[UPDATE] Hasbro Announces Transformers 'Prime Wars' Trilogy Across Toys, Comics, And Video Games

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[UPDATE] Hasbro Announces Transformers 'Prime Wars' Trilogy Across Toys, Comics, And Video Games

Update: An Activision spokesperson has provided us with the following statement regarding this news:

Activision’s Transformers: Devastation console title presents a game specific prequel story that dovetails with the expanded Combiner War story arc told in the IDW comic book series.  As the Transformers story and franchise continue to evolve, Activision will continue to collaborate closely with Hasbro in exploring where to take the Transformers video game franchise beyond this week’s much anticipated release of Transformers: Devastation.

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Learn Why Virtual Reality Matters In Epic Games' Ongoing Documentary

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Learn Why Virtual Reality Matters In Epic Games' Ongoing Documentary

In relation to the millions of video game enthusiasts of the world, only a lucky few have been able to strap a virtual-reality kit to their face and experience the mystifying experience for themselves. Thankfully for the majority, the studio behind Unreal Engine and Gears of War, Epic Games, is delivering an ongoing mini-documentary series that explains the technology, development vision, and uncanny experience of being transported into a digital world. Check out the third episode today, "Storytelling in Virtual Reality," to understand how virtual reality unlocks new depth for developers to tell their tales.

A large variety of game developers offer their perspectives in the documentary, from Oculus Rift creator Palmer Lucky to Adam Orth, the creator of interstellar castaway adventure, Adr1ft.

If you haven't been watching Epic Games' Sense of Presence documentary series, be sure to watch them all from the beginning. We've added the stories in order below.

See How Dragon Quest Monsters Have Evolved

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See How Dragon Quest Monsters Have Evolved

With Dragon Quest Heroes out in just a few days, Square Enix is taking a moment to look back on some of its iconic monsters. Of course you’ll find slimes and other familiar foes. They just look a more refined than their original outings.

The infographic below is a companion to the hero roster the publisher shared last week. While this isn’t the full rundown of enemies of course, it’ll give you an idea of how faithful the designs are to the original incarnations.

Dragon Quest Heroes is out on October 13 for PlayStation 4. For more, check out our review.

Phil Spencer Is Focused On Winning Back Xbox Customer Trust

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Phil Spencer Is Focused On Winning Back Xbox Customer Trust

“For me, what I think we fundamentally lost was the trust of our most loyal customers,” says Head of Xbox Phil Spencer in a recent interview. “We lost the trust in them that they were at the center of our decision-making process. Were we making a product for us, or were we making a product for the gamers?”

Spencer has been serving in his role, leading the Xbox team for 18 months now. In that time, he has earned the admiration of fans due to a reputation for candor and honesty.

In a thirty-minute interview at the 2015 GeekWire Summit, Spencer addressed the current state of the industry speaking plainly about the challenges facing his team and the competition in the console space.

Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition Arrives On Consoles On October 27

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One of last year’s best RPGs, Divinity: Original Sin, is poised for a console debut. Larian Studios has announced the Enhanced Edition will arrive on October 27 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Along with the release date announcement, Larian has revealed a pre-order and platform-specific free bonuses. Those that pre-order from participating retailers will receive the Last Trick Bag. It includes:

Don’t worry if you don’t pre-order. If you decide you want this later, it will be available for sale.

2015 Video Game Release Schedule

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2015 Video Game Release Schedule

It wasn’t even September when readers started asking when we’d publish the initial list of 2015 release dates. Our ever-popular and regularly updated roster of launch dates for the new year is here.

If you see anything we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments. Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates. Prior to that, they will appear in the bottom grouping.

PSA: Xbox 360 Multiplayer Is Free For Everyone This Weekend

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PSA: Xbox 360 Multiplayer Is Free For Everyone This Weekend

If you’ve been itching for a Halo or Call of Duty match on Xbox 360, but your Xbox Live Gold has expired, you’re in luck. Microsoft is opening multiplayer up to everyone this weekend.

Beginning today, October 9, you’ll be able to jump online in any game that supports multiplayer without a Gold membership. This includes the free-to-play offerings, like World of Tanks.

The open multiplayer period ends on Sunday, October 11. 

Reader Discussion: What's The Most Expensive Game In Your Collection?

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Reader Discussion: What's The Most Expensive Game In Your Collection?

Most video games hit the market at a reasonable price, but the effects of time, scarcity, and desire often change a games resale value. Have you ever bought a game for a premium price years after it's initial release?

I'm not a huge collector like I used to be, but I still own a copy of Panzer Dragoon Saga for the Sega Saturn, which sells for upwards of $400 on eBay today. I bought it for only $50 when the game first release. I have another friend who snagged a still-sealed copy of Super Metroid for only $20 several years ago. What about you? Do you have any gaming gems that are worth a fair amount of money? What's the most you've ever payed for a game?

10 Lesser-Known Facts About Destiny

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10 Lesser-Known Facts About Destiny

Did you pick up on the references to Halo and Dark Souls in Destiny? Did you know that where you aim your melee attack actually impacts how much damage you do? Sure, you do now, but what about some of the rest of these Destiny facts?

Gameranx takes us through a list of ten interesting Destiny facts. When you're done here, watch the Backstreet Boys invade Destiny in a fan-made music video or read about how Bungie makes exotic weapons in our story on the Sleeper Simulant.

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Harmonix 'Working Hard' To Resolve Reported Issues With Rock Band 4

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Harmonix 'Working Hard' To Resolve Reported Issues With Rock Band 4

Following the launch of Rock Band 4, there have been several players reporting issues with getting their downloadable content over to the new systems, as well as some who have voiced concerns over issues with instrument compatibility. We reached out to Harmonix to ask the developer to comment on the issues reported by its player-base.

"The Rock Band experience is as important to Harmonix as it is to our players," a Harmonix spokesperson says in a statement provided to Game Informer. "We are passionate about Rock Band, and we'll support it with bug fixes and feature updates for years to come. We're working hard to identify and address the problems that players are reporting, and in most cases we are able to resolve them quickly. We care very much about the small number of players who have reported issues with both Rock Band 4 hardware and software, and we're fixing those problems. We encourage players to visit our FAQ at rockband4.com/support and to submit a ticket here so we can work directly with each individual to resolve their specific problem."