Ubisoft has officially shuttered their Vancouver based studio. The studio was formerly Action Pants before being acquired by Ubisoft in 2009. The Vancouver studio was responsible for the publisher’s Pure Futbol, Academy of Champions: Soccer and Motionsports Adrenaline
“Ubisoft confirms that we have made the difficult decision to close its studio in Vancouver,” Ubisoft stated to Game Informer. ”Unfortunately, we haven’t found the right formula for success for the talented team there”
On a positive note, Ubisoft will provide the affected team members “the opportunity to consider positions in other Ubisoft studios”. Furthermore, Ubisoft will help assist their former Vancouver based employee “whether it be within Ubisoft or outside.”
Nintendo has confirmed that they are aware of the bypass found in the Maku Wuhu track in Mario Kart 7. The glitch allows players to bypass a large portion of the track by navigating their kart into a specific water hazard.
According to a statement given to StickTwiddlers, Nintendo confirmed that they are “aware that it is possible to navigate a certain part of the track in Wuhu Island in a way that allows a large part of the course to be bypassed”. However, fixing the issue would “create an unfair advantage for the users of the original release of the game.” Nintendo stated that they have ”no plans to update the game to remove this shortcut.”
Check out the bypass in a YouTube post by supershadowheroE3 below:
Ubisoft has released a new video for I Am Alive that details the game’s combat system. Avoiding enemies all together is preferred but contact will be unavoidable. Supplies and ammunition will be scarce so it’s in your best interest to only use them when you absolutely have to. Conserving ammo by bluffing and picking up your arrows after use are just the start in your journey to stay alive.
I Am Alive will be featured in the upcoming House Party 2012 promotion on Xbox Live. Detail on the price point for the game have not been released.
Nintendo promised that demos would be a part of the 3DS’s last big firmware update. While they have shown up in Japan, they have been glaringly absent in North America. That’s all about to change though as Nintendo of America has announced that 3DS demos will begin showing up on the eShop in North America.
The first game to get the demo treatment in North America will be Resident Evil: Revelations. The demos will continue to roll out next week with Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. In the near future, we can also expect to see demos of Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D and Rayman Origins.
After being pulled off of XBLA over a year ago because of “expiring rights”, Id Software’s Doom has finally made its return. The XBLA port is now being published courtesy of Bethesda, due to Id being acquired by Zenimax.
Those who take the plunge on this popular FPS pioneer will be set back $5. For those who don’t remember, the port features both co-op and versus multiplayer over Xbox Live.
Sony announced that Starhawk will fly onto store shelves on May 8, 2011. The Public Beta has officially started and is currently open exclusively to PS Plus subscribers.
Don’t have a PS Plus subscription? Those who purchased Uncharted 3 will gain access to the beta on January 31 via an included beta code in retail copies. Regular PSN account holders will be able to download the beta on February 21. GameStop and IGN are both offering the opportunity to obtain beta codes on February 7 and 14, respectively.
Sony was quick to reiterates that “a Beta is a real world “in the wild” test of the core game systems and gameplay. It is NOT a demo. Most of the final game features are not included.” Plan accordingly.
The Steam version of Saint’s Row: The Third will be receiving some Team Fortress 2 cross-promotional add-on items starting today. Valve will be automatically updating purchased copies of Saint’s Row: The Third with 9 custom TF2 giant-sized character masks. Now you can rule the streets of Steelport as your favorite TF2 character! The best part of the content is that it’s completely free for all Steam users.
The Team Fortress 2 add-on items will be added to the game through a compatibility patch. Steam users will receive the patch automatically so users will be able to enjoy the content the next time they boot up the game.
Developer Toxic Games has announced via their blog that that their “Indie Funded” title Q.U.B.E has sold 12 thousand units in its first four days on Steam. The 12 thousand units sold means that the title has completely recouped its expenses and has allowed the developers to quickly pay back all of the investments into the game.
“We are happy to announce that Q.U.B.E., the first Indie Fund-ed game to market, took only four days on Steam to generate enough revenue for Toxic Games to repay the full investment amount of $90k,” the blog post reads. Later in the post, Toxic Games discusses the possiblity of expanding the platforms Q.U.B.E will be available on. It is unclear whether this simply means Mac OS X, or something a little more expansive (such as XBLA or PSN?).
Nintendo of America may have avoided releasing Fatal Frame 4 for the Wii, but they won’t be passing on the series’ 3DS spin-off. According to a release from Nintendo of Ameria, Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir will be released on the 3DS in April.
To coincide with the general horror themes of the game, the release is set for Friday, April 13. Spooky.