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Sony passed on EA Access because it didn't see the value

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Sony passed on EA Access because it didn't see the value

Sony passed on EA’s recently-announced subscription service because it didn’t offer enough to gamers.

“We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect,” a Sony representative told GamesIndustry.

“PlayStation Plus memberships are up more than 200% since the launch of PlayStation 4, which shows that gamers are looking for memberships that offer a multitude of services, across various devices, for one low price.

“We don’t think asking our fans to pay an additional US$5 a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer.”

EA's Access program costs US$5 per month or US$30 for a full year.

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Bungie details Destiny's six-player raids

Bungie details Destiny's six-player raids

Bungie has finally opened up about Destiny's six-player raid content designed to challenge top level characters.

Speaking with IGN, Bungie's Luke Smith described raids as "one of the pillars of the game". Players will need to group with five other friends and there will be no random matchmaking as communication will be essential, he add.

"The activity is going to take you and your group of five buddies into a place that you’ve never been. A place that you will return to frequently. And demand of you things you’ve never even really been asked to do in a shooter before," said Smith.

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Destiny beta was the largest of a generation

Destiny beta was the largest of a generation

More than 4 million people participated in the Destiny beta, making it the biggest ever for a new intellectual property, Activision has announced.

The beta, which began first on PlayStation consoles on July 18 and finished on all consoles July 28, was played by 4,638,937 unique players.

"This is the biggest beta of this console generation by a wide margin and the largest console beta ever for a new video game IP to date,” said Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg. "Hosting a beta at this scale is an incredible feat, so we’re thrilled to see the phenomenal response."

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Watch Dogs DLC will feature a new city

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Watch Dogs DLC will feature a new city

Ubisoft has announced that a new downloadable content pack for Watch Dogs will come this spring and feature a new city.

A tweet from the official Watch Dogs Twitter account mentioned that Camden, New Jersey, was now under surveillance.

Ubisoft confirmed the release window in a follow-up tweet.

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Crytek sells Homefront to Koch, closes UK studio

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Crytek sells Homefront to Koch, closes UK studio

Crytek has closed its United Kingdom studio and sold the Homefront IP to Deep Silver parent company Koch Media.

Crytek UK was once TimeSplitters creator Free Radical Design, a studio Crytek acquired out of administration in February 2009. It worked on the multiplayer portions of Crysis 2 and Crysis 3 before contributing to Xbox One launch title Ryse: Son of Rome.

Since 2011, it had also been working on a Homefront sequel for publisher THQ. After THQ folded in 2012, Crytek purchased the Homefront IP so Crytek UK could continue developing the game on CryEngine. Deep Silver then got on board as publisher.

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Is Comet the codename for Assassin's Creed Rogue?

Is Comet the codename for Assassin's Creed Rogue?

A Swiss online retailer briefly posted a listing for a game called "Assassin's Creed Rogue" for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The listing has lead to speculation that Rogue the final title for the game previously referred to by the codename "Assassin's Creed Comet".

The listing has since been taken down, but not before users managed to get the screengrab above.

In an investor call earlier this month, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot confirmed that this year's Assassin's Creed for last-gen consoles would be announced "soon".

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Dota 2 internationals attract 20 million viewers

Dota 2 internationals attract 20 million viewers

More than 20 million viewers from around the world tuned in to watch Valve's 2014 International Dota 2 Championship, the publisher has announced.

The 2014 event doubled its viewership over 2013, and concurrent viewers peaked at over 2 million, reports GamesIndustry.biz.

The event was aired on ESPN3, and Valve's Gabe Newell also appeared on ESPN2 to promote the Championship.

Opinion

Opinion: EA's new subscription model lacks definition

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Opinion: EA's new subscription model lacks definition

This morning, Electronic Arts unveiled EA Access, a program that will give gamers access to a selection of EA titles for a recurring monthly fee.

