Games of Our Lives — 1.13.16 | Hitman PS4 PlayStation Store Pre-Orders Being Cancelled; Rockstar North Boss Out; More News!

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Below are the news stories that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading!

Gamers never die…..

Just like the Games of Our Lives…


►LEGO Marvel’s Avengers
►Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
►Tales of Symphonia
►The Division

/// LEGO Marvel’s Avengers Getting Free Exclusive DLC on PS4 and PS3!

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers is getting some free DLC content exclusively for all PS4 and PS3 players. What’s even more awesome is that this content is based on the brilliant Marvel’s Ant-Man movie and also one of my most anticipated films of 2016, Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. And yes, believe it or not I’ve managed to keep a lid on this. I’m not quite sure how… but I have.

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers already features content from six epic Marvel films (and a plethora of content from the rest of the Marvel Universe, including a ton of characters from Marvel Comics), however, now PlayStation gamers will be able to add content from two more movies to their experience.

So, I hear you all asking: what is this content exactly, and what makes it so exciting? Well, first up we have the Captain America: Civil War Character Pack, which will be available at launch on January 26th and includes nine characters — yes, nine characters — featured in the upcoming movie: Captain America, Iron Man (Mark 46 armor), Black Panther, Winter Soldier, Falcon, War Machine, Scarlet Witch and my personal favorites, Crossbones and Agent 13. It’s a great pack that will hopefully get everyone as excited as I am about the film. Obviously before you ask, yes, you will be able to take all of these characters into the main game, into the various levels or into the eight different open world locations.

The second is the Ant-Man Character & Level Pack, of course based on the Ant-Man movie, which will be available later this spring. This pack features an awesome level based on a section of the film. It also has eleven great characters, including Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Ant-Man (Hank Pym), Ant-Thony (Flying Ant), Cassie Lang, Darren Cross, Scott Lang, Hank Pym, Hope Van Dyne, Luis, The Wasp (Janet Van Dyne), and Yellowjacket. | Source
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/// Sony Sending PS Plus Extension E-Mails This Week to Compensate for Recent PSN Outage!

Starting this week, the company will be sending out emails to all users who were affected by the interruptions. These extensions cover PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Now, and video rentals.

Sony did not say exactly how this process will be done, but judging from the last time it had to do this, you’ll just see time added to your subscription period automatically. | Source
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/// Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 ‘Secret World of CyberConnect2’ Video!

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/// Dead Rising Studio to Utilize Unreal Engine 4 for Upcoming Projects!

Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today confirmed that Capcom Game Studio Vancouver, the development studio behind the acclaimed Dead Rising® franchise, will begin working with Epic Games to utilize Unreal Engine 4 for its upcoming projects. More details on these as yet unannounced future games will be available at a later date. In addition, Capcom Game Studio Vancouver is actively hiring for a variety of development positions to expand its team and welcomes talented professionals who are familiar with the popular game engine and have the desire to create incredible new gameplay experiences.
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/// Rockstar North Boss Leslie Benzies Is Out After Nearly Two Decades!

The man in charge of the regional Rockstar studio long credited with handling the bulk of development for the Grand Theft Auto games is no longer at the company, Rockstar confirmed to Kotaku today. The company said Rockstar North studio head Leslie Benzies had been on sabbatical for much of the past 17 months.

“We can confirm that Leslie Benzies went on sabbatical on September 1, 2014 and has decided not to return to work for the company. We are very grateful for Leslie’s contributions to Rockstar over the last 15 years as we worked together to make some amazing games.

Leslie helped us build an incredible team that will continue to create great experiences for our fans. Leslie will always be a friend to the company and of course we are going to miss him but we wish him the absolute best for the future.”

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/// Tales of Symphonia for PC Launch Trailer!

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/// Get a Job: Respawn Seeks a Level Designer for Unannounced Project!

Senior Level Designer (Titanfall & Unannounced Title), Respawn Entertainment
Location: Van Nuys, CA

Respawn Entertainment are now recruiting designers for two game development projects – a new game in the Titanfall universe as well as a new 3rd person action/adventure IP. Respawn is seeking a Senior Level Designer to embrace and contribute to the project vision, breathing life into the gameplay world and helping define the moment to moment player experience.
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/// EA SPORTS UFC 2 | Gameplay Series: KO Physics, Submissions, Grappling, Defense!

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/// PS VR Has “strongest title count,” Says GameStop CEO!

Speaking today at the ICR Conference 2016 in Orlando, GameStop CEO Paul Raines talked more about the retailer’s thoughts on one of the biggest trends of 2016: virtual reality.

Overall, Raines said GameStop is optimistic for the future of VR, hoping to work with the device’s creators to sell the headsets, as well as their games and accessories, in GameStop’s network of stores around the world. | Source
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/// Hitman PS4 PlayStation Store Pre-Orders Being Cancelled, Developer Is “Adjusting a Few Things”!

Hitman PlayStation 4 pre-orders through the PlayStation Store are being cancelled.

As the PSN message explains, the cancellation is happening because things have changed significantly for Hitman:

Thank you for pre-ordering Hitman. The publisher has notified us that the configuration of the product you pre-ordered has changed significantly. As a result we have withdrawn the current pre-order from PlayStation Store and will cancel all pre-orders. You will receive email confirmation when your pre-order has been cancelled. A revised pre-order for Hitman will be available on the store soon.

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/// Report: The Division Beta to Start This Month!

With Ubisoft’s The Division scheduled to come out on March 8, 2016 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, some might be wondering where the announced “early 2016” beta will happen. Well, it seems this month, apparently!

Browsing the UPlay mobile app, people will see that one of the unlockable actions for The Division mentions participation in the The Division beta! While no exact date is mentioned, it should happen in the next two weeks given, it’ll be February after that. Check out the screenshot of it below. | Source

/// PS4 Update 3.15 Now Live!

/// You’ve Now Reached the End of Games of Our Lives

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