He knows about Half-Life 3

The only person that knows something about Half-Life 3 is HIM.

Is the new Assassin's Creed an RPG?

The Assassin’s Creed franchise has been romancing with RPG mechanics from the very beginning. Can the Egyptian chapter in Origins be called a typical role-playing game? The developers avoid this label, so let’s try to answer this question ourselves.

15 minutes of our own gameplay

The official trailers are not enough – here’s 15 minutes of new gameplay straight from the chilly strategy game Frostpunk!

Make great games even better

There’s a lot of mods out there, probably as many as there’s games on Steam. It’s a bliss, but it also means it’s quite easy to overlook some really interesting projects. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of 15 best mods for great games.

Geralt's special gift

Aloy has a special place in Geralt's heart. So he's got a present for the brave girl.

Top 10 World War II games

Lately, World War II seems to have been forgotten by game developers, but the bad times may be over with the upcoming Call of Duty: WWII. Here’s our list of Top 10 best games set during World War II.

A journey to digital Westeros

The Game of Thrones TV show, based on the novels by George R. R. Martin, is a massive success. It may surprise you then that this universe hasn’t received a triple-A video game adaptation yet. Still, digital Westeros already exists.

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Valve may have been working on a four-player fantasy action game

It appears that Valve may have been working on a four-player co-operative fantasy adventure game. That’s a conclusion one can draw upon seeing the gallery of artworks posted by Drew Wolf, Valve’s former employee – he is the guy who gave Dota 2 its in distinctive look. The artist shared a series of drawings and sketches presenting a cast of fantasy heroes, each one in a unique setting.

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Layoffs at Dear Esther dev - The Chinese Room is down to three people

Indie developer The Chinese Room – the team behind Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – has announced that it is reducing its activity to a minimum for the time being. There are currently only three people left in the studio, but they are still working on The 13th Interior (formerly Total Dark). Besides, they want to continually support their existing games and keep in touch with the fans. In time, they intend to get back to full development speed, but for now they are taking a creative break.

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Obsidian wants to make another Fallout game

Would you like to see another Fallout from Obsidian Entertainment? The team wants that too. Fallout: New Vegas director Josh Sawyer told IGN that, given a chance, his team would love to go back to the Fallout franchise. He also added that people ask him all the time whether Obsidian will return to the franchise and that he gets “more questions about Fallout than anything else". The question is, does Bethesda want to lend its franchise to Obsidian as much as fans do?

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Mount & Blade ex-creators move Holdfast: Nations at War into Early Access

Holdfast: Nations at War has been launched in Steam Early Access. This is a work of a small studio Anvil Games, founded by former developers of Mount & Blade: Warband - Napoleonic Wars, and it builds on that game’s mechanics. This time, however, you can take part in large battles in the Napoleonic Era not only on land but also at sea. The developer says that Holdfast: Nations at War will likely leave Early Access within the next 12 months. You can currently jump in the alpha version by purchasing the title on Steam for $19.99.

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Vampyr not coming out this November

Vampyr, the upcoming RPG from Life is Strange developer, was supposed to come out this November, in most regions the darkest month of the year. However, DontNod Entertainment has informed the fans that it is no longer the case. Vampyr has been delayed to spring 2018 on all platforms: PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The reason for that is pretty classic: the developer needs more time to polish the game and ensure its high quality before it launches.

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Project CARS dev says EA tried to kill the studio

Before releasing Project CARS, Slightly Mad Studios made two successful games for Electronic Arts: Need for Speed Shift and Shift 2. The boss of the studio, Ian Bell, has now revealed that soon after that EA tried to destroy the studio and take over its brains and technology by blocking their ability to sign a contract with another publisher. He goes as far as to say: “They tried to f**k us over – there is no other way to put it. We have no love for EA in this company”.

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The new Rainbow Six: Siege patch can crash your PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 players are reporting that the latest Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege patch is corrupting their hard drives and causing software issues. The problem seems to arise when you try to add friends in the game – that’s why you absolutely should not invite players to your party, and it will be safer not to play Rainbow Six: Siege at all for now, especially if you have downloaded the update.

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NBA 2K18 micropayments are way too intrusive, fans say

NBA 2K18 is already here, and reviewers agree that we’ve got another great basketball simulator. However, players are shocked by how intrusive microtransactions have become in that $60 worth of a game. The series features Virtual Currency, which you can earn through playing or buy for real money. This time, however, someone who just wants to play can practically say goodbye to any character progression and cosmetic features in myCareer mode.

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The best video game adaptations of Game of Thrones

Video game adaptations of movies are a regular thing nowadays, but such productions are notorious for poor quality. As the branches of visual entertainment become increasingly interconnected, one would expect franchises such as Game of Thrones to produce heaps of digital adaptations, but oddly enough, not even one high-profile production based on the prose of George R. R. Martin has been released so far. That doesn’t mean, however, that the fans of the series who are also keen on video games cannot visit Westeros on their gaming system. In this article, we look at the possible options of doing just that, by examining a handful of video games and game mods based on the world of Game of Thrones.

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Grim Dawn: Ashes of Malmouth DLC revealed and dated

Crate Entertainment has finally revealed more details about the next Grim Dawn expansion, first announced earlier this year, which was supposed to introduce two new character classes: the Inquisitor and the Necromancer. The DLC is called Ashes of Malmouth, and it is going to come out in October 2017. Apart from the new specialities and their unique abilities, the add-on will introduce two chapters set in new locations as well as new items to collect and enemies to fight. Check out the new trailer.

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Square Enix announces Left Alive, a survival action shooter

Square Enix has announced a new survival action shooter called Left Alive, planned to launch on PC (Steam) and PlayStation 4 some time in 2018. For now there is not much information as to what to expect of the game other than the reveal trailer shared during the 2017 PlayStation Press Conference in Japan. More details will be shared during a special show at Tokyo Game Show 2017 later this week.

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Fortnite players report cross-play between XONE and PS4 is on

Fortnite players are reporting that cross-play between Xbox One and PlayStation 4 has been secretly turned on – at least on one of the consoles. It all started when PlayStation 4 users started to notice Xbox gamer tags appearing in PS4 matches. Further evidence started to come up, the heaviest being a video of father and son playing together on XONE and PS4. The thing is, Microsoft and Sony claimed that cross-play in Fortnite was absolutely not allowed.

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Divinity: Original Sin II selling twice as well as the first game

Released last week, Divinity: Original Sin II has quickly become Larian Studios’ biggest success. It has been four days since its launch on PC and the game is now in the hands of almost 350,000 players – the first Divinity: Original Sin sold 160,000 copies in an analogous time. Besides, the highest number of Divinity: Original Sin II concurrent players has been 86,000. That’s significantly more than other representatives of the classic RPG genre. Comparatively, Pillars of Eternity saw only 30,000 concurrent players, while the first Divinity: Original Sin fewer than 22,000.

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Don't Starve to get Hamlet single player DLC

The developer of Don’t Starve, Klei Entertainment, has announced that the popular survival game is going to get a new single player DLC, called Don’t Starve: Hamlet. This one will take the player to a new realm, dwelled by a community of Pigmen, in Q1 or Q2 2018. As for the co-op version of the game, Don’t Starve Together players will be able to take part in a series of events dubbed The Forge, starting later this year. Besides, the studio has shared a bunch of new content for its games in the form of free updates.

