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BioWare has a plan for Jade Empire 2, but Dragon Age is its current focus

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BioWare has a plan for Jade Empire 2, but Dragon Age is its current focus

BioWare senior creative director Mike Laidlaw has a plan for Jade Empire 2, but Dragon Age is the studio's current priority.

The developer released action RPG Jade Empire on Xbox to much acclaim in 2005. Versions for Windows, Xbox 360, and OSX followed a couple of years later, and last year the game came to iOS and Android. In 2007, BioWare followed up Jade Empire with a little game called Mass Effect.

This week, speaking on the 1099 podcast (transcribed by VG24/7), Laidlaw said that a game's sales potential isn't the only metric his studio uses to determine what to make next.

“You need passion, you need talent, you need the right people and the right team, and then capacity,” he said.

By those measures, Laidlaw said he would be a fool to say BioWare isn't considering Jade Empire 2.

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Open ANZ qualifier announced for US$100k Extremesland CS:GO event

Open ANZ qualifier announced for US$100k Extremesland CS:GO event

There will be an open Australia and New Zealand qualifier for this year's Extremesland Counter-Strike Asia Cup, ESL Australia and sponsor BenQ Zowie have announced.

Any player from the Oceanic region is eligible to compete over a three week period for their chance to qualify for the tournament's grand final in Shanghai, China from October 19-22.

There, 16 teams from 14 regions will battle for a share of a US$100,000 prize pool.

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Here are your Best of E3 Game Critic Awards winners

Here are your Best of E3 Game Critic Awards winners

The winners of the Best of E3 Game Critic Awards have been announced and as expected, the choices the judges made are bad and they should feel bad.

The judges and Gameplanet only agreed on two of the awards' 17 categories, so someone is obviously wrong (and it's probably the doofuses (doofi?) who gave a multiplatform title "Best PC Game", and a Mario version of XCOM "Best Original Game".)

The judges showered praise on Super Mario Odyssey, awarding it "Best of Show", "Best Console Game", and "Best Action/Adventure Game" (wut).

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Rust refunds total US$4.4m, but dev says refunds boost sales

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Rust refunds total US$4.4m, but dev says refunds boost sales

Having a refund system is beneficial for sales, Facepunch Studios chief Garry Newman reckons.

Newman today tweeted that his hit survival FPS Rust has been refunded on Steam nearly 330,000 times.

That's about six percent of the game's 5.5 million total sales, and equates to US$4.38 million in refunded revenue.

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Kiwi city builder Goblins of Elderstone is available next week

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Kiwi city builder Goblins of Elderstone is available next week

Gamers will soon have tribes of mischievous goblins at their disposal, as Kiwi critter and city management title Goblins of Elderstone launches to the public next week.

Goblins of Elderstone is pitched as a city builder crossed with a goblin tribe simulator. You grow a tiny clan into dominating tribe, battle other races, raid dungeons, and attempt to maintain order within your green-skinned community.

The game's "alpha 2.0" will be available on July 5 for US$20 via itch.io's First Access programme, which is similar to Steam Early Access except it isn't viewed as a proper launch pad the way Early Access is.

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Your bandwidth is safe: only Xbox One X will download 4K assets

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Your bandwidth is safe: only Xbox One X will download 4K assets

Last week there was some measure of shock in the Xbox community when it was discovered that thanks to its 4K assets, the download for upcoming racer Forza Motorsport 7 will weigh in at around 100GB.

However, Microsoft has told Aussie site Stevivor that only the Xbox One X will download the game's 4K assets, so the bandwidth of Xbox One and Xbox One S owners will be somewhat spared.

“With the launch of Xbox One X, when it comes to game content our intention is to download the correct assets to the correct console,” a Microsoft representative told Stevivor.

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Ex-Playdead CEO's next game is a side-scroller not unlike Limbo and Inside

Ex-Playdead CEO's next game is a side-scroller not unlike Limbo and Inside

The former CEO of Playdead is working on another moody side-scroller.

Playdead co-founder Dino Patti's new studio is a UK venture called Jumpship, and it is making a sci-fi action adventure called Somerville, a teaser for which you can watch below.

Patti left Playdead last July after 10 years with the company, over which time it released a pair of lauded titles in Limbo and Inside.

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Rugby League Live 4 to tackle consoles next month

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Rugby League Live 4 to tackle consoles next month

Rugby League Live 4 will release on July 28 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, publisher Tru Blu Entertainment has announced.

Those of you with good memories will recall that the game was announced earlier this year for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, but there was no mention of the latter platform in today's release date announcement.

According to Tru Blu, RLL4 builds on the strong foundation set by prior entries in the franchise. New features include a stadium creator, new face capture technology, and a more in-depth career mode. Controls have been refined as well.

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SNES Classic Edition confirmed, contains previously unseen Star Fox 2

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SNES Classic Edition confirmed, contains previously unseen Star Fox 2

As rumoured, Nintendo is releasing a mini version of its famous SNES console this year.

The Super NES Classic Edition follows on from last year's limited-run NES Classic, and comes with a pair of controllers, an HDMI cable, and 21 pre-installed games.

One such game is Star Fox 2, a title which Nintendo created for the SNES 22 years ago, but never released.