Comedy, trust and losing a hand

It's time to kick off the penultimate episode of our Polish Witcher Trivia. Today it's all about women, trust, Polish comedies and losing a hand. Sounds interesting?

You have to play these

After a satisfying first half of the year, the second half looks no less interesting. The publishers are planning releases for almost each and every of the most popular genres.

The Witcher 3: The Sands of Ofir – would you play it?

The Sands of Ofir is the name of The Witcher 3 DLC that will probably never see the light of day, but is very interesting nevertheless. Designed by a fan from Russia, the project has some concept art and original story.

You won't believe the tiny details 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.

This game HAS a plot

The first Destiny wasn’t really straightforward when it came to its plot, so we’re here to help you out. In this 2-part article we will explain the backstory of the world of Destiny.

Crime comedy in Hearts of Stone

The final part of the Polish Witcher Trivia brings you information about a pretty neat easter egg from Hearts of Stone expansion to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Polish crime comedy as an inspiration for a character - sounds cool?

What you might have missed

The first Destiny wasn’t really straightforward when it came to its plot, so we’re here to help you out. In this 2-part article we will explain the backstory of the world of Destiny.

Game Editorials, Reviews, News and Comics

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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 Xbox One X price for the United States, which is set at $499. As for Europe, this will evidently be L449.99 – 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. That 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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StarCraft: Remastered gets a release date and PC requirements [UPDATE]

Blizzard Entertainment has shared a new live action trailer of the HD version of their legendary sci-fi real-time strategy game. The video prepares the world for the imminent arrival of StarCraft: Remastered and reveals its release date – August 14, 2017. You can already pre-purchase the game on Battle.net for $14.99 to get some exclusive rewards. In terms of gameplay, the remastered version is just the same good old StarCraft (with the Brood War expansion), but it features all-new graphics with highly-detailed environments and 4K resolution support.

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The Witcher 3 composer might be back for Netflix series

Mikolai Stroinski, co-composer of the amazing soundtrack from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt might be contributing to the Netflix TV series announced last month. This isn’t confirmed news, but we imagine he didn’t just pay a courtesy call to Netflix HQ. Note also that one episode in each season will be directed by Tomasz Baginski, the producer of most of The Witcher trilogy CGI animations. And don’t forget that the very creator of that universe, Andrzej Sapkowski, will serve as a creative consultant.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #8 – Cianfanelli Bank has a reference to 70s Polish comedy

In this week’s Polish Witcher Trivia we’re taking a look at a certain location in Blood and Wine expansion to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and how a small board with a few people’s faces is a direct reference to a Polish comedy from the 70s. You want to more? Then take a look inside!

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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Xbox One version listed in an online store

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is about to launch on PlayStation 4 tomorrow, on June 30. In the meantime Xbox Achievements spotted an Xbox One version of the collection listed by a Hungarian online store SuperGamer.hu, with release date set to December 8, 2017. The offer has since been removed and may only have been a mistake. However, it isn’t the first time we hear that the remastered Crash Bandicoot trilogy could be coming to other platforms than PS4.

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Get Until Dawn and Telltale's Game of Thrones in PlayStation Plus July offer

Sony Computer Entertainment has shared a list of games offered in PlayStation Plus for July. Starting July 4, PS Plus members who play on PlayStation 4 will be able to claim and keep Until Dawn, a warmly-received horror adventure game, which successfully replants a story inspired by B-class horror movies into a video game. Other titles for that platform are Talltale’s take on Game of Thrones and a PlayLink party game That’s You. Check the complete list of titles available in the July PS Plus offer across all platforms.

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Rumors on Visceral's Star Wars female hero, Robie Mattox

More rumors came up about the upcoming Star Wars action game from Visceral (Dead Space) and Amy Hennig (ex-writer of Uncharted franchise) via MakingStarWars.net. Last week we met Dodger – the game’s main protagonist – and now it’s time to get acquainted with Robie Mattox, “a gunslinger with an attitude”. Raised as an orphan on Coruscant, level 1313, by the crime family Wandering Star, she became Dodger’s faithful partner in crime. Besides, her story might be expanded in the upcoming game’s sequel.

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Playerunknown's Battlegrounds getting new weapons and performance tweaks this week

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is getting a new update this week. The patch is going live on the Test Servers today and should be on Live Servers by Thursday. The patch is going to improve server and client performance as well as add two new weapons: Groza assault rifle, available in care packages only, and P18C pistol with full-auto fire mode. Moreover, there are several gameplay upgrades coming up as well as loot balance and overall tweaks.