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Elite: Dangerous players, prepare for an alien invasion on September 26

Players have seen it coming, but now we know the details – aliens are launching an invasion in Elite: Dagerous on September 26, 2017. The Thargoids, the alien race known from previous Elite games, are going to attack humans in the 2.4 update (dubbed The Return) for this 2-year old online space sim, which is coming out simultaneously for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. In order to heat up the atmosphere, Frontier Developments shared a new story trailer, which gives a glimpse of what fans are going to deal with.

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Dirty Dime - Top 10 World War II games and game series

Call of Duty returns to World War II, would you believe this? It seems like the industry has finally remembered what was the leading theme in gaming roughly 12 years ago, when we witnessed an explosion of WWII titles following the release of Medal of Honor. From that point on, and until the market had enough, various developers tried to jump on that bandwagon, some of them with success. Because of this, and the recent World War 2 anniversary, we’ve decided to prepare for you a list of top 10 WWII games. Let’s go on a walk down the memory lane, across Normandy, Stalingrad, northern Atlantic, Iwo-jima, Berlin, and occupied France.

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Divinity: Original Sin II out today, watch a new trailer

Divinity: Original Sin II is launching in full version on Steam later today. The title has been available in Early Access for almost exactly a year, since September 15, 2016, and since then it has been getting overwhelmingly positive reviews from players. To celebrate the event, Larian Studio has released a new trailer, which introduces players to some key features of Divinity: Original Sin II.

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A group of Star Citizen players get a $45,000 refund

This is probably the highest refund in gaming history. A Star Citizen player managed to get $45,000 refunded for three Completionist packages ($15,000 each) that he or she had bought together with his or her guild. The guild that got the big refund decided they couldn’t wait any longer for Star Citizen as so many great games pass them by and even claimed to know of evidence of Chirs Roberts blatantly lying.

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Metro dev’s VR shooter ARKTIKA.1 given release date; pre-orders are now open

4A Games, the developer of the Metro series, is about to deliver its new game: ARKTIKA.1, which is a post-apocalyptic VR shooter. The title is set to launch on October 10, 2017, and will be available for sale in Oculus Store. But you can already pre-order the game and get a 10% discount off the regular price of $29.99. This time, instead of featuring a world after a nuclear war, the devs throw the players into a new ice age. There, they wull try to fight for whatever is left of human civilization.

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A new gameplay video from UBOOT has emerged - see the new FPP view

The developer of UBOOT has shared a new gameplay footage from that submarine simulator. Since the last time we wrote about the game, Poland-based Deep Water Studio has implemented some new features, including a working first-person view, which is presented in the new video. In UBOOT the player will have direct control over all that happens on the boat as well as over all of its crew members and their actions.

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EA Sports has a FIFA 18 demo and PC requirements for you

Before FIFA 18 hits the shelves on September 29, 2017, you can try out the next installment in the popular soccer simulator series thanks to the demo that’s going to go live later today for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The demo will let fans play the Kick Off mode with 12 clubs – including Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid CF, Atlético de Madrid, Juventus F.C. and others – as well as four stadiums. It also offers a preview of the story mode The Journey: Hunter Returns.

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Playerunknown's Battlegrounds new patch is now on the test servers

Bluehole has provided an update on the next patch for its immensely popular online shooter Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. The game update should be now up on the test servers, where it is going to stay a couple of days until it is ready to come into the live servers. This one offers a bunch of fixes and new features. First and foremost, players get a new weapon: the Mini-14 semiautomatic marksman rifle. Besides, there is a new town east of Stalber, plus foggy weather has been added to the game, which will hinder players' sight.

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Watch vikings in action in this Ancestors Legacy gameplay video

Poland-based studio Destructive Creations, developer of Hatred and IS Defense, has shared a long gameplay footage from its upcoming next game, Ancestors Legacy, a Medieval RTS. The video presents an entire mission with the dev’s commentary. In it a group of vikings must steal supplies from a farm and free their comrades, who were captured in an earlier battle. Initially, the player only controls a small group of warriors, so a stealth approach is highly advisable. In time, however, the player’s forces increase and are ready to take on more numerous foes.

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History of The Witcher games - watch a feature-length documentary

Arhn.eu has prepared a feature-length documentary film about the history of The Witcher games. As you may probably know, the character of Geralt of Rivia first appeared in a series of novels by Polish fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski, specifically in a short story, first published in 1986. But it was a long road until CD Projekt RED brough us The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, one of the most important RPG games of the recent years.

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Geralt's affection for Aloy
Aloy has a special place in Geralt's heart. So he's got a present for the brave girl.
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Get The Walking Dead Season One for free on Humble Store's sale

Humble Store is celebrating the end of summer with a special offer. The sale includes many interesting PC titles available at reduced prices. But the real treat is The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series - Season One given away for free. This is a great opportunity to try out what started the new wave of choice-based adventure games from Telltale, if you haven’t done it yet.

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Play Skyrim Special Edition for free this weekend

How much you can get out of Skyrim and all its add-ons over one weekend? Even if you play 24 hours a day, there will still be a lot of ground left untouched, because the game is just that huge. Still, it is worth trying, because The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is free to play this weekend on Steam and Xbox One. And if you decide that you want to continue the adventure beyond this Sunday, you can currently purchase the game at a 50% discount.

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Bethesda Softworks to release seven games this year, including one unannounced [UPDATE: "Ignore"]

Bethesda Softworks is going to have a real strong year’s ending – the company is planning to release seven games before the end of 2017, including one, which has not been announced yet – at least that’s what Pete Hines said in an interview at PAX West. However, the developer backtracked from that comment and says now there are no secret games in store. The question is: which of his comments should we believe?

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The Witcher 3 still sells great - CD Projekt turns a profit for the last six months

Although Geralt’s story came to an end more than a year ago, CD Projekt is still making a lot of money from the sales of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and its two add-ons: Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine (all included in the Game of the Year Edition). According to the Polish company’s most recent financial raport, CD Projekt had an income of about $72 million (PLN 254.8 million) in the first half of 2017, which translated to net profit of $33.5 million (PLN 118.6 million). The lion’s share of that money comes from the sales of The Witcher 3 and its expansions. The raport also gives a time window for the release of Cyberpunk 2077.

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Get SteamWorld Dig and Mirage: Arcane Warfare for free

This week you can add two PC games to your library at no cost. The first one is SteamWorld Dig – “a platform mining adventure with strong Metroidvanian influences” – currently available in Origin’s On the House program. The offer is time-limited, so you better grab the game now if you don’t want to miss it. The other title is Mirage: Arcane Warfare, an online first-person combat game from the creators of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, Torn Banner Studios. Mirage: Arcane Warfare will be available for free for 24 hours on Steam, starting at 10 A.M. PDT today.

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Assassin's Creed Origins is the most explicit game in the series

It appears that Ubisoft intends the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Origins to be the darkest game in the series so far. That’s something we can tell from the ESRB description of the game. M-rated, obviously, the next Assassin’s Creed goes beyond the “standard” violence and goes boldly towards gore – don’t be surprised to see some intense violence as well as blood and human body parts while playing. Besides, Assassin’s Creed: Origins is the first game in the series tagged for Nudity besides Sexual Content.

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A Resident Evil 2 level remade in VR and Unreal Engine 4

A Resident Evil 2 fan nicknamed CryingHorn has rebuilt a location from the cult survival horror game in virtual reality and Unreal Engine 4. The demo lets you explore the Raccoon City Police Department main hall, recreated with great care for detail. In there you can also encounter the Licker, an iconic zombie mutant with a long tongue and its brain on the outside. Although the monster is not going to attack you, it will definitely not let itself be bothered.

