Epic just bought the Rocket League studio, here’s what it means for the Steam version
Epic announced its purchase of Rocket League creator, Psyonix. The game will continue to receive the same updates as the Epic Games version for existing purchasers; however, Rocket League will no longer be available for purchase on Steam after the game arrives on the Epic Game Store, sometime late in 2019.
How Fortnite’s success led to months of intense crunch at Epic Games
Fortnite Battle Royale is part of the trending video game space, known as “games as a service,” which engages its audience through constant updates of skins, modes, weapons, and characters. This creates a demanding work environment with rolling deadlines. Developers refer to these intensive work hours as “crunch.” “Crunch” time becomes an implied part of the job as they advance in their careers as game developers.
Square Enix is expanding its Montreal divisions, creating 100 new jobs
Square Enix, a Japanese video game developer and publisher, has announced its plans to expand its largest divisions outside of Japan. Square Enix Montreal is expected to double in size, after which it will shift focus on mobile gaming. The backdrop of this expansion project is the ongoing effort between Canada and Japan to build a stronger bond together within the gaming industry.
The Elder Scrolls: Blades is now playable for everybody on iOS and Android
The Elder Scrolls: Blades became available in its pre-release state in March of this year. Anyone with an iOS or Android device can download the app to play the game. Bethesda Game Studios promised to develop the game for PC and console platforms, but it hasn’t yet committed to any dates. Gamers say the game is fun to play and easy to pick up for short intervals, although the microtransaction aspect can be a bit overwhelming.