Twitch SDK Could Allow Live Streaming On Other Consoles
Although Twitch has an exclusive agreement with Microsoft for Xbox One integration, Twitch VP of marketing Matthew DiPietro has told Joystiq that there is nothing that will not allow games themselves containing the Twitch SDK to allow broadcasting from any platform. “On a hardware level, Twitch will be baked into the Xbox One operating system, allowing players to stream any titles they choose,” said DiPietro. He continued by stating that, “on a software level, the company is actively pursuing developers to add the Twitch streaming functionality within the game.”
‘Rainbow 6’ Headed For Next-Gen
Ubisoft senior VP of sales and marketing Tony Key has told IGN that Rainbow 6 is now headed for next-gen platforms. “Rainbow 6 got caught in the transition of going next-gen and essentially we’re figuring out ‘well, are we making the right game for the right hardware systems?'” Key said, in part. When asked if it was safe to say the game will be next-gen, Key simply said “yes.”
‘The Division’ Not Ruled Out For Other Platforms
In reply to a Twitter message asking if The Division would have a PC version, Massive Entertainment has replied by saying, “we are optimizing the experience for next gen consoles. However, we are not ruling out any platforms for the future.”
‘Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing’ Getting A Sequel
NeoCore games have announced a sequel for the recently released Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing in a press release. “In the first game it all seemed so simple,” said Viktor Juhász, narrative designer at Neocore Games, “defeat the mad scientist, free the land and ride into the sunset; but sometimes the fall of a villain only opens the way to more sinister foes.” No release date was mentioned, but players will be able to import their character from the first game.
Microsoft Have Listed Xbox One-Supported Live Countries
On the Xbox One’s official pre-order disclaimer page, Microsoft has listed the 21 Countries the console will launch in that are Live supported. The countries are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States. The Wall Street Journal has reported Microsoft is aiming for a 2014 launch in Asia.
Ubisoft: More Wii U’s Must Be Sold Before More Exclusives Are Made
In an interview with Kotaku, Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot has said the developer won’t release more exclusives for the Wii U before more systems are sold. “We need more sold,” Guillemot said, in part. “They are coming with five of their biggest brands ever. And the Yen went down. So maybe they will take steps that will increase the number of consoles sold.”
Guillemot also said that the Wii U and its second screen controller was a good test bed for game concepts, and it is now applying to other consoles like Xbox One and SmartGlass for example. So while there may not be exclusive titles for the Wii U, it will still receive ports of multi-platform titles. “If you look at us this year on Wii U we will have a lot of products.”
EA Looking At Used Games From Customer-First Standpoint
According to CVG, during EA’s E3 2013 Analyst call today EA Labels president Frank Gibeau said: “It’s certainly a topic of discussion this week. EA has a position of looking at used games from a customer-first standpoint and a gamer-first standpoint.”
Nintendo Planning To Release Free-To-Play Game
According to Twitter messages from Analyst David Gibson, at Nintendo’s financial briefing at E3 2013, president and CEO Satoru Iwata announced that Nintendo will be releasing a free-to-play game sometime during its current fiscal year ending March 2014. Few details were given about the game but Iwata said it would not be based in the Mario or Pokemon universes.