Swery 65 Returns To Game Development, Opens New Studio

Last October SWERY 65, most famous for leading the development of cult classic games like Deadly Premonition and D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die, revealed that he was retiring from his studio Access Games after a prolonged bout of illness.

Today, the developer revealed that he was returning to game development by opening a studio called White Owls Inc in Osaka, Japan.

He tweeted out the news:

The developer has not revealed any details about whether or not White Owls Inc is currently working on a project.

If you want to see Deadly Premonition in action, you can check out our Chronicles of the game here.

 

Our Take
Love or hate his weird games, you can't deny that the world of video games is more interesting with SWERY 65 doing his thing. 

Nintendo Switch Pre-Orders Sold Out At GameStop And Other Retailers

We found out during the Nintendo Switch presentation on Thursday that the upcoming console is releasing on March 3, and pre-orders opened shortly afterwards on Friday. Now, just three days later, GameStop has already sold out their Nintendo Switch pre-orders.

Many other major retailers are also listing the console as unavailable. Walmart now lists the console as "out of stock" and Amazon says it is "unavailable." Target and Toys R Us list it as "coming soon." GameStop says that it is working closely with Nintendo to get more in stock and advises that customers should sign up for email notifications.

During the Switch presentation, we learned about Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey, 1, 2 Switch, and more. Watch our roundtable discussion about whether this console can help get Nintendo back on track, as well as our collection of funniest internet reactions to the Switch.

Disclaimer: GameStop is Game Informer's parent company. 

Nintendo Switch Pre-Orders Sold Out At Several Retailers

We found out during the Nintendo Switch presentation on Thursday that the upcoming console is releasing on March 3, and pre-orders opened shortly afterwards on Friday. Now, just three days later, GameStop, Amazon, and others have already sold out their Nintendo Switch pre-orders.

Many other major retailers are also listing the console as unavailable. Walmart now lists the console as "out of stock." Target and Toys R Us list it as "coming soon." GameStop says that it is working closely with Nintendo to get more in stock.

During the Switch presentation, we learned about Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey, 1, 2 Switch, and more. Watch our roundtable discussion about whether this console can help get Nintendo back on track, as well as our collection of funniest internet reactions to the Switch.

Disclaimer: GameStop is Game Informer's parent company. 

Look at This Concept Art for Canceled Darth Maul Star Wars Game

More concept art for the canceled Darth Maul Star Wars game has emerged. Posted by developer Thomas Szakolczay on ArtStation (via Game Informer), the images show off some of the game’s characters, including Darth Maul, as well as a peek at a colorful downtown Coruscant.

Go to ArtStation to see all the images.

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According to a 2014 report, the Darth Maul game was in development for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U. In this game, you would have played as a young Maul, aged 9 or 11; the story would lead up to directly before the events of Episode 1.

“We wanted to show what he went through to become a Sith. Showcase the torture the Emperor put him through,” Dan Borth, the founder of developer Red Fly, said during the Reddit AMA in October. “Show how you as the player would have made the same mistakes and ended up a Sith.”

Borth said Red Fly was hoping to resurrect the Darth Maul game and possibly pitch it to rights-owner EA, but unfortunately, it sounds unlikely that the game is ever going to be made.

Head to Game Informer to learn more and see some concept art for the Darth Maul game.

GameStop Sells Through Initial Nintendo Switch Stock

Retailer GameStop today announced that it has sold through all of its Nintendo Switch stock, at least its first batch of systems. Preorders opened at GameStop on Friday, January 13, just hours after the big-time Switch presentation where the console’s price and release date were announced.

“The fact that this initial allotment has been completely reserved in a matter of a few days demonstrates gamers’ desire for this fun and revolutionary gaming system,” GameStop merchandising VP Bob Puzon said in a statement.

Puzon added that GameStop is “working closely” with Nintendo to secure more Switch units, though there is no word just yet on when the next batch will be available.

GameStop’s statement goes on to say that sixteen Switch games, including Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, are still available to preorder. Some accessories, like extra controllers and a Switch carrying case, are also still in stock. Go to GameStop’s website to see all of its Switch items.

The Switch launches on March 3, priced at $300.