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EGM Weekly: June 29, 2013 Edition

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Posted on June 30, 2013 AT 12:13pm

 

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

This week, Microsoft teamed up with Time Warner Cable to announce a new television initiative for the Xbox 360. Ubisoft revealed Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon sold over 500,000 copies within two months, Seth Rogen and writing partner Evan Goldberg claimed they were approached by Naughty Dog to pen the Uncharted flick, Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time was delayed, and more.

Plus, the EGM Crew reviewed New Super Luigi URide to Hell: Retribution, Deadpool, and a few other titles. We also spoke to the developers behind Assassins’ Creed IV: Black Flag and Transistor.

Here’s this week’s best:

NEWS

Time Warner Cable Bringing TV to Xbox 360 This Summer

Time Warner Cable will be releasing a television app on Xbox 360 late this summer, which promises access to over 300 TV channels. READ MORE >>

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Tops 500,000 Copies Sold in Two Months

Ubisoft’s standalone Far Cry 3 spinoff Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon sold more than 500,000 copies in two months and helped increase awareness and sales of Far Cry 3, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot informed GamesIndustry International. READ MORE >>

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Microsoft Confirms Fee Removal for Xbox Live Arcade Game Updates

Microsoft confirmed that it has officially removed the fee charged to developers to update their Xbox Live Arcade titles. READ MORE >>

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Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg Claim They Were Approached to Pen Uncharted Film

According to Seth Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg, the two were approached by Naughty Dog to pen the script for the Uncharted film. READ MORE >>

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Assassin’s Creed Creator Fighting Ubisoft for Control over Lost Project, 1666: Amsterdam

Speaking at the Gamelab conference in Barcelona, Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Désilets touched upon his continuing crusade to reclaim 1666: Amsterdam from Ubisoft. READ MORE >>

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Atlus Parent Company Announces Bankruptcy, Puts Publisher in Peril

Publisher Atlus is facing sale or serious restricting following parent company Index’s filing for bankruptcy, CNET Japan reports. READ MORE >>

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Titanfall Monopolizes Game Critic Awards Best of E3 2013 Nominations

The Game Critic Awards announced the Best of E3 2013 nominees today, and Respawn’s Titanfall has landed itself in six of the 15 categories—including Best of Show. READ MORE >>

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Plants vs. Zombies 2 Delayed, Now Coming Later This Summer

Long-awaited sequel Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time has been delayed until “later this summer,” PopCap Games announced on the game’s official Twitter account. READ MORE >>

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Bethesda Has Nothing Currently in Development for Wii U

In an interview with Eurogamer, Bethesda vice president of PR and marketing Pete Hines talked about the company’s continued focus in console and PC releases, and mentioned they currently have nothing in development for Wii U. READ MORE >>

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DICE Begged EA to Develop New Star Wars Battlefront

Talking to CVG, EA Games label executive vice president Patrick Söderlund described how the company was going to let a different studio handle Star Wars Battlefront until DICE “begged to do it.” READ MORE >>

REVIEWS

New Super Luigi U

As Nintendo continues to celebrate the Year of Luigi, can Mario’s plucky younger brother have a platforming adventure of his own worthy of the Mario name? Check out our review of New Super Luigi U to find out. READ MORE >>

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Ride to Hell: Retribution

We figure there’s a solid chance Ride to Hell: Redemption is one of the worst games ever made. Read the EGM review to find out why. READ MORE >>

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Deadpool

Can the Merc with a Mouth hold his own in his first-ever standalone adventure? Check out our review of Deadpool to find out. READ MORE >>

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Hotline Miami (PS3/Vita Version)

PC indie darling Hotline Miami comes to the Vita and PlayStation 3. Will it violently bludgeon its way into your heart? Read our review to find out. READ MORE >>

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Company of Heroes 2

Should strategy fans welcome a little General Winter this summer? Check out our review of Company of Heroes 2 to find out. READ MORE >>

FEATURES

Assassin’s Creed IV Game Director Talks Importance of Crew

Assassin’s Creed IV game director Ashraf Ismail tells EGM why your crew is so important in Black Flag. READ MORE >>

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Developer Chat: Transistor Creative Director Greg Kasavin

We had a chance to talk briefly with Greg Kasavin, Supergiant Games’ creative director, about their highly anticipated upcoming project, Transistor. READ MORE >>

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Armchair Developer: Assassin’s Creed IV

Everyone loves speculating about where the Assassin’s Creed franchise will go next. In order to try to get ahead of the next wave of rumors, we here at EGM decided to help out the guys at Ubisoft and pitch some of our own ideas about where the franchise should head after Edward and the Caribbean. READ MORE >>

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Weekend Play: All Aboard the Gaming Train

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 >>

PODCASTS

Game Over Podcast 040: How to Save Atlus: Ponysona 3

The EGM crew brings you the Game Over Podcast, our end-of-the-week conversation where we discuss some of the biggest recent events in gaming. LISTEN HERE >>

Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern, a fancy phrase for "slave") before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. [Meet the rest of the crew]

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