Start every weekday morning with Words About Games’ round-up of the latest news from in and around the games industry.
This morning – IO Interactive have had to layoff some of its staff, Take Two Interactive are teasing a new game from one of its core franchises, El Shaddai creator Takeyasu Sawaki has announced his next game, Bandai Namco have delayed the release of Get Even following the Manchester terror attack and Microsoft have revealed June’s Games with Gold line-up.
Layoffs hit troubled developer IO Interactive – IO Interactive have announced that some of its staff have been laid off. This follows the news less than two weeks ago that Square Enix were looking to sell the studio. A statement released by the developer said the layoffs would see the studio “better equipped for [their] future adventures.” There has been no update on the sale of IO.
Take Two teases a new game from one of its core franchises – As part of their fiscal end of year reports, Take Two Interactive have teased a “highly anticipated new title from one of [their] biggest franchises. The game will apparently release between April 2018 and March 2019. The publisher believes that this mystery game will propel them to record sales, alongside the recently delayed Red Dead Redemption 2, which will launch in the same time period.
El Shaddai creator announces The Lost Child – Takeyasu Sawaki, director of El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, has announced a spiritual successor to his previous game. The Lost Child is a turn-based RPG coming to Playstation 4 and PS Vita this Summer in Japan. The game will be based on the same myths and concepts from El Shaddai and features a return appearance by Lucifel, the protagonist of El Shaddai.
(via Famitsu, translated by Siliconera)
Get Even release delayed following Manchester attacks – Following the tragic events in Manchester on Monday night, Bandai Namco Entertainment has delayed the launch of its upcoming game Get Even. The publisher felt that due to the game’s premise, which sees players attempting to save a young girl with a bomb strapped to her chest (according to its Steam description), it would not be a good time to release. Get Even will now launch on June 23 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
(via Press Release)
Microsoft announces June’s Games with Gold line-up – June’s free games for Xbox Live Gold subscribers have been announced. One June 1 Xbox One owners will be able to download indie game Speedrunners and Assassin’s Creed III. On June 15 Dragon Age: Origins and Watch Dogs will be made available. Microsoft are also offering Gold subscribers free Phantom Dust DLC, which itself is currently free to download on Xbox One.