The publisher of Overkill's The Walking Dead and Payday 2 may not make it another year according to its Q1 2019 financial report. The report details the company's gross profit as well as its operating profit losses.
Starbreeze Facing Financial Pressure
As reported by the UK based trade magazine MCV, Starbreeze did not try to hide that they were in a challenging situation. It was revealed that the company would have a liquidity shortfall before the middle of the year if no further funding was secured. This means that Starbreeze would not have enough money to keep the company running.
According to the in-depth look at their Q1 2019 financial results, it showed that their net sales totaled SEK 47.8 million ($4.9 million USD), with Payday 2 making up for SEK 26.7 million ($2.7 million USD), which was an increase from last quarter. Although, Starbreeze's earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization showed a loss of SEK 106.7 million ($11.1 million USD), which accounts for more than double the loss experienced in Q1 of 2018.
The company attributes their decreased earnings "due primarily to lower net sales, higher administrative costs related to the reconstruction and the negative accounting effect of the sale of System Shock 3” amounting to SEK 68.1m ($7.1 million USD).
As for the company's plans to avoid a complete shutdown, the acting CEO Mikael Nermark indicated that his main goal is to secure funding for Starbreeze to avoid this devastating situation.
“My main task is to secure financing for the company’s future operations,” Nermak said. “This involves both long-term financing we can use to build the Starbreeze of the future, but also making sure that the assets we have determined are unrelated to the core business are managed in a commercially viable way. Once this financing has been secured, we will be able to look ahead and present a more detailed strategy for the future.”
Yoshi’s Crafted World is now available on the Nintendo Switch. Both long-time fans and those new to Yoshi will fall in love with this endearing adventure. This adorable game might seem simple at first, but it’s actually filled with a whole host of content to keep gamers playing.
Yoshi’s Craft World – YouTube Playlist with Gigamax Games
Navigating a world that was created out of household art supplies, Yoshi sports one of his stylish cardboard outfits. This cardboard costume acts as a shield and looks cute while protecting this lovable green dinosaurs life. Yoshi is tasked with making it to the end of the level and collecting all the flowers along the way. However, once Yoshi reaches the end of a level, it doesn’t mean the challenge is over. Each level has a “Flip Side” which is essentially the back of the stage. Yoshi needs to run through the stage in reverse and find all the cute puppies that can be seen running around the level. This is not only fun, it means the game is twice as long!
Yoshi games aren’t known for their challenge. If a gamer is looking to test their skills, Yoshi’s Crafted World might not be the best game. However, if a person is in search for a relaxing, colorful, entertaining game, Yoshi’s Crafted World could be a great fit. Take a second and see if this game is the right one for you!
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Warframe is now available on the Nintendo Switch. This free-to-play space-ninja shooter/hack-and-slash continues to make it way to new audiences years after its release. Known for its liberal use of microtransactions, this fact kep the Gigamax Games crew away from exploring the Warframe universe. However, after its release on the Nintendo Switch, it was time to take a closer look.
Warframe YouTube Playlist with Gigamax Games
Warframe is beloved by many, hated by some. It took a few tries before one of the crew was able to fully embrace Warframe and still, the other half of the Gigamax crew can’t see beyond the pay-to-win aspect of the game. Still, the revisit to Warframe was a welcomed surprise. After countless content updates and quality of life improvements, this is a very different game than the original that was released in 2013.
Warframe embraces the games-as-a-service model to a T. Give the audience a taste of the content and lock some cool stuff behind a paywall. This has a tendency to anger gamers, however, Warframe was able to break out and offer enough quality content to keep people coming back. Beyond the pay-to-win feel, it was made clear early on that if players want to grind their way through the game, they would be able to work around any microtransactions. It didn’t have to cost real money to slay aliens with ease, but purchasing in-game currency is an option.
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NetherRealm shared some details on its upcoming beta for Mortal Kombat 11, giving fans a look at what they can expect from the trial. The beta will begin on Wednesday, March 27 at 8 AM PT, and run through Sunday, March 31 at 11:59 PM PT. It will be open to anyone who pre-ordered a copy of the game on PS4 or Xbox One.
Mortal Kombat 11 - Official Beta Trailer
The beta will include five playable characters including Baraka, Jade, Kabal, Scarlet, and Scorpion. This is just a small look at the massive roster the game is set to have, which has still not been fully revealed. The most recent character NetherRealm revealed is the emperor of the underworld himself, Kotal Kahn.
The beta will include both online multiplayer matches and the single player Towers of Time mode. It will also have an early preview of the character customization system that lets players choose various cosmetic items for their individual fighters including their skins, gear, special abilities, taunts, brutalities, and intro/victory cinematics. Only players with PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold can play online, but anyone can play the Towers of Time mode offline.
Pre ordering the latest title nets players access to the beta and Shao Kahn as a playable character at launch. Shao Kahn is a bonus across all platforms including Nintendo Switch and PC, although the beta is exclusive to PS4 and Xbox One.
