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When "Battlefield 4" launches consoles and the PC next month, the DICE-developed shooter will include seven multiplayer modes which have been slowly (almost tortuously) teased out over the last two months. The usual capture and hold and deathmatch-style modes are returning as well as updated objective modes for the the FPS.

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Before it was cancelled, IGN reveals, "Star Wars 1313" would have featured Boba Fett as its helmeted protagonist in a gritty, grimy story that spelunked deep into the slums of Coruscant.

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Eidos Montreal's new "Thief" came has been kind of under wraps since erstwhile studio manager Stephane D'Astous peaced out for greener pastures earlier this summer, citing "irreconcilable" differences with publisher Square Enix. But when it rains, it pours: "Thief" is now available for pre-order (with an exclusive mission as bait) and a new interview with the PlayStation Blog sheds light on how it will use the DualShock 4's new hardware.

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With the exception of "Killer Instinct," the next generation is looking a little thin on the fighting game front. However, a Brazilian classification authority listing for "Injustice: Gods Among Us" indicates that a Game of the Year Edition of the Netherrealm-developed fighter will be headed to the Xbox One and PS4 as well as to the Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and Wii U.

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At the end of July, Microsoft announced some pretty significant changes to its publishing policies. With the new ID@Xbox program, indie developers will be able, in theory, to create, publish, and sell their games on the Xbox Live Marketplace with few restrictions.

The news was met with much joy and the popping of champagne corks (I'm assuming), but don't expect it to bear fruit any time soon -- the first ID@Xbox games probably won't be out until next year.

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In a look at the updated co-op in "Dead Rising 3," Polygon had a chance to see how the new story campaign would allow partners to progress through the game in a non-linear fashion (if they so choose).

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Social functionality has been one of the key selling points of the next generation of consoles: Sony and Microsoft have spent a great deal of time touting how gamers will be able to share their experiences with other gamers through streaming and clips. Well the Xbox One vision for social gaming may held up just a little bit as Microsoft explains that clip sharing will only be available via Xbox LIVE at launch with other social networks to follow next year, according to a piece in Destructoid.

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A whirling blur of blades and webs comes to "Killer Instinct" as the Xbox One fighter adds yet another combatant to its roster.

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Ubisoft shows the many ways you can murk your friends in the multiplayer modes of "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag."

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Those who plan on owning both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, yet have no idea how they'll fit amongst existing hardware (virtually everything connects via HDMI these days, yet most displays only sport a small handful of ports), were all excited by a revelation made during Microsoft's Tokyo Game Show presentation.

MS stated that the Xbox One's HDMI pass-through would support pretty much any kind of device that sends out a video/audio feed via HDMI. Including the PS4.

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