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It seems Beyond Good & Evil 2 is still in development, though Michel Ancel has started a new studio

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Matt Gardner
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Beyond Good & Evil 2, Michel Ancel, Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montpellier

It seems Beyond Good & Evil 2 is still in development, though Michel Ancel has started a new studio

Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil creator Ancel has started up his own studio, named Wild Sheep. There are thirteen staffers, and the studio already has a new game in development. We're pretty sure it'll be a whimsical delight whatever it is.

However, Ancel will still be remaining with Ubisoft to lead "select projects at Ubisoft Montpellier", including one that's apparently "very close to his and the team's heart".

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Deep Silver buys Timesplitters devs & Homefront IP from ailing Crytek

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Crytek, Deep Silver, Free Radical, Homefront

Deep Silver buys Timesplitters devs & Homefront IP from ailing Crytek

From Free Radical to Crytek UK to Deep Silver Dambusters

Deep Silver, or more accurately Deep Silver's parent company Koch Media, has made a couple of canny purchases from financially-floundering Crytek. Specifically, the German media outfit has snaffled up the Homefront IP, upcoming sequel Homefront: Revolution as well as its developers Crytek UK... who were previously better known as Free Radical back in the day.

If that's ringing a bell, you probably played a little series known as Timesplitters back in the day.

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PlayStation outsells Xbox 3:1 between April-June

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS4, Xbox One

PlayStation outsells Xbox 3:1 between April-June

Sales figures really shouldn't mean anything to us gamers. We should be too busy revelling in our favourite hobby and interactive art form to worry about the performance of uncaring companies we have no financial stake in.

But hot-damn, Sony's latest quarterly financial report contains some seriously BIG numbers.

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Here are your August PS Plus Freebies

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Playstation Plus, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Sony

Here are your August PS Plus Freebies

Sony has revealed the incoming and outgoing free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers next week. August 6th sees brand new PS4 'roguelike puzzler' Road Not Taken release free for members, joined by the critically-acclaimed Fez. Brendan acclaimed it as "a bit full of itself" in his review, though, so horses for courses.

PS3 owners will get to hunt aliens in Crysis 3 and saunter about a beautiful relaxing island in Proteus, while new platformer Metrico and LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 headline the upcoming Vita titles.

TowerFall Ascension, Strider, Vessel and more quality games will be leaving the Instant Game Collection, though, so be sure to queue up the downloads while you can! Full details below.

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Sony blasts EA's Xbox One subscription scheme as poor value

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA, EA Access, Sony

Sony blasts EA's Xbox One subscription scheme as poor value

Handbags:ˈhan(d)bags. Noun, plural

  1. Small bags used to carry everyday personal items.
  2. a confrontation or squabble, typically involving videogame publishers, hardware manufacturers and fanboys
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New peripheral promises stronger pelvic floors & "improved orgasm quality"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Kickstarter, Mobile games

New peripheral promises stronger pelvic floors & "improved orgasm quality"

"Skea can be comfortably positioned inside body"

We usually spotlight Kickstarter campaigns for the right reasons: having tested the latest prototypes, interviewed the developers and done our damndest to ensure that the project is potentially deserving of your hard-earned cash.

Occasionally, however, we highlight a campaign because it's utterly bizarre or all the cool Outbrain-pimping sites are doing it. So now that a gaming peripheral designed to be inserted directly into the body with the intention of strengthening pelvic floor muscles is seeking funding, it's time to jump on that bandwagon hard.

Pelvis-first, presumably. Let the shameless bid for hits commence.

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Please understand, Europe: Nintendo delays Captain Toad into 2015

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Financial reports, Nintendo

Please understand, Europe: Nintendo delays Captain Toad into 2015

6.68 Wii Us sold as of June 30th

"Please understand." Nintendo's boilerplate apology has felt like a distant memory of late following a resurgent year for the Wii U and a cracking E3 performance, but the latest quarterly financial report reveals that us Europeans won't be able to play the Wii U's biggest Christmas release before year's end. A shame, perhaps, because stonking sales of Mario Kart 8 haven't quite managed to pull the company out of another operating loss.

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EA Access subscription service on Xbox One points towards the future

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Battlefield 4, EA, EA Access, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Microsoft, Subscriptions, Xbox One Games

EA Access subscription service on Xbox One points towards the future

We knew this was coming.

We've seen it across the other major entertainment mediums -- subscription services designed to offer consumers value, choice, and convenience. It was only a matter of time before a publisher followed in the footsteps of PlayStation Plus and PS Now, and it's happening sooner than we perhaps thought it might.

