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Jason Clement posted a article in Industry NewsToday's headlines involve some big news on the Nintendo front for Wii U owners and prospective buyers as well as news about some studio closures and downsizing going on. And of course, Tuesday means new releases on the PlayStation Store. Read on about it all below- Report indicates Nintendo will cease Wii U production in 2016 According to a Japanese report from Nikkei, Nintendo plans to end production of the Wii U by the end of 2016. The report notes that the company has already stopped making certain Wii U accessories. If true, then the claims of the Wii U successor, NX, coming out at the end of 2016 have gotten a lot more credible. However, the report also indicates that an NX release in 2016 isn't a sure thing just yet. At any rate, Nintendo likely still has plenty of Wii U stock in circulation, and the current sell-through rate (along with past holiday sales) may indicate that they can sail through this year (and perhaps part of 2017) with whatever stock they generate before stopping production. Source: IGN Sony shuttering Evolution Studios Sad news for fans of Evolution Studios, the developer behind the Motorstorm franchise and DriveClub, as Sony has announced that they have closed down the studio after a recent evaluation of their Worldwide Studios. The news comes after the disastrous launch of DriveClub and the subsequent issues with its online play and such, which ultimately saw 55 members of the staff cut last year alone. Source: GamesIndustry.biz 5th Cell undergoing massive layoffs but not closed at this time In other redundancy news, it's been reported that 5th Cell has had to lay off 45 people after their latest Scribblenauts game had been cancelled by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It was originally thought that the studio had been closed altogether after animator Tim Borrelli tweeted that he had been laid off and "RIP 5th Cell." However, 5th Cell CEO Jeremiah Slaczka has set the record straight, saying that the company is not shutting down but is 100% committed to helping those affected by layoffs to find new jobs. 5th Cell is currently working on Anchors in the Drift, a free-to-play RPG that is being crowdfunded on investing platform Fig. Source: GamesIndustry.biz Toki Tori developer Two Tribes is retiring from game development after their next game releases This one was pretty surprising to me. Out of seemingly nowhere, Two Tribes made the announcement that they would be retiring after their upcoming game Rive finally releases. No, they didn't run out of money. Nor is there behind-the-scene drama that's causing things to go amuck. They simply decided that it's time to hang up their coats as far as developing new games go. Co-founder Collin van Grinkel mentions that it partially has to do with them feeling like "dinosaurs" (they originally started in 2000) in an age where the indie development scene is more crowded than ever. There's no word on what van Grinkel and the remainder of Two Tribes will be doing afterward just yet, but he does mention that the studio will still support their current releases and publishers; whether or not that includes ports of their existing games to new platforms remains to be seen. Their final game, RIVE, is set to release soon, and Van Grinkel calls it the best game they've ever done. If fans and the media agree with the sentiment, it'll be good to see a developer go out on top for once. Source: Press Release PlayStation Store New Releases 3/22/16 This week brings yet another surprising amount of games to the PlayStation Store, with 12 games for PS4 and two for Vita (including one surprising entry). Check out the full list below! PS4 101 Ways to Die - $14.99 Bully (PS2 Classic) - $14.99 Catlateral Damage - $9.99 Day of the Tentacle Remastered - $14.99 Dragon Fantasy: The Black Tome of Ice - $9.99 Manhunt (PS2 Classic) - $14.99 Okage: Shadow King (PS2 Classic) - $9.99 Republique - $24.99 SebastiÃ©n Loeb Rally EVO - $59.99 Smite - Free-to-Play Trackmania Turbo - $39.99 Warheads - $4.99 PS Vita Day of the Tentacle Remastered - $14.99 X-Com: Enemy Unknown Plus - $19.99 For games on sale, see the the full list at the source link below. Source: PlayStation Blog What are your thoughts on Nintendo possibly pulling the plug on Wii U this year? And Evolution Studios' closure and 5th Cell's downsizing?
Two Tribes B.V., the Dutch developer behind last year's Toki Tori 2+, Rush, and Edge, has announced that the company they once were is no more. However, this isn't quite the end just yet. The good news is Two Tribes Publishing B.V., which owns and publishes the games and handles contracts etc., is still intact, and co-founders Martijn Reuvers and Collin van Ginkel have announced that a new daughter company will be formed and will handle all future development of titles. Despite this, all of the old staff from Two Tribes B.V. has been let go, and a new, smaller staff will proceed with future projects. So what's the cause of Two Tribe's demise? The blog post explaining the situation mentions that it was mostly due to the development of Toki Tori 2 taking way longer than expected and not selling to expectations. For now, the next game in development at the new Two Tribes is a 2D sidescrolling shooter built on the same engine created for Toki Tori 2. Expect to hear more from the new company about the project over the course of the year.
Are you disappointed the Steam Summer Sale hasn't begun yet? Not to worry, there are always other various ongoing deals and bundles to grab. The latest is the Humble Bundle Weekly Sale featuring Two Tribes. There are a handful of games you can snag so check it out. You'll get two games by paying whatever you want: Edge Toki Tori Alongside these games comes two 10% off coupons for Toki Tori 2+ which is headed to Steam later this week. Alongside the games also comes a rather neat bonus. There are two Toki Tori soundtracks included which are for the modern game as well as the original Game Boy Color version. You can also choose to beat the average price (currently $2.25) to pick up a copy of Rush as well. As usual, paying at least a buck means you'll get Steam keys for each game. All games aside from Rush also work on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.
Two Tribes have been around for a while but it was with Toki Tori that they saw possibly their best success. In April, they brought Toki Tori 2 to Wii U which also saw a fair deal of positive attention. What about everyone else who might like to play it but doesn't have the system? A page for Toki Tori 2+ turned up on Steam today. What does this mean and what is the "+" about? The Two Tribes blog has filled in the details about why this is the definitive version of the game to buy (for now). The biggest news is that the game now has a level editor. This editor pairs with Steam Workshop meaning everyone can exchange their best levels. More puzzles are also going to be added, as well as thirty different achievements. If you already own Toki Tori 2 on Wii U then don't feel bad about this launch. The Wii U version is going to get the majority of these updates in a patch. Toki Tori 2+ will be out on July 2nd.