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WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 23RD FEBRUARY – 1ST MARCH

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The film studio Lionsgate (The Hunger Games, The Expendables, Twilight) has this week made a ‘significant financial investment’ in TellTale Games.

As part of the move, Lionsgate boss Jon Feltheimer will join TellTale’s Board Of Directors (where he will also be joined by Unity Technologies CEO John Riccitello) and the developer is now set to test out a ‘supershow’ concept combining a scripted television series and a video game – in much the same way that Remedy is testing the waters with Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break. It is also expected that as a result of the finance deal, TellTale would have the freedom to produce a video game based on an existing Lionsgate IP.

Speaking on the deal, Telltale boss Kevin Bruner said “Our goal is to create products that have a legitimate chance of winning both a Golden Globe and a Game of the Year award” – at this point, I’ll settle for getting the next episode of Tales From The Borderlands out to play….

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WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 16TH – 22ND DECEMBER

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An unexpected Nintendo Direct broadcast midweek brought some unexpected surprises, none moreso than Hyrule Warriors – a collaboration of The Legend Of Zelda and Toei’s Dynasty Warriors series coming soon for the Wii U (check out the trailer below). Could this be the first Dynasty Warriors game that will be non-repetitive? Don’t be foolish – however the team up does suggest that Nintendo’s previously announced intentions to get its legendary IP’s involved with other developers may be more than just smoke and mirrors.

Among the other headline announcements were new DLC packs for Sonic: Lost World based around Yoshi’s Island and Zelda, the continuation of the Year Of Luigi with Dr. Luigi heading to the eShop on January 15th 2014 in Europe, and a confirmed European release date for Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright on the 3DS of March 28th 2014.

And while we are no closer to having a release date for the next installment of Super Smash Bros, a new character has been confirmed in the form of Princess Rosalina and her companion Luma from Super Mario Galaxy. Perhaps more excitingly, the game will also feature a stage based on everyone’s favorite twisty-turny racetrack, Rainbow Road from the Mario Kart series. Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 16TH – 22ND DECEMBER

WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 4th – 10th NOVEMBER 2013

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Since its public unveiling, Microsoft have been touting the Xbox One to be the ultimate all-in-one entertainment device…just like every console since the PS2 has also claimed. Nevertheless, this week they have confirmed which entertainment applications will be ready for you straight out of the box.

Every consumer market will have access to Xbox Fitness, Xbox Video, Xbox Music, Internet Explorer, Skype, SkyDrive and Upload (allowing users to upload gaming clips to Xbox.com). In-between the UK launch date of 22nd November and ‘Spring 2014’, we can expect the following applications to be added: 4oD, Amazon, blinkbox, Crackle, Demand 5, Eurosport, Machinima, MUZU TV, Netflix, NOW TV, TED, Twitch and Wuaki.tv. Noticeably, the BBC iPlayer, Sky Player and ITV Player which are all currently available on Xbox 360 will NOT be available during this time period. An Xbox Live Gold account will be required for these apps, and services such as Netflix also require their own fees and subscriptions.For what its worth, applications will also feature Achievements, but they will not count towards your individual Gamerscore.

As ever, the US will be the main focus for Microsoft. Many sporting channels will not make it across the pond
As ever, America will be the main focus for Microsoft; several sports channels will not make it across the pond

Essentially, if you want a brand new entertainment device for your living room, right now you would be better off with a current console because they offer exactly the same services (minus sharing of gameplay footage) for a cheaper price.

BREAKING BONUS NEWS: Kotaku have a full report of a chap who managed to get an Xbox One weeks ahead of its release, before the console was taken offline by Microsoft. Plenty of interesting factoids on download sizes and other features.

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