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Doom 4 has just been unveiled to attendees at this year’s QuakeCon, but it’s simply called Doom and can also be seen as a reboot of the venerable franchise. No media has been released at all as the reveal was exclusive to QuakeCon attendees. It’s likely that will change in the coming weeks; possibly even before or during Gamescom in August.

The good news is that various journalists were present at the reveal, so we have some information on the new Doom thanks to tweets and write-ups. Id seems to be getting back to what made the original Doom and Doom 2 so successful: fast-paced combat with hordes of enemies. Attendees got to see two live gameplay sessions running on a PC, and during each there was plenty of running and gunning, and a lot of strafing to avoid fiery projectiles and plasma attacks from Hell Knights.

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Manuel Noriega, the former military dictator of Panama from 1983 to 1989, is taking Activision to court over his depiction in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Noriega, who is currently serving a prison sentence in Panama, announced that he is suing the game’s publisher for the unapproved use of his name and likeness. The lawsuit described his appearance in the game as “blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation and misappropriation for economic gain.”

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Perhaps you’ve bagged yourself one of those highly coveted Destiny beta codes? We won’t ask how you got one seeing as “pre-ordering” is a dirty word these days; we know that our friends over on IGN Africa have been haemorrhaging beta codes for the last few days, so perhaps you got lucky there?

Regardless of how you got a beta code, a little known fact is that that code is good for three download keys. If you head over to Bungie.net to redeem your beta code, you’ll get three download keys for a console platform of your choice. That means you’re free to issue the remaining two keys to two of your mates so that the three of you can take on the universe of Destiny together.

This isn’t some silly loophole or anything; Bungie is quite open about this and states on Bungie.net that “each code will grant you 3 download keys, enough to field a full Fireteam on the console of your choosing!” Website Eurogamer has pointed out that those wanting to redeem PlayStation 4 beta codes are currently unable to do so, but Bungie has assured PS4 owners that you’ll be able to redeem and activate your codes and keys before the beta kicks off next week Thursday, 17 July.

Source: Eurogamer

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In October 2012, Cliff Bleszinski parted company with then employer Epic Games. It came as a bit of a surprise considering Bleszinski had unofficially become the face of the company thanks to the massive success of Gears of War. Since then, Bleszinski has hovered on the periphery of the industry, occasionally posting some concept art, and making comments on occurrences in the gaming scene.

At the end of June, Bleszinski announced that he was coming “out of retirement” to make video games once more. This was swiftly followed by the announcement that he’d started a new development studio together with Guerilla Games co-founder Arjan Brussee. That studio is called Boss Key Productions.

Boss Key’s first game has now been announced and described as a “Free2Play Sci-Fi PC arena shooter”. The game is codenamed “Blue Streak” and as far as we can tell, Martin Lawrence is not affiliated with it. It’s being published by Nexon, which has published other online games like MapleStory and Splash Damage’s Dirty Bomb.

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Gearbox Software has unveiled their next project, and it’s an entirely new franchise called Battleborn. The game is being a dubbed a “hero-shooter” with a co-operative campaign and competitive multiplayer mode. Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford described the game on Twitter as an “FPS; hobby-grade coop campaign; genre-blended, multi-mode competitive e-sports; meta-growth, choice + epic Battleborn Heroes!” So basically every kind of game all blended together, or something.

According to the game’s (sparse) official website: “in Battleborn’s distant future, the only hope for the last star in a dying universe is a new breed of warriors, who must put aside their differences to drive back an unstoppable menace.” There’ll be a number of hero classes to choose from; the game mashes together magic, guns, bows, and swords.

Not much else is known at the moment other than it’s heading to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2015. You can check out the reveal trailer after the jump. Game Informer magazine has the exclusive cover feature for this month so expect details to come out of that in the next couple of days.

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A press release, sent over to us by the lovely people from Megarom, has provided details for three special editions of Bungie’s upcoming shared-world shooter, Destiny. As you can guess, a game of this magnitude is going to be pulling out the stops in terms of collector’s editions. While no local pricing is confirmed, Megarom has said that we’ll definitely be seeing these different collector’s editions in South Africa.

In addition to the various editions of the game, Bungie and Activision have confirmed the dates and times for the Destiny beta. Those of you who have pre-ordered will likely already have your beta key; those keys are good for any platform. If you’re playing on PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4, then the beta kicks off next week Thursday 17 July at 5PM local time. If you’re on Xbox 360 or Xbox One, then the beta kicks off for you on Wednesday 23 July at 5PM local time.

It’s worth noting that the beta will be shut down on 21 to 22 July for maintenance. It’s also worth noting that the press release specifies that an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription is required to play the Destiny beta, but that a PlayStation Plus subscription is only required for “some features”. Those features are the co-operative Strike missions, which are basically Destiny’s raids.

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Cliff Bleszinski is coming out of “retirement” and will be announcing details about his first game that he’s been working on since he quit his previous position as Lead Designer on the Gears of War series at Epic Games in 2012. Bleszinski has previously said that he wanted to open up his own studio and get back into the arena shooter genre, as well as make a game that had no cutscenes or scripted sequences. Bleszinski is also credited for the Jazz Jackrabbit series and has also been involved in Unreal Tournament along with fellow Epic designer James Schmalz.

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Once people had tried a slice of Destiny during the June alpha period, one thing became apparent: there was a portion of players (and media outlets) that felt Peter Dinklage’s voice acting was “wooden” and “dull”. For those who perhaps don’t realise, Peter Dinklage is in vogue thanks to his outstanding portrayal of Tyrion Lannister in HBO’s TV series Game of Thrones. If you’re still scratching your head and don’t know what Game of Thrones is, then I’m afraid there’s not much hope for you.

Dinklage plays the role of your Ghost AI companion in Destiny. He’s basically the one who talks to you the most throughout the game, relaying mission objectives, providing observations on enemies, and giving you the history of each area you visit. The negative reaction to Dinklage’s performance came to a head in the midst of the alpha, and culminated in Bungie releasing a T-shirt that played-up Dinklage’s now infamous line: “That wizard came from the moon!”

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This is a messy situation. Rebellion’s Sniper Elite 3 recently launched. Sadly, prior to the launch, a whole lot of the game’s Steam keys were stolen and resold to other online retailers and key vendors. Customers then went ahead and purchased those stolen keys from familiar retailers; those retailers, Rebellion believes, likely had no idea the keys they were reselling had been stolen in the first place. The keys activated fine and allowed customers to pre-install the game; they even got to play it for a whole day before Rebellion found out about the stolen keys.

Rebellion promptly informed Steam of the stolen keys, and Steam has now revoked all of those keys, which means players are left without a game that used to work. The kicker: Steam and Rebellion aren’t providing replacement keys; anyone caught out by this has to contact their retailer or key vendor to “demand a refund”. If that retailer or vendor refuses, then the only other option is to buy the game again.

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I reported on an upcoming Kickstarter for Areal recentlya game being billed as the spiritual successor to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. It’s in development at newly formed studio West-Games. With a number of ex-GSC employees listed, the project seemed promising, although I expressed some concern at the low project goal of $50,000 and its multiplayer focus. Well, since the Kickstarter launched, Areal has come under a lot of scrutiny. Hit the jump for a summary of the events.

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