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Halo 5 doesn't support split-screen or LAN play

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Halo 5 doesn't support split-screen or LAN play

All multiplayer in Halo 5: Guardians will be online-only, Microsoft has confirmed.

Expanding upon an earlier statement regarding the requirement of Xbox Live Gold for the game's four-player co-op gameplay, developer 343 Industries clarified Halo 5's pre-order listing that lists a one-player limit for a single console.

"All multiplayer modes use full screen on dedicated servers, including Co-op Campaign, Arena, and Warzone," tweeted 343 head Josh Holmes.

Speaking to Ars Technica, a Microsoft spokesperson continued: "The decision was an extremely difficult one for the team, but one that was necessary to deliver the biggest Halo game to date. 343’s focus is to ensure that fans get the best Halo experience yet, and the team felt a split-screen experience would compromise the gameplay design and the visual bar they’ve set."

The change marks the end of an era for the Halo franchise, which has always featured split-screen local co-op and (up until last year's Master Chief Collection) native LAN support.

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Fallout 4's Pip-Boy mount won't take giant phones

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Fallout 4's Pip-Boy mount won't take giant phones

The Pip-Boy smartphone mount that comes with the Fallout 4 Collector's Edition is strictly standard-phone only, says Bethesda.

“As we wanted to stay faithful to the dimensions of the in-game model, any smartphones larger than the models listed will not fit inside the wearable device,” the publisher said on its blog.

Supported models include iPhones 6, 5/5s, and 4/4s; Samsung Galaxies 4 and 5; and other standard-sized smartphones via a customisable foam insert.

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Elder Scrolls Online director quits, joins Gearbox

Elder Scrolls Online director quits, joins Gearbox

The Elder Scrolls Online creative director Paul Sage has quit Zenimax Online Studios, the studio confirmed.

He joins Gearbox Software as a creative director on an as yet unknown project, which could be the new Borderlands title the studio has been hiring for.

Sage's departure comes mere weeks after the console release of the game he was directing.

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Amy Hennig's Star Wars game "in the style of" Uncharted, cancelled 1313

Amy Hennig's Star Wars game "in the style of" Uncharted, cancelled 1313

Amy Hennig is directing a Star Wars game "in the style of Uncharted," according to voice actor Nolan North.

North, famous for his portrayal of Nathan Drake in the Uncharted series, spoke briefly about the unannounced game at Metrocon 2015 in Tampa.

"I happen to know a lot about it," he humblebragged, "and it's going to be awesome."

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Take-Two registers slew of Mafia 3 domains

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Take-Two registers slew of Mafia 3 domains

A string of domain registrations suggests 2K Games is preparing to announce a third Mafia title.

Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Mafia publisher 2K Games, registered the domains “mafia3thegame.com,” “mafiaiiithegame.com,” “mafiathree.com,” and “mafiathreethegame.com," as noticed by NeoGAF.

This is the first mention of a new Mafia game since a casting call last year.

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Man successfully preorders Fallout 4 with 2240 bottlecaps

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Man successfully preorders Fallout 4 with 2240 bottlecaps

A man has succeeded in preordering Fallout 4 using nothing but bottlecaps.

Two weeks ago, a chap named Seth placed a preorder for the game with approximately 2240 bottle caps.

On Friday, Bethesda's global community lead Matt Grandstaff emailed him to say that he would indeed be getting a copy of the game – but only because he was the first to try such a thing.

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Bethesda's E3 showcase may have been a one-off

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Bethesda's E3 showcase may have been a one-off

Bethesda may not put on another E3 showcase, the company says.

“I don’t know if we’ll do one next year,” Bethesda Softworks vice president of PR and marketing Pete Hines told the Telegraph.

“I don’t know if we’ll do one again. This year felt like the right time to do this kind of thing.

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Battlefield Hardline Ultimate Edition PS4 owners can't access DLC

Battlefield Hardline Ultimate Edition PS4 owners can't access DLC

Those who purchased the Ultimate Edition of Battlefield Hardline on PS4 are unable to play the game’s first DLC pack, even though it should have been available to them last week.

The game’s Ultimate Edition included a Premium DLC pass, but for technical reasons the DLC hasn’t unlocked for Ultimate Edition owners, keeping Criminal Activity – which contains new maps and kit – out of their hands.

Criminal Activity has been available to other Premium members since June 17, and will be available to the public on June 31.

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Bethesda won't be "spitting out a Skyrim 2"

Bethesda won't be "spitting out a Skyrim 2"

Bethesda is in no rush to push another Elder Scrolls game out the door.

Bethesda Softworks marketing VP Pete Hines told The Telegraph that churning out sequels wasn’t what was best for the company.

“That’s what you’d be getting with another publisher in charge,” he said.

Tuesday 30 June

Heat Signature – July 2015 dev diary
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Heat Signature – July 2015 dev diary
New galaxies, vacuum, and wrench-throwing.
Anna's Quest - Dane Krams interview
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Anna's Quest - Dane Krams interview
The adventure game director speaks.
Soft Body - PS4/Vita teaser trailer
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Soft Body - PS4/Vita teaser trailer
Control a pair of gooey snakes.
Halo 5 doesn't support split-screen or LAN play
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Halo 5 doesn't support split-screen or LAN play
No more local multiplayer for Master Chief.
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Fallout 4's Pip-Boy mount won't take giant phones
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Fallout 4's Pip-Boy mount won't take giant phones
Bethesda figures it's big enough already.
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Elder Scrolls Online director quits, joins Gearbox
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Elder Scrolls Online director quits, joins Gearbox
Trading in Tamriel for Pandora?
Take-Two registers slew of Mafia 3 domains
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Take-Two registers slew of Mafia 3 domains
A URL you can't refuse.
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Monday 29 June

Battleborn – E3 2015 gameplay demo
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Battleborn – E3 2015 gameplay demo
25 minutes of gameplay.
Fort Meow launch trailer
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Fort Meow launch trailer
An Aussie-made physics-based puzzle adventure.
Man successfully preorders Fallout 4 with 2240 bottlecaps
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Man successfully preorders Fallout 4 with 2240 bottlecaps
Imgur campaign works a treat.
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Battlefield Hardline Ultimate Edition PS4 owners can't access DLC
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Battlefield Hardline Ultimate Edition PS4 owners can't access DLC
"A big mess up that shouldn't happen."
Ashen – Xbox Daily interview
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Ashen – Xbox Daily interview
Kiwi title gets E3 showcase.
World War Toons – E3 2015 trailer
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World War Toons – E3 2015 trailer
Designed for both VR and non-VR platforms.
Shiftlings launch trailer
Trailer
Shiftlings launch trailer
Bethesda won't be "spitting out a Skyrim 2"
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Bethesda won't be "spitting out a Skyrim 2"
Or making games for kids.

Friday 26 June

Here's our E3 in photo form
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Here's our E3 in photo form
The food! The billboards! The statues!
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Dark Souls III presents a familiar vision of the apocalypse
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Dark Souls III presents a familiar vision of the apocalypse
Something tells us no-one will mind.
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