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[Updated] Pitchford denies Battleborn free to play rumour

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[Updated] Pitchford denies Battleborn free to play rumour

Gearbox's hero shooter Battleborn will go free-to-play before the end of the year, according to a source at Kotaku.

The anonymous source said that an announcement had been delayed several times, but is currently likely to hit by mid-November.

They went on to say that Gearbox had sought a free-to-play release from the beginning, and that the decision to release the game as a full-priced offering came from publisher 2K.

A free-to-play move was predicted by analyst group Superdata earlier this year; Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick also hinted at such a move in the 2K parent company's earnings call last month.

Admitting that "its performance in the market has been below our expectations," Zelnick said that "there remains an opportunity to grow the audience for this unique experience over time."

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Xbox execs expected to sell 200 million Xbox Ones

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Xbox execs expected to sell 200 million Xbox Ones

Microsoft had big hopes for the Xbox One initially, according to head of Xbox Phil Spencer.

In an interview with Stevivor, Spencer discussed the short comings of the console, which suffered an infamously rocky start out of the gate.

A per Stevivor:

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NZ Fighting Game Nationals kick off tonight at 7pm

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NZ Fighting Game Nationals kick off tonight at 7pm

The event billed as "New Zealand's Fighting Game Nationals" kicks off tonight in Auckland.

Southern X Up 2016 is the largest tournament organised by Kiwi fighting game community Standing Fierce, and it attracts the top talent from around New Zealand.

Held at the Copthorne Hotel in central Auckland, Southern X Up 2016 runs tonight from 7pm–11pm, from 9am–11pm tomorrow, and from 10am–10pm on Sunday. Spectators can attend for free.

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Ubisoft survives shareholder meeting, but Vivendi looms

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Ubisoft survives shareholder meeting, but Vivendi looms

Ubisoft managed to stave off a takeover from media conglomerate Vivendi at its annual shareholder meeting today, but it's not out of the woods yet.

The company re-elected CEO Yves Guillemot and Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Gerard Guillemot to its board of directors, while electing two new independent members.

Vivendi had previously stated its intent to elect its own representatives to the Ubisoft board, thus increasing its control over the company, but did not move forward with such a plan during the meeting.

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An epic battle is raging on Minecraft's "worst server"

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An epic battle is raging on Minecraft's "worst server"

A fierce war has been raging online in one of Minecraft's oldest, and "worst" servers.

As reported by Kotaku, the Minecraft server '2b2t' (2 builders 2 tools) and its denizens have been fighting back a flood of new players directed to the server after a stream from YouTuber 'The Camping Rusher'.

2b2t is a server that exists with no moderators, and an administrator that is notably "hands-off". The result is a world of creations where "anything goes", such as a village called Hitlerville which, unsurprisingly, features a number of swastikas and monuments to Adolf Hitler.

The resulting disruptions caused by the influx of traffic directed by The Camping Rusher (TCR) quickly created tensions between newcomers and the server's veterans. TCR boasts a subscriber base just shy of 1 million, and even a fraction of that would cause havoc to any server.

Veterans banded together to fight back the waves of "noobs", with chat becoming a mess of what Kotaku calls "4chan-style edgelordiness, trolling, shit-talking, and general chatter". Newcomers, in turn took to destroying buildings within the server – some of which had stood for years.

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Portal movie announcement may come "fairly soon"

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Portal movie announcement may come "fairly soon"

The long-gestating movie adaptation of Portal is still in active development, says filmmaker JJ Abrams.

Speaking to IGN at the premiere of his new Westworld TV series, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens director said he hopes "that there will be a Portal announcement fairly soon."

"We have a meeting coming up next week with Valve, we're very active," he added.

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Nidhogg 2 announced with bug-eyed new art style

Nidhogg 2 announced with bug-eyed new art style

Indie developer Messhof today announced a sequel to its popular indie duelling game Nidhogg.

Nidhogg 2 will feature over ten entirely new levels, with new weapons including knives and bows.

