Street Fighter 5 is in the planning stages of development, according to series producer Yoshinori Ono.

A report on Sports Nippon (via CVG) suggested that Ono was planning to introduce a pay-for-advantage system in the upcoming fighting game.

It was claimed that users would be able to purchase boosts in order to better compete with veteran players online.

Ono has since refuted the claims, telling Twitter followers that a "pay to win model is not accurate and isn't something we're planning for".

"Sorry for the confusion! We're still in early planning stages and will share more at a later date," he added.

Capcom producer Tomoaki Ayano previously suggested that the unannounced brawler wouldn't be released until 2018.

The firm recently released the Ultra Street Fighter 4 update on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.


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Bloodborne is not directly or indirectly connected to Demon's Souls, game director Hidetaka Miyazaki has explained.

In an interview with Kotaku, Miyazaki said that a Demon's Souls sequel was never under consideration.

"Back in 2012, before the announcement of the PS4, [Sony Computer Entertainment] originally approached us with the idea, 'Would you be interested in making a new game for new hardware?' so this was never considered as a Demon's Souls II," Miyazaki explained.

"For us, the idea of new hardware was appealing and I remember feeling enthusiasm from SCE for a new game."

Miyazaki also talked about the decision to set the game in the Victorian-inspired city of Yharnam, explaining that the location allowed for new combat opportunities.

"We were already thinking of a shift to a combat system where you would enter battle more actively than the sword and shield-based combat of Demon's.

"So we adopted the idea of guns, but there was a prerequisite that we didn't want the game to turn into a shooting game, and the Victorian age fit perfectly. It's an era where the imagery of old guns still remains."

Originally known as Project Beast, Bloodborne was officially unveiled by Sony during its E3 press conference.

In development for PlayStation 4, the action role-playing game will make its debut in 2014.


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Nathan Drake voice actor Nolan North believes that Uncharted 4 could be the last game in the series.

Speaking to IGN, North said that while nothing is confirmed, Naughty Dog isn't planning another sequel.

"It's bittersweet but at a certain point you want to go out on top," North explained.

"If this is the last one indeed, and I believe it's the last one - nothing's confirmed, but I believe it's the last one Naughty Dog wants to do."

North added that he hopes another studio doesn't take over development.

"I hope somebody else doesn't pick up the mantle because they've done it so well for so long - but yeah, it's one of those things where you just have to cross that bridge when you get to it.

"I like the idea of going out on top so we better do a hell of a job with this one... and it's already looking pretty good."

Sony released an Uncharted 4: A Thief's End teaser trailer during its conference earlier this week.

Currently without a launch date, the game will see protagonist Nathan Drake and his mentor Sully embark on "one last job".

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Grand Theft Auto 5 may contain PlayStation-exclusive content of some kind when it comes to PS4.

In an interview with Kotaku, Sony's John Koller described GTA as a PlayStation franchise.

Asked if GTA 5 had some sort of exclusive deal or offering, Koller replied: "I don't think we announced anything publicly on that, but there will be."

Koller said that Sony's partnership with Rockstar attracted a higher percentage of PS3 users to GTA 5, something he expects will happen with the PS4 version.

"GTA is a PlayStation franchise. It started with us. We really feel strongly that it belongs as a key platform driver for us," he added.

GTA 5 launched alongside PS3-exclusive console bundles when it debuted in 2013.

Sony and Rockstar will reveal more about the franchise in the coming weeks.

GTA 5 was confirmed for PS4, Xbox One and PC earlier this week.

Releasing this autumn, the game will launch with a host of new features that take full advantage of each platform's hardware capabilities.

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Code Name: STEAM has been revealed by Nintendo.

The newly-confirmed 3DS title, which was unveiled during Nintendo's E3 developer event, is in development at Fire Emblem studio Intelligent Systems.

Set in London during the Age of Steam, Code Name: STEAM is a turn-based strategy game with action elements from shooters and touch-screen controls.

It is structured as a campaign and divided into missions, each of which contains several maps.

Its character design is based on American comic books, featuring art inspired by artists such as Jack Kirby and Bruce Timm.

Through the title, Nintendo designer Hitoshi Yamagami wants to "find a way to introduce more people to strategy games [and] have them fall in love [with] them the way I have".

Nintendo applied for a trademark for Code Name: STEAM in April.


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Titanfall is selling exceptionally well on Xbox One, it has been suggested.

The recently-released shooter is the best-selling title on the console, according to EA chief operating officer Peter Moore.

"Sales are always going to be inhibited and governed by the install base, but [Titanfall] is attaching incredibly well," Moore told Game Informer.

"Titanfall is the best selling title on Xbox One lifetime to date."

Developed by Respawn Entertainment, Titanfall is also available on Xbox 360 and PC.

The title is scheduled to receive new modes later this month.

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Far Cry 4 was going to feature playable female characters, Ubisoft has revealed.

The upcoming first-person shooter was 'inches away' from offering players to select whether they want a man or woman as a co-op protagonist.

"It's really depressing because we almost... we were inches away from having you be able to select a girl or a guy as your co-op buddy when you invite someone in," director Alex Hutchinson told Polygon.

"And it was purely a workload issue because we don't have a female reading for the character, we don't have all the animations."

He added: "And so it was this weird issue where you could have a female model that walked and talked and jumped like a dude.

"So unfortunately for this one, no, but I can guarantee you that in the future, moving forward, this sort of stuff will go away."

The publisher recently explained why Assassin's Creed Unity excludes female leads.


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Apple is under investigation by the European Commission over its tax practices on the continent.

The regulator is probing the iPhone maker to establish whether it is enjoying a better tax rate than is permitted under European law.\

The investigation centres on Apple's Ireland-based operations - Apple Sales International and Apple Operations Europe, based in the country to take advantage of its business tax rate.

Ireland business tax is set at 12.5%, but there have been claims that Apple has secured deals as low as 2% in the territory.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was questioned over its tax practices last year, insisting that the firm paid out $6 billion during the last fiscal year, more than any other US company.

Cook also denied that his company had a "special deal" with the Irish government enabling it to pay lower taxes.


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News aggregation service Feedly has been hit by a cyber attack.

Hackers launched a "distributed denial of service" attack on the company in an attempt to extort money from them, preventing users from logging into their accounts.

"The attacker is trying to extort us money to make it stop," the company said in a blog post. "We refused to give in."

Feedly has assured users that their data has not been compromised, adding that it is working with its network provider to quell the threat.

Note-taking service Evernote was hit by a similar attack on Tuesday (June 10). It is yet to be confirmed whether the incidents are linked, but the two services are closely integrated.

Evernote has also assured users that the data and accounts were not breached during the attack.

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Amazon is allegedly planning to rival Yelp by introducing a service that connects customers to local tradespeople.

Users will be able to hire nearby babysitters, painters, plumbers and more through the platform, according to Reuters.

The online retailer is said to be planning to launch the venture in the US on a trial basis, with the San Francisco and Seattle areas first on the agenda.

The firm took a similar approach when launching its Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service, offering it in several US locations before going nationwide.

Elsewhere, Amazon is expected to break into new territory this month when it lifts the lid on its first smartphone at an event scheduled for June 18.

Amazon is yet to confirm that it plans to introduce a trade listings section.


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