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EVE Online going free-to-play in search of new players

CCP’s galactic MMO, EVE Online, will be ditching its subscription model and going free-to-play in an attempt to welcome more players into its giant universe-sized sandbox. …


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PSA: One week left to register early for VRDC at a discounted rate!

Early registration for the first-ever standalone Virtual Reality Developers Conference ends September 7th at 11:59 PM Pacific, so organizers are encouraging attendees to register now at a discount. …


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Blog: The battle between planning and iteration

Planning and iteration represent two different approaches to creation, not just in games, but in every creative field. But which is better for our medium? This post digs into these issues. …


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Now’s the time to submit talks for the Game Career Seminar at GDC 2017!

Game industry professionals, take note: GDC 2017 officials are now accepting Game Career Seminar talk submissions through Friday, September 23rd. …


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British Telecom is taking Valve to court over patent infringement

British Telecom, a multinational communications firm born over 150 years ago as the world’s first public telegraph company, has filed a lawsuit against Valve alleging violation of multiple BT patents. …


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Full Details & Release Date For Hitman’s Complete First-Season Disc

So far Hitman's first season has come out in digital dribs and drabs, but Square Enix has announced a specific release date for the physical collection of the game.

The collection ($ 59.99) comes out in a steelbook that has all of the game's content so far, including community contracts.

Furthermore, the Hitman: The Complete First Season game includes three missions from the Summer Bonus Episode; the original soundtrack; a making-of documentary; the pre-release Requiem Blood Money Pack; and, for those who pick up the PS4 version, The Sarajevo Six missions. All of this extra content is via digital download. Limited-time Elusive Targets are included, but only those that take place after the collection comes out. 

Hitman: The Complete First Season comes out on January 31.

[Source: Square Enix]

 

Our Take
It will be interesting to see if these episodes hang together in any meaningful way or if they feel just as disparate – a criticism editor Jeff Marchiafava had of the piecemeal episode structure.

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EVE Online Getting Free Way To Play

EVE Online is introducing a free-to-play option that sits alongside its subscription model via different clone states.

Those who want to start playing for free or come back to their inactive accounts will enter as Alpha Clones. Alpha Clones are restricted to a specific set of skills and skill levels such as tech one frigates, destroyers, and cruisers. Omega Clones, meanwhile, are the paying customers who can play the game like they always have.

This new structure is coming in November alongside an update.

For more information on the move, check out developer CCP Games' extensive blog post and FAQ.

[Source: EVE Online]

 

Our Take
I'm not an EVE player, but this seems like a sensible way to invite new players while being true to those who've made the game what it is up to this point.

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Stranger Things Is Getting Another Season On Netflix

Stranger Things is a supernatural '80s homage exclusive to Netflix, and if you're one of the many people wondering what's next for the hit series, you can now rest assured that the story will continue.

The Duffer brothers' series puts a compelling modern twist on classic sci-fi, and according to the official Stranger Things Twitter account, a second season is coming in 2017.

Right now, we'll avoid any further speculation about the plot to avoid spoiling the show for those who are still watching, but let's just say that plenty of questions still need answers in this unique universe.

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Angel City To Return In Titanfall 2 As Free DLC Map

Angel City was easily one of the most iconic maps for players to stomp around in the first Titanfall (if you're having trouble remembering which one that is, it's the one in the image above). Turns out the map will be returning in the second game.

Respawn Entertainment revealed the news on its Twitter account alongside the nugget of info that those who preorder the game would get early access to the map. Respawn hasn't revealed any images or gameplay footage of the new version of Angel City in action but we'll update this article accordingly when that changes.

Titanfall 2 will be released on October 28. You can check out our impressions of the game's multiplayer here.

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Rumor: NX Development Kit Dimensions Leaked

Though Nintendo has yet to make any formal announcement regarding the capabilities of its upcoming system (codenamed "NX"), various reports have been swirling around it for months. The latest purported info should be of particular interest to those wondering about the NX's specific dimensions.

According to Let's Play Video Games, the development unit (which could differ from the final production model) is about 11 inches wide and 3.6 inches tall (281mm x 92mm) with the controllers attached. The unit reportedly allows the sides to be detached and function as controllers, which would decrease the width.

Another interesting bit is included in the report: Apparently the NX is currently region-free, which would make it easy for owners to import and play games not released in their home territories. 

We should know the truth of these leaks and rumors soon enough; since the NX is slated to release in March 2017, Nintendo can't stay tight-lipped forever. The company to leave the NX out of its E3 plans in favor of a still-unannounced reveal event. 

[Source: Let's Play Video Games]


Our Take
These rumors seem consistent with previous patents that Nintendo has filed, but until Nintendo makes an official announcement, it's hard to put too much stock in homemade diagrams; believing this kind of thing has gone badly before. Even so, I've already written about how excited I am for the potential of a new Nintendo system with these capabilities, so I'm hoping some of rumors turn out to be true. All of the speculation and excitement is interesting, but I'm ready for some concrete, 100-percent reliable info to be released.

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