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Switch sales soar past 10 million, will catch Wii U soon

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Switch sales soar past 10 million, will catch Wii U soon

Nintendo has sold more than 10 million Switch consoles since its launch in March, the company announced yesterday.

That figure stands in stark contrast the Wii U's lifetime sales of about 13.56m.

The console’s sales have no doubt been buoyed by the criticially acclaimed releases of Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The former won Best Family Game at the Game Awards last week, while the latter scooped up Game of the Year, Best Action/Adventure Game, and Best Game Direction.

Other highlights exclusive to the Switch include Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, Arms, and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.

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PikPok's Breakneck zooms out of Steam Early Access

PikPok's Breakneck zooms out of Steam Early Access

PikPok Games' sci-fi racer Breakneck got a full Steam launch this week.

The game, originally created for iOS and Android in 2015, had been in Early Access since February 2016.

Breakneck has players race a hovering vessel endlessly through a stark, alien-occupied Earth, skimming past obstacles, avoiding enemies, and collecting resources.

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Battlefield: Bad Company 3 underway, will cover Vietnam and Cold War eras – rumour

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Battlefield: Bad Company 3 underway, will cover Vietnam and Cold War eras – rumour

Battlefield: Bad Company 3 is in the works at DICE, according to the YouTuber who leaked many details about Battlefield 1.

YouTuber AlmightyDaq's channel only contains three videos, but one of them leaked details of DICE's WWI shooter, including its name, era, weaponry, and development names for its maps in March 2016 – months before Battlefield 1 was even announced.

On Tuesday, AlmightyDaq posted a new video, in which he claims that DICE is working on Battlefield: Bad Company 3, which he says will take place in the span from the Vietnam War up to the Cold War.

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Crytek sues Star Citizen studio in tangled lawsuit

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Crytek sues Star Citizen studio in tangled lawsuit

Crytek is suing Cloud Imperium Games over its use of Cryengine in Star Citizen.

The company's complaints are manifold, and most hinge around Cloud Imperium's switch from Cryengine to Amazon's Lumberyard in the sprawling, in-development space epic.

According to Crytek, it licensed the Cryengine to Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) at a below-market rate because CIG agreed to prominently display of its trademarks in Star Citizen, and because CIG agreed to exclusively use Cryengine.

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Kiwi space sim Stationeers launches into Early Access

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Kiwi space sim Stationeers launches into Early Access

RocketWerkz has capped a busy year with the release of space management sim Stationeers onto Steam's Early Access platform.

The Dunedin studio released standalone expansion Out of Ammo: Death Drive in August, and yesterday revealed neo-noir adventure Living Dark, a new teaser for which was released today.

Stationeers was due to hit Early Access in September, but the addition of extra mechanics saw its release delayed.

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Loot boxes are not gambling, says NZ government

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Loot boxes are not gambling, says NZ Department of Internal Affairs

Loot boxes do not meet the legal definition of gambling, New Zealand's Department of Internal Affairs has told Gamasutra.

Therefore, the DIA added, it has no ability to regulate them under the Gambling Act 2003.

"Gamers do not purchase loot boxes seeking to win money or something that can be converted into money," wrote DIA licensing compliance manager Trish Millward.

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RocketWerkz teases Living Dark, a neo-noir adventure

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RocketWerkz teases Living Dark, a neo-noir adventure

Dunedin's RocketWerkz is teasing a project called Living Dark, a neo-noir adventure driven by a procedural narrative.

The game takes place in Vox, a near-future city "straining under tensions it can barely control", and looks to explore themes of inequality, violence, manipulation, and control.

"Fight for friends, factions or your own future, but survive at all costs in a society where justice is only for the powerful," the official site reads.

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PS4 sales cross 70 million, PS VR hits two million

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PS4 sales cross 70 million, PS VR hits two million

Sony has sold more than 70.6 million PlayStation 4s, the company announced today.

For comparison's sake, the PlayStation 1 sold 103 million, PlayStation 2 sold more than 155 million in nine years on the market, and the PlayStation 3 sold more than 83.8 million.

Today Sony also announced that more than 617.8 million PS4 games have been sold at retail stores and through digital downloads on PlayStation Store, more than two million PlayStation VR units and 12.2 million VR games have been sold.

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Dunedin studio announces meditative butterfly title

Dunedin's Runaway Play announces meditative butterfly title Flutter VR

Dunedin mobile games studio Runaway Play is launching a VR version of Flutter, its popular butterfly title.

Flutter VR is "a relaxing, meditative experience that a player can comfortably immerse themselves in for short gameplay periods and feel utterly transported to the tranquil rainforest", Runaway said.

It will launch for Google Daydream on December 12.

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