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EGM Weekly: October 5, 2013 Edition

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Posted on October 5, 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, Tom Clancy—the creator of Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell, and many other gaming franchises—dies at age 66, the previously reported Half-Life 3 trademark in Europe vanishes, Eidos Montreal announces a next-gen Deus Ex title, and much more.

Plus, the EGM Crew reviews Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl, Rain, and Scribblenauts Unmasked, and previews Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

Here’s this week’s best:

NEWS

Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell Creator and Prolific Author Tom Clancy Dies at Age 66

Tom Clancy, author of numerous widely recognized novels and series as well as videogame properties, died at age 66 Tuesday night. READ MORE >>

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Half-Life 3 European Trademark Pulled from Database, Possibly a Hoax

Looks like it might not be time for Mr. Freeman to wake up after all. READ MORE >>

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Transistor Creative Director Discusses Using DualShock 4 Light Bar to Represent Sword

In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Supergiant Games creative director Greg Kasavin details how the company utilizes some of the unique features of the DualShock 4 in their next-gen debut, Transistor. READ MORE >>

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The Last of Us Development Team Explored a Jak and Daxter Reboot Initially

Before starting work on The Last of Us, Neil Druckmann’s team at Naughty Dog began developing a Jak and Daxter reboot, the creative director revealed during the IGDA Toronto 2013 conference in September. READ MORE >>

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Eidos Montreal Announces New Deus Ex for PS4, Xbox One, and PC

Eidos Montreal has announced that a new Deus Ex title is in development for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. READ MORE >>

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New Shop in A Link Between Worlds Allows Players to Tackle Dungeons in Any Order

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds will deviate from the series’ usual gated approach to dungeons, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed during his latest Nintendo Direct presentation. READ MORE >>

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Twitch Receives $20 Million Investment to Prepare Infrastructure for Xbox One, PS4

Twitch, the online streaming service geared toward gaming, has received a $20 million Series C investment from venture capital firms Thrive and WestSummit and publisher Take-Two Interactive, the company announced. READ MORE >>

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Maxis Exploring Offline Mode for SimCity

General manager of the Maxis Emeryville studio Patrick Buechner has revealed that the team is currently exploring the possibility of adding an offline mode to SimCity. READ MORE >>

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Sony ‘Waiting for the Right Time to Re-Introduce The Last Guardian’

Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has stated that the platform holder is waiting for the right time to re-introduce The Last Guardian. READ MORE >>

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New Kirby Game for 3DS Announced

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata announced a new Kirby title for 3DS during this week’s Nintendo Direct broadcast. READ MORE >>

REVIEWS

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl

Will Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl attract new fans to Atlus’ hardcore dungeon-crawling franchise? Or is this the worst Millennium the human race has endured since Robbie Williams? Find out in our review. READ MORE >>

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Rain

Is Rain as creative and charming an adventure as its developers intended? Check out our review to find out. READ MORE >>

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Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure

Does Maxwell’s magical notebook fit right into the DC Universe? Or should it be retconned? Check out our review of Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure to find out. READ MORE >>

FEATURES

Preview: Assassin’s Creed IV Takes Liberation’s Delightful Meta-ness to a Whole New Level

Like Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, Assassin’s Creed IV is a game made by Ubisoft pretending to be a game made by Abstergo Entertainment. That self-aware twist opens some interesting new opportunities for the franchise. READ MORE >>

PODCASTS

Game Over Podcast 050: The Witcher of Gummy Bear Forest

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 >>

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