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RUMOUR: EA To Announce "Exclusivity Agreement" With Microsoft In April

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Matt Gardner
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News
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EA, Exclusivity, Microsoft, Next-gen, Xbox 720

RUMOUR: EA To Announce "Exclusivity Agreement" With Microsoft In April

We noted that it was a little strange to see Activision at the PS4 event a week ago, given that usually it's Microsoft who've been the beneficiary of their timed exclusives (certainly for Call of Duty) in the past. But times are changing and just as the PS4 will be getting some exclusive additional content for Destiny, it looks as if EA might be jumping into bed with Microsoft, and announcing their partnership at the rumoured Microsoft presser coming in April.

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Flame And Frost: The Gathering Storm Blows Onto Guild Wars 2

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
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ArenaNet, Guild Wars 2, MMORPGs, NCsoft, Updates

Flame And Frost: The Gathering Storm Blows Onto Guild Wars 2

Living Story Continues As New Features Make Their Way In-game

The second part of the Flame & Frost living story, titled The Gathering Storm, made its way onto ArenaNet’s MMORPG Guild Wars 2 last night in the latest game update. Continuing the story started last month, which sees Charr and Norn refugees fleeing from strange forces in the north, players will be charged with getting to the heart of the matter.

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Square Enix File Deus Ex: Human Defiance Trademark

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Deus Ex, Deus Ex: Human Defiance, Eidos Montreal, Square Enix

Square Enix File Deus Ex: Human Defiance Trademark

Square Enix have filed a trademark for the title 'Deus Ex: Human Defiance' in a move that will cover all sorts of media, leading to speculation that they might be working on a new game in the series.

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Dreamfall Chapters Hits Steam Greenlight

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
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Adventure Games, Dreamfall Chapters, Kickstarter, Red Thread Games, Steam Greenlight

Dreamfall Chapters Hits Steam Greenlight

Another Stretch Goal Also Hit

More news from Red Thread Games this morning, with the announcement that Dreamfall: Chapters: The Longest Journey is now on Steam Greenlight, and awaiting community votes. The much-requested move has been done in an effort to provide even more ways for the Kickstarted adventure game sequel to reach potential buyers.

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PS4 & Pre-Owned Games: Sony To "Do The Right Thing"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Pre-owned games, PS4, Sony
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PlayStation 4

PS4 & Pre-Owned Games: Sony To "Do The Right Thing"

Sony are still remaining cagey about whether the PS4 will or won't play used games, with early positive comments from Shuhei Yoshida being quickly tempered by a note of caution. Apparently they're "mindful" of the industry's increasing resentment of the pre-owned market, and will announce their exact position once they've decided on "the right thing" to do.

The word "right, " of course, being a very relative term.

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Castlevania: Mirror Of Fate Intro & Gameplay Snippets Hit The Net

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, Konami, Platformer, Trailers

Castlevania: Mirror Of Fate Intro & Gameplay Snippets Hit The Net

Konami have released no less than six new videos for Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow - Mirror Of Fate on their Japanese YouTube channel, including the intro cinematic and short bursts of gameplay footage. We've got it all after the break.

A review copy is currently winging its way to us, so we'll bring you our verdict on this 3DS exclusive nearer its March 5th release date.

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ArmA 3 Alpha Starts Next Week, Alpha Editions Headed To Steam

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Alpha, ArmA 3, Bohemia Interactive, PC games

ArmA 3 Alpha Starts Next Week, Alpha Editions Headed To Steam

Bohemia Interactive will launch an alpha test of ArmA 3 from next week onwards, which can be accessed if you purchase the Alpha Edition on Steam or manage to score a 'lite' version from a friend.

Details and screenshots below.

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God Of War: Ascension Singleplayer Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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God Of War: Ascension, PS3 games, Sony Santa Monica Studios, trailer

The latest trailer for God Of War: Ascension gives us another look at the singleplayer campaign, which has been ignored lately in favour of crowing about the multiplayer suite. A demo is slated to hit PSN tomorrow, so you won't have long to wait before getting hands-on with Sony Santa Monica's prequel.

Ascension certainly seems to be a visceral and satisfying brawler, at least from what we've seen of it, but will it be able to drive the franchise forward or simply sideways for a bit? We'll find out on March 13th.

Ravaged Gets More Free DLC (And Massive Dump Truck)

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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2 Dawn Games, DLC, FPS, PC games, Ravaged

Ravaged Gets More Free DLC (And Massive Dump Truck)

Ravaged, the post-apocalyptic multiplayer FPS from 2 Dawn Games, has received another free DLC pack containing new game modes, weapons and a truly enormous dump truck to crush your foes with. Considering that content was pretty thin on the ground at launch, this should give players more bang for their buck.

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Wii Mini Console Coming To The UK

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Nintendo, Wii, Wii Mini

Wii Mini Console Coming To The UK

After launching last year in Canada, the Wii Mini console will make its way to British shores on March 22nd. The tiny black and red box will be bundled with a Motion Plus WiiMote and Nunchuck, but a fair few compromises might make it a bit of a tough sell.

