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The new God of War game comes out on 20th April, Sony has announced.

The PlayStation 4-exclusive has a new trailer, below, to coincide with the announcement. There's some fresh gameplay in there.

This new God of War, from Sony's Santa Monica studio, is a very different God of War game. It revolves around series star Kratos and his relationship with his son, who accompanies him on his adventures.

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Pop-Up Pilgrims is a PlayStation VR exclusive from Dakko Dakko, the studio that previously made such offbeat gems as Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails, The 2D Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character and Floating Cloud God Saves the Pilgrims (if experience has taught this studio anything, Pop-Up Pilgrims suggests it's how to craft a snappier name for its efforts).


"We're a 2D-focussed studio," Dakko Dakko's Rhodri Broadbent says of how we decided to pursue such a strange concept. "When we first saw VR we were a bit unsure, but then when I tried it we took one of our games and put it in a 3D space wrapped around you, so could look at anywhere in the stage at any one time, and that was cool enough. And then we thought what if we layered it back - so we put three instances of the game and you jumped between them and you controlled the action in between, and it was fun. We threw this prototype out and it was basically this 2D platform game with multiple layers of platforms in 3D."

Pop-Up Pilgrims doesn't deviate too far from that original prototype, and it feels ostensibly like an extension of Dakko Dakko's earlier work; something entirely original yet something that also draws upon Broadbent's impeccable taste in games. There have been traces of Treasure and Nintendo in Dakko Dakko's previous work, and here you can see a little Chu Chu Rocket as you lay down markers that...

Nintendo boasts perhaps the richest history among video game companies, having been founded back at the tail-end of the 19th century. Now we have a fascinating look back at those early days thanks to a recently-unearthed photograph.

The image purports to show Nintendo's first headquarters in Kyoto from the company's year of inception in 1889, and comes via a blog post on French publisher Omake Books' site exploring the genealogy of founder Fusajiro Yamauchi.

Nintendo was first founded as a card manufacturer, the business built around the popular game of Hanafuda. You can learn more about all that in Chris Bratt's wonderful video posted below.

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All Microsoft Studios games will launch on Xbox Game Pass at the same time as in shops, Microsoft has announced.

Xbox Game Pass, which lets you download games from a library of titles for £7.99 a month, will expand to include all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Game Pass on the same date as their global release. First up is Rare's multiplayer-focused pirate adventure Sea of Thieves, which launches on 20th March in shops and on Xbox Game Pass.

Other upcoming games to be published by Microsoft Studios include State of Decay 2, Crackdown 3 and unannounced titles, such as the next Halo, Forza and Gears of War. Expect all of these to hit the Xbox Game Pass library at the same time as they are sold in shops.

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A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. Look out for the Jelly Deals roundup of reduced-price games and kit every Saturday on Eurogamer.

Last year, the creators of both the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises, Harmonix Music Systems, got together with legendary toy maker Hasbro to release its latest invention - DropMix. Well, DropMix Music Gaming System, to use its full name.

DropMix is a unique rhythm-based board game that uses NFC cards to let players competitively or cooperatively create music built from samples of existing songs. It's something that's a lot easier to understand once you see it in action rather than having it described to you, honestly, but imagine being able to build a song that uses the drum track from It's Tricky, the synth from The Final Countdown, the vocals from Ms. Jackson and the infectious horn section from Cake's Short Skirt/Long Jacket. Then imagine being able to change these parts at will to your heart's content.

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Homebrew PlayStation 4 development on older consoles is finally happening, which has in turn led to the arrival of pirated software and a way to run more of the PS2 game library on Sony's modern console.

The floodgates opened earlier in the month with an exploit that allowed for low-level system access on the console, albeit restricted to consoles operating with system software 4.05. This automatically limits - severely - the amount of consoles on the open market that can run the exploit, and the vulnerability in the console was patched with firmware 4.06, which arrived way back in November 2016.

However, since the exploit was released, there's been a lot of activity and support from hackers, including the arrival of Linux support, full root access to the system via FTP and the arrival last week of PS4HEN - a homebrew enabler. We've now reached the point where package files can be installed on the PS4, and tools are available to decrypt games, which can then be re-packaged and installed on compromised consoles.

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A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. Look out for the Jelly Deals roundup of reduced-price games and kit every Saturday on Eurogamer.

As you may remember from this time last week, there's a mammoth 'Winter Sale' going on over at the Humble Store currently. This week, the range - which already features literal thousands of titles - has added a whole batch of new games. You can consider this a bit of a send-off due to the sale coming to an end this Thursday, 25th January, at 10am Pacific Time (6pm in the UK).

