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Bandai Namco unveils Code Vein, an action RPG about draining blood

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Bandai Namco unveils Code Vein, an action RPG about draining blood

Dark Souls publisher Bandai Namco is developing its own a grim-looking third-person action RPG, a console release called Code Vein.

Due in 2018, Code Vein promises a mysterious and massive interconnected world, filled with vicious enemies and monstrous bosses.

Players will use devices called Blood Veils to drain the blood of their enemies in order to enhance their own abilities. Blood also allows players to shapeshift to alter their playstyles.

Here's the setup:

In the not too distant future, a mysterious disaster has brought collapse to the world, as we know it. Towering skyscrapers, once symbols of prosperity, are now lifeless graves of humanity’s past pierced by the Thorns of Judgment.

At the center of the destruction lies a hidden society of Revenants called Vein. This final stronghold is where the remaining few fight to survive, blessed with Gifts of power in exchange for their memories and a thirst for blood. Give into the bloodlust fully and risk becoming one of the Lost, fiendish ghouls devoid of any remaining humanity.
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Smite and Rocket League added to IEM Sydney

Smite and Rocket League added to IEM Sydney

IEM Sydney will offer much more than just CS:GO action.

Organisers today announced that the event will also house the ESL AU & NZ Rocket League Season finals, and kick off the second split of the Smite Oceanic Pro League.

The latter will feature Dire Wolves, Legacy Esports, Dark Sided and Avant Garde in a single-elimination exhibition tournament for a total prize pool of AU$10,000.

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Assassin's Creed creator details his next game, Ancestors

Assassin's Creed creator details his next game, Ancestors

Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Désilets has given us another look at Ancestors, his studio's upcoming third-person survival title that's set 10 million years ago in Africa.

The game is pitched as the early story of mankind with a documentary twist: "humanity is one idea away from evolution or extinction."

Speaking at Reboot, Désilets revealed that the game will no longer be released in episodes, and that it has grown in size since its announcement at E3 in 2015.

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Play by Play games festival brings game expo, workshops, and awards back to Wellington

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Play by Play games festival brings game expo, workshops, and awards back to Wellington

Games festival Play by Play returns to Wellington this week to showcase the best of local games and run workshops for local developers.

Billed as "NZ’s premier international games festival", Play by Play features a number of free events for the public that are intended to promote the importance of play, homegrown game development, and the industry in general.

The entire festival runs until April 22, and is supported by the New Zealand Game Developers Association and the Wellington City Council, among others.

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Kiwi teen releases first-person platformer Jumps on Steam

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Kiwi teen releases first-person platformer Jumps on Steam

A 16-year-old Kiwi has moved one step closer to his dream of working in game development by publishing his first game on Steam.

Last month, Timothy Vincent released Jumps, a first-person platformer inspired by Clustertruck, on to Valve's distribution platform under the name Kiwiforge.

Jumps is all his work, although his brother helped test game.

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NES Classic canned because SNES Mini is coming – report

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NES Classic canned because SNES Mini is coming – report

To the bafflement of many, Nintendo recently announced that it was ceasing production of the NES Classic Edition, a mini console that has been a sell-out since its introduction six months ago.

"Throughout April, NOA territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for this year," the company said.

"We encourage anyone interested in obtaining this system to check with retail outlets regarding availability. We understand that it has been difficult for many consumers to find a system, and for that we apologise.

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Aussies Blank Esports take lead in Overwatch Pacific Championships

Aussies Blank Esports take lead in Overwatch Pacific Championships

Three convincing wins has Blank Esports top of the table in the Overwatch Pacific Championships in Taiwan.

The sole Aussie team in the competition dropped just one map in nine over the weekend, outclassing Thailand's FireBall 3-0 on Friday, before beating Taiwan's ahq eSports Club 3-1 and Taiwan's Flash Wolves 3-0 on Saturday.

Blank is the only unbeaten team in the competition, but there are still nine weeks of play remaining in the regular season.

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Esports to be a medal event at the 2022 Asian Games

Esports to be a medal event at the 2022 Asian Games

Esports will be an official medal sport at the Asian Games in 2022, the Olympic Council of Asia has announced.

Prior to that, esports will be a demonstration sport at the Olympic Council of Asia’s Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this September, which is to be held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

The esports to be contested there include FIFA 2017, alongside yet-to-be-named MOBAs and "real time attack" games.

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Driverless car AI is being trained in Grand Theft Auto 5

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Driverless car AI is being trained in Grand Theft Auto 5

Grand Theft Auto 5 is being used to test the AI of driverless cars.

As reported by Bloomberg, a startup called Nio is using Rockstar's chaotic open world title to rapidly test how its AI behaves under very specific conditions, with the hope of getting autonomous electric cars on the road by 2020.

Princeton University, Waymo (formerly the Google self-driving car project), Toyota, and software platform Universe are doing similar work.

Wednesday 19 April