February 4, 2013

Activision Registers Four New Skylanders Domains – New Game Imminent?

Posted on February 4, 2013 by Joshua Rust

After posting a $500 million dollar profit in the United States alone, it’s safe to say that Skylanders is/has become an annual franchise. While none of these four domains are actually linked to a website it, it’s apparent that Skylanders is here to stay – no matter what Disney has to say about it!

Here are the four domains that were registered by Activision just a few days ago:





For reference,Skylanders Giants’domain was registered early 2012 and it released October 21st, 2012. So it’s quite probable that we will see the next Skylanders game later this year. Of the four names registered, none of them really strike me as a contender for the unannounced sequels final name. But, I guess that’s why Activison makes the big bucks, lol.

What new features would you all like to see in the next Skylanders game? Maybe with the competition with Disney Infinty, we will see some new innovations to the Skylanders franchise. Truly, the second game was really good but it failed to do anything “new” other than adding the Giants which could move “giant obstacles”.


Black Tusk Is Working On 4 New IP’s For Microsoft’s New Console

Posted on February 4, 2013 by Joshua Rust

It was revealed earlier today that Black Tusk Studios, formerly Microsoft Game Studios Vancouver, has been silently behind the scenes working on not one, not two, but FOUR NEW IP’s for Microsoft’s next home console (whatever it may be named).

It was previously revealed that the studio would be working on the next “the next Halo” in terms of a flagship franchise, not BTS actually working on a Halo game. There’s currently no mention on what any of the four IP’s are titled or may be about at this time.

Jonathan Brown, Black Tusk’s senior product manager and product planner, has been busy since joining BTS back in November 2010 taking on a role as “the primary product manager on four unannounced new IP and have been a key contributor to bringing these IP from the very early concept phase through green light to production. “

So, while not clearly stated, it appears that these new IP’s will be for the next generation of Microsoft’s console. Let’s just hope that Microsoft doesn’t abandon them so early in the consoles life that we don’t ever see a sequel. See Kameo: Elements Of Destruction – which was well received but never got the sequel it deserved.


EA Sidelines Medal of Honor Franchise

Posted on February 4, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

I hope you don’t have your hopes up for a third modern Medal of Honor game. During last week’s investor’s call EA Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore announced that the publisher will be moving in a different direction in regards to their annual FPS release. Surely it had something to do with poor sales or an absolutely devastating meta critic score.

While on the call Mr.Moore explained that Medal of Honor will be removed from Electronic Art’s bi-annual rotation, although he did not offer specifics as to what will replace it. Considering that Crytek, developer of the ever impressive Crysis series, just purchased the HomeFront IP after the demise of THQ, EA will partner them to thwart another North Korean invasion.

Did you enjoy Medal of Honor Warfighter? Speak out in the comments section, because as fellow Broken Joysticks Founder Eric will tell you, he quite enjoyed the game.

We’ve got a quote from the call after the jump.

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Sony Cuts Ties With SuperBot Entertainment

Posted on February 4, 2013 by Broken Joysticks

It has been announced just recently via Kotaku that Sony has decided to cut ties with SuperBot Entertainment, better known to many as the creators on PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. This news comes off the heels from their announcement a few days back that they had to lay off some of their staff members. All of the title’s future content will be handled by the Santa Monica Studio.Read More


IGN Spun-off From Fox, Sold To Ziff Davis

Posted on February 4, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

Videogames megasite IGN.com has been spun-off from Fox Media and sold to former EGM/1-UP owner Ziff Davis, the company announced today via blog post and twitter. Along with the flagship site, Ziff now owns the likes of UGO, 1-UP and gaming events like the IGN Pro League.

It has long been rumored that IGN was preparing to either be sold off to a new owner, spun-off into their own entity or worse case auctioned off entirely. Reportedly News Corp spent part of 2011 looking for a new buyer for the site before working with investment bank Allen & Co to auction off the company for around $100 million.Read More


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