Don Mattrick, head of Microsoft Xbox, will replace Mark Pincus as CEO of Zynga on July 8, 2013. This leaves Steve Ballmer as the current head of the division with everyone from Microsoft Xbox reporting to him. 

Mark Pincus, who is still Chairman of the Board, said this:
“Don is unique in the game business. He’s one of the top executives in the overall entertainment business and he’s a great coach who has inspired people to do their best work and build strong, productive teams. He deeply understands the value of a network and the importance of creating lifelong consumer relationships. He turned Xbox into the world’s largest console-gaming network, growing its installed base from 10 to 80 million and transformed that business from deep losses to substantial profits. And he has grown the Xbox Live player network from 6 to 50 million active members in 41 countries. I’m excited to partner with Don and the rest of our team to return Zynga to its leadership role in inventing and growing Play as a core human experience.”

Don Mattrick had this to say:
“I joined Zynga because I believe that Mark’s pioneering vision and mission to connect the world through games is just getting started. Zynga is a great business that has yet to realize its full potential. I’m proud to partner with Mark to deliver high-quality, fun, social games wherever people want to play.”

The question remains, was Mattrick forced out due to all of the controversy revolving the Xbox One? I lean to yes on this.

Wanting to play the Walking Dead 400 Days soon? Good news for you. The game is reported to be out this week!!

Tuesday, July 2nd – PlayStation Network
Wednesday, July 3rd – PC/Mac
Friday, July 5th – Xbox Live
Thursday, July 11th – iOS 

The Walking Dead 400 Days will be available for the $4.99 equivalent on your favorite platform. This is not included in any season passes you have previously purchased.

Ni No Kuni and Professor Layton developer Level-5 has spun off a new series on iOS platforms: Layton Brothers: Mystery Room. This is a spin-off of the Professor Layton series and continues the fun and charm of the Nintendo DS and 3DS franchise on mobile devices. Players can unlock the game in chunks for 2.99 and 1.99. Not bad pricing at all! You can find it on the app store now.

LittleBigPlanet has now reached over 8 million community levels and it is still growing! This has been accomplished in year five of the franchise! Congratulations to the team and the community that keeps supporting one of the most creative games of this generation.

The ESA announced today that over 48,000 people attended E3 from over 102 countries last month. Over 230 exhibitors were showing products this year and the show generated over $40 million bucks for the city of Los Angeles. E3 is still scheduled to be in LA June 10-12, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. We plan to be there next year too.

Apogee Software and Interceptor Entertainment’s much anticipated re-make of Rise of the Triad is coming later this month.   Pre-order it today and get the Apogee Throwback Pack for FREE, and available for immediate download.  This includes the original classic Rise of the Triad: Dark War™ and Extreme Rise of the Triad expansion pack, as well as Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold, and Blake Stone: Planet Strike. Sold separately, this runs $9.99.

Rise of the Triad will be available July 31st for $14.99.

Love Star Wars and the Ewoks? Star Wars: The Old Republic are getting Ewok companions in their next title update–2.3. Sadly, you will need 1 million credits to unlock the Ewoks. Players will need to be level 40 to gain access to the character and if you don’t have the credits to unlock them, you can use Cartel Coins (real money) to get the upgrade.

In addition, there is a new mission HUB, two flashpoints, and a new warzone coming in the new update. The update currently does not have a release date.

By Kaleb Rutherford – 07/01/13

Screenshots for N3: Nightly News Narration – Mattrick Out, Level 5 on iOS, E3 at 48k, & More!