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Dark Souls 3 launches April 12: new gameplay video arrives

Dark Souls 3 launches April 12: new gameplay video arrives

Bandai Namco Entertainment has dropped a load of Dark Souls III information today, not the least of which is its precise availability date in North America and South America: April 12, 2016. On that date, the game will arrive for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and on Steam. Bandai is encouraging fans to pre-order the title; those who buy the Day One Edition will be paying $59.99 USD, while the Collector’s Edition will be priced at $129.99 USD.

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Google’s App Streaming lets you try out games inside ads

Google’s App Streaming lets you try out games inside ads

Last month Google revealed a rather intriguing new technology to its mobile search. App Streaming basically embedded a portion of an app's experience right inside Google's search results, giving users a foretaste and teaser of what the full app offers. Now Google is bringing that feature to its mobile ads as well. Now users will be able to take games for a Trial Run right inside the game's ad. And ad makers can also make use of customized and highly interactive ads to rope in more users to their apps.

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Double Fine returns to crowdfunding for Psychonauts 2

Double Fine returns to crowdfunding for Psychonauts 2

In 2012, Double Find Studios made a name for itself again, after nearly a decade of being out the spotlight, by opening the floodgates of crowdfunding the creation of video games, both the revival of well loved classics and genres or the birth of completely new titles and ideas. Fast forward three years later however, the indie game studio became the center of controversy for a much delayed, over budget game that received only mildly positive reviews. Undaunted and learning from that experience, Tim Schafer has gone back to crowdfunding to bring to life not a new, experimental game but a the much wished for Psychonauts sequel.

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Rock Band VR coming to make you really feel like a rockstar

Rock Band VR coming to make you really feel like a rockstar

If you've ever dreamed of really becoming a rockstar, then be prepared to finally make your dream a virtual reality (yay for puns!). Harmonix is finally jumping on the VR train and will be taking Rock Band to the Oculus Rift next year. So if belting out tunes on your guitar or hammering at that drum isn't enough to get your artistic juices flowing, then it might be time for you to invest on an Oculus Rift headgear. Or wait for one to become commercially available.

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Temple Run 2: Frozen Shadows expansion now available

Temple Run 2: Frozen Shadows expansion now available

Temple Run 2 has received an expansion called Frozen Shadows. As its name suggests, this expansion brings with it winter, an appropriate theme for these long dark December days. This is the game’s biggest expansion so far, according to Imangi Studios; it has the same general theme as Temple Run 2, which is to say you’re going to be running and the Demon Monkeys are going to be chasing.

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‘Amplitude’ launches for PlayStation 4 on January 5

‘Amplitude’ launches for PlayStation 4 on January 5

Harmonix’ reboot of the PlayStation 2 game Amplitude came about thanks to a healthy Kickstarter campaign, but has seen multiple delays throughout the year. As of this past summer, the maker had announced Amplitude was again delayed, and that it would be arriving in early 2016 for most users. Fast forward to today, with Harmonix announcing the official launch date: January 5. This pertains only to the PlayStation 4 version, however.

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PS4 Battlefront and Uncharted bundles arrive December 6

PS4 Battlefront and Uncharted bundles arrive December 6

Sony has a couple of new PlayStation 4 bundles up its sleeve and they’ll be arriving on December 6, remaining available for a couple of weeks before disappearing shortly ahead of Christmas. First among them is the Star Wars Battlefront Standard Edition PS4 bundle, which is priced at $299.99 USD, and joining it is the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection PS4 bundle, which comes with the same price tag.

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Rainbow Six Siege open beta postponed over server issues [UPDATE]

Rainbow Six Siege open beta postponed over server issues [UPDATE]

It was announced earlier this year that Rainbow Six Siege would be delayed until December, but ahead of its launch would come an open beta. That open beta arrived in recent hours, but unfortunately was found to have numerous issues, so much so that it has been postponed with Ubisoft reverting back to a closed beta. According to the latest update, server issues and more are to blame.

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Futurama: Game of Drones mobile game inbound

Futurama: Game of Drones mobile game inbound

Wooga has announced in partnership with Fox Digital Entertainment that it is working on a Futurama mobile game called Futurama: Game of Drones. The title's tongue-in-cheek reference to a certain popular TV series may or may not suggest the direction the game will take. Says Wooga, the mobile game will be based on an original storyline by Dave Grossman, Patric M. Verrone, and Jonathon Myers, the latter of whom was involved with Game of Thrones: Ascent.

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‘Carmen Sandiego Returns’ launches on iOS

‘Carmen Sandiego Returns’ launches on iOS

Carmen Sandiego returns for a new generation of children, launching on the platform kids most prefer for gaming. The new title is Carmen Sandiego Returns, and it is now available for iOS. The game brings Carmen Sandiego with a slightly updated appearance, as well as those dastardly Villains’ International League of Evil (VILE) baddies. As with the classic games, which arrived a trio of decades ago, the newest game will teach kids history, geography, and more.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided delayed until August 2016

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided delayed until August 2016

The video game Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has been delayed, the studio behind it has announced. The reason is due to quality — or, more specifically, the pursuit of quality. Said developer Eidos Montreal’s head of studio David Anfossi, “I know that expectations are extremely high, and we not only want to meet those expectations, but exceed them."

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Minecraft coming to hour of code to get students into computer science

Minecraft coming to hour of code to get students into computer science

Certainly one of the most popular and successful games out there for consoles, mobile devices, and PCs is Minecraft. Microsoft, Mojang AB, and Code.org have now announced that a Minecraft coding tutorial for students and educators will be created for the third annual Hour of Code campaign. The goal of the Hour of Code campaign is to introduce players to basic coding using the Minecraft environment.

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