CCP’s New Castle branch, known for working on Eve Online, and Eve: Valkyrie has been acquired by Sumo Digital, the studio currently working on Crackdown 3 and Dead Island 2. So far there has been no announcement as to what the team will be working on, and said only that the acquisition “extends Sumo’s capacity and breadth of experience.”
Microsoft has been slowly discontinuing the Kinect, a motion sensor that was sold bundled with the original version of the Xbox One. Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it would halt the production on the Kinect adapter, a necessary piece to plug the device into later Xbox generation consoles such as the Xbox One S and Xbox One X. The peripheral itself has been out of production since October.
In an earnings call earlier this week, publisher Nexon cited the incredibly successful release as a reason behind the poor performance of their recent arena shooter, Lawbreakers. From it’s release, Lawbreakers has had difficulty maintaining a consistent player base, with its recent online counts averaging around thirty players at a time. While this is a stark contrast to PUBG’s 3 million active users, the games are hardly comparable. it is also worth noting that Lawbreakers released alongside two other arena shooters with better known lineages in the form of Quake Champions and the new Unreal Tournament. As of now, the future of Lawbreakers is uncertain, and more announcements about plans for the game are expected soon.
This year during their Winter Sale, Valve announced their first ever user-voted Steam Awards. Cuphead notably took home two awards for “Best Soundtrack” and “Better Than I Ever Expected”. Also worth noting, PUBG received the “Mom’s Spaghetti” award, described as: “There are games that make you excited. There are games that make you happy. Then there are games so intense that they elicit a physical reaction. We’re talking weak knees. We’re talking sweaty palms. We’re talking fear-induced accidents. We’re talking your friends reminding you to breathe. We’re talking about mom’s spaghetti.”