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Beyond Good & Evil 2 gameplay shows insane scope, vaporware potential

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Beyond Good & Evil 2 gameplay shows insane scope, vaporware potential

There's feature creep, and then there's Beyond Good & Evil 2.

Ubisoft has released the in-engine demo shown to journalists behind closed doors at E3, and it shows the massive scope of creative director Michel Ancel's prequel.

The demo begins on the player's mothership. A home base that's 400m long, it can house several smaller ships, and also has an interior players can walk around (although this is not shown).

Ancel moves his character – a monkey – outside the vessel to take photos, which he says can be shown to NPCs to trigger discussions with them.

He jetpacks to the top of a 700m tall statue, and zooms out to show the land mass the statue is on, the planet, and then part of the solar system.

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Hand of Fate tabletop title smashes Kickstarter record

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Hand of Fate tabletop title smashes Kickstarter record

Hand of Fate: Ordeals, the tabletop adaptation of Aussie studio Defiant Development's action RPG series, has smashed a local Kickstarter record.

Designed in partnership with board game publisher Rule & Make, Hand of Fate: Ordeals offers a strategic dungeon-crawling and deck-building experience that bridges story between the original game and its forthcoming sequel while introducing new competitive and co-operative multiplayer modes that support up to four players.

The game gathered almost half a million dollars (AU$490,629) from Kickstarter backers in a campaign that drew to a close today.

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EA hopes Anthem will last 10 years

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EA hopes Anthem will last 10 years

EA is hoping shared-world action RPG Anthem will stick around for a decade.

The third-person title, which is in development at Mass Effect studio BioWare Edmonton, was unveiled at Xbox's press conference at E3 earlier this month.

On the Xbox Daily Show during E3, EA vice president Patrick Soderlund talked up the game's social aspects and ambitious development plan.

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Bathurst's iconic Mount Panorama circuit is in Sony racer GT Sport

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Bathurst's iconic Mount Panorama circuit is in Sony racer GT Sport

Upcoming Sony racer Gran Turismo Sport will launch with Bathurst's iconic Mount Panorama motor racing circuit included.

Bathurst is the home of Australian motorsport, and has a rich history dating back to 1938, when the Australian Grand Prix was first held on the track.

Mount Panorama is now home to the FIA accredited Bathurst 12 Hour and Bathurst 1000 races, among others.

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Victoria State Government dishes out AU$650k to nine game studios

Victoria State Government dishes out AU$650k to nine game studios

Nine studios in Victoria will receive cash to develop and release games in the latest round of funding from the Victorian State Government.

The funding, which totals AU$654,000, is expected to support more than 40 employment opportunities in the games sector and generate almost AU$1.2 million for the state.

The games supported include a tactical RPG, a virtual reality sailing experience, and a narrative title involving a wombat.

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Blank Esports has two Taiwanese teams to beat to win the first-ever Overwatch Pacific Champs

Blank Esports has two Taiwanese teams to beat to win the first-ever Overwatch Pacific Champs

Blank Esports is through to the playoffs in the Overwatch Pacific Championship in Taiwan.

The Australian team topped the table first round of the regular season, and finished second in the second round to secure a second place finish and a playoffs berth.

Blank will soon face Taiwan's ahq e-Sports Club in in three best-of-seven matches across three days.

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Dire Wolves and Legacy lead LoL OPL Split 2

Dire Wolves and Legacy lead LoL OPL Split 2

The League of Legends Oceanic Pro League's Split 1 2017 finalists are both off to a strong start in Split 2.

After two weeks of competition, both reigning champs Dire Wolves and runners-up Legacy are unbeaten.

Dire Wolves beat Chiefs in the opening round 2-1, while Legacy put up the same score against Sin.

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Io to soldier on with Hitman licence as indie studio

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Io-Interactive to soldier on as indie with Hitman licence

Io-Interactive has returned to its roots; the Danish developer is once again an independent studio.

The Hitman developer's future was briefly in doubt when it was dropped by Square Enix last month.

"We are focusing our resources and energies on key franchises and studios," said Square Enix at the time.

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XCOM creative director shocked by Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle reveal

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XCOM creative director shocked by Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle reveal

XCOM creative director Jake Solomon says that seeing Ubisoft and Nintendo reveal Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was one of the biggest surprises of his career.

"Just like everyone else, my jaw dropped a little bit when I heard the phrase, ‘As you see, Luigi has taken half-cover.’ What world am I in right now? I couldn’t believe it," Soloman told Venturebeat.

"But I realised that this is finally how I can introduce XCOM to my daughters. I can finally play something like XCOM with my daughters, introduce the basic concepts.

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Xbox and Psyonix counter Sony's cross-platform stance
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Xbox and Psyonix counter Sony's cross-platform stance
Cross-plat "better for gaming as a whole".
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MS isn't making money on Xbox One X sales
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MS isn't making money on Xbox One X sales
Knows most will buy an XO S.
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