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SUNDAY NEWS Early access could be coming to PS4 > Sony’s Adam Boyes has confirmed that the company is seriously considering introducing an early access program. Speaking with Gamasutra, Boyes suggested that such a program is “on the top of my mind every day.” While mainstream titles continue to adhere to traditional release models, the early access concept has taken off in a big way in indie circles. READ MORE
MONDAY NEWS Blizzard responds to diversity concerns > Blizzard has taken further steps to address the perception that it isn’t listening to feedback about a lack of diversity in its character line-up and a tendency towards overly sexualised depictions of its female characters. READ MORE
TUESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Tekken 7 > In what seems to becoming standard, a leak has forced a game to be announced early. In this case it is the latest iteration in the long running Tekken franchise. Tekken 7 was officially announced at the weekend’s EVO fighting game tournament where producer Katsuhiro Harada was forced to unveil it ahead of schedule. As reported by CVG, the original leak revealed that the game will be running on Unreal Engine 4 and that it will be released on last gen systems. READ MORE
WEDNESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Gigantic > Motiga has announced its first title. Gigantic is a free-to-play online battle game within a fantasy setting. Motiga may be an indie operation, but the budget for Gigantic is certainly not small, as the studio raised $20 million dollars for the project. Motiga VP James Phinney, is the former lead designer for Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft and integral part of the team involved in Gigantic. READ MORE
THURSDAY NEWS Ubisoft finally appoints a Chief Parkour Officer > Every so often a story comes along that risks transforming relatively straight laced gaming sites into something vaguely resembling The Onion. Ubisoft’s announcement this week that it has hired a ‘Chief Parkour Officer’ presents just such a danger. As reported by Joystiq, Ubisoft has secured the services of noted free running expert Michael ‘Frosti’ Zernow and it has immediately put him to work. READ MORE
FRIDAY NEWS Former CoD developers form Reload Studios > Two years after a group of Infinity Ward staffers broke away and formed Respawn Entertainment, another batch of Call of Duty developers have struck out on their own. Also home to a handful of former EA and THQ developers, Reload Studios this week announced itself to the gaming world. While the Californian team is yet to reveal full details of its debut project, co-founder James Chung has indicated a strong interest in virtual reality based experiences. READ MORE