More news in light of the UGO/1UP Network acquisition: former 1UP Editor James Mielke is coming back to the fold following his being laid-off, and with open arms from both camps.
Near the end of a massive post on his 1UP blog (which is a fantastic read, going through his entire history with games and ten years of games journalism), he reveals the news:
I'll be up front with you guys. I have plans that lie beyond the horizon, dreams that would take me into development (finally), and I told Sam and Simon a few months back that I would most likely be pursuing that dream by summer of 09, which made it easier for me to be 'let go' in the layoffs. But, in what is now a time-honored ritual, Sam Kennedy and I had a dinner at Mel's almost four years after we last met there, to discuss, among other things, my return to 1UP. I admitted that I wasn't much for sitting around doing nothing, and that I was going to be doing something that I might as well do it for 1UP. It would be easier now, for me to do the high-impact projects that you probably know me for. As it turns out, UGO --who never wanted me to leave-- would like that very much, and have welcomed me back with open arms. They've said to me, quite literally, "Dude, the cuffs are off. Go get 'em." I still have a head full of awesome feature ideas; there are some guys on 1UP I want to mentor, and help to become the real new school of games journalism. There are ideas that simply must see the light of day, and I still have enough gas in the tank to keep my editorial flames lit until I decide what I'm doing next. I may eventually move into development, I may not. I don't assume I'm doing anything until I've signed on the bottom line. But what I do know is that for the immediate future, I'm staying right where I am (I'm still not done packing all my shit up at 1UP) and doing the best that I can for every reader we have, and for the people I have the honor of working with every day. Maybe I'll be here forever, we'll see. Sam and UGO have basically taken the leash off me, and the first thing you're going to see from us --which I'm proud to announce-- is the return of 1UP Cover Stories. I know you miss them, I missed them too. Matt Leone and I and the art team at 1UP have been brainstorming the return of our cover stories, and we expect the first two to hit in February, so I do hope you're excited for those. Expect them to be awesome. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Welcome back, Milky!