The Family Guy Mobile Game is coming this spring for iOS and Android devices from Fox Digital Entertainment and TinyCo. In the free-to-play adventure, you'll build and manage your own personal Quahog in an original story from the show's writers. Below, you'll find the first in-game images from the title, along with a few of the silly original animations pulled directly from in-game content.
Need more evidence Google is planning to release a set-top box capable of playing Android games on your television? According to BBC, Google has purchased a portion of game controller maker Green Throttle Games for an undisclosed figure. The California-based company already has Bluetooth controllers on the market.
Rumors of a Google set-top box, referred to in certain circles as the "Nexus TV," have floated around since last year. Among the features of the rumored device is an on-board camera and motion sensors. Taking on Green Throttle's tech would indicate Google's intentions to possibly turn the device into a micro console.
Amazon is also supposedly working on its own game-centric box, and there's some expectation Apple could increase focus on iOS games with a new Apple TV. Current micro consoles like Ouya and GameStick have struggled to find a market.
Ubisoft has clarified confusing statements regarding whether or not it's planned the end of the Assassin's Creed series, and also hinted there are no plans to abandon PS3 and Xbox 360 players in the near future.
Last year, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag game director Ashraf Ismail suggested thatan overarching narrative had been planned out for the series, in which individual games would slot. Earlier this year, however, this was contradicted by another Ubisoft employee. At last night's BAFTA Game Awards 2014, we tracked down Ismail to get to the source of the confusion once and for all.
Mugen Souls Z is coming to North America and Europe on May 23, NIS America has announced. It will be exclusive to the PlayStation 3.
Z is a sequel to the original Mugen Souls. The follow-up stars Syrma, who meets the self-proclaimed "Undisputed God of the Universe" Chou-Chou just after the first game concludes.
One of the few high points of the original noted in our review was the gobs of content, and that aspect seems to be making a comeback considering the level cap is set at 9,999. NIS has noted that like the first game, certain aspects have been edited due to the "sensitive nature of some content."
The first game was notable for some taboo humor despite the edits, though, so the second will likely keep that spirit intact.
In the United States, Xbox One sold 258,000 units, 90% of the total PlayStation 4 sales in February, giving Sony’s PS4 another month as the hardware sales leader in 2014. Microsoft's higher price point on Xbox One, however, gives it the hardware lead in terms of dollars earned.
According to the NPD Group, the total hardware sales for the month were $347 million, with software earning $318 million.
Both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are on an enormous sales spike last month, with PS4 and Xbox One software sales up 80% compared to PS3 and Xbox 360’s first four months. NPD Group’s Liam Callahan stated that the majority of consoles “experienced double-to-triple digit increases compared to January 2014.”
Microsoft Game Studios vice president Phil Spencer said that Microsoft could have done a better job handling information regarding the Xbox One last summer, following the console's reveal.
The Xbox One announcement last May was surrounded by confusion regarding the console's always-online requirements and used game policy. Microsoft later reversedthe daily online check-in and used game restriction policies in June, in response to consumer criticism. At a presentation at SXSW in Austin, Texas yesterday, Spencer said Microsoft didn't effectively convey its message to consumers.
"I look at last summer and that wasn't a high point for me, coming out of the announcement of Xbox One and E3, where I thought our messaging around what we believed in was confused –– mainly by us," Spencer said during the presentation with Spike TV's Geoff Keighley, as recorded by YouYube user gerrenlaquint.
Microsoft has announced the Xbox 360 Spring Value Bundle.
The package includes a 250GB Xbox 360 E (Super Slim) console, Forza Horizon on disc, a Borderlands 2 digital redemption code, and a month of Xbox Live Gold. Certain retailers will sell the bundle for $50 off, bringing the $300 down to $250 USD.
Konami has announced Castlevania: Lords of Shadow -- Mirror of Fate HD, the high-def treated second part of the Lords of Shadow trilogy, will arrive for Steam later this month.
The PC version will include online leaderboards, the Boss Rush Mode, and of course, Steam Achievements.
Mirror of Fate originally released on the Nintendo 3DS, much to our dismay, but was given the HD treatment and ushered onto the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 last year.
When news of the HD release first broke, the series' producer had said the company was seriously looking into a then-unannounced PC version. While it's now been confirmed, an exact date has yet to be revealed.
Set 25 years after the events of Lords of Shadow, Mirror of Fate acts as a precursor to the conclusion of the trilogy, Lords of Shadow 2 -- the fun, but cluttered most recent entry in the series.
Konami has also announced Revelations, the Lords of Shadow 2 downloadable content will similarly be available for consumption later this month.
PopCap, the Seattle-based developer behind Plants vs. Zombies and Peggle 2, has suffered layoffs. An unknown number of employees have been let go, according toPolygon, and it's uncertain which teams were affected. IGN has contacted PopCap for additional information.
"The changes we made today at PopCap were painful and we're sorry to lose some of our friends and colleagues," PopCap general manager John Vechey told Polygon, "But it was also necessary in order to stay on course with our future plans for mobile games, live services and new IP. PopCap is a studio that made its name building great games that the world can fall in love with, and that's what we'll continue to do."
PopCap declined to specify how many employees were affected, and stated it has "no changes to announce with regard to PopCap titles."
The Xbox 360 version of Peggle 2 should remain on track for its May release date, then.
Total War: Rome II will see its second major campaign expansion March 27, publisher Sega revealed today.
The Hannibal at the Gates campaign pack focuses on the Second Punic War, with five playable factions bringing players loads of new units. "Main protagonists Rome and Carthage will benefit from a new civil tech tree based around diplomacy, while the challenge in the shadow of these mighty empires for newcomers Syacuse, the Arevaci and the Lusitani will be formidable," the release statement reads.
In addition to the campaign pack announcement, Sega said that Total War: Rome IIwas the most commercially successful game in the series. And developer Creative Assembly announced that a free content upgrade is coming soon as well for all owners, even if they haven't purchased any DLC.
“Rome II was hugely ambitious for our studio,” said Mike Simpson, creative director at Creative Assembly. “We do regret that some reviewers and core fans didn’t get everything they wanted from it. We are committed to improving and adding to the game over the coming months; we very much want Rome II to be remembered as one of our best.”
Last month, there was backlash regarding Total War: Rome II's DLC, with people criticizing Creative Assembly for locking content already on the disc. The developer responded and said it was all a misunderstanding.
Total War: Rome II - Hannibal at the Gates is available for pre-order for $15/£10/€15
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