Gameplanet New Zealand Latest updates from Gameplanet - New Zealand's #1 destination for gamers. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:43:51 +1200 Zend_Feed_Writer 1.12.3 (http://framework.zend.com) http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/ contact@gameplanet.co.nz (Gameplanet) Gameplanet Random Access Memories: Renegade Renegade was a true pioneer. The very first 3D beat-‘em-up to hit arcades in the West, it wowed gamers not only with its y-axis movement, but also with enemies that could take more than a single hit before crumpling to the ground. Sometimes they’d even get back up for more, just like real life!

Released into arcades in the US and Europe in 1986, Renegade’s influence was immediate and long-lasting. It moved fighting games away from the tournament settings of 2D titles like The Way of the Exploding Fist and Yie Ar Kung-Fu and into the streets, where players took the role of vigilantes, beating down scumbags and rescuing kidnapped girlfriends.

It was also the catalyst for a 3D brawler explosion that would see the genre prominently feature in arcades for the next half-decade, with most of its descendants adopting its punch/jump/kick button layout, boss-per-level structure, side-scrolling format, and poorly-implemented environmental interactions.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:45:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/features/g5302c0213fe9a/Random-Access-Memories-Renegade/?utm_source=rss Article#1140490
Let's Play: Renegade Matt has a quick play through classic Taito-developed 1986 brawler Renegade.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/videos/g53d095b95d8e1/Lets-Play-Renegade/?utm_source=rss Article#1153150
Majestic Nights - teaser trailer This is Majestic Nights: an isometric Role-Playing Game of conspiracies and investigation inspired by the totally over-the-top aesthetic of the best and worst of the 1980's. Think Miami Vice meets The X Files.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:01:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/videos/g53d068fa941a6/Majestic-Nights---teaser-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1153140
Grid Autosport – Best of British DLC trailer The 'Best of British' car pack features three vehicles, each engineered and produced in the UK. It's available now on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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Velvet Sundown trailer Velvet Sundown is a social multiplayer role-playing game, taking place on a luxury yacht cruising the waters of a fictitious Caribbean state of Balbonia. Embark on a journey full of conspiracies, trickery and secrets where you can never tell a friend from foe.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:43:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/videos/g53d054be2b592/Velvet-Sundown-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1153120
Risen 3: Titan Lords – Back to The Roots feature video A new featurette from Piranha Bytes shows how the studio is taking the best bits from the Gothic and Risen series' to make Risen 3 the best experience possible.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:28:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/videos/g53d03f2f39d93/Risen-3-Titan-Lords-Back-to-The-Roots-feature-video/?utm_source=rss Article#1153100
Far Cry 4's hero "not the white saviour, not the dudebro" Ubisoft is looking to improve on Far Cry 3’s oft-criticised script, says one of its writers.

Writer C.J. Kershner told Polygon, "We were aware of the discussions happening about Far Cry 3. People identified some problems.

"Our protagonist is not the white saviour, not the dudebro," added Kershner, who previously worked on the script for Homefront.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g53d04560061d8/Far-Cry-4s-hero-not-the-white-saviour-not-the-dudebro/?utm_source=rss Article#1153110
WildStar – DevSpeak: Sabotage video The latest WildStar drop from Carbine Studios is made for PvP players, and provides multiplayer action never before seen in the game. Featuring mounts, airstrikes and "a ridiculous amount of explosives", Sabotage is a new game mode that players can access starting at level 30 and takes place in a massive new 15 vs. 15 battleground, Daggerstone Pass.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/videos/g53d03afe4e12d/WildStar-DevSpeak-Sabotage-video/?utm_source=rss Article#1153090
Assassin's Creed Unity – Experience Trailer #1: New Engine, New Gameplay Assassin's Creed Unity Creative Director Alex Amancio walks us through the features of the all-new Anvil engine and highlights some of the technology he and the rest of the development team used to make Assassin's Creed Unity a true next-gen experience.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:42:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/videos/g53d03531d5cb5/Assassins-Creed-Unity-Experience-Trailer-1-New-Engine-New-Gameplay/?utm_source=rss Article#1153080
An analogue stick has been added to the Steam Controller It looks like Valve has added an analogue stick to its Steam Controller.

