browser related experience that shows all the features of the shoe in one scrolling move. Elements fly in and out as each of the shoes is explained in detail. The site ends with a Twitter promotion asking fans to tweet for their favorite shoe in order to win a pair.

Gree Wins Court Case Involving Social Fishing Game

A Tokyo District Court has ruled in favor of Gree in a case involving a social fishing game called Tsuri Star. DeNA will have to stop selling their game on the Mobage network and pay Gree $2.9 million in damages.

DeNA has already said they will appeal the ruling. The decision could be telling to the Japanese social gaming industry, since Klab is currently suing its competitor Crooz in a very similar case, Konami has sued Tokyo-based gloops for copyright infringement and GREE also sued DeNA in a separate case, saying that they pressure 3rd-party developers not to offer games on competing platforms to Mobage; DeNA reacted by counter-suing GREE earlier this month.

Source: serkantoto.com