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Areal campaign pulled by Kickstarter

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Areal campaign pulled by Kickstarter after clearing funding goal

Areal, the game pitched as "the definitive spiritual successor to the cult hit S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series" has been suspended from Kickstarter.

The crowdfunding effort was halted by Kickstarter with just two days remaining, and just after clearing its funding goal. No money will be taken from backers.

Kickstarter doesn't disclose why it suspends campaigns, but its terms of use outline a plethora of possible scenarios that can get a project pulled, including misrepresentation and self-pledging – both of which developer West Games has been accused of.

West Games blamed the continuing battle over the rights to S.T.A.L.K.E.R., as well as the tension between Russia and Ukraine, for the bad press and negative attention its crowdfunding effort has received.

In a statement, West Games told Polygon it would now try and fund the game through its own website.

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The new Nvidia Shield is an 8-inch gaming tablet with an optional controller

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The new Nvidia Shield is an 8-inch gaming tablet with an optional controller

Nvidia has unveiled a new Shield gaming device, and this time it’s a tablet intended to be used with a standalone controller.

The first Nvidia Shield – now to be known as Shield Portable – has a 5-inch screen attached to an Xbox 360-style controller, whereas the new Shield may be paired with an optional controller over Wi-Fi.

Nvidia told Ars Technica that its goal with the new Shield tablet is to make a good standard tablet as well as a good gaming tablet.

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Destiny beta is back online a day early

Destiny beta is back online a day early

The Destiny beta is back up and running a full day early.

It was expected to return tomorrow after a two day maintenance period.

This news means those on Xbox 360 and Xbox One can join those on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 and jam the game for the next five days, as codes were sent out earlier today.

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Forza Horizon 2's first 100 cars revealed

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Forza Horizon 2's first 100 cars revealed

Playground Games has revealed the first 100 cars that will feature in upcoming open world racer Forza Horizon 2.

Just over 200 cars will be included when the game is released on Xbox 360 and Xbox One on September 30.

According to a post on Xbox Wire, all of the cars have been built from the ground up to take full advantage of the power of Xbox One, and include new features like functioning windshield wipers, working headlights and interior lights, and dynamic dirt-mapping.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition release delayed six weeks

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Dragon Age: Inquisition release delayed six weeks

The release of Dragon Age: Inquisition has been delayed six weeks in order to give it an extra layer of polish, EA has announced.

Inquisition was due out on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC on October 9, but will now hit on November 21.

“We appreciate the enormous support we’ve received from all of you to get to this point, and while this extra few weeks may not seem like a lot, I know the game you’ll play will be all the better for it,” said executive producer Mark Darrah.

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Battlefield Hardline delayed to 2015

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Battlefield Hardline delayed to 2015

The release of Battlefield Hardline has been pushed to 2015 so the game may be improved and expanded, DICE has announced.

Feedback from the game’s beta got DICE thinking about what else it could put in the game, said studio VP Karl Magnus Troedsson.

“The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing,” he said.

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Bleszinski outlines his design philosophy for FPS Blue Streak

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Bleszinski outlines his design philosophy for FPS Blue Streak

Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski has given some indication of where he is going with free-to-play arena shooter Blue Streak.

In a lengthy interview with Venturebeat, the Boss Key Productions cofounder said that much of the game’s design had been influenced by his new love of football.

“This isn’t to say I’m going to make a sports game, but there’s so much to be learned from the fan loyalty, the branding of the teams, the player personalities, the broadcasting, the rules of the game,” said Bleszinski.

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Doom probably won't be publicly unveiled until next year

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Doom probably won't be publicly unveiled until next year

Bethesda Softworks marketing boss Pete Hines has hinted that the public probably won’t lay eyes on Bethesda’s new Doom title until next year.

Speaking with PC Gamer, Hines said that QuakeCon attendees only saw footage of the in-development FPS because he wanted to quash doubts about the state of the game. However, it isn’t ready to be inspected by the Internet at large.

"I really wanted to put something out there that in a strong way said, ‘Id is working on something that we think is really cool,’" said Hines.

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Not considering a The Last of Us sequel is "a disservice" to fans – Naughty Dog

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Not considering a The Last of Us sequel is "a disservice" to fans – Naughty Dog

If Naughty Dog didn’t consider a sequel to The Last of Us, it “would be a disservice” to the studio and the game’s fans, says community strategist Arne Meyer.

