Short Pause Gaming Podcast #72: The Future of EA and Ubisoft, April's NPD, & Why Was Disney Infinity Canceled?
Duh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh, Short Pause! It's a two man show this week as the dynamic duo of Brent and Ben get together to talk the latest and greatest in the world of gaming. Topics this week include:
- EA's Investor Call Spills the Beans - Fiscal year 2016 reports were coming in left and right this past week, and none were chalk full of as much juicy information as EA's. Release windows for Titanfall 2 and Mass Effect: Andromeda, a 2017 sequel to Star Wars: Battlefront, and a new, soon-be-revealed AAA IP were just a few of the nuggets EA dropped to investors on the call. Is the next year shaping up to be one of EA's best ever?
- Ubisoft's Investor Call Also Delivers - Not to be outdone by their competition over at EA, Ubisoft's investor call was also full of notable news nuggets this past week. Watch Dogs 2 and Ghost Recon: Wildlands are both due to release before April 2017, and Ubisoft is teasing an unrevealed new AAA IP to debut this fiscal year as well. With all of these awesome games on the docket, how fantastic is Ubisoft's E3 press conference going to be?
- Disney Infinity is No More - In a shocking bit of news, Disney has decided to cease production on their toys-to-life hit Disney Infinity, close their Avalanche Software development studio of close to 300 people, and exit the console game development business altogether, choosing instead to focus on licensing their wealth of coveted IPs (a la Star Wars: Battlefront). What does the closure of Disney Infinity mean for the future of Skylanders and LEGO Dimensions?
- Lionhead Studios Had Plenty of Suitors - Sources revealed to Kotaku this past week that Lionhead Studios had plenty of interested parties looking to purchase their soon-to-be closed studio and leverage their considerable development talent. Was the Fable IP the only thing holding back one of these deals from becoming a reality?
- Will Both the NX and PS4 NEO Be Revealed at Tokyo Game Show? - A VRWorld story claims that both Sony and Nintendo's new hardware will be revealed during September's Tokyo Game Show. With the current state of the Japanese home console industry and the present stature of Tokyo Game Show, Ben and Brent aren't buying this rumor. Should you?
- April's NPD Results - April's NPD results were very interesting, especially on the software side of things, as Dark Souls III took the top spot in terms of software, and PS4 stayed on top of the hardware heap. With Quantum Break placing seventh on this month's software list, was this as successful a new IP as Microsoft was hoping for?
- Plus, this week's new releases and much, much MORE!
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