E3 2017 Essential #1

E3 2017 is live. Here's a summary of some of the most important announcements made during the media briefings of Microsoft, Bethesda Softworks, and Electronic Arts.

E3 2017 Day 2

Ubisoft re-announcing Beyond Good & Evil 2, Sony showing off Spider-Man and Age of Empires getting a remaster - that's just the tip of the iceberg of great news we heard on the second day of E3 2017.

E3 2017 Day 3

The last show of E3, Nintendo Spotlight, is now over. Let's sum up the most essential news of the day.

E3 2017 Day 4

The time has come for game devs and publishers attending E3 2017 to show some gameplay and discuss details of their upcoming projects. Check out the best stories of the day.

The most recent book about Geralt of Rivia

Season of Storms is the latest book from Andrzej Sapkowski, which makes it a completely valid “research” object. In this article we present some thoughts on the eight chapter of the Witcher cycle and an analysis of its connections with The Witcher 3.

E3 2017 Day 5

E3 2017 is behind us. Here you can read about the most essential news of the fifth and last day of the expo.

Behind the scenes with CD Projekt RED

Digital Dragons in Cracow have gathered top Polish video game developers, and more. We’ve took this chance to talk with some members of CD Projekt Red (both their current and former workers) about the Witcher series and some behind the scenes mysteries.

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Behind the scenes of The Witcher trilogy with CD Projekt RED

CD Projekt Red and the Witcher video game series have become pretty much inseparable at this point. As their flagship franchise, the series about the gloomy monster slayer for hire has reflected their development as a studio and served as a chronicle of their own growth. That said, most of the things that took place behind the curtains have remained a secret. Most, but not all of them. We’ve spoken to several “REDs” on this year’s Digital Dragons and learned some pretty interesting things on how they did certain things during the development of the series. Often in such cases, the acquired knowledge can be surprising, but it never fails to entertain. Take a look at some of the secrets behind both CDPR and the Witcher games.

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Wolfenstein II is the second part in a trilogy; Mecha-Hitler is coming in the third game

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the second game in a trilogy, creative director Jens Matthies from Machine Games told Giant Bomb. He also hinted that in the third game we are going to see (and obviously fight) Mecha-Hitler, the iconic boss from the original Wolfenstein 3D. “Once you introduce Mecha-Hitler (…) you can’t go out from there” said Matthies, implying that before we get to take on the world’s most hated figure (in a mech suit!) you really have to build to it.

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Skull & Bones will feature single-player narrative campaign

Ubisoft’s announcement of their new IP at E3 2017, a high-seas pirate game Skull & Bones, focused primarily on the online side of experience. However, the publisher confirmed to PC Gamer that the title will offer a proper story-driven single player campaign, featuring “iconic characters and memorable rival pirates”. Interestingly, the campaign will not be separate from multiplayer – although you will be able to play it alone, the narrative is said to be “integrated into the game”.

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Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition to launch on consoles this August

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players will soon get to experience Obsidian’s recent take on role-playing genre thanks to the release of Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition on August 29, 2017. The Complete Edition is going to offer both the original game and the two-part expansion called The White March as well as post-DLC updates. Of course, the XONE and PS4 conversions, which are being handled by Paradox Arctic, will feature re-modelled UI and controls redesigned specifically for their dedicated controllers.

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This is exactly when Destiny 2 beta starts

Activision announced the start times for Destiny 2 open beta across all three platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The general access on consoles is scheduled for July 21, but those who pre-ordered the game can begin playing a couple of days earlier. The PC beta is coming later in August, but that date is yet to be confirmed. According to Bungie, Destiny 2 beta will feature the Homecoming mission, showed in the gameplay reveal trailer, as well as Inverted Spire Strike and some unspecified PvP content.

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L.A. Noire remaster rumored to feature FPP mode and VR support

L.A. Noire is reportedly coming for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 – although there is no word on the PC edition, this one is very likely too. The most recent leak also mentions that the re-edition could be getting first-person mode similar to the one omplemented in Grand Theft Auto V for current gen consoles and PC, as well as VR support for the PS4 version.

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Meet Dodger, the hero of Visceral’s Star Wars action game

MakingStarWars.net has shared some interesting details on the story and new hero of the upcoming Star Wars action game in development by Visceral Games (Dead Space creators). Project Ragtag, as the game is referred to, is reportedly set after the events in A New Hope and right before The Empire Strikes Back. It is going to feature several characters, one of whom Han Solo fans will be especially fond of.

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Hitman's prologue available for free

To celebrate its becoming fully independent from Square Enix, Io-Interactive decided to make the first location in last year’s Hitman available for free across all platforms: PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Starting today, players will be able to download the game’s prologue set in ICA Facility location and play there as much as they want. This includes: two story missions with all cut-scenes, two Escalations Contracts, over 40 challenges and 17 achievements.

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Pokemon Go to introduce Raid Battles and changes to Gym system

A big update is coming to Pokemon Go, introducing raid battles and new gym features. As for the latter, a new motivation system underlies these changes, which will recquire players to feed their Pokemon assigned to a Gym with Berries in order to keep them highly motivated. Another novelty in the upcoming update are Raid Battles, each one featuring a Raid Boss, who can only be defeated in cooperation with other trainers – up to 20 of them.

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Spider-man won't handle 60 FPS in either 4K or 1080p

Insomniac Games said that the upcoming Spider-Man won’t run in native 4K and 60 FPS on PlayStation 4 Pro. Instead, the game will use a simple, although clever trick to almost match that, called temporal injection. What it does is upscale the number of pixels in a frame to 2160p resolution and fill the empty spaces with pixels from the previous frame. And it definitely looks better than checkerboard rendering, according to James Stevenson, community manager at Insomniac Games.

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Players massively down-voting GTA V on Steam after Take-Two shuts down OpenIV mod tool

We didn’t have to wait long for a response from GTA fans angry with Take-Two’s decision to shut down OpenIV modding tool. Steam users have launched a crusade against Grand Theft Auto V and are massively down-voting the game on Valve’s platform. Right now the recent game user reviews on Steam are overwhelmingly negative with the overall score set at mixed. Rockstar explains that the reason for the takedown was to prevent use of malicious mods to harass players in GTA Online and promised that the team is working on another solution to support the modding community.

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EA giving away Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault

Thanks to Electronic Arts, PC players have a good opportunity to become racquainted with the classic WWII first-person shooter Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault. For a limited time you can add a copy of the game to your Origin account for free and keep it forever. Note, however, that this is just the original single player campaign, since the game’s online servers were shut down along with GameSpy.

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Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court launches today

Later today, at 10 AM PDT, the first expansion for the award-winning grim dungeon crawler Darkest Dungeon by Red Hook Studios is going live on Steam. The Crimson Court introduces a new storyline, which can be played alongside your existing campaign. With it the DLC brings along a new hero class, dungeon region called The Courtyard, full faction of hideous enemies and bosses, new buildings for your Hamlet as well as a bunch of secrets to discover and items to loot.

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E3 2017 Essentials #5 (June 15) – Observer, Agony, Kingdom Come: Deliverance

So that’s it, the last day of E3 2017 is finally behind us. Mingling with game devs and publishers resulted in lots of new gameplay videos and tasty details on many of the hottest games revealed or presented at the expo. During the fifth and final day of this year’s biggest celebration of video gaming industry we could see more materials from the games like Observer, Extinction, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Agony, Hunt: Showdown and Kingdom Come: Deliverance.

