Playstation News: Hitman Beta Begins today on PS4

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IO -Interactive invites players to join Agent 47 on his very first assignment for the International Contract Agency this weekend on PlayStation 4.

Scheduled to start at 11:00 CET today and ending on February 15th at 11:00 CET. In North America, the PS4 Beta is scheduled to start at 08:00 PST on February 12th and ends on February 15th at 08:00 PST.

Labeled “The Prologue”, the Beta takes place twenty years before the Paris Showstopper mission. Set in a secret ICA training facility, the Prologue features a pivotal moment in Agent 47’s life – his introduction to the ICA and very first meeting with his future handler Diana Burnwood. The Prologue features two free-form training hits, which will introduce players to the features and mechanics of the upcoming HITMAN game. The Prologue will also be available as part of the first episode of HITMAN releasing March 11th, 2016.



The only way to guarantee your access to the HITMAN Beta this weekend is to pre-order the game digitally on PlayStation 4 via PSN. Alternatively, you can pre-order the Collector’s Edition.

Access to the HITMAN Beta is available for the pre-orders of the Full Experience, Intro Pack and Collector’s Edition.

HITMAN will launch on March 11th for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC. The HITMAN beta starts on February 12th through February 14th on PlayStation 4 and February 19ththrough February 21st on PC. Players can guarantee access to the beta by pre-ordering the Full Experience or the new Intro Pack.

All pre-orders will also include the ‘classic’ REQUIEM pack which includes exclusive in-game digital items inspired by Hitman: Blood Money including the Requiem Legacy white suit, Blood Money shirt, tie and gloves, silenced ICA-19 chrome and white rubber duck explosive.

PlayStation users exclusively will also gain access to The Sarajevo Six. 6 Bonus Contracts, one of which will be released with each location and sees Agent 47 travel the world in pursuit of six former members of a paramilitary unit called CICADA in this self-contained side-story exclusive for PlayStation 4 users.

Related Links
Official Website: hitman.com / Official Facebook Page: facebook.com/hitman / Follow @Hitman on Twitter: twitter.com/hitman / Visit the subreddit: reddit.com/r/hitman

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Video Game News: Bungie confirm no Destiny sequel till 2017

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Bungie have indeed confirmed in their weekly update that Destiny 2 will not be released until 2017. For a game which already has players twiddling their thumbs demanding new content for a game that has become stale especially if you have had it since it released and played the Expansions to death.

So the update pretty much lays out what Bungie has in mind for 2016, which they have already said will be made up of special community events. This is what they have laid out:

Prior to the holiday break we mentioned a second, larger update slated for Spring. That content release will feature a significant Light increase, a bunch of new gear to earn and equip, and new challenges for PvE players seeking some more fun experiences and replayability.

Beyond that, the team is focused on delivering a large expansion later this year, and a full Destiny sequel in 2017.

As work wraps up in the weeks ahead, look for more details about the Spring content, as well as more information about our bigger projects in the months that follow.

Thanks for your patience, and thanks for playing.

So still no idea of what exactly is planned other than increasing Light levels, adding more gear and new PvE events to grind away. Nothing about any actual new story content in the next update or what this large expansion will be later this year which will no doubt be an expansion players will need to purchase.

So far we know from admissions from Bungie in recent interviews that all the content in the three expansion packs; The Dark Below, House of Wolves and The Taken King alll had content that had been originally been planned to be included in the first game. Due to the sudden  decision to repackage Destiny before its original release, fans have rightly felt that they have been made to pay over and over for what should have been in the original game.

As a Day one purchaser of Destiny I am deeply frustrated over where the big ten year plan of Destiny currently stands. The expansions merely took the main campaign on sideways tangents. We are no further into knowing anything more than when the mysterious stranger handed us her gun and gave the warning that the story has just begun. That for me was only a week after its September 9th release in 2014.

The Dark Below was simply the prologue for The Taken King and could be completed in under an hour. The House of Wolves as well as the extra features it and The Dark Below gave Destiny were made redundant by The Taken King and that expansion simply used a location, Dreadnaught, thatvhasc been revealed was part of original campaign story until it was rewritten before Destiny released.

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I have enjoyed my time with Destiny, its gameplay and playing with friends are standout moments. But in all honesty my faith in Bungie’s vision for the game Is waning. There is no direction for the main story, what made Bungie one of my favourite developers with HALO has gone after being swept up in the Activision business’s model. This update above does nothing to make me feel confident about the game nor does it make me excited for the upcoming update or expansion plans.

 

Video Game News: Ubisoft Confirms no new Assassin’s Creed Title for 2016

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Ubisoft have finally broken their silence since news leaked that they were pausing the Assassin’s Creed series and not releasing a new main franchise game in 2016. Using the Ubisoftvblog, a statement confirm the reports and gave insight into why the break was happening:

The statement:

It’s an exciting time for Assassin’s Creed.

We’re only a few months removed from the debut of Jacob and Evie Frye, the stars of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. We’re proud of the talented team in Quebec City, and all of our studios around that world that took part in bringing the Victorian London adventures of our twin Assassins to life. We truly hope you enjoy playing Assassin’s Creed Syndicate as much as our studios enjoyed making it.

Also, we recently unveiled the first images of Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender in action as our lead Assassin in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie that hits theaters on December 21, 2016. Having already visited the set, we can’t begin to describe how surreal and exciting it is to walk the real-world halls of Abstergo, or see the intricate replicas of Assassin weaponry. We have an outstanding cast and crew that want to honor the rich lore of Assassin’s Creed and bring a fresh perspective to the ongoing battle between Assassins and Templars that’s fit for the big screen.

This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise. As a result, we’ve decided that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016. Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, we’ve learned a lot based on your feedback. We’ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin’s Creed a premier open-world franchise. We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.

