Marketing Company Chilibite Becomes Mobile Publisher

Chilibite has relaunched itself as a mobile games publisher. The former marketing and PR company will publish iOS and Android titles from independent developers, starting with playerthree’s Stunt Bunnies Circus and Codigames’ The Mordis.

“We’re very excited about the launch of our new business and bringing our first two titles to gamers all over the world,” said co-founder Nea Bautista Wiberg. “We strongly believe that our special way of working with developers and distribution partners will lead to a long-term, fruitful collaboration.”

Halo 4 Video Teased On VHS

It seems that 343 Industries is going to great lengths to both show off some multiplayer gameplay of Halo 4, making it viral with it’s intentionally low quality. The video was recorded off of a lo-fi shakycam which is recording a VHS video of Halo 4 in a barn with some really awful and occasionally NSFW music . . . but most believe it’s real.

 

Among The Sleep Terrifies A Toddler

In a unique take on horror games, Among the Sleep puts you in a position of a two-year old and uses the psychology of a child to inform the game world. Forced to leave his home, the child enters a surreal world where he and Teddy must overcome hardships to find their way home.

Budweiser: The Great Preparation

This Budweiser ad for the UFC has MMA great Anderson Silva facing off against celebrity and Aikido master Steven Seagal. The build up of Silva’s training is great, including a few riffs on famous scenes from popular movies and is ironic since Seagal is Silva’s martial arts trainer in real life.

Minecraft At 9.2 Million Sales Worldwide

Minecraft is available for mobile, PC and now console formats, giving it plenty of potential for sales. Mojang founder Markus Persson and business developer Daniel Kaplan put a fairly precise number on the amount of sales.

Minecraft has now sold six million copies. That’s the original PC version only, and doesn’t count Android, iOS or XBLA sales,” said Persson. “Counting all formats, we should be at around nine million copies sold, I’d guess ”

“Yeah a little bit more. Maybe 9.2,” Kaplan replied.

Source: Twitter

Mad Riders Trailer Lampoons Trailers

The realm of video game trailers is often too self-serious and predictable, but Techland is turning that on it’s ear with their Mad Riders trailer. They even mock their own reverse-slow-mo trick used in Dead Island‘s debut trailer.

Facebook Looking To Make Smartphone Again

Facebook is reportedly hiring iPhone engineers with expertise in both software and hardware to work on a smartphone codenamed Buffy. Those with knowledge of the project said that Facebook is partnering with HTC to release a Facebook phone in 2013.

“Mark [Zuckerberg] is worried that if he doesn’t create a mobile phone in the near future that Facebook will simply become an app on other mobile platforms,” said a Facebook employee.

Source: bits.blogs.nytimes.com

Jagex Shutting Down 8Realms

Reports are that Jagex will be closing down its free-to-play strategy title 8Realms after it only reached 10 percent of what was needed in revenue to be sustainable. The company is currently examining who will be let go as a result of the closure.

“Jagex has always been committed to creating fun and compelling games,” said Jagex’s Daniel Clough. “During the 8Realms beta it has become clear that the game doesn’t meet our high expectations for success and we are therefore channeling our focus on other exciting opportunities in the pipeline.”

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

Sony Xperia Play Not Getting Ice Cream Sandwich

Android 4.0, named “Ice Cream Sandwich”, is releasing soon with new features like face unlock, voice search and better browsing. While Sony will update their phones Xperia arc, Xperia pro and Xperia ray with the latest update for Android, they revealed that the gaming oriented Xperia Play will not receive an update.

“In regards to Xperia Play, after extensive in house testing with our developer teams and working with our partners, we have concluded that a consistent and stable experience, particularly with gaming, cannot be guaranteed for this smartphone on Ice Cream Sandwich – therefore, we will not make the Android 4.0 upgrade available for Xperia Play,” said Sony on their mobile blog.

“This decision was also verified when we received similar feedback from the developer community; both experienced developers and advanced users, along with game content providers following our ICS beta ROM for unlocked Xperia Play smartphones,” they added. “Our priority has and always will be, to provide the best possible user experience on Xperia smartphones. In this instance the ICS upgrade would have compromised stability, where we look to ensure a quality gaming experience with games optimized and developed for Xperia Play.”

Source: blogs.sonymobile.com