Ken Levine Leaves Irrational Games

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This morning one of the founders of Irrational Games, Ken Levine announced that they are shutting down the studio as we know it. In a post on the company’s website he talks about the legacy of the studio, and why he came to this decision.


He stated, “I am winding down Irrational Games as you know it. I’ll be starting a smaller, more entrepreneurial endeavor at Take-Two. ” Irrational has officially handed the Bioshock universe over to 2K Games as Levine stated he wants to work on narrative driven games that are highly replayable. He said, “We will focus exclusively on content delivered digitally.”

He explained, “While I’m deeply proud of what we’ve accomplished together, my passion has turned to making a different kind of game than we’ve done before. To meet the challenge ahead, I need to refocus my energy on a smaller team with a flatter structure and a more direct relationship with gamers.”

In his message he also recounted the iconic characters and settings he and his team created. “We built Rapture and Columbia, the Von Braun and The Rickenbacker, the Freedom Fortress and some of the nastiest basements a SWAT team ever set foot into. We created Booker and Elizabeth, the Big Daddy and the Little Sister, MidWives and ManBot.”

 

Pokemon Battle Trozei Announced!

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The last Trozei game was back in 2006 so definitely time for an update! The 3DS game will launch next month on March 20th. It will feature over 700 Pokemon spanning the Pokemon franchise all the way up to X and Y.

 

It is a puzzle game similar to Puzzles and Dragons with both matching and battling. On the bottom screen you’ll need to match Pokemon in groups of 3 or more while you battle on the top screen. Types of Pokemon affect battle outcomes and they have their same weaknesses as in their respective core game.

The game will also feature four player co-op. You can get it exclusively in the eShop next month on the 20th and it will release a week before in Europe and Japan.

 

Cheaper Xbox One Coming 2014?

There have been numerous leaks coming from Microsoft about what is happening with Xbox in 2014 and beyond.


For starters, there was talk of a 1TB White model of Xbox One. The sleek white version was only previously available to Xbox staff members. Another report comes from VG247, who claims a “well-respected source” told them Microsoft has been briefing publishers about a new, cheaper model of Xbox One that is going to be coming out later this year.

Other rumors say this model will not have a disc drive, that it will feature bluetooth technology, and that it is coming in October at price point that will be competitive with the PS4.

There are also rumors from earlier this week that say Halo 2: Anniversary Edition is coming to Xbox One and buying it will give you access to the Halo 5 beta. There is also talk Crackdown 3series is coming in 2016.