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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 been sold in 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 sime time in single player battles in Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord. The full-fledged sequel to the popular “knight simulator” sandbox is going to feature 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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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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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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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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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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