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Reports suggest Microsoft to release new Xbox at E3

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Reports suggest Microsoft to release new Xbox at E3

Multiple reports suggest that Microsoft will release new Xbox One hardware at the 2016 E3 Expo, though it is unclear what form it will take.

Paul Thurrot's site, a strong source for Microsoft information, reported that the company will release a new controller (distinct from the Elite controller, pictured) as well as a "much bigger" announcement.

An FCC filing appeared earlier on in the month for a wireless chip to feature in a new Microsoft console using the same safety manual as the original Xbox One, whose NDA was set to expire just after E3.

Additionally, a supposed leak from a Chinese production company indicated an "Xbox One second generation" console was in the works.

Whether an updated Xbox One would represent improved hardware, akin to the rumoured PlayStation 4.5, is unclear.

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"Judas" betrays Take-Two with a trademark filing

"Judas" betrays Take-Two with a trademark filing

Take-Two Interactive appears to be gearing up to announce a game entitled Judas.

Two US trademark filings and one European filing for "Judas," attributed to Take-Two, and a domain registration for judasthegame.com by MarkMonitor, which Rockstar Games has employed in the past, paint a compelling picture.

None of the registrations mention a specific studio, though Take-Two is the parent company of Rockstar, 2K Games, Firaxis, and Irrational.

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Dark Souls III PC players warned not to "take candy from strangers"

Dark Souls III PC players warned not to "take candy from strangers"

Bandai Namco has warned players of Dark Souls III on PC about seemingly innocuous activities that could lead to bans for cheating.

The publisher recently banned a swathe of cheaters on the PC platform, but ended up banning several innocent users as well.

Those users were allegedly banned for possessing hacked items unknowingly obtained from cheaters online, referred to by the Bandai Namco knowledge base as "taking candy from strangers."

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Oscar winner Alicia Vikander cast in Tomb Raider film reboot

Oscar winner Alicia Vikander cast in Tomb Raider film reboot

Swedish actress Alicia Vikander will play Lara Croft in the new film adaptation of Tomb Raider, the Hollywood Reporter says.

She will portray "a young and untested Croft fighting to survive her first adventure," says the Hollywood Reporter, much like the Croft featured in the recent video game reboot.

Vikander won an Academy Award for her performance in last year's period drama The Danish Girl, and also appeared in the Oscar-winning sci-fi thriller Ex Machina.

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Watch gameplay footage from cancelled 1666: Amsterdam

Watch gameplay footage from cancelled 1666: Amsterdam

Footage has emerged from an early build of 1666: Amsterdam, the cancelled game from former Assassin’s Creed creative director Patrice Desilets.

Captured by journalist Brandon Sheffield, the footage was shown at a presentation in Europe two years ago.

It shows a windmill-laden and very Assassin's-y Amsterdam, and a player character who can possess animals and perform other magic.

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Bethesda is testing its own game launch client – rumour

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Bethesda is testing its own game launch client – rumour

It seems Bethesda is looking to release its own game launcher client.

According to screenshots provided by NeoGAF user Nirolak, the launcher was being alpha tested when they were taken.

One screen shows a “redeem code” button and a creation kit download for Fallout 4, and it all looks like the real deal.

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Street Fighter V crowd member mimes blowjob

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Street Fighter V crowd member mimes blowjob

A few sharp-eyed gamers have spotted some unusual activity going on in the background of Guile’s air force base Street Fighter V stage.

There’s no delicate way to put this, so I’ll just say it: a short-skirted woman back there appears to be miming a blowjob every now and then.

It isn’t clear whether this is an attempt to throw off the fighters, or simply a motion she makes because she hasn’t yet figured out to yawn properly, but whatever the case, it’s an amusing animation – the sort of thing you'd often see in '80s brawlers like Crime Fighters.

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You can now co-op your way through demanding ARPG Hyper Light Drifter

You can now co-op your way through demanding ARPG Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter has been extremely well-received, but its toughness is off-putting to some.

However, developer Heart Machine has just added local co-op to the game, so at least now you can die alongside a friend.

"This was a mode we had cut months before we shipped due to time constraints, but have since gone back to because it's a lot of fun and felt worthwhile to take the time to complete," said the game’s creator Alex Preston in a post on Steam.

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Ex-Bungie dev unveils Twilight Zone-style thriller Asemblance

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Ex-Bungie dev unveils Twilight Zone-style thriller Asemblance

Fans of trippy television shows like The Twilight Zone, The X-Files and Black Mirror may wish to keep an eye out for first-person psychological thriller Asemblance.

The game's first episode is coming to PC and PS4 next month, and former Bungie designer Niles Sankey – who served as its creative director – isn’t hiding its influences.

“We’ve also found inspiration in games like P.T. and The Stanley Parable – experiences that allow players to explore different theories and ultimately engage one another to learn the truth,” he said on PS Blog.

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"Judas" betrays Take-Two with a trademark filing
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"Judas" betrays Take-Two with a trademark filing
Announcement at E3?
Oscar winner Alicia Vikander cast in Tomb Raider film reboot
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Oscar winner Alicia Vikander cast in Tomb Raider film reboot
Replacing Oscar winner Angelina Jolie.
Watch gameplay footage from cancelled 1666: Amsterdam
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Watch gameplay footage from cancelled 1666: Amsterdam
Black magic in the Dutch capital.
Reports suggest Microsoft to release new Xbox at E3
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Reports suggest Microsoft to release new Xbox at E3
But not Xbox One-point-five.
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