News Roundup August 26th

by Huey Chewwy

Following yesterday's big story of Amazon buying Twitch, Forbes is reporting that the Google/Twtitch deal fell apart due to Antitrust issues.  This isn't very surprising, due to Google owning YouTube, which has become a competetor to the live-streaming Twitch service.

The Pokemon company teased a "shocking" announcement coming today, and boy did they deliver on that statement.  POKKÉN TOURNAMENT; a Tekken-style of fighter featuring Pokemon characters is being developed by Bandai Namco's Tekken team for arcades in Japan. There is no announcement as far as a US release in arcades or coming to any consoles, (would have to assume the Wii U).  Very little information is known at this time but what we do know is that Katsuhiro Harada and Masaaki Hoshino, the lead producers behind Tekken and SoulCalibur, are behind this project.  

In a bit of odd news, Capcom is suing publisher Koei Tecmo for multiple cases of patent infringement.  The lawsuit states that some Koei Tecmo games infringe a patent made by Capcom in 2002 involving a function that lets you acquire new content by combining an existing game with another piece of software, (presumably another disk).  Capcom reportedly has another patent that involves controller vibrations when an enemy is nearby.  The Dynasty and Samauri Warriors series have had expansions (Xtreme Legends) that can be played by themselves or combined to add new content to the core game.  This is obviously what Capcom is referring to in the first infringment mentioned.  Capcom has been in a little bit of a financial woe in the past year,  and it is interesting that they decided to file this now.  The first title from Koei Tecmo (known as Koei at the time) that would have violated said infringement was Dynasty Warriors 3: Xtreme Legends, which was released January 11th, 2003.  Another point of contention is of the combination of software with existing games.  The lawsuit says this patent was made in 2002, which would have been in the middle of development for Devil May Cry 2; which featured 2 disks.  Capcom is seeking 980 million yen (9.4 million USD), and the suspension of sales for roughly 49 titles for Koei Tecmo.

New games released today

  • Madden 15 (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3
  • Infamous: First Light (PS4)
  • Metro Redux (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
  • The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 5 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, IOS)
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth 1 (Vita)
  • Dark Souls II: Crown of the Old Iron King DLC (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Also out today is the demo for NHL 15, new free content for EA Sports UFC, and the Diablo III Patch 2.1.0 for PC.