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Update: In a statement to Siliconera, a representative of Squids Odysseys developer The Game Bakers revealed that cross-buy for the game will not be coming to the United States. When asked if the promotion would ever come overseas, the representative responded that Nintendo of America “could not support this operation yet.”

“We really like this promotion and wished to make it happen for all gamers,” the developer continued, “but [Nintendo of America] could not support this kind of promotion.”

It looks like it will still be some time before Nintendo cross-buy is a reality for Americans.

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For many months now, owners of PlayStation devices have enjoyed the Cross-Buy program that Sony started to incentivize game purchases. For compatible titles, you can buy the game once on a PlayStation 4 and receive a copy for free on the PlayStation 3 and Vita.

With games releasing more frequently on both the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS, many people expected that a similar program would come to the systems. But until now, Nintendo had only offered discounts for people who wanted to buy both games.

Squids Odyssey is now the first game to offer a free Wii U copy for those who purchase the 3DS version. At the moment, this is limited to the European eShop, and it only works when you buy the 3DS version first. But this is a sign that Nintendo might be inspired by Sony’s Cross-Buy program and could potentially allow it with more games in the future.

Nintendo has not said anything about potential discounts or cross-buy for upcoming games such as Super Smash Bros. that are launching for both systems.

Do you think that Nintendo will begin more extensive cross-buy promotions? Let us know in the comments!

Alex Newhouse is an editorial intern at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @alexbnewhouse
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The Battlefield Hardline beta is now closed, but another Battlefield Hardline beta that “will showcase more” will launch this fall on all announced platforms, Developer Visceral Games’ VP and GM Steve Papoutsis said in a post on Battlefield’s official blog.

“The Battlefield Hardline beta was just a small portion of what is in store,” Papoutsis said. “We have plenty of new modes in the game that really play off the cop and criminal theme, as well as the return of fan-favorites.”

Papoutsis also said that we should expect to hear more about the multiplayer mode in the months ahead, as well as the single player campaign. Visceral is best known for its work on the Dead Space series, and Papoutsis said that Battlefield Hardline’s single player campaign will similarly engross players in the game’s story and world. “We are doing some cool new things in how we present the campaign, similar to what you see when watching episodes of your favorite TV shows,” Papoutsis said. “It’s something different and we’re fired up about it.”

Responding to critics who say that this year’s Battlefield Hardline looks too iterative, lead multiplayer designer Thad Sesser recently explained the improvements, tweaks, and additions the studio has made to the Battlefield 4 formula, which makes Battlefield Hardline more than just an expansion.

Battlefield Hardline launches on October 21 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360,Xbox One, and PC.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg and Google+.

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Sony has announced that a first look of its game streaming service, PlayStation Now, will go live on some of its TVs beginning June 30.

On that date, every Sony 4K TV and some of its 1080p sets will have the ability to stream certain PlayStation 3 games. Using a Dualshock 3 controller, owners of those TVs can play some PS3 games without the console. This preliminary PS Now program is called the Private Pilot Service. Sony has not clarified how long the first look will last.

PS Now, which has been in closed beta for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 for a couple months, will soon get many more games including God of War: Ascension and Dead Space 3. Recently, Sony announced that there would be a number of different rental periods and prices for streamed games.

An open beta for PS4 launches on July 31, with open betas for the PS3 and Vita coming soon after.

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