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SUNDAY NEWS Sledgehammer creating next CoD > Over the past 10 years (and an equivalent number of core releases) the Call of Duty franchise has been inexorably linked with two of Activision’s Californian studios. Infinity Ward kicked things off back in 2004 and (from the third game onwards) it has alternated years with Treyarch. Now, as reported by Game Informer, a third studio is joining the roster. READ MORE
MONDAY NEWS Amazon buys Double Helix > mazon has purchased Double Helix Games, the studio responsible for the Killer Instinct revival. As reported by TechCrunch, the online retailer spoke of the acquisition in terms of its “commitment to build innovative games for customers”. Amazon has thus far operated entirely in the casual games space. Could the purchase of Double Helix signal a move into more traditional games development? READ MORE
TUESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED World of Speed > The PC-bound World of Speed will offer a massively multiplayer racing experience with a strong focus on bringing players together. According to the developer, it will feature “an endless garage of cars ranging from everyday city runners to the fastest supercars on the planet to the most iconic cars from throughout the storied history of auto racing.” READ MORE
WEDNESDAY PREVIEW Evolve > The first thing I noticed after touching down in Sydney for this event was the unsettling ubiquity of Kyle and Jackie O billboards. Everywhere I looked, these titans of celebrity culture sneered down at me. According to our driver, Kyle and Jackie O had recently migrated to a new radio network, and the pressure was now on for them to reproduce their best work. The same could be said of Turtle Rock Studios, the Californian developer responsible for the original Left 4 Dead. READ MORE
THURSDAY NEWS Xbox One controller tweaks incoming > Titanfall could be the game that puts an Xbox One in homes all across the world. So when the developer of Titanfall, Respawn Entertainment, asked for some improvements, Microsoft wisely listened. Talking to The Verge, design lead Justin Hendry said a software patch in the near future will make the Xbox One controller more accurate. READ MORE
FRIDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Hitman Go > While console games don’t have a flawless track record on touch screen devices, there have been a handful of success stories. The Dead Space, XCOM and Rayman franchises have each been well represented on mobile devices, and if all goes well, we’ll soon have another name to add to that list. Square Enix and IO Interactive this week announced that work has commenced on a new iteration of the classic Hitman series. READ MORE