Video Game News: 10/08/2013

Video-Game-NewsThis is your video game news brief for 10/08/2013

  1. Yosuke Matsuda, the new President of Square Enix, described the need for urgent and immediate reform. He believes the problems his company is facing, losing over $130 million last fiscal year, comes from his company not adapting to the new way of doing business. He told the website Infoseek: “It is necessary for us to set up a system that allows us to meet the demands of our customers in a more timely manner. We can’t just have a year of leniency. We must reform with urgency.” A translated copy of the interview can be found here.
  2. Valve releases the specs for the prototypes of their Steam Machine:
    • GPU: some units with Nvidia Titan, some GTX780, some GTX760, and some GTX660
    • CPU: some boxes with Intel i7-4770, some i5-4570, and some i3
    • RAM: 16GB DDR3-1600 (CPU), 3GB GDDR5 (GPU)
    • Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD
    • Power Supply: Internal 450w 80Plus Gold
    • Dimensions: approx. 12 x 12.4 x 2.9 in high
  3. The World of Warcraft movie is slated to be in the theatres December 18, 2015. The movie is in pre-production. Shooting is due to begin in early 2014.
  4. GTA V continues to be the best selling console game worldwide. Sony recently released that GTA V is their company’s  largest digital release. The game is now 12th on the all time best selling list in the U.K., overtaking the previous holder GTA IV.
  5. Tommo Inc denied SNK’s request to halt production and distribution of the Neo Geo X. SNK’s claiming there was a breach of contract, which Tommo Inc denies.
  6. Maxis Emeryville studio’s General Manager Patrick Buechner mentioned in a blog post that his company is finally considering an offline mode for SimCity. This follows months of controversy from disputed claims
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