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Elex devs "don’t like stinking DLCs"

In an interview with Gamestar, project director at Piranha Bytes, Björn Pankratz, said that the studio’s new game Elex won’t have any post-launch DLCs because the team doesn’t like what they call “stinky DLCs”. Expansions, DLC packs and Season Passes are a common thing these days. However, as you can see, not all developers yield to that trend. On the other hand, it is a bit weird to hear that from Pirahna Bytes, whose last game, Risen 3, has received three small DLC packs.

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American McGee has started works on Alice 3

American McGee has expressed his desire to create a third Alice game. Alice: Asylum, as the project is tentatively called, would be a follow-up to fan-favorite Alice: Madness Returns and American McGee's Alice, both twisted versions of the classic story Alice in Wonderland. The famous developer has already started works on the third game’s proposal, which he intends to present to Electronic Arts, the owner of the franchise. However, if Alice: Asylum is to be successful, the title is going to need the players’ support.

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Geralt thanks players for 10 years spent together in this anniversary trailer

CD Projekt RED is celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Witcher game series. To honor this occasion the developer has released a touching “Thank you” video, in which Geralt and his friends reminisce the adventures that they shared with the players throughout all these years. Several of the studio members were also invited for a special PAX West 2017 panel, where they discussed the history of the series with Danny O’Dwyer.

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Top 15 mods that make great games even better

The aboundance of mods can be problematic – perusing the digital catalogs in search of something interesting can be exciting, but it can also be very mundane. It’s really worth it, though. Mods are a way to rediscover old games; sometimes to keep them alive. They allow you to turn a mediocre game into a good one, to turn a good game into a great one. Or to create a totally different experience. Take a peek at our list of 15 best mods to get an idea of what to search for in the vast expanse of the Internet.

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New Frostpunk gameplay - 15 minutes of snowy blizzard

Frostpunk, the new production from the devs behind This War of Mine, is to be a chilly strategy in which we build a settlement and ensure the safety of our people in an ice-bound world. We’ve got our hands on the game’s demo, which shows off a bit more of the cool stuff. Check out what awaits you in this post-apocalyptic frozen world!

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Will Assassin’s Creed Origins be a full-fledged RPG?

Assassin’s Creed returns, armed with a new setting, new vision, and complete overhaul of game mechanics. Now it’s got experience points, skill trees, and character progression. But wait a minute... When you listen to this list, aren’t you wondering: is this even still an Assassin’s Creed game? Doesn’t this sound more like a common RPG? And here’s where we stumble upon a very interesting question – which one had evolved, the Assassin’s Creed series or the computer role-playing game genre? Let’s try to analyze the topic looking at the latest installment in Ubisoft’s renowned historical game franchise – Assassin’s Creed Origins.

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Game of Thrones from Telltale put on hold

Players won’t be seeing the second season of Telltale’s Game of Thrones any time soon. For now, the company has put that IP on hold, Job Stauffer said in an interview with Eurogamer. That doesn’t mean there will never be another season – the developer is simply busy enough with other projects. The same is true for another part of Tales from the Borderlands. Speaking of that IP, Stauffer said: “I think right now we want to see what Gearbox does next with the franchise”.

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PS Plus September 2017 games possibly leaked

Although Sony hasen’t shared the official list of games featured in the next month’s PlayStation Plus subscription just yet, two of the titles might have leaked via Sony’s Facebook ad, as spotted by a hotukdeals user. Those two are: inFamous: Second Son and Child of Light. PS Plus members will apparently get to claim and keep the games for free throughout September. Sony is expected to release the full PS Plus games lineup for September 2017 tomorrow.

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Dishonored: Death of the Outsider 40 minutes of gameplay emerges

While there are still a bit more than two weeks left until the release of Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, fans can take a peek at how the game plays, thanks to the new gameplay footage shared by Game Informer. The 40-minute long video shows off some of Billie Lurk’s superpowers, which she will use to infiltrate well-guarded locations. One of them is stealing someone’s identity – the heroine literally rips off a person’s face and uses it to pass as that character. As awesome as it sounds, that’s just the faction of what's to come.

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Skyrim VR QuakeCon demo with mixed opinions

Fans attending QuakeCon last weekend had a chance to play an early version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR. However, their opinions are much less favorable than Bethesda would have hoped for. One of them, George “Super Bunnyhop” Weidman even called it an “utterly complete dumpster fire of a VR port” on Twitter. Those who tried it out complain about chaotic combat and movement as well as overall simplicity.

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XCOM 2: War of the Chosen fixes not for the base game

Tomorrow XCOM 2 is getting a major expansion War of the Chosen, which is going to add a whole lot of new content and improve existing systems. It will also bring along a bunch of fixes – those, however, will not be available for the base game, Firaxis wrote on Twitter. That information obviously got some fans angry, as they were hoping that optimization tweaks would also affect the base game. Instead, XCOM 2 players have to pay $40 for the expansion in order to enjoy game fixes.

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Half-Life 2 writer reveales script for Episode 3

By now, most Half-Life fans have given up hope of seeing another entry in that legendary series and knowing the conclusion of the story that left players with a huge cliffhanger at the end of Half-Life 2: Episode 2. And while it is very unlikely that we’ll actually get to play Half-Life 3 or Episode 3, thanks to the series writer Mark Laidlaw we can find out how the story of Gordon Freeman - or at least its one possible version - could have ended.

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Tyranny: Bastard's Wound expansion coming in two weeks; see new trailer

Obsidian Enetertainment has shown a new cinematic trailer of the first story-based expansion for their last year’s cRPG. Tyranny: Bastard’s Wound is going to launch in two weeks – on September 7, 2017. The add-on introduces a new chapter to the game’s story, letting you visit a brand new region of the world of Tiers, a refugee camp for all those who want to escape from the war-torn world and the cruel rule of Kyros. It also gives players more insight into the backstory of three party members: Verse, Barik and Lantry, thanks to new companion quests.

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Gwent’s solo campaign hands-on - Thronebreaker, AKA The Witcher 2D

This year’s gamescom is on and some announcements are just in. Gwent’s rumored single player campaigns are coming, as CD Projekt RED reveals Thronebreaker – the first solo story campaign for the standalone version of their digital card game. Thronebreaker is said to focus on some less known fragments and characters of the Witcher lore, as the player explores a map following a story-driven adventure, including various meaningful choices. And according to the devs it’s the first from several planned expansions.

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EA doesn't say no to another Mass Effect

GameReactor managed to talk to EA's Executive Vice President Patrick Söderlund about the future of the Mass Effect series. Söderlund sees no reason why EA shouldn’t go back to Mass Effect. However, it is hard to say whether the next game will build on the story of Mass Effect: Andromeda or feature completely new setting. That’s something BioWare, together with Casey Hudson, has to figure out. By the way, Söderlund believes that, although the team did make some mistakes with Mass Effect: Andromeda, the game’s criticism was much too acute.

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Quake Champions available in Early Access

Quake Champions has already launched in Steam Early Access, where it is going to stay at least until early 2018. The game will ultimately be free-to-play, but if you want to play it now you must buckle up $29.99 for the so-called Champions Pack. Apart from the early access pass, the pack grants all current and future champions, extra loot chests, an exclusive skin, and the option to play in custom games.

