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    Steam Family Sharing beta begins

    By GameSpot,

    Valve sends out 1,000 initial invitations for trial period; no details provided on when program will go live for all.




    Steam's Family Sharing plan, through which users can share their libraries of games with friends and family, has officially entered beta, Valve has announced.



    An initial wave of 1,000 invitations have been sent through through email with instructions on how to participate. Valve encouraged those in the beta to leave feedback and bug reports in the Family Sharing feedback discussion hub.


    Valve announced Steam Family Sharing earlier this month. The program allows users to share their libraries with up to 10 others, who are individually able to earn achievements and save progress. Libraries can be accessed by one user only at a given time.


    For more on Steam Family Sharing, check out GameSpot's previous coverage. Valve did not say when the full Steam Family Sharing program will roll out for all users.


    Valve is the first digital ecosystem to allow trading. Microsoft had planned to be first out of the gate with its own Family Sharing plan for the Xbox One, but it scrapped this plan in June when it reversed a number of its digital policies.


    Still, this initiative is not gone forever. Senior Xbox director Albert Penello told GameSpot at PAX Prime that the Family Sharing plan will return.


    "I get a lot of mails saying, 'God, please bring back the family sharing.' We'd love to figure out how to bring that back. I still think it was a good idea," Penello said at the time. "Maybe it was a little too soon for some people, but I still think there were a lot of good ideas in there. And we'll bring it back when the time is right."



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    Batman: Arkham Origins season pass revealed

    By GameSpot,

    $20 offering features access to five upcoming downloadable content packs, including one story campaign.




    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that Batman: Arkham Origins will be the latest AAA game to receive a season pass for downloadable content.



    Players who purchase the $20 pass on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, or PC will receive access to five upcoming downloadable content packs.


    The Batman: Arkham Origins season pass includes the Gotham by Gaslight and Brightest Day Batman skins, as well as the New Millennium and Infinite Earths skins packs.


    The pass also features Arkham Origins Initiation, a new mode where gamers will play as Bruce Wayne before he became Batman. This includes a "final test to prove himself worthy" in a battle against his teacher, Kirigi.


    Lastly, the season pass for Batman: Arkham Origins includes an all-new story campaign. No details about this expansion were provided.


    Batman: Arkham Origins, a prequel to the main storyline, launches on October 25 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii U. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions are not in development.


    Series creator Rocksteady Studios is reportedly working on an all-new stylized Batman game.


    In Batman: Arkham Origins, gamers will play as a "young, unrefined" Batman as he faces pivotal moments in his early career. Players will meet many important figures in the Batman universe for the first time in Arkham Origins.


    The game also includes a series-first multiplayer mode (which will not be supported on the Wii U), developed by Brink studio Splash Damage.



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    Microsoft watching what Valve does with "great interest"

    By GameSpot,

    After Half-Life developer reveals Steam Machines, corporate vice president Phil Harrison says Valve is an "impressive company" and that "competition is good."




    Valve's announcement this week of Steam OS and Steam Machines has caught the eye of Xbox One maker Microsoft.



    Speaking with Eurogamer, corporate vice president Phil Harrison said Microsoft will keep a close eye on Valve as the Portal studio pushes into the living room with its new technology.


    "The announcement was only made last night so I'm still studying all the facts Valve has released. But Valve is a very impressive company, and obviously we're going to be watching what they do with great interest," Harrison said.


    For Harrison, Valve's eagerness to move into the living room with Steam Machines speaks to an interest gamers continue to have in console-based experiences.


    "But it actually goes back to an earlier question. I think the death of the video game console was prematurely announced," Harrison said. "Clearly there is a lot of excitement around gaming in the living room on the biggest screen in the house, often times connected to a great sound system and creating that real intensely high quality game experience with a very powerful CPU and a very powerful GPU."


    "Our point of view, clearly, is that Xbox One is the best incarnation of that, but competition is good!," he added.


    Valve has a third announcement for this week planned for Friday, September 27 at 1 p.m. EDT. The developer has teased that this announcement may be related to a proprietary controller.



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    Single-player progress won't carry over when upgrading some games to next-gen

    By GameSpot,

    Representatives for EA, Activision, and Ubisoft confirm that single-player progress for Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will not migrate forwards.




    Single-player progress for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will not carry forward to their next-generation counterparts, representatives for Electronic Arts, Activision, and Ubisoft have confirmed with Kotaku.



    Multiplayer progress and purchased downloadable content for Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts, however, will make the transition. It is not clear if multiplayer progress for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will also carry over.


    A representative for another big-budget Ubisoft title this fall, Watch Dogs, was not able to confirm whether or not save progress in that open-world game would carry over.


    Watch Dogs releases for current-generation consoles and PC on November 19 in North America, while the game will be available at launch for PS4 (November 15) and Xbox One (November 22).



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    Valve teases controller announcement

    By GameSpot,

    Half-Life studio says "We have some more to say very soon on the topic of input."




    Valve has teased an imminent announcement of an proprietary controller.



    The Half-Life and Portal company said today as part of its Steam Machines announcement that, "We have some more to say very soon on the topic of input."


    On top of that, the Steam Hardware Beta Test Agreement states that Valve has "developed and produced prototypes of entertainment system hardware and software, including a set-top box running custom software and a game controller (Emphasis added)."


    It is not clear if Valve created the controller for testing purposes or if it plans to release this controller to the public. The company's "Universe is Expanding" teaser page features an image of a controller with no additional explanation.


    Valve's third announcement this week is scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 27. The company announced SteamOS on Monday and Steam Machines today.



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    "Valve teases controller announcement" was posted by Eddie Makuch on Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:59:14 -0700


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    First Need for Speed movie trailer

    By GameSpot,

    Debut trailer for upcoming DreamWorks film based on EA's racing series features Breaking Bad star delivering monologue.




    The first trailer for the upcoming Need for Speed movie from DreamWorks and staring Breaking Bad lead Aaron Paul was released today (via Joblo). The 90-second trailer features Paul delivering a monologue while scenes of fast cars and police chases cycle through.



    "They took everything from me. I do not fear, for you are with me," Paul says in the trailer (below). "All those who defied me shall be ashamed and disgraced. Those who wage war against me shall perish. I will find strength, find guidance, and I will triumph."


    The Need for Speed movie will be released in theaters on March 14, 2014. It tells the story of a street racer (Paul) who teams up with an arrogant associate (Captain America's Dominic Cooper) only to find himself framed and sent to prison. After leaving the clink, he joins a New York-to-Los Angeles race to score revenge.


    Other actors confirmed for the Need for Speed movie include Michael Keaton (Mr. Mom, Batman), hip-hop artist Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi, Ramon Rodriguez (Battle Los Angeles, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Rami Malek (Night at the Museum, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2), and Harrison Gilbertson (Beneath Hill 60, Accidents Happen).


    Directing the Need for Speed film is Scott Waugh, who is best known for helming Act of Valor, a military movie starring active-duty US Navy SEALs. Possibly more relevant to the Need for Speed project is Waugh's experience on stunt crews for dozens of films, including Torque, The Italian Job, and Biker Boyz.


    Waugh will be filming a screenplay penned by George Gatins, the executive producer of DreamWorks' 2010 comedy She's Out of My League. Gatins developed the Need for Speed film's story with his brother John, who is producing the film and also wrote the scripts for Real Steel and Flight.



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