Not only that, it seems that the pioneer in this regard is EA.

EA Access has launched in beta over on Xbox One in partnership with Microsoft. The service went live earlier this week, giving a limited number of players access to four of EA's biggest titles: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4. Here's the official blurb for good measure:

EA Access membership unlocks The Vault, a collection of EA’s biggest games on Xbox One ready for you to download and play.  During the beta, gamers will have unlimited access to four great EA games: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4, with more titles being added soon. That’s over $100 worth of games for $4.99 a month. You can play these EA favorites as much as you want with the click of a button.

Here in the UK, you can sign up already for £3.99 a month. Stateside, there's a pretty damn generous $29.99 annual subscription option, but that's not been made available yet over here. Twelve months at £3.99 a month would run you £47.88.

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At A Glance: Roundup 21st-27th July 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 21st-27th July 2014

Talk about a slow news week. Not to worry though, we're pretty sure it's because half the planet has been hammering the Destiny beta. There's just the one review this week in the shape of Unrest. Our features section is as packed as ever though. There's a hands-on preview for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel from my visit to Manchester MCM Comic Con and Matt plays an early access build of The Forest. There's a look at why the recent Battlefield: Hardline delay is no bad thing at all.

Videos include Opening Scenes for UnrestThe Forest, The Crew (beta), Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty and a look at a spectrum match in Arena Commander. Jon leafed through the release schedules to bring you lists of the hottest console exclusives for the PS4, Xbox One and Wii U. We're not saying the PS4 exclusives are a bit slim this year, but Samurai Warriors made the list...

There's tonnes of Destiny coverage and videos for you as Matt and I dive into the story missions, competitive multiplayer and Iron Banner events. Our comparison video shows the difference between the PS4 and Xbox 360 versions of the game too. Written pieces discuss ten things we love and hate about the game and Matt takes a look at how Sony are using the shooter to poach Halo fans away from Microsoft. Sadly, the beta is due to finish today, so I'm off for one last blast before the full game lands in September.

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CLOSED! WIN an Xbox One or 360 Destiny Beta Code

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Competitions, Destiny, FPS games, Giveaway, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

CLOSED! WIN an Xbox One or 360 Destiny Beta Code

UPDATE: ALL CODES HAVE NOW GONE OUT, CHECK YOUR INBOXES!

We've given our PS4 gamers the chance to get a hold of a beta key for our most anticipated shooter in years, but fear not Xbox fans, we didn't forget about you. In fact, we have a bunch of codes to give away on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360. The codes are not region locked either so they should work wherever you're playing.

The hype for Bungie's upcoming shooter has been building significantly since players got their hands on the Alpha build and with new missions and extra multiplayer maps to enjoy in the latest Beta version, we really think you should give it a try.

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At A Glance: Roundup 14th-20th July 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 14th-20th July 2014

Amidst all the cancelled Kickstarter news from the Yogscast team there were some tasty new trailers to get us in the mood for upcoming releases like Assassin's Creed Unity, Project Zero 5Super Smash Bros and The Walking Dead. There was also a trailer for the newly announced Tekken 7, but it failed to show us any gameplay whatsoever, instead focusing on the batshit mental family feud that's been torturing cutscenes throughout the series' history. Bad Bandai! And bad Microsoft, who fired 18,000 people this week (very bad) and shut down Xbox Entertainment Studios (not so bad).

Our Divinity: Original sin review may have been a long time coming, but this is a game that was well worth the wait as you can see with Matt's review of the RPG. Also racking up a high score this week is the Sokoban-inspired, Sokobond.

It's hard to believe our features section is so packed despite the Destiny beta landing this week. But land it did and we have our first wave of videos to prove it as Matt and myself work tirelessly to bring you the hottest content -ha, look at us pretending playing Destiny all day is work. You've probably been playing it too, if you haven't and you didn't enter our competition, then more fool you and keep an eye on the site in-case we have another prize draw next week. Jon has penned a careful reminder of what our expectations about kickstarter should actually be in the wake of the yogscast debacle. The team also have the latest previews for Sunset OverdriveRadial-GSplatoonMyriad and A Good snowman is Hard to Build. There are also videos and interviews for the likes of Star Citizen's Arena CommanderSunset OverdriveRadial-G and Supraball. Also be sure to check out our new Community Feedback video where things get a little bit, well you'll just have to watch it. Enjoy the links below and be sure to come back next week for more, including hands-on previews for Evolve and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel from my trip to MCM Comic Con Manchester earlier today. If I see one more Naruto headband or ill-advised corset...