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Elex 2 is happening - the sequel has been approved for EU grant

Although Elex is not out yet – the next action-RPG from Gothic and Risen creators is slated for release on October 17, 2017 – Piranha Bytes is already planning its sequel. Elex 2 has been listed as a project eligible for a financial grant by European Union’s Creative Europe MEDIA program. The game has been approaved for a grant of up to €150,000, which is 9% of its whole budget. Other noteworthy projects approved for the grant are: Little Orpheus by The Chinese Room (Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Dear Esther), Superlatent by Daedalic Entertainment (Deponia series) and Dreamtime by 11 bit studios (This War of Mine).

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Age of Empires IV in development by Relic, Company of Heroes dev

Although Microsoft didn’t share much news during it’s pre-gamescom 2017 media briefing, the company has finally announced something big this week – namely, Age of Empires IV. The next installment in this cult strategy series is being developed by Relic Entertainment, true veterans of the RTS genre, known best for Company of Heroes, Dawn of War and first two Homeworld games. Unlike Age of Empires III, the fourth installment will guide the players through all ages and settings, some of which you can see in the first trailer.

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Anno 1800 announced at gamescom 2017

Ubisoft Blue Byte is working on Anno 1800, the next entry in the popular strategy series. After the last two future-oriented installments – Anno 2205 and Anno 2070 – Anno 1800 is going to take players back to historical times. This time we will get to establish and manage an oversea colony in the eventful 19th century. The game is going to launch towards the end of 2018. For all the fresh news as well as a chance to have a share in the development, join the newly announced Anno Union program.

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Gwent: Thronebreaker story campaign revealed

CD Projekt RED has revealed the first of several story campaigns coming to Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. Entitled Thronebreaker, it tells the tale of Meve, a war-veteran queen of Lyria and Rivia, who granted Geralt the noble title Geralt of Rivi. The Thronebreaker campaign is going to feaure a unique interactive map, lots of side quests and custom-made battles, and will let you build an army of your own. Gwent: Thronebreaker is going to launch this year on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Unlike the free-to-play competitive multiplayer, the campaign will be paid.

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Scythe, a board game set in the 1920+ universe, is coming to Steam

A successful board game Scythe is getting an electronic version, which has been announced for Steam. The game is set in the the 1920+ universe, the one that you may know from the upcoming Iron Harvest real-time strategy. It’s based in an alternative version of post-Great War Europe, in which mechs are a common thing on the battlefield. Scythe lets up to five players lead interesting factions inspired by historical nations, each one featuring a unique hero.

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Final Fantasy XV confirmed for Windows 10 PC

Square Enix has finally confirmed what the players had been expecting for some time now. Final Fantasy XV is officially coming to Windows 10 PC in early 2018. The announcement was made during Nvidia’s conference at the Germany-based gamescom 2017 expo, which obviously came along a showy presentation of visual fireworks that are going to enhance the experience. The PC version of the game is going to feature 4K resolution textures, 3D sound with Dolby Atmos, realistic turf and hair simulation and a lot more.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ story mode and new playable characters revealed

Some new info about Dragon Ball FighterZ (a new brawler set in the Dragon Ball universe, in development by BlazBlue and Guilty Gear dev) emerged in the latest issue of Japanese gaming magazines V-Jump and Weekly Jump. Those sources mention a stary mode, in which “super warriors fall one by one.” Among the playable characters available in Dragon Ball FighterZ there will be Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta, as well as Android 16 and Android 18. Android 17 will make it into the game too, but so far it has only been confirmed as a part of the 18’s special attack.

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Xbox One X European price leaked

So far Microsoft has only revealed the Xbox One X price for the United States, which is set at $499. As for Europe, this will evidently be £449.99 – at least that’s what a British online game store GAME.co.uk claims, because Microsoft still haven’t shared any official information on the matter. For European players outside the UK that will probably be €499.99. It will most likely be confirmed at gamescom, during Microsoft’s presentation, which is planned for Sunday, August 20, at 9:00 PM CEST (12:00 AM PDT).

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The history of Destiny, part 2 - story recap of the first game

Many people believe that Destiny is a game without a plot, and it’s definitely not true. The problem is that the game is not very straightforward when presenting the epic story with all its baggage and twists. That is why we decided to recap the history of the world of Destiny in 2 parts. This week we pick up where we left off in part 1, focusing on the elements of the story that we could learn while playing the game and its expansions – assuming we paid close attention to what was going on.

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No more Playerunknown's Battlegrounds weekly updates

Since its Early Access release on Steam in March 23, 2017, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has received 14 weekly and monthly updates. However, Bluehole informed fans they won’t stick to that rollout schedule anymore. The developer does not want to rush things before they are actually ready just in order to keep up with a schedule. New patches will remain in test servers for longer periods of time unitl they are tested thoroughly enough before they make it into the live build.

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Iron Harvest gets the first gameplay trailer

Iron Harvest, an intriguing RTS set in a “1920s-meet-mechs” universe 1920+ (based on illustrations by Polish artist Jakub Rozalski) has received its first gameplay trailer. Although it isn’t very long – it only lasts about a minute – the video shows off a bunch of unique mechs with a strong early-twientieth-century vibe. When it comes to Iron Harvest’s fast-paced gameplay, the developers from German studio KING Art Games speak openly about drawing inspirations from Company of Heroes and Dawn of War, which is also evident in the trailer.

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will take up 44.7 GB of your PS4 HDD

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is almost out and now the review copies have been sent out to gaming media. That’s how we’ve learned that the standalone expansion for the fourth installment in Naughty Dog’s action game series weights as much as 44.7 GB! For the sake of comparison, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End takes up a little over 3 GB more than that. This does give weight to Naughty Dog’s promises that The Lost Legacy would be almost as big as another entry in the series, rather than an ordinary DLC.

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Skaven is the fourth playable race in Total War: Warhammer II - see the new trailer

SEGA and Creative Assembly have revealed another playable faction in Total War: Warhammer II. This one is Skaven, the rat-like race living under the ground. Their hordes will emerge to the surface along with a bunch of powerful monsters, which are all featured in the new trailer. The other three playable races that have been confirmed so far are: High Elves, Dark Elves and Lizardmen.

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Rainbow Six: Siege three new operators leaked, coming in Operation Blood Orchid

As fans of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege may already know, there is another free operation incoming, called Operation Blood Orchid, which is going to introduce a new map as well as three operators. Their identities and special abilities were to be revealed at the end of this month, however, they have already been leaked online. The trio includes two operatives from Hong Kong, a man and a woman, as well as a Polish female fighter. Let’s meet them.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #10 - Borsodi heist has its roots in 1980s crime comedy

Polish Witcher Trivia series aims at familiarizing you with some small easter eggs or references from The Witcher 3 that are pretty specific to Poland and Polish culture. This is the last installment in our little series, so we dug up a pretty cool reference to a 1980s Polish comedy that was a clear inspiration for the heist in the Hearts of Stone expansion. Sounds interesting? Take a look inside.

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Arma III Laws of War DLC will let you play as a minesweeper

Bohemia Interactive has revealed the next expansion for their military sandbox Arma III. Laws of War will offer a different perspective on the battlefield, featuring a new, humanitarian faction called IDAP. That one will come along with a mini-campaign, in which the player will assume the role of IDAP explosive specialist Nathan MacDade, whose task is to find and deactivate mines left after a fictional war. Besides, Laws of War is accompanied with a free platform update for Arma III. The add-on is going to launch on September 12, 2017.

