Hope You're Wearing Your Brown Pants: Deadpool Movie Test Footage Officially Released

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Hope You're Wearing Your Brown Pants: Deadpool Movie Test Footage Officially Released

A couple days ago, CGI-test footage for a Deadpool movie was leaked on the internet, featuring Ryan Reynolds reprising the role (if you count his first try…urgh). Much excitement ensued, until Fox took the video down. In response to the buzz generated by the leak, however, Blur Studios, the animation studio behind the clip, has officially released it.

A Deadpool movie has been a favorite internet rumor for a long time, with Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld alluding to 8 minutes of test footage, which this clip is confirmed to be a part of, back in 2012. Liefeld and Reynolds (who is still Liefeld’s first choice for the character, X-Men Origins not-withstanding) remain enthusiastic about the possibility of the movie, but reportedly have had problems getting Fox to greenlight it.

We don’t know whether the reaction to this test footage will help convince movie execs that The Merc with a Mouth is right for the big screen, but we can dream. You can watch the embedded clip below, but watch out for gratuitous violence, swearing, and Gwen Stefani. 

[Update] Deep Silver Buys Homefront, UK Staff To Transfer To New Dambuster Studio, Crytek USA Scaled Back

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[Update] Deep Silver Buys Homefront, UK Staff To Transfer To New Dambuster Studio, Crytek USA Scaled Back

Update #3: Reports are surfacing that Crytek USA employees started walking off the job as early as June, after weeks of not being paid. Kotaku reports that leadership was among those that have departed already. We were able to confirm a number of employee departures in June and July, with placements at Red Fly Studios, id Software, Battlecry Studios, and Retro Studios. We've reached out to Crytek for comment.

Update #2: We're starting to see indication of staff preparing for a move from Crytek UK to Deep Silver Dambuster. The first is Graeme Norgate, composer at Crytek UK who has indicated via Twitter he'll be joining Deep Silver.

Good bye Crytanic, hello Deep Silver Dambuster Studios !

Vote On The Alternate The Evil Within Cover, Enter To Win A Free Signed Copy

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Vote On The Alternate The Evil Within Cover, Enter To Win A Free Signed Copy

Bethesda announced on their blog today that what The Evil Within’s alternate box cover looks like is up to the fans. The publisher has released three different cover designs, and the one voted most popular via an online poll will be the reverse sleeve of the launch edition of the game.

You can see the three options, “Asylum,” “Piercing Eye,” and “Twisted,” below (click the images to expand). Voters will also have the chance to enter a contest to win one of ten copies of The Evil Within signed by game director Shinji Mikami, which they will receive when the game ships. The contest starts tomorrow and will last until Friday, August 8.  

Piercing Eye

August PlayStation Plus Games Include Crysis 3, Dragon’s Crown, And Two New Releases

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August PlayStation Plus Games Include Crysis 3, Dragon’s Crown, And Two New Releases

Sony has announced the six titles coming to PlayStation Plus on August 5. This is as good a time as any to remind you to grab your six games from July before they disappear from the catalog.

On PlayStation 4, you’ll get Road not Taken and Fez. Road not Taken is a roguelite with procedurally generated worlds and puzzles to solve.

On PlayStation 3, Crysis 3 (from currently ailing developer Crytek) and Proteus. The latter is a video game art project that involves changing music and sound as you move through the world. 

Over 4.6 Million Participated In The Destiny Beta

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Over 4.6 Million Participated In The Destiny Beta

Activision has announced some stats to cap off last week’s Destiny beta test. According to Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, the week of testing was the largest console beta for a new IP to date.

The beta began on July 17 with the PlayStation kickoff, through the July 23 addition of Xbox players, finally culminating on the evening of July 23. During that time, 4,638,937 players sampled the game and helped Bungie prepare for the September launch.

“We surpassed even our own goals and the feedback was invaluable,” says Bungie chief operating officer Pete Parsons. “We cannot thank the community enough, the response was humbling and in the weeks ahead we’ll be working hard to ensure that Destiny lives up to the expectations at launch.”

Xbox One Arrives In China On September 23

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Xbox One Arrives In China On September 23

Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One will launch in China on September 23. The company is preparing to roll out the console in 26 additional territories that month, including Japan, Israel, Korea, and parts of the Middle East and Europe.

The console, which will be released in partnership with BesTV, will cost ¥3,699 RMB ($600). According to Microsoft, 25 developers are working on more than 70 games for that market. EA, Ubisoft, 2K will join Chinese developers Perfect World, Gamebar, and Tencent in creating content for the platform.

The ID@Xbox independent developer program has also launched in China, meaning that local studios can start creating content for the platform. It also means that those studios signed onto the program already can explore bringing their titles to China’s nearly 1.4 billion people. 

Sony: EA Access Doesn't 'Represent Good Value To The PlayStation Gamer'

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Sony: EA Access Doesn't 'Represent Good Value To The PlayStation Gamer'

Following EA’s announcement of the company’s new subscription program, Access, we were curious about it being tied only to Xbox One. We reached out to Sony for clarification, and it seems like PlayStation 4 owners shouldn’t hold their breath for the program.

“We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect,” a Sony representative told us via email. “PlayStation Plus memberships are up more than 200% since the launch of PlayStation 4, which shows that gamers are looking for memberships that offer a multitude of services, across various devices, for one low price. We don’t think asking our fans to pay an additional $5 a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer.” 

While Sony could certainly change its mind down the line, we don’t expect that to happen any time soon. For more on EA Access, check out yesterday’s coverage.

Learn Which Zelda Games Began Life As Remakes Of Other Zelda Games

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Learn Which Zelda Games Began Life As Remakes Of Other Zelda Games

A new video from YouTube channel Did You Know Gaming takes a look at the Zelda series.

The video details how many Zelda titles began as attempts at remaking previous Zelda titles, and how it took The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker's visuals to inspire Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma's wife to finally play one of the games he made.

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Dragon Age Keep Delayed Alongside Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Dragon Age Keep Delayed Alongside Dragon Age: Inquisition

A few days ago, Dragon Age: Inquisition was pushed back a month. As a result of the game's delay, BioWare is also delaying Dragon Age Keep, which is what players will be using to bring their data and decisions from Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2 over to Dragon Age: Inquisition.

In a post on a blog announcing the delay, BioWare wrote, "To coincide with the November 18, 2014, launch of Inquisition, we will also be moving the Keep’s launch date. Accordingly, we’ll be extending our beta program, meaning there’s still plenty of time to get involved with the Keep."

If you're not already involved in Dragon Age Keep's beta, you can head here to sign up. For more on the sort of a game (it's actually more like an tool for setting up your narrative) you can head here and here.

Electronic Arts Sending Beta Invites For Its Access Subscription Service

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Electronic Arts Sending Beta Invites For Its Access Subscription Service

Announced this morning, the EA Access subscription service is exclusive to Xbox One. You can find full details about the program here. By subscribing, players will gain access to discounts, access to download games from a library of Electronic Arts titles, and the option (with caveats) to download and play new Electronic Arts releases up to five days early.

In an e-mail sent to Xbox One update preview members, Electronic Arts and Microsoft thanked preview members for their help, and detailed how to dive in and test the access program. Beta testers will have unlimited access to Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4. The other aspects of EA Access, like getting to play truncated versions of certain titles early, and assorted discounts, are also included in the beta. When the program moves out of beta, it will $29.99 to purchase a year subscription, or you can pay $4.99 per month.

If you are eligible to participate, check your e-mail, or sign onto your Xbox One and check your messages. It's there that players will be able to find a code to download the EA Access app.