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Final Fantasy VII remake will see "dramatic changes"

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Final Fantasy VII remake will see "dramatic changes"

Square Enix's Final Fantasy VII remake will change the classic's gameplay, says project director Tetsuya Nomura.

Nomura has stated in many interviews that the original's nearly 20-year-old combat has to change to fit today's gaming landscape.

“We can’t have these upgraded, beautiful 3D models of Cloud and Barrett, still lining up in a row, jumping forward to attack an enemy, then jumping back to wait for their next turn,” Nomura told Engadget last month.

More recently, though, Nomura has attempted to calm fans, saying the remake will still be "recognisable."

“We are bringing dramatic changes to the Final Fantasy 7 remake,” Nomura told Official PlayStation Magazine UK, "That being said we want to clarify: we’re not going to be changing it into a shooter or something like that."

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Epic Games CEO super-confident in augmented reality

Epic Games CEO super-confident in augmented reality

Augmented reality will be "the biggest technological revolution that happens in our lifetimes," says Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney.

In a speech at the ChinaJoy trade show, Sweeney expressed aggressive optimism about the technology, suggesting that it could well eliminate the need for dedicated "screens" entirely.

"Once you have an augmented reality display, you don’t need any other form of display. Your smart phone does not need a screen. You don’t need a tablet. You don’t need a TV. You just take the screen with you on your glasses wherever you go,” enthused Sweeney.

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Sony will allow players to vote on PS Plus free games

Sony will allow players to vote on PS Plus free games

PlayStation Plus subscribers will soon be able to vote on titles for the network's monthly free games feature.

Sony's attempt at a Steam Sale-like voting system, Vote To Play, will see the highest vote-getter automatically included in that month's monthly games lineup.

Runners-up will also be made available to PS+ members at special discounts.

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PT remade in Unity; still scary as all hell

PT remade in Unity; still scary as all hell

Konami's now-infamous PT may be gone; Silent Hills may be dead in the water; but the hallway that haunted many a nightmare has been rebuilt in Unity.

Calgary-based Farhan Qureshi crafted his remake, entitled PuniTy, as an exercise for a 3D modelling course he was planning to teach.

After taking dozens of reference screenshots, Qureshi used a combination of prefab assets, handmade models, and a couple resources from PT itself to replicate the game's environment with remarkable precision.

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Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor scores a publisher

Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor scores a publisher

Playtonic Games have engaged a publisher for their record-breaking crowdfunded 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee.

Indie publisher Team17 (of Worms and Alien Breed) will publish the game and assist with localisation, QA testing, and other post-production work.

That leaves Playtonic, a studio made up of former Rare developers, free to do the creative work on Yooka-Laylee, designed as a spiritual successor to classic platformers like Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country.

Playtonic's Kickstarter smashed records earlier this year when it became fully funded in under forty minutes, ultimately raising nearly twelve times its initial goal.

Yooka-Laylee is aiming for a simultaneous October 2016 release on PC and new-gen consoles (even the Wii U).

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Summer Games Done Quick raises US$1.2m for charity

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Summer Games Done Quick raises US$1.2m for charity

Summer Games Done Quick wrapped up over the weekend, having reached a fundraising total of over US$1.2 million for charity of choice Doctors Without Borders.

The annual, week-long event featured 160 speedruns (viewable here) of games ranging from Chrono Trigger to Tony Hawk to Borderlands, often with absurd added challenges.

22,000 donors gave an average of US$43.29, which seems remarkably high until one particular donor's US$21,498 contribution is taken into account.

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Infection mode may return to the Master Chief Collection

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Infection mode may return to the Master Chief Collection

The popular Infection multiplayer mode may make a return to Halo via a Halo: The Master Chief Collection update, according to a 343 Industries update.

"The playlist team continues to work on future updates," says the Halo Waypoint post, "and its quite likely that we'll be talking more about things like Infection in the coming weeks."

Infection casts one player as the "Infected," armed with melee weapons only and tasked with converting the "survivor" players into infected themselves.

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League of Legends character killed off, possibly for good

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League of Legends character killed off, possibly for good

A playable character in the ridiculously popular MOBA League of Legends has been killed off, ostensibly for good.

The current Bilgewater story event has seen Gangplank, the piratical Saltwater Scourge, killed by nemesis Miss Fortune and removed from the play roster.

Controversially, Gangplank is a paid character, meaning that if this twist is permanent, players will have lost their unlock money, plus whatever they spent on cosmetic items.

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Angry Birds 2 released; is full of microtransactions

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Angry Birds 2 released; is full of microtransactions

Angry Birds 2, nominally the first official sequel to the original mobile titan, has launched on mobile app stores.

Actually the thirteenth title in the series, Angry Birds 2 hews close to its predecessors' bird-launching, pig-annihilating gameplay, with a few tweaks.

Players can now choose which birds they fire at their enemies; levels have multiple stages, bosses, and improved animations; and various new spells and abilities are scattered throughout.

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New Battlefield title confirmed for 2016

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New Battlefield title confirmed for 2016

A new Battlefield game will be released in 2016, EA revealed at its first quarter earnings call today.

CFO Blake Jorgenson explained the company's plans: "What we have said is that our intention over the next couple of years is to have a first-person shooter as one of the core titles. This year, obviously, it's Star Wars Battlefront. Next year, it's another Battlefield title."

Jorgenson did not say whether the release would be a numbered instalment or a return to a subfranchise like Bad Company.

