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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Samsung's head of design Chang Dong-hoon has resigned from his position amid concerns the Galaxy S5 lacked innovation.

The South Korean smartphone maker has replaced Dong-hoon with its vice president for mobile design Lee Min-hyouk, reports Reuters.

In a statement Samsung downplayed the move, calling the change in leadership a "realignment".

The company also revealed that Dong-hoon would remain in a new role, overseeing Samsung's wider design strategy.

"The realignment will enable Chang to focus more on his role as head of the Design Strategy Team, the company's corporate design centre which is responsible for long-term design strategy across all of Samsung's businesses, including Mobile Communications," it said.

Despite generating twice as many first-day sales in some retail outlets compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy S5's design has been criticised, with the company opting for a plastic casing which Digital Spy's own review described as feeling less premium than Sony and HTC's current offerings.

Min-hyouk was made a senior executive in 2010 for his work on the Galaxy series and is one of the youngest to do so, aged 38 at the time.

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The DualShock 4 controller's light bar was initially planned for Project Morpheus, it has been revealed.

Sony originally implemented the feature in the PlayStation 4 gamepad for the purpose of being compatible with its upcoming virtual reality headset.

"The tracking light… it was our department that said we need that on," Sony senior designer Jed Ashforth told TechRadar. "It was for tracking for VR."

"And when all these things were coming out six months ago and everyone was going 'it's reflecting in my TV,' we were going 'oh no' because we couldn't tell anyone what it was for."

Although it has no plans to disable the controller's light bar, Sony allows PS4 users to alter the feature's brightness.

Unveiled in March, Project Morpheus is due for a 2015 release.

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Nintendo is planning to release new consoles in emergent markets, according to company president Satoru Iwata.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Iwata said that the company wants to build new platforms, instead of releasing cheaper versions of existing products.

"We want to make new things, with new thinking rather than a cheaper version of what we currently have," Iwata explained. "The product and price balance must be made from scratch."

Elsewhere, Iwata said that entering the mobile sector isn't as straightforward as it seems.

"The smartphone market is probably more competitive than the console business," he continued.

"We have had a console business for 30 years, and I don't think we can just transfer that over onto a smartphone model."

Despite his comments, Nintendo announced a mobile and PC companion service for Mario Kart 8 during an investors call.

Iwata also confirmed plans to release an interactive toy line for the Wii U and 3DS.

Using near-field communication technology, the Nintendo Figurine Platform will debut on the Wii U later this year, before launching on 3DS in 2015.

Nintendo will announce more at its E3 'Digital Event', which will air on June 10 at 5pm UK time (9am PT).


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Dying Light has been delayed until 2015, Techland has announced.

Originally pencilled in for a 2014 launch, the survival horror game will now make its debut in February, 2015.

Techland said that the additional time gives them a chance to fully realise their vision.

"When we started the development of Dying Light, we were committed to innovation," reads a Techland statement.

"We wanted to give you a freedom of movement unprecedented in open world games. After many improvements and months of hard work, we have now come so close to realising our initial vision we feel we cannot stop before it is ready.

"We believe the Natural Movement element of our game will change what you expect from the genre, and we don't want to sacrifice any of its potential by releasing too early.

"We won't need to make compromises or trade-offs on any of the five platforms we're working on. For you, it means an outstanding, original game that makes the wait more than worthwhile."

Set in an open world, Dying Light requires players to scavenge for supplies during the day in order to help them prepare for survival during the night.

The game is in development for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

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Three EVE Online players have been given lifetime bans for defacing a monument in Reykjavik.

The EVE monument, titled 'Worlds Within a World', was erected at the Reykjavik harbour to honour the game's active participants. It is decorated with the name of 500,000 players.

However, the name of one member of the EVE community was scratched out by a fellow player with a grudge.

CCP described the act of vandalism as "absolutely disgusting" and launched a criminal investigation to find the persons responsible.

The guilty parties have since been identified and have been given lifetime bans. One user who was indirectly involved was slapped with a six-month ban.

"Firstly, I'll say that the fact that the monument was vandalised is an insult to the entire community, not just to the individual whose name was directly targeted by the vandalism," reads a CCP statement.

"Thankfully with the assistance of a number of members of the community, including some of those who were involved with the incident and other members of their own alliance, we've been able to make headway in identifying those responsible."

CCP said that it would not tolerate victimisation in the EVE universe.

"As such, three individuals have been permanently removed from the EVE Community.

"A total of 7 EVE Online accounts, and 1 DUST 514 account belonging to them have been permanently banned. Another individual who was indirectly involved in the vandalism has received a six-month ban from EVE Online on their sole registered account.

"The four individuals involved are also blacklisted permanently from attending future Fanfest events."

CCP said that it would keep the identities of the perpetrators private, and now considers the incident closed.

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