EVE Online developer CCP has officially cancelled its online shooter known as Project Nova.
"We’re continuing to develop our sci-fi multiplayer shooter game concept, actively evolving it beyond the original scope for what was formerly codenamed Project Nova," said CCP head of PR George Kelion on reddit.
"Development efforts on this concept are now the full focus of CCP’s London studio. Project Nova team members based in Iceland have been moved onto other projects at our Reykjavík studio."
Set in the same universe as the sci-fi MMO, Nova was set to become the spiritual successor to 2013's Dust 514 – a F2P shooter for the PlayStation 3.
Dust 514 was shut down in 2016 in favour of another prototype – presumably the ill-fated Project Nova.
It's not too often that a press release catches us by surprise, but every once in a while a game like Pumpkin Jack shows up.
Announced by indie publishers Headup, Pumpkin Jack is an upcoming platformer that hearkens back to games like MediEvil and Jak & Daxter. Surprisingly the game is being developed by Nicolas Meyssonnier and is looking very impressive, considering he's only had some help with the game's music and some of the animations.
Developed on Unreal Engine, Pumpkin Jack looks to be an entertaining platformer with combat and puzzle elements and is set to release towards the end of this year on PC and unspecified consoles.
Empire of Sin, the mobster strategy title from Romero Games has been delayed until Spring 2020.
Set in 1920s Chicago during the prohibition era, players must build their crime empire from scratch, rising from the streets to become the shot-caller of the city.
Developed by industry legends Brenda and John Romero, the title is being delayed as "good liquor can't be rushed and the same goes for game development."
It's been a while since we heard anything about the Diablo series rumoured to be in development for Netflix, but new information indicates the show is still alive.
The Linkedin profile of Activision president Nick van Dyk, credits him as "Executive producer of Diablo, a TV adaption of Blizzard Entertainment's IP, rendered in anime style."
The same credit also notes that "the show is currently in pre-production for distribution worldwide through Netflix."
A report by Bloomberg indicates that costly components for Sony's upcoming console have driven the manufacturing costs up to around USD $450 per unit.
Unnamed sources also note that the company is yet to confirm retail pricing, perhaps waiting to see what Microsoft announces for the Xbox Series X.
A high production cost should be of no surprise, given the PlayStation 5 will boast a solid state drive for storage and hardware accelerated ray-tracing.
Valve took to twitter this morning to announce that Half-Life: Alyx will release on March 23.
As the game's Steam page describes:
"Playing as Alyx Vance, you are humanity’s only chance for survival. The Combine’s control of the planet since the Black Mesa incident has only strengthened as they corral the remaining population in cities. Among them are some of Earth’s greatest scientists: you and your father, Dr. Eli Vance.
UK developer Criterion is back behind the wheel as the studio in charge of the Need for Speed series.
"With a strong history and passion for racing games and vision for what we can create, the Criterion team is going to take Need for Speed into the next-generation," said EA in a statement.
Known previously for its work on the Burnout series, Criterion previously developed 2010's Hot Pursuit and 2012's Most Wanted in the Need for Speed franchise.
The Division 2 saw an incredibly strong launch last year and looks set to start year two with a bang. Following months of fighting through the streets of Washington DC, players are set to return to familiar stomping grounds.
Releasing on March 3, the upcoming expansion, titled Warlords of New York will see players continuing from where they left off in the first game. Along with a welcome trip back to New York, the upcoming expansion will also make several significant changes to the game's existing systems.
Previous reports that BioWare was working to revamp Anthem have proven to be true.
The developer has now spoken about the future of its shared-world mech shooter on its company blog.
"We have also heard your feedback that Anthem needs a more satisfying loot experience, better long-term progression and a more fulfilling end game," said BioWare GM Casey Hudson.
“While Death Stranding will surely be the most divisive game of this generation, there is no arguing that it offers new ideas on pushing the medium forward and shows that games don't always typically have to be "fun".”
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