Flappy Bird will relaunch this year, it has been confirmed.

The popular mobile title will return in August, according to its creator Dong Nguyen.

Speaking to CNBC's Kelly Evans, Nguyen said the game will contain a multiplayer feature when it comes back.

Flappy Bird was taken down in February, following harsh criticism directed at its developer.

A couple months ago, Nguyen revealed that the game will be brought back to the App Store and may include a warning reminding players to "please take a break".

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Nintendo has released a new system update for the 3DS.

Available in Europe and North America, system update 7.2.0-17 introduces new parental features.

According to the latest patch notes, adult users can register an email address to which a master key can be sent.

"If you forget your PIN and the answer to your secret question at a later point, a master key to reset your PIN can be sent to the email address you have registered," reads a Nintendo post.

"Please make sure to use an email address that only parents or guardians can access, to prevent children from seeing the master key that is sent."

Elsewhere, the firmware update improves system stability and makes minor adjustments to the overall user experience.

Nintendo recently confirmed that the 3DS has sold 590,000 units during the fourth financial quarter and has sold 43.33 million units to date.

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Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to request refunds from June, Microsoft has confirmed.

Gold members will be able to request a pro-rata refund on the remainder of their yearly contract once Xbox entertainment apps such as Netflix ditch subscription fees.

"Once the Xbox One and Xbox 360 system updates become available in June, Xbox Live Gold members who purchased a paid membership before that day can cancel and receive a pro-rata refund of any unused remaining days between the date of cancellation and the date their paid Gold membership ends," reads a Microsoft statement.

Customers requiring refunds must contact Xbox Support by August 31. Refunds will take six to eight weeks to process.

Microsoft announced plans to ditch the paywall for entertainment apps alongside a Kinect-free Xbox One bundle.

The new version of the console will be sold for £349 / $399 without the camera accessory starting June 9.

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Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to request refunds from June, Microsoft has confirmed.

Gold members will be able to request a pro-rata refund on the remainder of their yearly contract once Xbox entertainment apps such as Netflix ditch subscription fees.

"Once the Xbox One and Xbox 360 system updates become available in June, Xbox Live Gold members who purchased a paid membership before that day can cancel and receive a pro-rata refund of any unused remaining days between the date of cancellation and the date their paid Gold membership ends," reads a Microsoft statement.

Customers requiring refunds must contact Xbox Support by August 31. Refunds will take six to eight weeks to process.

Microsoft announced plans to ditch the paywall for entertainment apps alongside a Kinect-free Xbox One bundle.

The new version of the console will be sold for £349 / $399 without the camera accessory starting June 9.

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4A Games is working on new projects set in the Metro universe, it has been announced.

The studio is currently working on "unannounced titles within the Metro universe as well as further, unannounced projects".

The upcoming projects will be powered by its proprietary 4A Engine.

The Metro: Last Light developer announced the news alongside plans to relocate its headquarters from Ukraine to Malta.

4A CEO Dean Sharpe said that moving from Ukraine to Malta enables the studio to better compete on the international stage.

"By basing our new headquarters in Malta, a member state of the EU, 4A Games will be able to better compete on the international stage," Sharpe explained.

"Malta offers fantastic incentives for game development, and we are confident 4A Games will be able to attract the very best talent from Ukraine, Malta and beyond."

The Ukraine office will remain open, despite senior members of staff relocating to Malta.

Metro 2033 and its sequel Metro: Last Light are expected to be remade for Xbox One and PS4.

Commenting on rumours of a re-release, 4A Games said that it would announce its first next-gen project "this side of E3".


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Sony has predicted that it will remain unprofitable until 2015 following the announcement of its latest financial results.

The consumer electronics giant is anticipating losses of $489 million during the coming fiscal year off the back of its fourth annual loss in five years.

Strong PS4 and mobile device sales were unable to prevent the firm from chalking up losses of $1.26 billion during its last financial year, a figure that was attributed to the restructuring of its PC business.

Flagging sales in Sony's television unit, which has haemorrhaged money over the past decade, are also thought to have contributed to the downturn.

Sony has announced 5,000 job cuts and offloaded other assets such as its US headquarters in a bid to stem the losses.

Earlier this week, it was reported that company CEO Kaz Hirai asked 40 of his executives to return their annual bonuses ahead of the earnings call.

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Sony's gaming division has posted its fourth annual loss in five years despite strong PlayStation 4 sales.

The Japanese firm reported net losses totalling ¥128.4 billion for the year ending March 31, while operating income declined by ¥200 billion to ¥26.5 billion.

The company's gaming arm chalked up an operating loss of ¥8.1 billion, a sharp downturn from last year's ¥1.7 billion in profit, attributed to the launch costs of the PS4 and the closure of several Sony Online Entertainment games.

PS3 and and PS4 sales combined reached 14.6 million units, with the firm's latest console accounting for just under half of that figure.

While this marks a year-on-year decline compared to the 16.5 million sales Sony reported this time last year, sales of 17 million units are expected during the current financial year.

Vita, Vita TV and PSP were down from 7 million last year to 4.1 million, with just 700,000 units moved during the fourth quarter.

Sony has forecast sales of 3.5 million handheld consoles in the coming year, less than Nintendo's targets for the struggling Wii U.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Sony CEO Kaz Hirai asked 40 of his executives to return their annual bonuses ahead of the earnings call.

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Kinect-less Xbox One consoles could benefit from increased processing power, Microsoft has suggested.

The Xbox One currently reserves a certain amount of power for the Kinect camera and operating system.

Discussing the sale of Kinect-less consoles with Polygon, Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi said that the firm was in discussions with publishers about freeing up the additional power.

"We are in discussions with our game publishers about what we might do in this space and we will have more to talk about soon," Mehdi revealed.

Elsewhere, Mehdi said that the decision to package the Xbox One without Kinect was driven by customer feedback and a desire to convert 80 million Xbox 360 users to Xbox One.

"The decision we're announcing today is offering a choice to people that would allow people to buy an Xbox One and then ramp up to Kinect when they can afford to," he continued.

"We have over 80 million people who have yet to buy Xbox One," Mehdi added.

The new version of the console will be sold for £349 / $399 without the camera accessory starting June 9.

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Rockstar Games is developing a project for the 'new generation' of systems, Take-Two Interactive has revealed.

The unannounced game is slated for 2015 and scheduled to launch during the firm's current fiscal year, which ends in March.

"Rockstar Games is hard at work on their upcoming lineup," said Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick in an investor call (via Polygon).

"And we're excited about what they have in store for the new generation of systems this fiscal year."

The company also confirmed that Rockstar's latest major release, Grand Theft Auto 5, has surpassed 33 million units and attained $1 billion in sales.

The blockbuster's online portion received its 'High Life' update yesterday (May 13).


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The firm has revealed that it doesn't plan to offer gifts to consumers who bought the console bundled with Kinect.

"No," a Microsoft spokesperson told Eurogamer, responding to a question of whether it would give a bonus to those who purchased the system early.

"As with many first generation products, the offerings can be expected to change and evolve over time. Kinect remains an integral part of our vision. Xbox One is better with Kinect, making games, TV and entertainment come alive with premium experiences."

Despite previous claims saying it will never sell Xbox One without Kinect, Microsoft recently confirmed a new version of the console that will soon be sold for £349 / $399 without the camera accessory.


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