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No Man's Sky reportedly delayed, a month from release

No Man's Sky reportedly delayed, a month from release

Megahyped space exploration game No Man's Sky has been delayed, according to sources at Kotaku.

Though no revised date has been announced, two independent sources were cited, including one at US retailer GameStop.

GameStop has been issued with "Coming Soon" stickers and instructions to cover up the game's June 21st release date on display materials.

That date was set just two months ago, though clearly the final stages of development are taking longer than expected.

Vlambeer co-founder Rami Ismail jokingly tweeted that the game's quintillions of worlds would take a while for Sony to certify:

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Rumours, domains, blind hope point to return of Prey 2

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Rumours, domains, blind hope point to return of Prey 2

Bethesda has registered domain names that have brought some to believe Prey 2 will finally re-emerge at E3 2016.

Prey2.com and Prey3.com have been purchased by the same company would-be publisher Bethesda used to buy domains for Doom and Dishonored, faintly indicating the firm's desire to either announce those games or to sit on the domains until it can.

Both domains redirect to a locked-out Facebook page for the time being.

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Mirror's Edge poised to vault onto television

Mirror's Edge poised to vault onto television

Mirror's Edge is being adapted as a "female-centred action series" for television," Deadline reports.

The rights to the EA/DICE parkour game were purchased by Endemol Shine Studios, which handles scripted production for Endemol Shine North America.

Said studio president Sharon Hall, "We clearly see Mirror's Edge as a franchise for the global TV audience."

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Two new Xbox One models may be coming to E3

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Two new Xbox One models may be coming to E3

Sources at Polygon and Kotaku have suggested that Microsoft will announce not one but two new models of Xbox One at this year's E3 Expo.

As previously rumoured, one of the models is to be a "slim" version of the standard Xbox One, with a new controller.

The other model, however, is said to be an upgraded machine "over four times more powerful" than the current model, supporting 4K resolutions and maintaining compatibility with all Xbox One software.

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Oculus' Vive-blocking DRM spurs piracy loophole

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Oculus' Vive-blocking DRM spurs piracy loophole

Oculus this week introduced a new software update for the Rift virtual reality headset, which has indirectly created a loophole for piracy.

It is believed that Oculus' new DRM measures were aimed at nullifying Revive, a third-party hack that enabled Oculus exclusive games for play on the HTC Vive.

But while the update breaks the original Revive hack, developer LibreVR has amended it to bypass the new system - which also breaks Oculus' anti-piracy measures.

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Stellaris whites-only mod removed by Paradox

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Stellaris whites-only mod removed by Paradox

A Stellaris mod that transformed the game’s ethnically-diverse human race into white characters with European names has been removed from Steam Workshop by Paradox.

The mod, which was titled 'European Phenotype and Names Only (White Humans)', is still available over at ModDB under the name ‘Europeans’.

"We shipped the game originally with an accurate representation of humans, that is to say diverse in both ethnicity and personality," a Paradox spokesperson told Eurogamer.

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Overwatch's 'hit-pip' sound is actually a beer being opened

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Overwatch's 'hit-pip' sound is actually a beer being opened

Beer is useful when it comes to navigating family get-togethers, letting your mates know you love them, and fighting off existential dread.

If you are Blizzard, it also has a place in sound design. As revealed by the game’s Collector’s Edition Source Book, the hit sound in Overwatch is actually a beer being opened.

“Another extremely challenging sounds was the ‘hit-pip’,” writes sound design supervisor Paul Lackey (via Kotaku).

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Deus Ex, Monkey Island devs want their IP back from Disney

Deus Ex, Monkey Island devs want their IP back from Disney

At least two noteworthy game developers want their intellectual property back from Disney's now-defunct games publishing business.

Deus Ex creator Warren Spector, who designed the Epic Mickey games for Disney, says he has other concepts developed during his time there he'd like to regain ownership of.

Spector's Junction Point Studios worked on a number of unreleased games under Disney ownership, including a spiritual successor to Deus Ex entitled Necessary Evil.

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Rocket League adds Xbox One/PC cross network play

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Rocket League adds Xbox One/PC cross network play

Those playing Rocket League on PC can now choose to play with and against those on Xbox One, and vice versa.

The soccer/racing mash-up is the second game to allow cross-network play between PC and Xbox One (the first was Killer Instinct), and other games are expected to follow suit.

Cross-network play between PC and PlayStation 4 has been possible in Rocket League since the game launched.