Hyperkin, the company behind multi-format console emulator thing the Retron 5, is working on a device that will turn smartphones into an old-school Game Boy, sort of - having announced it initially on April Fool's Day, seemingly as a joke.
Had there not been a degree of genuine interest in the Smart Boy, Hyperkin would've kept secret the fact that it had actually been toying with making the device for real.
A post on the company's Facebook page states: "A lot of you were speculating that the Smart Boy is an April Fools Joke. Well, it sort of was. We 'leaked' it with the initial intent of testing the market, seeing whether or not it should be something we'd actually make, under the guise of an April Fools Joke. Looks like you awesome folks ACTUALLY WANT IT, so the Smart Boy is now in development!"
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Publisher Square Enix has announced that its 2013 Tomb Raider reboot has become the most successful entry in the long-running series. Despite disappointing initial sales in the first few weeks of release, the game has since gone on to sell 8.5 million copies worldwide.
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Amazon appears to be getting ever more serious about its intention to move into game development. Last year, the online retailer - who not so long ago moved into producing its own TV and film projects - released its first game, Sev Zero, for its Fire TV box. It also hired Portal and Left 4 Dead lead developer Kim Swift and Far Cry 2 creator Clint Hocking, and bought studio Double Helix - the firm responsible for the Xbox One's free-to-play incarnation of Killer Instinct.
Now, according to MCV, Amazon has signed a massive licensing deal with CryTek, to use its CryEngine technology for as-yet-unspecified reasons. The MCV report suggests the deal could be worth between $50 million and $70 million.
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