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EA has announced that they are partnering with Microsoft to launch a video game membership service called EA Access. A limited beta rolls out today with the full service planned to go live soon. With EA Access, Xbox One owners (yes, the service is planned to be exclusive to Xbox One) can pay a monthly fee of $4.99 or an annual fee of $29.99 for unlimited access to a select number of popular EA games. Currently FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4 are available via EA Access, and more games will be added soon. Is this the first step towards a full rental service on Xbox One to compete with PlayStation Now?

With San Diego Comic-Con now in the rear view mirror, the next big event for video game developers to showcase their upcoming games is Gamescom. This huge event (more than 340,000 people attended last year) kicks off in a little over two weeks, and Konami is bringing two of their biggest franchises. Konami announced today that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and PES 2015 will show off "major advances" at Gamescom. Konami hopes to impress visitors with the "sheer scale and ambition" of Phantom Pain, while PES 2015 will have a playable demo on the show floor. Are you excited to see what Konami has planned?

Activision has released yet another trailer for the upcoming first-person shooter Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, this time highlighting the game's single-player story and plunging viewers into the anarchic and armed world of Sledgehammer's latest project. The trailer also revealed that the game's multiplayer unveiling is on August 11th.

Kevin Spacey is featured once again; the Academy Award nominated actor plays the leader of private corporation Atlas, a company called upon by the government to stop terrorists. Atlas doesn't seem to be the nicest guys in the business, though. It'll be interesting to see if the protagonist of the game is actually a villain in the grand scheme of things. 

Watch the robot fights, exploding skyscrapers, and villainous monologuing after the jump. 

Nintendo has released its financial report for the first three months of the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2014 and ending March 31, 2015. CEO Satoru Iwata has a goal of earning $200 million for the company this year, but he's off to a rough start. From April 1 to June 1, the company has reported a net loss of ¥9,294,000,000 or about $90 million in US currency. Iwata is not revising the company's forecast of $200 million in profits for the whole year, as he expects to generate "robust" profits from 3DS for the rest of the year.

Last week Japanese website NicoNico held a special live stream event where they showed off a new trailer and new gameplay footage for Hyrule Warriors. The stream was very successful and lots of new information was revealed, and a second stream is planned for this Thursday. While you wait for all the new Zelda goodness, you can check out last week's stream in its entirety by hitting the jump!

Square Enix is prepared to develop a string of prequels for one of its franchises. The Japanese branch of the publisher has registered a trademark for the term "Prequel Trilogy" for use in Japan. What could this mean? What Square Enix franchise could be getting a prequel trilogy?

Personally, my money is on Deus Ex. The franchise's universe is ripe for exploration, and a prequel trilogy could give it justice. It's anyone's guess, though. The rebooted Tomb Raider could be considered a trilogy if a third game is ever made after Rise of the Tomb Raider. Dawn of the Planet of the Tomb Raiders, anyone? And we may just have a new Final Fantasy trilogy that begins with Final Fantasy XIII - Type 0: Lightning Reborn. Man, Square Enix should hire me to name their games.

Take your guess in the comments.

In a decision that could only be inspired by madness, GameStop will be launching a credit card in the next few months. The cards will be tied to their Power Up Rewards program, awarding 5,000 points to regular and 15,000 to pro members. While attempts to squeeze a little more out of customers is hardly new territory for the chain, any attempt to run in-house credit is moving towards shady used car dealership territory, and true to dealership form, GameStop's cards will come with a whopping 26.99% annual percentage rate. For reference, if you were to buy one game a month for just one year, you'd end up paying GameStop nearly one-thousand dollars in interest, and it would take a whopping eight years to pay it off.

More after the jump.

The Astronauts, an indie studio including members of the studio responsible for Bulletstorm, People Can Fly, are finally gearing up to release their atmospheric weird fiction horror game, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, to PC this fall, with possible console releases down the road. The second teaser was revealed nearly two months ago, and now the team's ready to show off a sampling of the game's voice acting.

"No trains have been through here for a long time. That was part of a pattern," the seventeen second clip of the game's protagonist, an occult detective named Paul Prospero, speaking begins. Head inside to hear the whole thing.

Japanese website NicoNico has announced that they will be streaming Hyrule Warriors again this Thursday (Wednesday for those of you on the West Coast), and this time they'll be joined by a plethora of important guests.

Last week's stream gave us new information about the game, as well as a trailer and a look at the gameplay for then-newly announced characters Darunia, Ruto, and Sheik; could we perhaps get some additional new characters in this week's stream? It's possible, since Eiji Aonuma, Shigeru Miyamoto, and members of the Koei Tecmo staff will be appearing on the stream.

Head inside to check out the list of guests, as well as the show time (with multiple time zones!).

A little over a week ago popular YouTube gamer PewDiePie got his hands on the upcoming survival-horror game The Evil Within from Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami and developer Tango Gameworks. Since then, he's been uploading videos of the gruesome game, showing off gameplay in big chunks of over fifteen minutes each. If you missed the first video, you can check it out here. Today we've got two more videos, so hit the jump if you want to check out over half an hour of footage from The Evil Within.