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Fan-made Witcher movie Alzur’s Legacy seeking support on Indiegogo

The creators of Alzur’s Legacy, a fan-made Witcher movie with professional actors, are looking for community support via Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. The financial goal is set at $15,000, and there are obviously some neat rewards for backers. Alzur’s Legacy will tell a story set after the original Witcher books, featuring Lambert, Dandelion and his son, Triss Merigold and Ciri. The motion picture is scheduled for release this December.

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Season of Storms – how the newest Witcher novel ties in with the books and video games

Season of Storms, the latest Witcher book by Andrzej Sapkowski, is scheduled to hit the bookstores in US and Great Britain no sooner than in May 2018. This novel provides insight into what exactly the White Wolf had been up to before he entered the city of Vizima to free the daughter of King Foltest from her curse. How does it relate to the rest of the saga and the games? If you want to know what’s in store for you without getting spoiled, check out our article.

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E3 2017 Essentials #4 (June 14) – Hunt: Showdown, Beyond Good & Evil 2 new details

All big publishers have already had their conferences, but that doesn't mean there is no more news at E3. Many game devs are showing off their projects to the public and share some hot details. Here are several of the most interesting stories of the day, including: Crytek’s presentation of Hunt: Showdown, the announcement of the first DLC for Conan Exiles, Forza Motorsport 7 PC requirements, Call of Cthulhu new trailer, and a bunch of new details on Beyond Good & Evil 2.

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E3 2017 Essentials #3 (June 13) – Super Mario Odyssey, Pokemon for Switch, new Brothers in Arms

The last show of E3 2017 was Nintendo Spotlight. The Japanese publisher announced The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Expansion Pass and presented several other interesting titles for their hot Nintendo Switch console. Some of these are: Xenoblade Chronicles 2, a new Pokemon game, and Super Mario Odyssey. It was also the first day open for visitors, which resulted in even more news from other developers and publishers.

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Beyond Good & Evil 2 to launch on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4

Ubisoft did a great job of stirring the excitement when they showed off the new cinematic trailer for Beyond Good & Evil 2 at their E3 2017 conference. However, the question remains: when do we get to play it and on which platforms. While we still don’t know the answer to the first of these questions, we know for a fact that Beyond Good & Evil 2 is headed for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. You can confirm the news yourself, by signing up for the so-called Space Monkey Program on the game’s official website.

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E3 2017 Essentials #2 (June 12) – Beyond Good & Evil 2, Shadow of the Colossus, Spider-Man

The second day of E3 saw three big conferences: PC Gaming Show, Ubisoft and Sony. All of them incited a lot of excitement, as we could see some big announcements and new trailers and gameplay videos from much-anticipated games. Some of the games that showed up are: Total War: Warhammer II, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, The Crew 2, Skull & Bones, Far Cry 5, Beyond Good & Evil 2, Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds, Days Gone, Shadow of the Colossus for PS4, God of War, Detroit: Become Human and Spider-Man. That’s a lot of exciting games, so go ahead and watch some of their new trailers.

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E3 2017 Essentials #1 (June 11) – Xbox One X, Anthem, Wolfenstein: The New Colossus

E3 2017 has started with Microsoft’s announcement of Xbox One X, a.k.a. Project Scorpio, and upcoming games, followed by Bethesda Softwork’s media briefing a couple of hours later. Prior to that we could watch Electronic Arts’ EA Play conference, which, despite not being officially part of E3, is certainly part of the experience. In this story we are bringing you all of the most essential announcements from Day 1 of E3 2017. Here you can find release dates and trailers of games like: BioWare’s Anthem, A Way Out, Metro Exodus, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Fallout 4 VR, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, The Evil Within 2, Wolfenstein: The New Colossus, FIFA 18 and more.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #7 – Borsodi Auction House has its roots in the newest Witcher book

It’s time for another part of Polish Witcher Trivia, in which I familiarize you with some cool easter eggs or references that are only obvious to Polish fans. This week the case is a bit unusual – this is actually a reference to one of the Witcher books… but the one that is not yet available in English. Sounds intriguing? Take a look!

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance to launch on February 13, 2018

Warhorse Studios has finally announced an exact release date for its much-anticipated Medieval-sandbox-RPG. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is slated to arrive on February 13, 2018 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. There is also a brand new story trailer, which really does a great job at conveying the Medieval, Game-of-Throne-ish feel of the game. Besides, Kingdom Come: Deliverance has now got its own Steam page along with a description of the game’s features and updated minimum and recommended system requirements.

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Thieves threaten to reveal Cyberpunk 2077 documents

Thieves claim to have stolen Cyberpunk 2077 documentation and are demanding a ransom so they would not post the files online. CD Projekt RED does not intend to yield to the thieves’ demands and says that the documents come from an early version of their game and are thus outdated and unrepresentative of the current vision of the game. Nevertheless, should the files really emerge online, the studio advises players not to pay too much attention to them so as not to spoil the experience with the game in any way.

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Game Informer leaks Bully 2: Kevin's Back Jack

Game Informer’s website created a game page for Bully 2: Kevin's Back Jack, apparently the much-gossiped-about sequel to Rockstar’s “high-school GTA”. It has since been removed, and Game Informer claims that it was just an error. If that was truly the case, however, then where did the specific subtitle Kevin's Back Jack come from? And why has it only been removed recently, after hanging on the website for several weeks since May 8?

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Creative Assembly is working on three Total War historical projects, including two full games

Creative Assembly has 3 new historical projects in full production, the studio has revealed on its official blog. One of them is revealed to be a large Campaign Pack DLC for one of the recent historical releases. Besides, the studio is working on another historical installment in a brand new setting as well as a stand-alone game set in an era that has been previously visited. They are also preparing extra content for Total War: Warhammer II, including a new Race Pack, as well as a full-fledged sequel for this game.

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Styx: Shards of Darkness demo is live

Cyanide Studios has released a demo for Styx: Shards of Darkness, which takes you through a tutorial level, introducing the players to the game’s mechanics. You can play it on all platforms on which the game showed up, that is PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. As for the PC version, you can download the demo from Steam, and if you like what you see, you can currently buy the full version of Styx: Shards of Darkness at a 40% discount and pick up the adventure right where you left off in the demo.

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Classic RPG Pathfinder: Kingmaker will make you a king – support it on Kickstarter

A Kickstarter campaign launched for Pathfinder: Kingmaker yesterday, and it has already generated over $150,000, with half a million dollars being the set goal. This is a classic isometric RPG with story co-written by Chris Avellone, a legendary game developer who greatly contributed to many of the best representatives of the genre, including the cult Planescape Torment. In Pathfinder: Kingmaker you will not only be an adventurer, journeying together with a cast of colorful characters, but also become a king of your own kingdom.

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Rumor has it that Bethesda is to announce Starfield, sci-fi RPG set in the Fallout universe, at E3 2017

According to an alleged Bethesda employee, the company is going to present the virtual reality version of Fallout 4 at E3 2017. However, even more interesting is the second leaked title to be revealed at the expo. This one is reportedly Starfield, a sci-fi open world RPG set in the Fallout universe. The same leak says that Bethesda is also working on a Game of Thrones game and is in the preproduction of The Elder Scrolls VI and conceptual phase for The Elder Scrolls VII. Another claim is that the company is preparing Skyrim VR, but is not sure whether to show it at this E3.

