Hitman's second episode arrives in April

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Hitman's second episode arrives in April

Agent 47 heads to Italy

The next episode of Hitman launches April 26, Square Enix announced in a press release. The second installment of the PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One game, which is being released episodically, is set in Sapienza, Italy.

Hitman's first episode hit consoles earlier this month. A starter pack including the prologue mission and a Paris-themed map is now available for $14.99. Players can also purchase a digital copy of the full game for $59.99, which grants access to each of the six new locations upon release.

Players in Eve Online are at war, here's what we know

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Players in Eve Online are at war, here's what we know

An online casino is funding one of the largest military mobilizations in Eve's history

Earlier this week players in Eve Online were involved in one of that game's famously large and expensive battles. But sources tell Polygon that this was just the opening round of what could be the largest military mobilization in that game's history. Digging deeper into the subject, we've been able to chart the rise of a new in-game faction, called the Moneybadger Coalition, a group of thousands of players being bankrolled by an online casino.

Eve Online is a famously complex — and famously tedious — massively multiplayer online game set in a science fiction universe. Some call it the most thrilling boring game in the universe. But it's more than just a spreadsheet in space. It's also one of the most fascinating space operas ever made, an experience so rich that it's been made into a history book by journalist and author Andrew Groen.

How Valve's hands-off approach led to a 30-plus HTC Vive game lineup

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How Valve's hands-off approach led to a 30-plus HTC Vive game lineup

From the get-go, Valve’s approach to virtual reality gaming has been as laid back and unstructured as the company appears to be: And, so far, that seems to be a good thing.

Even as Valve hurdles toward its first major hardware launch in history next week with the HTC Vive VR headset, the structure of that launch - details like the games that will be available on day one - are still coalescing organically, almost as if without the guiding hand of the platform's creator.

On Monday, Valve told Polygon that the final list of launch games wasn't set yet. The next evening, the company released a list of two dozen launch titles, but warned more would be added as launch day approached.

Final Fantasy 15 has a new playable demo on PS4 and Xbox One

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Final Fantasy 15 has a new playable demo on PS4 and Xbox One

New 'Platinum Demo' will not be part of the main game

Final Fantasy fans who don't want to wait until September to get their hands on Final Fantasy 15 can download a new demo for the role-playing game right now. Square Enix released the new "Platinum Demo" for Final Fantasy 15 today, and it's available now from the PlayStation Store and Xbox Games Store.

The free download lets players take control of Final Fantasy 15 protagonist Noctis when he was just a child. The dream-like demo offers a unique storyline; Square Enix says the demo's content won't be in the final version of the game.

Final Fantasy 15 is getting an anime prequel series and a CG movie

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Final Fantasy 15 is getting an anime prequel series and a CG movie

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 features talent from Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad

Final Fantasy 15 is more than just a video game — it's also a five-episode anime series and a computer-animated feature film, Square Enix announced during tonight's Final Fantasy 15 Uncovered event in Los Angeles.

The anime series, Brotherhood: Final Fantasy 15, is being created by animation studio A-1 Pictures, which has worked on Black Butler, Sword Art Online and Valkyria Chronicles 3. The anime will span five episode and be available to stream for free from YouTube. The first episode is already available to watch.

Nintendo fires Treehouse employee who was target of harassment campaign

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Nintendo fires Treehouse employee who was target of harassment campaign

Former Nintendo of America staffer violated company policy, Nintendo says

Nintendo of America employee Alison Rapp, a target of online harassment amid controversy over the company's approach to localization of certain games, was fired by Nintendo today. Rapp announced her termination on Twitter, saying her firing came after weeks and months of repeated harassment directed at her and Nintendo.

"As many of you know, the last couple months have been quite a whirlwind of controversy and [Gamergate] harassment," Rapp wrote on Twitter. "Over the last few [weeks], I've had to talk safety measures [with my] family — including talks [with] police to warn them of possible suspicious activity... Throughout this, GG has been digging up all kinds of things about my personal life and contacting Nintendo about them.

Volume, Oddworld: New 'n Tasty getting extremely limited physical prints

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Volume, Oddworld: New 'n Tasty getting extremely limited physical prints

Once they sell out, they're gone for good

Digital-only games Volume and Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee New 'N Tasty are hitting retail, thanks to Limited Run Games — but, as the company's name suggests, once these physical copies are sold out, that's it.

The company will print boxed versions of Volume on PlayStation Vita and Oddworld on both Vita and PlayStation 4. Each game's developer revealed the news on their Twitter accounts, although release dates have not been announced.

American McGee to serve as 'lead pirate' on seafaring game jam

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American McGee to serve as 'lead pirate' on seafaring game jam

Studio stepping away from free-to-play

American McGee, founder of Spicy Horse Games and creator of the Alice games, announced his next project: Pirate Jam, an adventure at sea for intrepid game designers.

Those who sign up for the planned game jam's inaugural journey, which sets sail from Thailand, will spend 15 days traveling on the Andaman Sea; 10 of those will involve design teams creating a complete game. Pirate Jam's website outlines the day-to-day schedule, which includes fishing and other "pirate games" amidst the development time. "Points earned from pirate games played during the adventure will be combined with app scores to determine a winning team," according to the website.

Check out Metal Gear Online's Survival Mode, launching next week

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Check out Metal Gear Online's Survival Mode, launching next week

DLC owners can play it as much as they want

Konami showed off Metal Gear Online's Survival Mode, which the company announced will launch April 7. The teaser above offers fans of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain's multiplayer component a look at the new matchmaking mode, which will arrive as part of update 1.11.

First revealed in February, Survival will allow teams of six to compete against each other in a series of matches. Teams that manage five wins or more in a row will earn special rewards, according to the game's blog.