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From Spore RPG to Activision's Police State - News Roundup 11th July 2010

Jonathan Lester
Activision, EA, GAME, Games news, Infinity Ward, lawsuit, Spore, Xbox 360

EA Maxis To Unveil Spore Action-RPG

From Spore RPG to Activision's Police State - News Roundup 11th July 2010

EA Maxis have been fairly quiet about the Spore franchise for some time, but new information from the Comic-Con website indicates that they're adapting the series into an action RPG.

That's pretty much all we know at this time, but it's possible that this title will emerge to be Darkspore which was trademarked back in March. I'm not entirely convinced that Spore universe really deserves to be fleshed out even further- and that tightening the focus isn't going to be a step backwards for the franchise- but I'd be happy to be proven wrong. We'll know the details when EA Maxis unveil the game later this month. [via BigDownload]

GAME Reconsiders Xbox 360 Trade In Deals

From Spore RPG to Activision's Police State - News Roundup 11th July 2010

GAME's generous trade-in deals for the new Xbox 360 SKU have been getting a lot of attention both on Hot UK Deals and here at Dealspwn... but apparently, they've decided that it's a little too generous.

They've dropped the trade value of an older console to £60 as opposed to £80, meaning that it's no longer anywhere near as competitive as before. GAME intend to honour currently held pre-orders, but otherwise you might be better off looking elsewhere.

Lawsuit Update: Activision Created a Modern Warfare 'Police State'

From Spore RPG to Activision's Police State - News Roundup 11th July 2010

It's been a while since we heard anything from the ongoing ex-Infinity Ward vs. Activision lawsuit, but some new allegations have come to light from the aggrieved developers. According to new information from the 40+ plaintiffs (discovered by Kotaku), Activision made their working life resemble a nightmare scene from 1984.

Activision allegedly subjected Infinity Ward employees to "secret" interrogations that couldn't be discussed on pain of immediate dismissal- which were apparently used to 'manufacture' a case against creative leads West and Zampella. Security guards on all exits... and of course there's the small matter of their well-deserved royalties being held to ransom. When employees mustered up the courage to tentatively complain, they were apparently told to "get over it" by callous CFO Thomas Tippl. Infinity Ward devs described the conditions as an "Orwellian Police State."

These new charges form an entirely new suit against the company alongside the case for withheld royalties. A judge will rule whether to combine the two lawsuits early next month.

For the sake of balance, however, it's important to note that this is just one side of an argument. Exaggeration and hyperbole frequently win court cases- so it's important to reserve judgement until we hear from the other side. Considering how much the trial will cost, I'm personally a little surprised that Activision hasn't just paid some royalties and settled things up by now. [Kotaku]

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Justin ManchesterAfterDark  Jul. 11, 2010 at 20:39

Maybe because Activision are arrogant jerks with far too much self-belief and self-love. May they fall from their ivory tower.

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