News Crunch – GTA V, Mass Effect 4 Due Date, Machinima Layoffs, Steam Auction House

Rockstar Wants to Put All Grand Theft Auto Cities in One Game

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Eventually, Rockstar would like to create one Grand Theft Auto game with all of the previous cities from the series. Rockstar North head Leslie Benzies said he “envisions players being able to travel back and forth to revisit places they explored in past games.”

“Of course at some point we would like to have one big world containing all our cities and let the player fly between them and revisit their favorite areas,” Benzies said. “In that context, re-imagining Vice City would be very interesting.”

On the possibility of Vice City returning in the future, Benzies said, “it is always a possibility. There are a few references to the city in our current-gen GTAs so it is part of that HD universe, and it is certainly somewhere we would love to revisit. However Vice City, perhaps more than any other GTA game, was as much about the era as the setting. Miami in the 1980’s is so iconic it would feel strange to revisit the city in a different time period.”

 

Mass Effect 4 Due Date Inaccurate

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Originally, an interview that had supposedly happened between an official from BioWare and a reporter for GamerSyndrome revealed that the next installation of the Mass Effect series wouldn’t drop until “late 2014 to mid-2015”, surprising leaving some readers appalled by “such a long wait”. However, BioWare’s Mike Gamble said the interview was full of “a lot of untrue stuff.”

Which leaves only one question from me: Why would gamers be upset with the above false due date? Anxiousness, perhaps, but here’s a reminder to all of the disappointed Dragon Age fans (DA 2, anyone?)… better a game take a few years to develop than to play an unsatisfying game that feels sloppy.

 

Machinima Experiences Layoffs

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Reports of layoffs at the YouTube network Machinima have been increasingly spotted throughout social media. Details are still being exposed, but recently, a Machinima rep released the following statement: “Today Machinima underwent a reorganization to address its global growth, and this process unfortunately resulted in layoffs. Less than 10% of Machinima’s workforce was affected. Also as part of the restructure Machinima is hiring across key divisions including Sales, Marketing, and Product.”

 

Steam Opening its Own Auction House

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Valve is launching what is called the Steam Community Market, a new platform that will allow you to buy and sell items for Steam Wallet cash within various games on the giant digital network. More games are planned to arrive later, but for now, the service is launching in Team Fortress 2. For now, you can only buy and sell consumable items.

Game publishers will be able to take their own fees, and Valve will take a 15% fee on every item sold.

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