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Crowdfunding and Corruption - Game Buzz #84

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Corruption, Game Buzz, Podcast, PWNCAST, Star Citizen, Youtube

Crowdfunding and Corruption - Game Buzz #84

This week on Game Buzz, we turn our attention to some rather serious topics. First up, we chat about the misadventures of Yogventures, and the cool half million down the drain from the ill-fated Yogscast Kickstarter game. Then we have a rather length natter about the ethics of YouTubers taking money from developers and whether or not there really is all that much difference between reviewers and an opinionated Let's Play aficionado when it comes down to influencing an audience and the ethics of responsibility.

Also on this week's podcast, we chat about Microsoft's plans to dissolve Xbox Entertainment, and check in with Star Citizen as the funding push almost hits $50 million.

Game Buzz | Episode 84 - Crowdfunding and Corruption. Recorded 18th July, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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Have 10 mins of Fable Legends offscreen gameplay footage

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Fable Legends, Gameplay footage, Lionhead Studios, Microsoft Studios, Videos, Xbox One Games

Gears of Fable? Oh go on then. Fable Legends has copped a fair bit of flak forits more action-oriented approach to the Fable universe, but there might just be space for a co-op TPS that leverages the IP for fresh purposes.

You can decide for yourself by checking out the 10 minute video we captured at a recent Microsoft showcase. There was no game sound to record due to the in-game audio being pumped out through headphones, so we've stuck in some favourites from the Fable OST.

Doom 4 is a double-jumping circle-strafing skull-crushing ultraviolent reboot

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bethesda, id Software

Doom 4 is a double-jumping circle-strafing skull-crushing ultraviolent reboot

id Software spills the beans at QuakeCon

Doom 4 is dead. Long live Doom!

id Software has finally revealed that their long-awaited Doom sequel is actually a full-on reboot that plans to overhaul more than the story. As opposed to a tense horror crawl, our marine sets out on a brutal fast-paced orgy of destruction complete with double jumps, no regenerating health, messy melee executions and slippery combat that harks back to the original classics.

We are, as they say, so ready.

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The final U-turn? Microsoft shuts down Xbox Entertainment Studios

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, Xbox One

The final U-turn? Microsoft shuts down Xbox Entertainment Studios

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has spent the last few months reforming the Xbox One's image through a series of high-profile U-turns. Or, to put it another way, scraping the last slimy traces of Don Mattrick off the Redmond office walls. Kinect became optional, Xbox Live Gold dropped its entertainment paywall and the focus shifted from nebulous entertainment content to being "all about the games."

Today brings us the news that this cycle is almost complete as Microsoft plans to shut down Xbox Entertainment Studios, sadly as part of the largest round of layoffs in company history.

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The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 4 strolls out next week

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Adventure Games, Telltale Games

The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 4 strolls out next week

With The Wolf Among Us now concluded in spectacular bittersweet fashion, another grim Telltale Games series has reached the beginning of the end. The penultimate episode of the Walking Dead: Season 2, Amid The Ruins, releases next week; starting with a Tuesday 22nd launch on PC and US PSN, throughout Wednesday on XBLA and European PSN, followed by the iOS version on the Thursday.

Call me crazy, but I'm not entirely convinced that a happy ending is on the cards for Clementine and co. Either way, we've got some slightly spoilery blurb and a VERY spoilery trailer below.

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Jump high, dig deep in Titanfall's next map pack

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DLC, EA, FPS, PC games, Respawn Entertainment, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Jump high, dig deep in Titanfall's next map pack

Titanfall's next season pass map pack -- Frontier's Edge -- has started revealing its secrets. The first of the three new maps is Dig Site, a deep quarry that gives Titans plenty of cover to negotiate while pilots leap overhead or brutally face off atop massive mining equipment.

We've got a first look at the new stage below.

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Firefall has fixed its killer flaw in time for overdue launch

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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MMO, PC games, Red 5 Studios

Firefall has fixed its killer flaw in time for overdue launch

Remember Firefall? After years of development hell, numerous changes of direction, high-profile firings and a slide into obscurity, Red 5's massively multiplayer shooter is finally coming out of beta on July 29th. The patch notes are very promising indeed, adding new 'open world PvP,' campaign missions and enemies into the mix.

However, it also appears that Red 5 have finally corrected the one major flaw holding back their jet-boot enabled cooperative romp, which previously crippled the experience in a profoundly damaging way.

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