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Crytek USA will put a bid in on Darksiders IP

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It looks like the Darksiders IP will live again, at least we hope. Newly formed developer Crytek USA have stated they will be putting a bid in on the Darksiders IP formerly with THQ to keep the series alive. The news comes from Crytek USA Corp. CEO David Adams who revealed via Twitter that the IP will become available for auction next month and fully intends to take a run at it. Adams noted that the game “belongs at home with its creators,”.

The Crytek USA studio comprises of about 35 ex Vigil employees formally of the now disbanded THQ publisher. The IP comprises of two Darksiders games and other games that will be in the auction are Homeworld  and Red Faction.

The bidding takes place on April 1 and ends on April 15th.

Source: Joystiq, Twitter

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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