As spotted by Facepunch user DevinWatson, the latest update for digital distribution client Steam includes a new picture of the controller at the following location:

[Steam directory]\tenfoot\resource\images\library\alpha_conroller_l
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Dungeon Defenders Eternity gameplay trailer According to Trendy Entertainment, Dungeon Defenders Eternity is the definitive version of its tower defense action-RPG. Its out now for PC, Mac, Linux, and NVIDIA Tegra Android devices.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:44:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/videos/g53d02ae49c8ca/Dungeon-Defenders-Eternity-gameplay-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1153060
The Uncharted movie has a release date but no Drake The Uncharted film will release on June 10, Sony has announced.

The Hollywood Reporter states that Uncharted: Drake's Fortune will fill the space left by the delay of Amazing Spider-Man 3, which is now slated for a 2018 release.

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune’s screenplay is being written by David Guggenheim (Safe House, Stolen), and will be directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief).

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53d028ee5682b/The-Uncharted-movie-has-a-release-date-but-no-Drake/?utm_source=rss Article#1153050
CounterSpy launch trailer Combining the spy mythology and bold aesthetics of the 1950s and 1960s and set during the Cold War, CounterSpy focuses on the rogue third spy agency, C.O.U.N.T.E.R, that keeps the world's super powers at bay. Just as each side of the ongoing conflict gets close to unleashing a blow of earthshaking proportions, C.O.U.N.T.E.R. jumps into action, stealthily sabotaging their dastardly plans and deceptively maintaining world peace.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:19:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/videos/g53d025a119970/CounterSpy-launch-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1153040
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris to arrive late this year Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris will be available to download from December 9 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC, publisher Square Enix has announced.

The isometric action-adventure title is a sequel to the excellent Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

It sees Lara travel to Egypt to defeat the evil god Set. To do so, she must join forces with rival archaeologist Carter Bell, along with imprisoned gods Horus and Isis.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:55:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53d020b04b1c7/Lara-Croft-and-the-Temple-of-Osiris-to-arrive-late-this-year/?utm_source=rss Article#1153030
Ratchet & Clank Trilogy review [i]Ratchet & Clank Trilogy[/i] is a largely successful port of the much-loved action platformer. Looking on them in 2014, though, the flaws are more apparent, and the a couple of design decisions don't translate to the Vita all that well.

Ratchet & Clank Trilogy is the latest in a long, respectable line of Playstation stalwarts ported to and revamped for the PS Vita, joining God of War, Jak and Daxter, Metal Gear Solid, Flower, and a deep well of PSOne Classics. The steady trickle of old standards back to storefronts is a boon for players looking to revisit old favourites or explore games they missed the first time around (assuming they were even alive – kids born around the time the first Ratchet & Clank was released will be 12 now).

But this steady trickle, this great excavation of recent games history, serves another purpose. It lets us revisit these games with fresh eyes. We can shine a light on the old canon, see if it still holds up. In the case of Ratchet & Clank Trilogy, it's holding up pretty well. But the cracks are showing.

We can still say Ratchet & Clank’s foundations are strong, though. Its faithful adherence to the fundamentals of the modern 3D platformer and mechanics with their roots Super Mario 64 makes it feel similarly timeless, and the weapons system remains diverse and almost ahead of its time (even if Armed and Dangerous was only two years off). But its most interesting feature is still its level design.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:05:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/psvita/reviews/g53cf16ffad74b/Ratchet-Clank-Trilogy-review/?utm_source=rss Article#1153020
Areal campaign pulled by Kickstarter after clearing funding goal Areal, the game pitched as "the definitive spiritual successor to the cult hit S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series" has been suspended from Kickstarter.

The crowdfunding effort was halted by Kickstarter with just two days remaining, and just after clearing its funding goal. No money will be taken from backers.

Kickstarter doesn't disclose why it suspends campaigns, but its terms of use outline a plethora of possible scenarios that can get a project pulled, including misrepresentation and self-pledging – both of which developer West Games has been accused of.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:04:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53cf0687373cb/Areal-campaign-pulled-by-Kickstarter-after-clearing-funding-goal/?utm_source=rss Article#1153010
Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas cinematic trailer Brave the haunted halls of Naxxramas, Hearthstone's first-ever single player Adventure. Log in and begin battling your way through five deadly wings of the Naxxramas dungeon, each filled with iconic bosses and hordes of sweet loot (read "new cards") for your Hearthstone decks.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:01:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/videos/g53cefb38937ae/Hearthstone-Curse-of-Naxxramas-cinematic-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1153000
The new Nvidia Shield is an 8-inch gaming tablet with an optional controller Nvidia has unveiled a new Shield gaming device, and this time it’s a tablet intended to be used with a standalone controller.

