Morning DLC: Video Games News And Rumors 4/25/14
South Park: The Stick of Truth developer Obsidian Entertainment intends to continue creating large-scale RPG projects, according to the company’s chief executive Feargus Urquhart.
Speaking to CVG in a new interview, Urquhart said the studio remains open to further licensing agreements, but noted that the current games market presents significant challenges for independent developers seeking to finance their games.
Obsidian is currently working on Pillars of Eternity, its crowdfunded RPG which raised more than $4 million on Kickstarter. Meanwhile, the studio is investing in a free-to-play MMO involving tank battles, called Armored Warfare.
The French government has released a number of figures to demonstrate the country’s importance in the games industry. It claims that the success of French companies such as Ubisoft and Arkane Studio helped global revenues increase to 60 billion Euros between 2011 and 2012.
The government release says that France is now the second largest producer of video games in the world, after the United States.
The 2014 Games for Change ceremony took place last night as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. The two big winners were The Fullbright Company’s Gone Home and Lucas Pope’s Papers, Please. Gone Home took the “Game of the Year” award while Papers, Please earned both “Most Innovative” and “Best Gameplay.”
Other winners included Mission US: Cheyenne Odyssey for the “Most Significant Impact” award; and the “Game Changer” award to Dr. James Paul Gee for his work on applying game-based learning attributes to K-12 classrooms.