Fassbender: Assassin's Creed Movie Will Respect The Source Material

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Fassbender: Assassin's Creed Movie Will Respect The Source Material

Finding a quality movie based on a video game is normally an arduous task (a scientific fact we call the "Uwe Boll Principle"), but the talent behind the Assassin's Creed adaptation hopes to avoid a similar fate to duds like Far Cry, Doom, and Max Payne.

Actor Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, Prometheus) is currently attached to the film and discussed the production team's intent with IGN. "You know, we absolutely want to respect the game," he said. "There’s so much cool stuff in the game that we’re actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can’t, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game."

It should also help that Ubisoft is co-producing the film alongside New Regency. Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) is currently attached to direct. The movie is tentatively slated for a late summer 2015 release.

Want To Play Madden NFL 15 Early? Pony Up For EA Access

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Want To Play Madden NFL 15 Early? Pony Up For EA Access

Today Electronic Arts confirmed what many of us expected after the company announced its EA Access program on Xbox One - if you want to play Madden NFL 15 early, you'll have to sign up for the new service.

This paid access replaces EA's typical approach, which on last-gen consoles was to give players an early taste of the gameplay via a downloadable demo. But when the company revealed the new program last month, the information listed early access to EA titles as one of the benefits to joining. The EA Access program costs $4.99 a month, and offers subscribers to play a back catalog of games published by Electronic Arts, a 10 percent discount for digital items (think Ultimate Team packs), and season passes for games like Battlefield.

EA told Polygon that this program isn't the only reason that a demo won't be coming for Madden before its August 26 release date. "The difficult decision not to do a demo for Madden was strictly a result of the team's commitment to deliver the highest-quality game possible," the statement read. "We chose to put 100 percent of our development resources toward the full game."

Comedian And Game Lover Robin Williams Dies Of Apparent Suicide

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Comedian And Game Lover Robin Williams Dies Of Apparent Suicide

Robin Williams, the comedy legend who built his reputation as a stand-up performer and starred in Hollywood movies for decades, was found dead this afternoon at the age of 63.

Williams, who had been battling severe depression according to his publicist, was found in his Tiburon, California home. Marin Country officials confirmed the death. Last month he checked into the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota to continue his fight for sobriety.

Williams cut his teeth as a comedian in the '70s, but eventually crossed over into more dramatic roles in films like Dead Poets Society. He won a best supporting actor Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting. He delighted audiences throughout his career, starring in hits like Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire, and The Fisher King. 

Reader Discussion: What Assassin’s Creed Setting Should Be Next?

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Reader Discussion: What Assassin’s Creed Setting Should Be Next?

For fans, one of the most exciting aspects of the Assassin’s Creed franchise is getting to dig into a new historical period and distinct location with each new game. Whether it's the Italian Renaissance or the golden age of piracy in the Caribbean, each game gives us new insights into the AC fiction and a (slightly skewed) history lesson.

The two new games in the franchise are no different. Unity is headed to  French Revolution-era Paris, while Rogue promises a look at the Seven Years War, also called the French and Indian War. 

What location and time period do you think Ubisoft explore next? Would you want to visit the ancient civilization of the Mayans? Or take a trip to historical China? Maybe the days of the pharaohs of Egypt strikes your fancy? London in the 19th century could be pretty exciting. Or perhaps you'd finally like to see an Assassin's Creed game set entirely in the present or even the future?

The Dovahkiin Is Reborn In This Art Of Skyrim Video

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Even almost three years after its release, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is still so wildly popular that fans are developing new mods for it even today. While the game still stands as a technical marvel and one of the best games in recent years, it is also a fascinating game to look at.

With the latest video in his series, Olivier Leclair examines The Art of Skyrim, through locales all the way from Whiterun to Sovngarde. And, of course, there are plenty of dragons.

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Unity For Xbox One Now Free To Developers

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The indie-friendly development platform has come to Xbox One, and should offer increased opportunities for developers to bring their games to Microsoft’s new console. 

Last year, Microsoft discussed its Xbox One partnership with Unity, saying that ID@Xbox developers would be able to use Unity to publish games on the Xbox One free of charge. That day has now come, with the release of Unity 4.3 for Xbox One.  The availability of Unity extends to all developers who have an Xbox One development kit.

Several upcoming indie games are already headed toward release on Xbox One, including Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Cuphead, and Ori and the Blind Forest. 

Sakaguchi Headed To Pax To Discuss Terra Battle

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Sakaguchi Headed To Pax To Discuss Terra Battle

The creator of the Final Fantasy series has a new project in the works at Mistwalker, and he’s bringing details about the game to PAX Prime. Terra Batttle is currently in development as a mobile-based role-playing game. The story follows a team of heroes journeying to the center of their own world in pursuit of a mysterious entity called The Maker.

Terra Battle is headed towards release on iOS and Android by October, and is planned as a free-to-play title with in-app purchase options. 

Hironobu Sakaguchi’s PAX panel will run at August 29 at 2:30pm in the Hedgehog theater. In addition to discussing Mistwalker’s new game, Sakaguchi will also talk about his history in the role-playing development world. 

Harmonix Details Downloadable Tracks For Dance Central Spotlight

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You may have been Happy you could Talk Dirty to the Royals in the Love Shack back when Harmonix announced the release date for Dance Central Spotlight, but now it's bringing even more songs to its latest dance game. Today, Harmonix announced some new songs and pricing information for Dance Central Spotlight's downloadable songs, available at launch.

For $1.99 each, players can download the songs listed below, along with other tracks yet to be announced. For a full track listing thus far, check out Harmonix's website.

Dance Central Spotlight launches September 2 for Xbox One as a downloadable title. For more, see the game in action in this trailer.

EA Access Goes Live Today On Xbox One

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EA Access Goes Live Today On Xbox One

Electronic Arts’ recently announced premium subscription service EA Access is out of Beta and officially available to all Xbox One owners today. The premium service allows members access to downloadable EA games, a discount on EA digital content, and pre-release demos of full games.  

For the $4.99 monthly (or $29.99 for a full year) subscription fee, Xbox gamers get access to downloadable games from the EA “Vault” at no additional charge. These games will be downloaded, not streamed, and are accessible as long as the subscription lasts. The games currently available in the Vault include Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, and Peggle 2.

EA Access members will also gain free access to full, playable versions of EA games five days before their release date. The full versions of these games will be playable for a limited time. If a subscriber elects to purchase the release version of the game they demoed, the progress they made in their pre-release demo can be carried over. Games that have been announced as playable pre-release for EA Access subscribers so far include Madden NFL 15, FIFA 15, NHL 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition.