Rockstar Wants To Give You Prizes For Making A Music Video In GTA V

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Rockstar Wants To Give You Prizes For Making A Music Video In GTA V

I really like the concept of Grand Theft Auto V’s Rockstar Editor, and people are already doing some cool things with it. Rockstar wants you to do more cool things, and this time there are prizes involved. 

The publisher has put out the call for videos set against “Leave” by Wavves (off the Alchemist & Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos album). All you need to do is create your Rockstar Editor video and publish it to the Social Club with the “#Leave” hashtag. The track can be heard in-game, of course.

Wavves will be participating in the judging (this is going to be the official music video for the song, after all). And the band has shared some background on the tune, so you know what it’s about.

Build Your Fleet With Exclusive Ship Parts If You Purchase Galactic Civilizations III This Week

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Build Your Fleet With Exclusive Ship Parts If You Purchase Galactic Civilizations III This Week

Stardock is about to send Galactic Civilizations III into open space on Thursday. The game leaves the dry dock of early access and begins its exploration of the post-release universe.

For those that do decide to conquer the galaxy this week, you’ll get something extra. Exclusive ship parts for the ship-builder mode are available for early adopters.

Additionally, Stardock shared information on two contests it ran during the development of Galactic Civilizations III. The company paid out $1,000 to “Tezmagorian,” who won the ship design contest and another $1,000 to “Psiyon,” who designed the Orphica Enclave race in the latest competition.

Hi-Rez Helps Smite Fans Support Nepal With Limited And Exclusive Skins

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Hi-Rez Helps Smite Fans Support Nepal With Limited And Exclusive Skins

Game companies are stepping up to help in the Nepal relief efforts in a variety of ways. Bungie is offering t-shirts with profits supporting the effort and CCP is offering a cash match for in-game “PLEX” currency donations. Now, Hi-Rez is joining in with its MOBA, Smite.

For 400 gems (which can be earned in-game or purchased with real money), players can unlock a chest full of limited and exclusive skins representing a number of countries. The bundle includes:

Lucky Baby Fuwa skin for Cupid The Sydney Shredder skin for He Bo Orbital Strike skin for Rama Jaguar Footballer skin for Xbalanque  Ra’merica skin for Ra Soldier of Fortune skin for Ares

Hunt The Witcher 3’s Monsters For Prizes Using Google Maps

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Remember a couple of years back when Google Maps became a Pokémon trainer’s dream come true? CD Projekt is doing something similar for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (except these monsters aren’t nearly as cute).

A partnership between Google and GameStop (Disclaimer: GameStop is Game Informer’s parent company) has placed a variety of monsters from The Witcher universe at familiar locations across the globe. If you find one, you have a chance to win prizes.

There are 100 monsters hidden, and the first person to find one wins a $50 GameStop gift card. I spent some time with this and the most obvious locations seem to have been scooped up already (a message when you find the monster will reveal if you’re first).

Crysis Analogue Edition Brings Nanosuits To The Tabletop

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Crysis Analogue Edition Brings Nanosuits To The Tabletop

Just as video game developers have been thriving on Kickstarter, so to have board game creators. The latest blends to the two, bringing Crytek’s PC-melting Crysis series to the tabletop.

Crysis Analogue Edition is an officially licensed strategy game for two to eight players, with Nanosuit-wearing USF soldiers and opposing CELL troops. The game takes place on a hex-grid board with moveable walls and cover.

The game comes with character sheets that allow USF soldiers to change between the three nanosuit modes: speed, armor, and stealth with different game effects, weapon cards, and tokens. The standard version of the game is available at the €75 ($84) tier, with a collector’s edition (complete with four Ceph alien miniatures) for €150 ($167).

Nintendo Is Drawing Out The Announcement About How It Will Make Its E3 Announcements

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Nintendo is dialing the E3 drama up to 11 and ripping out the knob. The company isn’t content to simply tell us when it will be announcing its E3 plans. Instead, it has announced when it will be making the announcement.

Tomorrow at 9 a.m. Pacific / 12 p.m. Eastern, Nintendo will announce its E3 announcement plans. That means that today’s announcement announces when Nintendo will announce all of its E3 announcements.

Got that? Good. 

EA Lays Off Small Number At Visceral Games

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EA Lays Off Small Number At Visceral Games

EA has confirmed to Game Informer that a small number of staff have been laid off at Visceral. The studio is working on a confirmed, but as yet unspecified Star Wars project.

“We made a small staffing change in our Visceral studio today to support the needs of the studio’s two current development priorities: content for Battlefield Hardline Premium and an unannounced Star Wars project,” an EA representative told us via email.  “We are working to ensure the smoothest transition possible for the impacted employees.”

EA did confirm that Amy Hennig and Todd Stashwick, who are working on the Star Wars project, are unaffected by these changes. EA declined to share specific numbers impacted by the change.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate Has No Multiplayer

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Assassin's Creed Syndicate Has No Multiplayer

Despite the focus that Assassin's Creed Unity put on the four-player co-op component, this year's installment of Assassin's Creed is strictly a single-player affair. Syndicate does not include any competitive multiplayer or co-op.

Creative director Marc-Alexis Côté explains in our interview, saying "It’s really about returning to our roots. Returning to what made this series such a success. For us, it’s truly the single-player experience, and investing in that that’s going to make Assassin’s Creed feel more modern and fresh for our players."

While this means that you will be conquering London solo, Syndicate also gives you in control of two main characters and puts you in charge of a whole street gang, so you probably won't feel too isolated.

Invisible, Inc. Slinks Out Of Early Access For Launch Release

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Klei Entertainment's tactical-stealth game Invisible, Inc. is officially out today, after an Early Access period that began in August 2014. The tactical-stealth game pits you and your crack spy team against corporate security and high-tech defenses.

Invisible, Inc. has drawn comparisons to XCOM, but Invisible, Inc.'s levels are randomly generated – a significant difference. There's also less of a focus on combat, because going on an all-out assault on the game's well-guarded corporations is likely going to end in death. It's easy for even the strongest spies to become overwhelmed, so hacking terminals, stealthily taking down enemies, and slipping past unseen is often the best course of action.

For more information on the game, take a look at our latest preview. The game is out today on PC, and a PlayStation 4 version is in the works.

The Division Will Launch In Early 2016

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The Division Will Launch In Early 2016

Ubisoft announced today that its anticipated multiplayer game, The Division, will not arrive until 2016. The game will still arrive in Ubisoft’s current fiscal year, but it will miss holiday 2015.

Ubisoft says the game will arrive the fourth quarter (January to March 2016). Still on track for this year are Assassin's Creed Syndicate on October 23, Just Dance, and Rainbow Six Siege (launching in the holiday quarter).

For more on Ubisoft's recent financial report, read our recent report.