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Wasteland 2: Director's Cut to irradiate consoles this October

Wasteland 2: Director's Cut to irradiate consoles this October

A Director's Cut of Wasteland 2 will hit consoles and PC this October.

The updated version of the game features improved graphics, new perks, redesigned combat encounters, a new UI, and additional voice acting.

More importantly, it will run on PS4 and Xbox One with full controller support.

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Bungie bans Destiny PvP lag-switch cheaters

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Bungie bans Destiny PvP lag-switch cheaters

Bungie has banned a swathe of Destiny players for manipulating network traffic in order to cheat in PvP.

In the developer's weekly update, it said, "Yesterday and today, our Security Response Team has restricted access to the Crucible by the worst offenders among us all."

"We started with a look at the most notorious cheaters that had been reported by other players. After a cross-reference against our own player-data, we gave the Banhammer a mighty swing. Contained in its blast radius were hundreds of people who have manipulated network traffic."

The so-called "lag switch" cheat involves unscrupulous players disrupting their outgoing network traffic, enabling them to move around maps and perform actions and attacks while other players appear still.

Lag-switchers appear to other players to teleport around the map scoring easy kills with impunity.

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Epic Games CEO super-confident in augmented reality
Epic Games CEO super-confident in augmented reality
NEWS VR headsets are "version 1.0".
Final Fantasy VII remake will see "dramatic changes"
Final Fantasy VII remake will see "dramatic changes"
NEWS But not too dramatic.
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Sony will allow players to vote on PS Plus free games
Sony will allow players to vote on PS Plus free games
NEWS Democracy in action.
PT remade in Unity; still scary as all hell
PT remade in Unity; still scary as all hell
NEWS Dare you enter this hallway again?
Summer Games Done Quick raises US$1.2m for charity
Summer Games Done Quick raises US$1.2m for charity
NEWS Speedrunning Without Borders.
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Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor scores a publisher
Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor scores a publisher
NEWS Team17 to release Yooka-Laylee.
Infection mode may return to the Master Chief Collection
Infection mode may return to the Master Chief Collection
NEWS Turning friends against each other once more.
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Don't miss the Heroes of the Storm ANZ Finals this weekend
Don't miss the Heroes of the Storm ANZ Finals this weekend
SNIPPET Live on Twitch.
PC
League of Legends character killed off, possibly for good
League of Legends character killed off, possibly for good
NEWS But probably not.
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Bungie bans Destiny PvP lag-switch cheaters
Bungie bans Destiny PvP lag-switch cheaters
NEWS Bringing down the hammer.
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New Battlefield title confirmed for 2016
New Battlefield title confirmed for 2016
NEWS First-person shooters 'til the end of time.
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Angry Birds 2 released; is full of microtransactions
Angry Birds 2 released; is full of microtransactions
NEWS Sign o' the times.
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Wasteland 2: Director's Cut to irradiate consoles this October
Wasteland 2: Director's Cut to irradiate consoles this October
NEWS And PC, too.
PC, Mac
Sony profits as PS4 sells faster than any other console
Sony profits as PS4 sells faster than any other console
NEWS Even the PS2.
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Windows 10 Solitaire demands $10 a year to remove ads
Windows 10 Solitaire demands $10 a year to remove ads
NEWS Still no multiplayer.
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Rocket League is getting new cars, spectator mode, more
Rocket League is getting new cars, spectator mode, more
NEWS Base game still free on PS+.
PC, PS4
Star Wars Battlefront's Blast mode creates 10v10 firefights
Star Wars Battlefront's Blast mode creates 10v10 firefights
NEWS A fancy name for Team Deathmatch.
PC, XO, PS4
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ZombiU is coming to new-gen and PC
ZombiU is coming to new-gen and PC
NEWS Three years after its Wii U debut.
PC, XO, PS4, WiiU
Action
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World of Tanks launches on XO with cross-console play
World of Tanks launches on XO with cross-console play
NEWS Roll out.
360, XO
Strategy
The next World of Warcraft expansion to be revealed next week
The next World of Warcraft expansion to be revealed next week
SNIPPET Live stream available.
PC
RPG: MMO
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In The Witcher RPG, pen and paper is mightier than the digital sword
In The Witcher RPG, pen and paper is mightier than the digital sword
NEWS Tabletop goodness.
Toy Soldiers: War Chest has a release date
Toy Soldiers: War Chest has a release date
NEWS Weirdest mash-up ever.
Square knew Tomb Raider Xbox exclusivity would "disappoint fans"
Square knew Tomb Raider Xbox exclusivity would "disappoint fans"
NEWS Sad faces.
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August Xbox Games With Gold: MGS V, double the Metro, and more
SNIPPET
Nintendo: Wii U has sold 10 million units
Nintendo: Wii U has sold 10 million units
NEWS Q1 report reveals figures galore.
WiiU
Five Nights At Freddy's movie now has a director
Five Nights At Freddy's movie now has a director
NEWS Freaky animatronics a-go-go.
Pip-Boy manufacturer literally cannot make any more
Pip-Boy manufacturer literally cannot make any more
NEWS But you can 3D-print your own.
PC, XO, PS4
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Windows 10 now available as a free upgrade
Windows 10 now available as a free upgrade
NEWS Rolling out and transforming your PC.
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Titanfall going free-to-play in Asian territories
Titanfall going free-to-play in Asian territories
NEWS Aimed at internet cafes.
PC, 360, XO
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Shadowrun studio to reboot BattleTech via Kickstarter
Shadowrun studio to reboot BattleTech via Kickstarter
NEWS Attention MechWarriors!
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