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Beyond Good & Evil 2 gameplay shows insane scope, vaporware potential

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Beyond Good & Evil 2 gameplay shows insane scope, vaporware potential

There's feature creep, and then there's Beyond Good & Evil 2.

Ubisoft has released the in-engine demo shown to journalists behind closed doors at E3, and it shows the massive scope of creative director Michel Ancel's prequel.

The demo begins on the player's mothership. A home base that's 400m long, it can house several smaller ships, and also has an interior players can walk around (although this is not shown).

Ancel moves his character – a monkey – outside the vessel to take photos, which he says can be shown to NPCs to trigger discussions with them.

He jetpacks to the top of a 700m tall statue, and zooms out to show the land mass the statue is on, the planet, and then part of the solar system.

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NZ Film Commission's Interactive Development Fund recipients announced

NZ Film Commission's Interactive Development Fund recipients announced

The New Zealand Film Commission has announced the developers that will receive cash via the piloted Interactive Development Fund.

Announced late last year, the fund aims to stimulate development of local virtual reality, augmented reality, and gaming content by helping developers create prototypes for further market financing.

There are no platform restrictions, but applicants must be New Zealand companies, own the content being developed, and demonstrate an ability to deliver upon their pitch.

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Hand of Fate tabletop title smashes Kickstarter record

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Hand of Fate tabletop title smashes Kickstarter record

Hand of Fate: Ordeals, the tabletop adaptation of Aussie studio Defiant Development's action RPG series, has smashed a local Kickstarter record.

Designed in partnership with board game publisher Rule & Make, Hand of Fate: Ordeals offers a strategic dungeon-crawling and deck-building experience that bridges story between the original game and its forthcoming sequel while introducing new competitive and co-operative multiplayer modes that support up to four players.

The game gathered almost half a million dollars (AU$490,629) from Kickstarter backers in a campaign that drew to a close today.

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EA hopes Anthem will last 10 years

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EA hopes Anthem will last 10 years

EA is hoping shared-world action RPG Anthem will stick around for a decade.

The third-person title, which is in development at Mass Effect studio BioWare Edmonton, was unveiled at Xbox's press conference at E3 earlier this month.

On the Xbox Daily Show during E3, EA vice president Patrick Soderlund talked up the game's social aspects and ambitious development plan.

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Bathurst's iconic Mount Panorama circuit is in Sony racer GT Sport

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Bathurst's iconic Mount Panorama circuit is in Sony racer GT Sport

Upcoming Sony racer Gran Turismo Sport will launch with Bathurst's iconic Mount Panorama motor racing circuit included.

Bathurst is the home of Australian motorsport, and has a rich history dating back to 1938, when the Australian Grand Prix was first held on the track.

Mount Panorama is now home to the FIA accredited Bathurst 12 Hour and Bathurst 1000 races, among others.

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Game creation competition KiwiJam runs July 21-23

Game creation competition KiwiJam runs July 21-23

The "very kiwi, very winter, very annual, very shared" KiwiJam will take place from July 21-23 this year.

The 48 hour game jam will be held in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.

The rules are simple: you just have to come along and make a game in the theme announced, or work on your own existing project.

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Victoria State Government dishes out AU$650k to nine game studios

Victoria State Government dishes out AU$650k to nine game studios

Nine studios in Australia will receive cash to develop and release games in the latest round of funding from the Victorian State Government.

The funding, which totals AU$654,000, is expected to support more than 40 employment opportunities in the games sector and generate almost AU$1.2 million for the state.

The games supported include a tactical RPG, a virtual reality sailing experience, and a narrative title involving a wombat.

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Blank Esports has two Taiwanese teams to beat to win the first-ever Overwatch Pacific Champs

Blank Esports has two Taiwanese teams to beat to win the first-ever Overwatch Pacific Champs

Blank Esports is through to the playoffs in the Overwatch Pacific Championship in Taiwan.

The Australian team topped the table first round of the regular season, and finished second in the second round to secure a second place finish and a playoffs berth.

Blank will soon face Taiwan's ahq e-Sports Club in in three best-of-seven matches across three days.

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Dire Wolves and Legacy lead LoL OPL Split 2

Dire Wolves and Legacy lead LoL OPL Split 2

The League of Legends Oceanic Pro League's Split 1 2017 finalists are both off to a strong start in Split 2.

After two weeks of competition, both reigning champs Dire Wolves and runners-up Legacy are unbeaten.

Dire Wolves beat Chiefs in the opening round 2-1, while Legacy put up the same score against Sin.

Friday 16 June