Crytek dismisses rumors of bankruptcy or financial struggles, explaining the company has been undergoing a significant transition. Bungie decided to erase the characters created during the recent Destiny beta, and Assassin’s Creed gets a monopoly edition. Lastly, technical difficulties at the San Diego ComicCon Witcher 3 presentation spawned an impromptu live improv session. Here is the gaming news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for Aug, 11, 2014.
Crytek safe from bankruptcy
Crytek has been in the gaming headlines for the past several days, with many reports and rumors of financial troubles, some even going as far as claiming the company was on the brink of collapse. However, the CEO Cevat Yerli has just stepped up to clear some of the mystery behind what has been going on. He explained all the changes and rumors were a result of the company shifting its focus from retail sales to software as a service model. He also clarified that the reported high turnovers and delayed payments for the Crytek UK staff working on Homefront: The Revolution were no indication of the company’s poor performance. In Yerli’s mind, there never was a risk of bankruptcy at all, but a painful transition that will, in the long run, make the company even stronger. The worries about the company’s future were merely the result of poor communication.
Destiny Beta characters no more
Bungie’s Halo inspired massively multiplayer shooter Destiny has just wrapped up a public beta test last month, seeing some 4.6 million players participating. Sadly, all the virtual characters created by these player are being wiped out before the public launch. The designer Tyson Green explained that due to adjustment made to the game, for instance by adding and removing various items, the existing beta characters would be “confusing at best, broken at worst.” As disheartening as the news is, it makes perfect sense given the somewhat experimental environment of a beta and the players can console themselves in knowing their sweat and tears were not in vain, but helped Bungie make an even better game in the end.
Assassin’s Creed Monopoly
Just last week Guardian Liberty Voice was reporting that the classics board game franchise has been getting a Legend of Zelda edition. Today, Ubisoft’s popular Assassin’s Creed series will also get another life in the world of buying and selling paper housing properties. European chain Toy Art just began taking pre-orders for the new game, priced at €52, or about $70. The Monopoly edition leaves a lot of potential given the number of titles in Assassin’s Creed series, spanning over hundreds of years from ancient Templars to American revolution. The players will have a choice of tokens depicting a number of the games’ protagonists, and the locations will be based on many historical places visited by them. It is not yet confirmed if the game will be released in the North Americas.
Witcher 3 Improv
CD Projekt performed the first public debut of the third installment of their popular story-driven role-playing game franchise based on a series of Polish novels. However, when launching the live demonstration, it turned out the character voices were not playing back properly. The impending sense of dread and embarrassment from the developers was quickly averted when the lead voice actor, Doug Cockle, began improving the lines in the video. The team decided to have some fun, making a few cheeky changes to the script and exaggerating the situations on-screen. The presentation was thus saved, resulting in quite an amusing video included below. The Witcher 3 is scheduled to be released on Feb. 25, 2015 for all current-gen consoles as well as the PC.
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