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EGM Weekly: April 13, 2013 Edition

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Posted on April 13, 2013 AT 12:25pm

Welcome to EGM Weekly, a round up of the top news, reviews, and features from the past seven days.

Now that we’re back from our hiatus, we’re ready to report to your this week’s biggest news, which includes Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and Batman: Arkham Origins’ reveals, the latest crop of Xbox rumors, and the discovery of a Mega Man X FPS being developed by the former Retro Studios employees.

Here’s this week’s best:

NEWS

Batman: Arkham Origins, Blackgate Revealed, Coming This Fall

Game Informer’s May cover story confirms and reveals Batman: Arkham Origins, a prequel to Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. READ MORE >>

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RUMOR: Next Xbox Reveal in May, Costs $500

Prepare your wallets for a hammering as Microsoft is set to announce its next generation Xbox console next month with a price tag of $500, according to a new report. READ MORE >>

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Queerness and Games Conference Accepting Panel and Presentation Submissions

The Queerness and Games Conference is now accepting submissions for talks, presentations, panels, workshops, and creative activities. READ MORE >>

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Officially Announced, Trailer Released

Finally, after weeks of rumors and leaks—including the entire game appearing online—Ubisoft has officially announced Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon to the world. READ MORE >>

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Metroid Prime Devs Were Working on Mega Man X FPS

According to a report on Polygon, a first-person shooter Mega Man X title was being developed in 2010, but canned around the same time series-creator Keiji Inafune left Capcom. READ MORE >>

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More Star Wars: Battlefront 3 Footage Appears Online

Before it was sadly closed, LucasArts was working on a secret project titled “Version Two,” which was set to become the highly sought-after Battlefront III, and now some gameplay footage of that project has sneaked online. READ MORE >>

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Game Developer Magazine Closing Down in July

After 19 years covering the art, science, and business of videogames, Game Developer magazine is closing down. READ MORE >>

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Naughty Dog Dev Says Company Had to Specifically Request Female Focus Testers

Speaking to The Escapist, Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann said the company had to go out of their way to get female input during The Last of Us focus-testing. READ MORE >>

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‘Cheetah Speed’ Finally Returns to SimCity

Maxis has announced that one of SimCity‘s most missed launch features, Cheetah Speed, has returned to the game. READ MORE >>

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EA Chief Creative Officer Says Videogames Not Yet Mass Market

Speaking to Games Industry, EA CCO Richard Hilleman declared that while video games might be more mainstream then ever, they by no means have mass market appeal. READ MORE >>

REVIEWS

Defiance

Defiance is a massively-multiplayer third-person shooter based on an upcoming SyFy TV show. Will it synergize your transmedia and other such buzzwords? Read our review to find out. READ MORE >>

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BattleBlock Theater

After years of waiting, The Behemoth’s third game, BattleBlock Theater, has finally hit XBLA. Is it the cat’s meow? Check out our review to find out. READ MORE >>

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Terraria

How does Terraria fare? Check out our review to find out. READ MORE >>

FEATURES

Weekend Play: Infinite Riptide

EGM’s Weekend Play is a weekly account of what games the editors of EGM are currently playing, and an open conversation with you, the reader, about what you’ve been playing. READ MORE >>

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DoubleTake: Payday 2

EGM’s Josh Harmon and Chris Holzworth preview Payday 2 based on a developer demonstration they were invited to see. READ MORE >>

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Let’s Speculate! Batman: Arkham Origins Villains

Dr. Ray Carsillo, Adjunct Professor of Superherology, goes digging through the Bat-Archives to come up with a list of possible villains who would fit the “eight greatest assassins in the world” description that Batman: Arkham Origins looks to feature. READ MORE >>

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