Matthew Pollesel

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Layoffs Hit THQ, PopCap, FunCom

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Bad things are said to come in threes, and that apparently goes for the game industry too, with news that layoffs have hit PopCap, THQ and Funcom.

For PopCap, the announced Plants vs. Zombies 2. 50 people have been let go from PopCap Seattle, PopCap Shanghai has been "shrunk", and the company is currently evaluating whether it wants to keep its offices in Dublin open. Read More.

PS1 Classics Coming to Vita August 28th

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Attention nostalgists/Vita owners: if you've been patiently waiting for PS1 classics to come to Sony's handheld, you finally have a date to look forward to, with today's announcement that the games will be available for download on the Vita August 28th. Read More.

Dead Island Going Mobile?

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If you enjoyed Dead Island but felt the act of playing the game was a little too stationary, Techland seems to have heard your complaint: the developer has filed a trademark for a mobile game. Read More.

Insomniac Launches Facebook Game

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Insomniac, the developer behind such series as Resistance and Ratchet and Clank, has officially launched Outernauts, its first Facebook game.

According to Insomniac President Ted Price, the game represents Insomniac's attempt to bring "the breadth and elements of console gaming to a social game". Read More.

Ratchet & Clank HD Trilogy Arriving With Sly Cooper Demo

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If you were debating whether to pick up the Ratchet & Clank HD Collection when it arrives in North America later this summer, here's something that should make your decision a little easier: Insomniac announced yesterday that anyone who buys the Collection will also receive early access to a demo of the new Sly Cooper game, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. Read More.

Angry Birds Trilogy Coming to Retail

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Are you one of those people who complains about how App Store pricing has ruining many a gaming company's business model? If you are, Angry Birds developer Rovio has a solution for you: they'll be releasing a retail edition of three Angry Birds games later this year. Read More.

Capcom Reveals Marvel Vs. Capcom Origins

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Great news for anyone whose need for more Marvel fighting games wasn't satiated by the rereleased updated cash-in Ultimate edition of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 earlier this year: Capcom announced today that Marvel vs Capcom Origins will be arriving digitally for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this September. Read More.

Sony Buys Gaikai

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It was heavily rumoured before E3, but now it's official: Sony has purchased Gaikai, a cloud gaming service that allows players to stream their games online.

In a press release, Andrew House, group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, said that, "By combining Gaikai's resources including its technological strength and engineering talent with SCE's extensive game platform knowledge and experience, SCE will provide users with unparalleled cloud entertainment experiences. Read More.

Journey Coming to Retail

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Journey, the best-selling PSN game ever, will be making its way to store shelves by the end of the summer.

This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, seeing as Sony quietly outed it during E3 -- much to thatgamecompany's chagrin -- but it's still welcome news for anyone who hasn't yet downloaded it. Read More.

Okami HD Coming to PS3

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First it was, then it (maybe) wasn't, but Famitsu (via Andriasang) is reporting that a remastered version of Okami is coming to the PS3 this November. (Update: Capcom has now confirmed it.) Read More.

Anarchy Reigns Pushed to 2013

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If you were eagerly looking forward to playing Anarchy Reigns in a few months, you may want to avert your eyes for the rest of this sentence: Sega announced via tweet that the game has been pushed back to "Q1 2013". Read More.

Tokyo Jungle Coming Westward

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Tokyo Jungle, Sony's, uh, idiosyncratic survival action game, is coming westward.

In an interview with Joystiq, Sony VP of product development and worldwide studios Scott Rohde confirmed that the game would be coming to North America and Europe. He also added that while the game may not be for everyone, "there's a whole bunch of people it's gonna make really happy. Read More.