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The Elder Scrolls Online to drop mandatory subscriptions

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The Elder Scrolls Online to drop mandatory subscriptions

Not quite a year after it launched on PC, Zenimax is dropping the subscription requirement from The Elder Scrolls Online.

To reflect the change, the game's name will be changed to The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.

Zenimax expects subscription-free play to be available on PC and Mac from March 17, and on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 when the game launches on June 9.

After the launch of Tamriel Unlimited on PC, the only requirement to play will be a copy of the game, an internet connection, and a valid game account.

On console, an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership will also be required to play.

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Game of Thrones - Episode 2 coming in February

Game of Thrones - Episode 2 coming in February

The second episode in Telltale's Game of Thrones adventure game series will be released at the start of February.

To coincide with the announcement, Telltale has released a new teaser video and a story synopsis that you'll probably want to avoid if you haven't played episode one yet.

Game of Thrones will be released on February 3 for PC, Mac, PS3 and PS4, on February 4 for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and February 5 for iOS.

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Alien: Isolation has sold slower than Aliens: Colonial Marines

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Alien: Isolation has sold slower than Aliens: Colonial Marines

Sega today announced that its cult survival horror hit Alien: Isolation had passed one million sales.

“It has been fantastic to watch the reviews come in and read of the reactions of players, hidden in the bowels of Sevastopol Station, terrified to make the next move,” said creative lead Alistair Hope. “We set out to make the Alien game we had always wanted to play and from these figures it seems we also succeeded in making the Alien game another million wanted to play. We hope many more gamers enjoy Alien: Isolation in 2015.”

Nonetheless, the critically hailed Isolation sold much slower than the critically lambasted Aliens: Colonial Marines.

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All Battlefield Hardline multiplayer modes revealed

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All Battlefield Hardline multiplayer modes revealed

EA has revealed the final multiplayer mode in Battlefield Hardline, called Crosshair.

Crosshair is a new competitive mode. In it, a former criminal has turned state’s witness is on the run from his former crew. The criminals are trying to kill the rat, while the cops are trying to get him out. As in Rescue, players will only have one life per round.

A beta for Battlefield Hardline will begin soon. It will come to all platforms and will feature two modes, Conquest and Hotwire.

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Riot announces League of Legends Ocean Week on its ANZ server

Riot announces League of Legends Ocean Week on its ANZ server

Riot Games has announced a new community event to be run on its ANZ League of Legends server from this Friday.

Over the course of Ocean Week, January 23 to January 31, players on the ANZ server will score points and unlock community goals by winning matches with any one of the 12 free rotation champions.

The ultimate goal is to unlock the ability to vote on a League of Legends Champion to be made into an artificial reef and sunk to the bottom of the ocean. The community will choose between Nautilus, Fizz, and Nami.

Any Summoner who contributes three or more points to the challenge will have his or her name engraved on the statue.

“We wanted to make something cool that players could contribute towards,” said Mirko Gozzo, country manager for Riot Games Oceania.

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H1Z1 hit with technical launch difficulties

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H1Z1 hit with technical launch difficulties

Sony Online Entertainment's H1Z1 is the latest game to be hampered by technical difficulties at launch.

Players have reported numerous issues with the zombie survival game since its launch four days ago. Among them are login problems, and the inability to see active servers. Users also report low frame rates, NPC zombies that are slow to respond, and no voice chat.

Sony Online Entertainment boss John Smedley said the team had been working around the clock to fix these issues. Smedley also suggested that the game was being targeted by hackers.

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Hatred the second ever game to be rated AO for violence from ESRB

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Hatred the second ever game to be rated AO for violence from ESRB

Controversial shooting massacre game Hatred has been rated Adults Only in the US by the ESRB.

Hatred was rated AO due to its intense violence. It is only the second game to be rated AO for violence, the first was 1998's Thrill Kill for PlayStation One. The AO rating is most commonly applied in the US to games with graphic sexual content and/or gambling with real currency.

Developer Destructive Creations said it would've preferred an M rating for Hatred, but it believed fans would've been disappointed if content had been cut from the game in order to get it.