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RuneScape has got Menaphos: The Golden City, the biggest update so far

RuneScape, a popular browser MMORPG that is being expanded since 2001, has just received the largest update in the game’s 16-year history. Menaphos: The Golden City is introducing the eponymous city of Menaphos along with four story-based missions, procedurally generated City Quests, a maze-like Shifting Tombs mini-game, a new Slayer Dungeon and an increased level cap of 120 for Slayer skill. Moreover, this weekend (June 9-12) all those interested will be able to try out everything that Menaphos: The Golden City offers for free.

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FIFA 18 coming out on September 29; watch the first trailer

Electronic Arts has officially announced that FIFA 18 is going to launch on September 29, 2017 on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. This year’s edition’s face is Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the best-performing soccer players of the recent years. The Portugal skipper collaborated with EA Sports on enhancing the realism of players’ behavior on the pitch. You can already pre-order FIFA 18 for PC, XONE and PS4 and get a three days early access.

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Find out E3 2017 press conference schedule and what you can expect to see

E3 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo is scheduled for 13-15 June, but it is traditionally going to start with press conferences at the end of this week and the beginning of the next one. Some of the big fish that are going to attend are Microsoft, Sony, Bethesda Softworks and Ubisoft. Like it did last year, Electronic Arts will have its own, pre-E3 show dubbed EA Play. Similarly, Nintendo will not have a typical conference, but will live stream its presentation on June 13. We can also expect PC Gamer’s special show. Check out the exact road map for this year’s E3.

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Elex hands-on – can this game turn out to be a great RPG?

Fans of Gothic and Risen have been waiting for Elex for some time now, even though the game’s setting is a drastic departure from what Piranha Bytes has accustomed them to over the years. Mixing fantasy and sci-fi, lasers and swords, magic and technology, Elex has a vast world in store that will appeal to those who favor exploration. Still, a couple of months before the release, the game faces serious challenges that might just ruin the fun; technical shortcomings and clunky combat system are just the two of many factors contributing to the overall wooden feel of the game at this stage. Will the devs polish it sufficiently by October? Check out our impressions.

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The Long Journey Home review – space-sim for the patient ones

I am waiting for a space exploration sim that will grab my attention and not let go for the next couple of months. I expected this before the release of No Man’s Sky, but we all know how it ended. I have some hopes when it comes to Star Citizen, but I won’t be caught off-guard this time. Overshadowed by the recent release of Mass Effect Andromeda, The Long Journey Home takes a shot at filling up this void. And although it doesn’t have enough legs to do so, you can tell it will rather die trying than give up. Which brings me to the issue of death – and boy, does this game kill you often.

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Elex, the game from creators of Gothic and Risen, has a release date

If you love Gothic and Risen series, you’re definitely waiting for the release of Elex, the newest game by Piranha Bytes. The title was supposed to come out early this year, but it’s been postponed. Now THQ Nordic has announced the release date of Elex… and it’s coming faster than we expected.

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$9,400 – that's what CD Projekt RED paid for the Witcher license

We now know how much CD Projekt RED paid Andrzej Sapkowski for the rights to make a Witcher game – it was PLN 35,000, which now stands for about $9,400. That was not so much more than the ridiculously low sum that Metropolis had paid a couple of years earlier, the only difference being that the latter failed to complete their project. Of course, that was still quite much back then for a small Poland-based studio that was just making their first steps in gamedev, but considering the dividends they are reaping now, that was peanuts.

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Picture of Assassin’s Creed: Origins hero leaked online

A fan has taken it to Twitter to share another Assassin’s Creed: Origins leak – a picture of a T-shirt with the game’s main hero printed on it together with the protagonist’s alleged name Ba Yek. In it we can see the Egyptian assassin as he is turning around with his hood on and a long bow and shield in his hands – all in all, he looks very much like the character on a screenshot that emerged online some time ago. What adds to today’s leak’s credibility is the fact that Ashraf Ismail from Ubisoft commented on the picture, saying: “Nice t-shirt”.

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Terminator 2 remade in Grand Theft Auto V fan-made video

While we’re waiting for Terminator 2: Judgement Day 3D to come to theaters on August 25, 2017, why not watch another version of the classic 1991 movie? Recently a fan has posted a full-length Terminator 2 film remade in Grand Theft Auto V. This one-hour-long video contains all the key scenes from the movie, including the cult bar scene. You might want to watch this before it gets taken down for DMCA complaints.

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Square Enix wants Hitman to survive the sale of IO Interactive

Despite the decision to withdraw from further partnership with IO Interactive, Square Enix intends to keep the Hitman franchise alive and is looking for a worthy investor who could take over IO Interactive. “Because the firm is engaged in the development of Hitman and other renowned titles, we are negotiating with prospective external investors capable of ensuring that these titles carry on”, said Yosuke Matsuda, president at Square Enix.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake changes developer

Square Enix decided to hand over the development of Final Fantasy VII Remake to its internal studio. Up to now, the title has been developed for PlayStation 4 by outsourcing company CyberConnect 2, a studio known for Naruto games. With this move, Square Enix wants to have greater control over the project’s quality. Naoki Hamaguchi, who was in charge of the works on Mobius Final Fantasy, will take the lead over the upcoming remake of the 1997 classic jRPG.

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I.G.I. - We're Going In confirmed to be in development

Another installment in the series of tactical shooters I.G.I. is really in the works, claims Norwegian news media website Pressfire. This one is going to be called I.G.I. - We're Going In, a twist on the original title that stands for I’m Going In, which may suggest some form of co-op gameplay. The game’s developer – Norwegian studio Artplant founded by former members of the original I.G.I. team at Interloop Studios – says that the third part is going to retain “the freedom the series has become known for”. However, there is no telling when the game is going to be out.

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Kholat launching on Xbox One next month; the game sold half a million copies so far

Exactly two years after its original release on PC and over a year later than it hit PlayStation 4, Kholat is going to launch on Xbox One on June 9, 2017. The game will be sold on Microsoft’s console for $19.99, with pre-orders kicking off a week before the release, that is on June 2. Taking this opportunity, Polish company IMGN.PRO announced that their horror adventure game has sold half a million copies worldwide so far.

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Max Payne dev, Remedy, listed on Finnish stock market

Remedy Entertainment, Finnish video game developer known best for Max Payne, Alan Wake, and Quantum Break, is now officially listed on the Finnish stock market. The company believes that this move will help it reach a “stronger value position” in the industry, retain IP ownership, and will help “execute Remedy's growth strategy and cover the company’s development and commercialisation expenses”. Remedy Entertainment is currently working on at least two projects: single player campaign for their free-to-player online shooter CrossFire 2 and a secret TPP action game codenamed P7.

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Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord to feature battles of up to 1,000 soldiers, dynamic seasons and more

Up to 1,000 soldiers will fight at the same time in single player battles in Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord. The full-fledged sequel to the popular “knight simulator” sandbox is going to feature a world four times bigger than the one in Mount & Blade: Warband. It will not only have regions with different climates – from desert to icy-cold north – but also, with the passage of time, players will notice dynamic seasons displayed on battlefields and cities as well as on the world map.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #6 – Novigrad's port crane was inspired by 600-year-old crane from Gdansk

This week in Polish Witcher Trivia we head to Novigrad to solve a mystery of port architecture. If this doesn’t sound interesting, let me rephrase that: we’re going to look at one element of the port’s landscape that was inspired by an actual building that can be found in one of the major Polish cities. Let’s have a look!

