War Games Returns In Free Titanfall 2 DLC

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War Games Returns In Free Titanfall 2 DLC

In the latest free DLC for Titanfall 2, Respawn has brought back the classic War Games map from the original Titanfall.

The setting of War Games was a pilot training simulation which merged two Titanfall maps into one: Angel City and Airbase. Rather than dropping into battle, pilots loaded into a training pod to begin matches, which gave the map a unique aesthetic.

The War Games DLC pack also includes a new Live Fire map called Traffic, and a new pilot execution. Developer Respawn Entertainment is also keeping Titan Brawl as a permanent game mode, and will add a third weapon slot, meaning pilots get a primary, secondary and anti-Titan weapon.

Call Of Duty 'Days Of Summer' Event Kicks Off Today

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Call Of Duty 'Days Of Summer' Event Kicks Off Today

Activision's seasonal event 'Days of Summer' begins today, bringing a wealth of summer-themed content to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, and Call of Duty: Black Ops III. The event runs for five weeks and includes themed maps, in-game giveaways, and other limited-time items. In addition, dedicated XP events will take place throughout the event. A full list of inclusions from Activision can be found below.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

(Available June 27 – August 1)

Science-Fiction Weekly – The Uncertain Future Of Star Wars

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Science-Fiction Weekly – The Uncertain Future Of Star Wars

As excitement for Star Wars: The Last Jedi builds, a dark cloud hangs over the galaxy far, far away. The passing of Carrie Fisher last year puts Star Wars: Episode IX on uncertain ground, and director Colin Trevorrow's recent comments with The Irish Examiner point to a significant rewrite for the film's script.

"She had a major role in the film and it’s something we had to deal with emotionally at first," Trevorrow said. "Now we’ve had to deal with it in very practical ways and in a form of storytelling we know is going to honor her and keep her soul alive, but it is an unfortunate reality that we’re just going to have to handle. It’s been tough emotionally – and logistically we’ll figure that part out, but she was just very important to the Star Wars family and that was the hardest part."

Arkane Studios Founder Raphael Colantonio Departs Company After 18 Years

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Arkane Studios Founder Raphael Colantonio Departs Company After 18 Years

Raphael Colantonio, founder and president of Arkane Studios as well as creative director on the Dishonored, Dishonored 2, Prey, and more, announced he is parting ways with the company after 18 years.

Writing on the Bethesda blog, Colantonio writes that he is leaving the company to "spend some time with my son and reflect on what is important to me and my future." He also writes positively about the decision for Arkane to join ZeniMax. "I can say that joining ZeniMax took things to the next level and gave Arkane the opportunity to emerge as a world-class studio. ZeniMax enabled us to make the best games that we’ve ever made. And I know there is even more to come."

Colantonio then addresses the question of leadership after his departure. Harvey Smith, who has worked closely with Colantonio on the Dishonored series (and before joining Arkane, Deus Ex), will be leading the Austin team, while Colantonio will "be around for as long as necessary to ensure a smooth transition to the new management team in Lyon."

July's Xbox Games With Gold Includes Kane & Lynch 2 And Lego Pirates

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July's Xbox Games With Gold Includes Kane & Lynch 2 And Lego Pirates

Today Microsoft announced July's free games for Xbox Live Gold members.

Starting July 1, members can pick up the unconventional platformer Grow Up on Xbox One until July 31, as well as the gritty, co-op shooter Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days on Xbox One or 360 until July 15.

On July 16, fast-paced party action game Runbow will be free on Xbox One until August 15, while Lego Pirates of the Caribbean will remain free on Xbox One or 360 until July 31.

[Update] Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Standalone Release Available Now

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[Update] Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Standalone Release Available Now

Update 6/27: As noted by the official PlayStation Blog, you can pick up Modern Warfare Remastered as a standalone game starting today.

Original Story: As was reported earlier this week, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is receiving a standalone release. Activision today made it official that the classic FPS will finally be available to buy on its own beginning on PlayStation 4 next week, with other platforms to follow at a later date.

The title was previously only available for those who bought special editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which was released last year. The game features the full campaign and 16 multiplayer maps. The package does not include the Modern Warfare Remastered Variety Map Pack, which features the Killhouse, Broadcast, Creek, and Chinatown maps.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Developer 'Looking Into' Cross-Platform Play

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Developer 'Looking Into' Cross-Platform Play

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been one of the surprise hits of the year, selling an impressive four million copies since its Steam Early Access release in March. It's been popular enough for Microsoft to nab the battle royale game and bring it to console as an exclusive (though it could still come to PS4 in the future). With the game making the leap to other platforms, developer Bluehole isn't ruling out the possibility of cross-platform play.

Speaking with VG247, Bluehole executive producer Chang Han Kim said the company is interested in letting console players play with their PC friends. "Cross network play between the PC and the console is definitely something we want to do down the road," Kim said. "We don’t anticipate we’ll have any technical issues with that."

However, considering the game's emphasis on competitive multiplayer, Bluehole is aware that they will have to tweak the game to make sure those using a controller can compete with players using a mouse and keyboard. “If we’re going to allow players to use controllers we need to have the aim assist added in and things like that," Kim said. "We’re not going to be supporting it right away, but it’s something we’d like to look into later.”

Guillemot Family Raises Stake In Ubisoft To Ward Off Vivendi Takeover

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Guillemot Family Raises Stake In Ubisoft To Ward Off Vivendi Takeover

The battle for control of Ubisoft has been long and arduous. We last left off back in April, with a report that Vivendi was planning to make its big play to acquire the company this year. Today, Reuters reports the Guillemot family (who founded Ubisoft, currently headed by Yves Guillemot), has increased their stake in the company in order to fend off a Vivendi takeover.

The Guillemot's stake in Ubisoft's share capital is currently at 13.6 percent, while its share of the company's voting rights is at 20.02 percent, according to a filing from the AMF stock market regulator.

By comparison, Vivendi, which purchased its first stake in Ubisoft in 2015, currently owns 27 percent of the company's share capital and 24.5 percent of its voting rights.

Playdead Co-Founder Starts Up New Company

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Playdead Co-Founder Starts Up New Company

Dino Patti, former CEO and co-founder of Playdead (Inside and Limbo) has started up a new studio with animator Chris Olsen called Jumpship. The pair are based in Guildford, England, and their first project is a mysterious sci-fi title called Somerville "that chronicles the lives of key individuals in the wake of a global catastrophe."

The original IP was conceived by Olsen, and the project's teaser trailer (below) certainly piques interest with what looks like an alien invasion.

As for the company itself, its goals are lofty according to the manifest on the company's website:

Reader Discussion: Do You Want A SNES Classic Edition?

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Reader Discussion: Do You Want A SNES Classic Edition?

Today Nintendo revealed that the company was bringing a mini version of the Super Nintendo to stores in September, packaging the following the games:

That's a lot of good games, I must admit. However, I'm hesitant to get my hopes up for this considering just how quickly the NES Classic was discontinued even if I did want to get one. However, I don't really want one, truth be told. What I actually want is the option to buy these games piecemeal on my Switch.

What about you, reader? Are you already ordering a SNES Classic or giving it a hard pass?