Eschewing the hyper-simplified graphics of the first game, Nidhogg 2 features a surreal, cartoony, 16-bit art style by newcomer Toby Dixon, with characters taking on a more comical look.

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Battlefield 1's solo campaign follows multiple characters

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Battlefield 1's solo campaign follows multiple characters

Battlefield 1's single-player campaign will eschew the continuous story of previous titles, in favour of an anthology-style narrative following multiple characters.

The decision came in order to embrace the "different perspectives and characters in World War I," according to a blog post by developer DICE.

"We felt that to have one character hopping through those different settings wouldn't be as immersive or totally respectful to the setting," the developer wrote.

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British advertising authority investigating No Man's Sky

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British advertising authority investigating No Man's Sky

England's Advertising Standards Authority has launched an investigation into No Man's Sky for misleading advertising.

The investigation centres on No Man's Sky's marketing material - specifically, the assets and descriptions on its Steam store page.

It appears to have been instigated thanks to a formal complaint from Reddit user AzzerUK, who claimed to "feel personally misled" by the game's pre-release marketing, saying "the marketing of the game was very different to the end game."

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Wasteland 3 announced with series-first multiplayer

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Wasteland 3 announced with series-first multiplayer

Developer inXile today announced Wasteland 3, the latest in its post-apocalyptic RPG series.

The sequel will bring vehicles, new environmental dangers, and a new, "more fluid" action system to the game's turn- and party-based role playing.

It will also feature both synchronous and asynchronous multiplayer - a first for the series.

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Battlefield 2142 lives again thanks to fan revival

Battlefield 2142 lives again thanks to fan revival

Even though Battlefield 2142 went the way of the dinosaur in 2014 when EA shut down its GameSpy servers, the title has been given a new lease on life thanks to a fan revival.

The project, aptly named Battlefield 2142 Revive Project went live with servers on September 23, and has seen its concurrent player count top 1000 players.

At the time of writing, more than 8700 players had logged in today, with the project's homebrew servers hosting up to 64 players at a time.

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Cyberpunk 2077 could feature giant cities, "seamless multiplayer"

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Cyberpunk 2077 could feature giant cities, "seamless multiplayer"

The Witcher developer CD Projekt RED has applied for grants to aid development on Cyberpunk 2077 - and its applications reveal ambitious plans for the sci-fi RPG.

The studio's grant applications to Poland's GameINN programme centre on City Creation, Animation Excellence, Cinematic Feel, and Seamless Multiplayer.

Though "Animation Excellence" and "Cinematic Feel" refer to production value in general, "City Creation" and "Seamless Multiplayer" suggest major new features are on the horizon for the developer.

Translated, the City Creation grant application seeks funding for "a complex technology for creating a huge living city, playable in real time, which is based on rules, AI, and automation, and supports innovative processes and tools for making top-notch open-world games."

Likewise, the Seamless Multiplayer grant would fund "a complex technology for making unique multiplayer gameplay mechanics, including the ability to search for opponents, manage game session, replicate objects, and support for different game modes along with a unique set of dedicated tools."