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Are video games bad for health? Gaming myths debunked

“Those video games are bad for your health. Go play outside!” Any of you folks remember your granny or mom saying that? Based on the then-latest findings of medical science, and maybe also some black PR from soccer ball producers, the conviction represented by this sentence has held its position all the way to the 21st century in some regions of the world. After all, that’s what the doctors said… But wouldn’t that be nice if a doctor who is also a gamer sat down to properly evaluate the effects of video gaming on health? Well then, let’s see what we can learn as we try to bust some of the medical myths concerning video games.

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Far Cry 5 reveal trailer is here – meet the new villain and other characters

Ubisoft has been teasing Far Cry 5 long enough before finally revealing the game today. In the official announcement, live-streamed worldwide, the publisher confirmed that the next installment in the popular first-person shooter series is set in modern-day United States, Montana. And yes, it is going to feature strong religious overtones. Far Cry 5 is going to launch on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on February 27, 2018.

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Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court to hit PC on June 19

Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court, the first expansion to a successful dark-themed dungeon crawler from 2016, has received an exact release date – or at least its PC version has. The DLC is going to launch on Windows PC, Mac and Linux on June 19, 2017 at the price of $9.99. The release on PlayStation Network (PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita) is not yet set in stone, but the guys at Red Hook Studios are aiming at the following month.

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$4,000 is all it took to acquire rights to make a Witcher game in the '90s

The Witcher series is an immensly popular video game franchise that has its roots in books. This means that whenever someone wanted to make a game with Geralt leading the charge, they had to pay the original author, Andrzej Sapkowski. Before CD Projekt Red gave it a shot, another studio from Poland wanted to make a Witcher game. Now we know how much they had to pay to be able to do that.

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Overwatch first anniversary celebrated with special events; free weekend inbound

Overwatch is currently celebrating its first anniversary. To mark the occasion Blizzard Entertainment has released lots of new content, including three new Arena maps for the Arcade. Besides, the developer is talking about over 100 rewards stored in special Loot Boxes, which you can get until June 12, 2017. The boxes contain some all-new Legendary skins as well as a bunch of new emotes, including an individual dance for each character. For those of you who haven’t played Overwatch yet, there is a free weekend incoming between May 26-29.

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Divinity: Original Sin II to launch on September 14

While it is still going to stay several months in Steam Early Access, Divinity: Original Sin II has got an exact release date. The sequel to one of the most praised classic RPGs of the recent years is scheduled to launch on September 14, 2017 on PC, informed Larian Studios. This news came along with the newest patch, adding two new areas where players can continue the game’s main story, relationship dialogues with companions and a bunch of enhancements to existing mechanics and features.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt soundtrack on vinyl is coming soon

There’s a lot of Witcher fans out there in the world and I’m certain there’s a lot of video game music fans included in that group. And now, if you like to listen to your music in a pretty oldschool way, here’s a jackpot coming. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is getting two vinyl editions of its soundtrack with a pretty sweet bonus in terms of its content. Are you going to buy it? I know I will.

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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 developer reporting a loss

At the end of this year’s first quarter CI Games, Poland-based developer of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, has reported a loss of almost USD 1.6 million. That’s way below the expectations of analysts – who predicted the company would have a gain of about USD 134,000. The reason for CI Games’ setback in Q1 2017 is the fact that the company launched a costly marketing campaign for Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 then, whereas the game was released in 2017’s second quarter. However, the release of the title didn’t bring the anticipated upturn. Within the first month from the release of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, the company’s shares dropped by 2/3.

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Far Cry 5 key art revealed – the game features strong religious themes

Ubisoft has shared the first official art from Far Cry 5. It leaves no doubt that the game is going to be set in modern-day United States. Besides, the picture plainly shows that the game will contain strong, perhaps controversial religious themes. The main antagonist is a bearded preacher, or a cult leader, with an army of local thugs at his disposal. The official reveal of Far Cry 5 is planned for May 26, 2017.

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Get Even delayed due to Manchester attack

Polish studio The Farm 51 has decided to postpone the launch of their psychological horror shooter Get Even by a month due to the recent terrorist attack in Manchester, England. The game was supposed to come out this Friday, on May 26 – the new release date is set to June 23, 2017. While Get Even does not refer to terrorism directly, the game’s theme might seem a bit controversial in the face of the recent events. You play as a mercenary and private detective who wakes up confined in an abandoned asylum, his only memory being of a failed mission to save a girl with a bomb strapped to her chest.

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The state of Polish gamedev as of 2016

This week Krakow, Poland, hosts the biggest game industry conference in Central Europe – Digital Dragons 2017. As usual, the organizers have conducted detailed research of the state of Polish game industry. In 2016, all Polish developers generated a total revenue of PLN 1.25 billion (USD 335 million), 56.8% of which comes from 13 companies listed on the stock exchange. Some of the most popular games from Polish developers in 2016 are: The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine, Dying Light: The Following, Shadow Warrior 2, This War of Mine: The Little Ones, SUPERHOT, Layers of Fear, Bound and 60 Seconds.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 delayed to spring 2018, see new screenshots

Red Dead Redemption 2 is not coming out this fall, after all. Rockstar Games has announced that the game’s release date on consoles has been pushed to spring 2018. The reasons for the delay are pretty simple – the team at Rockstar are going to need a bit more time “to ensure that [they] can deliver the best experience possible for [their] fans” and will deliver the game “only when it is ready”. Rockstar has also promised to reveal more details about Red Dead Redemption 2 this summer. For now we have to make do with a couple of new screenshots.

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Ubisoft teases Far Cry 5; the series comes to modern America

Having confirmed the existance of Far Cry 5 last week, Ubisoft has now released several teaser trailers that seem to give weight to the rumors about the game being set in modern-day America, specifically Montana State. Other reports claim that the game will feature a police officer as the main protagonist. Acting as a vigilante, he has to deal with a rebel group that has taken over part of the northwester region of the state. We’ll probably find out about that this on Friday, during the official reveal of Far Cry 5.

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Fear Effect Sedna’s demo is live on Steam

About a year after the first announcement of Fear Effect Sedna – the next installment in Square Enix’s classic action-adventure game series started in 2000 – the developers at Sushee are ready to share some early results of their work. Unlike the two previous games, this one is a pausable real-time tactical strategy inspired by Shadowrun Returns. Fear Effect Sedna has just got a free demo on Steam, letting you try out how the new gameplay formula works for the game.

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Life is Strange to get a sequel; first part sold 3 million copies

DONTNOD Entertainment has confirmed that sentimental, choice-based, time-travel episodic adventure game Life is Strange is getting a sequel. This is a logical move, as the first part enjoyed much acclaim and managed to move 3 million copies worldwide. The French developer has been working on the next game since the release of Life is Strange’s box version in January 2016. Unfortunately, the team are not ready to talk details or show anything from their project in the nearest future.

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Destiny 2 on PC later than on consoles; watch the first gameplay footage

Bungie Software is collaborating with High Moon Studios and Vicarious Visions to make the sequel to the sci-fi MMORPG/FPS “bigger, better and more badass”. Destiny 2 developers have prepared a long presentation of their game, showing off a lot of gameplay footage as well as talking us through new features. Unoftunately, there are also some not-so-good news, for PC players at least. Destiny 2 will launch on PC some time after the console release, but it is not yet specified when exactly.