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Saints Row IV free on Steam this weekend

This weekend, PC players can try out Volition’s Saints Row IV for free on Steam. The offer lasts until Sunday. This is also a good chance to buy the game and keep it forever, as it is offered at a reduced price – $3.74. Alternatively, you can buckle up several cents more, pick up the Game of the Century Edition for $3.99, and enjoy the full game with all DLC packs, including the story-based Enter the Dominatrix. The offer is live until Monday.

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Gran Turismo Sport without microtransactions

Gran Turismo 6 would let the players purchase credit packs for real money via PlayStation Store. Although completely optional, some fans found that controversial, especially due to the game’s competitive character. However, the upcoming Gran Turismo Sport will include no microtransactions whatsoever. That’s what Kazunori Yamauchi, the CEO at Polyphony Digital, said when asked about the matter at the PlayStation Experience 2017 event in Malaysia.

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Call of Duty: WWII multiplayer footage and new details on the story campaign

Call of Duty: WWII single player mode will start off with the classic scene of landing on the Omaha Beach, heavily-inspired by the opening battle of Saving Private Ryan, reports the latest issue of Game Informer. The campaign will also feature a unique mission called The Wolf’s Den, in which you will have to infiltrate a German base disguised as a Nazi soldier. Fans of the series are also welcome to watch a new gameplay footage from a multiplayer mode called War.

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The history of Destiny, part 1 – the world before the games

Many people believe that Destiny is a game without a plot, and it’s definitely not true. The problem is that the game is not very straightforward when presenting the epic story with all its baggage and twists. That is why we decided to recap the history of the world of Destiny in 2 parts. This week we talk about the events that led us to the place where the game starts.

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Valve’s next game is Artifact: The Dota Card Game

Valve has announced a new game, which is a sort of disappointment, since it’s not Half-Life 3. That one is a Dota franchise spin-off, called Artifact: The Dota Card Game, which the company confirmed during the ongoing Dota 2 tournament, The International. As the title obviously suggests, this is a collectible card game, with which Valve will try to challenge the position of Hearthstone. Artifact: The Dota Card Game is going to launch some time in 2018.

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The Witcher trilogy is getting a limited re-edition

All three Witcher games are getting limited retail re-editions packed in an elegant Steelbook, which are apparently exclusive for Poland, the homeland of The Witcher IP. The first one, The Witcher: Enhanced Edition, is going to launch on September 22, 2017, and is already available for pre-orders in several Polish online stores, where it costs about $14. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings: Enhanced Edition and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: Game of the Year Edition are going to follow soon afterwards.

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Mobile RTS Titanfall: Assault to launch this Thursday

Titanfall: Assault, mobile strategy game based on a popular franchise of first-person shooters from Respawn Entertainment, is going to launch on August 10, 2017 on iOS and Android. On both these systems the title will be available for free with optional microtransactions. Each player’s task in Titanfall: Assault is to send their titans to fight through opponent’s defenses and destroy their base. Those titans come in several types, each one featuring unique abilities and combat style.

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Project 1v1 is apparently Gearbox Software's new competitive online game

Gearbox Software has teased another of its upcoming games, besides the next incarnation of Brothers in Arms. According to that game’s description found on its official website, “Project 1v1 is the code name for Gearbox’s top-secret, in-development, competitive first-person shooter that combines the action of fast-paced 1v1 first-person combat with the metagame strategy of a collectible card game”. The developer is planning to run a Closed Technical Test this summer, which is aimed at testing online infrastructure and getting feedback from players.

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Rainbow Six: Siege to get a 42 GB patch

Ubisoft has announced that the next update to Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege is going to be a huge one – ranging from 15 GB to 42 GB, depending on the platform. Ironically, this is to save space. The patch will make changes to how game data is organized, which requires a lot of files replaced. This will result in reducing the overall size of the game and of all future updates as well as speeding up loading times. PC players will also see the graphics improved.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War microtransactions and the need of internet connection explained

A storm raged over Middle-earth: Shadow of War after Monolith Productions announced that the game will have microtransactions and require Internet connection. That’s why the developer decided to stress that any content included in purchasable chests is to be found in the game as well – no gear or followers will be exlusive for those who decide to pay for them with extra money. Even though visiting the marketplace will require Internet connection, the game itself will be totally playable offline.

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Assassin's Creed Origins will let you raid authentic tombs

The Assassin’s Creed franchise has been long known for authenticity when it comes to locations design – from the Renaissance Venice or Rome in Assassin’s Creed II and Brotherhood, to Paris during the French Revolution in Assassin’s Creed: Unity, to London under Industrial Revolution in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. The same approach applies to the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Origins. Despite having much less reference material this time, the team at Ubisoft is putting a lot of effort to recreate some landmark constructions as well as tombs, replicated as closely as possible.

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Destiny 2 PC beta to feature a new map and improvements suggested by console players

Bungie Software has revealed the exact content of the PC beta. This one is more or less the same as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 beta, however, the PC version is going to include a new map (Javelin-4) as well as some improvements made thanks to the feedback provided by console players back in July. The beta is going to start on August 28 for pre-order holders, with others joining them on August 29, and run through August 30.

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Amazing details of Grand Theft Auto V – you won't believe what's in the game

The smash hit from Rockstar North is not only about fleshed out characters, black humor and captivating story, or enormous city filled with fun stuff to do. It’s also a game made with an astonishing attention to detail. There's stuff here that would sound unbelievable if it weren't true: like painstakingly recreated flip-flop mechanics. And that's just one of the hundreds of tiny things that the developer included in the game and that 99% of gamers miss during their walkthrough. Read on to learn all about them!

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This is how gaming in 16K looks like – see Lara Croft in 1:1 scale

4K is still the hot thing when it comes to video games and it will take some time before it becomes the standard in games. Nevertheless, Linus Tech Tips decided to find out if it is possible to play video games… in 16K. That’s right, 16K – it amounts to 132,710,400 pixels, 64 times more than at 1080p (1920x1080). In order to achieve that goal, Linus Tech Tips built a monster PC, equipped with four Nvidia Quadro P5000 graphics cards ($1,900 each), and a crazy gaming station using 16 4K monitors joined together to form one huge screen. To present the results to the public they posted a video on YouTube which shows how that beast handles Minecraft and Rise of the Tomb Rider in 16K.

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Grand Theft Auto Online had its best quarter ever – Take-Two talks about financial results

Although it has been almost four years since the release of Grand Theft Auto V, the game’s multiplayer component Grand Theft Auto Online is still making big money. Speaking of the period ended in June 2017 at a recent investors call, Take-Two’s CEO Strauss Zelnick said that GTA Online had “the best quarter ever”. Instead of levelling out, as the publisher had expected, the sales are continually growing, and according to a most recent prognosis GTA Online is looking at its best year so far.

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Divinity: Original Sin II split-screen co-op, controller support and skill crafting discussed

Larian Studios has released another Kickstarter update, in which they talk about some new features coming to Divinity: Original Sin II, the sequel to its successful classic RPG from 2014. Those include split-screen co-op and controller support. The game will also allow players to craft their own skills, create runes of various effects and talk to ghosts. Besides, characters' deaths will be now more spectacular thanks to the use of rag doll physics and better animations.