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Xbox execs expected to sell 200 million Xbox Ones
Xbox execs expected to sell 200 million Xbox Ones
NEWS Grand plans.
5
NZ Fighting Game Nationals kick off tonight at 7pm
NZ Fighting Game Nationals kick off tonight at 7pm
NEWS Watch live or on Twitch.
1
Ubisoft survives shareholder meeting, but Vivendi looms
Ubisoft survives shareholder meeting, but Vivendi looms
NEWS "We won't relax until they sell their shares."
3
[Updated] Pitchford denies Battleborn free to play rumour
[Updated] Pitchford denies Battleborn free to play rumour
NEWS For anyone who's Battlebroke.
PC, XO, PS4
2
Portal movie announcement may come "fairly soon"
Portal movie announcement may come "fairly soon"
NEWS What are you hiding, JJ Abrams?
3
Nidhogg 2 announced with bug-eyed new art style
Nidhogg 2 announced with bug-eyed new art style
NEWS Go!
An epic battle is raging on Minecraft's "worst server"
An epic battle is raging on Minecraft's "worst server"
NEWS From bad to worse to weird.
8
Battlefield 1's solo campaign follows multiple characters
Battlefield 1's solo campaign follows multiple characters
NEWS It's all about people.
PC, XO, PS4
1
Cyberpunk 2077 could feature giant cities, "seamless multiplayer"
Cyberpunk 2077 could feature giant cities, "seamless multiplayer"
NEWS Just a tiny wee indie.
28
Wasteland 3 announced with series-first multiplayer
Wasteland 3 announced with series-first multiplayer
NEWS A less lonely apocalypse.
17
British advertising authority investigating No Man's Sky
British advertising authority investigating No Man's Sky
NEWS Screenshots and videos under question.
PC, PS4
2
Battlefield 2142 lives again thanks to fan revival
Battlefield 2142 lives again thanks to fan revival
NEWS No word from EA... yet.
NZGC leaders face off against 2015 champions tonight
NZGC leaders face off against 2015 champions tonight
NEWS Sudden-death matches this weekend.
Former Sony exec: PS Vita was "just too late"
Former Sony exec: PS Vita was "just too late"
NEWS But not too little.
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Rumour: Destiny 2 coming to PC with all-new content
Rumour: Destiny 2 coming to PC with all-new content
NEWS Big ol' overhaul.
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Team Liquid sold to consortium of sporting executives
Team Liquid sold to consortium of sporting executives
NEWS Big money flows on in.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 possibly teased with new art
Beyond Good & Evil 2 possibly teased with new art
NEWS Michel Ancel, you sly piggy.
Nintendo 64 emulator appears for Xbox One, somehow
Nintendo 64 emulator appears for Xbox One, somehow
NEWS Get it while it's hot.
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League of Legends comes to console - in China only
League of Legends comes to console - in China only
NEWS Tencent's TGP Box doesn't cost ten cents.
PC
Action
Firewatch to be adapted into feature film
Firewatch to be adapted into feature film
NEWS Part of an ongoing production deal.
PC, XO, PS4, Mac
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Philadelphia 76ers forming "dominant" e-sports franchise
Philadelphia 76ers forming "dominant" e-sports franchise
NEWS Buying into the game.
Inevitable Overwatch porn parody is a 1v1 "grudge match"
Inevitable Overwatch porn parody is a 1v1 "grudge match"
NEWS Who gets Play of the Game?
PC, XO, PS4, Mac
Action: First-Person
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Destiny children's book is an illustrated Grimoire alternative
Destiny children's book is an illustrated Grimoire alternative
NEWS That clears things up.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
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Sunless Sea sequel sails to Sunless Skies
Sunless Sea sequel sails to Sunless Skies
NEWS Failbetter reveals its next game.
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Luckey responds to "shitposting" scandal as devs pull Oculus support
Luckey responds to "shitposting" scandal as devs pull Oculus support
NEWS Somebody's lying.
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Twitchcon to host charity decathlon of video games, cooking, speed art, and more
Twitchcon to host charity decathlon of video games, cooking, speed art, and more
NEWS Game on.
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Oculus Rift's Palmer Luckey is funding a pro-Trump "shitposting" organisation
Oculus Rift's Palmer Luckey is funding a pro-Trump "shitposting" organisation
NEWS This is not a simulation.
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AOC sponsors prolific e-sports organisation Team Liquid
AOC sponsors prolific e-sports organisation Team Liquid
SPONSORED POST Putting the "L" in "LCD."
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Riot to expand revenue streams for LoL pro players and teams
Riot to expand revenue streams for LoL pro players and teams
NEWS Mo' money, MO'BA.
PC
Action
5
Kingdoms of Amalur studio to repay US$2.5 million
Kingdoms of Amalur studio to repay US$2.5 million
NEWS Of a US$75 million debt.
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