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Digital Nationz speakers and playable games announced

Digital Nationz speakers and playable games announced

Preliminary line-ups of the guest speakers and playable games that will be present at next month’s Digital Nationz show in Auckland have been revealed.

A number of unreleased games including Assassin’s Creed Unity, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Far Cry 4, Alien Isolation, FIFA 15, and The Crew will be playable at the expo, with more announcements coming soon.

On the guest speaker side of things, more than 10 speakers from around the world will share their knowledge with show-goers, including developers from Call of Duty creator Infinity Ward, Halo creator Bungie, Half-Life studio Valve, and more – see below for full profiles of all speakers announced so far.

This year’s expo will also feature LAN events, including a LAN party and a Pro Championships competition. Up to 500 players can compete in the latter, where they stand to take away a piece of the more than NZ$30,000 in prizes that are up for grabs. Nine games will be included in the Championship LAN, including League of Legends and DOTA 2. Tickets for the competition are NZ$89, while those for the LAN party will set you back NZ$69.

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Microsoft drops support for Ascend: Hand of Kul on X360

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Microsoft drops support for Ascend: Hand of Kul on X360

You can no longer download free-to-play RPG Ascend: Hand of Kul from the Xbox 360 Games Store.

There is still a listing on the site, but the game will no longer be available on the console.

"Signal Studios must regretfully announce that despite our best efforts and the game’s success, Microsoft has discontinued support for Ascend: Hand of Kul on the Xbox 360 and removed the game from the Xbox Live Marketplace," developer Signal Studios wrote on its official site.

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Ancient Space is a new story-driven RTS from Paradox

Ancient Space is a new story-driven RTS from Paradox

Paradox Interactive has announced it will publish Ancient Space, a story-driven real-time strategy title for PC and Mac that’s expected to launch this coming spring.

Ancient Space is a singleplayer RTS title that puts the player in command of a fleet conducting a scientific mission on the edge of the known universe, charting what lies beyond in ‘The Black Zone’.

“A rich and compelling story will guide the player as they build and upgrade their fleets and then survive overwhelming odds in deadly strategic missions,” said Paradox.

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Microsoft accidentally launches Free Play Day promo for Live Gold members

Microsoft accidentally launches Free Play Day promo for Live Gold members

Microsoft has accidentally unveiled a plan that appears to allow Xbox Live Gold subscribers to play certain games for a day for free .

A tile on the Xbox One’s US store advertising the feature was quickly pulled by Microsoft, but not before it caught the attention of Reddit.

The tile showed Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood with the caption "Free Play Day with Gold".

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Bulletstorm dev's mystery adventure The Vanishing of Ethan Carter has a release date

Bulletstorm dev's mystery adventure The Vanishing of Ethan Carter has a release date

Mystery adventure title The Vanishing of Ethan Carter will be available on Windows PC on September 26 for US$20, developer The Astronauts has announced.

The Astronauts was founded by former co-owner People Can Fly Adrian Chmielarz (Bulletstorm, Gears of War: Judgement), and also features a number of his former staff.

Its goal is to "evolve immersive storytelling in games", and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is said to be "inspired by the weird fiction stories and other tales of macabre of the early 20th century”.

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Minecraft PS4 fails Sony certification

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Minecraft PS4 fails Sony certification

The PlayStation 4 version of Minecraft has failed its final certification, making an August release unlikely.

Developer 4J Studios – which is responsible for all of the game’s console ports – revealed yesterday that Sony found flaws in what was to be the build that shipped to retail.

The Xbox One version of Minecraft is also supposed to release in August, although a date has yet to be announced.

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Most game devs would prefer to work at Valve – survey

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Most game devs would prefer to work at Valve – survey

Most game developers would work at Valve rather than for themselves, a new survey has found.

The finding comes courtesy of an Independent Game Developers Association survey, which queried 2200 developers on which studios and publishers they would most like to work for.

