January 2017

Raising a $32M Series A, Knock seeks to standout with new model for selling homes

Online real estate service Knock is finishing up a $32 million Series A round led by RRE Ventures. The new company, founded by former Trulia executives, promises to handle the details of home sales in exchange for the traditional six percent commissions. Unlike legacy sellers, though, Knock promises you market-rate returns on your house in advance. And if, for whatever reason, your… Read More …read more


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EA Puts the Brakes on Skate 4 Rumors

EA has confirmed there’s no Skate 4. At least, not yet.

On January 28, EA community manager Daniel Lingen got the hype machine primed and ready when he tweeted out “#skate4.” During the question and answer period EA’s quarterly investors call, it flat-out said it’s “not presently making Skate 4.”

That doesn’t mean there’s no future for the Skate franchise, but it just means we may be waiting quite a while before we’re flicking sticks and landing tricks again.

Skate 3 came out way back in 2010. The good news, at least for Xbox One owners, is that Skate 3 is backwards compatible on Xbox One, so you don’t need to pull out your last gen system to play it.

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BioWare Bringing Out New IP Before March 2018

BioWare is making a brand new game that we’ll be able to play surprisingly soon.

The news was announced at EA’s investor meeting today by CEO Andrew Wilson, who described it as an action adventure title set in a “unique new universe.”

“At the end of the fiscal year, our BioWare studio will be delivering an all-new IP,” said Wilson. “A clean-sheet design with new concepts, new gameplay mechanics, and new stories set in a unique new universe. This game has the potential to fundamentally disrupt the way people think about an action title, bringing friends together to play in exhilarating new ways. We’re very excited about the future of this new franchise and its ability to attract a large global audience.”

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‘PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator’ Adds Networks and More in Latest Update

PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator [Free] is a pretty entertaining game even when you ignore the huge name that helped put the game on gamers’ radars. The game continues to grow, and the 1.4 update, which went live today, has added a big feature, Networks, while also adjusting various timers to make leveling up easier. Networks are like clans in other games, and you can either create one or join an already-existing one. As part of a Network, you can contribute views to unlock perks for every member, which should help players level up more easily. Speaking of leveling up more easily, the update has also reduced high level items’ shipping times as well as increased the views you get from videos. Those changes should make the game more fun to play for F2P players.

The update has also added levels 50-60, more than 50 new objects, better gifts, and much more. And, of course, it has fixed bugs and improved performance on older devices. If you’re looking for a network, check out our forum thread; I’m sure you’ll find many who are willing to join up.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 Will Take Place Across Multiple Eras

During its third-quarter earnings call with investors, EA gave more details on the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront sequel.

The follow-up is due to release holiday 2017, with EA mentioning the addition of a single player campaign to the sequel. It also said the new Battlefront game has “more heroes and characters” than the original game, and takes place not only in multiple locations, but also across multiple eras within the Star Wars universe.

EA first officially confirmed the sequel to Star Wars Battlefront back in May 2016, and at E3 we learned EA Motive was working on the game. EA has Motive, DICE, and Criterion bringing “their areas of expertise” to the game.

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‘Tankout’ Is Out Now, Get Ready to Create and Destroy

For those looking for some tank mayhem, today’s your lucky day because Phil Hassey’s Tankout [Free] has just attacked the App Store. As we wrote about a few days ago, Tankout is a tricky game to describe because it combines creating with destroying and then wrapping all that up in competitive play. You try to take out your opponents in a variety of online worlds, and as you do, you collect coins. The fun part is you can spend those coins to build your own worlds, but others can damage those worlds and insert their own obstacles as well. It’s one of those games that’s easier to figure out by playing rather than reading about.

Tomorrow, our very own Carter will be streaming the game on our Mobcrush channel at 9pm Eastern, and he’ll be joined by the developer. So, make sure you tune in for that. You should also check out our Forum thread and chat with other Tankout players. And now, go blow up some tanks.

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Han Solo, Dr. Who, Avatar, Avorion

After two seasons of traveling in the TARDIS, actor Peter Capaldi is leaving Doctor Who at the end of this season. He was the 12th Doctor, and a damn fine one at that. Capaldi didn’t make me forget about David Tennant’s brilliant run as the 10th Doctor, but he delivered a unique punch to his Doctor and made the role his own. Capaldi previously said the show’s shooting schedule and workload were taxing for an actor, but said it wouldn’t stop him from being a part of this universe. Although TV ratings are down this season, BBC won’t be putting the series on ice again. It sounds like 2018’s season is already locked in. BBC’s content director Charlotte Moore says “It’s not over yet – I know the next series is going to be spectacular.”

I always hate seeing a Doctor go, especially when it feels like we are just getting to know them, but BBC has done a nice job of reinventing the role each time the baton is passed to another actor. Here’s hoping the next Doctor shakes up the foundation a little.

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Endless Digger from 3 Sprockets ‘Digby Forever’ Launching on iOS February 16th

Earlier this month 3 Sprockets, who have created games like strategy title Cubemen2 [$1.99] and clever puzzler Outfolded [Free], and who also co-developed the fantastic Pac-Man 256 [Free], announced their latest game called Digby Forever. It’s an endless digger that has you frantically digging down through the earth avoiding enemies and hazards and hopefully making it far before your ultimate demise. The preview gifs looked great, and I was pretty anxious to check it out when it released. Well, as of today 3 Sprockets has announced when that release date will be, and it’s in just a couple of weeks on February 16th!

Here’s a fact about me that you may not already know: I am completely in love with a little iOS digging game called Doug Dug [$0.99]. It’s a very similar type of digging game that rewards you for taking your time and strategizing just when and where you dig in order to keep your run going. It’s an all-time favorite of mine, and Digby Forever looks like the “turned up to 11” version of Doug Dug, which has me very excited indeed. So join me as we try to exercise our patience for …read more


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Rainbow Six Siege Getting a Free Weekend

Ubisoft is letting people try out Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege this weekend for free.

From February 2 to 5, everyone can play the competitive shooter. The Rainbow Six Siege free trial will offer all of the maps, modes and operators available in the full version of the game.

In addition, Ubisoft is promising that all progress will carry over to the main game from the free weekend. Rainbow Six Siege is currently on Year 2 of DLC content.

The shooter has also seen rising numbers of players over the past year.

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Online Arena Shooter ‘ProtoStrike’ Looking for Testers in Our Forums

As I talked about a few weeks back, we are starting to get more arena shooters on mobile, and I’m glad to see that happening because it’s a genre that hasn’t caught on yet on mobile. We’ve got a ton of MOBAs but not many Arena shooters. ProtoStrike, though, is getting ready to join the revolution. Level Eight is taking the MOBA camera angle but making it all about shooting each other instead of messing with minions and skill leveling. Even though we only have a short gameplay video to go by, so far I like what I’m seeing. I especially like how elevation seems to be a factor, a feature that could lead to cool mechanics and ideas.

The developers are looking for players to help them stress-test the servers. The first closed alpha test of ProtoStrike will start February 2017 and will focus only on iOS devices. Android players can also sign up, and they’ll be included in the second test period. If you want to join, go to our Upcoming Games forum thread to find out how to go about it.

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