Nintendo may have released the most intense Battle Royale game and it’s called, Tetris 99. It’s available to anyone that is currently paying for Nintendo’s online service. The free download for the Nintendo Switch can be found on the eShop. Tetris 99 might just be based off everyone’s favorite retro game, but it’s so much more than your parents Tetris. In Tetris 99, players battle each other to see who will be the last one standing.
Tetris 99 – Gameplay with Gigamax Games on YouTube
The playlist above includes a complete overview of Tetris 99. This was easy to accomplish since Tetris 99 is as bare-bones as a game can be. Start a game, play Tetris until you win or lose, start a new game. A new mechanic that Tetris 99 does introduce is sending blocks to enemy players. Using the right and left stick to target one of the 98 other individuals in the Tetris 99 match, a player can interfere with their Tetris match by sending blocks after completing combos. However, everyone is fair game in a Tetris 99 game so multiple players can attack the same target as well.
With a long list of different stats to track your performance and a level system to show off how many games a person has played, Tetris 99 is addicting. It’s quick to get into a game, it’s the same classic Tetris people know and love and it includes some additional mechanics to keep the competitive element alive. No one could have called that Nintendo would release the best Battle Royale game of 2019.
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Nintendo, a company that has become increasingly transparent with fans over the past couple years, recently offered an inside look into its Japanese workforce. Spotted by industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, the Nintendo of Japan recruitment page delivers some interesting statistics about their employees including average age, salary, length of employment, and more.
Closer Look at Nintendo Japan
Nintendo of Japan employs more than 2,000 people, and the average age of the staff is 38.6. The typical employee of Nintendo makes $80,000 per year, and has worked for the company an average of 13.5 years. Another interesting statistic is that a typical work day for an Nintendo employee is 7 hours and 45 minutes.
Not sure if new info but noticed this after the update on the Nintendo (NCL) recruitment page. Stats for Japan only-
As mentioned above, this information only relates to Nintendo of Japan. The famous company behind Mario, Zelda, and Metroid has subsidiaries around the world including Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe.
It's always interesting to get an inside look at the inner workings of a company, especially for those that are interested in a career working for a major video game developer. Although, it is important to remember that these numbers are simply averages and of course there will be some outliers.
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Nintendo celebrated Pokemon Day in a big way this year, with a special Nintendo Direct that revealed generation 8 of the long running monster catching series. Titled Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, these two games are set to release in late 2019. Below you'll find the reveal trailer which gives you a look at the two titles in action.
Pokemon Sword and Shield Reveal Trailer
The new games are set in the fictional region of Galar, which seems to be modeled after Britain. Nintendo also revealed the three new starters that trainers will get to choose between: Grookey the grass monkey, Scorbunny the fire bunny, and Sobble the sad water chameleon. While gameplay was revealed during the Direct, an extensive view was not given, merely little snippets. The biggest takeaway from the clips is that random encounters are coming back to the game.
The Pokemon Company had first revealed that they were working on new Pokemon titles at E3 back in 2017. Other than that, the developer has been tight lipped on details besides the fact that they are core titles and will launch this year.
The company made the wise decision to categorize them as core games since their last two titles Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee were not traditional Pokemon games. Instead, these two games were intended to bridge the gap between Pokemon Go and the core series to help ease new players into Sword and Shield.
We here at Gigamax are incredibly excited for the next generation of Pokemon and can't wait to get our hands on the games. For more information on these titles, be sure to check back with us here at GigamaxGames.com!
Another Nintendo Direct has come and gone, revealing a ton of new information for upcoming titles on the Switch. Nintendo certainly never holds back when it comes to these digital conferences and this one was no different. While some fans didn't get the reveals they wanted (Animal Crossing release date / Metroid Prime Trilogy), there is still plenty of time left in the year for the company to drop other big name games. Below is a list of all the major announcements and a full recording of the livestream for those interested.
Super Mario Maker 2
Nintendo officially revealed Super Mario Maker 2, surely pleasing every creative Mario fan. Get ready for plenty of courses that will make you hurl your Switch through a window and countless hours of designing the perfect level.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The first details for the big 3.0 update were detailed during the Direct. This update will contain the first DLC pass character, Joker, along with his map and music. Nintendo also revealed a number of new Amiibo that are launching in the near future. They will include Pokemon Trainer, Snake, and Simon Belmont.
BoxBoy + BoxGirl
The 3DS classic BoxBoy is getting a Switch sequel in the form of BoxBoy + BoxGirl. The new game will include 270 stages and features two player co-op.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is getting a few updates on the Nintendo Switch. This includes a big paid expansion that comes with new levels and challenges. A free update that is out now which adds a new co-op mode as well.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
Nintendo laid out a summer release window for this comic book hero Switch exclusive. New characters were revealed for the game including The Defenders.
The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening
A remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is coming to the Switch. This title originally came out on the Gameboy Classic and now a new generation of gamers can experience this masterpiece. Set in the top down perspective, this will be the first classic style Zelda to appear on the Switch outside of the NES Classic service.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
An update was given on the state of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night with a new gameplay trailer and a Summer 2019 release date set.