Here's the top 10:

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PvZ: Garden Warfare launches on PS3 and PS4 tomorrow

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PvZ: Garden Warfare launches on PS3 and PS4 tomorrow

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is now available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in Australia, and will launch tomorrow in New Zealand.

The third-person multiplayer online shooter is already available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

“We’ve been perfecting Garden Warfare and optimising it for PlayStation gamers.” said PopCap creative director Jeremy Vanhoozer.

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Castle Crashers studio teases new game: "A genre we haven't covered before"

Castle Crashers studio teases new game: "A genre we haven't covered before"

Castle Crashers and Battleblock Theater developer The Behemoth is teasing its latest game, which is has codenamed Game 4.

“Shortly before the release of BattleBlock Theater we started working on something new,” said Behemoth.

“We schemed up a bunch of concepts and picked our strongest one. From there we fleshed out the lone survivor prototype!!!

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No Call of Duty or mature Ubisoft titles for Wii U

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No Call of Duty or mature Ubisoft titles for Wii U

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare isn’t coming to the Wii U, developer Sledgehammer Games has revealed.

Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey tweeted that the decision was made by Activision rather than his studio.

In related news, Ubisoft has decreed that Watch Dogs will be its final mature release for Wii U, because sales of similar games haven’t done well on Nintendo’s console.

Friday 22 August


Binding of Isaac: Rebirth co-op gameplay video
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Binding of Isaac: Rebirth co-op gameplay video
6 mins of co-op action.
HardWest – Kickstarter trailer
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HardWest – Kickstarter trailer
XCOM in the Weird Wild West.
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The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5 trailer
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The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5 trailer
No going back.
Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment launch trailer
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Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment launch trailer
Another JRPG for the Vita.
God Factory: Wingmen pre-order trailer
Trailer
God Factory: Wingmen pre-order trailer
Oculus-supported space dogfighting.
Destiny gameplay trailer
Trailer
Destiny gameplay trailer
You are legend.
Ancient Space announcement trailer
Trailer
Ancient Space announcement trailer
A new space RTS.
Fortified gameplay trailer
Trailer
Fortified gameplay trailer
Tower defence mash-up.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter - Commented gameplay video
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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter - Commented gameplay video
13 mins of gameplay.
Minecraft PS4 fails Sony certification
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Minecraft PS4 fails Sony certification
Issues found, delay likely.
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Thursday 21 August


Dragon Age: Inquisition hands-on
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Dragon Age: Inquisition hands-on
Fantasy fulfillment.
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Minecraft – PS4 Gamescom 2014 trailer
Trailer
Minecraft – PS4 Gamescom 2014 trailer
Never heard of it.
Lords of the Fallen – Gamescom trailer
Trailer
Lords of the Fallen – Gamescom trailer
Five mins of gameplay.
Guns Up! – Gamescom 2014 trailer
Trailer
Guns Up! – Gamescom 2014 trailer
Followed by hands.
Arena of Fate – Gamescom 2014 gameplay trailer
Trailer
Arena of Fate – Gamescom 2014 gameplay trailer
A look at Crytek's MOBA.
The Last Tinker: City of Colors action trailer
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The Last Tinker: City of Colors action trailer
Worst game name ever?
PvZ: Garden Warfare launches on PS3 and PS4 tomorrow
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PvZ: Garden Warfare launches on PS3 and PS4 tomorrow
Features PS App integration.
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Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare - PlayStation launch trailer
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Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare - PlayStation launch trailer
Coming to PS3 and PS4.
Shadowgate – Your Death trailer
Trailer
Shadowgate – Your Death trailer
Better yours than mine.
Volume – Gamescom 2014 trailer
Trailer
Volume – Gamescom 2014 trailer
From Thomas Was Alone creator.
Trials Fusion – Empire of the Sky DLC trailer
Trailer
Trials Fusion – Empire of the Sky DLC trailer
More new tracks and challenges.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham – Brainiac trailer
Trailer
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham – Brainiac trailer
Honey, I shrunk the Earth.
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