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Battlefield 5: WWII, deep customisation, no premium pass

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Battlefield 5: WWII, deep customisation, no premium pass

As was rumoured in March, Battlefield V will return the series to its WWII roots.

The game, which developer DICE officially unveiled this morning, will launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on October 11 (EA Access), October 16 (Deluxe Edition early enlister access), and October 19 (Standard Edition).

DICE is promising “a never-before-seen portrayal of World War 2” that features customisable soldiers, weapons, and vehicles in “the most intense, immersive Battlefield yet”.

The game aims to explore battles that were pivotal, though sometimes forgotten, in the early days of the war.

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Caffeinated slide-shooter Sunset Overdrive all but confirmed for PC

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Caffeinated slide-shooter Sunset Overdrive all but confirmed for PC

It looks like colourful Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive is coming to PC.

A rating for “Sunset Overdrive PC” just popped up on the Korean Game Ratings Board website, which has an extremely reliable track record with this sort of thing.

Expect to hear more at E3.

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Next PlayStation is at least three years away, Sony says

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Next PlayStation is at least three years away, Sony says

The next PlayStation console isn’t close to release, according to PlayStation CEO John Kodera.

This news comes hot on the heels of a Sony investor call in which the company said the PlayStation 4 is entering the "final phase" of its life cycle.

As Polygon reports, PlayStation CEO John Kodera told press after the call that the next PlayStation is a while away yet.

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Kiwi smash brawler Grabity hits Steam next week

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Kiwi smash brawler Grabity hits Steam next week

Award winning Kiwi smash brawler, Grabity, will be drawn into the orbit of Steam on May 31, Team Ninja Thumbs has announced.

According to the Auckland studio, Grabity has players dance the tango of death in a fast-paced, physics-based arena starring combat robots with lethal gravity guns and curiously interchangeable heads.

Translation: it’s a fast-paced, physics-based arena brawler wherein two-to-four players duke it out locally or online using gravity guns to turn nearby objects into lethal projectiles or makeshift shields in intense tactical throw-downs.

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Labour: We're committed to growing NZ games sector

Labour: We're committed to growing NZ games sector

The Government is committed to growing the international profile of New Zealand’s game development sector, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Clare Curran says.

Curran has just commissioned a new study that will map and explore future opportunities for New Zealand’s game development sector.

The research, led by the New Zealand Technology Industry Association, will also analyse how the gaming sector can contribute to the country’s economic, educational and social prosperity.

It will cover game development and consumer augmented and virtual reality apps.

“The interactive media industry is an exciting and emerging part of New Zealand’s creative tech sector. Our game development sector in particular is growing at a very encouraging pace,” Clare Curran said.

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We Happy Few banned in Australia

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We Happy Few banned in Australia

Long-awaited dystopian survival title We Happy Few has been refused classification in Australia, which means the game cannot be legally sold in the country.

In New Zealand, the game received an R13 rating for "violence, drug use & offensive language".

As per the Classification Board’s website, We Happy Few been rejected under the Games 1(a) clause, which is reserved for a games that "depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified”.

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Sydney Drop Bears triumph in first Overwatch Contenders

Sydney Drop Bears triumph in first Overwatch Contenders

Sydney Drop Bears have won the inaugural Overwatch Contenders Australia title, sweeping Masterminds GC 4-0 in the grand final.

You can see the grand final action over on Twitch.

Overwatch Contenders is the official path-to-pro for Overwatch in Australia and New Zealand. Competitors vie for bragging rights, the opportunity to be noticed by Overwatch League teams around the globe, and a share in more than US$150,000 of prize money worldwide.

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Epic pledges $100 million to Fortnite's first esports season

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Epic pledges $100 million to Fortnite's first esports season

Epic Games is providing a US$100 million prize pool for Fortnite’s first esports season.

Yes, 100 million.

“We’re getting behind competitive play in a big way, but our approach will be different – we plan to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game,” said Epic.

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You can stream Resident Evil 7 to a Switch in Japan

You can stream Resident Evil 7 to a Switch in Japan

Resident Evil 7 is coming to Switch this week in Japan.

However, as Resident Evil 7 Cloud Version’s name suggests, the game can only be played by streaming it to a Switch – the install file is only 45MB – therefore, it can’t be played offline.

A second catch: your first 15 minutes are free, but then it’s 2000 yen (about NZ$26 / AU$24) for 180 days of play.

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Rumour: Next year's Call of Duty is Modern Warfare 4

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Rumour: Next year's Call of Duty is Modern Warfare 4

A supposed leak and the migration of key staff to Infinity Ward has some convinced that next year’s Call of Duty is another Modern Warfare.

A small-time site called Gaming Intel claimed yesterday that 2019’s CoD is Modern Warfare 4.

Gaming Intel said its sources reckon Modern Warfare 4 is a “fully fledged” title that unlike BLOPS 4 will have a campaign.

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Paradox announces Imperator: Rome, board games, and much more

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Paradox announces Imperator: Rome, board games, and much more

Paradox Interactive announced two new games, three new expansions, and board game versions of its biggest franchises at Paradox Con over the weekend.

Imperator: Rome is a new grand strategy property that looks to explore alternate histories.