The Battle Royale genre has even invaded Tetris. This new take on the classic puzzle game pits players against 99 competitors to see who can stack bricks the longest and it is out now on the Nintendo Switch.
Assassin's Creed 3 Remaster
Ubisoft is brining the third installment of Assassin's Creed to the Nintendo Switch on May 21st. Those that purchase the title will also get a remaster of the Vita title Assassin's Creed III: Liberation and the Tyranny of King Washington DLC.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
One of the biggest reveals of the presentation was gameplay from Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The announcement included a ton of new information including how combat, progression, and character bonds will work. Nintendo stated that the game will hit consoles on July 26th, 2019.
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
The critically acclaimed indie title from developer Ninja Theory is coming to the Nintendo Switch. This dark tale uses Norse Mythology to explore the theme of mental illness. Pro Tip: Use stereo headphones when you play.
Toby Fox's new adventure and follow up to Undertale, Deltarune is coming to the Switch on February 28th. Chapter 1 will be free but later chapters which are currently in development will cost money.
Yoshi's Crafted World
Those that are interested in everyone's favorite green dinosaurs next adventure can try it for free right now with a demo that was released during the Direct. We highly recommend checking this absolutely adorable adventure out. (Warning: May cause vomiting from intense cuteness levels)
Final Fantasy 9 and 7
Surprise! Final Fantasy 9 is now available on the Nintendo Switch, with Final Fantasy 7 arriving next month. If you've never played these classic titles, now is the perfect chance.
One of the biggest topics on gamers minds these days is being able to play with their friends no matter what console they own. Many developers have spoken out about the benefit of allowing competing systems to play with each other and now the developer behind Paladins has added his opinion. Steve Chisam, the CEO of the company behind Smite and Paladins, posted his thoughts on cross-play to Twitter recently.
Paladins CEO Speaks Out About Cross-Play
Xplay improves match quality in multiplayer games. When we added crossplay between Paladins Xbox and Switch: >> Wait time reduced 30% >> Level spread between players down 40% >> 40% reduction in ELO std deviation per match >> 80% reduction in "Bad" matches (by our internal defn)
In terms of Paladins, which already supports cross-play between Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, Chisam says overall match quality has improved thanks to the ability to play between consoles. The average wait time to get into a match is down 30% and level spread has been decreased by 40%. Overall, according to Hi-Rez they have seen an 80% reduction in what they would refer to as "bad matches."
It is interesting to see the variety of problems that can be solved with the help of cross-play. Anyone whose played a multiplayer game knows the frustrations of running into un-balanced or broken matches, and it isn't a surprise to see that having a larger pool of players to choose from improves match quality.
Chisam has certainly been vocal about his opinion on tearing down the walls between consoles. Recently Chisam said that Paladins, Realm Royale, and Smite were all ready to implement cross-play on the PS4 but Sony has to stop "playing favorites" according to the developer.
Microsoft has long supported cross-play and is a big proponent of developers including it in their titles. Unfortunately, Sony does not share this love of the system and has only recently (and begrudgingly) included it in select popular games like Fortnite and Rocket League. Hopefully, we'll see wider adoption of cross-play, but it seems like Sony is still far from accepting it as a beneficial system.
Dragon Ball FighterZ is about to get another round of DLC characters, adding to the already impressive roster the game contains. The first of these characters will be Jiren, The Pride Trooper, with 4 other characters following him throughout the year. This was revealed at the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Finals, where Bandai Namco announced the Season 2 Fighter Pass.
Dragon Ball FighterZ Continues to Grow
The trailer revealed that Jiren would be available this week, January 31st. On top of that it was announced that Videl would be arriving alongside Jiren. It appears as though Videl can summon Gohan in his Great Saiyaman garb to help with combo attacks, kind of like how Android 18 and 17 work currently.
At the end of the trailer, Bandai Namco revealed two more characters that will eventually join the title: Super Saiyan Blue Gogeta and Broly from the recently released Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie. Although no footage was shown, the developer said the characters are coming soon.
Details on the price have yet to be revealed by Bandai Namco, but the previous Season Pass cost $35 and added 8 characters to the game including Broly, Bardock, Vegito, Fused Zamasu, base Goku, base Vegeta, Cooler, and Android 17. Each of these characters are also available for $5 individually. We'll be sure to keep a close eye on the upcoming characters so be sure to check back with us here atGigamaxGames.com.
Dauntless, a free-to-play Monster Hunter-like Action-RPG released on Tuesday, 5/21/19 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Epic Games store. Dauntless achieved a feat that has yet to be seen, launching with true cross-play functionality across all consoles. Dauntless crossplay includes the big three; Xbox One, PC, and the notoriously difficult to secure, PlayStation 4. […]
After a week of teases, Ubisoft finally revealed the next Season of Rainbow Six Siege. As per usual, Operation Phantom Sight will include two new operators known as Nokk and Warden. The update will also include a map rework and some tweaks to characters already in the game. Phantom Sight Operator Gameplay Nokk appears to […]