Angry Birds developer Rovio saw profits fall by roughly half during 2013, according to its latest fiscal results released today.The company, which saw a growth in staff in the previous year — a rise from 500 to 800 employees — experienced a drop in net profits to $37.3 million.
Sony announced today that the 1.70 PS4 update is coming soon, introducing video editor app ShareFactory, USB drive saves and software pre-loading on PlayStation 4 systems.
Ouya company executives told The Verge that the Android-powered, living-room gaming hardware is no longer going to be a hardware device. The company will focus on building Ouya as a software platform that could run on third-party devices like set-top boxes, televisions and other Android-based gaming consoles.
Ubisoft announced earlier this week that all versions of Watch Dogs (for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One), except the one coming to Wii U, will arrive on May 27. The game’s senior producer said that the graphics, dynamism and detail of the city and gameplay will be scaled on devices, for example on last-generation platforms.
Naughty Dog’s PlayStation 3 game The Last of Us is being adapted into a live-action movie to be distributed by a Sony Pictures subsidiary, Deadline reports. The game’s creative director is attached to the write the film’s script. He recently won the Writers Guild of America’s Outstanding Achievement in Writing for Video Games award.
Twitch announced the release of the Twitch mobile software development kit yesterday, which will allow developers to add livestreaming and screen capture functionality to mobile games. The SDK will allow broadcasting of gameplay audio and video, as well as video from mobile devices’ front camera and audio through internal or external microphones. A release date has not been confirmed.
According to a leak of screenshots and information posted on the Titanfall subreddit, the game will feature 15 maps, some of which contain ziplines and fixed heavy turrets that can be hacked to fight for either team, and will have “Generations”, which function similarly to Call of Duty’s Prestige mode.
Fez will be released on March 25 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, with cross saves supported across all three systems. The game will run at 720p at 60fps on PS3; “the best-looking and smoothest Fez experience you can get on a TV set” - 1080p at 60fps on PS4; and native 960 x 544 on the PS Vita.