Lego Dimensions adding Goonies, Sonic, Adventure Time in upcoming expansions

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Lego Dimensions adding Goonies, Sonic, Adventure Time in upcoming expansions

16 new properties join the roster

Lego Dimensions is getting new characters, battle arenas and more from 16 universes, including Ghostbusters, Harry Potter, Adventure Time and Mission: Impossible, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today.

The first set of packs — Ghostbusters Story Pack, Adventure Time Level Pack, Mission: Impossible Level Pack, Harry Potter Team Pack, Adventure Time Team Pack and The A-Team Fun Pack — will launch Sept. 27. Additional releases are expected to continue into the summer of next year. Story Packs are also new to the game and will offer "deep, story-driven gameplay around the biggest theatrical releases." The Ghostbusters Story Pack, for example, will include content specific to the upcoming film.

Take a look at Harmonix' next music game

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Take a look at Harmonix' next music game

Harmonix Music VR is a set of four experiments with music and virtual reality

Here's a trailer for Harmonix's next music game, a suite of four trippy, music-related experiences for PlayStation VR.

When it was first announced last year, Harmonix Music VR was pitched mainly as a music visualizer, a chance to create "actual environments that were themselves an expression of your music," according to designer Jon Carter.

Destiny: Rise of Iron trailer leak shows September release and more

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Yesterday it was a leak on the Microsoft Xbox page, today it looks like the trailer for Destiny's next expansion has appeared on Snapchat.

Destiny: Rise of Iron will hit Sept. 20, according to the video. The expansion will require owning the previous Taken King expansion. Pre-orders of the game will include a black version of the Iron Gjallarhorn rocket launcher.

Yesterday's leak detailed that the expansion would include a new campaign and quests, new armor and gear, new weapons, raids, strikes and a maximum Light increase. It also will include new Plaguelands Zone and social space new enemy faction and bosses and new crucible maps and mode.

Call of Duty XP returns for 2016

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Call of Duty XP returns for 2016

First look at Infinite Warfare multiplayer and a Call of Duty VR experience

Activision's Call of Duty fan-focused event, Call of Duty XP, will return to Los Angeles this September. This year's event will give fans their first hands-on look at the multiplayer components for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, as well as a Call of Duty virtual reality experience for PlayStation VR.

The event will also include a first look at new downloadable content for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

Vivendi completes takeover of Gameloft as Guillemots sell stake

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Vivendi completes takeover of Gameloft as Guillemots sell stake

Founding family leaves Gameloft 'with regret'

The Guillemot family, founders of mobile gaming powerhouse Gameloft as well as Ubisoft, will grudgingly sell their stake in Gameloft to Vivendi, completing the latter's hostile takeover.

Ubisoft remains a potential target for a similar takeover, the Wall Street Journal speculates. Vivendi, the principal shareholder in Activision-Blizzard before selling in 2013, owns 17.7 percent of Ubisoft's shares.

Xbox Live Gold members get to try EA Access free next week

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Xbox Live Gold members get to try EA Access free next week

Give it a go for 11 days

Electronic Arts is offering a free trial of EA Access to Xbox Live Gold subscribers starting June 12, Microsoft and EA announced today.

Known as Free Play Days, the trial will offer access to The Vault, an ever-growing collection of full EA games that are available at no additional cost to EA Access subscribers. These include Battlefield Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Titanfall and nearly every EA Sports title from 2013 onward. EA Access is available only on Xbox One.

Fallout 4 original score gets gorgeous limited-edition vinyl set

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Fallout 4 original score gets gorgeous limited-edition vinyl set

This collection may set the world on fire

Fallout 4's original score is being pressed onto vinyl records for a limited-edition package that fans can now pre-order from the Bethesda Store, ThinkGeek announced today.

To be clear, this is Fallout 4's score, which was composed by Inon Zur — not the soundtrack of licensed music, such as hits by The Ink Spots, that plays on in-game radio stations. The 65-track score runs for more than three and a half hours, and comes in a box set of six blue vinyl LPs in three full-color gatefold jackets. Only 3,000 sets are being produced, according to the product page in the Bethesda Store.

Arma 3 trailer unveils next expansion, reveals roots in modern-day Pacific tensions

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Arma 3 trailer unveils next expansion, reveals roots in modern-day Pacific tensions

Chinese-backed Iranian forces go up against NATO

In a developer diary released on YouTube just today, Bohemia Interactive has unveiled the setting and the storyline behind its upcoming Apex expansion for Arma 3. Along with new weapons and vehicles, it reveals a story of political tension rooted in real-life issues ongoing in the Pacific region.

Those who paid attention to the political undertones of the original Arma 3 campaign will recall that the enemy forces, called CSAT, were Chinese-backed Iranians looking to expand their sphere of influence in the Mediterranean against near-future NATO forces. The upcoming Apex expansion transplants that same proxy war to the Pacific, into a chain of islands called the Horizon Islands.

New Destiny: Rise of Iron details leak from Xbox Store

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New Destiny: Rise of Iron details leak from Xbox Store

Journey to the Plaguelands with Lord Saladin

The next expansion for Destiny, Rise of Iron, will include a new raid, a boost to Guardians' maximum Light, a new zone called the Plaguelands and much more, according to the game's listing on Xbox.com.

Microsoft quickly pulled that listing — which, like Rise of Iron's release date, leaked a day ahead of Bungie's official reveal — after it went live, but it's available through a Google cache.

With Kinetik, a tiny team looks to prove indies can compete with anyone

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With Kinetik, a tiny team looks to prove indies can compete with anyone

How much has the landscape changed for indie developers?

Stop us if you've heard this one before: After working at a major game studio for years, a few developers go indie to make the game they've always wanted to make, and launch a Kickstarter campaign to turn their dreams into reality. It's a bold project — the developers aim to compete with triple-A titles in the genre, and they're full of high hopes and big promises.

As a funding model for indie games, Kickstarter isn't broken, but it has lost a lot of its luster in recent years. The success stories seem fewer and farther between, and the games often suffer delays before they launch. Other projects languish or fall apart due to mismanagement, unforeseen issues or more nefarious circumstances, leaving backers without anything to show for their monetary contributions.