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Rockstar sued over GTA: Vice City character, Auntie Poulet

Rockstar Games has been sued for an alleged plagiarism once again. This time the case was brought by Psychic Readers Network over a Grand Theft Auto: Vice City character, a fortune-teller named Auntie Poulet. PRN claims that the character is a copy of their TV star, psychic Miss Cleo. In its suit the company states it has spent over $100 million on creating and promoting Miss Cleo, while Rockstar have made at least $500 million exploiting the character. Rockstar openly calls those claims “meritless and completely ridiculous” and intends to vigorously defend itself in court.

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Fans of Second Life should now give Sansar VR a shot

Sansar, a social VR platform that builds on the concept featured in Second Life by Linden Lab, is now available as an open beta, which means that everyone can try it out for free. The program is designed for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets, but you can also play it with your standard monitor, keyboard and mouse. Rather than a game in the traditional meaning, Sansar is a platform, or an elaborate tool for building your own VR environments, where you can then invite players from all over the world and interact with them.

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DayZ dev's Stationeers to launch in Steam Early Access in September

As you probably know, DayZ creator Dean Hall is currently working on another project, a space station simulation called Stationeers. Similarly to his previous work, this one too will first launch in Steam Early Access, which is currently planned to happen this September, as its Steam page says. However, the developer and his team won’t hesitate to delay it if they think the game is not ready to be presented to the community. Luckily, the development is progressing pretty well.

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ARK: Survival Evolved release date pushed back

ARK: Survival Evolved, crazy survival game with dinosaurs, is coming out for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 about three weeks later than planned. The same applies to the free DLC Ragnarok for consoles as well as the next big PC update. On the bright side, the latter is now going to be even bigger than initially planned. The developers also promise major changes to multiplayer bosses as well as fixes to some issues in the near future.

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The Witcher 3: The Sands of Ofir - fan concept for a new expansion

CD Project RED is not planning any more expansions for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but maybe they’ll change their mind when they see this concept for a DLC designed by a fan, a computer graphics school graduate from Russia named Alexandra Tokaryuk. The Sands of Ofir, as the project is called, tells a story which starts after the events featured in the base game and its two original expansions. In this story, Geralt gets to visit the distand land of Ofir, where he meets the realm’s sultan and his ambitious daughter.

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Destiny 2 PC beta dated and specs revealed

While the users of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have already had a chance to try out Destiny 2, PC players are still waiting for their turn. Now, Bungie Software has announced the exact date of the game’s beta start on PC – the tests will run through August 28-30. First to play will be the pre-order holders – for them the early access starts on August 28. Other players will join them a day later, on August 29. And finally, August 30 marks the end of beta. Besides, Bungie has also shared both minimum and recommended PC requirements for Destiny 2 beta.

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PlayStation Plus fees to go up for Europe and Australia

PlayStation Plus price is going to change, and nope, it’s not going down. Starting from August 31, 2017, the subscription is going up by 20% in Europe and Australia. Current PS Plus subscribers should note that their recurring subscription fees paid on or after August 31 will be charged at the new price. If you decide to buy a membership before that date, you can do it at the current price, and will have the subscription stacked to your current active period.

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Grand Theft Auto VI leak under fire – but still probable

The stunt actor Tim Neff denied any involvement in Grand Theft Auto VI, after his alleged resume had stirred a wave of rumors about the game. He claims that the resume presented on resumes.breakdownexpress.com is fake. That’s not the end of the story though. Just yesterday, a popular website for stunt actors, iStunt, also claimed that Neff would work on both GTA VI and Red Dead Redemption 2. Besides, the actor has visited Rockstar San Diego this year. All that raises the question if Rockstar isn’t just trying to suppress the truth.

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The Sims 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Electronic Arts has confirmed that the console versions of The Sims 4 are inbound – the game is coming out for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 17, 2017. EA Access subscribers (XONE) will be able to play it a week earlier, on November 9, and those who pre-order the game will get the Perfect Patio Stuff pack. The console versions will include all the updates and free content that PC players have received so far, including ghost and pools, new careers, half-walls, the extra world of Newcrest as well as playable toddlers, with more DLC coming after the launch.

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Grand Theft Auto VI is in the works, a mo-cap actor says

Some fans of the Grand Theft Auto franchise may have been afraid that with Grand Theft Auto Online being so popular the next core installment in the series is not coming so soon. If you shared that worry, you will be happy to hear that Rockstar is apparently already working on the next big GTA. That revelation comes from Tim Neff’s resume, where the actor states he took part in motion capture sessions for both Red Dead Redemption 2 and… Grand Theft Auto VI!

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Techland releases free DLC for Dying Light and a new digital platform Gemly

Today Techland is releasing the first out of 10 free DLC packs for Dying Light, as promised at this year’s E3. Content Drop #0 is already available for PC, while the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions will be updated in September 2017. It includes new heavy-armed enemies, unique military outfit, as well as a new type of zombie. Using that opportunity, Techland has also announced Gemly, a new digital distribution platform, offering titles created or published by Techland and its partners. Using it will also get you some exclusive free content for Techland’s games.

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What PC do you need to play Playerunknown's Battlegrounds at 60 FPS?

The official minimum PC requirements for Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds are not so high – in theory, you just need Intel Core i3-4340 / AMD FX-6300, 6 GB RAM, and GeForce GTX 660 2GB / Radeon HD 7850 2GB to run the program. However, if you want to play the game comfortably at 60 FPS (which really is a must for an online competitive Battle Royale type of game), that configuration won’t be enough. An analysis by PC Gamer reveals what hardware you really need for Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.

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Playerunknown's Battlegrounds introducing microtransactions to cover e-sport tournament prize pool

Bluehole has announced Gamescom Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Invitational – the first Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds e-sport offline competition, organized together with ESL Gaming Network. The tournament will be taking place at this year’s gamescom, and will run through August 23-26. The total prize pool for Gamescom Invitational is $350,000, which is going to come from selling cosmetic items for Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds players. That, however, has sparkled some negative reactions from fans, who consider it breaking the promise that the game would not feature microtransactions until it's out of Early Access.

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Play Just Cause 3 for free until Friday

For the next couple of days PC players are able to fill in the shoes of Rico Rodrigues in Just Cause 3 at no cost. This action-packed sandbox game by Avalanche Studios can be played for free on Steam until July 28 at 12:00 P.M. PDT. This is also a perfect opportunity to try out the newly released Multiplayer Mod, which is available for free on Steam. At the same time, Just Cause 3 is currently on sale – you can buy the game at a 75% discount until Friday.

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The most anticipated games of the second half of 2017

Dog days of summer are here, and the slow news is flooding the channels. Except for ours. We’ve got some hot news for you today, promising a busy second half of the year – our editors have selected the most anticipated games that are to be released before the year is done. We’ve got RPG, FPS, MMO, TCG, including several sequels, prequels, spin-offs and turn-ons on our list of the most anticipated games of the second half of 2017. Read on to learn the titles we have great hopes for this year.

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BattleTech and MechWarrior Online facing legal problems

Harmony Gold, owner of the Robotech anime in the US, filed a lawsuit over copyright infringement against both Harebrained Schemes (BattleTech) and Piranha Games (MechWarrior Online). This is actually yet another chapter in a story that goes back to 1990s, when Harmony Gold first went to court with the franchise’s original creators, FASA Corporation. Back then, the claim was that the visual design of the original line of BattleMechs was stolen from Macross and other anime owned by Harmony Gold. As a result, FASA stopped using images owned by other parties and called the BattleMechs taken from other sources the Unseen.

