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EGM Weekly: April 5, 2014 Edition

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Posted on April 5, 2014 AT 10:45am

This is EGM Weekly, a round up of the top news, reviews, and features from the past seven days.

This week, Amazon reveals their new set-top box: the Amazon Fire TV, the company also announces their hiring of Portal designer Kim Swift and Far Cry 2 creative director Clint Hocking, EA announces that Amy Hennig has joined them as a creative director at EA Visceral working on the unannounced Star Wars game, Phil Spencer gets promoted to head of all-things Xbox, and much more.

Here’s this week’s best:

News Stories

Amazon reveals gaming and streaming video set-top box Amazon Fire TV

After months (if not more) of rumor and hearsay, Amazon finally unveiled their gaming and video-streaming set-top box: the Amazon Fire TV. READ MORE

Amy Hennig joins EA Visceral as creative director on Star Wars game

EA Visceral has hired former Uncharted creative director Amy Hennig to head up the studio’s upcoming Star Wars game. READ MORE

Amazon Game Studios gains Portal designer and Far Cry 2 creative director

Amazon’s acquisition of game design talent continues with news that the company’s hired Portal designer Kim Swift and Far Cry 2 creative director Clint Hocking. READ MORE

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor questing onto consoles and PC October 7

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor launches October 7, Warner Bros. announced.READ MORE

Daylight delayed by three weeks to make it scarier

The release of Zombie Studios’ procedurally generated horror title Daylight has been delayed by three weeks to allow more time to make the game scarier, publisher Atlus announced. READ MORE

EA apologizes for ‘stupid’ Frostbite Wii U April Fools’ Day tweets

EA COO Peter Moore publicly apologized for a string of April Fools’ Day tweets posted by the official Frostbite Engine Twitter account, stating that they were not condoned by the publisher. READ MORE

Upcoming inFamous: Second Son update to add ability to change time of day

Sucker Punch Productions plans to install several new options into inFamous: Second Son based on player input, studio founder Brian Fleming announced in a post on the PlayStation Blog. READ MORE

Splinter Cell: Blacklist game director now at Warner Bros. heading an unannounced game

According to an update on Patrick Redding’s LinkedIn profile, the former Splinter Cell: Blacklist game director has left Ubisoft Toronto to helm a new title for Warner Bros.READ MORE

Square Enix to go ‘back to their roots’ with triple-A series

In the wake of Bravely Default’s success, Square Enix plans to “go back to their roots” with all of their series, the company’s president Yosuke Matsuda told Nikkei Trendy in a recent interview. READ MORE

Phil Spencer is the new head of Microsoft’s Xbox division

Phil Spencer is the new head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, the company announced. Spencer, who was serving as head of Microsoft Studios, will now be in charge of everything Xbox, including Xbox Live, Xbox Music, and Xbox Video. READ MORE

Features

Japan Service: What’s New This Week in Japanese Gaming

This week: The internet finds the first English screenshots of Tomodachi Collection, Atlus starts putting up more of their PS2 games on PSN, and we get an English demo of The House in Fata Morgana. READ MORE

Weekend Play: The J-Party Download

Welcome to EGM’s Weekend Play, a weekly account of what games the editors of EGM are currently playing, and an open conversation with you, the reader, about what you’ve been playing. READ MORE

Podcasts

EGM Game Over Podcast 070: Eat More So I Can Transform, Fat Boy

The EGM crew brings you the Game Over Podcast, our end-of-the-week conversation where we discuss some of the biggest recent events in gaming. LISTEN HERE
Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern) before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. You can follow his rants about storytelling on Twitter @manadrive.[Meet the rest of the crew]

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