The UK's leading internet service providers (ISPs) have reportedly agreed to send out alert letters to those suspected of piracy offences.

Virgin Media, Sky, BT and TalkTalk will comply with anti-piracy measures drawn up by UK music industry body the BPI and the Motion Picture Association, according to BBC News.

However, the ISPs have insisted that the alert letters must be educational in tone and contain no threat of punitive measures.

The final draft of the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme states that the letters will be sent as a means of "promoting an increase in awareness" of legal alternatives to unlawful downloads.

The trade bodies have reportedly agreed to pay an initial £750,000 to each ISP to foot the costs of setting up the system, as well as additional funding to cover the administrative costs of maintaining it.

After four alerts have been sent to an individual, the ISPs will take no further action, but details about the recipients will be kept on file for up to a year.

The Information Commissioner's Office must approve the measures before they are introduced in 2015.

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Electronic Arts is ending online support for 50 of its games at the end of June.

Due to the closure of GameSpy servers, the publisher will retire online services for 50 games on June 30.

Games from the Battlefield, FIFA, Need for Speed and Crysis series will be affected by the decision.

"Since GameSpy's announcement, our teams have been working to evaluate options to keep services up and running," reads an Electronic Arts statement.

"Unfortunately, due to technical challenges and concerns about the player experience, we do not have a solution at this time. Online services for EA games on the GameSpy platform will be closed down at the end of June."

EA will continue to investigate other solutions for some of the more popular games on the list.

"We know some of these games are still fan favourites, including Battlefield 2, Battlefield 1942, Medal of Honour: Allied Assault and Command & Conquer games," the statement continues.

"We are still investigating community-supported options to preserve online functionality for these titles, such as multiplayer.

"Significant technical hurdles remain, and at this time we don't have anything to announce."

Elsewhere, free-to-play iOS game World Series of Yahtzee will be taken offline on October 1, while Lord of Ultima goes offline today (May 12).

The full list of titles going offline on June 30:


Battlefield 1942 for PC and Mac (including The Road to Rome and Secret Weapons of WW2 expansions)

Battlefield 2 for PC (including Special Forces expansion)

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for PlayStation 2

Battlefield 2142 for PC and Mac (including Northern Strike expansion)

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Kinectimals Unleashed is available as a free download on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices.

The game is a semi-sequel to Microsoft's Kinectimals, which was released in 2010 as a showcase for its Kinect motion-sensing peripheral.

Kinectimals Unleashed is an animal-rearing simulation featuring a menagerie of 85 creatures, including baby tigers, bear cubs and puppies.

The game includes all of the animals from the original Kinectimals, as well as 15 new breeds of puppy. New activities and customisation options have also been introduced.

Although the title is available as a free download, Microsoft has monetised it with the inclusion of in-app purchases.

Kinectimals Unleashed can be downloaded through the Windows Store.

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Square Enix has increased its projected financial results after strong sales of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

Ahead of this month's full financial report, the company has increased its projected net sales income from £810 million to £900 million.

The firm is also expected to post improved operating income, ordinary income and net income, according to Polygon.

"Strong" sales of Final Fantasy XIV have been backed up by an "encouraging" start for Dragon Quest Monsters: Super Light and "favourable" sales of Thief, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD and Tomb Raider Definitive Edition.

Square Enix recently revealed that registrations for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn have totalled more than two million.

The massively-multiplayer online game is out now on PC, PS3 and PS4.

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Minecraft's worlds will not be infinite on PS4 and Xbox One, according to console developer 4J Studios.

Responding to questions on Twitter, a 4J spokesperson said that while world sizes would be much bigger on next-gen consoles, there would be limitations.

Elsewhere, 4J confirmed that PS4 users will be able to use the touchpad to navigate menu screens.

To celebrate the second-year anniversary of the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft, skin and texture packs will be available at a 50% discount.

Fans can also download the Minecraft 2nd Birthday Skin Pack for free.

Minecraft is expected to make its PS4 and Vita debut this summer, while a PS3 retail version will launch on May 14. Minecraft's Xbox One launch date is yet to be revealed.

The Xbox One and PS4 versions will feature cross-platform saves with Xbox 360 and PS3.

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Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are to be "full remakes", Nintendo has confirmed.

Following the recent announcement of the games' worldwide release this November, there was some speculation as to what the new games would actually involve.

The teaser trailer for the titles promised that players would be able to "explore a dramatic new world", leading many to debate whether the games would be sequels or spin-offs to Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire, rather than remakes of the original games.

However, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata reiterated that the games will indeed be "full remakes" in a recent financial results briefing with Nintendo, according to Siliconera.

The original Ruby and Sapphire sold over 16.22 million copies worldwide on Game Boy Advance.


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The Last of Us: Remastered was a struggle to fit on disc, creative director Neil Druckmann has suggested.

Speaking to Edge (via CVG), Druckmann said that the team was limited by the size of Blu-ray discs and not the PS4 hardware.

"Our cinematics are now running at 1080p and 60fps, and that involved rendering them all from scratch," Druckmann explained. "It's interesting that now [instead of a technical bottleneck], the bottleneck is 'Can we fit all this on the disc?'"

Druckmann also said that the PS4 game uses higher quality cut-scene visuals throughout, as well as improved lighting and less blurry character models.

"We don't build it with high assets in mind to then port it, but it did give us a leg up," he continued. "If we hadn't done that, we might not have made the call to bring it over to PS4."

Releasing on PS4 this summer, The Last of Us Remastered features the original game with improved visuals, developer commentary and all previous downloadable content.

Retailers have listed the game for June with a £49.99 / $59.99 price tag.

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Epic Games has begun production of a new Unreal Tournament.

The upcoming first-person shooter will be crowd developed and entirely free to players.

"Work on the future of Unreal Tournament begins today, and we're happy to announce that we're going to do this together, with you," Steve Polge of Epic Games said in a blog post.

"We know that fans of the game are as passionate about Unreal Tournament as we are.

"When the game is playable, it will be free. Not free to play, just free."

He added: "We'll eventually create a marketplace where developers, modders, artists and gamers can give away, buy and sell mods and content. Earnings from the marketplace will be split between the mod/content developer, and Epic. That's how we plan to pay for the game."

The project's development will be focused on Windows, Mac and Linux platforms, and it will take "many months" for the game to get into a playable state.

The series was shelved for several years.


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Apple is reportedly in talks to buy headphone maker and music streaming operator Beats Electronics.

The tech giant is planning a $3.2 billion (£1.9 billion) acquisition of the audio company, according to a report in The Financial Times.

A deal could be announced as soon as next week, sources have told the newspaper.

This would be Apple's largest ever acquisition should it go ahead.

Beats Electronics was founded by rapper and hip-hop producer Dr Dre and Interscope-Geffen-A&M Records chairman Jimmy Iovine in 2008.


The firm primarily produces products under the brand Beats by Dr Dre.

Beats Music's streaming service launched in North America earlier this year.


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Apple is reportedly in talks to buy headphone maker and music streaming operator Beats Electronics.

The tech giant is planning a $3.2 billion (£1.9 billion) acquisition of the audio company, according to a report in The Financial Times.

A deal could be announced as soon as next week, sources have told the newspaper.

This would be Apple's largest ever acquisition should it go ahead.

Beats Electronics was founded by rapper and hip-hop producer Dr Dre and Interscope-Geffen-A&M Records chairman Jimmy Iovine in 2008.


The firm primarily produces products under the brand Beats by Dr Dre.

Beats Music's streaming service launched in North America earlier this year.


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