Speaking with Videogamer, Meyer mulled over the possibility of another game set in The Last of Us’ universe.

“I think we always make a smart decision in that all of our games are self-contained stories so they don’t have to continue if we don’t want them to or if there’s no reason for them to continue,” he said.

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Maxis job listing suggests F2P sandbox title in development

Maxis job listing suggests F2P sandbox title in development

A new job listing for a position at Maxis suggests the SimCity and The Sims studio is working on a new sandbox-style game.

The ad, which is for a senior designer, namechecks Minecraft, LittleBigPlanet, and Project Spark, and mentions a “new, unannounced Maxis product being created at EA’s Redwood Shores, California Studio”.

It also mentions RPG-like elements, loot, technology and crafting trees, creativity editors, and extensive multiplayer gameplay mechanics.

Wednesday 23 July


Ratchet & Clank Trilogy review
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Ratchet & Clank Trilogy review
A trio of the duo.
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Areal campaign pulled by Kickstarter after clearing funding goal
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Areal campaign pulled by Kickstarter
Dev blames Russia, other studios.
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Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas cinematic trailer
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Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas cinematic trailer
In the shadows lurks something more.
Destiny beta is back online a day early
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Destiny beta is back online a day early
Xbox gamers are now in.
League of Legends – A New Dawn cinematic trailer
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League of Legends – A New Dawn cinematic trailer
An impressive new vid from Riot.
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FIFA 15 – Dev Diary #2: Emotion & Intensity
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FIFA 15 – Dev Diary #2: Emotion & Intensity
Taste the disappointment.
OlliOlli - PC launch trailer
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OlliOlli - PC launch trailer
Skate or die.
Gods Will Be Watching launch trailer
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Gods Will Be Watching launch trailer
Check your ethics.
Forza Horizon 2's first 100 cars revealed
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Forza Horizon 2's first 100 cars revealed
More than 100 still to come.
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Battlefield Hardline delayed to 2015
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Battlefield Hardline delayed to 2015
Annual release schedule broken.
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Tuesday 22 July


Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers review
Review
Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers review
A glove to the face.
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Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty launch trailer
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Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty launch trailer
Re-creation out tomorrow.
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Mighty No. 9 - Gameplay footage July 2014
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Mighty No. 9 - Gameplay footage July 2014
Lookin' good, lookin' good.
Bleszinski outlines his design philosophy for FPS Blue Streak
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Bleszinski outlines his design philosophy for FPS Blue Streak
Vertical, systemic, airtight.
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Doom probably won't be publicly unveiled until next year
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Doom probably won't be publicly unveiled until next year
Keeping the nitpickers at bay.
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Maxis job listing suggests F2P sandbox title in development
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Maxis job listing suggests F2P sandbox title in development
Its third series in 15 years.
Here's what pop star Lorde thinks of the Oculus Rift
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Here's what pop star Lorde thinks of the Oculus Rift
In case you were wondering.
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Monday 21 July


The Long Dark – Echoes trailer
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The Long Dark – Echoes trailer
How Far Will You Go to Survive?
The Sims 4 - gameplay walkthrough trailer
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The Sims 4 - gameplay walkthrough trailer
Reveals Sims Premium.
Transmedia project Quantum Break unaffected by Xbox TV shutdown
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Quantum Break unaffected by Xbox TV shutdown
Full reveal on track for Gamescom.
Xbox cuts 75% of EMEA staff, 10% of UK staff - report
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Xbox cuts 75% of EMEA staff, 10% of UK staff - report
Remaining 25% must re-apply.
Destiny: no cross-platform so playing field is level
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Destiny: no cross-platform so playing field is level
Performance across consoles "almost identical".
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Square Enix threatens legal action against fan-made patch
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Square Enix threatens legal action against fan-made patch
FF Type-0 localisation shuttered.
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Styx: Master of Shadows summer trailer
Trailer
Styx: Master of Shadows summer trailer
Do you believe in Goblins?

Friday 18 July


Doom preview
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Doom preview
Direct from QuakeCon.
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Carmageddon: Reincarnation - gameplay trailer
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Carmageddon: Reincarnation - gameplay trailer
The fourth of its kind.
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