“What we think of as ‘western civilization’ was not guaranteed,” the game’s pitch reads.

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Tencent acquires 80 percent of Grinding Gear Games

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Tencent acquires 80 percent of Grinding Gear Games

Tencent has acquired a majority stake in Path of Exile studio Grinding Gear Games.

The New Zealand Herald reports that the Kiwi developer has sold up 80 per cent of its shares to the Chinese Internet giant.

In a blog post, Grinding Gear studio head Chris Wilson assured players that the acquisition won’t change how the studio operates.

“We want to reassure the community that this will not affect the development and operations of Path of Exile,” he wrote.

“Tencent owns giant franchises like League of Legends and Clash of Clans and has a strong reputation for respecting the design decisions of developers and studios they invest in, allowing a high level of autonomy in continuing to operate and develop their games.

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Caffeinated slide-shooter Sunset Overdrive all but confirmed for PC
Caffeinated slide-shooter Sunset Overdrive all but confirmed for PC
NEWS Outed by Korean Ratings Board.
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Next PlayStation is at least three years away, Sony says
Next PlayStation is at least three years away, Sony says
NEWS The longest generation yet.
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Battlefield 5: WWII, deep customisation, no premium pass
Battlefield 5: WWII, deep customisation, no premium pass
NEWS History repeating.
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Kiwi smash brawler Grabity hits Steam next week
Kiwi smash brawler Grabity hits Steam next week
NEWS Mayhem for 2-4 players.
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Labour: We're committed to growing NZ games sector
Labour: We're committed to growing NZ games sector
NEWS First step is measure what we have.
We Happy Few banned in Australia
We Happy Few banned in Australia
NEWS We unhappy many.
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Sydney Drop Bears triumph in first Overwatch Contenders
Sydney Drop Bears triumph in first Overwatch Contenders
NEWS Those deadly koalas.
Epic pledges $100 million to Fortnite's first esports season
Epic pledges $100 million to Fortnite's first esports season
NEWS Mah gaad.
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Rumour: Next year's Call of Duty is Modern Warfare 4
Rumour: Next year's Call of Duty is Modern Warfare 4
NEWS And yes, it has a campaign.
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You can stream Resident Evil 7 to a Switch in Japan
You can stream Resident Evil 7 to a Switch in Japan
NEWS Stream only, $25 for 180 days.
Tencent acquires 80 percent of Grinding Gear Games
Tencent acquires 80 percent of Grinding Gear Games
NEWS Path of Exile won't be affected.
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Paradox announces Imperator: Rome, board games, and much more
Paradox announces Imperator: Rome, board games, and much more
NEWS All the news out of PDXCon.
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Microsoft unveils the Xbox Adaptive Controller for those with limited mobility
Microsoft unveils the Xbox Adaptive Controller for those with limited mobility
NEWS Awesome.
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Ubisoft delays Skull and Bones, but The Division 2 is coming
Ubisoft delays Skull and Bones, but The Division 2 is coming
NEWS Alongside something unannounced.
BLOPS 4: Campaign out, battle royale in, Zombies expanded
BLOPS 4: Campaign out, battle royale in, Zombies expanded
NEWS Well, there it is.
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Take-Two delays a game that is almost certainly Borderlands
Take-Two delays a game that is almost certainly Borderlands
NEWS "Highly-anticipated title from one of 2K’s biggest franchises."
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Skullgirls studio delays action RPG Indivisible into 2019
Skullgirls studio delays action RPG Indivisible into 2019
NEWS A day of delays.
Shenmue III delayed for a second time
Shenmue III delayed for a second time
NEWS Now expected next year.
Metro Exodus delayed to 2019
Metro Exodus delayed to 2019
NEWS Red Dead Evasion?
Sony to end production of physical Vita games
Sony to end production of physical Vita games
NEWS Goodnight sweet prince.
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X-COM spiritual successor Phoenix Point delayed
X-COM spiritual successor Phoenix Point delayed
NEWS Production valuie targets delay progress.
GSC announces S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 for the second time
GSC announces S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 for the second time
NEWS Will it happen?
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Headset sales skyrocket thanks to battle royale games
Headset sales skyrocket thanks to battle royale games
NEWS Up 185%.
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Resident Evil film director and star to tackle Monster Hunter
Resident Evil film director and star to tackle Monster Hunter
NEWS “He can make a movie look good."
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Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key Productions shuts down
Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key Productions shuts down
NEWS CliffyB taking time off to reflect.
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Rage 2 officially announced with terrible song trailer
Rage 2 officially announced with terrible song trailer
NEWS Just Cause studio joins forces with id.
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God of War gets photo mode and bigger text
God of War gets photo mode and bigger text
NEWS Boy, translate this take a snap for Twitter
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Were Rage, Gears, and Just Cause sequels just outed by WalMart?
Were Rage, Gears, and Just Cause sequels just outed by WalMart?
NEWS E3 hype builds.
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Jessica Jones & Daredevil writers join Netflix's Witcher
Jessica Jones & Daredevil writers join Netflix's Witcher
NEWS Geralt now blind, an alcoholic & fighting crime
What we know about Nintendo Switch Online
What we know about Nintendo Switch Online
NEWS Where's my Virtual Console?
Switch
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