EA and Respawn revealed Apex Legends, a free-to-play squad-based battle royale of teams of three set in the Titanfall universe. Although there wasn’t much time to build hype when its trailer ended with “Available Now,” it hit one million players in less than a day.
2K Games is expanding with a new studio to be headed by Michael Condrey, the former director at Visceral Games and co-founder of Sledgehammer Games. Condrey will serve as president of the new Silicon Valley-based development team, which is making an unannounced, new game for 2K.
Condrey is best known for his work on the Call of Duty and Dead Space franchises. While at Sledgehammer, he oversaw development of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfareand Call of Duty: WWII. At Visceral, Condrey was credited as senior development director on the original Dead Space.
The former multi-channel network, Machinima, which became a gamer-culture landmark with the emergence of YouTube more than a decade ago, dismissed 81 employees. Machinma was shuffled over to Otter Media by AT&T, the parent company of both properties, in a reorganization of digital assets following AT&T’s $81 billion acquisition of Time Warner. Machinima was home to major original series such as Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Street Fighter Assassin’s Fist and Mortal Kombat: Legacy, both live-action series of their franchises; and Terminator Salvation: The Machinima Series.
At GDC 2019, Microsoft is set to debut a new cross-platform development platform with the goal of bringing Xbox Live support to games on Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, in addition to PC and Xbox consoles. Microsoft already has a few games with Xbox Live support across mobile devices, most notably via Minecraft, which requires an Xbox Live login on Android, iOS, and Nintendo Switch. Until now, Microsoft reserved Xbox Live support on those platforms for its own games, but now, Microsoft is aiming to bring Xbox Live cross-platform play to even more titles.