The first Nvidia Shield – now to be known as Shield Portable – has a 5-inch screen attached to an Xbox 360-style controller, whereas the new Shield may be paired with an optional controller over Wi-Fi.

Nvidia told Ars Technica that its goal with the new Shield tablet is to make a good standard tablet as well as a good gaming tablet.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:52:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53cef91cd4778/The-new-Nvidia-Shield-is-an-8-inch-gaming-tablet-with-an-optional-controller/?utm_source=rss Article#1152990
Destiny beta is back online a day early The Destiny beta is back up and running a full day early.

It was expected to return tomorrow after a two day maintenance period.

This news means those on Xbox 360 and Xbox One can join those on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 and jam the game for the next five days, as codes were sent out earlier today.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:15:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/xbox-one/news/g53cef0396d0c0/Destiny-beta-is-back-online-a-day-early/?utm_source=rss Article#1152980
League of Legends – A New Dawn cinematic trailer Day breaks over a landscape consecrated by blood and steel. A battle begins as a new dawn rises.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:07:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/videos/g53ceee03c2fd9/League-of-Legends-A-New-Dawn-cinematic-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1152970
FIFA 15 – Dev Diary #2: Emotion & Intensity Captured from FIFA 15 gameplay, see players reacting to big moments as they would in real life, unique crowds, and new celebrations.

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OlliOlli - PC launch trailer OlliOlli mixes addictive one-life gameplay with over 120 tricks and grinds across 50 deviously crafted levels, 250 Challenges, Spots Mode and Daily Grind. Not enough for you? Complete all challenges to unlock the super skillful RAD Mode! Rack up the biggest and coolest combos along the way then time your landing to perfection to rule the leader-boards.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:41:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/videos/g53cee8a60c00b/OlliOlli---PC-launch-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1152950
Gods Will Be Watching launch trailer Gods Will Be Watching is a point and click thriller about hard decisions and moral dilemmas in order to survive. A series of dramatic puzzles where both the narrative outcome and the ethical approach to the problem matter as you progress through your adventure. There's no good or evil, just decisions, with only you as the judge of your actions. Is eating your friends the best way to stay alive, or just the easier?

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:35:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/videos/g53cee702d39ad/Gods-Will-Be-Watching-launch-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1152940
Forza Horizon 2's first 100 cars revealed Playground Games has revealed the first 100 cars that will feature in upcoming open world racer Forza Horizon 2.

Just over 200 cars will be included when the game is released on Xbox 360 and Xbox One on September 30.

According to a post on Xbox Wire, all of the cars have been built from the ground up to take full advantage of the power of Xbox One, and include new features like functioning windshield wipers, working headlights and interior lights, and dynamic dirt-mapping.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:01:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/xbox-one/news/g53cedf21f3267/Forza-Horizon-2s-first-100-cars-revealed/?utm_source=rss Article#1152930
Dragon Age: Inquisition release delayed six weeks The release of Dragon Age: Inquisition has been delayed six weeks in order to give it an extra layer of polish, EA has announced.

Inquisition was due out on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC on October 9, but will now hit on November 21.

“We appreciate the enormous support we’ve received from all of you to get to this point, and while this extra few weeks may not seem like a lot, I know the game you’ll play will be all the better for it,” said executive producer Mark Darrah.

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Battlefield Hardline delayed to 2015 The release of Battlefield Hardline has been pushed to 2015 so the game may be improved and expanded, DICE has announced.

Feedback from the game’s beta got DICE thinking about what else it could put in the game, said studio VP Karl Magnus Troedsson.

“The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing,” he said.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:52:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g53ceced2d1375/Battlefield-Hardline-delayed-to-2015/?utm_source=rss Article#1152910
Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers review [i]Magic 2015[/i] is a step backwards for the [i]Planeswalkers[/i] series, and could potentially prove a costly misstep for Stainless Games given the recent, celebrated arrival of Blizzard in the CCG genre.

