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Killer Is Dead, Fallout TV Series, Guild Wars 2 & More...

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1. Jay Wilson Leaves Diablo Development Team

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It has been revealed this week that Jay Wilson will be leaving the Diablo development team. Jay, who was the director of Diablo 3 for seven years, has decided to work on other projects within Blizzard. Wilson was the subject of some controversy last year after it emerged he had made disparaging comments about the previous Diablo director David Brevik via his personal Facebook page. Regarding his departure from the team he stated "I've reached a point creatively where I'm looking forward to working on something new."

2. Killer Is Dead Trailer Released

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Yesterday Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. released it's first trailer for it's new IP, Killer is Dead. Working with creative director Goichi Suda (Suda51), the game is set to follow the story of Mondo Zappa, an assassin working for Brian Execution Firm, hired to eliminate a series of criminals, cyborgs and monstrosities in a vibrant and visceral near-futurescape. Suda51 is known for his highly imaginative and over-the-top game design (No More Heroes, Shadows of the Damned, Lollipop Chainsaw) and will bringing title to Xbox 360 and PS3 this coming summer.

3. Microsoft Replace Xbox Live Chat With Skype

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Microsoft have stated they will be replacing Xbox Live Chat with Skype, after the news which came to light earlier in the week regarding MSN Messenger being shut down. This move will allow players to talk to whilst gaming with other gamers, as well as Skype users not on Xbox Live, i.e on their personal computers or phone. The announcement comes as no surprise after Microsoft purchased Skype for $8.5 billion in 2011.

4. 'Fallout' TV Series Trademarked By Bethesda

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On January 8th, Bethesda reportedly submitted an application to the United States Patent and Trademark office for the right to create and distribute an "on-going television programme set in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world." Although this could lead to speculation of other Bethesda owned IP's (i.e Rage. Brink), Erik Todd Dellums, the voice actor for Fallout 3's  DJ Three Dog tweeted "To all my #Fallout3 and #ThreeDog fans: There may be more of the Dog coming! Fingers crossed!" Although this could be speculated to be a clue towards a possible Fallout 4 announcement, given recent news it would seem more likely to hint towards an upcoming Fallout TV series.

5. Guild Wars 2 Has Sold 3 Million Copies

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ArenaNet has disclosed the sales figures for their popular MMO Guild Wars 2, having sold an impressive 3 million copies since release - although it is unknown as to how many copies of the game have been sold digitally and via physical copy. Colin Johnson, GW2 Game Director, revealed these figures in an official blog post. Colin also stated their plans to expand on some features in the future, including new types of achievements, leaderboards and an improved "new player experience."


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