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Gameplanet 2015 readership survey

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Gameplanet 2015 readership survey

Who are you and what do you want from us?

That's what we're hoping to answer with our first reader survey. We'd like to get a better idea of what sort of things you're interested in, what you expect from the game sites you visit, and how we can make Gameplanet better.

The information you submit is anonymous and used purely to help us understand our audience. This in turn will help our editorial team produce more content that's relevant and useful to you — and help our colleagues in the ads team do their jobs, which enables Gameplanet to pay its bills.

If you can take a few minutes to participate, it would be a massive help to us. Just click this shiny button to do it now:

If you have any more specific feedback you want to share — things you like, things you think we could do better, or any other comments — you can always drop me an email on james.cullinane@gameplanet.co.nz.

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Remedy releases 14 minute Alan Wake 2 prototype video

Remedy releases 14 minute Alan Wake 2 prototype video

When it released in 2010, Remedy's episodic thriller Alan Wake found a modest but ardent following.

When the Xbox 360 game was released it went up against Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption, and subsequently only sold 4.5 million copies, not enough for publisher Microsoft to consider financing a sequel, which it turns out Remedy had already outlined and prototyped.

In an unusual turn of events, Remedy has shared that prototype with Polygon.

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Platformer spin-off Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China is out tomorrow

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Platformer spin-off Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China is out tomorrow

The first of three announced 2.5D Assassin’s Creed spin-offs is out this week.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China launches on Wednesday for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.

China will be followed-up by Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India and Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia, with all three developed by Climax Studios (Silent Hill: Origins, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories) in collaboration with Ubisoft Montreal.

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Phil Harrison's new venture will use secret Microsoft tech

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Phil Harrison's new venture will use secret Microsoft tech

Former Xbox Europe VP Phil Harrison’s new company has licensed some as-yet unannounced hardware from his former employer.

Speaking with Gamesindustry.biz, Harrison said that his new company, a start-up called Alloy Platform Industries, has partnered with Microsoft to investigate new technologies.

"Alloy has licensed some technology from Microsoft which will form the basis of our initial investigations and explorations,” Harrison said.

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Steam functionality limited until US$5 spent

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Steam functionality limited until US$5 spent

Valve has restricted the functionality of Steam accounts with no purchase history in a bid to combat spam and phishing on the platform.

Steam users must now spend the equivalent of US$5 before they can perform actions such as sending friend invites, opening group chat, and more.

That US$5 can be spent on a game or gift, or simply be added to a Steam Wallet.

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Heroes of the Storm has open beta and full release dates

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Heroes of the Storm has open beta and full release dates

Heroes of the Storm will launch on June 3, Blizzard has announced.

The launch of the MOBA (sorry, “online team brawler”) will follow an open beta testing period which begins May 20.

The game is currently in closed beta (Gameplanet has keys available here).

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"I'm ready to make something new": Borderlands creator leaves Gearbox

"I'm ready to make something new": Borderlands creator leaves Gearbox

Borderlands creator Matthew Armstrong has left Gearbox Software.

Armstrong was credited as design director and writer on the first of the popular FPS/RPG hybrids, and worked on all subsequent Borderlands titles.

He told Game Informer that now was a good time to leave, as Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, that game’s Claptastic Voyage DLC, and The Handsome Collection have all shipped.

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Report: Next Mass Effect could include AI quests, base building, and more

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Report: Next Mass Effect could include AI quests, base building, and more

A Reddit user has released what appear to be legitimate details pertaining to upcoming RPG Mass Effect 4.

The since-deleted user, benjamin_stone, said the information came from a paid online survey he or she took last month. The information below was presented, and benjamin_stone had to give his or her opinion on it.

The tantalising part: the below has been verified as legitimate by NeoGAF user shinobi602, whose record with leaks for games including Halo 5, Battlefield Hardline, Quantum Break, and many others is thus far unblemished.

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Xbox Europe VP Phil Harrison has left Microsoft

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Xbox Europe VP Phil Harrison has left Microsoft

Phil Harrison has left Microsoft to pursue fresh challenges elsewhere, the company has confirmed.

In March, rumours circulated that Harrison was leaving, and Xbox boss Phil Spencer has now told GamesIndustry.biz that Harrison is indeed gone.

"Following a successful tenure as corporate vice president in Xbox in Europe, Phil Harrison has chosen to pursue business interests outside of Microsoft," said Spencer.

Tuesday 21 April

Gameplanet 2015 readership survey
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Remedy releases 14 minute Alan Wake 2 prototype video
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Remedy releases 14 minute Alan Wake 2 prototype video
A sequel you'll never see.
Space Colony: Steam Edition trailer
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Space Colony: Steam Edition trailer
RTS gets the HD makeover treatment.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China launch trailer
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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China launch trailer
Introducing Shao Jun.
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Phil Harrison's new venture will use secret Microsoft tech
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Phil Harrison's new venture will use secret Microsoft tech
A hardware interface of some sort?
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Steam functionality limited until US$5 spent
News
Steam functionality limited until US$5 spent
To combat spam and phishing.
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Mario Kart 8 – DLC Pack 2 Preview trailer
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Mario Kart 8 – DLC Pack 2 Preview trailer
New courses, characters, karts.
The Escapists – Alcatraz Add-On trailer
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The Escapists – Alcatraz Add-On trailer
Get off The Rock.
We Are Doomed – Xbox One trailer
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We Are Doomed – Xbox One trailer
A technicolour twin-stick shooter.
Halo 5: Guardians – Spartan Locke Armor Set trailer
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Halo 5: Guardians – Spartan Locke Armor Set trailer
GameStop only pre-order bonus.
Heroes of the Storm – Release Date trailer
Trailer
Heroes of the Storm – Release Date trailer
Open beta and full release dated.
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