The latest iteration in the casual-friendly Planeswalkers series, Magic 2015 is an attempt to widen the audience of Magic: The Gathering – the great grand-daddy of collectable card games. Presented here in videogame form, the idea is that what you’ll experience virtually will translate one-to-one with an actual Magic game at your local comic book shop.

Magic, if you’re unaware of it, is about building a set of 60 cards and going head-to-head with someone else and their set of cards. By choosing a smart collection of spells, creatures, and resources, the idea is that you’ll increase your chances of winning – but you’ll still need to face off against the luck of the draw and how well your opponent plays their hand.

This year’s iteration of the videogame brings with it some features that fans have been clamouring for, like deep deck-building tools, while inexplicably taking away some that those familiar with the series are sure to miss.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:37:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/reviews/g53cdb72eaa440/Magic-2015-Duels-of-the-Planeswalkers-review/?utm_source=rss Article#1152900
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty launch trailer Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is out tomorrow on PlayStation 4, so here's a launch trailer from Oddworld Inhabitants.

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Mighty No. 9 - Gameplay footage July 2014 Keiji Inafune has shared some new Mighty No. 9 footage in the game's latest Kickstarter update.

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Bleszinski outlines his design philosophy for FPS Blue Streak Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski has given some indication of where he is going with free-to-play arena shooter Blue Streak.

In a lengthy interview with Venturebeat, the Boss Key Productions cofounder said that much of the game’s design had been influenced by his new love of football.

“This isn’t to say I’m going to make a sports game, but there’s so much to be learned from the fan loyalty, the branding of the teams, the player personalities, the broadcasting, the rules of the game,” said Bleszinski.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:45:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53cda44c011af/Bleszinski-outlines-his-design-philosophy-for-FPS-Blue-Streak/?utm_source=rss Article#1152870
Doom probably won't be publicly unveiled until next year Bethesda Softworks marketing boss Pete Hines has hinted that the public probably won’t lay eyes on Bethesda’s new Doom title until next year.

Speaking with PC Gamer, Hines said that QuakeCon attendees only saw footage of the in-development FPS because he wanted to quash doubts about the state of the game. However, it isn’t ready to be inspected by the Internet at large.

"I really wanted to put something out there that in a strong way said, ‘Id is working on something that we think is really cool,’" said Hines.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:36:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g53cd9556a678e/Doom-probably-wont-be-publicly-unveiled-until-next-year/?utm_source=rss Article#1152860
Not considering a The Last of Us sequel is "a disservice" to fans – Naughty Dog If Naughty Dog didn’t consider a sequel to The Last of Us, it “would be a disservice” to the studio and the game’s fans, says community strategist Arne Meyer.

Speaking with Videogamer, Meyer mulled over the possibility of another game set in The Last of Us’ universe.

“I think we always make a smart decision in that all of our games are self-contained stories so they don’t have to continue if we don’t want them to or if there’s no reason for them to continue,” he said.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:13:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/playstation-4/news/g53cd82584dd79/Not-considering-a-The-Last-of-Us-sequel-is-a-disservice-to-fans-Naughty-Dog/?utm_source=rss Article#1152850
Maxis job listing suggests F2P sandbox title in development A new job listing for a position at Maxis suggests the SimCity and The Sims studio is working on a new sandbox-style game.

The ad, which is for a senior designer, namechecks Minecraft, LittleBigPlanet, and Project Spark, and mentions a “new, unannounced Maxis product being created at EA’s Redwood Shores, California Studio”.

It also mentions RPG-like elements, loot, technology and crafting trees, creativity editors, and extensive multiplayer gameplay mechanics.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:38:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53cd79f8f2c55/Maxis-job-listing-suggests-F2P-sandbox-title-in-development/?utm_source=rss Article#1152840
Here's what pop star Lorde thinks of the Oculus Rift Kiwi pop star Lorde has some strange things to say about the Oculus Rift.

In an interview with The Guardian, Lorde mentioned that she had tried a recording studio simulation on the virtual reality headset.

“It’s like being in someone’s filth,” she said.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:23:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53cd76a8e8b55/Heres-what-pop-star-Lorde-thinks-of-the-Oculus-Rift/?utm_source=rss Article#1152830
The Long Dark – Echoes trailer Imagine the lights go out, never to return. Bright aurora flare across the sky, and all humanity’s technological might is laid to waste, neutralized in a kind of quiet apocalypse. Everything that has shielded humanity from the disinterested power of Mother Nature is suddenly wrenched from us, dropping us a few links down the food chain. Food and water are scarce. The roads are no longer safe. And winter approaches… Welcome to The Long Dark.