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Arma II's and DayZ's Chernarus recreated in Minecraft

A fan has spent three years on recreating the entire Chernarus map from Arma II and DayZ in Minecraft. The map size is 229.86 square kilometers, which is roughly a 1:1 scale compared with the original. Although the most aesthetic structures and some rock formations were neglected, all actual buildings are there and can be entered. The Replica of Chernorus map will be available for download for free later this year. For now, you can try it out by logging on the server at: play.mcraft.com.

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Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 delayed to July 25 [UPDATE]

The next installment in the bestselling Car Mechanic Simulator series from Polish company PlayWay is launching on Steam on July 25, 2017. The game was supposed to be out last Friday, but the publisher decided to delay it just an hour before the release. Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 lets you find classic, unique automobiles abandoned in barns and junkyards, and then restore them to full glory. When compared with the previous edition, Car Mechanic Simulator 2015, this next game brings along a list of new features, such as new car parts and tools, Barn Find module, better physics, progression system, and more.

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The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project mod gets a huge update

If you haven’t yet, now is the perfect moment to grab The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project, as the mod has received the biggest update so far. This fan-made project really makes a differenece for the looks of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The high-quality textures pack adds incredible detail and depth to the game and makes it look much like the famous Sword of Destiny E3 2014 trailer. The best part is that the mod has little to no impact on the game’s performance.

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PlayStation 4 software update 5.0 inbound, sign up for closed beta

PlayStation team is inviting players to the closed beta tests of the next PlayStation 4 software update, numbered 5.0. This is going to be a good opportunity to have an early look at all new features coming to the console and share some feedback with the producer. More details on what changes the 5.0 software version offers will be shared closer to the start of the beta, which launches in early August.

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Telltale announces Batman: The Enemy Within and other games

Telltale Games prepared a bunch of announcements to many of its fans' surprise. The first one is Batman: The Enemy Within, the sequel to Batman: The Telltale Series, whose first episode is coming out very soon – on August 8, 2017. Other two games that fans can already look forward to are The Walking Dead: The Final Season and The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series - Season 2, both planned for the second half of 2018. All three titles will first come out for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #9 – Beggars in Novigrad quote a Polish comedy

This is the penultimate part of our little series that analyzes specifically Polish easter eggs and references in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This week it’s not a big one, but it’s a really cool reference to a Polish comedy from 2000. And it’s definitely a treat for the fans of one famous Polish actor and comedian. Read on!

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Doomfist is another character coming to Overwatch next week

Meet Doomfist, another playable hero to join the characters roster in Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch. Right now he is only to be found in Public Test Realm on PC, but the character will be made available across all platforms on July 27, 2017. As you might have guessed by the name, Doomfist is an offensive, melee-focused warrior, equipped with a huge mechanical hand. Apart from punching people in the face, Doomfist is able to use a short-range cannon and crash down to the ground with a powerful force hurting everyone around.

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Observer from Layers of Fear devs launches next month

Observer, first-person psychological horror game from Layers of Fear creators, Poland-based studio Bloober Team, has got a release date. The title is going to launch on August 15, 2017 for PC (Windows, Linux), Mac, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Before that happens, Bloober Team will show a playable version of the game at Comic Con in San Diego, which starts tomorrow and runs through the weekend (July 20-23, 2017).

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Pre-order Total War: Warhammer II to get new race for the first game

Total War: Warhammer II is offering a peculiar pre-order bonus. At first glance, everything seems pretty normal – pre-ordering the game grants you an extra playable race. However, the add-on is not for this game, but for its predecessor, Total War: Warhammer. Creative Assembly doesn’t reveal what faction that is, but it says it’s more like Bretonnia in scale than Chaos Warriors. More details are to come this week, while the faction itself will become available before Total War: Warhammer II launches on September 28, 2017.

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Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is currently more popular than GTA V on Steam

PlayerUnknown has beaten Grand Theft Auto V and become the fourth most played game on Steam on Sunday with the peak of 382,561 concurrent players. Right now, the game is even higher on the list – Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is currently the third game when it comes to peak players count on Steam, right behind Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is partially censored in Poland. How and why?

The swastika, the official symbol of the Third Reich, still raises much controversy, especially when it comes to video games. While German players are used to getting censored versions of World War II-related games, not all countries have clearly specified laws on the matter. That is the case in Poland. While that country will get the unaltered international version of the incoming Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Bethesda chose to remove swastikas from any promo materials released in Poland, including the local version of the game’s website.

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New Spider-Man behind the scenes video talks about story and villains

Insomniac Games has prepared a behind-the-scenes video, in which the developers are talking about the incoming Spider-Man game, mainly in terms of the story. In this game Peter Parker is a bit older than when we first met him – he’s 23 and thus more experienced. At the same time, the challenge Spider-Man will face this time is greater than ever before, as his enemies have learned his ways too. Some of the villains confirmed to appear in the game are Fisk and Mr Negative.

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Pre-order Need for Speed: Payback to get exclusive tire smoke colour

Players visiting EB Games retailer have spotted the bonuses that will be added to Need for Speed: Payback pre-orders, one of which caught the attention of the community the most. If you pre-order the next installment of the popular racing games series you will be able to stand out from the crowd with... exclusive blue tire smoke. To give Electronic Arts due honor, that is not the only thing they have in store. Another one is The Platinum Car Pack, which includes five hot rides.

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The Witcher as Diablo-clone? Hands-on with 2003 prototype of the first Witcher game

Imagine The Witcher as a Diablo-like hack’n’slash. Sounds weird? Well, in the early 2000s it was a plausible scenario, one that made is as far as the alpha build. Courtesy of Sebastian Zielinski, former head of CD Projekt RED, we’ve had a chance to play this early version of the first Witcher game. Would a hack’n’slash Witcher also become a worldwide phenomenon? We will never know, but why not see for yourselves how different it could have been had the studio gone in a different direction.

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Playerunknown's Battlegrounds to get FPP-only servers soon

If you are one of the Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds players who complain about others “cheating” by using TPP camera for revealing enemy’s location without sticking out their heads from cover, you will be happy to know your cries have been heard. PlayerUnknown himself took it to Twitter to announce that FPP-only servers are coming to the game in the next monthly update, which is most probably going to arrive at the end of July.

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Mario Kart Arcade GP VR gets a new trailer

Bandai Namco Entertainment is working on Mario Kart Arcade GP VR, a VR-based racing game using the license of Nintendo’s famous brand. The game will be played on HTC Vive at Namco’s VR Zone Arcade in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Right now, there is no telling whether it will be available anywhere else, including traditional platforms. A short, half-a-minute trailer of the game has emerged online, which shows that this is basically the same multiplayer experience fans came to love, but with greater immersion thanks to VR support.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda free 10-hour trial available

BioWare has shared a 10-hour free trial of Mass Effect: Andromeda, letting you begin the adventure in uncharted worlds across the Andromeda Galaxy and then carry over your progress to the full game if you choose to buy it. The demo is now available on Origin, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 through November 1, 2017 – it’s basically the same that Origin Access and EA Access subscribers could play before the game’s launch.

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Citadel: Forged with Fire is a Skyrim-like online game from Slender: The Arrival developer

Blue Isles Studios, the team that gave us Valley as well as Sleder: The Arrival, the commercial version of a popular indie horror game, is announcing its next project. This time, the developer is trying its hand at an MMORPG called Citatel: Forged with Fire, which looks much like Skyrim-gone-online. The game will let players become powerful mages and freely roam a huge open world, master a variety of spells, tame vicious beasts and create entire empires.

