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Square Enix gives its RPG-focused studio a name and a debut game  
by Alex Wawro [06.16.15]
The outfit we heard about last year has finally been branded Tokyo RPG Factory; its remit is, appropriately enough, to produce JRPGs, starting with its 2016 debut release Project Setsuna.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

GenDesign is a new studio helmed by The Last Guardian director  
by Alex Wawro [06.16.15]
Shortly after he was thanked for his continuing work on The Last Guardian, Fumito Ueda took to Twitter to hype his new Tokyo-based studio, GenDesign, staffed by his fellow former Team Ico developers.
Indie, Business/Marketing, E3

Shenmue 3 sets new Kickstarter record, hits $2M goal in 9 hours 3
by Alex Wawro [06.16.15]
Announced last night by Yu Suzuki on-stage at Sony's E3 press event, Shenmue 3 is now the fastest game project on Kickstarter to surpass $1 million pledged -- in less than two hours.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

At E3, Nintendo hints at the future as it celebrates itself now 37
by Christian Nutt [06.16.15]
Nintendo's E3 stream promised a slew of games for 2015 -- maybe too many. But it also promised change. Was it the swan song of Nintendo-as-it-is-now?
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, E3

See Nintendo's E3 2015 presentation right here at 9 AM Pacific  
by Staff [06.16.15]
Nintendo is once again giving up the opportunity to hold a live stage show at E3 this year in favor of a pre-recorded video broadcast outlining its 2015 strategy to the public; you can watch it here.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Forget hardware or services -- this E3, Sony's all about games 2
by Christian Nutt [06.15.15]
Sony is trying to swagger its way through E3 2015, confident in its partnerships with AAA and indies alike, confident in its own titles, and confident in fan demand for games debuted on its stage.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Sony trots out The Last Guardian at E3, promises to release it in 2016 1
by Alex Wawro [06.15.15]
It's true -- Sony opened its E3 press conference this evening with footage and a release date for Team Ico and Sony Japan's The Last Guardian, which is believed to have been in development since 2007.
Console/PC, Design, E3

Ubisoft's new swordfighting game is a lesson in persistent pitching Exclusive 3
by Kris Graft [06.15.15]
For Ubisoft Montreal creative director Jason VandenBerghe, getting For Honor greenlit wasn’t a forgone conclusion. In fact, it was a concept more than 10 years (and multiple rejections) in the making.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video, E3

Open Gaming Alliance expands to cater to indies and new tech  
by Alex Wawro [06.15.15]
The Open Gaming Alliance is making a show of expanding to offer new, cheaper levels of membership for indies and new special interest groups focused on dev software, game streaming and VR/AR tech.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Starbreeze is staffing up and launching its own VR headset: StarVR 2
by Alex Wawro [06.15.15]
The parent company of Payday 2 developer Starbreeze Studios, is making moves that will see it gain new staff, new IP, and a new virtual reality headset prototype known as Project StarVR.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Cocos-2dx comes to Windows 10 with Microsoft's help  
by Alex Wawro [06.15.15]
Devs using Chukong's cross-platform open-source Cocos-2dx game engine can now build games for Windows 10 and, by extension, the promised Universal Windows Platform that will span Microsoft devices.
Indie, Business/Marketing, E3

Microsoft leans on 'core' games and the promise of HoloLens at E3 Exclusive  
by Christian Nutt [06.15.15]
Microsoft came out swinging today at its annual E3 press conference with a core gamer-focused slate of newly announced and already known games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, E3

Microsoft apes Early Access with new 'Xbox Game Preview' program  
by Alex Wawro [06.15.15]
Microsoft has announced a new "Xbox Game Preview" program that's roughly akin to Steam's Early Access service, but with the added promise of a free demo for every title on offer.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Microsoft rolls out Xbox 360 backwards compatibility to Xbox One 4
by Alex Wawro [06.15.15]
Early in Microsoft's E3 press conference today, Xbox's Mike Ybarra took the stage to promise that the company's Xbox One console would be updated to natively support a selection of Xbox 360 games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Watch Microsoft's E3 conference right here at 9:30 AM Pacific  
by Phill Cameron [06.15.15]
Microsoft's Xbox E3 conference will begin today at 9:30 AM Pacific, and if you aren't in attendance you can livestream the event right here from the comfort of your browser.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Bethesda's first E3 showcase a big success (and Fallout 4 comes out this year) 8
by Kris Graft [06.14.15]
At Bethesda's first-ever E3 showcase, the publisher-developer delivered a presentation that got E3 week off to an explosive, impressive start.
Business/Marketing, E3

The ESA clarifies its anti-harassment stance, future of E3  
by Christian Nutt [06.14.15]
The Entertainment Software Association's Mike Gallagher clarifies his organization's stand on GamerGate, the future of E3, and why the organization's relevant.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, E3

Report: 'Concept' images and specs of Oculus' consumer Rift surface  
by Alex Wawro [06.09.15]
Images which Oculus' Palmer Luckey confirms are legitimate but "ancient" and "nowhere close to final" were found on the Oculus website that shed light on what the consumer version of the Rift will be.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Microsoft goes for an Xbox One hardware refresh ahead of E3 1
by Alex Wawro [06.09.15]
The company is rolling out a new version of the console with a 1 TB hard drive and some other embellishments as it makes the long-running $350 sale price of its extant Xbox Ones permanent.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Butt Sniffin Pugs and Sunset among IndieCade's E3 indie showcase  
by Alex Wawro [06.04.15]
Here's the 37-game lineup IndieCade is bringing to E3 this year, the ninth year in a row the organization has carved out a space on the show floor to showcase the work of indie developers.
Indie, Business/Marketing, E3