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Total War: ATTILA releases February 17th, 2015

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SEGA and Creative Assembly have announced the release date for Total War: ATTILA as well as the pre-order bonus. The Viking Forefathers Culture Pack is the DLC on offer and it adds three factions to the campaign.

These Norse factions will be able to take advantage of the new scorched earth feature that lets us tear down settlements, instead of conquering or just sacking them. Pre-orders are now open for business.

Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues now on Steam Early Access

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Richard Garriott's massively online RPG Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues is now available to the masses through Steam Early Access. It's debuting with 15% off right which expires December 1st.

Also available from today is the latest content update, Release 12, which includes several new features with new skills, recipes, songs, maps and even a hint system for newcomers.

Elite: Dangerous enters 'Gamma' pre-launch phase, beta period officially ends

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Frontier Developments has announced the end of the beta for Elite: Dangerous as the space sim enters its 'Gamma' phase in the run up to launch December 16th. This is the final development build.

This opens up the "full 400 Billion star systems," and those who've pre-ordered Elite: Dangerous can download and play single-player combat missions from this Wednesday, November 26th.

Batman: Arkham Knight gameplay video released, infiltrates ACE Chemicals

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Warner Bros. and Rocksteady have just released the first of three gameplay videos for Batman: Arkham Knight, and part one takes us into ACE Chemicals. They focus on Batman trying to learn more of this 'Knight'.

New features are teased like the new 'Fear Takedown', and the "seamless integration" of the Batmobile and Combat Mode. Batman must try to save workers at the plant while stopping Scarecrow's plans.

Dead State receives "final patch before launch," community feedback vital

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Developer DoubleBear Productions has now released their final pre-release beta patch for turn-based RPG Dead State, which has us managing a shelter in the wake of a zombie outbreak in Texas.

The indie studio started Dead State after a successful Kickstarter campaign and has been on Early Access for a while. It's expected to achieve a full release next month.

PC patch for Far Cry 4 targets 'black and grey screens', Ubisoft "in the process of preparing"

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The next PC patch for Far Cry 4 is in the works at Ubisoft bringing the shooter to version 1.4.0. This update looks to fix rather annoying black screens on game launch, and a grey screen during a mission.

Ubisoft are "still in the process of preparing" the PC patch and will give a "firm date for making it available." While not comforting to those who need this patch, at least it isn't a mess quite like Unity.

Grimlore Games founded by Nordic Games, new studio focuses on SpellForce 3

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Publisher Nordic Games has opened studio Grimlore Games in Munich, which is comprised of experienced developers from series such as The Settlers, Knights and Merchants, Cultures and SpellForce.

Grimlore will be sticking with PC development for 'core gamers', specifically blending role-playing with strategy. Nordic describes this in-house studio as a "significant step" for the growing publisher.

Crytek bringing winter to Warface in new co-op setting 'Operation Cold Peak'

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Free-to-play shooter Warface from Crysis creator Crytek is going to feel the chill as a new Siberian backdrop is added. Operation Cold Peak features a secluded stronghold high in the Altai Mountains.

Three new maps and "powerful new bosses" await in this snowy tundra. A teaser for the new co-op setting has been released with it due out soon. The last update was the Nevada Versus map pack.

New EVE Online trailer is a celebration of operatic space conflict

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To call EVE Online a video game seems almost laughably simplistic, considering the sheer scale of treachery, corporate espionage and pure, glorious space violence that occurs within its virtual borders.

Despite grovelling every now and then as a news story of another mass battle or long con game breaks, I've never been able to make the commitment and get into CCP's space MMO. This new trailer really makes me want to.

Game of Thrones now available to pre-order on Steam, PC specs revealed

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It's getting ever closer. If I was being a bit obvious and House Stark about it, I might even say "winter is coming." Telltale's Game of Thrones is creeping closer to release this winter, and the game's now available to pre-order on Steam.

There's even some recommended PC specifications, though obviously it's unlikely that this is going to strain your rig too much.