News for Telltale Games The Walking Dead- Season Two has surfaced, giving us a release window for the first episode, titled “All That Remains”. The episode will release this month on the PS3 and Xbox 360, and will feature a character from the first season’s Episode Three, Omid, who was the husband of Christa, and encountered Lee, Clementine and the other survivors along the railroad tracks. The episode will also feature a playable Clementine and a locale from the DLC 400 Days- Gil’s Shortstop. Stay tuned for our review once the episode releases.
Todd Papy has left Sony Santa Monica and has joined Crytek. Papy had worked at the Sony studio since 2006 in various positions, the last being Game Director on God of War: Ascension. He also worked on God of War II and God of War III. He joined Crytek in November as Game Director and is currently “working on an unannounced project.” As we find out a title for the project, we’ll let you know. Crytek has several divisions, with its Frankfurt, Germany studio just releasing Ryse: Son of Rome on the Xbox One, which has met with a mediocre critical response. Crytek UK is currently working on Homefront 2, and Crytek Kiev recently launched the new free to play studio, Warface.
Speaking of the Xbox One, apparently those units bought off store shelves can access developer settings. While Microsoft has said the console would be usable for developers at some point it’s not there yet, and as of now the unit cannot be used as a development kit. Microsoft released the following statement:
“We strongly advise consumers against changing these settings as it could result in their Xbox One becoming unusable. Customers who have put their consoles into this developer setting can revert by restoring factory defaults under Settings/ System, select Restore Factory Defaults.”
Bottom line: While this may be tempting, don’t do it. You’ve been warned.
In other Microsoft news, The Verge has reported that the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission has approved Microsoft’s bid to purchase Nokia’s Devices and Services division, the plans of which had been announced in September by Microsoft. European regulators still need to give their okay for the 7.2 billion dollar (US) deal to go through, but that is expected to occur. The division in question includes Nokia’s smartphone products, and the result of the purchase will be Microsoft producing its own branded Windows Phone, which will also be produced by other manufacturers. The deal also includes a 10 year licensing agreement giving Microsoft access to Nokia’s patent portfolio.
Microsoft is currently going through some major restructuring. CEO Steve Ballmer announced his retirement in August, and his departure date is approaching fast. Stephen Elop, current Nokia CEO and ex-Microsoft exec, will return as head of the Devices team. Microsoft is expected to make an announcement concerning their new CEO in the near future.
That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more news. Til next time…
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