The Swindle to Launch This Summer; Will Get Day One Patch

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The Swindle is a game that’s been buzzing around for quite some time, but it dropped off the radar when creator Dan Marshall wasn’t quite sure how to make it work. Back in February, Dan revealed that he’d fixed the game and that it would be back, better than ever.

The idea behind The Swindle is that you are are a member of a band of thieves and as such, you’re pretty fond of breaking into buildings and sneaking around. You can then spend your takings on becoming an even better thief and then the cycle continues.

However, it’s not all ski masks and sticking to the shadows as you’ll have to think carefully about your entry and exit strategy. If you don’t manage to leave the building with your loot, or if the guards catch you, you will lose that character and will have to carry on playing the game as someone else. We’ll be able to take part in that high stakes gameplay soon as The Swindle will be released this summer.

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Special Editions Revealed

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Yesterday, Ubisoft announced that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate would be the latest main AC game. In Syndicate we’ll be in London at the height of the Industrial Revolution, where we’ll be stabbing Templars in the neck for putting the poor into poverty. Assassin twins Jacob and Evie Frye take the lead and although we’ll have no choice during story missions, we’ll be able to explore London as whoever we want.

The game has been making all the right noises so far as combat has gotten a massive overhaul and Evie’s inclusion is also a good thing. Ubisoft may have just undone all of that progress though, as the publisher has revealed some controversial Assassin’s Creed Syndicate special editions.

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Announced, Will Feature Playable Female Character

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Following the (thoroughly broken) launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity last year, an insider leak revealed that Ubisoft was working on a new game called Assassin’s Creed Victory that would be set in London. Seven months later and we’ve now got an official reveal, along with a new name. Introducing: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.

What’s the deal with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate‘s playable female character? What’s putting the fire into our assassins’ bellies, encouraging them to fight for freedom and justice? And what are the new ways we can kill our enemies? All of these questions are answered after the jump.

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Alien: Isolation Sells 2.1 Million Copies, SEGA Calls Sales ‘Weak’

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When Alien: Isolation was released last year, fans and critics were pleasantly surprised. The game stars Amanda Ripley as she heads out to the Sevastopol to find out what really happened to her mother, but her quest for the truth is made harder thanks to the Alien which roams about the place. There isn’t any combat and the game is purely survival horror, seeing Amanda use distractions and hiding places (such as lockers and under tables) to avoid a grizzly end.

Alien: Isolation was also a pleasant surprise as it was following the disastrous performance of Aliens: Colonial Marines which was heavily criticised for being buggy and nothing at all as advertised. SEGA’s faith in Alien has been rewarded and Isolation has sold 2.1 million copies, though the publisher says that it’s annual sales figures are ‘weak’.

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Batgirl Identity Revealed by Batman: Arkham Knight Director

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Last week, Batman: Arkham Knight was embroiled in a scandal when the game’s publisher, Warner Bros. Interactive, announced a season pass that would include all of the upcoming DLC; yet they didn’t actually say what that DLC would be. Considering that the season pass costs $40 (the game itself is only $60), that was an expensive price to pay when players didn’t even know what they’d be shelling out for.

Several days and some backlash later, Warner Bros. eventually revealed what that season pass would contain, including some Batgirl DLC titled ‘A Matter of Family’. As multiple characters have taken on the role of Batgirl, it wasn’t clear which version of her we’d be playing as but now, Batman: Arkham Knight‘s director has taken to Twitter to clear things up.

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Mirror’s Edge 2 Will Be Released Early 2016, EA Confirms

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The original Mirror’s Edge was released in 2008 to a lot of fanfare. People couldn’t wait to play as free-runner Faith as she sprinted around, trying to uncover the truth about a corrupted, dystopian city. With eye-catching reds and elegant whites, the game was beautiful too and it’s no wonder why Mirror’s Edge was a critical hit.

The game wasn’t perfect by any means, but a cult following of fans has been begging for Mirror’s Edge 2. After years of banging on EA’s door, the series’ publisher finally announced a new Mirror’s Edge game at E3 2013, with more info following at E3 2014. There’s still a lot we don’t know about Faith’s next adventure but in their recent investor’s call, EA shed some more light on the game.

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Rock Band 4 Screenshots Released; Gameplay Coming Soon

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Announced back in March, Rock Band 4 has quickly become one of the most hotly anticipated games of the year. Harmonix‘s upcoming game joins Guitar Hero Live on the ‘music rhythm revival’ tour as both games will be released later in 2015.

