Who Created Ark: Survival Evolved? Find Out In Court!

Ark: Survival Evolved has gathered quite a bit of a following, with players taking to the island in hopes of finding answers while building new technology and training dinosaurs. From riding on a pterodactyl to building a base on a brontosaurus, players are eagerly awaiting the next set of features but they may have to wait as the court answers the question, who created Ark: Survival Evolved?

The question is being raised by Trendy Entertainment, the creators of popular co-operative game Dungeon Defenders. In a lawsuit filed against Wildcard, the studio credit with Ark: Survival evolved, Trendy alleges that game designer Jeremy Stieglitz had in fact been secretly working on Ark since he resigned from his position at Trendy in 2015.

The lawsuit states that Trendy violated his contract which stated he could not compete with his former company and was told: “not to solicit Trendy employees”. If this wasn’t enough on April 27th the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida will hear arguments regarding Trendy’s most recent motion and will ask for an injunction until the case is over.

If an injunction sounds bad then you are hearing it right. The injunction would, in fact, stop development on Ark: Survival Evolved and even force Wildcard to remove the game from Steam and stop them from distributing it until the case was closed. Wildcard has yet to file briefs in defence but has requested the case be dismissed on the grounds that the claims are “irrelevant, immaterial, impertinent, and scandalous.”

If you like the game, grab it soon because it may come down to the modders to keep the game alive while the court case is ongoing.

Spintires Removed From Steam

Ever felt like going off-road and bringing that large truck of yours into the wilderness to enjoy the outdoors? Spintires looked to do just that giving you the ability to enjoy an off-road driving experience based in Russia. The game may be no more though as it has now been pulled from Steam, with issues between the creator and the publisher, causing more than a few little bumps in its development.

The creator, Pavel Zagrebelnyj, came out last week and stated that he was still owed money by the publisher, the UK-based publisher company Oovee. Oovee state that while they are late their accounts are still filed, meaning that Zagrebelnyj would soon receive his money.

That may not be enough though as the game has experienced a recent slew of bugs and malfunctions. These have in fact been due to timebombs, certain pieces of code that go off after certain amounts of time or set dates. The time bombs were supposedly created by Zagrebelnyj, but have since been patched by a user with unofficial fixes.

Oovees are keen to deny any speculation that it may have been due to international sabotage, claiming to have been working with Pavel since the bugs were discovered.

With no option to buy the game on Steam, users may be disappointed as the signs point to development ending on this game and a sour relationship between the creator and publisher for what could have been an interesting game.

Cliff Bleszinski Optimistic About Gears of War 4

Gears of War was one of Microsoft’s biggest titles when the Xbox 360 was released. Featuring Co-op, multiplayer and modern graphics the game quickly became a flagship for the Xbox consoles, featuring not just one but two sequels carrying on a story that left people angry and in tears all at the same time. It’s no surprise then that Cliff Bleszinski, the creator of the franchise, has come out feeling rather happy with Gears of War 4.

The status posted on twitter, found below, makes it sound like he’s being kept in the loop regarding the series. Originally owned and created by Epic Games (the creator of the Unreal Tournament series and the Unreal Engine which Gears of War used), the franchise was purchased by Microsoft in 2014, with several games announced soon after.

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With such a popular series Microsoft has unleashed Gears of War Ultimate, a modern update and remake of the original featuring not just the storyline but features and weapons from the more recent games. There has been no word though on the PC version which has still yet to be released, displeasing some who were looking forward to the game, one which has been confirmed as not being a port from the console version.

With great series of games, it’s always nice to know when the original creators are interested and exciting about remakes and new approaches to the series. Will be interesting to see how Gears of War 4 measures up to expectations when it releases.

Make Your Own Mario Game With “Mario Maker” in September

Some awesome news for Mario fans just came out of Nintendo during its live stream. In September “Mario Maker” will be launched, it is a game that allows players to create their own Mario levels.

Players will be able to create the levels that they have dreamed of for so long using styles from across the Mario series history.  A really nice feature that should see a lot of use is the ability to share user-created levels with the community. The levels are able to be easily created using the Wii U GamePad touch screen interface. Unfortunately it seems that the levels will be limited to the side scrolling variety and not the 3D open world types, but nonetheless still should be very enjoyable.

Source: Nintendo

Kickstarter Project ‘Areal’ Reported to Have Had Its Funding Suspended

The Areal project from Kickstarter is said to have had its funding suspended recently. The Kickstarter guidelines state that “once a project has been suspended it cannot be undone”, meaning that this is the end for this fundraising campaign.

It’s said that Areal reached its funding goal of $50,000 over the weekend, totaling at a $64,928 funds raised until it got suspended. Questions regarding the project’s suspension are raised from the $20,000 influx and misrepresentation of Unity assets, which are said to come from an original in-house game engine. The most interesting claim comes from West Games developer, where they state that they have received a letter of support from Vladimir Putin himself.

From what is stated in the Kickstarter rules, the Trust and Safety team will suspend a project for one or more reasons. These reasons are misrepresentation of support through self-pledging, misrepresentation or failure to disclose relevant facts about the project or its creator, the creator provided inaccurate or incomplete user information to Kickstarter or one of their partners, the characteristics of the creator account overlapped with the characteristics of backer accounts that pledged to their project, a party related to the creator was posing as an independent, supportive party in project comments or elsewhere, the creator was presenting someone else’s work as their own, or the creator was offering purchased items, claiming to have made them.

The rumours are that there is a possibility of the team breaking one of the first two rules, but nothing is really certain. Whatever the reason, the fact still remains that all pledges for the Areal project will now be suspended.

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Small Device Tells if Your Drink has been Injected with a Noxious Solution

A device that tells if your drink has been injected with a noxious device, or spiked for short, has appeared on Indiegogo, aiming to rise about $100,000. Its name is pd.id (Personal Drink ID) and is said to have the size of a pack of gum, blinking red in just a few seconds if dipped into a drink which has a contaminant.

Its creator, J. Davids Wilson, said that the hardware uses the same tech as the US DEA, but shrunk down to a smaller than usual size. It works by analysing the sample taken from the drink, its density, resistance and temperature in order to determine if a foreign agent is present in it, such as rohypnol.

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Once (and if most likely) the crowdfunding sum of $100,000 is raised, the team is said to bring the gear to the market in just six months. The starting price for the pd.id is said to be set at $75 per unit and yes, the device is reusable, so you won’t have to pay that sum after sampling every drink. The device, ridiculous as it may be, should be a nice addition to have when going on a night out in the club or parties. After drinking a few, you never know everyone’s thoughts around you. Just be sure not to lose the device in a drink.

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