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N3: Nightly News Narration - GTA V Cover, LucasArts Says Goodbye, id Troubles, and More

Rockstar has revealed the box cover for the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V.

As true with past titles, in the franchise, the box art continues with the style that Rockstar has always used with the GTA series. 

GTA V feature three main characters: Franklin, who is holding the handgun, Michael, in the water, and Treavor holding the larger weapon.

Grand Theft Auto V releases on September 17, 2013 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

LucasArts, who Disney acquired, in the deal, with George Lucas last year, along with the entire Star Wars franchise, has decided that LucasArts is more valuable being shutdown. Disney plans on licensing the Star Wars franchise to the highest bidders.

LucasFilm has issued a statement regarding LucasArts:
“”After evaluating our position in the games market, we’ve decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles.””

These layoffs include shutting down LucasArts and all projects. This includes Star Wars First Assault and Star Wars 1313. Will someone pick up the rights to finish either of these projects? We can always hope so.

TellTale Games has some sad news of their own. After all of the success they have had with The Walking Dead, we have been eagerly awaiting further details on the episodic King’s Quest series. Steve Allison, Senior VP of Publishing, at TTG, said this:
"While we deeply love King's Quest here at Telltale, we can confirm that we are no longer working on the franchise. There was a time last year that we investigated partnering with third party developers to produce the game as a partnership but decided against outsourcing. We are not privy to what plans Activision has for the franchise, if any."

From the sad to the pathetic, SimCity has continued to alienate its fans by delivering a DLC pack that is nothing more than an advertisement. The Nissan Leaf Charging Station, gives your Sims access to a way cars can run without any garbage, sewage, or electricity. 

Yes, that is right. Somehow Nissan and EA have defied the laws of science to make electric cars not use any electricity. The DLC is available over the next six months if the servers are working.

id Software and Bethesda are not seeing eye to eye. Pete Hines, Marketing VP at Bethesda has confirmed that DOOM 4 has not met the quality they have for the product and has tasked id with starting the project over from scratch. The game is now scheduled to be release on next-generation consoles “in the future.”

Apparently, after RAGE was finished, part of id Software began working on DLC and a sequel. The other part of id continued work on DOOM 4. Bethesda was not happy with how RAGE performed at retail and quickly stopped further DLC plans. They also demanded that id focus on only one game. This was mainly due to how poor their titles have been performing. 

id Software hasn’t produced a lot of quality software in recent memory. Can they finally step up to the plate and deliver a AAA experience? Bethesda is still betting on the company but I could see the relationship between the two ending poorly depending on how DOOM 4 turns out.

Microsoft doesn’t seem to know when they will reveal the Xbox 720. Reports have suggested it was going to be revealed last month. Then others said it will be in April. Now an investor note from EA says Microsoft is going to show off the console, to the public, in May. EA is expecting this to greatly increase their stock due to how amazing the announcement will be.

From what we have seen and heard, Microsoft is making all the wrong moves. Lets hope the reports are wrong and they have something amazing to show that isn’t always online or connected to a spy camera to function.

With only 3 days to go, Torment: Tides of Numenera has generated over 3.5 million dollars. This has led to several changes for the game. Unfortunately, this means that they are delaying the project from December 2014 until sometime in 2015. 

inXile released this statement:
"We purposely designed Torment to be modular so that, if we had additional funding, we could easily expand upon the game in ways that would make sense. Your support has exceeded our expectations. It is clear to us that to create as high quality a final product as we desire, and as you deserve, we're going to want more time than we had in our original schedule. It's our plan to use funds to keep the team on the project longer, allowing us to design, iterate, and polish more, to make a game that truly lives up to the Torment name.”

The game that won’t ever die continues to make news. Sega of Europe has announced that the trailers for Aliens: Colonial Marines were misleading and did not represent the final product. OUCH! Nobody from Sega of America or Gearbox has commented on this. However, the trailers used in Europe have been used to promote the game all over the world. 

Such a sad situation that we will probably never get to the bottom of. I will go out on a limb and say that Sega will never work with Gearbox again. 

The next game from Jane Jensen, Moebius, has its first trailer. Moebius is one of the titles funded through Kickstarter and her new development studio. The title features some of the same elements as in her most famous title: Gabriel Knight. The title is set to come out in June 2013 on Mac, PC, Linux, and iPad platforms.

By Kaleb Rutherford - 04/03/13

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