Start every weekday morning with Words About Games’ round-up of the latest news from in and around the games industry.
This morning – NIS are teasing a new horror game, Brawlout hits Early Access next week, Gamestop are warning their online customers that their credit card details may be compromised, Ubisoft director Alex Hutchinson departs to form his own studio and Fantasy World Dizzy gets released after 24 years of waiting.
NIS teasing a new horror game – Nippon Ichi Software have launched a new website that appears to be teasing a new horror game. The page contains a creeptastic 5-second video, with Gematsu claiming that a new teaser will be published every day until April 13, when NIS is expected to reveal the game. April 13 is when the next issue of Dengeki Playstation, a magazine that has teased a new NIS game several times, is released.
Brawlout launches in Early Access next week – Super Smash Bros. inspired brawler Brawlout is heading to Early Access on Steam on April 20. The game, which features Smash Bros. style knockout bouts and fighters with different fighting styles and abilities, will feature both online and offline multiplayer. According to the Early Access FAQ Brawlout is aiming to be fully released within a few months, with the developer also aiming to hit PS4 and Xbox One in Q3. You can check out an interview Gary did with one of the devs at EGX last year here.
(via Press Release)
Gamestop customers’ credit card details may have been hacked – Video game retailer Gamestop has admitted to IGN that the payment information from credit cards used on its online store may have been compromised. The retailer was recently notified by a third party that payment data from Gamestop.com was listed for sale on a website. Gamestop are investigating the claims and are advising its customers to keep an eye on their bank statements for unauthorised transactions.
Ubisoft director departs to form own development studio – Alex Hutchinson, creative director of Assassin’s Creed 3 and Far Cry 4, has left Ubisoft to co-found a new independent game dev studio – Typhoon Studios. Hutchinson announced the news in a series of Tweets. Hutchinson, who was also the lead designer on The Sims 2 and Spore during his time at EA, said that Typhoon had nothing to announce at this time, but that they are working on “a brand new world to inflict on you all.”
(via Twitter 1 / 2 / 3 / 4)
Fantasy World Dizzy remake launches 24 years late – A previously unreleased NES remake of Dizzy 3: Fantasy World Dizzy has finally been released, 24 years after it was initially created. The game was developed and ready for release in April 1993 but, due to financial issues, was never actually released. Marking the 30th anniversary of the classic 80’s gaming mascot, Dizzy creators Phillip and Andrew Oliver released the game as Mystery World Dizzy. The game is free to play on the official website (linked below).
(via Mystery World Dizzy website)