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Crytek attempts to calm fears for its future

Posted by Erin Marcon On Tuesday 29 July 2014No Comments

Has Crytek received the helping hand it required?

After weeks of rumours suggesting that the company was of the verge of collapse, Crytek has issued a statement claiming to have secured new capital. The statement, printed in full by PC Gamer notes that the team most famous for its work on the Far Cry and Crysis franchises has been attempting to restructure its business.

“Like the games industry as a whole,” the statement reads, “Crytek has been in a transitional phase. Our evolution from a development studio to an Online-Publisher has required us to refocus our strategies. These challenges go along with an increased demand for capital which we have secured.”

In recent years, Crytek has moved away from traditional blockbusters and focused more of its energies on free-to-play offerings like Warface and the recently announced Arena of Fate.

Though the source or extent of the claimed capital injection is thus far unknown, it could help to shore up confidence in the company. According to sources cited by Eurogamer, there have been dozens of staff departures from Crytek in recent months. Could this latest news stem the tide?

The Forest Preview

Posted by Stephen Foote On Monday 28 July 2014No Comments

Available on PC l Published and developed by Endnight Games l Classification TBA l Supports 1 player l Final release date TBA

Coming from four-person development team Endnight Games, The Forest is a first person horror game with a heavy dose of building and survival elements. Currently available in Early Access on Steam, it follows the template set by contemporaries such as Day Z and Rust while providing a different take on the gameplay found in those titles due to a focus on solo play. While showing promise in some areas, my time with The Forest has me concerned that certain elements of its design are at odds with one another. Read the rest of this entry »

Abyss Odyssey Review

Posted by Jason Imms On Sunday 27 July 2014No Comments

Available on 360, PS3 and PC l Published by ATLUS l Developed by ACE Team l Classified M l Supports 1-4 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Abyss Odyssey is a beautiful and insane action platformer that tries really hard to take advantage of some currently popular mechanics, but ultimately fails in the attempt. Its refreshingly uncommon setting harkens from Chile, and brings with it a form of mythology most players will find unfamiliar and distinct. Having said that, its failings and lack of longevity are somewhat forgivable thanks to its modest price tag. Read the rest of this entry »

The Black List 255

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 26 July 2014No Comments

Welcome to The Black List, your one stop shop for the stories published on the site this week.

SUNDAY NEWS Kojima to question US political narrative > For all its outlandish characters, bizarre plot twists and questionable depictions of the female form, the Metal Gear saga has always been peppered with serious social commentary. Previous games have tackled hot topics such as the proliferation of seemingly amoral private military companies and the tragic role of child soldiers on the world’s battlefields. READ MORE

MONDAY NEWS Male centric Assassin’s Creed draws more criticism > Ubisoft may be impressively progressive when it comes to hiring parkour experts, but the company has again been targeted for failing to include playable female characters in the forthcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity. Now a prominent video game voice actress has weighed into the debate. READ MORE

TUESDAY NEWS Last of Us sequel talk > There are rumblings of a future sequel to the critical and commercial success story of 2013 The Last of Us. In an interview with VideoGamer, community strategist for Naughty Dog Arne Meyer stated, “We’re just starting to explore ideas of what more could there be in this universe and starting that decision process. That doesn’t mean the end result is guaranteed.” READ MORE

WEDNESDAY REVIEW Valiant Hearts: The Great War > Valiant Hearts places an emphasis on storytelling over gameplay, but that’s okay when the whole experience is as enjoyable as this. You’ll feel the human impact of war on the characters as they strive to maintain family and friendship and delight in the beautiful art style and emotive music on offer.  While simple to play and easy to complete, Valiant Hearts will stay with you long after you have reached the end of your first play-through. READ MORE

THURSDAY NEWS EA delays Battlefield and Dragon Age > EA knows its Battlefield fans are positively aching to get their gloves on its upcoming shooter, Battlefield Hardline. The bad news is that fans are now going to have to wait until early 2015 for it to hit shelves. While it would have been nice to receive it in October, the good news is that this will give EA’s Visceral team time to polish it until it gleams like a general’s boots before morning reveille. READ MORE

FRIDAY NEWS Bungie settles with disgruntled composer > Marty O’Donnell, the maestro behind the rousing musical scores of Halo and its sequels, has achieved victory in his efforts to claim compensation and back pay after his sudden firing. As reported by VentureBeat, a US court has approved a settlement that will see O’Donnell receive a little over US $95,000, which is broken up into back pay, damages and legal costs. READ MORE