Dive into our detailed overview of the gaming news from October 9-13, 2023. From the reveal of highly anticipated games to significant shifts in the industry, we’ve gathered the week’s essential gaming updates for your convenience.
11 Bit Studios Drops Gameplay for ‘The Alters’
11 Bit Studios has recently unveiled the first gameplay for their upcoming sci-fi adventure game, “The Alters.” The game is set to be released sometime in the next year. While specific details about the gameplay and storyline remain wrapped, the announcement has generated significant buzz in the gaming community.
The anticipation surrounding “The Alters” is palpable, with many speculating about the game’s plot, characters, and gameplay mechanics. As the release date approaches, it is expected that 11 Bit Studios will share more teasers and trailers.
Unity CEO John Riccitiello Resigns Amid Pricing Controversy
In a surprising turn of events, John Riccitiello, the CEO of Unity Technologies, has announced his immediate retirement. This decision comes after a significant controversy surrounding Unity’s new pricing model. Introduced in September, the contentious pricing structure mandated that game developers using the Unity Game Engine would incur a fee for every download once their game surpassed certain installation and revenue benchmarks. The developer community widely disapproved of this move.
The backlash was swift and intense. Developers expressed dissatisfaction, leading to protests and even boycotts of Unity Ads. The uproar reached such a magnitude that Unity offices faced temporary closures due to threats. In response to the outcry, Unity Technologies revised its pricing policy. The updated policy exempted games using older engine versions from the fees.
While the exact reasons for Riccitiello’s departure remain undisclosed, the timing suggests a possible connection to the recent upheaval. Riccitiello offloaded over 2,000 shares of his stock in Unity, hinting at some foreknowledge of impending events. The gaming community now waits with bated breath to see if Unity will maintain its revised pricing policy under new leadership and whether developers will continue to support the engine in the future.
Live-Action Adaptation of “Cyberpunk” Announced
A live-action project based on the popular game “Cyberpunk 2077” is currently in development. While they haven’t disclosed many details about the project, the producers have revealed that they will collaborate closely with the “Cyberpunk 2077” team. This collaboration will ensure that the live-action adaptation preserves the essence and authenticity of the game.
“Cyberpunk 2077” has garnered a massive fanbase since its release, and the announcement of a live-action project has only heightened the excitement among fans. The game’s intricate storyline, immersive world, and memorable characters make it a prime candidate for a live-action adaptation. With the original team’s involvement, fans can expect a faithful representation of the game’s universe. The gaming community eagerly awaits more details about the project, including casting news, release dates, and potential plotlines.
CD Projekt Red Developers Form Union in Response to Layoffs
Developers at CD Projekt Red, the renowned studio behind hits like “Cyberpunk 2077” and “The Witcher 3,” have come together to form a union. This decision emerges after a series of layoffs that the company has experienced this year. Notably, CD Projekt Red has undergone three separate rounds of layoffs this year alone.
The formation of the union is seen as a collective response by the developers to ensure their rights and voice their concerns more effectively. The layoffs have undoubtedly caused unrest among the employees, leading them to seek a more structured platform to address their grievances and ensure fair treatment.
While the specifics of the union’s objectives and demands are yet to be disclosed, establishing such a body within a major game development company is a significant step. It underscores the importance of employee rights and the need for a balanced power dynamic between employers and their workforce.
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