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Run your own pizza chain in Pizza Connection 3, coming out early 2018

Assemble Entertainment and gentlymad studio have announced Pizza Connection 3, another installment of the classic series of humorous economic strategy games focused on pizza business. In the game your job includes everything from preparing pizzas by combining over 75 ingredients available in the game to customizing your restaurants, to studying the market and preparing advertisements. As usually in the series, making great pizza is not the only way you can beat the competition – you are free to go for less fair means, such as bribery and sabotage. Pizza Connection 3 is coming out on PC in early 2018.

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The best of crowdfunding – what's interesting on Kickstarter these days

The Golden Age of crowdfunding is probably behind us. Some infamous bad eggs may have done a great deal to spoil the whole batch, straining the trust of gamers and backers alike, but the core idea behind websites such as Kickstarter is too persistent to be killed off like that. Even now, interesting, ambitious propositions are emerging on crowdfunding sites, asking for support and backing. We’ve gathered ten such projects, either sequels to renowned franchises or simply undertakings made by trustworthy people, who are likely to make good use of the donated money. Take a look at what’s good and promising among crowdfunded games these days.

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Gwent: The Witcher Card Game going into public beta next week

CD Projekt RED has announced that Gwent: The Witcher Card Game’s public beta is starting next week, on May 24, 2017 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. For the current players this will mean complete reset of card decks and progression. Note that the launch of the public beta is going to be preceded by a technical transition, starting on May 22, during which the game’s servers will be offline. The developers discussed the major changes coming up in the open beta in a live stream, which you can find on Twitch.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War gets new epic trailer

The first gameplay footage from Middle-earth: Shadow of War really got the players excited, and now Warner Bros. has released a new epic video to keep the excitement up. Called Dominate the Open World, the official trailer presents some shots of the various locations and strongholds the players are going to see during their visit in Mordor. The good news is that it’s not all dark and gloomy – some places are green and lavish. For those of you who prefer action over sightseeing there is also a fair deal of gory combat showed off.

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Netflix to create The Witcher TV series

The original Witcher Saga is going to get a full-blooded TV series produced by Netflix in collaboration with Sean Daniel Company and Platige Image’s Tomasz Baginski. The series is going to be based on the novels about Geralt of Rivia written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowki, telling the stories of the witcher’s early adventures and first encounters with characters like Yennefer and Ciri. At the same time, the production of the previously announced feature film has been halted.

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Fan-made Witcher movie with professional actors got its first trailer

Before the full-fledged Witcher movie by Polish director Tomasz Baginski hits the big screen, we will get to see another film set in the popular fantasy universe. We’re talking about a fan-made short movie entitled Alzur’s Legacy, which was successfully crowdfunded last year. The motion picture is going to be about 30-minutes long and it launches this December. What’s interesting, the project creators managed to hire the actor who originally starred as Dandelion in the first witcher movie from 2001.

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A bunch of new rumors on Assassin’s Creed: Origins – The Witcher 3-inspired combat and more

A person who claims to be a Ubisoft employee took it to 4chan to reveal lots of new information about the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Origins. If the leak is true, this is supposed to be the first part of a trilogy focused on a new protagonist, the second of which is to be set in Greece. Assassin’s Creed: Origins will also have similarities to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, especially when it comes to sailing and combat. Another interesting thing is that the game has no towers – a signature element of the series. Instead, players will use an eagle companion to scout the area nearby.

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A new coat of paint – video game remakes and remasters we badly need

It sometimes gets really frustrating when you see the same game released again with a “remaster” sticker put on it; especially if the remaster does nothing to make the game better and up to more modern standards. However, every one of us has a list of games they would like to see remade – so that we can relive the same memories but with nicer visuals. Our editorial team has shared their wishlist, feel free to share yours with us!

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Ancestors is the new game from creators of Hatred and IS Defense

Destructive Creations is the studio that sparked a lot of controversy with the release of their two previous games – Hatred and IS Defense. This time they are back with a middle-ages-based real-time strategy focusing on combat, and it seems that we will finally be able to stop talking about “that controversial developer”. Take a look at the official announcement trailer and a few screenshots from the game.

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South Korean politician using Overwatch-themed ad

Sim Sang-Jung, a major presidential candidate in South Korea, addressed her recent ad specially to Overwatch fans. Not only is the game’s logo used – the entire spot is themed around Blizzard’s first-person shooter. Accompanied by Overwatch’s main theme song, the politician stacks up points and combos as she makes a flurry of questions against the opposition, leaving them speechless. The entire video is titled POTG, which stands for Player of the Game.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #5 – names of von Everec come from a historical family of monarchs

This week in Polish Witcher Trivia we go back in time to the Middle Ages… sort of. The most important character of the Hearts of Stone expansion is Olgierd von Everec, and he has two brothers – Witold and Kiejstut (who go by different names in the English version of the game). Why are they important in our series? Well, let’s just say that there was a family of monarchs that became an inspiration for our virtual heroes. Read on!

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Expect some Marvel VR games soon

A representative of Marvel Games admitted that the company is serious about making one or more VR video games. In a conversation with GameSpot, Jay Ong said: “Absolutely expect some announcements in VR, that's something we're really excited about. I think our fans are going to go crazy. The things we're doing there are absolutely amazing.” Unfortunately, he wouldn’t say what exactly Marvel is working on, neither did he spill the beans as for when we can expect an announcement.

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Ready Or Not, a spiritual successor to SWAT 4, announced

An interesting tactical shooter has been announced, entitled Ready Or Not, which seems like a worthy successor to the cult SWAT 4. Like in that legendary title, the new game from Void Interactive will let players become members of the Special Weapons And Tactics, highly-trained police unit, especially effective in hostages situations. Ready Or Not is going to offer highly realistic, visceral experience in both co-op/competitive multiplayer and single player.

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Overwatch is worth over $1 billion

Activision-Blizzard has noted $1.7 billion of total net revenue within the three months ending March 31, the company announced in their financial results for the first quarter of 2017. Interestingly, over $1.2 billion of that amount comes just from selling World of Warcraft subscriptions, licensing, DLCs, and microtransactions. Another noteworthy thing is that the publisher can brag 431 million monthly active users, 41 million of which belongs to Blizzard. Overwatch alone has reached over 30 million players and has become the eight billion-dollar franchise in Activision Blizzard’s portfolio.

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Fly over the entire earth in Flight Sim World

Flight Sim World has been announced to be a highly realistic flight simulation platform developed by Dovetail Games and based on benchmark technology. Interestingly, the game is going to enable you to fly over the whole earth while inside the cockpit of several single and twin propeller aircraft. Every switch and gauge you find in the planes is clickable, making for an incredibly authentic experience. Flight Sim World is soon going to be available in Steam Early Access – in May 2017 – where it intends to stay for the next 3-4 months.

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Bethesda forced Prey for the Gods devs to change their game's name

Bethesda and ZeniMax have pressed No Matter Studios into changing the name of their upcoming game Prey for the Gods. The former wanted to avoid any confusion with their third-person sci-fi action game Prey, coming out tomorrow. That’s why the fantasy action game will now be called Praey for the Gods. The indie game is a spiritual successor to Shadow of the Colossus, successfully funded on Kickstarter last year. The game is now approaching the closed alpha phase and the plan is to release the full version on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 near the end of 2017.

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Is Redania a witcher-image of Poland? Analysis of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt & original books

As you may already know from our Polish Witcher Trivia series, there are many things in the Witcher franchise that are shout-outs to Poland, the homeland of the Witcher writer and game devs alike. Most of them are small and subtle, though. But what if there’s something much bigger hidden in the series? What if there’s a fictional realm directly inspired by Poland? Some fans have noticed thought-provoking similarities between Poland and Redania, one of the Kingdoms of the North. Sounds interesting? Let’s take a moment to analyze this Witcher fan theory.

