Bethesda debuts ‘Fallout Shelter’ for iOS (but ignores Android)


On Sunday night, Bethesda Softworks introduced the very first mobile game from the Fallout franchise. The debut of Fallout Shelter generated buzz everywhere because of its gameplay. Gamers control the Pip-Boy characters in their various day-to-day activities. Oddly, a large segment of gamers were left in the dark. Bethesda has only released the game for iOS devices while completely ignoring Android.

Pete Hines, a Bethesda employee, took to Twitter to clarify that Fallout Shelter being on solely iOS right now is not a matter of the title being a timed exclusive. Instead, Hines merely says it is “just not available on Android yet.” When will actually see Fallout Shelter in the Play Store? Bethesda, or any of its employees, have not answered that question.

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Upton Upstaged: Mariah Carey to become new face for ‘Game of War: Fire Age’


Developer Machine Zone launched a series of advertisements for Game of War: Fire Age featuring model Kate Upton last fall during football season. The high production value of the advertisements as well as the sex appeal of Kate Upton in the spots became very popular. Machine Zone even spent millions for a slot to air a commercial during Super Bowl XLIX. Why can the developer do this? Because Game of War: Fire Age generates $1 million per day, which allowed Machine Zone to spend $40 million on marketing in all of 2014.

Upton, the face of Game of War: Fire Age, will need to continue focusing on her modeling career as the developers behind the game have plans for a new face.

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Free-to-play ‘Threes’ version introduced to topple the competition


Puzzle game Threes now has a free-to-play version, supported by advertisements, that seeks to knock competitors that follow the same business model. Until now, Threes was only offered in a paid version priced at $2.99. However, clones of the game, such as 2048, have found success without costing a penny. Threes aims to wedge itself between the competition and its paid version by having the free-to-play version. The game will start generating advertising revenue while building upon sales.

The free-to-play version has more than 10,000 installs while the veteran paid version has been purchased more than 100,000 times.

Hit the break for download links.

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YouTube Gaming to be lauched this summer


Don’t we all have days when we spend hours watching YouTube videos and doing little else? Well, things are just getting better, especially for gamers, as YouTube Gaming is being launched this summer. Striving to become the largest gaming community online, YouTube Gaming will show you videos and live streams related to your favourite video games, players and game publishers on a single platform.

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OUYA possible acquisition target for Razer


There is no hiding that OUYA has struggled since its launch in 2013. The Android-powered video game console, despite raising $8 million in a Kickstarter campaign, has struggled to be a hit with consumers and the company failed to repay investors that helped bring the product to life. Among the investors is Alibaba who made a $10 million investment as recent as January. Julie Uhrman, OUYA’s chief executive officer, sent an internal memo to employees in April stating that being sold is the only way to solve their problems.

OUYA could finally be acquired soon as another company in the gaming industry has been involved in negotiations.

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Star Wars: Uprising game coming to Android devices soon

Star Wars: Uprising Poster

Kabam RPG Studio has teamed up with Lucas Films and the Walt Disney Company to create “Star Wars: Uprising,” an upcoming game on mobile devices.

The game will “introduce a new chapter of the Star Wars™ universe that will illuminate dramatic events in the Anoat Sector, inclusive of Hoth and Cloud City, following the Battle of Endor and the death of the Emperor,” according to a release.

The RPG will immerse players in the Star Wars universe during a unique time following the fall of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.

Although there is no set date for the app’s official release, users can pre-register to receive a beta rollout in the coming weeks.

Hit the break for the full presser and the app’s promotional video.

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Terminator Genisys: Revolution now available


Competing against a host of other franchise movies coming out this summer, the companion game for Terminator Genisys managed to score some points as the first app listed in the Google Play Store for pre-registration. Terminator Genisys: Revolution first popped up almost a month ago with a “Pre-register” button that enabled users to sign up to be notified of the game’s availability. That time has come as developer Glu has released the title for installation on Android devices. Read more