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Call of Duty: WWII confirmed, unveiling this Thursday

Call of Duty: WWII confirmed, unveiling this Thursday

The next Call of Duty title is set during World War II, publisher Activision has confirmed.

Developer Sledgehammer Games will unveil the game, titled Call of Duty: WWII, via a livestream on the official CoD site on Wednesday at 10am Pacific Standard Time (April 27 at 5am NZT / 3am AEST).

The game will release in November.

Shortly after the above announcement, a Reddit user posted what appears to be some marketing material for CoD: WWII.

It promises a co-operative mode that "unleashes a new and original story". The mode is supposedly standalone, i.e. not part of the game's campaign.

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Blank Esports beats all comers in Overwatch Pacific Champs

Blank Esports beats all comers in Overwatch Pacific Champs

Blank Esports has now beaten every other team in the Overwatch Pacific Championships.

The Australian side remained top of the table after the weekend's action, thanks to wins over Japan's SunSister and Hong Kong Attitude.

The former game was an easy sweep for Blank, but mid-table Hong Kong Attitude pushed the Aussies to a tie-breaking fifth game before succumbing 3-2.

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A phone number will soon be mandatory for ranked Dota 2

A phone number will soon be mandatory for ranked Dota 2

Valve is attempting to improve matchmaking in Dota 2 by requiring all those playing ranked matches to register a unique phone number against their account.

Online services that provide phone numbers will not be allowed, and if a phone number is removed from an account, it cannot be added to another for three months.

Valve hopes the phone number requirement will reduce the prevalence of account smurfing, wherein players use a secondary account to play against opponents of a lower skill level.

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Smite and Rocket League added to IEM Sydney

Smite and Rocket League added to IEM Sydney

IEM Sydney will offer much more than just CS:GO action.

Organisers today announced that the event will also house the ESL AU & NZ Rocket League Season finals, and kick off the second split of the Smite Oceanic Pro League.

The latter will feature Dire Wolves, Legacy Esports, Dark Sided and Avant Garde in a single-elimination exhibition tournament for a total prize pool of AU$10,000.

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Assassin's Creed creator details his next game, Ancestors

Assassin's Creed creator details his next game, Ancestors

Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Désilets has given us another look at Ancestors, his studio's upcoming third-person survival title that's set 10 million years ago in Africa.

The game is pitched as the early story of mankind with a documentary twist: "humanity is one idea away from evolution or extinction."

Speaking at Reboot, Désilets revealed that the game will no longer be released in episodes, and that it has grown in size since its announcement at E3 in 2015.

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Bandai Namco unveils Code Vein, an action RPG about draining blood

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Bandai Namco unveils Code Vein, an action RPG about draining blood

Dark Souls publisher Bandai Namco is developing its own a grim-looking third-person action RPG, a console release called Code Vein.

Due in 2018, Code Vein promises a mysterious and massive interconnected world, filled with vicious enemies and monstrous bosses.

Players will use devices called Blood Veils to drain the blood of their enemies in order to enhance their own abilities. Blood also allows players to shapeshift to alter their playstyles.

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Aussie teen releases first-person platformer Jumps on Steam

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Aussie teen releases first-person platformer Jumps on Steam

A 16-year-old Aussie has moved one step closer to his dream of working in game development by publishing his first game on Steam.

Last month, Timothy Vincent released Jumps, a first-person platformer inspired by Clustertruck, on to Valve's distribution platform under the name Kiwiforge.

Jumps is all his work, although his brother helped test game.

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NES Classic canned because SNES Mini is coming – report

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NES Classic canned because SNES Mini is coming – report

To the bafflement of many, Nintendo recently announced that it was ceasing production of the NES Classic Edition, a mini console that has been a sell-out since its introduction six months ago.

"Throughout April, NOA territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for this year," the company said.

"We encourage anyone interested in obtaining this system to check with retail outlets regarding availability. We understand that it has been difficult for many consumers to find a system, and for that we apologise.

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Aussies Blank Esports take lead in Overwatch Pacific Championships

Aussies Blank Esports take lead in Overwatch Pacific Championships

Three convincing wins has Blank Esports top of the table in the Overwatch Pacific Championships in Taiwan.

The sole Aussie team in the competition dropped just one map in nine over the weekend, outclassing Thailand's FireBall 3-0 on Friday, before beating Taiwan's ahq eSports Club 3-1 and Taiwan's Flash Wolves 3-0 on Saturday.

Blank is the only unbeaten team in the competition, but there are still nine weeks of play remaining in the regular season.