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EGM Weekly: July 27, 2013 Edition

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Posted on July 27, 2013 AT 12:00pm

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

This week, Microsoft announces plans to make the Xbox One more accessible to self-publishing indies, Eidos Montreal general manager Stephane D’Astous leaves the company, American Gods author Neil Gaiman reveals his entry into game development, Ray chats up Batman: Arkham Origins senior producer Ben Mattes, and much more.

Here’s this week’s best:

NEWS

Microsoft Making Xbox One More Accessible for Self-Publishing

Microsoft confirmed they will be be making self-publishing for indie developers more accessible on the Xbox One and allowing every Xbox One console to be turned into a debug kit. READ MORE >>

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Eidos Montreal GM Departs Due to Square Enix’s ‘Lack of Courage’

Eidos Montreal general manager Stephane D’Astous left the company last week, citing dissatisfaction with Square Enix, according to a report from Polygon. READ MORE >>

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DICE Investigating Battlefield 4 Next-Gen Stats Transfer

Following reports that Battlefield 4 will not support cross-gen play and all versions will have separate careers, it appears that DICE has decided to reevaluate their decision. READ MORE >>

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Tomb Raider Sequel Planned, New Comic Serves as Tie-In Says Writer

A Tomb Raider comic that follows the events of the game will also serve as a narrative bridge for the unannounced sequel, writer Gail Simone revealed at San Diego Comic-Con. READ MORE >>

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Saints Row IV ‘Game of the Generation’ Edition Announced

Deep Silver and Volition have announced yet another version of Saints Row 4: “Emperor Zinnyak’s Game of the Generation Edition.” READ MORE >>

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73% of Ouya Owners Haven’t Bought a Game

Only 27 percent of Ouya owners have actually purchased a game for the console, with most users opting for free-to-play titles and demo downloads. READ MORE >>

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Activision Blizzard Buys Back Independence from Vivendi

Activision Blizzard has bought itself back from French media giant Vivendi, regaining its independence. READ MORE >>

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Neil Gaiman Breaking into Games with Victorian Gothic ‘Wayward Manor’

Neil Gaiman, author of The Sandman graphic novels, American Gods, and all-around amazing storyteller, is venturing into games with Wayward Manor, announced by the writer himself. READ MORE >>

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Free-to-Play F.E.A.R. Online Announced

Aeria Games has announced that the latest entry in the F.E.A.R franchise will be free-to-play title F.E.A.R Online, which is in development at Korean-based Inplay Interactive for PC. READ MORE >>

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Take-Two Renews PlayStation 3 Exclusive ‘Agent’ Trademarks

You may have completely forgotten about Rockstar’s espionage title Agent, but it appears that Take-Two hasn’t given up hope on it just yet, as it recently renewed two trademarks for the game. READ MORE >>

FEATURES

Developer Chat: Batman: Arkham Origins Senior Producer Ben Mattes

EGM had a chance to chat with Batman: Arkham Origins senior producer Ben Mattes for a few minutes at San Diego ComicCon 2013. See what he had to say. READ MORE >>

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Weekend Play: Tendin’ the Gaming Garden

Welcome to EGM’s Weekend Play, 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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