Harmonix and Fender extend Rock Band instrument deal, tease new controller

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Harmonix and Fender extend Rock Band instrument deal, tease new controller

It's a mutually beneficial marketing strat

The Rock Band games will continue to feature Fender musical instruments, thanks to an extension of the deal between Fender and Rock Band developer Harmonix, the companies announced today.

Fender guitars, basses and amps have appeared in Rock Band titles since the series' inception in 2007. The new deal between Harmonix and Fender will run for the next decade; it is scheduled to end in 2027.

Escape From Tarkov has us excited about the hardcore survival genre again

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Escape From Tarkov has us excited about the hardcore survival genre again

Could this be the STALKER successor we've been waiting for?

When DayZ broke onto the scene some years ago it single-handedly created a new, best selling genre. Since then survival games have been coming out quickly. Some might say too quickly. For every unique, influential title like Ark: Survival Evolved or Rust there's a half dozen half-finished budget titles with wonky gameplay. From what we've seen in an early live demo, Escape From Tarkov could be the next title to push the genre forward.

Just a few weeks ago the team at Battlestate Games hosted the first ever live gameplay demo of Tarkov on Twitch, and after watching the entire stream I reached out to the developers to learn more. After a bit of translation from Russian, here's a breakdown on what we know about the game.

Capcom: Player banned from Pro Tour for sexual harassment incident at tournament

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Capcom: Player banned from Pro Tour for sexual harassment incident at tournament

Street Fighter player Noel Brown won't be admitted to Evo 2016 either

Capcom says it has banned Noel Brown, a prominent Street Fighter and Marvel vs. Capcom player, from competing in Capcom Pro Tour events for the remainder of the 2016 season. Brown's ban, Capcom says, comes after a sexual harassment incident that was caught on camera at last weekend's Combo Breaker tournament in St. Charles, Illinois.

This weekend, Brown was seen groping a female attendee of Combo Breaker — an incident she reportedly described as unwanted to tournament organizers — after a group photo was taken. That footage circulated throughout the fighting game community, with calls for Brown to be banned for his behavior.

Destiny's 'next adventure' will be revealed in a week

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Destiny's 'next adventure' will be revealed in a week

A meeting with Lord Saladin?

Destiny developer Bungie will unveil the game's fourth expansion on June 9, the studio announced today.

The livestream is set to begin at 10 a.m. PT on Bungie's Twitch channel. Bungie's news post features the image above of Guardians in Iron Banner armor, which appears to confirm the rumors that the expansion will focus on the semi-regular Crucible event. Leaked artwork pegged the expansion's name as Rise of Iron.

Overwatch recruits more than 7 million players in its first week

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Overwatch recruits more than 7 million players in its first week

Blizzard boasts "one of the most successful global game launches of all time"

More than 7 million people worldwide have played Overwatch since the game's launch on May 24, Blizzard Entertainment announced today. The company called it "one of the most successful global game launches of all time" and boasted that more than 119 million hours of the game have been played.

Blizzard clarified in an email to Polygon that the 7 million player figure represents the "unique global player count, which includes anyone who's played the digital or retail version of the game, as well as those who have played the game in Internet game rooms."

Japanese horror classic D finally makes PC debut

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Japanese horror classic D finally makes PC debut

Time to replay the creepy cult hit

Creepy, quirkY horror game D is now available on GOG.com, more than 20 years after it launched on 3DO, Sega Saturn, MS-DOS and PlayStation. The Linux, Mac and Windows PC release marks the first time director Kenji Eno's cult classic is available on those platforms.

D costs $5.99 and is comes without copy protection, as is the case with games on GOG.com. The game is a straight port, so contemporary players have a chance to check out the frightening full-motion video title in its original state. Among the notable features of the Los Angeles-set murder mystery are its story, which plays out in real time, lack of saving and multiple endings.

Former EA exec David De Martini dies at 56

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Former EA exec David De Martini dies at 56

Worked on EA Partners, Origin and more

David De Martini, a game industry veteran who made his name at Electronic Arts leading franchises like Tiger Woods PGA Tour and divisions such as EA Partners, died yesterday at the age of 56.

De Martini's death was initially reported by Geoff Keighley on Twitter last night. De Martini's son, Dominic De Martini, confirmed the news to Polygon today, saying his father died yesterday morning at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California, of complications from a lung transplant.

Wonder Boy 3 remake is heading to consoles

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Wonder Boy 3 remake is heading to consoles

A whole new take on the cult favorite

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is now in development from developer Lizardcube and publisher DotEmu. The adventure game is a current-gen spin on the classic Wonder Boy 3: The Dragon's Trap, originally released for Sega Master System in 1989.

While Sega and original developer Westone isn't involved in the remake, Lizardcube said that it's working closely with the Wonder Boy series' creators on the project. The French studio's take on The Dragon's Trap features a decidedly different look from its 27-year-old predecessor, as seen in the teaser above. The graphics are hand-drawn, and the soundtrack has also been reimagined, the developer said.

Steam Controller adds motion VR support as sales top half a million

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Steam Controller adds motion VR support as sales top half a million

Valve promises continued support

The June update for Valve's uniquely designed Steam Controller brings with it news that the company has sold more than half a million of the devices.

The biggest recent update to come to the controller seems to be the ability to create "action set" controller configurations that a player can switch between on the fly. So, for instance, a player could have different control configurations for walking, driving and flying in Just Cause 3 and swap between them with a button press, without having to pause the game.