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The Sims 4 - gameplay walkthrough trailer See over 15 minutes of raw gameplay from The Sims 4 in this official walkthrough trailer.

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Transmedia project Quantum Break unaffected by Xbox TV shutdown Microsoft's plans to shut down Xbox Entertainment Studios will not affect the production of Remedy's videogame-TV series crossover project, Quantum Break.

Quantum Break "will be released next year and the game and show both remain on track," said a Microsoft spokesperson speaking with Polygon.

"The news of Xbox Entertainment Studios has not impacted our progress and we're excited to share more details of Quantum Break at Gamescom in August."

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:48:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/xbox-one/news/g53cc53a40d624/Transmedia-project-Quantum-Break-unaffected-by-Xbox-TV-shutdown/?utm_source=rss Article#1152800
TESO off to a decent start subscriber-wise – report The Elder Scrolls Online is off to a strong start, according to a new report from SuperData Research.

The latest figures from the games market intelligence company show that ZeniMax Online Studios’ MMO had 772,374 subscribers in June.

Publisher Bethesda hasn't released sales or subscription data for the title.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:19:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53cc4e3088f9a/TESO-off-to-a-decent-start-subscriber-wise-report/?utm_source=rss Article#1152790
Xbox cuts 75% of EMEA staff, 10% of UK staff - report A new report indicates that as much as 75 percent of the Xbox EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) team will lose their jobs as a part of Microsoft's extensive restructuring process.

According to trade publication MCV, the remaining 25 percent of the Xbox EMEA team must re-apply for their jobs. The Xbox UK team has been reduced by 10 percent, and all contractors have been dismissed.

Xbox did not confirm the numbers to MCV. It issued the following statement. "We eliminated a number of EMEA roles in the UK to gain efficiencies."

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:13:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53cc48f75fc86/Xbox-cuts-75-of-EMEA-staff-10-of-UK-staff---report/?utm_source=rss Article#1152780
Destiny: no cross-platform so playing field is level Cross-platform play isn’t happening in Destiny because Bungie fears players will believe those on newer consoles have an advantage in the game’s PvP modes.

Speaking with Digital Trends, Bungie engineer Roger Wolfson said cross-platform play isn't possible because the studio wants to balance player numbers within its sprawling world, but also because it wishes to “preserve the experience” for everyone.

“I’ll speak for the hypothetical player,” said Wolfson. “I have a disadvantage sniping across the map because [my opponent with a next-gen console] is only two pixels on my screen and I’m four pixels on his.

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Square Enix threatens legal action against fan-made patch Final Fantasy fans working to translate Final Fantasy Type-0 from Japanese to English and Spanish have been issued with a cease and desist warning from the game's publisher, Square Enix.

The amateur team shared the news in a notice on the project's website. "Unfortunately I’m forced to remove my posts and pages related to the popular Final Fantasy Type-0 fan translation project," said a team member using the handle Sky. "That’s right, certain game company thinks that threats and false accusations are the way to treat its biggest fans."

"For the time being I can’t answer questions related to this matter, but I’ll write a more comprehensive post about all this once I get the chance. I hope you understand, and as always I appreciate your support (that I might need more that ever in the near future). Thank you very much."

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:36:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53cc4051b0abb/Square-Enix-threatens-legal-action-against-fan-made-patch/?utm_source=rss Article#1152750
Styx: Master of Shadows summer trailer Styx: Master of Shadows is an infiltration game developed by Cyanide Studio and planned for release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in September.

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Carmageddon: Reincarnation - gameplay trailer Carmageddon: Reincarnation is the driving game where pedestrians (and cows) equal points and your opponents are a bunch of crazies in a twisted mix of automotive killing machines.

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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:41:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/videos/g53c89a7f08b30/Carmageddon-Reincarnation---gameplay-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1152710
Doom preview The original Doom games were similar to their so-called daddy, Wolfenstein: run-and-gun corridor shooters, where exploration was limited to secret stashes and multi-coloured key cards. Doom 3, an intended reboot of the original Doom, had tacked-on survival elements and one hell of an artificial difficulty booster, by way of a flashlight that couldn’t be held at the same time as a weapon.

