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EA CFO Backtracks On Controversial Microtransactions Comment

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA, Microtransactions

EA CFO Backtracks On Controversial Microtransactions Comment

EA's Chief Financial Officer has spoken out to amend a comment he made last week, wherein he suggested that "all" EA games will feature microtransactions from now on.

Apparently that should read, "all mobile games."

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Have A Listen To WildStar’s Character Creation Theme

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Carbine Studios, Jeff Kurtenacker, MMORPGs, NCsoft, Soundtrack, WildStar

Have A Listen To WildStar’s Character Creation Theme

A Preview Of Jeff Kurtenacker’s Score

Carbine Studios continues the build-up for its upcoming MMORPG WildStar this week by giving us a listen to one of the pieces from its soundtrack. Getting its reveal via Massively, the track in question, composed by Jeff Kurtenacker (whose previous gaming credits include Pirates Of The Burning Sea), will be heard by players during the character creation for the game. We have an embed of the track for you to put in your ear-holes after the jump.

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Square Registers Deus Ex: The Fall Domains

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Deus Ex, Deus Ex: The Fall, Square Enix

Square Registers Deus Ex: The Fall Domains

Just a quickie: Square Enix has registered three more Deus Ex-related domain, this time for Deus Ex: The Fall. Superannuation reports that DeusExTheFall.comDeusExTheFall.net and DeusExTheFall.co.uk. are now all in Square's hands, which could mean that a new game is on the way.

Or not. The last time Square Enix filed a Deus Ex trademark, it was for the movie, and every publisher wants a piece of the transmedia pie. This could well be the precursor for a novel, ARG, iOS title, comic or practically anything else (perhaps even a rumoured Wii U port of Human Revolution), so don't hold your breath just yet. More as we hear it.

Thief Gameplay & Story Details Sneak Onto The Net

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Eidos Montreal, PC games, PS4 games, Square Enix, Stealth Games, Thief

Thief Gameplay & Story Details Sneak Onto The Net

Eidos Montreal's next-gen Thief reboot broke cover yesterday as part of Game Informer's April cover story, but as usual, the eagle-eyed staff of Gaming Everything [via NeoGAF] have already filleted the juicy article for gameplay and story info. We can expect expansive freeform levels, a new focus mechanic and upgradeable gear, along with a more believable setting that eschews supernatural elements for a more human experience.

We've got the prime cuts below.

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Mass Effect 3: Operation Lodestar Now Live

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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BioWare, EA, Mass Effect 3, multiplayer

Mass Effect 3: Operation Lodestar Now Live

BioWare are rounding off a year of support with Mass Effect 3's biggest multiplayer bounty event to date: Operation Lodestar.

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PSN Store Update | God Of War Deals, PLUS Mass Effect 3

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS Vita games, PS3 games, PSN, Sony Santa Monica Studios

PSN Store Update | God Of War Deals, PLUS Mass Effect 3

This week's selection of PSN deals is all about God Of War, in order to get us good and excited for Ascension.  Everything from the collections to the HD versions, PSP tie-ins and even LBP costume packs are on sale at a hefty discount - check out the promotions after the break.

Mass Effect 3 has also been added to the PS Plus Instant Game Collection, meaning that you can get to grips with Shepard's last stand without feeling any buyer's remorse over the ending. We're currently in the process of reviewing the new Citadel DLC pack, which lets players spend more time with their crew and even throw a lary pre-invasion kegger if they want to.

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Zeno Clash II Trailer Is Brutally Bizarre

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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ACE Team, Atlus, First Person Brawler, trailer, Zeno Clash II

Zeno Clash II promises to ramp up the crazy compared to its already bat-crap insane predecessor, throwing players into the bizarre world of Zenozoic and tasking them with punching everything that moves. Zeno Clash was one of the few first-person brawlers that actually worked, and by the looks of things, we can expect some RPG elements, progression and skill points this time around.

Along with enormous birdmen, a lion man with a paint palette for lips and all manner of chicanery that would make Guillermo Del Toro visit a psychiatrist. Zeno Clash II will be available in "early 2013" (so soon, then) on Steam, PSN and XBLA.

Fuse Co-Op Screenshots: Ain't That A Kick In The Head

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA, Fuse, Insomniac Games, PS3 games, Screenshots, Xbox 360 games

Fuse Co-Op Screenshots: Ain't That A Kick In The Head

Insomniac plan to deliver a larger-than-life cooperative experience with Fuse, and this new clutch of multiplayer screenshots show all four team members working together to create enormous explosions. And kick goons in the face. Players will need to use cover, relocate and communicate effectively with their teammates in order to prevail, save the face kicker becoming the face kickee.

Anyways, enjoy. Matt described Fuse as "complimentary cooperative carnage" in our hands-on preview. Fuse was recently delayed from March into "Q2 2013," with Insomniac needing extra time for some last-minute polish.

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New Edge Of Space Trailer Makes A Convincing Greenlight Pitch

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Edge Of Space, HandyMan Studios, Indie Games, PC games, trailer

Edge Of Space is an odd and rather exciting indie proposition that plays a little like a science fiction-inspired Terraria with enormous mechs and heaps of procedurally-generated weapons. It's currently in open (paid) beta, but if you haven't gotten involved, this new trailer shows off what you're missing.

If you like what you see, Edge Of Space is currently canvassing for votes on Steam Greenlight. Otherwise, it will launch on Desura later this year. I'll try and get some coverage up on-site soon.

