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Nathan Fillion went and made an Uncharted fan film

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Nathan Fillion went and made an Uncharted fan film

If you're one of the many that's ever thought "hey, Nathan Fillion would make an awesome Nathan Drake from Uncharted", you've just struck gold.

While the official movie seems to be stuck in development hell, with the latest version starring Tom Holland as young Drake, Fillion and director Allan Ungar have partnered to create a fifteen minute fan film.

Fillion hinted at something Uncharted late last week, and delivered this morning with short film available on YouTube.

Sure, the team behind this may not have the rights, but that hasn't stopped them from creating something with great action, impressive production quality, and all the quips and one-liners you could expect from Nathan Fillion/Drake.

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Commandos IP acquired by Kalypso Media Group

Commandos IP acquired by Kalypso Media Group

Kalypso Media Group has acquired the rights to the beloved real-time strategy series, Commandos.

The publisher already has experience with successful strategy titles, with Tropico 6 releasing next month.

Founder and global managing director Simon Hellwig noted the company's responsibility to "revive and further develop these beloved games for the fans around the world."

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Be nice in Rainbow Six Siege or risk getting banned

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Be nice in Rainbow Six Siege or risk getting banned

Ubisoft has had it's work cut out for it with Rainbow Six Siege and the overwhelming amount of toxic players.

Earlier in the year Ubisoft's multi-player shooter started to get focused moderation, with the goal of eliminating players' hate speech from the game. According to PC Gamer, Ubisoft has confirmed the addition of a new system that is handing bans when slurs are used in the game's chat.

The bans come in varying levels of severity based on the the amount of offenses a given player makes. First time offenders will receive a thirty minute ban while second and third offences will receive a two hour ban. Offend a third time and your account will be investigated with the possibility of a permanent ban.

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James Ohlen has retired after 22 years with BioWare

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James Ohlen has retired after 22 years with BioWare

Longtime BioWare developer James Ohlen has announced his retirement from the company.

In a thread of tweets, Ohlen noted that he had loved his time with the company, "But I need to take a break from the industry and work on something a little smaller and more personal."

During his 22 year tenure at BioWare, Ohlen was lead designer on Baldur's Gate 1 & 2, and Neverwinter Nights games, while also working other titles including Dragon Age: Origins, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and the upcoming Anthem.

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New Hearthstone expansion gets a taste for mad science

New Hearthstone expansion gets a taste for mad science

Hearthstone's next expansion pack has been announced, and will release on August 8.

Starring the infamous Dr. Boom, The Boomsday Project expansion pack will introduce 135 new cards, new card types and keywords into the game.

Players will be invited to join Dr. Boom's research team as intrepid scientists [read: unwitting test subjects], helping him with his latest creations.

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EA acquires game developer Industrial Toys

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EA acquires game developer Industrial Toys

It looks like EA is at it again, as today marks yet another studio acquisition for the mammoth company.

Electronic Arts has acquired Industrial Toys, a mobile developer started by ex-Bungie co-founder Alex Seropian. Industrial Toys will join EA as part of it's Worldwide Studios to "focus on new experiences".

With a small crew of only fourteen people, Industrial Toys may not be a name many are familiar with. the studio is best known for it's work on mobile games Midnight Star and its sequel.

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Monster Hunter: World hits PC next month

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Monster Hunter: World hits PC next month

PC fans eagerly awaiting the release of Monster Hunter: World are in for a surprise – the game releases next month.

Originally slated for a "Spring 2018" release, developer Capcom confirmed that the game will release August 9.

The good news doesn't stop there either. The PC version will include support for 2160p ultra HD resolution and 60 frames per second.

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Darksiders III could be releasing this November

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Darksiders III could be releasing this November

Update: It has now been confirmed that Darksiders III will indeed be launching on November 27 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Original article follows.

Despite having been delayed to 2019 by THQ Nordic, the eagle eyed folks at TrueAchievements have spotted listings for Darksiders III on the Microsoft Store with a release date of November 27.