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DayZ producer vents frustrations with Steam Early Access

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DayZ producer vents frustrations with Steam Early Access

DayZ producer Brian Hicks says he understands players' frustration with the game's protracted development, and says the unstructured nature of Steam Early Access is to blame.

The standalone version of DayZ went into Steam Early Access in December 2013. Nearly 3 million people have paid US$30 each to be a part of the game's ongoing testing and development, however news that the game is now unlikely to be released before 2016 has left many frustrated and disappointed.

“I feel that there’s no structure to Early Access, and every developer uses it in a different way and enters at a different phase in their development,” Hicks told Eurogamer. “And the consumers — you can’t blame them for not understanding because in order to make heads or tails out of the fact that everyone’s doing this different, you need to understand the software development cycle completely. And gamers play f***ing video games, man — they’re not looking to understand the SDL [Software Development Lifecycle] or how software is created, and they shouldn’t have to, honestly.”

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Here's the scene that got Hotline Miami 2 banned in Australia

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Here's the scene that got Hotline Miami 2 banned in Australia

Updated 16/01 11:43am:

An Australian Hotline Miami fan who emailed Dennaton saying he didn't want to pirate Hotline Miami 2 now that it was banned got the following response from lead designer Jonatan Söderström:

"If it ends up not being release in Australia, just pirate it after release. No need to send us any money, just enjoy the game!".

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Evolve's DLC plans are vast, confusing

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Evolve's DLC plans are vast, confusing

2K's expansive DLC plans for its upcoming asymmetrical shooter Evolve has left many fans confused and skeptical.

The publisher's vast post-release content strategy was revealed in its pre-order, pre-purchase, and season pass announcements.

Evolve will have a season pass called the Hunting Season Pass. It will give purchasers three additional Monster skins at release. The pass will also give players access to four new Hunters when they're released as DLC in autumn. If bought separately, the Hunters will cost US$7.49 each.

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Hotline Miami 2 refused classification in Australia due to sexual violence

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Hotline Miami 2 refused classification in Australia due to sexual violence

Updated 15/01/15 5:10pm:

Hotline Miami 2 has been refused classification in Australia due to representations of implied, visually depicted sexual violence.

The Classification Board singled out a particular scene of implied and implicit rape. Reader discretion is advised:

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Sony offers refunds after pay-to-win complaints in H1Z1

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Sony offers refunds after pay-to-win complaints in H1Z1

Sony is offering refunds to those upset about the inclusion of pay-to-win elements in zombie survival MMO H1Z1.

H1Z1 went into Early Access last week, but there has been an uproar over the inclusion of what many see as a pay-to-win mechanic in the form of microtransactions for airdrops that can include weapons.

Sony had stated several times that the game wouldn’t feature microtransactions that could be thought of as pay-to-win.

Last year, Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley outlined the free-to-play game’s monetisation strategies, stating: “We will NOT be selling Guns, Ammo, Food, Water... i.e. That's kind of the whole game and it would suck in our opinion if we did that.”

Then, just four days ago: “We're landing in a place I think makes all of us happy. There will be crates with cosmetic only stuff in them.

