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Kona, chilly adventure/survival to launch next month

Kona, an eerie adventure game with elements of survival and open world set in snowy Canada of 1970, is soon going to launch on Steam – its full release is planned for March 17, 2017. In this game you play as a private detective hired to investigate a case of vandalism in a small village in the north of the country. Upon arriving there, the protagonist gets trapped there by a snowstorm and soon discovers that all inhabitants have vanished. Your job is to discover the mystery around this place and survive against merciless elements.

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Bethesda working on two big projects and a mobile game

Todd Howard from Bethesda Game Studios has confirmed that the company is currently actively working on three big projects. Two of them are more or less what Bethesda usually does, whereas the third one is being developed for mobile platforms. These two major games – most probably open-world RPGs – are going to be even bigger than anything the developer has done before, and a bit different, too. It is unlikely, however, that one of them is The Elder Scrolls VI. No more details have been revealed so far, but that may change at this year’s E3 in June.

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Two new World of Darkness interactive stories released

World of Darkness pen-and-paper RPG universe has spawned two new video games: Vampire: The Masquerade - We Eat Blood And All Our Friends Are Dead and Mage: The Ascension: Refuge. They both take the form of interactive horror stories written by skilled fantasy writers. You can get a package of the two text games sold on Steam together for $9.99 under the common title: World of Darkness Preludes: Vampire and Mage.

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PayDay 3 production has officially started

Starbreeze AB has proudly announced that the production of PayDay 3 has officially been initiated and it’s at a full design state. Obviously, the publisher said nothing about the release date, only that since PayDay is their most significant franchise, they intend to devote as much time and attention to the game as it needs. In other words, we won’t be seeing PayDay 3 any time soon and neither will we hear very often about it. Other upcoming games in Starbreeze AB’s publishing catalogue are: RAID: World War II, OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead, Crossfire co-op game and Geminose.

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Action RPG Vikings: Wolves of Midgard launching in March

Kalypso Media’s Norse-themed RPG Vikings: Wolves of Midgard has now an official release date. The game is first going to launch digitally on PC on March 24, 2017. A couple of days later, on March 28, Vikings: Wolves of Midgard will be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles digitally and in physical retail versions across all plarforms. The latter are promised to come along with a bunch of goodies, such as digital soundtrack and artbook. Additionally, PC boxed versions will also include an exclusive DLC costume pack.

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Don't Starve devs' next game Oxygen Not Included is now in Alpha

Klei Enterteinment, the studio that gave us Don’t Starve, Mark of the Ninja, and Shank, have taken their next title Oxygen Not Included into a playable Alpha stage – you can get the early version of the game and play it right now on Steam for $19.99. Oxygen Not Included is a space colony simulation game with heavy elements of survival. While playing, you have to manage your community of space colonists and help them maintain their subterranean asteroid base, but also provide them with essentials, like water, food, warmth and oxygen.

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Phantom Hall is a Spelunky meets Worms squad-based shooter heading to Early Access

Phantom Hall – a spooky squad-based shooter from an indie studio – has headed toward Steam Early Eccess, where it’s going to launch on March 13, 2017. The game is said to combine procedurally generated experience of Spelunky with real-time Worms mechanics. The players will command a team of teenagers trapped in a haunted manor and try to fight with monsters dwelling in its dark corridors all the way to the villainous master of the house.

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Path of Exile is getting six new acts in The Fall of Oriath expansion

Grinding Gear Games have announced the biggest expansion so far for their free-to-play action RPG Path of Exile. The Fall of Oriath DLC is going to introduce six new acts, starting with the large Act 5 taking place in a brand new location. In Acts 6-9 you are to visit old, but reworked locations, and in the last one, Act 10, go back to Oriath for the final stand. Interestingly, upon defeating each new god boss you gain their special power. The Fall of Oriath is expected to launch this summer.

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My Memory Of Us is a nostalgic adventure game inspired by WWII Poland

IMGN.PRO has announced My Memory Of Us, a PC adventure game inspired by actual events that took place in Poland under German occupation during the Second World War, especially in the Jewish ghetto. The game tells a story of a friendship of two children in the times of war. The protagonists – a boy and a girl – will have different, complementing skills, and only using both of them together will let you overcome obstacles and solve logic puzzles. Similarly to Ubisoft’s Valiant Hearts, My Memory Of Us will carry a significant load of emotions and charm.

