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Supermassive Games Announces The Dark Pictures

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Supermassive Games, development team behind Until Dawn, has officially announced a new multiplatform horror series with Bandai Namco entitled ‘The Dark Pictures’ with the first of the standalone episodes, called Man of Medan, set to arrive in 2019.

In Man of Medan, four Americans take a boat and her captain out to sea to pilfer the wreckage of a WWII plane only to experience pure chaos once boarding the boat and exploring what’s on board.

“We are incredibly excited to announce the Dark Pictures Anthology and the first game in the series – Man of Medan. With each title being a standalone game, we have the opportunity to create a unique horror experience every time, with new stories, settings, characters and cast,” Supermassive Games CEO and Executive Producer of The Dark Pictures, Pete Samuels stated.

“The Dark Pictures, is the first example of a horror anthology series within the video game world, which positions gaming to a style closer to [fans’] favourite TV shows with new, standalone experiences brought to [them] on a regular basis. It’s a bold new model, but one we believe fans of both gaming and horror will love,” Bandai Namco’s Vice President of Digital and Marketing, Hervé Hoerdt said.

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Tencent Facing Allegations of Infringing on Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

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Tencent will appear in court on this Tuesday to face allegations of copyright infringement in China, filed by Shanghai-based studio Moonton Technology, according to the South China Morning Post.

Per the report, Tencent is accused of infringing on the rights of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, one of the biggest mobile titles in Southeast Asia and faces allegations that include rights to authorship, reproduction and communications regarding the game.

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Disco Elysium Lawsuit Alleges ZA/UM CEO Illegally Took Majority Share

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The ongoing battle between partners at Disco Elysium studio ZA/UM has taken another turn as new information has recently surfaced in the dispute between Disco Elysium creatives Robert Kurvitz and Aleksander Rostov and current ZA/UM CEO Ilmar Kompus and former executive producer Tõnis Haavel.

According to the Estonian Ekspress (via PC Gamer):

“the problems began when Margus Linnamäe, who largely financed Disco Elysium and was ZA/UM’s largest shareholder, decided to sell his stake in 2021. There was an expectation that Linnamäe would split his shareholding among the partners, but he allegedly sold it all to Kompus.

Kurvitz and Rostov did not know about this at the time. Their suspicions were raised when they were apparently demoted internally and, after checking the Estonian registration of companies, realised that control of ZA/UM now belonged to Kompus. The pair allegedly began demanding answers, shortly after which they were sacked. Both still own minor shareholdings in ZA/UM.

At the hearing, Kurvitz and Rostov argued that Kompus had used money that should have gone to the studio and shareholders, and funded Disco Elysium’s sequel, in order to buy those $4.8 million sketches. This was the alleged sleight-of-hand.

The shell company Tütreke, controlled by Kompus, somehow acquired these four sketches (described as being for a game called Pioneer One), and allegedly paid exactly one pound sterling for them before re-selling to ZA/UM for €4.8 million. This amount is what was apparently used to buy Linnamäe’s large stake, and put it in the hands of Kompus.”

 

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FTC Reportedly Considering Lawsuit Over Microsoft Activision Deal

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The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly considering filing an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard and a potential suit could be underway as soon as next month, according to Politico.

Furthermore, the lawsuit may seek to block the record-breaking deal, according to sources in the report who also said that the FTC’s four commissioners are yet to vote on a complaint or meet with lawyers, but the bulk of the investigation has been completed.

A lawsuit is not guaranteed and the FTC has not made any formal announcements at this time.

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