News Index


Game of Thrones - Episode 2 coming in February
Game of Thrones - Episode 2 coming in February
NEWS Video inside.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4, iOS, Android
Alien: Isolation has sold slower than Aliens: Colonial Marines
Alien: Isolation has sold slower than Aliens: Colonial Marines
NEWS C'mon guys...
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
15
All Battlefield Hardline multiplayer modes revealed
All Battlefield Hardline multiplayer modes revealed
NEWS Crosshair announced.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
7
The Elder Scrolls Online to drop mandatory subscriptions
The Elder Scrolls Online to drop mandatory subscriptions
NEWS Console versions dated.
PC, XO, PS4
RPG: MMO
23
Riot announces League of Legends Ocean Week on its ANZ server
Riot announces League of Legends Ocean Week on its ANZ server
NEWS Be immortalised on a sunken statue.
PC
Action
H1Z1 hit with technical launch difficulties
H1Z1 hit with technical launch difficulties
NEWS Sony's zombie game a shambles.
PC, PS4
4
Hatred the second ever game to be rated AO for violence from ESRB
Hatred the second ever game to be rated AO for violence from ESRB
NEWS No surprises there.
PC
Action: Third-Person
14
Sony offers refunds after pay-to-win complaints in H1Z1
Sony offers refunds after pay-to-win complaints in H1Z1
NEWS "If you think it's P2W don't buy it."
PC, PS4
14
DayZ producer vents frustrations with Steam Early Access
DayZ producer vents frustrations with Steam Early Access
NEWS There needs to be "a f**king loading bar".
PC
31
Evolve's DLC plans are vast, confusing
Evolve's DLC plans are vast, confusing
NEWS Developer points the finger at 2K.
PC, XO, PS4
2
Here's the scene that got Hotline Miami 2 banned in Australia
Here's the scene that got Hotline Miami 2 banned in Australia
NEWS Board "stretched the facts".
PC, Mac
30
Hotline Miami 2 refused classification in Australia due to sexual violence
Hotline Miami 2 refused classification in Australia due to sexual violence
NEWS UPDATED: Classification Board explains.
PC, Mac
51
H1Z1 Early Access starts this week
H1Z1 Early Access starts this week
NEWS PvE servers confirmed.
PC, PS4
3
Visceral details Battlefield Hardline beta
Visceral details Battlefield Hardline beta
NEWS Two maps, two modes; open to all.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
1
Obsidian's latest RPG Pillars of Eternity has a release date
Obsidian's latest RPG Pillars of Eternity has a release date
NEWS Not an eternity away.
PC, Mac
2
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Havoc DLC detailed, trailered
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Havoc DLC detailed, trailered
NEWS Zombies.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
This is what GTA V looks like in full 4K resolution
This is what GTA V looks like in full 4K resolution
NEWS Criminally good.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: Third-Person
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Heroes of the Storm closed beta starts tomorrow, adds ranked play
Heroes of the Storm closed beta starts tomorrow, adds ranked play
NEWS Blizzard's MOBA a step closer to release.
PC
1
WoW to get Twitter integration, anti-aliasing - report
WoW to get Twitter integration, anti-aliasing - report
NEWS Patch notes leak.
PC
RPG: MMO
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Blizzard may have to change the name of Overwatch
Blizzard may have to change the name of Overwatch
NEWS There's an existing trademark.
PC, Mac
Action: First-Person
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Rumour: EB Games is removing The Elder Scrolls Online from its stores
Rumour: EB Games is removing The Elder Scrolls Online from its stores
NEWS Free-to-play incoming?
PC, XO, PS4
RPG: MMO
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Smite's crowdsourced championship prize pool crosses US$2m mark
Smite's crowdsourced championship prize pool crosses US$2m mark
NEWS The third eSport to do so.
PC, XO
Far Cry 5 might feature vampires or be a Western
Far Cry 5 might feature vampires or be a Western
NEWS Ubi surveys players.
PC, XO, PS4
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Far Cry 4's next DLC is a permadeath escape challenge
Far Cry 4's next DLC is a permadeath escape challenge
NEWS Singleplayer or co-op prison break.
PC, XO, PS4
GTA Online gets in the holiday mood with Festive Surprise
GTA Online gets in the holiday mood with Festive Surprise
NEWS Snowball fights and more.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: Third-Person
Telltale's next is Minecraft: Story Mode
Telltale's next is Minecraft: Story Mode
NEWS Coming 2015.
PC, 360, XO, PS4, Vita
The latest AC: Unity patch downloads the entire game again
The latest AC: Unity patch downloads the entire game again
NEWS Only on Xbox One.
PC, XO, PS4
Action: Third-Person
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Mass murder game Hatred is back on Steam
Mass murder game Hatred is back on Steam
NEWS Ya-ay?
PC
Action: Third-Person
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Next Total War: Rome II DLC focuses on ancient Sparta
Next Total War: Rome II DLC focuses on ancient Sparta
NEWS Out now.
PC
Strategy: Turn Based
Shadow of Mordor's Lord of the Hunt story DLC launches
Shadow of Mordor's Lord of the Hunt story DLC launches
NEWS More meat to carve up.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
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