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Hitman Beta FAQ/Trailer

Hitman Beta FAQ on the official Hitman website has details on beta testing of the upcoming assassination game, which launches this week for PlayStation 4 and next week for PC. They include a beta launch trailer to show this off, and they offer the following explanation of what's included and how to participate:

The HITMAN Prologue. That’s the very beginning of the game, set at a top secret recruitment and training facility. The Prologue revolves around how Agent 47 joined the ICA and shows the first time that 47 meets his long-time handler, Diana Burnwood.

The Prologue contains an introduction to the gameplay features and mechanics in HITMAN, and two free-form training hits. You’ll be able to replay each hit as many times as you wish throughout the beta period to complete the challenges and the multiple ways to take down your target – as you would expect.

The only way to guarantee your access to the HITMAN Beta is to pre-order the game digitally on PlayStation 4 via PSN or PC via Steam. Alternatively, you can pre-order the Collector’s Edition.
Access to the HITMAN Beta is available for the pre-orders of the Full Experience, Intro Pack and Collector’s Edition.

PlayStation 4: Full Experience / Intro Pack
PC: Steam Store Page 
Collector’s Edition: SE NA Store / SE EU Store / Full details

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Unsung Story Development Halts

A Kickstarter update for Unsung Story has the news that development is suspended on this planned spiritual successor to Final Fantasy Tactics (thanks Eurogamer). The game was funded about a year ago, but hit a delay a few months ago partially attributed to loss of staff, and just a few weeks ago a Kotaku article highlighted problems with the situation. The new update follows the same theme of the delay news, blaming staff departures for the game's issues. They still hope to finish this, but say they will need to enlist outside help to do so, and they will work on other smaller project in the meantime. Here's a bit:

After we posted our latest development progress, we unfortunately lost a few key staff members that were part of Unsung Story development, and that has had an impact on any progress since then, as well as our product focus. We now have one internal team capable of working on a single project, and for the financial strength of the company we need to focus on a few products in the near term that have the ability to get to a retail release before Unsung Story is able to. While this is a difficult choice to make, it is one we need to do for the ongoing financial health of the company. For Unsung Story, we will explore options for outside development help, and will look to see if we are able to bring on an outside team that can assist us in furthering development. While we aren’t assured this will come to fruition, we do want to make sure that we are exploring any options at hand that can make progress on the game.

U.K. Sales Charts

XCOM 2 invades the GFK Chart-Track U.K. PC top 30 for the week ending February 6th, knocking Football Manager 2016 into the second position. Call of Duty: Black Ops III is now number one on the all platforms top 40 and the top new entry is NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM 4 at number three. Here's the rundown on all the activity:

Activision re-take No1 with ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops III’ racking up a ninth No1 spot since launch last year (+11%).

After last week’s big debut week at No1 for Warner’s ‘Lego Marvel Avengers’, second week sales after launch week drop 41% for this title and it sits at No2. Brand new at No3 is Bandai Namco’s long-running manga-based ‘Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4’, which makes the transition to PS4 and Xbox One for the first time and becomes the second biggest week 1 seller in the series - previous outing in this series ‘Ninja Storm 3’ also debuted at No3 (week 10, 2013 on PS3/360) and remains the week 1 best-seller in the series.

Ubisoft’s ‘Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate’ jumps 11 places to No9 (+78%) due to promotional activity and Bandai Namco also take the second highest new entry this week at No11 with PS4 ‘Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth’. Next of the new releases at No20 is 2K/Take2’s PC ‘XCom 2’ which is part of the Take 2 series revival that began in 2012 with ‘XCom: Enemy Unknown’ (the original concept dates back to 1994 as ‘UFO: Enemy Unknown’ for Amiga and PC, published by Microsprose). One more title debuts within the Top 40 at No34 and that's Sony’s PS4 ‘Gravity Rush Remastered’.

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Out of the Blue

Congrats to the Broncos and their fans on their Super Bowl win!

新年好 / 新年好! Happy Chinese New Year! Today begins the Year of the Monkey, which is cool, because monkeys are cool, and this isn't just a monkey, it's a "fire monkey!" Culturally, this is not as cool as it sounds, however, as this is apparently considered to be unlucky, so hopefully that's not the case. Anyway, I bet I am still writing Year of the Goat on my checks for the next couple of weeks.

Annual Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Punk Raid.
Blacksmith Lab.
Story: Quicken's 'Rocket Mortgage' Super Bowl ad sparks backlash.
Elevator's Revenge-Instant Karma.
Two Drunk Irishmen Try to Move A Couch. Could be a series.

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Sunday, Feb 07, 2016

Titanfall 2 Solo Campaign & TV Ambitions Revealed

We haven't heard much about Titanfall 2 since the shooter sequel was confirmed last May, but now an interview on Forbes with lead writer Jesse Stern says the game will feature a full dedicated single-player campaign and that they are exploring the possibility of a television spin-off based on the game (thanks PCGamesN). Here's word on the game's storyline:

So we are doing our best to deliver a vision of grand global colonial warfare retelling the story of the American Revolution and the American Civil War in space. We imagined the next generation of immigrants moving out to the new frontier of an inhabitable planet. Rather than taking a traditional sci-fi approach to that we wanted to look at how that would happen practically, what the ships would look like and with machines that were designed for excavation and construction , demolition and working the land, and what happens when they are turned into instruments of war.

“What inspires us is the junction of technological advancement with the inevitability of conflict and war and what the next war might look like. In Titanfall 2 there will be a lot of [scenes] where science meets magic, but keeping it grounded and dirty and human and real.”

Steam Top 10 - XCOM 2 Edition

Just seven games comprise the Steam Top 10 this week, as XCOM 2 holds four of the top five positions on Valve's report on last week's bestselling games. Here's the list:

  1. XCOM 2
  2. XCOM 2: Pre-Order
  3. XCOM 2: Digital Deluxe Pre-Order
  4. American Truck Simulator
  5. XCOM 2
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Tom Clancy’s The Division
  8. Rise of the Tomb Raider - Standard Edition
  9. Fallout 4
  10. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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Out of the Blue

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! If it was up to me, it would have been Super Bowl Saturday, the game would have been played last night, and everyone could be sleeping off their hangovers today. But no, it's a party on a school night, so play safe. Here's hoping it's a good game, I share concerns that there's potential for a blowout here, but you never know until the pigskin starts flying. The pool is a done deal, but if I had to pick a winner I'd go with Carolina.

Super Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Tecmo Super Bowl.
4th and Goal 2016.
Link: What the L? Super Bowl simply isn’t the same without Roman numerals.
Stories: Beer trucks here for Super Bowl 50 continue to get stuck on Jones St.
NZ minister hit by sex toy in Waitangi Day TPP protest.
Indian man could be first recorded human fatality due to a meteorite.
Media: A Brief History of Swearing in Movies (NSFW). Barbra Streisand!
This Dog Has Better Manners Than Most Kids.
Why You Shouldn't Use Mushrooms At Work.
The Funnies: Weird L - FoxTrot.
Obscurity Security « EXTRALIFE.

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