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

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

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Somerville is a new game by co-developer of Limbo and Inside

Dino Patti, one of the founders of PlayDead – the studio who gave us Limbo and Inside, two much-acclaimed mature indie games – is working on a new project together with Chris Olsen under the Jumpship studio. Somerville is going to be a sci-fi side-scrolling action adventure game that focuses on “lives of key individuals in the wake of global catastrophe”. There is also an atmospheric teaser trailer, which gives a glimpse of the game’s artistic vision.

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Serial Cleaner scheduled for release next month

As it has been available in Steam Early Access for nine months now, Serial Cleaner is due very soon. The hilarious top-down stealth action game by Polish studio iFun4all is coming out on July 11, 2017 for PlayStation 4 followed by the PC and Xbox One release on July 14. The game puts you in the shoes of a professional crime scene cleaner, whose job is to get rid of any evidence incriminating your clients, all the while avoiding detection by the police.

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Escape from Tarkov closed beta starting next month

Realistic online shooter Escape from Tarkov will enter the closed beta stage next month. All those who pre-order the game will be invited for testing, regardless of when they made the purchase. The move from alpha to beta will also introduce a lot of improvements, including major code optimization, new locations and items, as well as an option to insure your weapons and equipment carried into a raid.

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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 dev CI Games gives up on AAA games

Overwhelmed by the disappointing sales of Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, caused primarily by its poor technical condition at launch, CI Games decided to change its aim for the nearest future. The developer’s strategy for the years 2017-2019 is to give up on making AAA games and focus on smaller-scale projects, which are to be characterized by high quality and lower budged. The next games they are working on are a tactical shooter and a sequel to action RPG Lords of the Fallen.

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Get Double Dragon Trilogy for free with your next purchase on GOG.com sale

In addition to the summer sale on GOG.com, the online store has a special offer for everyone who makes a purchase until the sale is over. If you buy a game on GOG.com until July 3, 2017 you will also get the cult classic co-op brawler Double Dragon Trilogy for free. As for the sale itself, GOG.com is offering a score of good, and not-so-old games discounted, including Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year Edition, Shadow Tactics: Blades of Shogun, Pillars of Eternity or Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days.

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SteamWorld Dig 2 confirmed for PC and PlayStation 4

Although previously it was only announced for Nintendo Switch, SteamWorld Dig 2 has now been confirmed to arrive on Steam and PlayStation 4 as well. The sequel to the successful Metroidvania game from 2013 is aimed to launch this year across all platforms, either in late summer or early fall. The Steam version will be available on Windows PC, Mac and Linux.

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Pathfinder: Kingmaker funded; new magic/melee character revealed

With a little over two weeks left untill the end of its Kickstarter campaign, Pathfinder: Kingmaker – a classic RPG with story co-written by Chris Avellone, father to Planescape Torment – has reached its main funding goal of $500,000. The game’s developers have now revealed a new stretch goal, set at $600,000. This is another playable character: Magnus, master of both melee and magic. Before that, the $550,000 goal will introduce proper camping, letting you pick someone to stand watch, another one to hunt, and listen to your companions gossiping about the events of the past days.

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Star Citizen dev denies rumors of its financial problems

Star Citizen creators decided to put an end to rumors about its alleged financial problems. Recently we could see some reports that the British branch of Cloud Imperium Games had taken a loan at Coutts & Co. However, that was not caused by the company’s alleged financial problems, as some quickly assumed, but a smart business move to avoid unnecessary currency conversion costs into GBP, according to Ortwin Freyermuth from Cloud Imperium Games. It is also not true that as part of the deal the ownership of Star Citizen has moved to Coutts & Co bank.

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WWII Squad mod Post Scriptum goes standalone

United under Periscope Games the Project Reality mod for Battlefield 2 and Squad modders have now announced that their WWII first-person shooter, dubbed Post Scriptum, is going to launch as a standalone game on Steam in early 2018. Post Scriptum will let you re-enact all the key stages of the famous Operation Market Garden. Up to 100 players split into two rivaling teams will fight on historical battlegrounds faithfully recreated in a 1:1 scale.

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Behind the scenes of The Witcher trilogy with CD Projekt RED

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

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

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

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Skull & Bones will feature single-player narrative campaign

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

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

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

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This is exactly when Destiny 2 beta starts

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

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

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

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

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

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Hitman's prologue available for free

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

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Pokemon Go to introduce Raid Battles and changes to Gym system

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

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

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

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

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

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EA giving away Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault

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

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Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court launches today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance to launch on February 13, 2018

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

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Thieves threaten to reveal Cyberpunk 2077 documents

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

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Game Informer leaks Bully 2: Kevin's Back Jack

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

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

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

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Styx: Shards of Darkness demo is live

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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