Trendy Entertainment Sues The Creators of Ark

Trendy Entertainment has filed suit against Wildcard, the developers of the wildly popular sandbox game Ark, for allegedly illegally hiring  Jeremy Stieglitz who was a former Trendy employee. The whole suit is a little ridiculous (how is Dungeon Defender in any way competing with Ark??) but a contract is a contract and if Wildcard did knowingly hire Stieglitz even though he had a non-compete  contract than I see some repercussions headed their way.

Head over to Kotaku, who broke the news, for the complete story .

 

It’s Dangerous To Go Alone !

 

-DesertFawkz The Blood Raven

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Playstation Cross Network Play

Monday morning dawned and  Microsoft’s ID@Xbox director, Chris Charla,  had an exciting announcement for the gaming world: Xbox will now allow developers to add cross network play with PC. The brief statement also left the door open for  the possibility of cross platform play with “other consoles” eg Playstation. Sony wasted no time in responding to the direct question of their wiliness to play ball with Microsoft.

“PlayStation has been supporting cross-platform play between PC on several software titles starting with Final Fantasy 11 on PS2 and PC back in 2002,” reads Sony’s response to gamespot. “We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross platform play.”

While Chris Charla never used Sony or the PlayStation name directly he did state that “Xbox Live will be able to play with players on different online multiplayer networks–including other consoles and PC networks.” Conversely  Sony’s statement does not mention any other console platforms.

Chris Charla you are my new hero.

Sony, do the right thing. Accept the hand presented and unite the online gaming world.

 

 

It’s Dangerous To Go Alone !

 

-DesertFawkz The Blood Raven

Xbox Cross Network Play

After a couple days of speculation and hearsay we finally have some idea of the Xbox One’s near future. Yesterday ID@Xbox’s Director Chris Charla released a statement announcing the arrival of cross network play. This new feature, which will be available and up to developers to add to their games, will allow Xbox gamers to play online with their PC gaming brothers and sisters. One of the first titles to have this feature will be the fast and furious car based soccer game Rocket League.

While it was not specifically mentioned this opening up of the Xbox’s multiplayer abilities will also open the door for Xbox players to challenge their natural nemesis: The Playstation 4 fan. The Playstation 4 can already duke it out with PC gamers in Rocket League soon the Xbox will join the fray. It should just be a hop, skip, and a jump before the 2 biggest home consoles are finally settling scores online.

Let me be the first to say it is about damn time! How have we gamers, as consumers, allowed ourselves to become so divided. How have we accepted that we must spend upwards of $1400+ in systems alone just so we can get all the games that come out? While nonexclusive games are still just a dream this is a beautiful first step towards a united gaming industry.

It’s Dangerous To Go Alone !

 

-DesertFawkz The Blood Raven