On their resume, a Blizzard staffer states that they "are working a top-secret project to be unveiled sometime in 2014." The most likely candidates are probably another World of Warcraft or Diablo expansion (Blizzard recently polled fans about the latter), but I have to wonder if we might finally see something from the mythic Project Titan.
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It's not often that I finish watching a discussion with an industry chief executive and think, "Wow, this person was remarkably frank and honest." In fact, it probably rarely happens. But one exception is the above "fireside chat" with Electronic Arts chief creative officer, Rich Hilleman, which was recorded at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business last September. In the video, Hilleman said things I don't think I often hear from a chief executive at a billion-dollar corporation
When Ken Levine made the surprise announcement on Tuesday that Irrational Games was shutting down and only a small group of employees would be retained as he migrated to a new venture, one thing came to mind -- the 2008 contract negotiations between Levine and Take-Two.
A publicly accessible "Samsung Confidential" presentation Alan Queen, a senior director at the company's Innovation Lab, gave at last October's Samsung Developers Conference offers a bit of insight into the electronic giant's home console plans. Several slides on Queen's presentation indicate Samsung's gaming ambitions are targeting a consumer group called "Console Sceptics", who are current console owners not necessarily interested in upgrading to the next-generation consoles.
In 2013, next-gen consoles -- previously the dominant fodder of the rumour mill -- were announced and released. Many next-gen rumours turned out to be true -- unpopular and confusing DRM policies were announced and reversed, launch titles were delayed, game resolutions differed. Yet these next-gen matters were not the only prominent rumours of the year.
Among the items in the portfolio of a former artist at short-lived studio Killspace Entertainment is the above pitch trailer for the studio's rumoured Apocalypse Now game.
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A number of recent job postings on Activision's career portal seem to give some insight into the next project from subsidiary studio FreeStyle Games, creators of the DJ Hero franchise. The studio is hiring for a designer to create "MIDI note maps for music-based video games", indicating that their next project will not stray much from their music game expertise.
A handful of recent job listings may offer some hints as to Amazon's future ambitions in the gaming space. One opening mentions that the online giant "is looking for a software engineer to contribute to the design and construction of next generation of distribution technology for online video games."