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7 successful Early Access games that all developers should study

We sought input from several game developers on which games offer instructive examples of how to truly take full advantage of an early access campaign. …


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Early access version of Minecraft: Education Edition launches for free

Following a beta program featuring over 100 schools from 30 countries, the early access version of Minecraft: Education Edition has been made available for free for educations around the world.  …


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Unity and Unreal devs can now access WorldViz’s ‘warehouse-scale’ VR tech

WorldViz has what it calls a 50 x 50 meter motion tracking system for VR, and next month that tech will be accessible to game developers via new Unreal Engine 4 and Unity 5 plugins. …


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Early Access coming to Android via Google Play

A new section called Google Play Early Access, which will include a “hand-picked group of promising open betas that haven’t gone to production yet” is coming to Android phones. …


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Itch.io launches Refinery, an early access toolset

The indie-friendly Steam competitor levels up its offering with a flexible new solution for developers who want to share games with audiences during development. …


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EA Is Giving Away Battlefield 4 And Hardline Premium To Access Members

Yesterday, we reported that EA is giving away a DLC pack each for Battlefield 4 and Hardline. The publisher is also giving its Xbox One and Origin Access members something extra.

If you happen to a member of EA Access on Xbox One or Origin Access on PS4, you now get all of the DLC for both games as part of your membership. Each includes four DLC packs and additional battlepacks.

You can read more about Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline in our reviews. On Friday, EA will be announcing details about the next game in the franchise. You can read up on that here.

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EA Is Giving Away Battlefield 4 And Hardline Premium To Access Members

Yesterday, we reported that EA is giving away a DLC pack each for Battlefield 4 and Hardline. The publisher is also giving its Xbox One and Origin Access members something extra.

If you happen to a member of EA Access on Xbox One or Origin Access on PS4, you now get all of the DLC for both games as part of your membership. Each includes four DLC packs and additional battlepacks.

You can read more about Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline in our reviews. On Friday, EA will be announcing details about the next game in the franchise. You can read up on that here.

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PGA Tour Golf Heading To EA Access Vault

EA Sports has announced that Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is coming to the EA Access Vault next week, giving subscribers the chance to download the game at no additional charge.

The company revealed the information in a tweet.

Kato reviewed the game when it came out last July, where he praised its gameplay fundamentals but was ultimately underwhelmed by its bare-bones approach.

 

Our Take
If you haven't gotten around to playing the game yet, this seems like a decent way to give it a shot.  

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Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare Has Zombies Mode, Early Map Access On PS4

Infinity Ward has developed Call of Duty since the beginning of the series, but it's never dabbled with the undead. Zombies mode was the brainchild of Treyarch, which introduced the spinoff mode in its Call of Duty: World at War. Activision and Infinity Ward just announced the latest entry in the series, which not only takes the series into space, but also marks the first time that players will be able to fight off zombies in an Infinity Ward-developed Call of Duty title.

Infinity Ward's communications director, Eric Monacelli, revealed the mode in a post on the PlayStation Blog, saying "…Infinite Warfare will introduce an original cooperative Zombies mode that takes players on a wild ride through a new storyline with unique gameplay features and mechanics." More details will be coming soon. 

Additionally, PlayStation 4 owners will get access to the game's DLC map packs 30 days before they're released on competing platforms. 

Look for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on November 4.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
Once again, zombies wear down a team of humans. 

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Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition Grants Early Access To Game

Hardcore Gears fans may want to look into the Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition. This $ 99.99 package includes Gears 4, the season pass, a limited edition Steelbook case, and early access to the game.

The season pass (which will cost you $ 49.99 if you wait to buy it later) features a Vintage VIP pack with some weapon skins, permanent access to the 24 maps (which The Coalition plans to roll out two per month for a year after launch), private dedicated servers, access to a Developer Playlist that lets you try out new maps and modes before they become available to the wider public, and six Gears packs. These unlock new weapon skins, equipment, boosts, and character skins.

The early access period begins October 7, for days before the standard edition's release. You can pre-order the game now at retailers or online, and doing so grants you a Vintage Del Gear Pack that includes a new Del model, emblem, two vintage weapon skins, and a spell Del bounty. 

 

Our Take
If you're a Gears die hard who plans to buy the season pass anyway, this seems like the best deal available.  

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