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E3 2018

Microsoft Studios Acquires Ninja Theory, Playground Games

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Microsoft Studios just announced it will be increasing its first party lineup by almost double the size, with highlights including Compulsion Game and Ninja Theory.

Most of the criticisms Microsoft has faced, especially in recent memory, are directed at the publisher’s first party titles. During Microsoft’s E3 conference, it was revealed that the company is adding five more studios under its belt. Names like Undead Labs, most famous for State of Decay, and Playground Games, the team that primarily works on the Forza series, are predictable picks to say the least.

The real surprise came from Ninja Theory, who recently gained a lot of respect and praise after it released the critically acclaimed Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. The game originally launched as a PlayStation timed-exclusive, so this news is not only fantastic news for Ninja Theory as it will likely see massive budget increase, but for Microsoft as well.

Ninja Theory has released an update video describing its decision to move under the Microsoft Studios roof.

The full list of new first party studios is Ninja Theory, Playground Games, The Initiative, The Compulsion, and Undead Labs.

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E3 2018

Konami Willing to Make More Remasters

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Konami has said that it is willing to remaster more games if fans ask for them.

During an IGN interview at E3 about Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars, Konami brand manager Benjamin Kinney expressed the company’s willingness to produce more remasters:

“Eventually if you’re loud enough and you speak with one voice, anything is possible.”

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars is a remastered version of the PlayStation 2 game featuring a new VR mode, coming to PC and PlayStation 4. The title was initially announced at Sony’s Tokyo Games Show in 2017.

The remaster will come native at 4K with recreated textures, updated particle effects, and new control schemes to name just a few of the many improvements across the game. The title also includes a new Very Easy mode so players can experience the story.

The most notable addition is VR support. Playing Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars in VR will put the gamer in the cockpit of Jehuty, the character’s giant mecha. Konami has recreated the cut scenes and assets to contribute to an immersive situation. The developers have worked with first-party VR companies such as PlayStation VR and HTC Vive to refine the game, making it as smooth as possible to reduce any chance of motion sickness.

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars has a gallery mode with VR where users can tumble and look at various models in game. The game will sport “next-gen audio,” supporting Dolby Atmos and Dolby 7.1 surround sound.

The first game has not been remastered for the PlayStation 4 nor VR, but if the fans ask for it, Konami may listen.

4K and VR demos are available on the PlayStation Store to download.

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