Quick Hits- Criterion sees some departures, new free fighter for Killer Instinct, Fallout games returning to Steam?

need for speedAccording to Polygon, the developer behind the Need for Speed and Burnout series has lost two of its co-founders. Both vice-president and creative director Alex Ward and studio director Fiona Sperry have left Criterion Games with plans to form a new gaming company. An EA spokesman told Polygon, “Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry have decided to leave EA. We appreciate their many contributions through the years and wish them well in their future endeavors. The incredibly and creative team at Criterion are hard at work on a new project for next-gen consoles as new IP continues to be a major priority across EA. Matt Webster is leading development of the new game and the Criterion studio moving forward. Matt has been part of Criterion for years and has an exciting vision for this new game.”

A new patch for the Xbox One game Killer Instinct gives players a new free fighter. Sabrewulf is replacing Jago in what looks to be the first round of rotating fighters that will be offered for free. The patch also fixes several bugs, ensures that changing your sign-in through Kinect will no longer overwrite your saves, enables you to play regardless of which USB port your controller is plugged into, and allows you to disable toasts. It also introduces two classic character costumes with new accessories for Jago and Orchid. The patch takes up 675MB of space and is available now.

Bethesda has confirmed that it is working to reinstate some classic titles in the Fallout series that have been removed from Steam following changes to licensing agreements. The titles removed were Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics, and while their removal doesn’t affect those who have already purchased the games it does prevent anyone else from getting them for now. Bethesda hopes to have this resolved quickly and is working to restore the titles to the Steam store as soon as possible. Interest in the series has risen again since the reveal before Christmas that a new Fallout game is indeed in the works and will be set in Boston. No confirmation of the title yet, but there are signs pointing to it being the long awaited Fallout 4.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

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