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Halo composer says he was 'terminated without cause' by Bungie

Halo composer says he was 'terminated without cause' by Bungie

The celebrated composer of Bungie's memorable musical scores says he has been sacked without cause by Bungie's board.

“I’m saddened to say that Bungie’s board of directors terminated me without cause on April 11, 2014,” said Marty O’Donnell on Twitter.

Bungie has subsequently issued a statement, and without providing an explanation, couched O'Donnell's departure in friendlier terms. “For more than a decade, Marty O’Donnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans.

“Today, as friends, we say goodbye. We know that wherever his journey takes him, he will always have a bright and hopeful future. We wish him luck in all his future endeavors.”

O'Donnell joined Bungie 10 days before the developer was bought out by Microsoft. He was one of the few Bungie staff members left who was around for the pre-Microsoft era. He is known best for his work on the Halo series.

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PlayStation 4 global sales pass 7 million

PlayStation 4 global sales pass 7 million

More than 7 million PlayStation 4 consoles have been sold worldwide just over four months to April 6, says Sony.

PlayStation 4 software sales have reached 20.5 million across physical and digital retail, added the company.

More than 135 million videos have been shared using the PlayStation 4's video sharing functionality, and 4.9 million Twitch streams have been viewed a total of 90 million times.

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Free Zomboss update adds a new map, characters, and more to Garden Warfare

Free Zomboss update adds a new map, characters, and more to Garden Warfare

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is getting a second piece of free DLC this week.

The Zomboss Down pack takes the game to the Wild West with a new map, eight new playable characters, over 200 customisation items, an increased level cap from 20 to 30 for each character, and all-new challenges.

The new characters include Archeologist Zombie, the Wrestling Star Zombie, the Law Pea, and the Sun Pharaoh.

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All games should be free-to-play – Candy Crush studio CEO

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All games should be free-to-play – Candy Crush studio CEO

The man behind Candy Crush reckons that all games should be free-to-play.

Speaking with IGN, King Games CEO Tommy Palm sung the praises of free-to-play, and said it was the only way forward for game makers.

“The micro-transaction is so strong and it’s definitely a much better model – I think all companies have to transition over to that,” said Palm.

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Media Design School to offer PlayStation-specific design course

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Media Design School and Sony partner to offer PlayStation-specific design course

Auckland's Media Design School has begun a partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe that will see its students developing games for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation First Academic Development Programme will be an option for Media Design School (MDS) students in the third year of their game development degrees, and will grant each access to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita development kits, expertise incubation labs, and top game companies worldwide.

The aim is to have as many students as possible complete a game by the end of the course and publish it on the PlayStation Network.

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RedLynx back to the drawing board with Trials online modes

RedLynx back to the drawing board with Trials online modes

Trials Fusion is out tomorrow on console, but the game’s competitive online mode won’t be available for a few months, says Ubisoft.

An Ubisoft spokesperson told Gamesbeat that players generally avoided the four-player online races in Trials Evolution, so developer RedLynx wanted to take some extra time to come up with something different.

“Trials Fusion will support a type of online multiplayer experience as, based on the metrics from Trials Evolution, RedLynx saw that online multiplayer wasn’t a popular feature among players,” said the spokesperson.

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Beyond Good & Evil 2 concept art teased

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Beyond Good & Evil 2 concept art teased

A newly circulated piece of concept art has given fans of the cult classic Beyond Good & Evil renewed hope for a sequel.

In an interview, Ubisoft's Michel Ancel held up concept art depicting series hero Jade. Since 2008, Ancel has often teased assets in the French gaming media.

In the interim, Ancel and Ubisoft Montpellier have been working on the Rayman series. Last year, the creative director told Gamereactor that Beyond Good & Evil 2 would be difficult to do on old-gen hardware.

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Severed is a stylised dungeon crawler by Guacamelee! dev Drinkbox

Severed is a stylised dungeon crawler by Guacamelee! dev Drinkbox

The next game from Toronto-based Guacamelee! developer Drinkbox Studios is Severed, a boldly presented first-person dungeon crawler.

