Report: EA snubs Icelandic soccer fans, offers a pittance to license team for FIFA 17

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Report: EA snubs Icelandic soccer fans, offers a pittance to license team for FIFA 17

Its team can best England, but it can beat EA Sports

EA Sports’ FIFA Soccer series has never included the Icelandic national team before, but despite its Cinderella story at this year’s Euro 2016 tournament, the BBC reports that Iceland will miss out on FIFA 17 too.

That’s not for lack of trying, according to the publication. Electronic Arts reportedly offered to pay KSI, the Icelandic football association, $15,000 to get the team on the roster. That was a poor deal, and the England-toppling Icelandic team deserved more, KSI president Geir Thorsteinsson told the BBC.

Dishonored 2 trailer offers the best look yet at our heroes’ new powers

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Dishonored 2 trailer offers the best look yet at our heroes’ new powers

Who wouldn’t want to bend time?

The supernatural abilities in the original Dishonored offered players a wide array of possibilities for clever murder, and this trailer for Dishonored 2 shows off some more creative solutions for guards standing in your way.

We’ve already seen some of these powers, like Emily Kaldwin’s Shadow Walk and Corvo Attano’s Bend Time. But the action in the Dishonored games is all about using multiple powers simultaneously or in quick succession to eliminate threats (or get through areas unnoticed, if you’re playing as a pacifist). And it’s always thrilling to see players using their special abilities to set up unique kills, like they’re orchestrating a series of hits or setting up a Rube Goldberg machine.

Pokémon Uranium finally shuts down development, once and for all

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Pokémon Uranium finally shuts down development, once and for all

No more updates and patches

After shelving the project in August, the team behind ambitious fan-game Pokémon Uranium has ceased all development. That means no more updates or patches for the free download, which could only be found through unofficial means after Nintendo sent a copyright notice.

"Unfortunately as Pokémon Uranium is a [fan game], there is a limit to how far projects such as these can go," the Uranium Team wrote in a message on Twitter. "We are therefore ceasing development on this project. As such, we, the creators of this game, will no longer be offering game downloads, updates, online services or support for Pokémon Uranium."

The Division's next update promises to make the game feel ‘like a shooter’ again

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The Division's next update promises to make the game feel ‘like a shooter’ again

Update 1.4 adds plenty of changes

Ubisoft is releasing a public test server for Tom Clancy's The Division next week, but today the publisher detailed some of the planned updates players will get to send through the ringer. Update 1.4 is due in October, but Windows PC users will be able to try the myriad changes first.

The list of what’s coming in the update is already sprawling, but Ubisoft promises an even more exhaustive set of patch notes next month. For now, the highlights are on gear, weapon and skill set changes, all in the name of rebalancing characters and making the game "feel more like a shooter," as Ubisoft says it does up to level 30.

Astroneer brings ambient co-op space travels to Xbox One this December

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Astroneer brings ambient co-op space travels to Xbox One this December

Right alongside Windows PC launch

We first met Astroneer nearly a year ago, when developer System Era announced the game for Steam Early Access. Today, a new trailer reveals that the co-op space adventure title will launch this winter on Xbox One and Windows 10 as well, bringing 25th century planet-manipulation and base-building to even more platforms.

Four astronauts — excuse us, astroneers — can band together in this budget-priced multiplayer game, traversing pastel terrains that can be shaved and stretched to their liking. There’s also space vehicles, jetpacks, crafting and other features to keep players busy as they venture the galaxy. All of this is in the name of making cash fast — and making it out alive.

Steam customer review system revised once again following criticism

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Steam customer review system revised once again following criticism

Valve’s coming after you next, “most helpful” system

Last week, Steam’s customer review system saw huge changes in which users’ opinions it prioritizes. Yesterday, in a news post on the storefront, Valve announced it was making another revision in response to widespread complaints.

Users and developers both took umbrage with Steam customer reviews only showing ratings from Steam buyers by default. Ratings based on keys purchased off-platform or provided by developers no longer count toward the overall review average, but Valve admitted that this wasn’t warmly received.

Rez Infinite will be playable in 4K on PlayStation 4 Pro

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Rez Infinite will be playable in 4K on PlayStation 4 Pro

Enhance Games' remake of Rez will support Sony's new PlayStation 4 Pro console with 4K resolution and 60-frames-per-second refresh rate for the original areas of the game, the developer revealed at a pre-Tokyo Game Show event last week.

Rez Infinite will also have unspecified benefits when playing the game's new Area X level on a PS4 Pro, both in 2D mode and VR mode, though Enhance Games says we'll have to wait closer to the game's launch on Oct. 13 to learn more.

We saw Rez Infinite running on a 65-inch 4K television during a demo at Enhance Games and the sharpness was impressive. The game's textures have been vastly upgraded over the 2001 PlayStation 2 original and its 2008 HD remake for Xbox 360. (Enhance Games says it has also fixed a tonal audio issues that bothered some fans who played Rez HD.)

Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS is skipping the stereoscopic 3D

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Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS is skipping the stereoscopic 3D

3DS games don’t have to enter the third-dimension, y’know

GameStop has the box art up for this December’s Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, and there’s a tiny message at the bottom that could alarm some 3D-lovers: The game will only play in 2D.

Like all Nintendo 3DS games, the Super Mario Maker port will be playable on both the 3D-less Nintendo 2DS and all versions of the Nintendo 3DS. Either way, the game will only output in 2D.

Blizzard is dropping the Battle.net name

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Blizzard is dropping the Battle.net name

Just call it “Blizzard tech”

Say your goodbyes to "Battle.net." Blizzard Entertainment said today that it will be "transitioning away from" using the Battle.net name when referring to its online multiplayer game service. In a post on the World of Warcraft website, Blizzard said it’s dropping the term Battle.net over occasional confusion cause by the name.

"When we created Battle.net, the idea of including a tailored online-gaming service together with your game was more of a novel concept, so we put a lot of focus on explaining what the service was and how it worked, including giving it a distinct name," Blizzard wrote. "Over time, though, we’ve seen that there’s been occasional confusion and inefficiencies related to having two separate identities under which everything falls — Blizzard and Battle.net. Given that built-in multiplayer support is a well-understood concept and more of a normal expectation these days, there isn’t as much of a need to maintain a separate identity for what is essentially our networking technology."