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Xbox’s Phil Spencer Discusses Future of Story Driven Games

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Xbox & Microsoft’s Phil Spencer and Microsoft Studios Matt Booty outlined the consoles strategy for the future of narrative single-player games and there seems to be faith in the future of them and their plans to broaden their search for game studios to work with.

“I think we’re probably building more of those now than we’ve been in the history of Xbox,” Spencer said, during an interview with The Guardian.

“We don’t have any direction or mandate that says every game has to be an ongoing, sustained game,” Booty said. “Take Psychonauts: there might be a Psychonauts 3, but I’m not going to tell [designer] Tim Schafer to go make it. Knowing the history of games that he makes, I don’t think he’s going to be making a game that has seasons and goes on for five years.”

Spencer, along with Booty, then discussed their plan to broaden their efforts to find games studios and unique games that are out there.

“Just knowing the talent that’s available, and the tools [such as game engines Unity and Unreal] that are so much more accessible … I would be surprised if in the next three to five years, you don’t see numerous studios in places that aren’t the traditional hubs of video game development.”

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Twitch, National Music Publishers Association Nearing Licensing Agreement

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Amazon owned streaming platform Twitch is reportedly nearing a music licensing agreement with the National Music Publisher’s Association (NMPA) that would put an end to the long battle between the publishing organization and the live-streaming platform, according to Billboard.

The reports goes on to state that the two parties have come to an agreement in principle, but there is nothing binding that has been signed. Another source cited in the report said that a deal may be announced by the end of September.

A licensing agreement between Twitch and music labels has been in the works for years, per the report, and would likely bring an end to the DMCA takedowns on the platform, a big plus for twitch streams moving forward, should a deal become official.

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Launch Trailer Arrives for Kena: Bridge of Spirits

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A pair of brand new trailers has arrived for Ember Labs’ upcoming action-adventure ‘Kena: Bridge of Spirits’, which includes an official launch trailer and Photo Mode trailer, for the game scheduled to hit Playstation 4 and Playstation 5 in November.

“Our community was extremely vocal about their desire for a physical edition from the moment we first announced the game,” Ember Lab chief operations officer Josh Grier said. “It’s an honor to create a game people want to add to their collections, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Maximum Games to make that happen so quickly after the initial launch.”

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1047 Games Says ‘Splitgate’ Only “25% Complete”

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1047 Games, the developer behind ‘Splitgate’, has much more in store for fans of the game, according to creator/developer Ian Proulx who said that the immensely popular PvP game is only 25% complete.

In an interview with TechCrunch, and with some comments to GamesBeat, Proulx talked about the plans for the game, which has generated $100 million in investment capital over the past few months.

“The scope of what we can do is now through the roof,” Proulx explains. “There’s so much we couldn’t think about because we were a tiny team with a tiny budget, but now everything is on the table. We’re focusing on the long term — I look at the game as being 25% done. We don’t need to be Fortnite tomorrow, but now it really is about building the next Riot Games, the next big games business.”

 

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