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EA unhappy with Mass Effect appearance in Donald Trump advert

United States presidential candidate Donald Trump’s latest campaign ad includes “unauthorized use” of the Mass Effect IP, according to publisher EA.

The advert in question, aptly titled the Trump Effect, was retweeted by Trump earlier today, shortly before it was pulled from YouTube due to a copyright claim by EA. The two-and-a-half-minute fan-made video features Mass Effect music and Mass Effect 2 voice work by Martin Sheen. At the time of writing, it is still viewable via the candidate’s Twitter.

Suffice it to say, EA was not pleased with the parody ad. “We do not support our assets being used in political campaigns,” the publisher told GameInformer.

Some Mass Effect creators are none too pleased, either. Bioware game designer Manveer Heir tweeted some thoughts of his own:

Leaked Mass Effect: Andromeda footage shows jetpack gameplay

A personal jetpack is the star of a brief section of Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay footage recently unearthed by an inquisitive NeoGAF user.

The footage is said to be from 2014, meaning the features and content depicted have likely been changed or removed. The majority of the 50-odd seconds of footage (available via a link in this NeoGAF thread) is focused on environmental details, including rain, fog and other weather and particle effects, such as the tear gas-like grenade wielded by a Krogan.

The high point of the clip begins around 32 seconds in with a quick look at jetpack-aided exploration. The clip is short and dated, but also firm evidence of Andromeda’s world including freeform, vertical exploration. 

Earlier this week, NeoGAF users turned up a survey allegedly revealing much of Andromeda’s story. The gist of the plot is said to be humans searching for a new home planet in a hostile galaxy, and butting heads with indigenous races in the process. The synopsis overlaps considerably with a survey leaked in April 2015, which lends credence to the rumor.

Source: NeoGAF

Via: Polygon

Bioware dev teases new game as dramatic livestream unfolds

BioWare is at it again, teasing gamers all over the world about new projects. This time the producer  of the Dragon Age series, Mark Darrah, is responsible for the latest tease.

Darrah tweeted out a video of him opening a book which is connected to BioWare's next project. The red book has something that looks like a mountain (or flames) with a wolf head in it, bellow is a tower chess piece. When Darrah proceeds to open the book he stops on a page that says "Internal use only", Then he closes to book.

Upgraded consoles go against the purpose of consoles, says BioWare co-founder

A ton of substantial rumors have been floating around surrounding upgradable consoles to allow for more powerful games. There have even been rumors saying Sony’s “PlayStation 4.5” console may even be revealed as soon as this year, but what do developers think of this? 

One of the leading reasons for these upgraded consoles is so developers aren't held back by the hardware in consoles and are able to develop games more powerful and closer to their original vision. Some developers aren’t particularly fond of the idea of an upgradable console.

Speaking in an interview with GameSpot, BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk explained that he believes upgraded consoles defeat the purpose of owning a console.

"I'd say that'd be a gigantic pain in the ass that flies in the face of the purpose of consoles. It's funny, there's actually some stories behind that. For example, the original Xbox…Microsoft actually had multiple different DVD drives. They didn't tell anyone that, but as a developer you discovered that you have different performance and sometimes you'd have these boxes of refurbished drives and different brands and different equipment. It caused incredible variability.

“The whole purpose of consoles is the set of requirements that you work against from a hardware perspective. To change that is complete lunacy."

Zeschuk went on to detail that he doesn’t support the idea and thinks it’ll actually hurt developers by making things more complicated.

"I just think it's bad. I think, 'lock it' and let developers do their thing. But at the end of the day, if you can focus your development effort on one set of hardware requirements and target, you are going to get a better result. It's easier than having to split it, adding more people, having to port things across.

"It's like dipping your toe back into the PC pool where you have to consider all these things. It was nice on console not having to consider like performance sliders. But it's just crazy. I guess maybe [Microsoft and Sony] feel the need to."

Microsoft's Phil Spencer doesn't appear to be too keen on the idea either suggesting that if they want to build a new console, it'll be a brand new Xbox and not just a flashier version of the Xbox One.

What do you think of Zeschuk’s comments regarding the potential future of consoles? Personally, I think he is right and it’ll divide the market. An upgraded console will cause confusion and frustration with the average consumer. Hopefully, Sony or Microsoft will come put the rumors to rest or at least ease our concerns during E3 later this year.