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Dean Hall: Govt policy is preventing AAA creation in NZ

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Dean Hall: Govt policy is preventing AAA creation in NZ

Dean Hall says government policy is preventing him from from developing a AAA title here in New Zealand.

The problem appears to be that by law, the overseas graduates Hall wants to employ must be paid more than locals, presumably so using local talent is the preferred option.

“FACT: I want to make a 20mil budget AAA video game in NZ. FACT: spent six months with immigration still not able to convince them,” the DayZ creator tweeted.

“They want us to pay overseas grads more than NZ grads. I'm refusing. Same pay same job. Don't care what their website says.”

Hall said the pay disparity is “nearly double”, and that immigration is “questioning our financial viability quite a lot”.

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Gauntlet: Slayer Edition to feature new mechanics alongside updated visuals

Gauntlet: Slayer Edition to feature new mechanics alongside updated visuals

Last year’s Gauntlet reboot is getting an expanded release on PlayStation 4.

Gauntlet: Slayer Edition will feature a new realm, new hero weapons and abilities, new monster types, and improved visuals.

It will also come complete with improved game mechanics that increase team dynamics and strategy, said developer Arrowhead Game Studios co-founder Malin Hedström.

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Project Morpheus b-roll shows The London Heist in action

Project Morpheus b-roll shows The London Heist in action

Footage from Sony’s E3 demo of its Project Morpheus virtual reality headset has hit the net.

All Games Beta managed to get hold of the b-roll, which shows parts of The London Heist, a shoot-‘em-up demo that we really enjoyed at E3.

The demo is split into two chapters: Interrogation and Getaway.

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Future Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC to skip last-gen consoles

Future Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC to skip last-gen consoles

Future Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC won’t be available on last-gen consoles, BioWare has revealed.

As such, the company has created a Save Importer tool so those playing on PlayStation 3 can move their save files to PlayStation 4, and those on Xbox 360 can move to Xbox One.

Exports and imports to or from PC are not supported.

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Watch Dogs downgrade debacle taught Ubisoft a lesson

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Watch Dogs downgrade debacle taught Ubisoft a lesson

Ubisoft says it has learned a lesson from the downgrade fiasco that clouded the launch of Watch Dogs.

Watch Dogs was announced at E3 in 2012 with an impressive gameplay demo, but upon release it was clear many of the flashy graphical effects shown in the demo weren’t present in the final build.

Speaking with The Guardian at E3 last month, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said the reaction from gamers had re-shaped the company’s approach to showing off pre-release games.

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Dishonored 2's Emily "completely different" to Corvo

Dishonored 2's Emily "completely different" to Corvo

Dishonored 2's Emily Kaldwin presents a "completely different" experience to the first game's protagonist, says co-director Harvey Smith.

In the first Dishonored, Emily was a child, the daughter of assassinated empress Jessamine Kaldwin, but fifteen years later, she's an "empress outlaw on the run".

The sequel will see players controlling Emily for the first half hour, then making a choice between Emily and Corvo for the rest of their playthrough.

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Vegas seeks to swap slots for video games

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Vegas seeks to swap slots for video games

Key Nevada gambling establishments are looking to replace slot machines with video games.

The goal is to attract younger audiences, who see slot machines as antiquated and boring, and make them waste their money in casinos instead of on freemium games.

Bally Technologies, the world's oldest manufacturer of slot machines, purchased Israeli Facebook and mobile developer Dragonplay for $100 million last month.

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The Witcher 3 patch 1.07 brings major gameplay changes

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The Witcher 3 patch 1.07 brings major gameplay changes

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's latest patch brings about numerous significant and welcome gameplay tweaks.

Among the changes in the v1.07 patch, which will come instead of developer CD Projekt Red's usual weekly free DLC, are:

A new, alternative (optional) movement response mode for Geralt
A player stash for storing items, available in various locations throughout the game. Stash locations are marked on the player’s map.
Crafting and alchemy components no longer add to the overall inventory weight
Books are now placed in a dedicated tab in the Inventory and books that have already been read are properly greyed out
Multiple sorting options are now available in the Inventory
Alchemy formulas and crafting diagrams can be “pinned”, meaning all components and ingredients required to make them will be conveniently marked in the Shop panel
Dozens of fixes for quest related issues, both major and minor
A few performance enhancements, including the optimization of FX, scenes and general gamepla-
Various improvements to horse behavior
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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter hits PS4 next week

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter hits PS4 next week

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is set to hit PS4 next week on July 15th.

The PS4 version has been remade in Unreal Engine 4, and heralds a similarly rebuilt PC version of the game to come in "a few weeks".

Adrian Chmielarz, the game's creator, told Eurogamer the PS4 version is "close to what's on PC but it just plays better".

Wednesday 8 July

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward – Alexander trailer
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Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward – Alexander trailer
A new raid dungeon arrives today.
Future Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC to skip last-gen consoles
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Future Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC to skip last-gen consoles
You can import saves to new-gen, though.
King's Quest – The Complete Collection trailer
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King's Quest – The Complete Collection trailer
All five chapters in one.
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Yasai Ninja trailer
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Yasai Ninja trailer
Curses 'N Chaos trailer
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Curses 'N Chaos trailer
A pixellated beat-'em-up for PlayStation.
Pneuma: Breath of Life launch trailer
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Pneuma: Breath of Life launch trailer
A first-first puzzler for PS4.
For Honor –  E3 2015 developer interview
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For Honor – E3 2015 developer interview
A chat with the creative director.
Rayman Adventures reveal trailer
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Rayman Adventures reveal trailer
A new Rayman mobile title.
Myriad gameplay trailer
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Myriad gameplay trailer
An artsy shoot 'em up for PlayStation.
Helldivers – Masters of the Galaxy trailer
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Helldivers – Masters of the Galaxy trailer
Free update adds enemies and trophies.
Journey release date trailer
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Journey release date trailer
Out this month on PS4.
Breach & Clear: Deadline launch date trailer
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Breach & Clear: Deadline launch date trailer
A tactical top-down shooter.
Watch Dogs downgrade debacle taught Ubisoft a lesson
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Watch Dogs downgrade debacle taught Ubisoft a lesson
Games must be playable on target machines.
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Dean Hall: Govt policy is preventing AAA creation in NZ
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Dean Hall: Govt policy is preventing AAA creation in NZ
Overseas grads too expensive.
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Overwatch – Introducing Soldier: 76 trailer
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Overwatch – Introducing Soldier: 76 trailer
A hard man to kill.

Tuesday 7 July

New characters elevate an otherwise rote Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition
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New characters elevate an otherwise rote Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition
Lady, Trish, and Vergil now playable.