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Official Disney Fan Club site hints at Disney Infinity 2.0 launch this August

Disney Infinity 2.0, the "latest chapter" of Disney's real-world toy/video game platform, may launch this August, according to a news brief on the official Disney Fan Club D23. "Disney Infinity 2.0 is coming in August 2014, and a teaser trailer can be viewed at Marvel.com," according to the post recently discovered by Infinity Inquirer. "The teaser promises such Marvel-ous additions to the game as familiar Marvel characters, objects, and vehicles-the possibilities are infinite." The D23 news brief mentioning the Disney Infinity 2.0 launch window has been pulled from the website since the recent discovery, but still appears in Google's cache (viewed below). According to an invitation sent to Polygon this week, Disney and Marvel Entertainment will unveil a collaboration on "the...

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PS4 update 1.70 coming soon, introduces video editor app, USB saves, game pre-loading

PlayStation 4's next system software update is "coming soon," Sony announced today, introducing video editor app ShareFactory, USB drive saves and software pre-loading on PlayStation 4 systems. Update 1.70 will add the ability to pre-download pre-ordered games "up to several days prior to release." Following the update, users who enable the auto-download feature will automatically pre-download software to their systems. Sony told Polygon last month that it was "considering" allowing software to be pre-loaded on PS4 systems, following a series of tweets from Sucker Punch Studios indicating that Sony Computer Entertainment America would roll out the feature in April. The system update will also introduce video editor app ShareFactory, featured above, offering users the tools to...
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Wolfenstein: The New Order pre-orders open on Steam, includes TF2 armor and hat

Machinegames' alternate history first-person shooter, Wolfenstein: The New Order, is now available for pre-order via Steam for $59.95. Wolfenstein: The New Order will be released on May 20, but players who pre-purchase through Steam will get two exclusive Wolfenstein-themed Team Fortress 2 items. The items are the regime armor "Die Regime-Panzerung" and machinery soldier helm "Der Maschinensoldaten-Helm." Wolfenstein: The New Order is slated to release on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on the same day. Pre-orders for all platforms include beta access to the new Doom. For more on the game, read our recent hands-on impressions with the title and publisher Bethesda's commissioning of an original German-language pop music soundtrack for the alternate...
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A eulogy for World of Darkness, written by (and for) a White Wolf fan

The executive producer of World of Darkness, Chris McDonough, looked uncomfortable. CCP fans and a few members of the press had just seen a presentation showing some of the game’s technology and were given a few details about the ideas that would drive the title. We were warned not to take images of the content or share video. We were told the game was years away. Our expectations had been tempered by any number of disclaimers."My role is to minimize the PR. I don’t want to support it. I wasn’t kidding when I said I didn’t want that video up, and we’ll try to get it taken down and if pops up anywhere," McDonough told me. I asked why they had shown anything. "I think because it’s the tenth anniversary, Hilmar [Veiger, CEO of CCP] wanted us to show some of it, because it’s...
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Sweden wants to use games to promote democracy and creativity

Sweden is making attempts to promote democracy and creativity through a project called Democreativity, which curates ideas for "the most unlikely [video] game ever." According to the website's description, the project crowd-sources ideas from the public and lets site visitors vote on what they like best. While the organizers of Democreativity won't make the games themselves, they would like to see game developers use the site's curated suggestions as a resource. The site has a section where visitors can pitch their own ideas for game environments, characters and victory states. Examples of suggestions that have been voted to the top include game environments inspired by Ancient Mesopotamia, the human body and a normal-sized house where you play as a mouse. Democreativity received...
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EB Games Expo 2014 to take place in Sydney, Oct. 3-5, ticket sales begin April 24

EB Games Expo 2014 will kick off in Sydney, Australia on Oct. 3-5 at the Sydney Olympic Park, the company announced today, confirming the attendance major publishers Activision, Electronic Arts, Nintendo, Sony, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft. This year's expo will see the addition of a new pavilion, expanding event's space to 35,000 sqm, which will hold demonstration sessions from U.K. television series Robot Wars. Sessions will feature Q&As, photo opportunities and allow visitors to "get up close" with the robots. As well as giving attendees the opportunity to get hands-on with the latest releases from the publishers, the event will offer Tumbletown playground area, Family Zone Café, the Lovesac Handheld Lounge & Stage, Free Play City, Retro Central...
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Animation hack in Telltale games is hilarious and terrifying

