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Tag: Video game publishers

Gaming

Persona Movie Or TV Series Could Be On The Way From Sega

Image: Atlus / SegaVideo game publisher Sega, fresh off the success of its live-action Sonic films, is looking to adapt more games into films or TV shows. Specifically, Sega says it’s in the early stages to produce live-action adaptations of Atlus games, like Persona and Shin Megami Tensei. Sega revealed this bit of news to IGN, telling the outlet that it wants to expand how it tells stories, and its plans to make this a big part of its business strategy. Or to put it another way, some recent live-action game adaptations have raked in a ton of money at the box office, including its own Sonic films, and it wants to keep that money train rolling.JRPG franchise Persona sounds like it might be the first game to get the live-action treatment as part of Sega’s new adaptation-focused initiative.“...
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Tony Hawk Says A Pro Skater 3+4 Remake Was Killed By Activision

Image: Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4From 1991 until 2021, Vicarious Visions was the name of a studio that made a ton of pretty cool licensed games, but which had also contributed to the beloved Tony Hawk Pro Skater series. Then Activision stepped in and made some changes.In January 2021, having just released a remake of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2, Activision announced that the developers were being merged into Blizzard, and would also be receiving a name change, effectively killing off the studio as we knew it.I said at the time, “This sucks!”, but it sucks even more now because of the claims—from someone who would know—that the developers had been planning on repeating the remake treatment with Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3+4.On a recent stream by Neversoft, and Vicarious veteran andyTHPS, Tony Hawk hims...
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Every Big Game Coming Out This Week (June 13-June 19)

Image: DotEmu / Nickelodeon🎶Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Shredder’s Revenge is—OUT THIS WEEK!🎶I’m not the biggest TMNT fan in the world, but I can’t lie. That new game featuring 6-player combat and a ton of playable TMNT characters looks rad as hell. I’m excited to play it with some pizza and soda when it releases on June 16 for basically every platform out there. Here’s all the other stuff coming out this week:Monday, June 13Jumanji: The Curse Returns | SwitchTuesday, June 14Crazy Chicken Xtreme | PS5, PS4Neodori Forever | PCThe Hand of Merlin | PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, SwitchWednesday, June 15Dadish 3 | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PCLater Daters Premium | SwitchOlli Olli World: VOID Riders [DLC] |PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S...
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EA Was Deep In Merger Talks With NBCUniversal

Photo: Christian Petersen (Getty Images)The video game market is consolidating like never before, and Electronic Arts is scrambling like everyone else. The Battlefield and FIFA maker recently pursued a merger with NBCUniversal, and also held potential acquisition talks with Disney, Apple, and other companies, according to a new report by Puck. While a deal isn’t currently in the works, it doesn’t sound like EA plans to give up anytime soon.“In recent years, as media companies have taken greater interest in the rapidly growing gaming industry, Wilson and Electronic Arts have held talks with a number of different potential suitors, including Disney, Apple and Amazon, sources with knowledge of those talks told me,” wrote Puck’s veteran media reporter, Dylan Beyers. “Several sources familiar w...
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Rockstar Parent Company CEO Earns Big Bonus For In-Game Sales

Photo: John Phillips (Getty Images)Microtransactions in games like Grand Theft Auto Online have become big business for video game publishers. And it’s likely this won’t be changing anytime soon. New details spotted in a recent contract extension for Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick explain that the CEO will earn a big bonus if more players spend more money buying in-game items, coins, and skins.As reported by Axios, a new contract extension for Zelnick means the 64-year-old CEO will continue running Take-Two until 2029. It also lays out how the executive will benefit greatly if games like GTA Online, NBA 2K, and Borderlands get players to spend extra cash on in-game items, referred to in the contract as “recurrent consumer spending” or RCS items. These items are defined by Take-Two’s contract...