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We've all expected and awaited it for yonks, and yesterday Microsoft finally announced that it's dropping Microsoft Points and letting us pay for stuff on Xbox Live with real money. Having been mighty vague, the company has now put up a new FAQ to explain more of what'll go down when it "retires" Points with the fall Xbox update. Read more

Killer Instinct will be free-to-play and offer only one free character at launch: Jago. Read more

Microsoft is drawing Zoo Tycoon back from extinction, revealing during E3 that it's brought the zoo management series back for Xbox One and Xbox 360. As one might expect from Kinectimals creator Frontier Developments, the new game also named simply Zoo Tycoon plays up the 'staring at cute animals' side even more, and disconcertingly this may be the main focus. Read more

by Ozzie Mejia, shacknews.com, Jun 10, 2013 8:04PM PDT

Sony's E3 presentation moved towards a conclusion with new Destiny gameplay footage and a 2014 release date. Read more

Sony has pulled out another surprise at their E3 event, revealing a teaser for a video game adaptation of the classic film, Mad Max. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jun 10, 2013 5:42PM PDT

Look, I've written for Shacknews for four years so I'm familiar with the demographic. I know that you, dear reader, are probably not hugely excited about Ubisoft annualising the Just Dance series, even if Just Dance 2014's announcement today does confirm another next-gen launch title. But, get this: of the ten songs revealed so far for Just Dance 2014, a whopping 20% are by Nicki Minaj. Oh, now you're interested! Read more

Paper money really is quite filthy, but it takes a special type of hypochondriac or apocalypse fetishist to imagine a virus spread of notes bringing about the downfall of society. That's the premise of Tom Clancy's The Division, an online RPG Ubisoft announced for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 during its pre-E3 press conference. Read more

Assassin's Creed 3 ended Desmond's story, letting go of narrative baggage that was holding the franchise down. "It was a barrier to entry for people that want to pick it up," Darby McDevitt, lead writer of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, admitted. Read more

"We're not going to waste any time," the lead writer of Assassin's Creed 4 promised. "He's going to be a pirate when you press Start." Read more

Assassin's Creed 4 will launch with a free companion app for tablets, enabling "second screen gameplay" that's so trendy nowadays. Read more

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