Facebook has revealed that its internet drones will be roughly the size of commercial aircraft, and are capable of remaining airborne for years at a time.

The unmanned crafts will eventually be deployed over countries where internet connectivity is lacking to help improve communication across the globe.

Yael Maguire, engineering director at the social network's Connectivity Lab, told Mashable that one of the drones they are testing is as long as "six or seven [Toyota] Priuses" and another is a similar size to a Boeing 747.

Despite the drones' hefty size, Maguire claims that the hardware will be lightweight, with the one he compared to multiple Priuses weighing as much as four car tyres.

Facebook will begin testing its drones in the US next year, with a view to deploying them over Latin America, Africa and Asia once the trials have concluded.

They are not the only tech company investing in drone technology, with Google working on a similar philanthropic venture involving balloons, and Amazon carrying out research into drone delivery.

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Destiny has received another patch this week from Bungie.

The latest update kills off the multiplayer shooter's infamous loot cave, which spawned an infinite amount of enemies that secreted in-game goodies once they were defeated.

"The social experience of a cave farming run is amazing: the herding to get a team of Guardians all behind the line and firing in the right direction, the rush to grab the loot, the scramble when the panic wave starts, the beckoning glow from inside the cave," Bungie explained on its website.

"The speed at which the community organised around this activity was inspiring and humbling to us."

The developer continued: "But shooting at a black hole for hours on end isn't our dream for how Destiny is played. Our hope is that social engagement in public spaces is only one part of the Destiny experience.

"Expect changes soon which decrease the efficiency of cave farming and correspondingly increase engram drops from completing activities."

A Destiny patch released a couple days ago reduced the difficulty of a number of missions.

Out now on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3, Destiny has been confirmed as the biggest PS4 game launch in North America and the biggest ever new franchise launch in the UK.

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The team behind Child of Light has become part of the core team at Ubisoft Montreal.

The move comes following the success of the stylised role-playing game, which launched digitally earlier this year.

"We are super happy with Child of Light," Ubisoft Montreal vice president of creative Lionel Raynaud told CVG. "The team did a good job, and the game had a great reception.

"We were proud to deliver something new and unique. A lot of people were surprised that Montreal was delivering this kind of game.

"The team learned a lot about RPG mechanics during development, and this has resulted in us creating a core team. The people who made this game now want to work together again, whether it's on a small game or not.

"This dynamic has incredible value in the industry, and it's what we want to do. We want to create core teams that want to make great games."

Child of Light was developed a result of Ubisoft's internal entrepreneurial initiative, and Raynaud explained that he wants staff to continue pitching ideas via the programme.

"There's a chance that we will have many more games like that in the future," he said.

"I already have many different projects that are in the pitch stage. I even had one in my office this morning, which was super exciting."

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Watch Dogs is still the fastest-selling property in western Europe, Ubisoft has stated.

The open-world title holds that record even after the recently-released Destiny made its debut in the region, according to the publisher.

"The game became the industry's fastest-selling new IP in its first week - a record that still stands in all western European territories combined - by delivering a potent combination of action-adventure missions, seamless multiplayer modes and open-world exploration," Ubisoft said in a press release.

Meanwhile, Activision and Bungie's Destiny has seen the biggest-ever new franchise launch in the UK.

Watch Dogs became the best-selling new video game property in about a week following its launch on May 27.

It went on to sell eight million units and boosted Ubisoft's Q1 sales.

The firm revealed earlier this week that it has 'ambitious' plans for the franchise.

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Wasteland 2 has achieved $1.5 million in revenue sales on Steam, it has been revealed.

The role-playing sequel hit the milestone in the first four days since launching on September 19.

Commenting on the impressive sales, game director Brian Fargo said that he was thrilled.

"We are ecstatic that the style of game we love so much has been embraced so well."

The follow-up to the 1988 role-playing game offers more than 50 hours of gameplay and features a word count greater than the Lord of the Rings novels.

Brian Fargo recently told Digital Spy that Wasteland 2 will offer players free will, with no two users experiencing the game the same way.

The Kickstarter-funded Wasteland 2 is out now on PC. The game can be downloaded for £29.99 from Steam.

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Rocksmith 2014 has been announced for Xbox One and PS4.

Confirming earlier reports, the guitar-teaching tool will be available on new-gen consoles from November 7.

Available exclusively from Amazon, the Xbox One and PS4 versions will contain 1080p visuals and Remote Play with the PlayStation Vita on PS4.

The game ships with a Real Tone Cable for plugging the guitar into the console, and features more than 50 songs on disc.

A further 300 songs are available as DLC. Users planning to upgrade from PS3 and Xbox 360 can transfer their DLC for free.

Dubbed the "fastest way to learn guitar", Rocksmith 2014 is the follow-up to the original Rocksmith for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

The sequel was compared to Assassin's Creed 2 by creative director Paul Cross, who believes that it fully realises the team's original vision.

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Titan has officially been cancelled by Blizzard Entertainment.

In an interview with Polygon, the studio confirmed that its MMO successor to World of Warcraft is no longer in development after seven years.

We had created World of Warcraft, and we felt really confident that we knew how to make MMOs," said Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime.

"So we set out to make the most ambitious thing that you could possibly imagine. And it didn't come together."

He continued: "We didn't find the fun. We didn't find the passion. We talked about how we put it through a re-evaluation period, and actually, what we re-evaluated is whether that's the game we really wanted to be making. The answer is no.

"It's always really, really hard to make those kind of decisions. It was hard when we cancelled Warcraft Adventures. It was hard when we cancelled StarCraft Ghost. But it has always resulted in better-quality work."

Morhaime also suggested that the decision to cancel Titan was due in part to smaller-scale releases, such as Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm.

The canned project was on track for a launch in "2016 at the earliest".

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The FIFA 15 demo was played by approximately 5.5 million people throughout the world.

According to EA estimates, it is the most played EA Sports demo of all time.

The demo, which lets users play as the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea,

is available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC.

Out now in North America, FIFA 15 makes its European debut on September 26.

UK retailer GAME will open more than 300 of its stores at midnight to celebrate the

launch of the upcoming football sim.

Fans can download the free-to-play FIFA 15 Ultimate Team mobile app on iOS and

Android ahead of the console release.

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Samsung is allegedly partnering with PayPal to launch a rival service to Apple Pay.

The two firms are in talks to develop an NFC-powered payments system for smartwatches, according to Business Korea.

The service is said to be compatible with one of Samsung's third-generation smartwatches, offering "simple payment functions" powered by PayPal.

Furthermore, the system will reportedly be protected by "fingerprint identification technology" provided by biometrics firm Synaptics.

Samsung is said to be planning to launch its PayPal-touting smartwatch early next year to take on the Apple Watch.

PayPal was conspicuously excluded from the Apple Pay lineup, and its rumoured partnership with Samsung could be the reason why.

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Google has decided to make Google+ optional for new users who sign up to its other products.

Since January 2012, having an account on the company's social network had been compulsory for those who joined Gmail and YouTube, according to Marketing Land.

Now new users are presented with a 'No thanks' option when signing up.

Google was particularly criticised for integrating YouTube accounts with Google+.

The recent move had led to speculation that the social network could be closed, especially after Google+ boss Vic Gundotra left in April.

In July Google+ softened its stance on pseudonyms, allowing users to go by their choice of moniker rather than requiring them to use their real names.

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