In the game, players control a "distraught warrior, who is lost in a fantastical world.

"She is tasked with the challenge of knitting together pieces of her story from both the past and the future."

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Sir David Attenborough is working on a nature documentary for Oculus Rift

Sir David Attenborough is working on a nature documentary for Oculus Rift

Famed British naturalist Sir David Attenborough is working on a new nature documentary designed to be viewed using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

The documentary, called "Conquest of the Skies", is being shot in Borneo using a special camera rig that will provide audiences with 360 degree views when using the headset.

"We're now filming for the Oculus Rift," Atantic Productions' commercial director John Morris told Realscreen, "So when we filmed our recent flight in Borneo, we filmed with an eight-camera rig, so you got the full 360 [degree] experience."

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CCP cancels vampire MMO World of Darkness

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CCP cancels vampire MMO World of Darkness

EVE Online developer CCP has cancelled its vampire MMO project, World of Darkness.

The decision has resulted in 56 staff being made redundant at the company's Atlanta offices.

"The decision to end the World of Darkness MMO project is one of the hardest I've ever had to make," said CCP's Hilmar Veigar Pétursson. "I have always loved and valued the idea of a sandbox experience set in that universe, and over the years I've watched the team passionately strive to make that possible.

Thursday 17 April


PlayStation 4 global sales pass 7 million
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PlayStation 4 global sales pass 7 million
More than 20 million games sold.
Halo composer says he was 'terminated without cause' by Bungie
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Halo composer says he was 'terminated without cause' by Bungie
Bungie claims amicable departure.

Wednesday 16 April


A league of its own: behind the scenes on Blizzard's MOBA
Interview
A league of its own: behind the scenes on Blizzard's MOBA
We speak with Heroes of the Storm director Dustin Browder.
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All games should be free-to-play – Candy Crush studio CEO
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All games should be free-to-play – Candy Crush studio CEO
Been out in the sun too long?
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Moebius: Empire Rising launch trailer
Trailer
Moebius: Empire Rising launch trailer
Gabriel Knight spiritual successor out tomorrow.
MechRunner announcement trailer
Trailer
MechRunner announcement trailer
Run, robot, run.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn - PS4 launch trailer
Trailer
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn - PS4 launch trailer
Can't get enough of those giant chicks.
RedLynx back to the drawing board with Trials online modes
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RedLynx back to the drawing board with Trials online modes
Coming for free in a few months.
Blood Bowl 2 - first match trailer
Trailer
Blood Bowl 2 - first match trailer
Pretty lax on doping, I see.
Dead Nation - PS Vita launch trailer
Trailer
Dead Nation - PS Vita launch trailer
PSN hit comes to Vita.

Tuesday 15 April


Child of Light: The World of Lemuria trailer
Trailer
Child of Light: The World of Lemuria trailer
On setting.
Severed announcement trailer
Trailer
Severed announcement trailer
From the creators of Guacamelee!
CCP cancels vampire MMO World of Darkness
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CCP cancels vampire MMO World of Darkness
All turned to ash.
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Trials Fusion on Xbox One needs a patch to hit 900p
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Trials Fusion on Xbox One needs a patch to hit 900p
PS4 is full HD, of course.
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Monday 14 April


Out this week: Trials, Wargame, and FIFA sequels
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Out this week: Trials, Wargame, and FIFA sequels
The Evolution of the Red Dragon World Cup.
Kinect Sports Rivals review
Review
Kinect Sports Rivals review
Does motion sensing finally have a killer app?
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Civilization: Beyond Earth announce trailer
Trailer
Civilization: Beyond Earth announce trailer
Countdown to liftoff.
Heroes of the Storm - PAX feature trailer
Trailer
Heroes of the Storm - PAX feature trailer
New skins, talent system, and more.
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Unofficial TESO auction house has Zenimax approval
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Unofficial TESO auction house has Zenimax approval
Comes complete with feedback system.
Stronghold Crusader 2 - Meet the Saladin trailer
Trailer
Stronghold Crusader 2 - Meet the Saladin trailer
A classic character returns.
The team at Gameplanet plays on Alienware.