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In light of an upcoming full-priced expansion, Heart of Thorns, the base Guild Wars 2 game has gone free to play. Free accounts will feature some restrictions, including fewer character slots and chat restrictions, but will give new players a chance to check out the game before picking up the expansion, which arrives on October 23.

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CEO of Avalanche Studios, Christofer Sundberg, sent this video message to PAX in order to announce a collaboration between his team and the team working on Final Fantasy XV. The collaboration is in such early stages that he had no further information to share.

Lionsgate wants to do a Borderlands movie.
Via: Variety
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You can add Borderlands to the list of video game properties that will be turned into movies that you maybe will see, but really don't need.

Lionsgate announced Aug. 28 that they would develop the games series into a 'tentpole' movie, would means they probably have a few ideas for all the ways they want to fool with the loot-based first person shooter.

According to Variety:



"Part of our strategy in entering the game space under Peter Levin has been to source new brands with built-in audiences that will translate into great films and television shows," said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger. "The 'Borderlands' games don't pull any punches, and we'll make the movie with the same in-your-face attitude that has made the series a blockbuster mega-franchise."

Friday's announcement comes less than three months before Lionsgate opens its fourth and final film in its highly successful "Hunger Games" franchise, which has grossed $2.3 billion at the worldwide box office. The studio's Summit label generated $3.3 billion from its five-film "Twilight Saga." And it has grossed more than $550 million from the first two films in its four-film "Divergent Series."


You can put this one up there with The Last of Us and Assassin's Creed as movies we're mildly interested in, but never asked for.

A metal gear solid cafe is open in Paris.
Via: Kotaku
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According to Kotaku this beautiful Parisean restaurant will stay open until Metal Gear Solid 5: the Phantom Pain launches Sept. 1.

It will serve items like "Le Big Boss Burger," Phantom cocktails, Mother Base themed desserts and "hot Diamond Dogs."

Take a look at some pictures:









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It's been four years since Cliff Bleszinski's last game, Gears of War 3. Since then he left Epic Games, started his own studio Boss Key Productions and has been relatively out of the spotlight.

LawBreakers marks his return to the scene. Although the trailer doesn't show any in-game footage, it presents an foreign, evolved world dealing with the fallout of an external disaster.

If you flip that to internal disaster, it sounds a whole heck of a lot like Gears of War's Emergence Day.

LawBreakers was announced as Project Bluestreak July 2014, but we haven't seen anything other than some pre-alpha footage until now.

It will be a free-to-play, arena first person shooter. And according to the trailer, it's coming next year.

What do you think?

YouTube launches its video game streaming site.
Via: Mashable
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Twitch has dominated the new market of video game streaming and now YouTube wants a cut of the action.

As they announced at the beginning of the summer, YouTube has planned to launch YouTube Gaming, a separate site dedicated to streaming, watching and chatting about video games. On Aug. 26, they began a slow release of the new platform.

Mashable says the introduction is fairly painless:

Getting started is a simple process of navigating your browser over to gaming.youtube.com and following the steps in a setup process (that includes phone verification). You'll need to set up encoding software, fill out the necessary info for your stream and tick off any optional features. There's a checklist right there on the setup page, but Google also put together a more involved guide to getting set up.

YouTube Gaming supports streaming from PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox One consoles, provided you've got a capture device sending video from the console to your computer. Google specifically calls out Elgato's HD60 as a YouTube Live Verified device, but there's a good chance that other game capture solutions work as well. If you've got one, try it out before you run out and buy something new.



Apparently, mobile apps for Android and iOS are also around the corner so you can watch your gaming of the go.

The launch comes only a year after Google prepared a heaping ton of money to purchase Twitch, but then Amazon swooped in with $970 million and bought the streaming service.

There's no telling yet whether the search giant will have any luck in a space already dominated by Twitch and executives at the leading streamer seem to think not.

Matthew DiPietro, Twitch's SVP of Marketing released a statement Aug. 25, basically bragging about how their numbers are so much bigger:



For our current stats, we have 1.5 million broadcasters (11K Partnered channels), 100 million viewers per month who watch 106 minutes per person per day on average, and 38 million installs of our mobile app with 4.7 billion minutes watched across 10.3 million unique devices.



Via: Bungie
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Bungie's gearing up for the biggest expansion to their enormous space shooter Destiny. The Taken King will release Sept. 15, but before that, they want to get people primed and ready.

This video should help.



The trailer is also somewhat notable because its the first time Bungie has showed footage of the ghost companion voiced by Nolan North, who took over for Peter Dinklage and what many think was a sub par performance.

Via: Eurogamer
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Even though creator Hideo Kojima has been pushed out of his project, Konami is still letting him edit and direct these trailers.

If you want more, plenty other trailers have come out for the game.

But at this point, you're probably better off waiting for its Sept. 1 release.

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