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Darksiders III leaked, featuring a female protagonist

According to the info provided by Amazon, Darksiders III is coming for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 some time in 2018. Although THQ and Vigil Games haven’t confirmed the news yet, the official announcement seems to be a matter of time. While in the first and second game we would play as two of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War and Death, respectively, Darksiders III will let us play as Fury, “a mage who must rely on her whip and magic to restore the balance between good and evil on Earth”, says the game’s description in the store.

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New star of Kickstarter, Ashes of Creation, is a sandbox MMO with player-built cities

MMO veterans who worked on Star Wars Galaxies, Everquest and the Planetside series have gathered to create the ambitious MMORPG Ashes of Creation. The game promises total freedom when it comes to creating and progressing not only your character but also entire civilizations and economies. The concept has won a lot of players’ attention and has been instantly funded on Kickstarter – fans have pledged well over $800,000 within several hours since the start of the campaign.

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Lost Alpha - Developer's Cut is live

A popular 2014 mod Lost Alpha for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl has finally received the much anticipated Developer's Cut edition. The modification is a standalone, so you don’t need to own the original game to play it. With S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Lost Alpha fans wanted to recreate the original concept of what S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl was meant to be. Now, the Developer's Cut breathes even more life into the Zone and introduces lots of important fixes.

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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 first patch introduces handful of bug fixes

The recently released first-person shooter Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 has just got its first patch, which introduces a FOV slider and an option to toggle Motion Blur on and off. Besides, it also fixes multiple technical issues in such areas as navigation, aiming, climbing ladders, saving, animations and sound. This is the first step to making the experience better, as the game has been criticized for multiple bugs and technical issues. However, it is rather unlikely that the creators are going to reduce the 5-minute loading times.

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Microsoft considering a Netflix-like service for single player games

Recently, we’ve been observing a decline in the number of new single player only games, whose place is being taken over by competitive/co-op multiplayer or games-as-a-service. However, Microsoft might have a solution for that. Phil Spencer believes that video games can learn much from the way TV shows are distributed via streaming services like Netflix. A distribution model relying on monthly subscriptions could boost the production of story-based games, as they wouldn’t have to be released as a whole, but in episodes, in a manner analogous to TV shows.

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Call of Duty: WWII reveal trailer received much warmer than that of Infinite Warfare

Yesterday’s Call of Duty: WWII announcement has kindled a lot of excitement and the official reveal trailer has been received very enthusiastically by players. The video has already got over 540,000 likes with only about 41,000 dislikes, and truly, this one is a pleasure to watch. That’s quite opposite to fans’ reaction to last year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare first trailer – that one was smashed by a wave of criticism and the trailer itself became the second of YouTube’s 100 most disliked videos.

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First details on Steel Division: Normandy 44 single player campaigns emerge

Eugen Systems has shared some details on single player campaigns featured in Steel Division: Normandy 44. The much-promising WWII real-time strategy will let you command battlegroups from three divisions taking part in authentic operations: the 82nd Airborne Division, fighting its way through the Cotentin Peninsula, the German 21. Panzerdivision, starring in a “What if?” scenario, and the 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division in its advance across the Odon river and toward Hill 112.

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Bully 2 reportedly in works, coming up next after Red Dead Redemption 2

According to a GTA forums user, who is known in the community for leaking accurate information about Rockstar’s proceedings, the studio is busy working on the sequel to Bully. The next installment in the “high-school GTA” series is supposed to come out following Red Dead Redemption 2. Bully 2 has been long rumored about and it's quite logical that Rockstar would want to revisit the franchise, whose sequel has been much anticipated by fans.

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The official reveal of Call of Duty: WWII is here

Activision has lifted the curtain of silence – the much anticipated Call of Duty: WWII has just been officially revealed. After several modern-to-future Call of Duty games, this year’s installment, in development by Sledgehammer Games, is really taking us back to World War II. The game’s single player campaign is going to tell an emotional story, darker and more personal than what CoD fans are used to. Call of Duty: WWII is slated for release on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on November 3, 2017. Before the full release, the game will have a multiplayer beta.

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British hacker behind attacks on Sony and Microsoft jailed for two years

Two years in prison – that’s the cost of creating a hacking business worth close to GBP 400,000 for a young British man Adam Mudd. When he was 16 (now 20), he created a program called Titanium Stresser, which has been used for over 1.7 million attacks worldwide. Some of them were targeted at websites and servers belonging to Microsoft, such as Minecraft and Xbox Live.

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Ubisoft may be taken over by Vivendi as soon as this year

Rumor has it that Vivendi is targeting Ubisoft for a hostile takeover this year. The French media conglomerate has been acquiring more and more of Ubisoft’s shares and already owns 25% of them. This way Vivendi is probably struggling to save their reputation among investors, who aren’t happy about the company’s recent letups, especially its not-so-fortunate Italian investments. Of course, Ubisoft’s owners, the Guillemot family, aren’t willing to give their business up just like that.

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Early Access' most glaring issues based on the example of Naval Action

Among the greatest changes the industry has witnessed within the last decades is without a doubt the advent and surge of independent games. This sector has grown to incredible proportions, brought a draft of fresh air to video game development and produced some outstanding titles. It has also brought some new issues of its own, because there’s nothing nature loves more than balance. In this article, we will explore the blessings and curses that come with Early Access and crowdfunding, as exemplified by one of our personal favorites – Naval Action. With great power comes great responsibility; and with open development comes a bunch of moaning malcontents. Or so it would seem.

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Pinstripe released on Steam with cameos from PewDiePie, Jacksepticeye and more

Today marks the release of Pinstripe, an emotional 2D platformer about a former minister who delves deep into the frozen Hell in search of his kidnapped daughter. The game is a work of a one-man studio Atmos Games, founded by Thomas Brush, the creator of esteemed indie games Coma and Skinny. Speaking of names, Pinstripe includes some voice actors and cameo performance from PewDiePie, Dan Avidan, Rubber Ninja, Nathan Sharp, and Jacksepticeye.

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Play the original Tomb Raider in a browser

The 1996 original Tomb Raider is now playable via browsers, thanks to the OpenLara project by a modder nicknamed XProger. The current version only includes the second game level, the City of Vilcabamba, but other levels are to follow. OpenLara has unlimited frames per second, allows you to switch between TPP and FPP view at any time, and it features higher resolution and better graphics in general than the first Tomb Raider did in 1990s.

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Overwatch to get three new maps, likely this year

So far, we’ve only seen two new arenas added to Blizzard’s Overwatch since the game’s launch in May 2016. However, in a forum thread about the frequency with which new maps come out, Blizzard’s Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan said that Overwatch is going to get 3 new standard maps (i.e. available in Quick Play and Competitive Play modes), likely coming out this year. He also mentioned that they have 3 non-standard maps in development as well as a few other experiments.

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Be the Master Chef with Cooking Simulator

As the world has gone crazy about cooking TV shows, the universe has been missing a proper cooking video game. This may change soon, thanks to Cooking Simulator, currently on Steam Greenlight. The game has everything a master chef needs: a beautiful, realistic kitchen, well equipped with ovens, frying pans, pots, plates etc., as well as dozens of ingredients, such as vegetables and fruts, fish, steaks, poultry and more. With this you can prepare one of 30 real-life meals, or just experiment with your own ideas. Alternatively, you can go berserk and demolish the place using advanced physics simulation.

