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Rumour: Battlefield Hardline begins multiplayer beta February 3rd

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EA sponsorship program Ronku has outed the start date for Battlefield Hardline's multiplayer beta, if an email circulating YouTube stars is to be believed. A number of personalities are said to be playing it.

Their coverage is expected to go live once the multiplayer beta begins on February 3rd. Recently EA also updated the Battlefield Hardline website with some new assets, so it looks like they're gearing up.

Kerbal Space Program achieves "1.0 release" with next update, leaves Early Access

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The build-your-own-NASA sim Kerbal Space Program will be blasting off from planet Early Access with its next update to the game, announces developer Squad, as it 'fulfils its original design document'.

It's "finally ready" to be experienced as a complete game, but "this is not the end by any means." The team will continue with free updates as they reveal update 1.0's changes.

World of Tanks celebrates 8-bit gaming with Winter Showdown mode

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As of today, a new 'Winter Showdown' mode is available in World of Tanks. Three concept tanks are ready in 8-bit glory to do battle in specially made maps. This mode will be playable until February 9th.

It's 10 vs. 10 or 5 person platoons duking it out in 8-bit glory, where the aim is to destroy all opposition or capture a single base. A special 'Operation: Winter' medal is up for grabs for 8-bit veterans.

Gearbox "recruiting for next" Borderlands, new DLC for The Pre-Sequel

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Randy Pitchford has tweeted he's on the lookout for more talent over at Gearbox Software to work on the next Borderlands project. "This is the big one," he said, likely referring to full sequel Borderlands 3.

Also out tomorrow is the Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, which adds a new character to play as, including her own three unique skill tress. It's priced at $10.

Planetside 2 players gather for record-breaking FPS battle

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Now that's what I call a real firefight. Planetside 2 players gathered for a good old-fashioned scrum over the weekend, with 1,158 grunts taking to the field to break the world record for the largest online FPS battle.

According to fansite and event organiser Planetside Battles, the record-breaking skirmish resulted in an impressive 53,729 kills, 3,822 team kills, 5,089 vehicles destroyed, and 31 separate base captures.

Kickstarter launched for NightCry, a “spritual successor” to classic horror series Clock Tower

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Playism Games has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for NightCry, a brand new game from Clock Tower creator Hifumi Kono.

Described as a “spiritual successor” to that classic horror series, NightCry has an impressive roster of Japanese games industry talent on board, including Silent Hill's Masahiro Ito, composer Nobuko Toda, and film director Takashi Shimizu.

Ubisoft is cancelling copies of Far Cry 4 purchased from third-party CD key stores

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Reddit users and posters on Ubisoft's forums have been registering their surprise and dissatisfaction at the company's removal of digital copies of Far Cry 4 from their Uplay accounts.

The removed copies appear to all originate from third party CD-key sellers and independent eBay stores, with customers who visited retail sites G2Play and G2A notably affected. Ubisoft is yet to issue an official statement.

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