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by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Feb 15, 2013 12:15PM PST

The Final Fantasy XIV beta will begin on February 25. Producer Naoki Yoshida detailed some of the features that await testers of phase 1, which is set to last 2-4 weeks. Read more

Ubisoft marketing materials reportedly state Watch Dogs is coming to "all home consoles" this holiday season, implying that it could be planned for Microsoft and Sony's next-gen consoles that are expected to launch this year. Read more

Aliens: Colonial Marines has already gotten a few PC mods that attempt to make the game prettier to look at. Read more

Dear publishers, if you are insistent upon releasing trailers that show anything other than gameplay footage (and I imagine you are, what with them helping sell games but shh I am feigning indignation), please take some hint from BioShock Infinite's fine series 'Columbia, a Modern Day Icarus?'. No pre-rendered cinematics, dragging shots of developers talking, or staged in-engine nonsense, just just delightful flavour. Part two's out now, by the way. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Feb 15, 2013 6:45AM PST

Takedown was unusual amongst crowd-funded games in that developer Serellan was looking to make a prototype, which it would then shop around to raise more money and actually make the game. Unconventional, but it's worked. Publisher 505 Games today announced that it has picked up the tactical FPS and will release it later this year under the name Takedown: Red Sabre. Read more

Well then, an awful lot of people were certainly waiting for more of The Longest Journey. Creator Ragnar Tørnquist's Kickstarter campaign seeking $850,000 to conclude the trilogy with Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey has passed 90% of that goal in only one week, prompting the release of some prototype gameplay footage and the revelation of stretch goals. Read more

Nexon has announced a free-to-play PC shooter based on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. It is set to release in the first half of 2014. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Feb 14, 2013 3:30PM PST

Capcom's Christian Svensson says that future Resident Evil games will have "a bit more focus - as opposed to trying to be all things for all people." Read more

By all accounts, Aliens: Colonial Marines is a mess. Even after two delays, the game had a lot of issues that not even a huge day-one patch could fix. The game looked promising early on, so how did it end up so bad? Read more

Unlike most racing games, GRID 2 has a narrative that explains why you're driving these fancy cars--and why winning actually matters so much. But, Codemasters isn't trying to ape EA's Need for Speed: The Run. Read more