Eidos Montreal Shows Off New Deus Ex's Box Art

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was just announced yesterday alongside exclusive art on Game Informer's latest cover. Luckily for fans, Eidos Montreal has already revealed yet another look at Adam Jensen's continuing adventure via the game's official box art. Even though Eidos Montreal isn't ready to talk about a release window for the current-gen game, you can get a sense of what you'll eventually be holding in your hands at some unknown date in the future.

Executive game director Jean-Francois Dugas tweeted an image of the box, featuring Adam Jensen (of course), as well as Viktor Marchenko on the bottom-left corner. Marchenko is a high-ranking member of a pro-augmentation group that is featured prominently in the game's story. You might recognize the cluster of guys in the bottom-right corner – the scene pops up around the :53 mark in the game's reveal trailer. There's also a VTOL popping out of the background, right above Marchenko's head. These are the preferred way to move agents around the world in infiltration and extraction missions.

Our TakeIf nothing else, this is certainly one of the fastest "game announce to box-art reveals" runs I've ever seen. Even though they were cagey about the release date (or even year) during our visit, this makes me think it's coming sooner than later.

Don Mattrick Leaves Zynga

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Zynga has announced today that Don Mattrick is stepping down as CEO and will be replaced by company founder Mark Pincus.

Most gamers know Mattrick as the former president of Microsoft's interactive entertainment business, where he oversaw the troubled lead up to the Xbox One's launch. Mattrick left MS amid a larger restructuring in July 2013, taking the job as Zynga's CEO with a $50 million contract.

Today, Zynga announced on its investors site that Mattrick is no longer with the company effective today. No reason was given for the change, but Pincus, who was Zynga's former CEO and will be returning to the role, thanked Mattrick for his service. "Don joined us in a very important time in our evolution," Pincus said. "...The team's hard work for our mobile players has resulted in bookings growing from 27% mobile bookings when Don joined to 60% by the end of last year." Pincus also credits Mattrick with the acquisition of NaturalMotion, the developer behind GTA V's Euphoria engine. Zynga's Clumsy Ninja and CSR Racing were developed by NaturalMotion, and have accrued over 160 million installs.

Remembering Shin Hieftje

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I have supervised and worked together with a number of interns in recent years, but Jeremy “Shin” Hieftje was a particularly memorable presence in the Game Informer offices. During his term in the early months of 2014, he was quick to smile and put you at ease in conversation. He often saw games and entertainment from a surprising perspective, and his writing indicated an eagerness to consider subjects beyond surface level.

It was with great sadness that we learned of Shin’s death on April 1. He was a young and vibrant creative voice, and it’s so unfortunate that we won’t hear more of his thoughts and ideas in the years to come, no matter what career or path he might have pursued.

Even during the brief months that Shin worked with us, his articles revealed his thoughtful way of perceiving the world.

The Elder Scrolls Online Invites Beta Players Back For Free Weekend

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The Elder Scrolls Online Invites Beta Players Back For Free Weekend

Starting Thursday, April 16 at 10 AM EDT and ending the morning of Monday, April 20, beta users who have not purchased the full game are being given the opportunity to play The Elder Scrolls Online for free all weekend.

Returning players will have full access to the recent Tamriel Unlimited version of the game, which expanded the world with six new content updates, such as the Justice and Champion systems, the premium service ESO Plus, and the in-game Crown Store. 

Last month, The Elder Scrolls Online dropped its subscription fee and became free-to-play after a one-time purchase of the game. The MMO is currently available on PC and Mac, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions underway, releasing June 9. Read our original, first-hand impressions of the game here.

Conker Gets A Corny Project Spark Gameplay Trailer

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In March, Microsoft and Team Dakota gave us our first look at the return of Rare’s Conker. Now we have our first gameplay trailer and a release date.

The first episode of Conker’s Big Reunion is priced at $4.99, and it will last about an hour. If you’re interested in the creation pack (Conker: Hail to the Remix), including 350 different assets, you can get it along with the first episode and something called Conker Champion (playable in two modes: Champions Quest and Crossroads) it costs $9.99.  

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Enigmatic Deus Ex Universe App Available Now

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Enigmatic Deus Ex Universe App Available Now

Alongside the reveal of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided yesterday and the first trailer today, another piece of the puzzle has arrived. There’s a new iOS app that seems to be marketing focus, but also contains some enigmas.

We reached out to Square Enix for more information about it, but the publisher told us that fans will need to figure it out. You’ll likely want a Square Enix account to access some of the materials, and once you have one you can use the scanner feature.

There are no instructions. You simply point the triangle reticle at things and watch as little lights show up. The “Unlocks” section of the menu suggests that there’s something hidden here (music, screenshots, and making-of information), but we haven’t found just what yet. 

Visceral General Manager Steve Papoutsis Departs EA

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With Battlefield Hardline still only a recent release, the studio behind it is experiencing a change in management. Steve Papoutsis has departed the studio after being employed at EA for over 14 years.

Papoutsis joined the company in September, 2000 according to his LinkedIn profile. Scott Probst, who has been with the company in various development roles since 2003, is taking over the studio.

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Killing Floor 2 Gets Steam Early Access Date & Details

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Killing Floor 2 Gets Steam Early Access Date & Details

Developer Tripwire Interactive has announced that Killing Floor 2 will hit Steam Early Access later this month, with a hopeful full release by the end of the year.

The Early Access version (out on April 21 for $29.99) contains three levels, four perk classes, 27 weapons, 11 Zeds, seven playable characters, a boss, and level creation.

Tripwire says that the final game will contain 10 perk classes and more weapons and levels, the balancing will be tweaked, and other features are being planned as well. The studio also says that this build of the game contains no game-breaking bugs and can be played solo or co-op.

HBO Coming To Sling TV Before This Saturday

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Last week, Sling TV announced that it was bringing HBO to its service as a standalone channel. They didn't provide a release date, only saying that it would be available before Sunday's Game of Thrones premiere. Today, Sling is nudging that fuzzy window a day ahead, saying it should be arriving before Saturday, in conjunction with several app updates.

Sling says the updates include under-the-hood tweaks to reduce server load to better accommodate streaming during times of heavy viewership – a must for the Game of Thrones premiere. It also adds parental controls systemwide, as well as a guide update that makes it easier for Amazon, Roku, and Xbox One users to find shows by their subject and genre.

HBO access will set you back an an additional $15 a month over the standard $20 monthly Sling subscription fee. In addition to providing access to HBO's live content, Sling says it will also feature the same on-demand content as HBO Go.

Microsoft Over-The-Air Tuner Brings Cord-Cutting Television To North America

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Microsoft Over-The-Air Tuner Brings Cord-Cutting Television To North America

At Gamescom, Microsoft announced over-the-air televisions for some territories in Europe. Now, that same service is available for Xbox One preview members in the United States and Canada.

The company announced that using the Hauppauge WinTV-955Q ($79.99) or the not-yet-released Hauppauge TV Tuner for Xbox One ($59.99) with an HDTV antenna will allow uses to access local programming broadcast over-the-air. This fills a gap that other services like SlingTV aren’t able to fill, allowing cord-cutters to create a facsimile of the packages available with cable.

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