Unlike Guitar Hero Live, though, we don’t know much about Rock Band 4. Harmonix previously revealed the game would be in glorious 1080p HD at 60 FPS and that Mad Catz, the company that makes the RB instruments, would be on co-publishing duties, but in terms of actual gameplay we’ve been in the dark. Until now, that is, as Harmonix has revealed several Rock Band 4 features ahead of an upcoming gameplay trailer.

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Batgirl DLC Announced for Batman: Arkham Knight

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Last week, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive made a giant splash in the water when they announced the Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Season passes encourage us to pay for every piece of downloadable content a game has to offer us, rather than spending just a few dollars on individual bits.

The Batman: Arkham Knight season pass was different though, as the content, which costs an extra $40 on top of the $60 base game, had not been detailed. Warner Bros. was expecting us to hand over money for content that, in all fairness, could be total rubbish. Understandably, Batman fans were upset but following the backlash Warner Bros. has revealed the season pass’ secrets, including the announcement of Batgirl DLC.

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Batgirl: A Matter of Family DLC

According to Warner Bros., Batgirl’s DLC will be called ‘Batgirl: A Matter of Family‘ and it will be a “prequel story expansion” that takes place in an “entirely new location”. We don’t know which Batgirl this will be as Warner Bros. hasn’t confirmed whether she’ll be Cassandra Cain or Barbara Gordon. It’s far more likely to be Babs as she is already in the game as Batman’s tech support, Oracle (who is in a wheelchair), and her father Police Commissioner James Gordon is in the game too, but nothing is certain yet.

This is brilliant news for fans of DC’s female characters as Catwoman was previously announced as a playable character too. Obviously there’s the question of ‘when are Catwoman and Batgirl going to get their own games?’ (I would also like to see gay superhero Batwoman in her own game) but as this is the final game in the Batman: Arkham triology, their spin-offs could be right around the corner.

Peep the rest of the Batman: Arkham Knight season pass content below:

  • The Season of Infamy — Play as Batman in all new story missions featuring legendary super-villains invading Gotham City, with new story arcs, missions and gameplay features.
  • Gotham City Stories — Play as Batman’s key allies in narrative missions extending their storylines, from both before and after the events in Batman: Arkham Knight.
  • Legendary Batmobiles with Themed Tracks — Drive the most iconic Batmobiles from Batman’s 75-year history, on custom-built race tracks, each themed to that Batmobile’s specific era. Every Batmobile will be drivable across every race track.
  • Crimefighter Challenge Maps — Engage in a series of new challenge maps utilizing the unique play styles of Batman and his allies.
  • Character Skins — A variety of skins from across the eras for Batman, Robin, Nightwing and Catwoman.

Batman: Arkham Knight will be released on June 23rd for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The season pass content will be released in the 6 months following the game’s release.

Source: Warner Bros.

Watch Dogs 2 Leaked, Could It Have a Female Protagonist?

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Flash back to 2012 when Watch Dogs was one of the best games shown at E3. Everyone was excited for Ubisoft‘s cyber security sandbox to launch alongside the PS4 and Xbox One – the graphics and the gameplay that we’d been promised in trailers looked phenomenal. Unfortunately, the game was delayed until the beginning of 2014 and when it finally arrived, many players were underwhelmed.

But despite Watch Dogs not being “perfect in any way”, according to the game’s creative director Jonathan Morin, it still sold 4 million copies in its first week, becoming the best-selling new IP ever. It was also the best week 1 sales performance that Ubisoft had ever seen too.

It’s a no brainer then that Watch Dogs 2 is on the way, but thanks to a leak from a Ubisoft gameplay programmer, we now have even more confirmation.

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Hellblade Dev Diary Covers Performance Capture

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Hellblade is a game being made by a tiny team on a tiny budget. The development team is just 13 people, which is astonishing for a game of this scale. Not only that but developer Ninja Theory is also testing out something called ‘independent AAA‘ which will prove that small, independent teams can create a high quality game all by themselves; no publisher backing needed.

The problem with this is that if they want Hellblade to be the best that it can be, Ninja Theory is going to have to find solutions without spending too much money. Specifically, performance capture. How do you put someone’s body and voice into a game when all you’ve got to work with are a couple of GoPro cameras and a prayer? In the latest Hellblade developer diary, NT answers that very question.

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