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Prison Architect dev's new game Scanner Sombre out this week

Introversion Software, creators of Prison Architect are returning with another game, entitled Scanner Sombre. It’s not a big project, but the good news is that it is coming out this week, on Wednesday, April 26. What makes the game stand out from the crowd is its unique artwork and gameplay. In-game world is totally invisible and you only look at it by means of a scanner, which mimics the way the LIDAR scanner works. Your role is to send thousands of points of colorful light dots that cover the environment, gradually revealing the shapes of objects around you.

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Investments into VR projects decline

Investments made into virtual and augmented reality startups have dropped as many as five times year over year, Crunchbase reports. According to their data, in the first quarter of 2017 there has been 26 VR or AR-focused companies which raised a total of $200 million, as contrasted with 29 companies and over $1 billion in Q1 2016. That difference is caused mainly by the much-hyped Magic Leap’s augmented reality project, whose stage of development turned out to be way behind what its first demo promised.

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Red Dead Redemption GTA V mod taken down by Take-Two

An interesting fan project to port Red Dead Redemption onto Grand Theft Auto V’s engine has been taken down by Rockstar Games’ publisher Take-Two. Entitled Red Dead Redemption V, the mod had been in development for three years before its authors were contacted by the IP’s owners. It seems that the only way you can ever play the game on your computer is by means of PlayStation Now.

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Roleplaying in turns – 25 best tactical RPGs

Another week, another "top 10". It's time for the best of the best among RPGs that make you devise plans and do the math to have a shot at winning, or sometimes even surviving. Tactical RPGs, or S(imulation)RPGs, as they are called in the Land of the Rising Sun, are somewhat niche in the West, their primary land of origin being Japan. That being said, the genre has a group of devoted fans all over the world, and some of its representatives, such as Fallout Tactics, Front Mission, or The Banner Saga are known to gamers, no matter the platform, in one form or another. We've assembled for you a list of top 25 games from franchises that have spawned noteworthy tactical RPG titles.

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Miracle of Sound and The Witcher 3 composer team up for this new trailer of SEVEN

SEVEN: The Days Long Gone has just got an impressive new trailer, featuring a song by Miracle of Sound and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt lead composer Marcin Przybylowicz. Developed by former creators of The Witcher series, SEVEN is a post-apocalyptic, isometric RPG set in a dystopian universe, which looks like a cross-over between Fallout and Borderlands’ wastelands. This new video shows off a few glimpses of combat as well as some stunning locations.

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Two Worlds II to get an expansion seven years after the game's release

Topware Interactive has announced than May 25, 2017 will be the release date of Two Worlds II: Call of the Tenebrae, the next story-based expansion for a warmly-received Polish action-RPG Two Worlds II. The interesting thing is that the game was published almost seven years ago – back in 2010. Call of the Tenebrae will have the original’s hero witness his friend murdured by a rat-like race, which is going to set in motion a chain of events that will bring a horrific, ancient evil upon the realm of Anatloor.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #4 – Forefather's Eve

Polish Witcher Trivia series aims at familiarizing international readers with some references and easter eggs that might be meaningful only to Polish people. This week we look at the rite of Forefather’s Eve – an ancient Slavic ritual involving spirits of the dead. To find out more about the rite and its connection to Polish culture, just read on.

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Get a free copy of Saints Row 2 on GOG.com

GOG.com online store has launched a sale of the Saints Row series, with its highlight, Saints Row 2, being given away for free until Saturday. Apart from this special offer, all Deep Silver games available on GOG.com are currently on sale (up to 75%). E.g. you can buy Saints Row IV for $4.99 and its standalone expansion Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell for $3.75. You should also get acquainted with the new GOG Connect feature, which allows you to connect your GOG.com and Steam accounts.

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X-Com: UFO Defense successor Phoenix Point showed off in the first gameplay video

The first gameplay footage from Phoenix Point – the upcoming tactical strategy game designed by Julian Gollop, the creator of the original X-Com: UFO Defense, and his team at Snapshot Games – has emerged, as a crowdfunding campaign went live on Fig. The game features classic turn-based tactical gameplay set in a dystopian version of the future, in which the Earth has been swarmed by human-animal mutants and the remnants of mankind fight for control over the devastated land. In this new video you can watch Phoenix Point in action as well as hear Julian Gollop himself explain the story and some gameplay mechanics.

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Outlast 2 PC specs revealed

If you are afraid that Outlast 2 may be too demanding for your good old PC, worry not. The official system requirements aren’t very high – you just need Intel Core i3-530, 4 GB RAM and GeForce GTX 260 to run the game in 720p at 30 fps. Outlast 2 is likely going to be a worthy successor of the first Outlast, which has become a paragon of what a modern first-person survival horror should be. While the first game and its expansion were set in an abandoned asylum turned into a hideous research facility, the sequel puts you in the shoes of a journalist stranded somewhere on the fields of Arizona, surrounded by lunatic cultists.

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The Witcher writer believes the games spoiled his sales; Metro 2033 author strongly disagrees

Andrzej Sapkowski, the creator of the Witcher universe, not only doesn’t like video games, but also fails to see how much popularity his novels have gained thanks to the electronic adaptations made by CD Projekt RED. Quite the contrary, in a recent interview with Waypoint, the Polish writer expressed a belief that for every reader he gained thanks to the games there is another he lost. Adressing that comment, Dmitry Glukhowski, author of the Metro books, called the man “an arrogant motherf***er”.

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Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days gets a release date and a new trailer

Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days, another video game based on Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 movie, is going to launch on Steam on May 18, 2017, as revealed in a new cinematic trailer. Unlike the previous adaptation of that film, this game is a top-down shooter, somewhat similar to Hotline Miami, but with a twist. Using original time reversal mechanics you can plan the actions of all your characters and design perfectly coordinated sequences.

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The first DLC to NieR: Automata incoming

NieR: Automata, a successful Japanese third-person action-RPG, is soon to get its first DLC, entitled 3C3C1D119440927. The uniquely titled piece of extra content is going to introduce three new colosseums to fight on, plus additional sub-quests. Completing new quests is rewarded with a bunch of goodies, including new costumes for androids, extra music tracks, new equipment and cosmetic asscessories. Before the DLC arrives, you can watch the first official gameplay footage.

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Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy Episode 1 arrives today

In just several hours Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is going to launch on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with iOS and Android versions coming up later this year. Next to today’s digital release, the PS4 and XONE versions are also going to be available in boxed editions, including the disc with the opening episode plus the season pass, on May 2, 2017.

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New processors no longer supported on Windows 7 and 8.1

Users of new processors running on Windows 7 or 8.1 are reporting that they are no longer receiving security updates. This follows the Microsoft’s previous announcement of its plans to block updates for operating systems older than Windows 10 on the grounds of unsupported hardware. CPUs affected by the block are: Intel 7th generation “Kaby Lake”, Intel 6th generation “Skylake”, AMD “Ryzen”, AMD “Bristol Ridge”, and Qualcomm 8996 “Snapdragon”.

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Get the first Endless Space for 1 dollar

While fans are waiting for the upcoming release of Endless Space 2, scheduled for May 19, 2017, new players have just received a perfect opportunity to jump into the series at an unbelievably low cost. You can now buy the original Endless Space bundled with the Disharmony expansion for just $1 on Steam – that’s a 97% drop from the original price set at $34.99. The offer runs until Monday.