Telltale's games have gotten a little saucy, thanks to a fan-made hack that manipulates characters into moving outside of their usual range. A video of the mod first appeared as part of Telltale's Fables-based episodic game, The Wolf Among Us. The clip features protagonist Bigby dancing without a care as his companions continue on with business as usual. Another gif, posted by Telltale director and senior cinematic artist Nick Herman on Twitter, features characters from The Walking Dead with similar intentions. Someone figured out how to play animations in our shipped titles. The results are glorious. http://t.co/Civzwz35C3 pic.twitter.com/UBdbOaUHib — Nick Herman (@ItsMeNickHerman) April 14, 2014 A Telltale representative told Kotaku that the modification was made using...
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Chaos Reborn Kickstarter surpasses crowdfunding goal

The crowdfunding campaign for Chaos Reborn surpassed its funding goal, according the game's Kickstarter page. As of this writing, the campaign has received $193,695 in pledges of its $180,000 goal from 4,721 backers with 11 hours remaining. "Chaos Reborn has been funded with just 34 hours to go on the clock," developer Julian Gollop wrote on the Chaos Reborn's Kickstarter blog. "Thank you to everybody who backed the project and promoted it. Thanks to my team for working after hours to make the prototype possible, and providing all the art and publicity material during the campaign. And thanks mum for being such a vocal supporter!" The designer of XCOM: UFO Defense launched the turn-based strategy game's crowdfunding campaign last month. It's planned for a spring 2015 release on...
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Cult County to launch on Nintendo 3DS if minimum crowdfunding goal is met

Renegade Kid's upcoming horror game, Cult County, will launch for Nintendo 3DS — in addition to its other platforms — if the game meets its minimum crowdfunding goal, the developer announced on Kickstarter. Cult County is a first-person, atmospheric title described as The Walking Dead meets Silent Hill 2. The game takes place in a small, West Texas town where protagonist Gavin Mellick begins unraveling clues about a "cultish" group new to the area. The game was originally planned for release exclusively on Nintendo 3DS, but grew "beyond the scope" of the handheld system. When Renegade Kid began crowdfunding efforts for the game on Kickstarter, a 3DS port was added as a stretch goal. "We sent the call out on Twitter, and we got a tremendous response," the update reads....
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Candy Crush Saga to be distributed in China by Tencent this summer

Candy Crush Saga publisher King Digital Entertainment is bringing the sugary sensation to China this summer with the help of Chinese internet and media firm Tencent, King announced today. Tencent will distribute a Chinese version of Candy Crush Saga on its Mobile QQ and WeChat services. Candy Crush Saga is already available elsewhere in Asia — last year, King released the game in Japan and South Korea. "I am thrilled to be launching Candy Crush Saga with Tencent in China," said Riccardo Zacconi, CEO of King, in a press release today. "Tencent has the largest mobile social network in China and is a great partner to work with. I look forward to working together to make Candy Crush Saga as popular in China as in the rest of the world." "Tencent always hopes to bring global premier...
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Infamous Second Son patch coming to PlayStation Network April 17

The patch for Infamous Second Son, Sucker Punch Productions' open-world action adventure game, will be available to download via the PlayStation Network April 17, co-founder and producer Brian Fleming announced via the PlayStation Blog. The patch for the PlayStation 4 title introduces the option to select the time of day from the game's option menu after completion, turn off the HUD and cap the game at 30 frames per second. Fleming adds that this is a cap, not a lock, and it "won't eliminate the rare instance of a dropped frame during gameplay." All settings will be reset to the game's default, however, when players restart the game. "We chose to not disturb our game save file format with this patch in order get these features to you as quickly as we could," Fleming wrote. In...
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PlayStation 4 surpasses 7 million units sold through worldwide

As of April 6, Sony's PlayStation 4 has sold through more than 7 million units worldwide, the company announced today. More than 20.5 million software sales have been made digitally and in retail stores worldwide, and players have used the system's share function more than 135 million times. Twitch and Ustream broadcasts have risen to more than 4.9 million with more than 90 million spectator sessions. According to president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House, the global community response "has been overwhelming." "The PS4 journey has just begun, and although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers, and surpassing the wildest expectations of gamers by...
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Anki Drive getting two new cars, two new tracks, Race Mode

Anki Drive, the robotics-based video game that takes place in the real world, is being expanded with new cars, new tracks and a new mode, developer Anki announced today. The $199 game ships with two cars, and one track that features a slightly tweaked oval layout. Two additional tracks will be available May 6: Crossroads (image above), which features an intersection, and Bottleneck (image here), where the track narrows to a single lane in two different spots. Each additional track will cost $99. Anki is launching two new cars today, which will bring the game's lineup to six vehicles. Corax supports multiple weapons, while Hadion is a speed demon that comes with the Turbo Boost upgrade pre-installed. Each of the cars costs $69, the same price as the existing add-on cars, Rho and...
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Relativity hands-on: walking on the ceiling

