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A Look Back At The Big Stories Of The Week (April 27, 2013)

Did you miss any of the big stories this week? Want to find out how the pieces fit together? You’re in the right place.

More changes at EA

EA has been going through some major changes lately, with layoffs and studio closures. The latest news is that EA Partners, the contract-based publishing arm, is going to be closed. This arm was responsible for bringing popular games like Rock Band and the Crysis series to market. The closure of EA Partners, along with other studio shutdowns, has resulted in job losses across the entire company.

Microsoft’s next Xbox coming out party

Microsoft has finally set a date for the unveiling of its next generation console. On May 21, 2013, Microsoft will share its vision for the future of gaming. This announcement is highly anticipated, as it is expected to address controversies surrounding the “always online” requirement and the viability of used software. There is also speculation that Microsoft may make a move against traditional cable providers.

Nintendo’s financial challenges

Nintendo, a well-established company with powerful franchises, has been facing some challenges in recent times. The company has missed its sales targets and experienced lower than expected operating income. One of Nintendo’s recent decisions to skip their traditional stage presentation at E3 has raised concerns. While Nintendo may reach its hardcore fans through other means, it risks losing first-time consumers such as parents and grandparents. This could have an impact on the company’s ability to expand its audience and attract new customers.

Quick Hits

  • The Canadian Video Game Awards took place this week, showcasing great titles and developers.
  • The release of Monaco on Xbox Live has been delayed, but the PC version is available now.
  • THQ’s remaining intellectual properties have been sold to various buyers.
  • UK retailer Tesco may have leaked the name and box art of the next Call of Duty game.
  • Exciting new media for Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon has been released, increasing anticipation for its upcoming release.
  • The next Scribblenauts game may feature visits to iconic locations like the Batcave and Fortress of Solitude.
  • Epic Games head of global marketing has left to head up marketing for the Halo franchise at Microsoft.
  • Two Kingdoms of Amalur alumni have joined BioWare for the development of the next Mass Effect title.

Announcements and Release Dates

  • Shinji Mikami, the creator of Resident Evil, is behind a new game called The Evil Within.
  • The Sly Cooper Collection may be coming to PlayStation Vita.
  • Dyad is now available on PC.
  • Two animated movies featuring PlayStation characters have been announced.
  • Another Metal Gear Solid collection is coming exclusively to PlayStation 3.
  • Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards Reloaded has a release date next month.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is getting a “Legendary Edition” with all the downloadable content.
  • The XCOM shooter, now called The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, is set to release on August 20, 2013.

FAQs

1. Will there be more studio closures at EA?
While the closure of EA Partners and other recent studio shutdowns have resulted in significant job losses, it is uncertain if there will be further closures. Once EA officials can provide more details, we may have a better understanding of the company’s future plans.

2. What can we expect from Microsoft’s next generation console?
The upcoming announcement from Microsoft is highly anticipated, as it is expected to address controversial topics such as the “always online” requirement and the viability of used software. It is also rumored that Microsoft may make a move against traditional cable providers.

3. How is Nintendo dealing with its financial challenges?
Nintendo has made some strategic decisions, such as skipping their traditional stage presentation at E3. While this may help them reach their core fan base, there are concerns that it may make it harder for Nintendo to attract new customers, particularly first-time consumers.

Conclusion

This week has seen major changes and announcements in the gaming industry. From studio closures at EA to Microsoft’s upcoming console unveiling, there is a lot to keep an eye on. Nintendo’s financial challenges and strategic decisions have also sparked discussions. Stay tuned for more updates and developments in the gaming world.