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The Bard's Tale original trilogy remaster unlikely to happen [Update: "It will" says dev]

inXile Entertainment expressed serious doubts about the remastered versions of The Bard’s Tale original trilogy ever seeing the light of day. Free copies of the games were supposed to be delivered to The Bard’s Tale IV Kickstarter backers. Due to the problems with communication between the game’s publisher and developer Olde Skuul, the former expressed a belief that the works on the remastered trilogy have been stopped and are unlikely to be resumed. Olde Skuul, on the other hand, went on to assure the fans that they still want to complete the games and will do everything they can to do it.

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Sniper Elite 4 and For Honor launch today

Today marks the release of two major games: Rebellion’s Sniper Elite 4 and Ubisoft’s For Honor – both are available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. According to some early reviews and players’ opinions, both games are pretty good, which is certainly great news. The new edition of the popular sniper game series is generally more of what fans know and like, with only some minor changes to gameplay. As for the Ubisoft’s original sword combat game, it lets players engage in spectacular battles between Knights, Vikings and Samurai, featuring satisfying direction-based combat.

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Morrowind Rebirth gets the biggest update so far

The Morrowind Rebirth mod has recently got a big update to version 4.0, featuring expanded and improved areas, new creatures, spells, textures, balance tweaks, bug fixes fixes, etc. This is the largest patch to this mod that has been released so far. One of the changes is the new appearance of Dark Brotherhood assassins, who now look different depending on their rank. You should also be more careful when dealing with bounty hunters, especially if you have a bounty on your head of 500 or more, as they will approach you in different areas, mainly taverns.

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Obsidian Entertainment is no longer working on Armored Warfare

Obsidian Entertainment is no longer working on Armored Warfare. All further development will be carried out by the title’s publisher, My.com. Although the official announcement has all the required courtesies, it is hard not to sense a sort of disagreement between the two parties, especially when you read the recent entry by the moderator of Armored Warfare’s official Reddit. In it, the moderator puts most of the blame on MailRU Group, the owner of My.com, who reportedly limited Obsidian’s development freedom and simply wanted a World of Tanks clone.

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Meet Stories Untold, a horror within a horror, coming out this month

Devolver Digital have announced Stories Untold, a horror game by indie studio No Code, co-founded by one of the creators of Alien: Isolation. The concept for Stories Untold is pretty interesting, as it’s a sort of a horror within a horror. The title is composed of four separate stories that take the form of text adventure games played on an in-game 8-bit computer. One of them is The House Abandon, which was originally created for the Ludum Dare game jam and released for free last year. Stories Untold is coming out on PC on February 27, 2017.

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This week, do the math!

First of all, stop counting on anyone, except for your father. Secondly, never travel to Syberia with your mouth dry. Thirdly, remember it’s the titles like Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption or Rainbow Six: Siege that make games seem magical. And last but not least – when it comes to fours, always take For Honor over Fallout 4.

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole delayed to Ubisoft's next fiscal year

After its last missed release date – December 6, 2016 – South Park: The Fractured But Whole has been pushed to Q1 2017. Now, that time window has been moved to Ubisoft’s next fiscal year, i.e. from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. Of course, the team at Ubisoft San Francisco will use the extra time “to deliver the best experience possible”. Whatever its final launch date turns out to be, the plan is to release South Park: The Fractured But Whole simultaneously on all three platforms: PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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Expeditions: Viking to launch on April 27

Announced two years ago by Danish indie studio Logic Artists, Expeditions: Viking is going to arrive at Steam on April 27, 2017. This historical blend of party-based RPG and tactical strategy with turn-based combat will let you play as a chieftain of a small Viking clan. Your task will be to expand your village and increase the clan’s influence by conquering rivals, establishing trade routes, making alliances, and sending raiding expeditions to the British Isles. The game will also feature a branching dialogue system and reputation system that will determine how others view your character.

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Insurgency: Sandstorm to feature story mode with female protagonist

Like it’s predecessor, Insurgency: Sandstorm – a sequel to a commercial version of a popular Half-Life 2 modification – is going to be a hardcore online shooter set somewhere in the Middle East and focusing on close-quarters infantry combat. This time, however, the game will feature an interesting story mode designed for 4-player co-op and single player gameplay, focusing on a female protagonist. Some other noteworthy innovations are: Unreal Engine 4 support, light vehicles and game modes designed for vehicle gameplay as well as new interactions with the environment.

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Syberia 3 to launch in April 2017; watch a new trailer

A new release date for Syberia 3 has been announced by Microids – the third installment in the classic adventure game series designed by Benoît Sokal will launch on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on April 25 in North America and on April 20 in Europe. Along with this announcement comes a new trailer, which is almost as exciting as that of a next Call of Duty. Apart from the aforementioned platforms, Syberia 3 is also to hit Nintendo Switch console, but there is no release date for this version yet.

