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Modern Warfare Remastered gets pricey standalone release without DLC

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Modern Warfare Remastered gets pricey standalone release without DLC

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will be available as a standalone game on PlayStation 4 from July 4, Activision has announced.

It will be available both on disc and as a digital download at a recommended retail price of NZ$80 / AU$70. In the States it is only US$40 (approximately NZ$55 / AU$53).

Activision said the game will come to other platforms in the future, and Mighty Ape has an estimated release date for the Xbox One version of November 4.

Modern Warfare Remastered comes with the campaign and 16 multiplayer maps, but controversially, Activision also sells four extra maps (Broadcast, Chinatown, Creek and Killhouse in the Variety Map Pack) as DLC for an extra US$15.

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Outcry sees Take-Two reverse stance on recently banned GTA V mod tool

Outcry sees Take-Two reverse stance on recently banned GTA V mod tool

Grand Theft Auto V publisher Take-Two has relaxed its stance on single-player mods for the popular open world title, following an outcry from the game's community.

Cheating is a huge problem in the PC version of GTA Online, and as of late, Take-Two has been going after the creators of cheating tools such as Lexicon, Force Hax, and Menyoo, all of which allow subscribers to spawn infinite piles of cash, teleport other players to arbitrary locations, become invulnerable, and so forth.

However, in its haste to crush these services last week, Take-Two also lawyered up to shut down OpenIV, a popular modding tool that has run for 10 years supporting supported GTA VI, Max Payne 3, and GTA V.

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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).

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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.