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Eve Online to go free-to-play after 13 years

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Eve Online to go free-to-play after 13 years

Space MMO Eve Online is set to adopt a free-to-play model, after 13 years of subscription-based operation.

This November, players will be able to log into the game and explore its universe, though with more restrictions than paid subscribers.

The mechanism by which accounts are differentiated is actually explained with in-game fiction, centring around Clones, the system whereby players can respawn and teleport around the galaxy.

Subscribers will become labeled "Omega Clones," and will operate as they do now, while free accounts - "Alpha Clones" - represent the "base state" of clones, and will have a slower training rate, on a subset of oft-used ships only.

Developer CCP reassured potential new signups, however, that Alpha Clones will have "enormous freedom," able to engage in activities "from rampaging null sec in Caracal fleets to exploration sites in high sec to playing a major role in faction warfare."

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Don't get your hopes up for that Mass Effect remaster

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Don't get your hopes up for that Mass Effect remaster

That glimmer of hope for a Mass Effect remaster just got a little dimmer, thanks to EA chief competition officer Peter Moore.

In an interview with IGN this week, Moore debunked rumours of the sci-fi RPG trilogy coming to new-gen consoles.

"We are a company that is focused on delivering for the future, and that's just not what we do," said Moore. "Could we make an easy buck on remastering Mass Effect? Yes. Have a thousand people asked me? Yes, they have. [Will we do it?] No. We just feel like we want to go forward."

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MGSV Definitive Experience lacks rumoured Mission 51

MGSV Definitive Experience lacks rumoured Mission 51

Konami's upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience will not include the long-rumoured "true ending" to the game.

"Mission 51" would have taken place after the game's current final mission, detailing further events in the story of Liquid Snake, Psycho Mantis, and the bizarre goings-on surrounding them.

A video containing concept art, voiceovers, and unfinished cutscenes from the mission appeared on the Blu-Ray accompanying The Phantom Pain's Collector's Edition last year:

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Fallout 4's latest mod comes from Nvidia, of all places

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Fallout 4's latest mod comes from Nvidia, of all places

Fallout 4 is getting a new mod from a rather unlikely source: Nvidia.

The graphics manufacturer has unveiled Vault 1080, a mod that focuses on Nvidia's horizon-based ambient occlusion-plus (HBAO+) technology to enhance the visuals of Fallout 4 with volumetric lighting and more realistic shadows.

Developed by Nvidia LightSpeed Studios, Vault 1080 will feature an hourlong quest that will send players into the titular vault.

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Hitman's first season confirmed for physical release

Hitman's first season confirmed for physical release

Season One of Hitman will finally reach retailers at the end of January 2017, as it culminates its episodic digital release.

Developer Io Interactive confirmed today that Hitman: The Complete Season One will release in a steelbook edition on January 31.

It will include the previously released episodes, set in France, Italy, Morocco, and Thailand, as well as those set in USA and Japan that are yet to be released.

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Nintendo NX may be region-free, says report

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Nintendo NX may be region-free, says report

The Nintendo NX may lack region locking, according to a report from Let's Play Video Games.

Two separate sources told the site that development kits for the upcoming console are region free, with developers having not been told about any potential region locking features.

If true, the report indicates a reversal in Nintendo's policy on the 3DS and home consoles, whose games and systems tend to be locked to one of four official regions (North America, Europe, Japan, and Australasia).

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Motion control minigame pack Carnival Games hitting VR

Motion control minigame pack Carnival Games hitting VR

2K Games is set to relaunch Cat Daddy's Carnival Games as a virtual reality game, the publisher announced today.

Originally released on Wii in 2008, Carnival Games is a collection of minigames based around an amusement park theme.

The VR version features twelve games, largely designed to be played with motion controls, including a ring toss, a shooting gallery, a dunking booth, and a ball-catching game.

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Gran Turismo Sport has been delayed to 2017

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Gran Turismo Sport has been delayed to 2017

Gran Turismo Sport has been delayed to 2017, reported Sony today.

In a PlayStation Blog post, Polyphony Digital founder and Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi stated more time was needed.

"As we approach our planned release date in November, we realise we need more time to perfect GT Sport," said Yamauchi.

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Forza Horizon 3 brings Master Chief's ride to the outback

Forza Horizon 3 brings Master Chief's ride to the outback

While announcing today that Forza Horizon 3 has gone gold, publisher Microsoft introduced a new addition to the vehicle roster: Halo's famous Warthog.

The game's "2554 AMG Transport Dynamics M12S Warthog CST" is a civilian transport alternative to its militaristic cousin, meaning there's no mounted turret for players to clear a path through their competitors.

However, the civilian model does come packing a 720bhp twin turbo V8, making it significantly faster than models found in Halo titles.