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Final Fantasy VII remake will see "dramatic changes"

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Final Fantasy VII remake will see "dramatic changes"

Square Enix's Final Fantasy VII remake will change the classic's gameplay, says project director Tetsuya Nomura.

Nomura has stated in many interviews that the original's nearly 20-year-old combat has to change to fit today's gaming landscape.

“We can’t have these upgraded, beautiful 3D models of Cloud and Barrett, still lining up in a row, jumping forward to attack an enemy, then jumping back to wait for their next turn,” Nomura told Engadget last month.

More recently, though, Nomura has attempted to calm fans, saying the remake will still be "recognisable."

“We are bringing dramatic changes to the Final Fantasy 7 remake,” Nomura told Official PlayStation Magazine UK, "That being said we want to clarify: we’re not going to be changing it into a shooter or something like that."

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Epic Games CEO super-confident in augmented reality

Epic Games CEO super-confident in augmented reality

Augmented reality will be "the biggest technological revolution that happens in our lifetimes," says Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney.

In a speech at the ChinaJoy trade show, Sweeney expressed aggressive optimism about the technology, suggesting that it could well eliminate the need for dedicated "screens" entirely.

"Once you have an augmented reality display, you don’t need any other form of display. Your smart phone does not need a screen. You don’t need a tablet. You don’t need a TV. You just take the screen with you on your glasses wherever you go,” enthused Sweeney.

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Sony will allow players to vote on PS Plus free games

Sony will allow players to vote on PS Plus free games

PlayStation Plus subscribers will soon be able to vote on titles for the network's monthly free games feature.

Sony's attempt at a Steam Sale-like voting system, Vote To Play, will see the highest vote-getter automatically included in that month's monthly games lineup.

Runners-up will also be made available to PS+ members at special discounts.

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PT remade in Unity; still scary as all hell

PT remade in Unity; still scary as all hell

Konami's now-infamous PT may be gone; Silent Hills may be dead in the water; but the hallway that haunted many a nightmare has been rebuilt in Unity.

Calgary-based Farhan Qureshi crafted his remake, entitled PuniTy, as an exercise for a 3D modelling course he was planning to teach.

After taking dozens of reference screenshots, Qureshi used a combination of prefab assets, handmade models, and a couple resources from PT itself to replicate the game's environment with remarkable precision.

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Summer Games Done Quick raises US$1.2m for charity

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Summer Games Done Quick raises US$1.2m for charity

Summer Games Done Quick wrapped up over the weekend, having reached a fundraising total of over US$1.2 million for charity of choice Doctors Without Borders.

The annual, week-long event featured 160 speedruns (viewable here) of games ranging from Chrono Trigger to Tony Hawk to Borderlands, often with absurd added challenges.

22,000 donors gave an average of US$43.29, which seems remarkably high until one particular donor's US$21,498 contribution is taken into account.

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Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor scores a publisher

Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor scores a publisher

Playtonic Games have engaged a publisher for their record-breaking crowdfunded 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee.

Indie publisher Team17 (of Worms and Alien Breed) will publish the game and assist with localisation, QA testing, and other post-production work.

That leaves Playtonic, a studio made up of former Rare developers, free to do the creative work on Yooka-Laylee, designed as a spiritual successor to classic platformers like Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country.

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Infection mode may return to the Master Chief Collection

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Infection mode may return to the Master Chief Collection

The popular Infection multiplayer mode may make a return to Halo via a Halo: The Master Chief Collection update, according to a 343 Industries update.

"The playlist team continues to work on future updates," says the Halo Waypoint post, "and its quite likely that we'll be talking more about things like Infection in the coming weeks."

Infection casts one player as the "Infected," armed with melee weapons only and tasked with converting the "survivor" players into infected themselves.

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League of Legends character killed off, possibly for good

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League of Legends character killed off, possibly for good

A playable character in the ridiculously popular MOBA League of Legends has been killed off, ostensibly for good.

The current Bilgewater story event has seen Gangplank, the piratical Saltwater Scourge, killed by nemesis Miss Fortune and removed from the play roster..

Controversially, Gangplank is a paid character, meaning that if this twist is permanent, players will have lost their unlock money, plus whatever they spent on cosmetic items.

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Bungie bans Destiny PvP lag-switch cheaters

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Bungie bans Destiny PvP lag-switch cheaters

Bungie has banned a swathe of Destiny players for manipulating network traffic in order to cheat in PvP.

In the developer's weekly update, it said, "Yesterday and today, our Security Response Team has restricted access to the Crucible by the worst offenders among us all."

"We started with a look at the most notorious cheaters that had been reported by other players. After a cross-reference against our own player-data, we gave the Banhammer a mighty swing. Contained in its blast radius were hundreds of people who have manipulated network traffic."

Monday 3 August

Superhot – beta gameplay trailer
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Superhot – beta gameplay trailer
Time-manipulating indie FPS.
Flywrench trailer
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Flywrench trailer
New from the creators of Nidhogg.
Epic Games CEO super-confident in augmented reality
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Epic Games CEO super-confident in augmented reality
VR headsets are "version 1.0".
Sony will allow players to vote on PS Plus free games
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Sony will allow players to vote on PS Plus free games
Democracy in action.
PT remade in Unity; still scary as all hell
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PT remade in Unity; still scary as all hell
Dare you enter this hallway again?
Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon trailer
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Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon trailer
Itsy-bitsy.
Summer Games Done Quick raises US$1.2m for charity
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Summer Games Done Quick raises US$1.2m for charity
Speedrunning Without Borders.
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Hands-on with Eugen System's classic-style RTS Act of Aggression
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Hands-on with Eugen System's classic-style RTS Act of Aggression
Our thoughts on the beta.
Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor scores a publisher
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Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor scores a publisher
Team17 to release Yooka-Laylee.
Dream launch trailer
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Dream launch trailer
Adventure game leaves Early Access.
Infection mode may return to the Master Chief Collection
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Infection mode may return to the Master Chief Collection
Turning friends against each other once more.
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Friday 31 July

NBA 2K16 – ProAM trailer
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NBA 2K16 – ProAM trailer
Custom courts, colours, kits, logos and more.
Bungie bans Destiny PvP lag-switch cheaters
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Bungie bans Destiny PvP lag-switch cheaters
Bringing down the hammer.
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Final Fantasy Explorers announcement trailer
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Final Fantasy Explorers announcement trailer
A new FF with a co-op focus.
Aperion Cyberstorm – Versus Mode trailer
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Aperion Cyberstorm – Versus Mode trailer
Couch chaos.
The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition – PS4 story trailer
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The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition – PS4 story trailer
Includes Road to Gehenna DLC.
New Battlefield title confirmed for 2016
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New Battlefield title confirmed for 2016
First-person shooters 'til the end of time.
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Tinertia Slums – PS4 trailer
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Tinertia Slums – PS4 trailer
A hardcore platformer.
Xeodrifter – Wii U launch trailer
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Xeodrifter – Wii U launch trailer
The latest from Renegade Kid.