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Other than birthing one of our favorite female singers and one of our favorite unicorns, Iceland isn't a country that comes up a lot around Joystiq. Today, however, we've got one such occasion where Iceland-based CCP -- developer of EVE Online and upcoming MMO FPS Dust 514 -- was able to bring our...

February 28th 2010 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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One of our favorite things about the game industry (not the game business, mind you) is its unflappable resilience. Take, for instance, the story of Midway Newcastle. Even after the staff got a 60-day warning of the studio's imminent closure and was shut down preemptively, some members of the team...

September 3rd 2009 at 2:01pm 0 Comments
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GUI artist Steven Pick has detailed on his blog the last five or so months of working at Wheelman developer Midway Newcastle (with heartbreaking detail, might we add). In doing so he reveals the various happenings at the developer while things at Midway HQ were falling apart. "The company was still...

August 4th 2009 at 4:30pm 0 Comments
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Try as it might, Midway Newcastle (Wheelman, Necessary Force) has apparently closed down, thanks to Midway's corporate incompetence and a lack of interest by new overlords at Warner Bros. Develop reports that the studio received the news this morning from Midway CEO Matt Booty -- an "insolvency tea...

July 14th 2009 at 10:15am 0 Comments
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It appears as though recent reports were incorrect, as Midway confirmed to Joystiq this morning that the studios not picked up by Warner Bros. in the acquisition bid have 60 days until they're out of work. From Midway Newcastle (Wheelman, Necessary Force) to Midway San Diego (TNA) and various "old...

July 2nd 2009 at 11:25am 0 Comments
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You are by now likely familiar with the story behind Necessary Force, an open-world action game being made by Midway Newcastle, which has until month's end to find a buyer or face closure. We dug a debut trailer unveiled last week, and we're equally into some concept art added to the game's officia...

June 22nd 2009 at 7:15pm 0 Comments

It seems a certain beleaguered studio listened to our humble suggestion! Midway Newcastle, one of the splinter studios that wasn't rescued in the Warner Bros. buyout of Midway, just revealed its formerly unannounced open-world action game in an attempt to drum up buyers before the developer is force...

June 17th 2009 at 10:45am 0 Comments
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If you've got an extra few million bucks lying around, we can think of a couple of video game development studios that could really use it. According to a recent report from Guardian.uk, Midway's Newcastle and San Diego studios are facing closure if they can't find buyers by the end of June. For th...

June 16th 2009 at 3:10pm 0 Comments
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MTV Multiplayer has pointed out that, although GM's Pontiac line is slowly bleeding out as a casualty of the US economic downturn, Midway's Ubisoft's upcoming Vin Diesel vehicle, Wheelman, will still feature one of its rides: the Pontiac G8. Oh, and there's also a Saturn -- well, the Opel Astra --...

March 3rd 2009 at 6:05pm 0 Comments
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Did you know that some developers consider the PS3 difficult to develop for? You can add the Wheelman team at Midway Newcastle to that list, following candid comments by the game's executive producer.Appearing on the This Xbox Life podcast, Shaun Himmerick was questioned on developing for 360 and P...

February 26th 2009 at 4:31pm 0 Comments