Some of the newcomers to the sale range include titles from Devolver, Telltale Games, Focus Home Interactive and more. That means you can get the freshly released and intensely troubling Genital Jousting for only £1.99, VR gladiatorial murder sim Gorn for £11.24, Cyberpunk shooter Ruiner for £10.04, the second season of Telltale's Batman series for £13.29, and the one you've all been asking for - Farming Simulator 17 for £11.99.

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Through the Fire and Flames is considered one of the toughest songs on Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock to complete without making a single mistake. Well, this Guitar Hero expert managed to do just that - blindfolded.

22-year-old Twitch streamer "Randy Ladyman", who says he's been playing Guitar Hero since he was 12, endured a week of failed attempts before finally nailing what's called Full Combo (FC) on Through the Fire and Flames on expert difficulty. FC refers to beating a song while correctly playing every note without overstrumming, which is different and more impressive than scoring 100 per cent on a song since, according to the Guitar Hero Wikia, "one can break (reset) their multiplier by overstrumming, and still play 100 per cent of the notes".

Through the Fire and Flames, by British power metal band DragonForce, is infamous within the Guitar Hero community for its speed, complexity and length. The video below shows Randy's FC run (be warned, there's some fruity language).

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A digital-only game based on licensed content is doomed to die right from the outset. At some point, months or years from now, that licensing agreement will expire - at which point the publisher can no longer sell the game. It will be summarily pulled from digital storefronts - sometimes with little or no warning - and is unlikely to ever resurface, unless the publisher is willing to negotiate those licensing deals all over again.

Last December, a slew of Transformers games were suddenly removed from Steam and PSN (and later from the Xbox Marketplace) with no warning from publisher Activision. Among them was Transformers: Devastation by renowned developer PlatinumGames, which had only been released two years previously. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Marvel titles published by Activision have suffered a similar fate.

Players who have previously bought and downloaded such games can still download them again. But even this exception may not apply forever. The fact is that you do not actually own games that you download. The PSN Terms of Service explicitly state this: "When you purchase a Product you agree that you are purchasing a licence to use that Product and you do not take ownership of the Product." Microsoft and Nintendo have similar terms. By buying a digital game, you are simply buying a license to play it - and the platform holder has the right to revoke that license at any time. If, for example, Sony decided at some far point in the future...

Wrestler-turned-actor John Cena is in talks to star in a Duke Nukem film, according to movie industry publication The Hollywood Reporter.

The Duke Nukem film is apparently set up at Paramount, which bought the movie rights from video game developer Gearbox. Platinum Dunes, a company co-run by Transformers head honcho Michael Bay, is set to produce.

There's no director nor a writer, but the idea is this Duke Nukem movie is a "starring vehicle" for Cena - if it ever comes out.

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Forget aim-bots and wall-hacks, cheaters have discovered new, equally unscrupulous ways to annoy legitimate competitors in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

As reported by Reddit poster MagicIsBull, with accompanying Deathcam footage as proof, PUBG cheaters now have the ability to speed-revive allies and instantly regenerate health. Ordinarily, it takes around ten seconds to revive a downed ally, and up to eight seconds to use healing items. As such, the ability to instantly do both gives cheaters a considerable advantage, and a whole new way to infuriate and exasperate rule-abiding players.

Cheating is a serious, ongoing concern for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and developer Bluehole has repeatedly insisted that it will do everything it can to quash such behaviour.

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Rust, Facepunch Studios' famously nude survival game is leaving Early Access on February 8th, after four years in development.

The announcement was made in a blog post by Rust designer Garry Newman, which detailed what, exactly, the game's transition from Early Access to its version 1.0 release will mean. And that can probably be summarised as 'not all that much, beyond a price increase'.

"We're not planning any big reveals, launch parties, around the world tours or cash prize giveaways for this event. We're not going to move staff onto other projects", explained Newman, "It's very much going to happen without much fuss. It's business as usual."

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Ahead of its hopefully imminent release on iOS, 30 minutes of Journey developer ThatGameCompany's gorgeous new project, Sky, has appeared online.

Sky, a "mobile social experience" designed to "move audiences emotionally with its theme and story", according to the developer, was originally unveiled at Apple's iPhone X event last year. It will launch first on iOS, but quell your mobile game prejudices - it looks and sounds absolutely wonderful in its opening 30 minutes uploaded by AllGamesDelta.

An in-game message at the start of the video describes the footage as being part of a "special preview" of Sky, and notes that the game is still "work-in-progress". Even with that caveat, it still offers a spellbinding (and obviously spoiler-filled) glimpse at a world bought to life with the same skill and craftsmanship seen in the inimitable Journey.

