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Tencent acquires 80 percent of Grinding Gear Games

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Tencent acquires 80 percent of Grinding Gear Games

Tencent has acquired a majority stake in Path of Exile studio Grinding Gear Games.

The New Zealand Herald reports that the Kiwi developer has sold up 80 per cent of its shares to the Chinese Internet giant.

In a blog post, Grinding Gear studio head Chris Wilson assured players that the acquisition won’t change how the studio operates.

“We want to reassure the community that this will not affect the development and operations of Path of Exile,” he wrote.

“Tencent owns giant franchises like League of Legends and Clash of Clans and has a strong reputation for respecting the design decisions of developers and studios they invest in, allowing a high level of autonomy in continuing to operate and develop their games.

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Rumour: Next year's Call of Duty is Modern Warfare 4

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Rumour: Next year's Call of Duty is Modern Warfare 4

A supposed leak and the migration of key staff to Infinity Ward has some convinced that next year’s Call of Duty is another Modern Warfare.

A small-time site called Gaming Intel claimed yesterday that 2019’s CoD is Modern Warfare 4.

Gaming Intel said its sources reckon Modern Warfare 4 is a “fully fledged” title that unlike BLOPS 4 will have a campaign.

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You can stream Resident Evil 7 to a Switch in Japan

You can stream Resident Evil 7 to a Switch in Japan

Resident Evil 7 is coming to Switch this week in Japan.

However, as Resident Evil 7 Cloud Version’s name suggests, the game can only be played by streaming it to a Switch – the install file is only 45MB – therefore, it can’t be played offline.

A second catch: your first 15 minutes are free, but then it’s 2000 yen (about NZ$26 / AU$24) for 180 days of play.

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Paradox announces Imperator: Rome, board games, and much more

Paradox announces Imperator: Rome, board games, and much more

Paradox Interactive announced two new games, three new expansions, and board game versions of its biggest franchises at Paradox Con over the weekend.

Imperator: Rome is a new grand strategy property that looks to explore alternate histories.

“What we think of as ‘western civilization’ was not guaranteed,” the game’s pitch reads.

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Microsoft unveils the Xbox Adaptive Controller for those with limited mobility

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Microsoft unveils the Xbox Adaptive Controller for those with limited mobility

Microsoft has unveiled a piece of hardware it believes will enable and empower gamers with limited mobility: The Xbox Adaptive Controller.

The controller’s inclusive design approach is for gamers who might not be able to reach all the bumpers and triggers, or hold a controller for an extended period of time, for example.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller was developed in partnership with organisations including The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Craig Hospital, SpecialEffect, and Warfighter Engaged.

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Ubisoft delays Skull and Bones, but The Division 2 is coming

Ubisoft delays Skull and Bones, but The Division 2 is coming

Ubisoft's open-world pirate game Skull and Bones has been delayed.

Originally due later this year, it now won’t hit the high seas until the next financial year, which begins next April.

"Ubisoft has decided to give itself more time to develop Skull & Bones to offer players an even more engaging experience," said Ubisoft in its latest financial report.

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BLOPS 4: Campaign out, battle royale in, Zombies expanded

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BLOPS 4: Campaign out, battle royale in, Zombies expanded

Activision has officially unveiled Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, with no fewer than six trailers.

As was rumoured in April, there is no campaign mode for the first time in Call of Duty history. Instead, there are solo trials missions, and you can play Zombies mode with bots.

As was also suggested months ago, there is a battle royale mode. It is called Blackout, and includes famous characters from Black Ops series and the original Zombies mode, as well as air, sea and land vehicles.

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Take-Two delays a game that is almost certainly Borderlands

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Take-Two delays a game that is almost certainly Borderlands

Take-Two publishing label 2K Games has delayed the release of an unannounced game the Internet seems to think is Borderlands 3.

In its latest earnings report, Take-Two chief executive Strauss Zelnick said that an unannounced game in one of his company’s biggest franchises that was due this financial year (before April 2019) will now arrive during the 2020 financial year (before April 2020).

The unannounced title has been previously mentioned in the company’s Q1 2018 and Q2 2018 reports, among others.

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Skullgirls studio delays action RPG Indivisible into 2019

Skullgirls studio delays action RPG Indivisible into 2019

Indivisible, the upcoming action-RPG from Skullgirls studio Lab Zero, has been delayed.

The sheer number of assets the game requires and the time needed to deliver them at an acceptable quality are the main reasons for the delay.

"While we did everything we could to prevent this from happening, the simple reality is that Indivisible ended up being a much larger project than we could have anticipated when the game was conceived way back in 2015," said Lab Zero.