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Twelve Oscars – the best video games based on movies

Remember Uwe Boll? You know, the man behind many “memorable” movie adaptations of video games? Well, things looked similar the other way around – video game adaptations of movies are almost by definition considered bad. But is the reputation completely justified? Were there really no good games based on the things created for the cinema? Wrong. We have prepared a list of twelve at least solid video games that use the license of a movie project. Among them, you will find many noteworthy titles, some of them recent, some other a bit nostalgic, but all of them memorable.

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Windows 10 and Xbox One game refunds soon in Microsoft Store

It seems that Microsoft intends to follow the example of Steam and Origin when it comes to game refunding policy, an Xbox Insider participant reported on Reddit. Players will soon be able, under certain conditions, to return digital products purchased in Microsoft Store for Xbox One and Windows 10. The conditions are pretty universal: “games and apps are eligible for self-service refunds within 14 days of purchase if you have less than 2 hours of play across all accounts”.

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Yakuza Kiwami is coming West on August 29 – watch the new story trailer

SEGA has revealed the Western launch date of Yakuza Kiwami to be August 29, 2017, which is six months after the release of the Japanese version. The remake of the first game in this popular “Japanese GTA” series is going to be available on PlayStation 4 in digital and physical versions for $29.99 / €34.99 / £29.99. Pre-orders and limited first-run copies will be packed in an elegant SteelBook. For those who wish to learn more about the universe, the publisher has prepared an interactive timeline and character map as well as the first chapter of a 10-part comic book series “The Dragon’s Path”.

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Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition has launched

Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition is already available on PC and mobile platforms. The new version of the cult classic features mainly technical improvements, namely: higher resolution (up to 4K on PC), reworked user interface, remastered audio, tweaks, and patches. Unlike other enhanced editions prepared by Beamdog - including the two installments of Baldur’s Gate and Incewind Dale - this one leaves the original content as it was, without introducing any changes or additions.

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Star Wars: Battlefront II trailer leaked

The first teaser trailer from Star Wars: Battlefront II has leaked online, prior to its official reveal at Star Wars Celebration on April 15. The 30-second video shows off an outset of the in-game campaign, apparently set between The Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens telling an untold story of an Imperial soldier. We also get to see famous heroes, such as Rey, Kylo Ren, Yoda and even Darth Maul, as well as a couple of well-known locations from the films.

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Frostpunk – age of ice and steam from creators of This War of Mine

While there are many ways the world may end, be it bangs or whimpers, a worldwide glacial period is a rare theme to appear in video games. We’ve talked to Pawel Miechowski and Kuba Stokalski from 11 bit studios, the devs behind the highly acclaimed This War of Mine, and we've learned that their team is preparing a true snowstorm to keep us stuck at our monitors. Their latest work, Frostpunk, which draws inspiration from 19th-century industrial world, games such as Dishonored and Banished, and ambitious Polish sci-fi novel, is shaping up to be an original game that might just make you freeze to death. Check out everything we now so far about Frostpunk.

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Another Serious Sam to be a retro shooter published by Devolver Digital

Devolver Digital has announced that they are going to publish another brutal, full-blooded retro shooter, which also represents one of the most famous IPs of its kind. It's Serious Sam's Bogus Detour, arriving to PC this summer. In development by Hammerwatch creators and the authors of the Serious Sam franchise, Serious Sam's Bogus Detour is going to feature classic arcade gameplay combined with some modern mechanics.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda is now using the latest version of Denuvo

Despite the fact that Denuvo anti-tamper technology didn’t prevent Mass Effect: Andromeda from being cracked – it failed within the first 10 days on the market – BioWare isn’t dropping it. Instead, the studio decided to upgrade it to the latest version, which is currently being used by three games besides Mass Effect: Andromeda. Players noticed that that since the release of the most recent update Mass Effect: Andromeda’s executable file contains strings of data that can only be found in all games powered by the latest version of Denuvo.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #3 – Alceas and their role in Poland's rural landscape

In the third part of Polish Witcher Trivia it’s time to leave literature behind and instead move to painting… or rather a certain element of every old Polish village. Basically, this week it’s all about flowers. If you want to find out what an alcea is and realize that you actually pass it by every few minutes in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – read on.

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New game from the creators of This War of Mine at "prototype stage"

Our interview with Pawel Miechowski, Senior Writer at 11 bit studios, has confirmed some interesting facts – the developer is currently working on a new title. The project is currently in initial development stages, but there are some acclaimed names involved in the process. The new game is expected to become the developer’s second major project in development apart from Frostpunk, but it may take it a while to pick up steam as the game is expected to be released 2 years from now.

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. to be recreated in CryEngine by a fan

Imagine S.T.A.L.K.E.R. getting modern graphics powered by CryEngine. Actually, you don’t have to, because a project like this is already in the making by a fan. Dubbed S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Noises of the Zone, the game has been presented on a new gameplay video, which gives a glimpse of the zone in high quality. Sadly, the project has currently no release date, so there is no telling when we will get to play it.

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Quake Champions gets a pure gameplay trailer

Bethesda Softworks shared a 2-minute long video of uninterrupted gameplay from Quake Champions, the upcoming new incarnation of id Software’s classic first-person shooter series. Although sporting modern graphics powered by id Engine 6, this really looks like the fast-paced, over-the-top experience that fans fell in love with back in the 1990s. This video comes just before the closed beta kickoff planned for this Thursday, April 6. If you haven’t yet, you can still sign up for the beta on the game’s official website.

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Warner Bros. to make Unreal Engine 4 AAA RPG rooted in British culture

Warner Bros. Games is hiring for an Unreal Engine 4 AAA game, most likely an RPG, deeply rooted in British culture, as noticed by Reddit users. It’s hard to say whether this is going to be an original IP or an adaptation of an existing brand. Some fans speculate that this could be a Harry Potter or a Doctor Who game, but really, those guesses are as good as any. The studio co-working on the project is Avalanche Software, a team that used to make games for Disney, including Disney Infinity and Toy Story 3: The Video Game.

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Beat Cop review – everyday fun on the force

The debut work from Pixel Crow is blatantly vulgar and deliberately poignant, but at the same time it manages to maintain a level of absurdity that allows you to swallow the crude language and appreciate the true value of this game: its style, the awesome depiction of NYC in 1986, its flimsy morality and, last but not least, the humor. If you’re willing to take a step back and look from a distance, the game will provide some great entertainment, matched by few recent releases. Hop in if you’re not afraid of dirty business, dirty language and dirty streets – time to show Brooklyn who runs these streets (hint: it’s not the protagonist).

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Play PayDay 2 for free until April 12

All those interested in PayDay 2 can now play it for free through April 12 on Steam. Within this time frame you can also grab the sequel of the popular online heist game and all its DLC packs at a 75% discount, which means $4.99 for the base game. This is to celebrate an ongoing community event called The Search for Kento. Apart from a couple of story-based missions, players can count on free goodies, new features, community challenges and other surprises.

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Leaked Agents of Mayhem trailer points to a release date

According to a leaked Agents of Mayhem trailer, the next game from Saints Row creators at Volition is slated to launch this August on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Agents of Mayhem is a third-person open-world action game set in the universe of the Saints Row series. Players will form 3-person teams made up of the eponymous M.A.Y.H.E.M. agents. So far, we’ve met only four of all twelve playable characters, but several more are presented in the new trailer.

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