EA Access goes into beta on Xbox One today, and will come first to Microsoft's new console. The service will cost local gamers AU$6.99 a month, or AU$39.99 a year (New Zealand prices TBC). At launch, four full games will be available to subscribers: Peggle 2, Madden 25, FIFA 14, and Battlefield 4.

In addition, subscribers will be offered 10 percent discounts on upcoming releases, and the ability to trial game demos up to five days before they're released.

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New-gen Shadow Warrior will contain an arena mode and new campaign content

New-gen Shadow Warrior will contain an arena mode and new campaign content

Shadow Warrior is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 26, distributor Bandai Namco has announced.

The new-gen version of will feature extra content in the form of a new wave-based arena mode, as well as new campaign content featuring the head of the nefarious Zilla corporation.

It will also boast some extra weapons including the sledgehammer from Serious Sam 3, the katana from Hotline Miami, the 'Zilla Enterprises Z45 katana, and the classic Shadow Warrior katana.

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The Last of Us live reading reveals epilogue that was removed from game

The Last of Us live reading reveals epilogue that was removed from game

An epilogue cut from The Last of Us was performed at yesterday’s live reading of the acclaimed game.

The Last of Us director Neil Druckmann said the scene is a goodbye to Joel and Ellie, and asked those in attendance to not record it as he didn’t want it released in any form.

According to posts on NeoGAF, the scene was set four years after the end of the game and took place at Tommy’s dam. Ellie is listening to music alone when Joel enters and chats with her about Tommy’s plan to get him to marry a woman named Esther. Ellie acts somewhat distant.

Thursday 31 July


The Last of Us Remastered launch trailer
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The Last of Us Remastered launch trailer
Out now.
Bungie details Destiny's six-player raids
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Bungie details Destiny's six-player raids
For groups of friends only.
The Sims 4 - New Emotions trailer
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The Sims 4 - New Emotions trailer
Emotions where there were none before.
Destiny beta was the largest of a generation
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Destiny beta was the largest of a generation
More than 4 million players.
Watch Dogs DLC will feature a new city
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Watch Dogs DLC will feature a new city
In New Jersey.
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Crytek sells Homefront to Koch, closes UK studio
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Crytek sells Homefront to Koch, closes UK studio
Few remain at Crytek USA.
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Is Comet the codename for Assassin's Creed Rogue?
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Is Comet the codename for Assassin's Creed Rogue?
Swiss retailer lists product.

Wednesday 30 July


Win The Last of Us Remastered on PS4
Competition
Win The Last of Us Remastered on PS4
Four copies to give away!
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Dota 2 internationals attract 20 million viewers
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Dota 2 internationals attract 20 million viewers
Seems eSports is here to stay.
Opinion: EA's new subscription model lacks definition
Opinion
Opinion: EA's new subscription model lacks definition
Access to limited information.
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Dragon Age: Inquisition – Combat trailer
Trailer
Dragon Age: Inquisition – Combat trailer
Real-time and tactical combat presented.
Pure Pool – PS4 launch trailer
Trailer
Pure Pool – PS4 launch trailer
Rack 'em.
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EA announces game subscription service for Xbox One
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EA announces game subscription service for Xbox One
Pay a monthly fee for Vault access.
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Tuesday 29 July


Bungie addresses concerns over the size of Destiny
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Bungie addresses concerns over the size of Destiny
Beta was just "water wings".
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Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty review
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Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty review
Ready and Abe-l.
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Win a WildStar seven day trial
Competition
Win a WildStar seven day trial
200 keys need to be claimed!
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Assassin's Creed Unity will be three times as large as Black Flag
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Assassin's Creed Unity will be three times as large as Black Flag
With a main campaign of around 20 hours.
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The Last of Us Remastered – Photo Mode trailer
Trailer
The Last of Us Remastered – Photo Mode trailer
Can't wait for the #nofilter tags.
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Crytek addresses reports of financial difficulty
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Crytek addresses reports of financial difficulty
Transitional phase to blame.
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The team at Gameplanet plays on Alienware.