Take-Two Interactive, Electronic Arts, and Activision-Blizzard are among the names rumored to be in line to buy up Warner Bros.’ gaming division, which includes the developers behind the LEGO games and Mortal Kombat.
It’s been a long, exciting week for the gaming world, but let’s end the week on a story that could turn it on its head. WB Games has been a force in the video game landscape, whether it’s the Batman games, the Lord of the Rings games, the LEGO series, or even Mortal Kombat. But all those franchises may be in limbo, because the Warner Bros. gaming division may be up for sale by parent company AT&T.
What happens to NetherRealm in the event of a WB Games sale is anybody’s guess.
The rumor comes from CNBC, citing sources close to them. Those sources state that John Stankey is set to transition from WarnerMedia CEO to new AT&T CEO on July 1 and is looking to divest assets. AT&T would essentially sell off the various developers that fall under the branch of the WB Games publishing umbrella. That would include properties like Mortal Kombat and Scribblenauts, but the terms get a little messier from there. The WB gaming assets are only as appealing as the WB licenses contained within, so if there’s any sale, CNBC speculates that a licensing deal would have to be made.
This is certainly the case if buyers want to take advantages of existing licenses like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. It would also be the only way that a game like Injustice 3, which largely rely on the DC Comics property that falls under the Warner Bros. banner, would be able to happen. And that’s before getting into the Rocksteady angle. The makers of the Batman: Arkham Asylum series has put Batman to bed, but their next project has been a subject of speculation and rumor for years. If they are, in fact, working on another established DC Comics property, that could stand to be affected by any potential sale.
Regardless of the complicated nature of any sale and any attached licenses, that’s apparently not stopping some of the heaviest hitters in games from stepping up to the plate. Take-Two Interactive (home of 2K games and Rockstar Games), Call of Duty monolith Activision-Blizzard, and Star Wars license holders Electronic Arts are among the publishers rumored to be ready to pay up for the WB gaming assets. The CNBC report states that any sale could go for roughly $4 billion.
This is a big-time story and if there’s any legs to it, it’s worth watching. Shacknews will monitor this story, including its potential effects on WB’s various developers like NetherRealm, Monolith Productions, and Rocksteady Studios.
Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can’t enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?
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October 22, 2020 – Rokid, a provider of augmented and mixed reality (AR/MR) glasses, has today announced that its technology will be available for fans to use at this year’s League of Legends (LoL) World Championship tournaments and opening ceremony for the event finals held in Shanghai, China.
Fans of the popular MMORPG game will be able to use a pair of Rokid Vision AR glasses to experience LoL live at the event and to witness an immersive experience featuring a dragon from the game hovering over the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower and flying up to them in their seats, transforming the spectators experience and transporting fans to the Summoner’s Rift, an in-game location from LoL.
Furthermore, whilst wearing Rokid Vision, fans will be able to witness the space surrounding them change to include personalized features such as highlights of the game, close-ups of a favorite player, team names, logos, and other information.
Rokid first introduced its Vision mixed reality glasses at AWE USA 2019. Through a combination of Rokid’s binocular optics, AR and AI capabilities, the glasses extend existing user interfaces with augmented and mixed reality (via a USB-C connection) for devices including phones, laptops, gaming consoles, helping to enhance productivity, entertainment, and gaming. The glasses are also 6 Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) enabled, allowing users to experience more natural interactions with the 3D virtual content that is projected within their visual field.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, there are limited seats at the 2020 League of Legends Global Finals, and many fans cannot attend in person to watch. This is therefore the first time that League of Legends fans will be able to use AR glasses to watch the finals, thanks to Rokid.
This is not the company’s first time employing the use of its AR and MR solutions to offer event fans new experiences though. In 2018, Rokid, in partnership with Teslasuit, created an immersive experience for Formula 1 fans. The experience utilized data and camera footage collected from Formula 1 vehicles, and using the Rokid Vision glasses and Teslasuit’s somatosensory haptic suit, reproduced tactile feedback that enabled users to experience the visual impact and physical experience of driving a Formula 1 car.
For more information on Rokid and its augmented and mixed reality offering, please visit the company’s website.
Image credit: Rokid
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Pokémon Go players may see a new tag marking some PokéStops next time they check the app. Niantic has officially launched AR Mapping tasks for level 20 Trainers and up, almost five months after the company announced that it’s launching the feature. When they spin a PokéStop marked with the “AR Mapping” tag, they’ll get a Field Research task that will require them to open the AR scanning screen and to explore the area.
Trainers level 20 and up can now receive AR Mapping tasks! Try finding one today by exploring the PokéStops in your area! Stay tuned as we continue to roll out this feature to more Trainers.
Niantic first announced that it’s working on a PokéStop Scan feature back in May in an effort to improve Pokémon Go’s augmented reality effects. By getting players to scan locations, the developer will get what it needs to be able to create 3D maps of PokéStops. They can then use that data to make critters interact with real—world objects, so they can hide behind a tree trunk instead of just float in front of it. Niantic started testing the better AR effects feature called “Reality Blending” back in May, as well, though it’s limited to users with certain newer Android phones.
The developer says good scans last 20 to 30 seconds and keep the PokéStop in the center of the frame. It’s also encouraging users to walk a full 360 degrees around the location. Niantic Kids accounts won’t have access to the feature yet, even for level 20 Trainers — that’s most likely a good thing, since there’s still a pandemic happening — but parents will get the option to toggle it on in the future.
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We are about seven months into a pandemic and just two weeks from a presidential election. At this point, surprises are a dime a dozen. So it should feel very 2020 that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is about to stream Among Us, the hit game of 2020, on Twitch alongside mega-streamer pokimane and political analyst HasanAbi.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted yesterday that she was looking for people to play the popular game with in an effort to get out the vote, noting that she’s never played before but that it looks fun.
Streamer pokimane, who has 6 million followers on Twitch and whose YouTube videos regularly see more than 1 million views each, responded to the tweet with a figurative raised hand.
Let’s do it! I’ll set up and account and get some streaming equipment today
HasanAbi, a very popular political commentator on Twitch, who has more than 380,000 Twitter followers, also chimed in to the conversation saying that they’re already making a lobby. It wasn’t long before Rep. Ilhan Omar raised her hand, too.
A good game of Among Us (imagine that someone mixed a fairly basic multiplayer video game with a murder mystery party) usually requires 10 players, so the other six players are still TBD. But the Verge reports that a handful of other streamers (such as DrLupo, Felicia Day, Greg Miller, James Charles, and Neekolul) also lined up to play with AOC.
According to Ocasio-Cortez, the stream is all about getting out the vote. And this isn’t the first time that she’s used video games to connect with her followers. AOC opened up her DMs to all 6.8 million of her followers back in May to let them send her an invite to their island, and she visited them.
Millennial voters (and Gen Z) skew toward backing the Biden / Harris ticket, and AOC is coming to them by getting on Twitch and streaming one of the rocket ship games of this year.
The stream starts at 9pm ET/6pm PT and can be found here.