Relativity's hook is difficult to explain, and developer Willy Chyr knows it.I sat down in front of his MacBook last week on the PAX East 2014 show floor to play his first-person puzzle game and was greeted with an introductory message that told me to press space "to walk into wall." I didn't know what that meant. Seconds later, in a large white room, I walked up to a wall, pressed the spacebar, and my entire perspective changed. Two virtual feet I couldn't see planted themselves on the wall, and gravity obeyed. The camera position switched and the floor changed color to ground me in my new surroundings. The former wall had become the floor, and I was on my way to solving my first puzzle. In Relativity, everything is relative. This is Willy Chyr's first game. Last week, he brought it...
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'Platformer-without-platforms' Magnetic by Nature coming to Ouya first in May

Team Tripleslash's 2D "platformer-without-platforms" Magnetic By Nature will launch in early May on the Ouya Android console as a timed exclusive, developers announced today. The title is a redesign of Magnetic By Nature: Awakening, a short game the team created and released through Xbox Live Arcade in April 2013. The game is reminiscent of a platforming but contains very few platforms for players to utilize, according to developers. In Magnetic by Nature, players will control the last surviving robot exploring the ruins of an ancient civilization. The robot's magnetism can be used to attract and repel objects, propelling the robot against and away from other magnets to navigate through the labyrinthine environment. Magnetic by Nature is single-player only and includes more than 100...
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Mario Kart 8, Kirby Triple Deluxe, more playable at WonderCon 2014

Nintendo is bringing five new titles from the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS libraries to WonderCon 2014 this weekend, including Mario Kart 8 and Kirby Triple Deluxe, the company announced today. Two of the games — the 3DS titles Yoshi's New Island and Disney Magical World — are already available. Nintendo's WonderCon lineup also includes Kirby Triple Deluxe and Mario Golf: World Tour, both of which are launching May 2 on 3DS, and Mario Kart 8 (screenshot above), which is set for release May 30 on Wii U. WonderCon 2014 takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., from April 18-20. For more on the aforementioned games, check out our recent previews of Mario Golf: World Tour, Kirby Triple Deluxe and Mario Kart 8, and our full review of Yoshi's New Island.
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The Last of Us DLC bringing new difficulty, maps, gear and skills

The third and final pack of downloadable content for The Last of Us Season Pass holders will introduce a new difficulty mode, maps, gear and survival skills, Naughty Dog community strategist Eric Monacelli revealed today on the PlayStation Blog. Each of the four separately priced packs will be free to those who've purchased the game's Season Pass. The $4.99 Grounded Mode DLC will introduce Grounded Mode to the campaign, where the "AI is relentless, smart and brutal, and survival will be near impossible," Monacelli wrote. The $9.99 Reclaimed Territories Map Pack will include four new maps: Wharf, which is set in the docks where Joel meets Robert; Capitol, set in Boston; Coal Mine, set in Colorado; and Water Tower, set in Lincoln, Pa. The $5.99 Grounded Bundle will add new guns and...
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Boston Festival of Indie Games now accepting art and game submissions

Submissions for art and digital and tabletop games are now open for the Boston Festival of Indie Games, organizers announced today. Showcase submissions, which must be entered by June 20, include a fee of $30 for digital games and $10 for tabletop games or eligible artists. Entrants will be reviewed by curators such as journalist and author Sande Chen, Fire Hose Games creative director Eitan Glinert and Harmonix senior designer Tim Stellmach. Those with accepted work will be featured at the event and on its website. The Boston FIG is an annual celebration of indie games in New England. According to co-producer Aerjen Tamminga, last year's event drew in 100 game designers and 7,500 visitors. "Many of the designers have gone on to launch their games on Steam, Kickstarter and other...
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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft now available worldwide on iPad (update)

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment's free-to-play card battle game, is now available worldwide on iPad in the App Store. Blizzard originally released the title on Mac and Windows PC in March, after beginning an open beta in January. The company soft-launched the iPad version in Australia, Canada and New Zealand earlier this month. An Android version is also in development. During a recent press event, producer Bryan Chang told Polygon that the iPad version of Hearthstone is designed to be consistent with the play experience on computers, aside from the touch-based interface. According to Chang, feedback Blizzard has received on the iPad version suggests that "people find it to be the ideal way to play." "Overall, we've tried to maximize the capabilities of...
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