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Blizzard: "No Plans" To Link PSN & Battle.net Accounts

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Carl Phillips
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News
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ARPGs, Blizzard, Diablo 3, Playstation 3, Playstation 4

Blizzard: "No Plans" To Link PSN & Battle.net Accounts

What Does This Mean For Diablo III On Consoles?

Following on from our post yesterday regarding the Playstation 3 / 4 versions of Diablo III, word has emerged today that the upcoming console version of the ARPG will be a complete separate entity from the PC version, with Battle.net accounts not used at all. Blizzard community manager Vaefire took to the official forums to state that as it stands, no cross-platform play is in the works.

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Command & Conquer Screenshots Show Off Frostbite-Powered F2P

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Command & Conquer, EA, PC games, Screenshots, Strategy games

Command & Conquer Screenshots Show Off Frostbite-Powered F2P

Generally Impressive

EA have released some new screenshots of Command & Conquer (formerly known as C&G: Generals 2), in order to demonstrate how shiny the Frostbite 2.0-powered free to play strategy game will be. Realistic lighting and physics, alongside trademark destructible terrain, will hopefully distract us from all the brown.

Do note that the last few images are concept art, not screenshots. Game's out later this year on Origin.

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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX Confirmed For Europe

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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JRPG, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, PS3 games, Square Enix

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX Confirmed For Europe

It's official: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is coming to the UK this Autumn, complete with overhauled visuals and a seriously stupid title.

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Indie RPG Driftmoon Releases Today

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Driftmoon, Indie Games, Instant Kingdom, PC games, RPG

Driftmoon, the 'Adventure RPG' from Ville and Anne Mönkkönen, will finally leave beta and fully release today. It's a quirky and loveable affair that's built on months of working closely with the beta community, and comes with a full set of mod tools for players to freely create and share their own content.

Our full review is in the pipeline, but for now, enjoy the launch trailer.

Mass Effect 3: Final Free Multiplayer DLC Out Today

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

Mass Effect 3: Final Free Multiplayer DLC Out Today

Mass Effect 3 will receive its last multiplayer content update today in the form of Reckoning: a weighty free download that includes six new classes, seven new weapons and plenty of gear. Details and trailer below.

Note that PS3 owners will need to wait until tomorrow's content update.

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Levine: BioShock Vita Development Hasn't Started Yet

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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BioShock Vita, Irrational Games, Ken Levine, PS Vita games

Levine: BioShock Vita Development Hasn't Started Yet

2K & Sony Still Working On Funding

Looking forward to that BioShock Vita game? I wouldn't hold your breath...

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REPORT | Aliens: Colonial Marines Was Neglected, Delegated, Then Assembled In Nine Months

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Bug Hunt, Gearbox Software, Report, TimeGate Studios

REPORT | Aliens: Colonial Marines Was Neglected, Delegated, Then Assembled In Nine Months

Gearbox Palmed Development Off To TimeGate

Aliens: Colonial Marines feels like a rush job despite ostensibly being in development for six years, and this might be right on the money. Kotaku claims to have heard from numerous sources who worked on the project, who allege that Gearbox totally ignored the project to focus on Borderlands 2, outsourced the whole thing to TimeGate and then desperately tried to make a working product in less than a year.

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Sony Hints At Offline Co-Op For Diablo 3

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Carl Phillips
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News
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ARPGs, Co-op, Diablo 3, Geoff Keighley, John Hight

Sony Hints At Offline Co-Op For Diablo 3

No Internet Connection Needed?

Remember all that rage that was shown towards Blizzard for requiring players to have an internet connection to play Diablo 3, regardless of whether they were playing solo or not? Well, the recently announced console version may well be scrapping that requirement, if an interview with Sony’s John Hight is to be believed.

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Bleszinski: Games Industry Is "In A Massive State Of Turmoil"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Cliff Bleszinski, CliffyB, Games industry, Next-gen

Bleszinski: Games Industry Is "In A Massive State Of Turmoil"

"It's like the Super Smash Bros. of business right now"

Cliff Bleszinski is taking something of a sabbatical from games development at this point in time, although that hasn't stopped him sharing his insights with as many folks as possible. Asked by GamesIndustry if he'd consider returning to development, his answer was simple, and characteristically unequivocal: that right now would be "the absolute worst time" to come back.

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Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Trailer Is Like Gaming Skittles

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, Gaijin Games, Wii U Games Games trailers

Taste the mutha-fungling rainbow! Yep, that should the strapline for Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. Commander Video is back, and he's in a hurry in Gaijin Games' new dash-fest. Considering the fiendishly addictive-yet-frustrating gameplay seen in the original Runner, one wonders just how many Wii U GamePads will survive the good Commander's latest adventure.

Game's out tomorrow.