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Cliff Bleszinski Leaves Epic Games

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Jonathan Lester
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Cliff Bleszinski, Cliffy B, Epic Games

Cliff Bleszinski Leaves Epic Games

Unreal

In a shock announcement today, Gears Of War design director Cliff "Cliffy B" Bleszinski declared that he'll be leaving Epic Games to start the next stage of his career.

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SOE Revises Planetside 2 Membership Benefits

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Free to play, PC games, Planetside 2, SOE, Subscriptions

SOE Revises Planetside 2 Membership Benefits

Increased Resource Caps Removed

Sony Online Entertainment has slightly changed the Planetside 2 premium membership benefits, removing the increased resource caps that were deemed overpowered by the community. As things stand, you'll be able to play SOE's multiplayer PC shooter for free, but a monthly $14.99 payment will speed up your progression by 25-50% depending on how long you maintain your subscription. We've got more details below.

Planetside 2 is currently in beta and on track to release before year's end.

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World Of Warcraft Lead: Single-Player Games Are An "Endangered Species"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Blizzard, Singleplayer, Singleplayer games

World Of Warcraft Lead: Single-Player Games Are An "Endangered Species"

Blizzard's Rob Pardo believes that big-budget singleplayer games are dying out due to piracy, rental and a growing desire to "connect everyone."

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EA: 'The Day We Stop Doing New IP Is The Day We Go On Life Support'

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Battlefield 3, EA, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, New IP

EA: 'The Day We Stop Doing New IP Is The Day We Go On Life Support'

EA Europe’s Patrick Soderlund has hit back at criticisms of the publisher lacking innovation over the last few years, suggesting that experimenting with new IP is absolutely paramount.

Interestingly, though, he then proceeds to cite two sequels as examples.

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Legend Of Grimrock Dungeon Editor Out Tomorrow

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Almost Human Games, Legend Of Grimrock, Level Editor, PC games

Legend Of Grimrock Dungeon Editor Out Tomorrow

Heads-up, Legend Of Grimrock fans. Almost Human Games have announced that the long-awaited dungeon editor will be releasing tomorrow after several months of public beta testing and feedback. You can check out the massive changelog on the official blog... and start mentally planning your hellish subterranean projects. We've stashed a preview video after the break.

If you haven't already gotten involved with Almost Human's hardcore dungeon crawl, why not delve into our Legend Of Grimrock review for more details?

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Assassin's Creed III DLC Rewrites History: The Tyranny Of King Washington!

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Assassin's Creed III, DLC, The Tyranny Of King Washington, Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed III DLC Rewrites History: The Tyranny Of King Washington!

Ubisoft Confirms DLC Season Pass

Ubisoft has announced that Assassin Creed III's singleplayer DLC (available separately or as part of a $30 Season Pass) will tell a standalone story that effectively rewrites history with a "what if?" scenario. Specifically: what if George Washington had designs on becoming a tyrannical dictator instead of a founding father? We're set to find out...

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Free Endless Space Expansion Live On Steam

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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4X games, Amplitude Studios, DLC, PC games, Strategy games

Free Endless Space Expansion Live On Steam

Endless Space has received its first free content pack on Steam, adding a new faction and features.

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NiGHTS Into Dreams & Sonic Adventure 2 Trailer Celebrates Today's PSN Launch

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Jonathan Lester
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NiGHTS into dreams, PSN, Sega, Sonic Adventure 2, XBLA

Widescreen HD remasters of Saturn classic NiGHTS Into Dreams and Dreamcast platformer Sonic Adventure 2 are scheduled to hit the PlayStation Network today, costing £6.49 each. To get you in the mood, SEGA has released a retro-tastic launch trailer (which also reminds us that NiGHTS will include the Christmas content pack for free).

Xbox 360 owners will have to wait until Friday, with both titles setting you back 800 Microsoft Points apiece.

Make Something Unreal Competition Reopens

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Epic Games, Make Something Unreal, UDK, Unreal Engine

Make Something Unreal Competition Reopens

Epic Games have officially opened this year's Make Something Unreal competition, which encourages independent developers and students to create games with the Unreal Development Kit. Once Epic has had a chance to judge the pitches and prototypes, four finalists will be selected to present their games at Gadget Show Live 2013 and potentially secure an Unreal Engine 4 license to develop and distribute their project.

Pitches must be submitted by November 2nd. You can read up on the rules, terms and conditions in the official team brief.

Medal Of Honor: Warfighter & Black Ops II Achievements Hit The Net

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Achievements, Activision, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Danger Close, EA, Infinity Ward, Medal Of Honor: Warfighter

Medal Of Honor: Warfighter & Black Ops II Achievements Hit The Net

Full achievement lists for Medal Of Honor: Warfighter and Call Of Duty: Black Ops II are oscar mike courtesy of the ever-reliable X360A.

If you're a fan of enormous lists, we've got the whole lot below. Potential spoilers abound.