We’ll have more to share on all of the above soon. In the meantime, we want to say thank you to our millions of fans around the world for your continued support.

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Film News: Dawn of Justice ‘Final Official Trailer’

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After many, many teasers and spoiler filled trailers for ‘Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice’ the official final trailer has been released today. Focusing very much on Batman taking on Superman and with a first look at Batman in action as Batman, it won’t help the wait till the films release on March 26th.

Enjoy!

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Xbox One News: Quantum Break ‘The Cemetry’ Trailer and Release Date Revealed

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The release date for Xbox One Exclusive ‘Quantum Break’ has been revealed as a new trailer was released today. Releasing on April 5th 2016:

Watch Quantum Break brought to life as Jack Joyce is hunted by agents from Monarch Solutions while he mourns the loss of his brother. But time isn’t the same anymore. It’s broken. And it’s the only weapon Jack has to survive a world in chaos. Learn more and pre-order now at http://www.xbox.com/games/quantum-break

Two of Remedy Entertainment’s most popular and critically-acclaimed classics – Alan Wakeand Alan Wake’s American Nightmare – are now part of the Quantum Break experience. Every copy of Quantum Break for Xbox One will come with a full-game download for Alan Wake for Xbox 360, plus its two add-on packs, The Signal and The Writer, playable on Xbox One via Backward Compatibility. Fans who pre-order Quantum Break for Xbox One at participating retailers or through the Xbox Store will also receive a full-game download of Alan Wake’s American Nightmare for Xbox 360.

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Video Game News: Tickets for EGX 2016 on Sale Now!

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Tickets for EGX, the UK’s biggest video games event, are now available to buy via the EGX website at www.egx.net/egx/tickets . A successful transition to Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre in 2015 saw EGX attract its largest audience to date. EGX 2016 – powered by Virgin Media – returns to the NEC from 22nd to 25th September.

Over 250 different games on nearly 2,000 screens filled the EGX 2015 show floor, including blockbusters from PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Activision, Ubisoft, SEGA and EA. EGX 2016 is expected to go even further, with even more games from the world’s biggest publishers in tandem with the latest games from the flourishing indie scene.

Virtual Reality was one of the stories of EGX 2015, with PlayStation VR and HTC Vive both making their UK public debuts, and Oculus Rift headsets also available to sample. 2016 is set to be a pivotal year for virtual reality and EGX will once again be the premier event for showcasing this cutting-edge technology in the UK.

EGX has long been the number one choice in the UK for exhibiting pre-release games, and media outlets are expected to bring coverage of the event to an international audience. In 2015 major publications including BBC Newsbeat, Channel 5, Vice and Radio One produced over 400 pieces of coverage for a combined audience of 1.5 billion.

Attendee feedback for 2015’s event was overwhelmingly positive and the EGX team will build on this success with further additions and innovations for 2016. These include the addition of a fifth hall, resulting in 20 per cent more floor space; more playable games and features than ever before; the introduction of afternoon tickets; and extended opening hours on Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, an improved registration process is being implemented to allow attendees to maximise their gameplay time at the event.

David Lilley, Managing Director of Gamer Events, said, “Our focus this year is on delivering what we know attendees want – more playable games and yet more gaming activities. An additional hall will enable us to achieve this aim and will allow us to provide more spaces for attendees to spend time gaming with friends. The changes in ticket structure will result in improved crowd management and an even better attendee experience. EGX is the UK’s flagship games event and we’re excited at the prospect of taking it even further.”

EGX’s long and successful association with Virgin Media continues and their customers will have access to the best value tickets, with a limited number of half-price early entry tickets available for each day.

Features planned for EGX 2016:
●     The number one destination for fans of games to meet up with friends and share their enthusiasm for their hobby
●     A huge Rezzed Zone with the world’s largest collection of independently developed games
●     A packed Developer Sessions schedule featuring the world’s greatest game creators
●     A massive eSports stage delivered in partnership with Gfinity, leaders in eSports
●     The biggest ever EGX cosplay arena
●     More retro games and retro gaming systems than ever before
●     The GamesIndustry.biz Career Fair, offering invaluable advice to those looking to begin a career in games
●     Prominent YouTube personalities meeting fans
●     The Rezzed Sessions stage, featuring panels giving in-depth insight into the game development process
●     Retail stands with limited edition merch and pre-order incentives exclusive to EGX
●     The UK’s number one fighting game stage
●     A large tabletop gaming area with the latest games, and experts from Esdevium Games on-hand to guide players


Early entry ticket holders will have access to the event from 10am, day ticket holders will be able to enter from 11am and entry for those with afternoon tickets is 2pm. EGX closes at 6pm on Thursday and Friday and 7pm on the weekend. Tickets are now available via the EGX website (www.egx.net/egx/tickets ).
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Xbox One News: Rocket League Hits Xbox One February 17th

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Independent video game developer and publisher, Psyonix, is pleased to announce that the sports-action hit, Rocket League, will be available for digital download on Xbox One today via the ID(at)Xbox self-publishing program Wednesday, February 17.



Fully optimized for Microsoft’s all-in-one system, Rocket League offers the same excellent content, upgrades, and features found in the PlayStation®4 and Steam versions, but comes jam-packed with exclusives and bonuses from new cars to antennas, wheels, and rocket trails.

One of the most critically-acclaimed games of 2015, Rocket League was one of the best-selling games of last year and boasts a community that is already more than 11 million players strong. Available digitally on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system via PlayStation™Network and on Windows PC via Steam, Rocket League brings gamers a high-powered hybrid of arcade-style soccer and vehicular mayhem.

To learn more about Rocket League, please visit www.RocketLeagueGame.com , “Like” it on Facebook, and follow it on Twitter (at)RocketLeague for all the latest developer updates and news.

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