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God of War gets April 20 release date

God of War gets April 20 release date

God of War is coming to PlayStation 4 on April 20, Sony announced today.

The game follows series protagonist Kratos and his son Atreus as they navigate the world of the Norse gods.

A Collector’s Edition that includes a nine inch statue, a cloth map, a steelbook case, two inch Huldra brothers carvings, and a lithograph will retail for NZ$230.

It also includes the following digital content: the Death's Vow Armour Set, the Exile's Guardian Shield, a Dark Horse comic, a Dark Horse artbook, and a dynamic theme. A Digital Edition includes that same content.

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Xbox Game Pass to add Xbox exclusives the day they launch

Xbox Game Pass to add Xbox exclusives the day they launch

All Xbox One exclusive games will be available on Xbox Game Pass on the date they release, Microsoft announced today.

This means that when Sea of Thieves launches on March 20, it will be included in Xbox Game Pass to all members.

Likewise State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3, and any future unannounced games from Microsoft Studios including new iterations of Halo, Forza Gears of War, and Fable.

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Introspect is a Kiwi-made love letter to big boss battles

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Introspect is a Kiwi-made love letter to big boss battles

A Kiwi-made love letter to boss fights is seeking funds on Kickstarter.

Introspect is described by five-man studio Clockwork Giants as a high velocity boss rush game set in a crumbling post-apocalyptic world.

A third-person shooter that demands players use all three dimensions to survive and progress, Introspect aims to bring high mobility shootouts against massive machines of war to PC next year.

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Story overhaul delays unsettling survival game We Happy Few

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Story overhaul delays unsettling survival game We Happy Few

The release of psychedelic survival title We Happy Few has been delayed thanks to a serious overhaul of its opening hours.

In an update video, developer Compulsion Games said it wasn't happy with how the game started, and as a result, seriously reworked its story beats so players encounter significant milestones a lot earlier.

"There are these moments that are memorable, very funny, and super weird and we’re really excited to show you all," said producer Sam Abbott.

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Big Ant Studios' AO Tennis is out now on PS4 and Xbox One

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Big Ant Studios' AO Tennis is out now on PS4 and Xbox One

Big Ant Studios' latest sports game, AO Tennis, is available now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Australia and New Zealand.

A global edition, as well as a Steam version for PC players, will be released in the first half of this year.

AO Tennis features licensed players from the Australian Open captured via photogrammetry, and each stadium used in the Australian Open was recreated for the game.

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Australian games generated AU$118.5m last year

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Australian games generated AU$118.5m last year

The Australian game development industry generated AU$118.5 million in the 2016-17 financial year, according to the latest survey undertaken for the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA).

The local industry employed 928 full-time equivalents, of which programmers (33 percent), artists (25 percent) and management, marketing and administration (12 percent) made up the majority. Fifty-three per cent of the companies surveyed said they plan to employ additional staff during the current financial year.

More than half (55 percent) of respondents are exclusively developing their own IP. A further 37 per cent develop their own IP alongside producing games and services for clients.

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Playground Games is indeed working on Fable – sources

Playground Games is indeed working on Fable – sources

A brand new, big-budget Fable title is in development at Forza Horizon studio Playground Games, Eurogamer sources claim.

That claim lines up with information pulled from the Xbox Live API SDK earlier this month, which showed that new games in the Fable, Perfect Dark, and MechAssault franchises might be on the way to Xbox One and Windows 10.

According to Eurogamer, more than 200 people will work on the new Fable, which is described as a story and character-focussed open-world action RPG.

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Scribblenauts Showdown brings party multiplayer to sketchy series

Scribblenauts Showdown brings party multiplayer to sketchy series

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced a new Scribblenauts game that will challenge players to out-think then out-draw their friends.

Scribblenauts Showdown will introduce two new party game modes for one to four players.

In the game’s Showdown mode, up to four players face off and imagine their way to victory through card-based strategy and creative skill.

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Chinese police have arrested 120 PUBG cheat creators

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Chinese police have arrested 120 PUBG cheat creators

Tencent is working with police in China to curb the cheating that currently plagues the PC version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

As reported by Bloomberg, Chinese police have thus far arrested 120 people suspected of creating cheating software for the astronomically popular battle royale game.

Those convicted of disrupting computer networks face five years’ imprisonment or more under Chinese law. In 2010, a couple was fined 3 million yuan and sentenced to nine years in prison for selling cheat software.