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Terraria PSN/XBLA Trailer Shows 'CraftleVania' On Consoles

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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505 Games, Re-Logic, Terraria


505 Games recently announced that Terraria, the sensational indie crafting platformer, will be coming to PSN and Xbox Live Arcade as an expanded version. This new trailer shows off the revamped gamepad-friendly control scheme, as well as teasing some extra content for console owners.

PlayStation Mobile Goes Live On Vita & (Some) Android Devices Today

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Android, PlayStation Mobile, PS Vita

PlayStation Mobile Goes Live On Vita & (Some) Android Devices Today

PlayStation Mobile, a distribution platform for mobile games on certified Android devices and Vita, launches in the UK today. If you have a compatible Android phone or tablet (the list is fairly limited at present), you can follow these easy steps to get involved.

We've got a list of compatible devices and launch games after the break.

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Not One, But Two, Confrontation Follow-Ups Announced

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aarklash: Legacy, Confrontation, Cyanide, Dogs Of War Online

Not One, But Two, Confrontation Follow-Ups Announced

Cyanide Studio has announced that they'll be creating two more games set in the gritty Confrontation tabletop universe, to which they now own the license. Aarklash: Legacy will be a squad-based strategy game, while Dogs Of War Online plans to go down the free to play route.

Considering that their first attempt at a Confrontation videogame was deeply mediocre in every conceivable way, the developers behind the Game Of Thrones RPG and numerous cycling sims will need to up the ante.

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NCsoft Crushes Save Paragon City Campaign Hopes, Confirms City Of Heroes Closure

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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City of Heroes, MMO, NCsoft, Save Paragon City!

NCsoft Crushes Save Paragon City Campaign Hopes, Confirms City Of Heroes Closure

Players launched an earnest, organised and truly formidable campaign to save City Of Heroes after NCsoft announced plans to close the venerable MMO this November. Despite managing to secure over 200,000 petition signatures, funding drives and even celebrity endorsements, a new statement from NCsoft all but dashes their hopes of rescuing their favourite virtual home.

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Resident Evil 6 Producer: "We Need To Have Mass-Market Appeal In Order To Survive"

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Jonathan Lester
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Capcom, Resident Evil 6, Survival Horror

Resident Evil 6 Producer: "We Need To Have Mass-Market Appeal In Order To Survive"

'You Can't Just Bombard Players With Horror Elements'

With Resident Evil 6 garnering an staggeringly mixed critical reception due to its abandonment of true horror for cooperative thrills, Capcom has spoken out to explain why they decided to focus on "mass market appeal." Apparently, it's the only way the brand can survive.

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ZombiU Dev Diary: A City Of Blood And Fire

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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trailer, Ubisoft, Wii U games, ZombiU

ZombiU Dev Diary: A City Of Blood And Fire

ZombiU's latest developer diary shows how the city of London has been recreated as a nightmarish undead-infested hellhole in the upcoming Wii U exclusive.

If you like what you see, you'll be able to obtain it on the Wii U's November 30th launch -either standalone or part of a premium bundle. Until then, here's our ZombiU hands-on preview.

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Vostok Drop A New Survarium Dev Diary

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Dev Diary, F2P, FPS, PC games, Survarium, Vostok Games

Vostok Drop A New Survarium Dev Diary

Survarium has gone and nabbed itself a brand spanking new developer diary from Vostok Games. The game's due in 2013, and will apparently start the player "alone, dirty, and living in slums". This particular vid takes a peek at the Scavengers faction, looks at the Rudnya in-game level, and discusses some of the key features of the new Vostok Engine powering the game.

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The Final Hours of Tomb Raider #2 Launches Online

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Crystal Dynamics, Rhianna Pratchett, Square Enix, The Final Hours of Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider, Videos

The second instalment of Geoff Keighley and Chuck Bartowski Zachary Levi's look at the the final days of development on Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot has made its way online, looking at the creative process behind the game's story.

Includes large amounts off Rhianna Pratchett, which is awesome.

Hell Yeah!, Resi 5 & Bulletstorm Free On PS Plus This Month

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Bulletstorm, Hell Yeah! Wrath Of The Dead Rabbit, Playstation Plus, PS3, Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition, Sony, Spelunker HD

Hell Yeah!, Resi 5 & Bulletstorm Free On PS Plus This Month

Oooh, now that's an incentive to purchase an annual subscription, am I right? Sony continue to deliver with Playstation Plus, offering up tangible rewards for investing in their yearly membership and this month sees two blockbusters and a completely bizarre, colourful action-platformer added to the Instant Game Collection.

PlayStation Plus subscribers will get free access to Bulletstorm, Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition and Hell Yeah! Wrath of Dead Rabbit during October.

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TimeSplitters 2 HD Was Once In Development, As Was Killer Instinct HD

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Free Radical, Killer Instinct, rare, Timesplitters, XBLA

TimeSplitters 2 HD Was Once In Development, As Was Killer Instinct HD

One day, there'll be a world where the nice things that we all crave may all come to fruition. Former Rare staffers Steve Ellis, Martin Wakeley and Lee Musgrave have revealed that TimeSplitters 2 HD and Killer Instinct HD was development at Free Radical back in 2008, before the company were taken over by Crytek.

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