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[Updated] Pitchford denies Battleborn free to play rumour

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[Updated] Pitchford denies Battleborn free to play rumour

Gearbox's hero shooter Battleborn will go free-to-play before the end of the year, according to a source at Kotaku.

The anonymous source said that an announcement had been delayed several times, but is currently likely to hit by mid-November.

They went on to say that Gearbox had sought a free-to-play release from the beginning, and that the decision to release the game as a full-priced offering came from publisher 2K.

A free-to-play move was predicted by analyst group Superdata earlier this year; Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick also hinted at such a move in the 2K parent company's earnings call last month.

Admitting that "its performance in the market has been below our expectations," Zelnick said that "there remains an opportunity to grow the audience for this unique experience over time."

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Xbox execs expected to sell 200 million Xbox Ones

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Xbox execs expected to sell 200 million Xbox Ones

Microsoft had big hopes for the Xbox One initially, according to head of Xbox Phil Spencer.

In an interview with Stevivor, Spencer discussed the short comings of the console, which suffered an infamously rocky start out of the gate.

A per Stevivor:

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NZ Fighting Game Nationals kick off tonight at 7pm

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NZ Fighting Game Nationals kick off tonight at 7pm

The event billed as "New Zealand's Fighting Game Nationals" kicks off tonight in Auckland.

Southern X Up 2016 is the largest tournament organised by Kiwi fighting game community Standing Fierce, and it attracts the top talent from around New Zealand.

Held at the Copthorne Hotel in central Auckland, Southern X Up 2016 runs tonight from 7pm–11pm, from 9am–11pm tomorrow, and from 10am–10pm on Sunday. Spectators can attend for free.

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Ubisoft survives shareholder meeting, but Vivendi looms

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Ubisoft survives shareholder meeting, but Vivendi looms

Ubisoft managed to stave off a takeover from media conglomerate Vivendi at its annual shareholder meeting today, but it's not out of the woods yet.

The company re-elected CEO Yves Guillemot and Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Gerard Guillemot to its board of directors, while electing two new independent members.

Vivendi had previously stated its intent to elect its own representatives to the Ubisoft board, thus increasing its control over the company, but did not move forward with such a plan during the meeting.

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Portal movie announcement may come "fairly soon"

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Portal movie announcement may come "fairly soon"

The long-gestating movie adaptation of Portal is still in active development, says filmmaker JJ Abrams.

Speaking to IGN at the premiere of his new Westworld TV series, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens director said he hopes "that there will be a Portal announcement fairly soon."

"We have a meeting coming up next week with Valve, we're very active," he added.

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Nidhogg 2 announced with bug-eyed new art style

Nidhogg 2 announced with bug-eyed new art style

Indie developer Messhof today announced a sequel to its popular indie duelling game Nidhogg.

Nidhogg 2 will feature over ten entirely new levels, with new weapons including knives and bows.

Eschewing the hyper-simplified graphics of the first game, Nidhogg 2 features a surreal, cartoony, 16-bit art style by newcomer Toby Dixon, with characters taking on a more comical look.

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Battlefield 1's solo campaign follows multiple characters

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Battlefield 1's solo campaign follows multiple characters

Battlefield 1's single-player campaign will eschew the continuous story of previous titles, in favour of an anthology-style narrative following multiple characters.

The decision came in order to embrace the "different perspectives and characters in World War I," according to a blog post by developer DICE.

"We felt that to have one character hopping through those different settings wouldn't be as immersive or totally respectful to the setting," the developer wrote.

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Cyberpunk 2077 could feature giant cities, "seamless multiplayer"

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Cyberpunk 2077 could feature giant cities, "seamless multiplayer"

The Witcher developer CD Projekt RED has applied for grants to aid development on Cyberpunk 2077 - and its applications reveal ambitious plans for the sci-fi RPG.

The studio's grant applications to Poland's GameINN programme centre on City Creation, Animation Excellence, Cinematic Feel, and Seamless Multiplayer.

Though "Animation Excellence" and "Cinematic Feel" refer to production value in general, "City Creation" and "Seamless Multiplayer" suggest major new features are on the horizon for the developer.

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Wasteland 3 announced with series-first multiplayer

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Wasteland 3 announced with series-first multiplayer

Developer inXile today announced Wasteland 3, the latest in its post-apocalyptic RPG series.

The sequel will bring vehicles, new environmental dangers, and a new, "more fluid" action system to the game's turn- and party-based role playing.

It will also feature both synchronous and asynchronous multiplayer - a first for the series.

Thursday 29 September