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Just Cause 3: Multiplayer Mod to launch on July 20

Soon, Just Cause 3 players will get a great reason to return to this sandbox action game on PC, this time to have a taste of some online play. Just Cause 3: Multiplayer Mod is going to launch on Steam in the form of a free DLC pack on July 20, 2017. The modification will enable up to 100 players to play together across a variety of online modes. Its creators at Nanos also promise “state-of-the-art synchronization” reducing lags to a minimum and unchanged system requirements.

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Ion Maiden announced, going to use Duke Nukem 3D’s engine

Ion Maiden is an upcoming first-person shooter based on the Build engine, the same technology that powered the classic Duke Nuke 3D back in 1996. The project is being developed by Voidpoint, the team consisting of experienced creators of mods and maps for Duke Nukem 3D, including almost the entire team behind EDuke32, a fan-made game engine upgrade. Ion Maiden will be published in 2017 by the owners of the series, 3D Realms.

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Might & Magic Showdown will be shut down by the end of this month

Might & Magic Showdown, the tactical PvP arena combat game set within the Might & Magic franchise, is never going to see the light of day. After remaining less than six months in Steam Early Access the project is going to be shut down on July 31, 2017. Until that date Early Access players are eligible for a refund within Steam’s ordinary procedure. Ubisoft hasn’t shared any reasons behind that decision, but the fact is that the game had lately been played by few people.

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Half-Life gets a new update almost 19 years after its release

Valve have surprised fans by releasing a new game update for Half-Life, a title that launched almost 19 years ago. What it does is fix a handful of really specific bugs reported by players, such as crashing when quickly changing weapons that are consumable or when setting custom decals. The same update was applied to Half-Life’s two standalone expansions: Half-Life: Opposing Force and Half-Life: Blue Shift.

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Netflix-like on-demand gaming service Jump announced

Jump is a newly announced on-demand video game subscription service thay has the potential of becoming for games what Spotify is for music. Based on its non-streaming HyperJump technology, the program will provide its subscribers with an unlimited access to a library of curated games, mostly by indie developers – starting with a catalogue of 60 titles when it launches for Windows, Mac and Linux later this year. A closed beta is actually running right now, through July 24.

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Spider-Man to have a world several times bigger than Sunset Overdrive

The upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive Spider-Man may not be able to handle 60 FPS in 4K or even 1080p, but it is going to offer a really big open world. The city of New York that the famous superhero will be roaming about is several times larger than the world in Insomniac’s other game, Sunset Overdrive. The reasons for such an impressive size of Spider-Man’s open world are pretty obvious if you consider the fact that the superhero moves around pretty fast as he swings above the streets of New York using his web.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda apparently drops Denuvo

A couple of days ago Mass Effect: Andromeda received a new patch, which fixed a few bugs, improved stability and facial animations as well as eliminated the issue that prevented some players from completing the story. However, there seems to have been yet another major change that BioWare was silent about. The recent update has apparently completely removed the Denuvo anti-tamper technology from Mass Effect: Andromeda. Provided that this isn’t just an unintentional mistake, this is a similar move to what we saw in the case of a couple of other games, like Rime, Doom, Hitman and Homefront: The Revolution.

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Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy Review – The Bandicoot is Back in Town

Being 21 years old, Crash Bandicoot could be considered an adult by most standards. By video game industry standards, though, he was a dinosaur. As distinguished a console franchise as it is, it badly needed a remaster to be taken seriously by any other gamers than retro maniacs. And a remaster we got. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, a refurbished package of the first three games in the series, takes the essence and backbone of the original PS1-era games, repacks them into an up-to-date envelope, and delivers as the grand return of an iconic character, a classic platform game series, and a god-tier amount of fun for veterans and newcomers alike.

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Whip and blade are all you need in City of Brass, an upcoming indie action game

An interesting first-person action game has been announced by the Australian indie studio Uppercut Games. What makes this one noteworthy is the combat system that leaves a lot of space for player’s ingenuity, making you think of Dishonored, Dark Messiah of Might and Magic or the original BioShock. City of Brass is going to put you in the shoes of a cunning thief. Equipped with a blade and a whip he has to make his way through the legendary city filled with fantastic monsters and deadly traps.

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Incomplete Star Wars: Battlefront II character roster leaked

As the closed beta for Star Wars: Battlefront II is now live, information has started leaking. A list of 16 playable characters from Star Wars: Battlefront II multiplayer emerged online along with their official descriptions and abilities. Most of them come as no surprise. Some have already appeared in the previous installment, Star Wars: Battlefront, others, like Darth Maul, Yoda, Rey and Kylo Ren, were teased in official trailers. Note that the list is not complete, and there will be other heroes and villains to join the roster in the final game.

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Creative Assembly announces Total War Saga, new category of historical games

As there are more and more Total War games coming up, Creative Assembly decided to introduce Total War Saga, a new category of standalone titles that focus on relatively short, but eventful periods of time (similarly to what Fall of the Samurai did). The first one is going to be a follow-up to Total War: Rome II, like Total War: Attila. The game should be announced in a few months. Of course, there is also another major installment in the works, which is going to feature a brand new era.

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Get the classic Shadow Warrior for free on Steam and GOG.com

While the two new Shadow Warrior games from Poland-based developer Flying Wild Hog are really neat, you may want to try out, or revisit, the classic version of that over-the-top slasher/shooter, which was brought forth by Duke Nukem 3D creators 3D Realms back in 1997. And now you have a chance to do it at no cost, as the classic Shadow Warrior is available for free on Steam and GOG.com. Or you can fork out one dollar for the Redux version.

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GTA V modding tool OpenIV is back

The popular tool used for modding Grand Theft Auto games, OpenIV, is available again. OpenIV creators haven’t shared any official updates on the matter, but you can download the program on its website once more. Kotaku has learned that “the development of OpenIV will be continued soon”. Besides, Rockstar has posted a note regarding single-player mods. It basically explains that single-player mods for GTA V and GTA IV are allowed, but Take-Two won’t let players mess with GTA Online or abuse its intellectual property.

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Beyond Skyrim – Bruma mod introduces a whole new area to TES V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has now got bigger thanks to a huge modification called Beyond Skyrim - Bruma, which is even bigger and denser than the Dragonborn expansion. With the newly released mod players can re-visit Bruma, the northmost county in Cyrodiil, 200 years after the events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The project includes over 70 NPCs, new quests, dungeons, storylines as well as over 24,000 lines of voiceover and 3 hours of original music.

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Lords of the Fallen producer Tomek Gop now working for Hatred creators

Tomek Gop, Lords of the Fallen executive producer, has been fired from CI Games where he had been participating in the development of the sequel, Lords of the Fallen 2. The famous Polish developer – who also used to work at CD Projekt RED as senior producer for The Witcher 2: Assassin’s of Kings – has now been hired by creators of the controversial top-down shooter Hatred and IS Defense, Destructive Creations, based in Gliwice, Poland. There he serves a key role in preparing the studio’s next project: a Medieval-based RTS called Ancestors.

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From TV commercials to The Witcher – Platige Image’s road to success

You might have seen their works in Ryse: Son of Rome, Watch Dogs 2, Total War: Warhammer 2 or Final Fantasy XV or cinematic intros for all three Witcher games. This year, Platige Image, a Polish digital graphics and animation studio, will be working on a Witcher TV series together with Netflix in what is their biggest project to date. We’ve talked to several representatives of Platige Image about the history of their company, its creative process, and plans for the future in the face of their latest challenge – the adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher book series.

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