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February 8, 2013

The Evening Report, February 7, 2012: Crytek USA, Assassin’s Creed 4, Space Marines

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Written by: Erron Kelly
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Vigil is dead. Long live Crytek USA.

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A few weeks ago the industry was shocked — not due to the closure and subsequent asset auction, but due to the fact that nobody apparently gave enough of a damn about Vigil Games to put a bid in for them. Today, VentureBeat reports that the core team that was the foundation of Vigil has been recruited and formed into a new studio, Crytek USA.

While we’ve known about Crytek USA since only a few days after the auction, now we have some of the neater details for consumption.

[Source: VentureBeat]

 

Ratonhnhaké:ton? More like Ratonhnhaké:GONE.

Assassin's Creed III Box art

The next Assassin’s Creed has been announced, and one of the first details of the game is that it will feature a new protagonist in a new time period, instead of following the model previously established in the Ezio trilogy.

Coming in Ubisoft’s fiscal 2014, which is actually almost all of 2013 and only a bit of 2014, this new Assassin’s Creed is sure to bring back rumors of various settings rumored to be in Assassin’s Creed 3, and rumors of various locales have been swirling around the Internet since December of last year.

[Source: Polygon]

 

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Games Workshop, the company behind the various Warhammer franchises, have often been known to be overly aggressive in their attempts to squash anything and everything that comes close to infringing on one of their trademarks. Sure, it’s always good to act quickly in the interests of your company and products — else you may be looking at a Zynga situation before you realize it.

Now, apparently, Games Workshop have crossed the line into complete asshole territory by attacking any science fiction literature that uses the term “space marine.” The idea is to take back the term and make it less ubiquitous — something akin to what Adobe wishes they could do with “photoshop.”

The first victim in these new trademark attacks is Spots the Space Marine, an eBook that was subsequently removed from sale by Amazon. Despite the fact that “space marines” had been around in science-fiction for, oh, thirty-odd years before Games Workshop existed Amazon felt they had a proper claim and, while not obligated to comply with the takedown notice decided to anyway.

In a completely unrelated note, here’s a list of pretty much everything to ever feature a space marine.

Space Marine. Space Marine. Space Marine.

[Source: BoingBoing]

 

The Bones Zone

I’ve been playing Omerta: City of Gangsters for review, and that review should be available for consumption sometime in the next few days. Quick spoiler: I named my guy Don Quixote. Cause I’m a nerd, and it’s a mafia joke.



About the Author

Erron Kelly
Erron has been playing games for twenty-five years, and writing about them in one way or another for five. He has written online for Game on Mac, Armless Octopus, and SideQuesting.