Guild Wars 2: Flame And Frost - The Razing Will Forge An Unholy Alliance

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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ArenaNet, Guild Wars II, MMO

Guild Wars 2: Flame And Frost - The Razing Will Forge An Unholy Alliance

ArenaNet have teased the third part of Guild Wars 2s Flame & Frost living story event, that will see two enemy factions teaming up in an attempt to bring Tyria to heel.

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EA "Confident" About Stable SimCity EU Launch

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA, Maxis, Origin, PC games, SimCity

EA "Confident" About Stable SimCity EU Launch

EA have apparently learned some lessons from SimCity's awkward American release, promising EU players that Origin servers will be ready for action on Friday.

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BAFTA 2013: The Winners

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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BAFTA, Dishonored, Far Cry 3, Journey, The Unfinished Swan, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

BAFTA 2013: The Winners

Journey Returns Triumphant

Those of you who weren't glued to the footy may well have watched the BAFTA Game Awards last night, where two PSN exclusives managed to clean up. Journey returned with no less than five awards, including game design, artisitic achievement and even online multiplayer (called it), while The Unfinished Swan managed to snag two shinies for innovation and best debut. Other worthy winners include Dishonored as Best Game, XCOM: Enemy Unknown for Best Strategy Game and The Room as best of British.

We've got all the winners and nominations after the jump, thanks in no small part to the inestimable Late who actually beat us to the punch this morning.

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BAFTA Games Awards 2013 | Journey & The Walking Dead Frontrunners, Watch It Right Here

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Matt Gardner
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News
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BAFTA, British Academy Games Awards 2013

BAFTA Games Awards 2013 | Journey & The Walking Dead Frontrunners, Watch It Right Here

Tonight sees the British Academy Games Awards 2013 ceremony kick off to honour some of the finest titles of the past year. Telltale Games and Thatgamecompany lead the nominations this year, with the fabulous Journey nominated for no fewer than eight awards, including Best Game, Artistic Achievement and Game Design. Meanwhile Telltale's outstanding episodic series The Walking Dead is in the running for seven awards, including Best Game and Best Story.

You'll be able to watch the show unfold right here from 9pm GMT (1pm PST).

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Thief 4 Rebranded 'Thief', Reboot Set For 2014 on Next-Gen Systems

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Eidos Montreal, Fuck yes!, Square Enix, Stealth Games, Thief, Thief 4

 

Thief 4 Rebranded 'Thief', Reboot Set For 2014 on Next-Gen SystemsThe cat is out of the bag. The game formerly known as Thief 4 has been simply rebranded Thief, and heralds the return of master pilferer Garrett in 2014 in a series reboot that will debut on next-gen consoles and Windows PC.

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Strike Suit Zero Updated: New Difficulties, Checkpoint Saves, Cockpit Views

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Born Ready Games, Patch, PC games, Space Sim, Strike Suit Zero

Born Ready Games have announced that Patch #3 for Strike Suit Zero is out this week. The latest update will come packing a number of difficulty levels (not to mention the removal of some of the more glaring difficulty spikes in-game), boast universal cockpit view options for all of the ships, and add in checkpoint saves.

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Tomb Raider Launches, Square Celebrates With 'Day One' Trailer

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Crystal Dynamics, Square Enix, Tomb Raider, Tralers

Lara's back, and (eventually) she's kicking bottoms and taking names! Our review will be ready tomorrow, but the short version is that you really ought to buy it. Because it's awesome, as this Day One trailer is designed to show.

Whether you're a man, a woman, transgender, whatever...just pick it up. It's not flawless by any means, but it's a damn fine reboot to be sure.

New Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 Trailer Looks At Tactical Optics

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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City Interactive, FPS games, Namco Bandai, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, Trailers

City Interactive unveiled a fresh trailer for the imminent Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 today, taking a peek at some of the optical gadgetry that you'll be able to use in the game to off your targets from afar under various conditions of visibility

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 releases on March 15th in the UK on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

PETA Slams Assassin's Creed IV For "Glorifying" Whaling

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, PETA, Ubisoft, Whaling

PETA Slams Assassin's Creed IV For "Glorifying" Whaling

From the people who (jokingly...allegedly) ripped Mario a new one for wearing a tanooki suit, and then fashioned a terrible, hideously gory Pokemon parody to make a point about the cruelties of having cute little creatures fight one another...

PETA presents...

Assassin's Creed IV: How To Glorify Whale Killing*.

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SimCity Hit By Widespread Server Delays, Gamers Queuing To Unlock and Play

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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BEWARE!, EA Games, Maxis, SimCity, Simulation games

SimCity Hit By Widespread Server Delays, Gamers Queuing To Unlock and Play

SimCity is upon us! Well...not exactly. The game has released across the Atlantic, but we'll have to wait until Friday for the game to hit European shelves.

Worryingly, we've had some of our US readership write in to inform us that players are experiencing a number of widespread server delays, with some rather annoying wait times just to start playing by oneself.

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RUMOUR: Dead Space 4 Canned Following Poor DS3 Sales

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Dead Space 3, Dead Space 4, EA, Visceral Games, Visceral Montreal

RUMOUR: Dead Space 4 Canned Following Poor DS3 Sales

UPDATE: The US PR wing of EA has rubbished the rumours, calling them "patently false". However, there's been no extra information on the Visceral Montreal situation, nor any comment made on Dead Space 3's performance thus far.

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Anyone who reached the end of Dead Space 3 could have been forgiven for naturally assuming that there'd be a fourth game in the series, however it's unlikely for the time being.

A new report suggests that EA has canned development on Dead Space 4 after the recently released Dead Space 3 failed to live up to sales expectations.

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