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Gearbox lost millions developing Aliens: Colonial Marines

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Gearbox lost millions developing Aliens: Colonial Marines

Documents filed by Gearbox in its defense against a class-action lawsuit over Aliens: Colonial Marines reveal that the publisher lost millions developing the game.

The lawsuit claims Gearbox falsely advertised Aliens: Colonial Marines by showing demos at trade and consumer events that did not accurately represent the final product.

"During the development process, Gearbox supplemented Sega’s development budget with its own money to help Sega finish its game; Gearbox’s contribution to A:CM totaled millions, none of which was ever repaid," the developer has said in documents published by Game Informer.

"Gearbox never received money from Sega’s A:CM purchasers, nor has Gearbox received a single royalty from any such sales by Sega."

Over the course of the game's development, Sega made its contractual milestone payments to Gearbox. Sega was not obliged to make additional payments and royalties as Aliens: Colonial Marines failed to meet its contractual sales targets in the wake of overwhelmingly negative reviews.

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PS Now streaming service beta opens in US and Canada

PS Now streaming service beta opens in US and Canada

Sony’s game streaming service, PlayStation Now, is in open beta on PlayStation 4 in the US and Canada.

The service allows users to access a library of PlayStation 3 games on Sony’s servers and stream them to the PlayStation 4. PSone and PlayStation 2 games are expected to be included as well, but Sony doesn’t have a timeline for that.

"We are currently considering measures to offer original PlayStation, PS2 and PS4 titles in the future, but at this time, only PS3 titles are being offered,” wrote PlayStation Now senior director Jack Buser on PlayStation Blog.

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EA releases a second teaser for BioWare's new game

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EA releases a second teaser for BioWare's new game

EA has released a second teaser trailer for BioWare's new project, whatever it is.

The second trailer is called Spark, and it confirms that the game will be revealed at Gamescom on August 13.

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Path of Exile expansion adds quests, crafting options, hideouts, and more

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Path of Exile expansion adds quests, crafting options, hideouts, and more

A new expansion is coming to Path of Exile, Grind Gear Games announced today.

Forsaken Masters will arrive August 20 as a free update, and introduces new content based on the plight of the Forsaken Masters of Wraeclast.

The Forsaken are seven men and women, masters of their trade, who were exiled by Dominus, a powerful entity of corruption and tyranny. Each will offer players unique quests, training, mission variations, item crafting and modification options, secret and customisable towns known as Hideouts, Hideout decorations, and more.

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Beyond Good & Evil 2 swings into full development

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Beyond Good & Evil 2 swings into full development

Ubisoft has finally confirmed that the much-loved 2003 classic Beyond Good & Evil will get a sequel, but not before the game's creator threatened to leave the company.

In a statement addressing the nature of Ubisoft Montpellier's current projects, the publisher said, "In many ways, BG&E is an inimitable game – it appeals to all generations of gamers and is an inspiration behind many of Ubisoft Montpellier’s past and future games."

"It’s still far too early to give many details about this new title, but what we can say is that while Michel and the team at Ubisoft Montpellier are working with the core tenets of BG&E, they’re developing something that aspires to push past the boundaries of a proverbial sequel and leverages next-gen technologies to deliver a truly surprising, innovative and exceptional game."

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PlayStation outselling Xbox 3:1

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PlayStation outselling Xbox 3 to 1

Sony is selling three PlayStation consoles for every one Xbox console Microsoft is selling.

New figures published by GamesIndustry.biz show that Sony sold 3.5 million PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles in the first quarter of the financial year, ending June 30.

By comparison, Microsoft shipped 1.1 million Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles over the same period.

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Fez, Crysis 3, Metrico headline August PS+ offering

Fez, Crysis 3, Metrico headline August PS+ offering

The headlining games on PlayStation Plus are Fez, Crysis 3, and Metrico, Sony has announced.

Fez is coming to PlayStation 4, along with Spry Fox's roguelike puzzler Road Not Taken. Crysis 3 is a PlayStation 3 title of course, and will be joined by experimental exploration adventure Proteus. Vita owners get Metrico and Lego Harry Potter 5-7 Years.

All games will be available to download from August 7.

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Bungie details Destiny's six-player raids

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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

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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.

Friday 1 August


Gearbox lost millions developing Aliens: Colonial Marines
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Gearbox lost millions developing Aliens: Colonial Marines
Developer prepares its defense in lawsuit.
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PS Now streaming service beta opens in US and Canada
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PS Now streaming service beta opens in US and Canada
Local launch unlikely.
Call of Duty: Ghosts - Nemesis DLC trailer
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Call of Duty: Ghosts - Nemesis DLC trailer
Four MP maps, Extinction concludes.
EA releases a second teaser for BioWare's new game
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EA releases a second teaser for BioWare's new game
Gamescom reveal teased.
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You've Been Chosen - Spark teaser trailer
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You've Been Chosen - Spark teaser trailer
More hints on BioWare's next.
F1 2014 announcement trailer
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F1 2014 announcement trailer
Start your hype engines.
PlayStation outselling Xbox 3 to 1
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PlayStation outselling Xbox 3:1
Game sales also strong.
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Fez, Crysis 3, Metrico headline August PS+ offering
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Fez, Crysis 3, Metrico headline August PS+ offering
New Spry Fox title in there too.
Guild Wars 2 – The Dragon's Reach Part 1 trailer
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Guild Wars 2 – The Dragon's Reach Part 1 trailer
A dire threat to Tyria.
Trials Fusion – Riders of the Rustlands DLC trailer
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Trials Fusion – Riders of the Rustlands DLC trailer
More tracks, editor objects.
IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad trailer #2
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IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad trailer #2
Rule the skies.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – The Wraith trailer
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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – The Wraith trailer
Introducing Celebrimbor.
Elite: Dangerous beta trailer
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Elite: Dangerous beta trailer
Get in, for a fee.
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Far Cry 4 – Nepal BTS Part Two trailer
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Far Cry 4 – Nepal BTS Part Two trailer
VICE and Ubi in Nepal.

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.
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The Sims 4 - New Emotions trailer
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The Sims 4 - New Emotions trailer
Emotions where there were none before.
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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.
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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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