Runescape Classic Servers Shutting Down After Seventeen Years

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Runescape Classic Servers Shutting Down After Seventeen Years

Ever since its launch in 2001, the proto-MMORPG Runescape has been a cornerstone of a lot of formative gaming moments. Sadly, that all ends this August as the servers are finally going offline.

Runescape was developed by Jagex in the early 2000s and is likely familiar to people who read magazines like Next-Generation or, well, Game Informer back in the day. The online PC game introduced a generation to what might be possible with online interaction in the future and shaped a lot of what the modern game industry takes for granted.

It is not like the game has been continuously supported for the last two decades, though. Jagex stopped supporting the game years ago, which has lead to the title running wild with bugs, bots, and cheaters. The developers feel this has gone too far and become game-breaking and need to put the game out of its misery.

We Happy Few Refused Classification In Australia, Developer Responds

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We Happy Few Refused Classification In Australia, Developer Responds

We Happy Few, the fascist nightmare about oppressive drugs and the oppressors who distribute them, has been refused classification in Australia, leaving the developers baffled about what to do next.

The game appeared on Australia's ratings board's website yesterday, stating that the title was refused classification. This effectively means that the game can't be sold in Australia, which is especially an issue since the game was crowdfunded. It isn't clear why the game was denied classification, but the website states that the rating is reserved for games that "depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified."

PlayStation Boss Says Sony Portable Gaming Could Return

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PlayStation Boss Says Sony Portable Gaming Could Return

John Kodera, the new chief of Sony Interactive Entertainment, has been speaking his mind about the future of the PlayStation brand and has mentioned what he thinks of Sony and portable gaming.

Speaking to Bloomberg, Kodera broke with his predecessor Andrew House on the subject of portable gaming like the PlayStation Portable and the Vita, which House has said he believed to be limited globally. Kodera disagreed and wasn't sure that abandoning the idea is a final decision for Sony.

“In my opinion, rather than separating portable gaming from consoles, it’s necessary to continue thinking of [portable gaming] as one method to deliver more gaming experiences and exploring what our customers want from portable,” Kodera said at a roundtable interview on Wednesday in Tokyo according to Bloomberg. “We want to think about many options.”

Zone Of The Enders: The 2nd Runner – M∀RS Demo Out On PS4

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Zone Of The Enders: The 2nd Runner – M∀RS Demo Out On PS4

Konami has somewhat of a spotty history with HD remasters, so ZOE fans unsure about the newest update have a demo to take for a spin.

The Zone Of The Enders: The 2nd Runner – M∀RS demo takes advantage of all permutations of your PlayStation 4 hardware. On the PS4 Pro, you can play the demo at 4K. With the PSVR, you can obviously play the game's hopefully gentle VR mode. Both versions allow you to play with something called Pro controls, which allow you to have even more control over Jehuty and is designed for veterans.

The demo also has a training zone that you might want to spend some time in before heading out there. ZOE2 is hard to get the hang of and is designed to have a slow ramp from a very simple mech to basically being a god in mech form, so it doesn't demo extremely well. 

Update: Leisure Suit Larry Wet Dreams Don't Dry Confirmed

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Update: Leisure Suit Larry Wet Dreams Don't Dry Confirmed

Update: Assemble Entertainment has confirmed that Leisure Suit Larry is returning with the weirdly titled Wet Dreams Don't Die, which appears to be targeting the niche Swery 65 game Dark Dreams Don't Die for parody, for some reason.

The game superficially brings Larry into the modern age of smartphones with dating app "Timber" and photo social network "Insta-Crap." Millennials!

Leisure Suit Larry's steam page lists a Q4 release date for this year, so the game is likely very close to done.

George R. R. Martin To Produce Animated Movie

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George R. R. Martin To Produce Animated Movie

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George R. R. Martin is working with Warner Bros. Animation to bring his 1980 children's book The Ice Dragon to life on screen. The book follows a girl named Adara, who befriends a legendary ice dragon to save her world from destruction by fire-breathing dragons.

Martin announced April 25 that The Winds of Winter, the next novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, will not release in 2018. His book Fire & Blood, a history of the series' Targaryen family, is set to publish November 20.

WWII-Themed Battlefield V Drops October 19, Abandons Paid Expansion Model

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WWII-Themed Battlefield V Drops October 19, Abandons Paid Expansion Model

After years of using the paid-expansion-pack model for delivering new post-release content to Battlefield players, DICE is going a new direction with Battlefield V. 

Today DICE revealed Tides of War, a new live-service approach to content for Battlefield V that promises fresh challenges, modes, maps, narrative moments, and rewards every few months. This event-based model clearly takes inspiration from other shooters like Overwatch and Rainbow Six Siege, which have continued to grow and expand their player bases with a steady trickle of new content. The benefit of this approach compared to the old paid-expansion model is it keeps the community together instead of fragmenting them into haves and have-nots. This should keep servers busier for more maps. DICE plans to roll these out in a chapter format, taking players to new fronts set in World War II, expanding their knowledge of the great conflict, and introducing new experiences that fit the theme of the chapter.

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New Fantasy Series From The Simpsons Creator Coming To Netflix This Summer

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New Fantasy Series From The Simpsons Creator Coming To Netflix This Summer

Disenchantment, a Netflix animated comedy series from The Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening, comes to the streaming service August 17. Netflix announced the show's release date via Twitter Wednesday morning.

Drink it in, peasants! @Disenchantment, the latest series from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, premieres August 17 on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/INr3mDOzuB

Disenchantment follows "hard-drinking young princess" Bean, an elf named Elfo, and Bean's "personal demon" Luci in the kingdom of Dreamland. Netflix ordered 20 episodes of the show in June 2017, which it said will release in 10-episode seasons.

Korean Ratings Board Suggests Sunset Overdrive Might Be Coming To PC

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Korean Ratings Board Suggests Sunset Overdrive Might Be Coming To PC

The Korean Ratings Board, which publicly lists ratings for games and thus inadvertently leaks games ahead of announcement, has revealed a listing for Sunset Overdrive on PC.

Gematsu reports the rating, though not a lot of other details are currently available. In a community Q&A on the forum Resetera, Insomniac community director James Stevenson commented on the possibility of Xbox One X enhancements for Sunset Overdrive a few weeks ago. 

"Realistically it’s not in the cards at this point," Stevenson answered. "Our engine code is several years developed from Sunset Overdrive, and to re-open that project and try to piece it in there, on a new piece of hardware, plus all of the testing and resources going into it, isn’t something we’re able to do in house. Right now everyone here is focused on Marvel’s Spider-Man."

Short Film The Interview Released For Detroit: Become Human

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Short Film The Interview Released For Detroit: Become Human

As the countdown to Detroit winds down ahead of its May 25 release date, Sony and Quantic Dream are releasing short films about the robotic world coming to PS4 this week.

The first episode, The Interview, shows a newscaster speaking with the CEO of Cyberlife, opening in Detroit and promising massive advances in robotics and AI. Check out the first video below.

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