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The Bard's Tale IV combat featured in this new video

As you probably already know, The Bard’s Tale IV by inXile Entertainment is going to be a purebred dungeon crawler. Although the game features free movement with first-person perspective, battles are still turn-based. The developers have decided it is time to share some more details on the combat system. In this new video we can see a few bits of dungeon exploration, use of magic, party chatter as well as a full battle against multiple foes.

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Arma III Battle Royale mod creator's Battlegrounds to enter closed beta this month

PlayerUnknown, the creator of the Battle Royale mod to Arma III and co-designer of H1Z1: King of the Kill, has been preparing a new game for some time together with Bluehole Studios, the developers of TERA. This one, called Battlegrounds, is an online shooter based on the Battle Royal or Hunger Games rules – the last man standing wins the game. Battlegrounds is going to enter closed beta on Friday, February 24, 2017. After the testing period the game will go through an early access phase, where it is intended to stay for no longer than six months.

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Fallout 4 High Resolution Texture Pack available on PC

If you are a fan of the Fallout series and happen to own a monster PC, you are now free to download the official High Resolution Texture Pack for Fallout 4 from Steam. In order to enjoy a more beautiful version of the game, programmers from Bethesda Softworks advise that your PC is equipped with GeForce 1080 8GB, Intel Core i7-5820K and at least 8 GB RAM. Fortunately, players report that the game runs smoothly at less powerful configurations, including GTX 970 or even GTX 760 Ti.

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Ronin dev announces Immortal Planet, Dark Souls-inspired action RPG

The creator of the well-received turn-based 2D platformer Ronin, Polish indie developer Tomasz Waclawek, has announced his next game. Immortal Planet is going to be an isometric RPG with challenging combat that rewards patience and punishes recklessness. In the game you will play as an immortal hero, who awakens in an ancient tomb filled with other undying warriors. Similarly to the Dark Souls series, each time the protagonist dies, he gets resurrected, but also loses some experience. Immortal Planet is planned to launch on PC in Q2 2017.

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Elite: Dangerous dev's new game will be based on a Hollywood movie

Frontier Developments – the creators of space sim Elite: Dangerous and economic strategy Planet Coaster – have revealed that their third self-published game franchise is going to be based on an “enduring movie franchise of global renown” from an unnamed Hollywood studio. No exact information has been shared so far, but more details are to come later in 2017.

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Rainbow Six: Siege Velvet Shell DLC details and plans for year two

Recently, the developers of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege have laid out their plans for the second year of the game. Some of the things they want to improve is the matchmaking system and the main menu, meant to increase players' comfort. What’s more, players will now be receiving free loot for simply playing the game. As for the next DLC – Velvet Shell, coming out on February 7 – it is going to bring two Spanish operators, a map, and a portion of updates. See a video that explains the details.

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This week, make friends

What do Fallout 4 and Haxball have in common? They both require that you use the Internet to unleash their full potential. Which developers go wild most often? Those who can’t keep their promises. And finally – is the past what connects all of us? Definitely hope so.

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New Mexico is the next State available in American Truck Simulator

American Truck Simulator creators, SCS Software, have announced that the next State available in the game will be New Mexico. No details have been revealed so far, but we can expect to drive across many roads and streets of New Mexico as well as visit some of its most important cities, including Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The creators posted some screenshots featuring some of the places we will see in the add-on.

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XCOM-inspired tactical strategy Xenonauts 2 gets a public demo

As you probably know, Xenonauts, turn-based tactical strategy heavily inspired by XCOM: UFO Defense, is getting a sequel. Now, Xenonauts 2 is available as a free playable demo. This early pre-alpha build features a skirmish, in which a squad of soldiers takes on some aliens somewhere on the surface of our planet – you can also watch a gameplay video on YouTube. Note that the demo is available only temporarily and will be remved from your GOG Galaxy account when the paid phase of Early Access starts on GOG and Steam.

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Become a 911 Operator on February 24

911 Operator has now got a release date and it’s this month – February 24, 2017. It will be available digitally on Steam. This game will let you find out what sort of challenges emergency lines operators around the world face every. When put against a variery of emergencies yoy will have to respod correctly in order to save people’s lives and not to waste needed resources. What you choose to say or do will have real consequences, especially when someone needs first aid instructions or their life is in danger.

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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 – free season pass for preorder owners

Polish studio CI Games has announced free season pass for all preorders of the game. The free season pass is available only for PC and PlayStation 4. Users of Xbox One will receive only some of the DLCs. The season pass will run throughout 2017, and it will include single-player scenarios, weapons, maps, and other additions. The game’s PC beta tests will begin this Friday.

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