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UPDATE 17TH JANUARY: Activision has said more than 10 million viewers tuned in during Overwatch League's opening week, with more than 437,000 online at the same time during the opening Dallas Fuel vs. Seoul Dynasty match.

The Overwatch League website has digested the first week's action in a handy post, and updated the Overwatch League standings accordingly. You'll be pleased to know London Spitfire are joint top with two wins, no losses.

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Image & Form's SteamWorld Dig - that is, the original one and not the recently released sequel - is coming to Switch on February 1st, the developer has announced.

It's an admittedly slightly backward way of going about things, what with SteamWorld Dig 2 having already made its way to Switch last September, but it's excellent news, nonetheless. The original is enormously enjoyable, and its arrival on Switch means that three of the four currently released SteamWorld games (the other being SteamWorld Heist) are now available on the platform. That just leaves ageing DSiWare title SteamWorld Tower Defense to go!

Although equally mining-based, the original SteamWorld Dig, first seen on 3DS back in 2013, is a little bit different to its predecessor. For starters, it has a different protagonist, with Rusty the robot filling the space that would be occupied by Dorothy in the second game.

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Laser League, the all-new future sports game from OlliOlli developers Roll7, is getting a PC open beta this coming weekend.

The beta will run from Friday January 26th at 5pm GMT through to the early hours of Monday January 29th (at 6am GMT, to be precise), and will be freely available to download on Steam. It's a fairly generous beta too, featuring some 12 maps and 6 character classes. You'll be able to partake in online multiplayer, as well as getting access to special abilities, modifiers and some of the character customisation (your progress will be wiped, though, before Laser League's final release).

It's also a decent chance to sample a game that, if everything shakes out, could rival Nidhogg and Towerfall as a modern multiplayer great. Laser League places players in 3v3 or 2v2 bouts of taut and neatly designed future sports action, and when I got the chance to play it last year it left me a little breathless.

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A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. Look out for the Jelly Deals roundup of reduced-price games and kit every Saturday on Eurogamer.

Judging by the sudden influx of people on my Twitter timeline saying things like 'Vikings!', 'What a play!' and 'That was a disgrace', I am led to believe that the NFL is back in season and/or doing a thing. In a similarly timely fashion, Madden NFL 18 has been discounted on both Xbox One and PS4 this week.

If you'd like to go for the best value and, indeed, cheapest option, you should grab yourself a digital copy of the game. The 'G.O.A.T. Super Bowl Edition' of the Xbox One version will cost you £19.80 right now directly through Microsoft's store, while the PS4 equivalent will cost you a marginally more expensive £19.99.

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Editor's note: This is an early impressions piece based on a week with Dragon Ball FighterZ - following the somewhat shaky online betas, we're waiting until the release on Friday for the opportunity to test out the game online on fully stressed servers before we commit to our final review.

Fighting games are, generally, inaccessible. It is a genre stifled by an inescapable brick wall that emerges after the story mode is done and dusted, or a few run throughs of arcade mode are behind you. It is the realisation that in order to get better, there's a shed load of stuff to learn, a whole lot of complex input commands to memorise, and a bucket full of hours to sink into training mode to bring it all together. And then you venture online and get smashed to bits anyway.

I've been playing Dragon Ball FighterZ non-stop for a week now, and while I'll hold off on a review until I've had a chance to test online play, I have a decent enough handle on the game's systems to praise not just how accessible it is, but how it manages to make its systems accessible without reducing the experience to a mind-numbing mush for fighting game aficionados. Japanese developer Arc System Works, which is famous within fighting game circles for making the superb but complex Guilty Gear and BlazBlue games, walks a fine line here, but it does so with aplomb.

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Yuji Naka, the godfather of Sonic the Hedgehog, has joined Square Enix.

It's been a while since we've had an update from the prolific programmer. His own studio Prope has been largely quiet since the release of Rodea the Sky Soldier for 3DS and Wii U in 2015.

Today, Naka revealed his new employment via a post on Twitter - but was vague on the project he is working on.

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A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. Look out for the Jelly Deals roundup of reduced-price games and kit every Saturday on Eurogamer.

While we're still waiting for Nintendo to detail and launch its own paid-for online service (possibly with its Netflix-style virtual console setup - we can but hope), if you happen to be a PlayStation or Xbox owner, you can snap up a deals on those consoles' subscription services this week.

Firstly, PlayStation owners can get a 12-month Plus membership for £38.86 at the moment by heading to ShopTo. That offer is available for a limited time only and is especially nice considering Sony's recent decision to raise the standard price of its yearly membership by a tenner. As a reminder, this month's free games on PlayStation Plus include Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Batman: The Telltale Series.

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