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eSports betting startup Unikrn gets backed by Ashton Kutcher

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 22 mins ago

Unikrn is gaining much more traction recently, with Ashton Kutcher of 'That 70s Show', 'Two and a Half Men', and 'Dude Where's My Car' fame investing into the Seattle-based eSports betting platform.

 

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The news hasn't been confirmed by Kutcher himself, but GeekWire is reporting that the Hollywood actor has invested into Unikrn. Kutcher isn't the only celebrity to see the future of eSports betting starts with Unikrn, with Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban investing $7 million in venture capital funding earlier this year.

 

Unikrn CEO Rahul Sood said during an interview with GeekWire: "He's highly active in the deals he's invested in. He does a lot of advocating for Twitter and Uber, and he usually gets deep into the companies".

Naughty Dog announces March 18, 2016 release for Uncharted 4 on PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 1 min ago

Naughty Dog has announced the release date of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End on the PlayStation 4, with the last game in the series arriving on March 18, 2016.

 

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Uncharted 4 will arrive in a few different versions, with the Special Edition pre-order including a steelbook case, an art book, in-game currency, a sticker sheet and the game itself on a Blu-ray for $80. If you want to kick over $120 for the Collector's Edition, it will include everything that the Special Edition comes with, but with a 12-inch statue of Nathan Drake from Gentle Giant, three in-game multiplayer outfits, two weapons skins, and other in-game customization options.

 

There will also be DLC packs for Uncharted 4, with the first two DLC packs being multiplayer packs with rare and legendary items while the third DLC pack is "the first ever, single-player story add-on for the Uncharted series".

Battlefield 4 'Summer update' arrives on September 1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 48 mins ago

DICE will be pushing out the new Summer update for Battlefield 4 on September 1 at 9AM UTC / 2AM PDT, something we noticed on Battlelog as I went to play a quick game of BF4.

 

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The Summer update for BF4 will include night versions of Zavod 311, Siege of Shanghai and Golmud Railway, as well as the usual bug fixes, gameplay tweaks, and a tweak to how fast turrets can move on different vehicles. DICE is also testing a 60Hz server tick rate, which improves performance and makes everything snappier.

 

Another great addition will be the toning down of the bullet traces that DICE introduced in the last patch for Battlefield 4.

Square Enix improvised Final Fantasy 7's development, says Nomura

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 17 hours, 48 mins ago

With the Final Fantasy 7 Remake on the way, legendary Square Enix alum Tetsuya Nomura takes us back to the late 90's to discuss how one of the most iconic juggernauts in video game history was made.

 

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Final Fantasy 7 was a pivotal moment in history for Square Enix and gaming as a whole: the game rode the mighty wave set forth by the original PlayStation, ushering in a new era of 3D visuals that breathed true life into the game via cinematics, polygons, and characters with real heart (you teared up during Aerith's infamous scene, admit it).

 

"The original game was the first time in Final Fantasy that all of the creation of characters and environments was rendered in 3D," Nomura said in an interview with PlayStation Magazine. "It was a time of big changes when we went from sprites to something more lifelike and in 3D, and it was just such an iconic moment. And we just packed so much playable content for players to experience, I feel that maybe that's one of the great reasons that that game had such an impact on fans. We were able to create a new game-playing experience. And on top of that, the characters. Not only the transition of 2D to 3D polygons, just that their personalities were more drawn out, they were more human and you can attach emotionally to those characters."

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Square Enix: Final Fantasy XV will launch to gamers sometime in 2016

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 21 hours, 49 mins ago

Final Fantasy XV will be released sometime in 2016, it has been confirmed, though an exact launch date hasn't been revealed just yet. Square Enix also shared new concept art and gameplay video for gamers to take a look at:

 

 

"We're proud of our technical capabilities and the work we've done to help shape the open-world genre," said Christofer Sundberg, co-founder and chief creative officer at Avalanche Studios. "We hold the FINAL FANTASY franchise, and the team working on it, in such high regard and are excited to be a part of the next chapter."

 

Earlier this month, it was confirmed Final Fantasy XV would receive a simultaneous game launch across the world.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided scheduled for Feb. 23, 2016 launch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 22 hours, 2 mins ago

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is scheduled for launch on February 23, 2016, Square Enix and Eidos-Montreal confirmed on Monday.

 

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The game will be available for the PC, Microsoft Xbox One, and Sony PlayStation 4.

 

Square Enix also announced the "Augment Your Preorder" campaign, and you can learn about the five different tiers - with Tier 5 allowing gamers to have access to Deus Ex: Mankind Divided four days earlier than the launch date.

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Konami: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is 'stunning' on PC

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 22 hours, 17 mins ago

It looks like Konami is quite impressed by the PC performance of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, with a company executive recently noting that gameplay is "stunning."

 

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"The PC version is stunning," said Jon Edwards, marketing executive at Konami, in a statement to MCV. "We are so pleased to be able to release it alongside the console games, and that Kojima Productions has worked so hard to make it such a strong version."

 

Edwards also had this to add: "Like Ground Zeroes, the graphics are stunning in the new 4K mode, while the scale and online elements within the game are a perfect fit for the format. Metal Gear Solid V is such an entertaining game, we always wanted it to play strengths of its host format, and the PC edition certainly does that. It is a stunning conversion."

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New $499 Elite Xbox One model sports 1TB SSDHD, Elite controller

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 22 hours, 18 mins ago

Microsoft has just unveiled a new upgraded Xbox One model that comes with a roomy 1TB hybrid hard drive and the modular Elite controller.

 

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The new Xbox One Elite SKU is priced at $499 and features a 1TB hybrid solid-state hard disk that blends speed and storage. Microsoft boasts that the SSDHD improves initial boot up speeds by 20% from power-saver mode, and "adapts to your gaming preferences by storing frequently accessed files" on the SSD partition.

 

One of the main selling points of the bundle is the Xbox One's high-grade Elite controller, which features custom button mapping, modular, swappable parts, trigger locks and an enhanced D-pad to boot. The Elite controller retails for $150 and accounts for the price bump.

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Destiny: The Taken King's raid won't be live upon release

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day ago

The new raid for Destiny's The Taken King expansion, King's Fall, won't be available when the content goes live on September 15.

 

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Enthusiast site Planet Destiny spotted the news during IGN's PAX 2015 coverage, where Bungie's Luke Smith revealed that The Taken King raid won't be up on launch day.

 

"The [King's Fall] raid is not going to be available on day one," Smith affirmed during the show. "We definitely have a plan for when it's going to be available. I'm not going to announce the plan for it here, but I promise that people who are excited about the raid that they will know when it's time to take time off of work. We'll give them a heads up."

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Destiny: Xur's Three of Coins exotic drop buff will be a gamble

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

In Destiny's new The Taken King expansion, Xur will have an impressive new buff that will significantly boost exotic item drop rates--but you'll have to gamble to get it.

 

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During IGN's PAX 2015 panel, Bungie dev Luke Smith revealed that Destiny's interstellar merchant, Xur, will have a new buff that will make it rain exotics: "What Xur has on him is an item that lets you basically gamble the chance to find an exotic on the next enemy you kill."

 

"Xur's still going to show up every week, he's still going to sell some amount of exotics," Luke Smith iterated when asked how the infamous Agent of the Nine might change in the new expansion. "But now he's got a new mechanic that we're not talking too much about yet, but it's a new way for you to sort of gamble and get exotics out in the world. We're pretty excited about this."

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