Electronic Arts announced yesterday will not release a college football video game in 2014, and the company is "evaluating [its] plan for the future of the franchise." The announcement follows a months-long legal struggle between EA, the NCAA and the Collegiate Licensing Company and a number of former student-athletes who filed lawsuits against them.
The liquidation auction for the remaining assets belonging to 38 Studios and Big Huge Games will begin on Nov. 14. Included in the assets are the Kingdoms of Amalur IP — which means the Project Copernicus MMO could fine a new home. Sequel and merchandise rights for Amalur are also on the table.
Crytek scrapped Ryse: Son of Rome's player-versus-player mode when the development team found that it "really wasn't fun." Instead, players will team up in the Gladiators: Blood Brother co-op mode to take on waves of opponents in a coliseum, complete with raucous, cheering crowds. We also got a look at how Ryse will make use of SmartGlass, allowing users to navigate multiplayer, customize their characters and more from a second screen.
Rod Fergusson — who spent seven years working on the Gears of War series and was hired by Irrational Games last summer to help complete BioShock Infinite — is opening a new 2K Games studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. Details on his team's "exciting new project" are forthcoming.