Reportedly a technical limitation, according to ex-id Software guru John Carmack, this mechanic faux pas was later corrected for Doom 3: BFG Edition, which illuminated the corridor-shooting tendencies of the series, albeit at a much slower pace than the preceding titles. Now, with the unveiling of Doom, the franchise is set to return to its roots in an even bigger way.

The executive producer of all things Doom, Marty Stratton, was on hand to offer context to the live singleplayer demonstration in what he described as an “origin game, [a] reimagining of everything that made those original [Doom] games great. The game is called Doom; not 'Doom 4', and not something like 'Enemy Territory: Doom Wars'.” The latter tongue-in-cheek reference is a dig at the strange naming conventions that have been used in the past for Doom’s sibling series, Quake.

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The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 4 trailer Free of their brutal captor, the group resumes their journey north. But hunger, violence and death have taken their toll. Simmering conflicts and inevitable changes within the group remind Clementine that danger can come from within, as well as without; she must choose her allies carefully in this penultimate episode of The Walking Dead Season 2.

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Xbox TV project to be canned As a part of the layoffs and restructuring announced by new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella this morning, the Xbox division will shutter its TV production wing, Xbox Entertainment Studios.

New Xbox boss Phil Spencer circulated an email to Xbox employees this morning. In it, Spencer said that Microsoft envisions a "mobile-first and cloud-first world" and that "games are the single biggest digital life category in a mobile-first world."

"For Xbox to be successful, we must remain committed to being a consumer-driven organization with the mission of meeting the high expectations of a passionate fan base, to create the best games and to drive technical innovation."

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The Evil Within is now coming out earlier than expected Bethesda will release Shinji Mikami's new survival horror game The Evil Within a week earlier than was previously announced.

Speaking at QuakeCon, Bethesda PR and marketing boss Pete Hines said The Evil Within will now be released on October 16 in New Zealand. It had previously been confirmed for October 21.

The change in date will mean The Evil Within is no longer being released on the same day as 2K's Evolve, which is on a hot streak after picking up numerous accolades at E3.

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Hearthstone: The Curse of Naxxramas drops next week The Curse of Naxxramas, the first singleplayer adventure for Hearthstone, will be released next week.

Starting July 23, all Hearthstone players will be able to access the first wing of the five-part adventure, the Arachnid Quarter. The first hit is free; subsequent wings will need to be purchased with in-game gold or real currency.

The full expansion adds 30 new cards to the game that are earned by defeating bosses, with completion of each wing guaranteeing the player a new Legendary class card.

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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:06:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g53c8649b1b7a2/Hearthstone-The-Curse-of-Naxxramas-drops-next-week/?utm_source=rss Article#1152670
Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs in the next year New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced that up to 18,000 Microsoft employees will lose their jobs in the next year. It will be the largest round of layoffs in the company's history.

"We will begin to reduce the size of our overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year," reads an email Satya Nadella sent to employees today. Microsoft's total head count is over 127,000, meaning this round of redundancies will affect approximately 14 percent of the company's workforce.

The majority of the redundancies are to be former Nokia employees, both professional and factory workers, said Nadella. Redundancies in this division are expected to total around 12,500. In addition, Microsoft will change course on its line of Android-powered Nokia X devices. Some will become Lumia Windows phones.

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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:15:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53c83c209e9eb/Microsoft-to-cut-18-000-jobs-in-the-next-year/?utm_source=rss Article#1152660
Honour Roll: Why a new site is putting a spotlight on game reviewers Video Game Review HQ is something of an anomaly: it's a site run by volunteers that is attempting to give gaming critics some recognition for well-written reviews. In doing so, it also seeks to raise the standard of reviewing in general, and also to improve the perception of games journalism in the mainstream media.

Based on the east coast of the United States, it is maintained by an anonymous group of current and former journalists and critics, whose combined experience in the industry totals 77 years (with no single volunteer having fewer than seven years on his or her resume).

Intrigued, we spoke to site founder "Ben" about his mission, and had a nice if somewhat insider-y chat about the state of game critiquing in general.

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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/features/g53c759d598c1e/Honour-Roll-Why-a-new-site-is-putting-a-spotlight-on-game-reviewers/?utm_source=rss Article#1152650