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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. 

 

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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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The Banner Saga Joins Origin Access Next Week

The tactical RPG The Banner Saga, created by former Bioware developers, is joining EA's The Vault on Origin Access next week.

Based on EA Access for Xbox One, Origin Access is a PC subscription service that includes a growing section called The Vault, which gives full access to certain games for $ 4.99 a month. Subscribers also receive a 10% discount on all Origin purchases and early access to some titles. The Banner Saga will arrive on Origin Access by Tuesday (April 5), and will be free to subscribers. 

Stoic Games' The Banner Saga released two years ago, and aside from this PC version, it is also available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. You can read our interview with its developers here as well as check out our review.

[Source: Origin on Twitter]

 

Our Take
Origin Access is still fairly new, and so far has predominantly been a library of games Electronic Arts published, with some exceptions like This War of Mine. It's nice to see another indie game joining the limited but growing selection of games available on the service. 

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Dont Starve: Shipwrecked Floats Out Of Steam Early Access

Shipwrecked, the seafaring expansion to the survival game Don't Starve, has left early access and is available now on PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam.

Klei Entertainment partnered with Capybara Games to bring this single-player expansion to life, and it features several new additions including new playable characters, seasons, and biomes. Shipwrecked maroons Wilson on an island where he fights for his life against sea monsters and treacherous waters.

To celebrate its launch, Shipwrecked is available with a 10% discount at $ 4.49. Steam's Don't Starve Alone Pack, which features the full game and two DLC (Shipwrecked and Reign of Giants), is also currently on sale at 45% off, with a price tag of $ 12.64. Watch the new launch trailer below.

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This is the third Don't Starve Expansion, with Reign of Giants and the multiplayer Don't Starve Together having already been released. You can read our review of Don't Starve here.

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Dead Space Now In The EA Access Vault On Xbox One

EA has added a second Xbox 360 game to its Vault. Visceral's Dead Space, which recently became backward compatible, is part of the monthly membership program on Xbox One.

If you're an Xbox Live Gold member, you already have access to Dead Space. It's part of April's Games with Gold (available now). This just gives you another way to play it.

Dead Space joins Plants vs. Zombies as the two backward compatible games available to subscribers.

[Source: EA Access on Twitter]

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