Returning Battlefield Players Get A Bonus When Hardline Launches

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Returning Battlefield Players Get A Bonus When Hardline Launches

EA and Visceral have announced a loyalty program for Battlefield fans. Those that are planning on playing Hardline will get a boost pack if they’ve played at least one of three previous games in the franchise.

If you’ve played Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3, or Battlefield 4 and logged in with an Origin account, you’ll be getting a bundle of items. The Veteran’s Pack includes an in-game patch, a 200 percent objective boost (30 minutes once activated), and a 200 percent teamplay boost (30 minutes once activated).

If you haven’t played those games, but decide to do so after Hardline, you’ll still get the pack. After trying out one of those three games, the next time you return to Hardline, the pack will be waiting.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Patch 5 Abandons Companion App, Initiates Requirements

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Assassin’s Creed Unity Patch 5 Abandons Companion App, Initiates Requirements

Assassin’s Creed Unity gets a bit more streamlined. The title previously required users to connect with a companion app and the AC Initiates website in order to unlock certain items. That changes today.

“Patch 5” unlocks all of the blue and gold chests connected with progression related to Initiates and the app. The update also fixes problems with the “Find Leon” objective in the Dead Kings DLC.

While Xbox One and PS4 updates are rolling out today, PC players will be getting it later in the week. Those players should see improvements with stability, connectivity, and general performance.

Project Cars Delayed Again

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Slightly Mad Studios' ambitious sim-based racer Project Cars has been delayed from its March 17 release date on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

The game will now come out first on PC/Steam on April 2, and the PS4 and Xbox One versions will follow on April 7.

"...We know that these extra days will allow us to provide the best game experience that our fans deserve," said Ian Bell, head of Slightly Mad Studios in a press release. "We assure you the wait will be worth it when the game does arrive early April."

World Of Tanks Fires On Xbox One This Year

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World Of Tanks Fires On Xbox One This Year

World of Tanks took the number five spot in MMO revenue in 2014 with active communities on PC and Xbox 360. Last year, World of Tanks beat out Dota 2, Hearthstone, and Counter-Strike Online in the online gaming earnings list.

Wargaming has announced plans to add another platform this year, giving console gamers more opportunity to take to the battlefield. The company says that an Xbox One version is in development, with plans to launch some time in 2015. 

Xbox 360 players will be able to transfer their accounts and progress when the new version launches. The platforms will communicate also, so you won’t need to leave your friends behind if they haven’t upgraded consoles yet.

Sony Reiterates Financial Importance Of PlayStation In New Three-Year Plan

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Sony Reiterates Financial Importance Of PlayStation In New Three-Year Plan

Sony has released a new three-year management plan that identifies the company’s strengths, challenges, and key divisions for financial health. The company has stated before that the growth of the gaming division following the success of the PlayStation 4 was crucial, and reiterates that today.

In addition to gaming, Sony is pinning its hopes on professional devices (like image sensors), film, and music. The company states that it plans to grow the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Network install bases. 19.9 million PlayStation 4 units have been shipped worldwide as of December 31, 2014. 

The plan culminates with a return to profit by the year ending March 31, 2018. The company targets consolidated operating profit of ¥500 billion ($4.2 billion) in that year.

The Order: 1886 Releases Friday, Don't Forget About Our Coverage Hub

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The Order: 1886 Releases Friday, Don't Forget About Our Coverage Hub

Revealed at E3 2013, The Order: 1886 marks developer Ready at Dawn's first completely original console game – and it releases on Friday.

The Order: 1886 appeared on our November cover in 2013, and with it came a collection of video features, interviews, podcasts, and more detailing how the game came to exist. You can find all of our coverage by heading here, or by clicking the banner below our coverage trailer.

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Play As Beast Ganon In Hyrule Warriors Next Month

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The massive beast form of Ganon will become a playable character in Hyrule Warriors in only a few weeks.

The DLC launches March 12 and along with making Ganon a playable character, you will also be able to play the boss rush mode. Boss rush mode can can be played to unlock new costumes for Link, Zelda, and Lana. The DLC will be $2.99.

Version 1.60 is also on the way for Hyrule Warriors and alongside fixing bugs and speeding up load times, it will also raise the max level, add more potions mixtures, and new medals, among other additions.

Strong Museum Of Play Establishing Video Game Hall Of Fame

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Strong Museum Of Play Establishing Video Game Hall Of Fame

The Strong Museum of Play is already a leader in detailing the history and importance of toys and games. The Rochester, New York museum houses a national toy hall of fame and a center for the history of electronic games. Democrat & Chronicle reports today that the Strong will soon be expanding its involvement with the interactive medium by setting up the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

The first group of game inductees is planned for June of this year, and nominations are being accepted from the public by visiting the Hall of Fame website. After nomination, a committee from the museum will select the finalists. The criteria for final selection include how iconic the game is, its longevity within the culture, the geographical reach of the title, and its subsequent influence on games and other entertainment. 

What games do you think deserve a spot in the hall of fame?

Phantom Dust Moves Forward, But Darkside Games No Longer Helming

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Phantom Dust Moves Forward, But Darkside Games No Longer Helming

Microsoft announced a reboot of the 2004 Xbox exclusive Phantom Dust at E3 2014, to both surprise and excitement from those who played the original. Unfortunately, it seems the project has hit a bump in the road.

Multiple calls to the studio's main line and executive and creative leadership went unanswered this afternoon. We've left messages and will update should we hear back. A report from Kotaku suggests a bleak scenario, though.

Microsoft did respond to our inquiries, confirming that it is no longer working with Darkside. However, Phantom Dust is still a project in progress.

Crystal Dynamics Formally Welcomes Nate Wells And Tore Blystad

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Crystal Dynamics Formally Welcomes Nate Wells And Tore Blystad

In early December 2014, we reported that former Naughty Dog employee Nate Wells had joined Crystal Dynamics as an art director. Today, the studio has posted an official welcome to Wells and another new staff member, Tore Blystad.

In addition to serving as lead artist on The Last of Us, Wells is credited on BioShock and BioShock Infinite. He’s also the person you can thank for the original concept art of the lumbering Big Daddy. He's signed on as environmental art director.

Tore Blystad has changed studios, but he isn’t a stranger to Square Enix. Prior to joining Crystal Dynamics as performance director, Blystad spent 10 years at Hitman developer IO Interactive.