It looks like the game will be getting three different digital editions. The first is a Standard Edition which conttains the base game, with a bonus Armor Skin for pre-orders. Next up is the Deluxe Edition, which includes the game and two paid post-release DLCs. Pre-ordering this edition will get you the Armor Skin and 24-hour early access to the game. Last but definitely not least is the Blades & Whip Edition which includes all of the previously-mentioned content, as well as copies of Darksiders: Warmastered Edition and Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition, both of which will unlock on November 26th.

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Warframe coming to Nintendo Switch and new expansions announced

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Warframe coming to Nintendo Switch and new expansions announced

Developer Digital Extremes, have announced that the popular free-to-play shooter Warframe is making it's way to the Nintendo Switch. The busy folks at Panic Button, who recently ported Doom, Rocket League & Wolfenstein II to the Switch will once again take the reigns for this version.

Warframe is a cooperative third-person shooter with both PVE and PVP combat with a heavy focus on fluid movement. With the game already out on PC, PS4 & Xbox One, it's seen a wealth of game-changing updates and improvements which have helped to build a solid fanbase, leading to it often showing up on Steam's most-played games list.

A short trailer was shown at TennoLive 2018 with mention of Co-Op. We're still waiting on more details including a release date, but it's highly likely we'll be able to take Warframe on the go before the year ends.

Tuesday 17 July

What The Box release trailer
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What The Box release trailer
Nathan Fillion went and made an Uncharted fan film
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Nathan Fillion went and made an Uncharted fan film
Nathan Drake strikes gold again.
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Monday 16 July

Commandos IP acquired by Kalypso Media Group
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Commandos IP acquired by Kalypso Media Group
Sequels and Remasters on the horizon
Be nice in Rainbow Six Siege or risk getting banned
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Be nice in Rainbow Six Siege or risk getting banned
The battle against toxicity rages on
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Friday 13 July

James Ohlen has retired after 22 years with BioWare
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James Ohlen has retired after 22 years with BioWare
Swapping dev tools for a pen & dice.
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Thursday 12 July

Ellie is getting an NPC companion in The Last of Us Part II
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Ellie is getting an NPC companion in The Last of Us Part II
But there's no guarantee it's Joel.
Fortnite eSports event with $8 million prize pool announced
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Fortnite eSports event with $8 million prize pool announced
That could buy you a lot of V-Bucks...

Wednesday 11 July

Tuesday 10 July

EA acquires game developer Industrial Toys
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EA acquires game developer Industrial Toys
No word yet on when they'll be shut down...
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Inside Review updated for Nintendo Switch
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Inside Review updated for Nintendo Switch
Limbo studio goes two-for-two.
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Monster Hunter: World hits PC next month
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Monster Hunter: World hits PC next month
Sooner than expected.
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Monday 9 July

Darksiders III could be releasing this November
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Darksiders III could be releasing this November
Need more time for all of these games on the horizon...
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Friday 6 July

Take a bigger look at Anthem's E3 gameplay demo
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Take a bigger look at Anthem's E3 gameplay demo
No cheesy squad chatter in this one
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Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy Switch Review
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Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy Switch Review
Baz joins Crash on his smallest adventure yet.

Thursday 5 July

Wednesday 4 July

Sea of Thieves to add three new content updates this year
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Sea of Thieves to add three new content updates this year
Will it be enough to stop the ship from sinking?
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Tuesday 3 July

E3 2018 Game Critic Award winners announced
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E3 2018 Game Critic Award winners announced
A remake of a 1998 game took the top spot
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Is Google about to take on PlayStation and Xbox?
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Is Google about to take on PlayStation and Xbox?
Streaming platform and console in the works.
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Monday 2 July

Destiny 2 updates PvP and introduces new Raid modes
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Destiny 2 updates PvP and introduces new Raid modes
Bigger fights and shinier guns.

Friday 29 June

Amy Hennig left EA after closure of Visceral Games
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Amy Hennig left EA after closure of Visceral Games
Starting her own independent studio
Warner Bros. responds to Bethesda lawsuit
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Warner Bros. responds to Bethesda lawsuit
"A baseless accusation."