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Total War: Attila shifts 21,680 copies in the UK in its debut week

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Creative Assembly's Rome-sacking simulator Total War: Attila did a decent job for the studio in its first week on sale last month - according to the new issue of MCV, the game sold 21,680 units in the UK.

For some baffling reason game sales charts still omit digital purchases, which is fairly ridiculous since only 19 per cent of Attila's sales came via boxed retail copies.

Banner Saga creative director working on new title Killers and Thieves

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The Banner Saga was released back in January, 2014, a visually astonishing blend of animated Norse storytelling and turn-based tactical combat. Now the game's lead director is working on a new title.

Killers and Thieves has the player running a thieves guild, hiring burglars and bandits to do their dirty work, upgrading their base of operations, and planning elaborate heists. Like Banner Saga, it makes use of some beautiful 2D, hand-drawn visuals, but this time they're inspired by the work of comic artist Mike Mignola.

Alien 5 director Neill Blomkamp praises Alien: Isolation

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District 9 director Neill Blomkamp was recently confirmed to be directing the next Alien movie, and it seems like he's been gearing up for the job with a little bit of Alien: Isolation.

“I think it’s amazing,” Blomkamp told IGN. “Even from the first screen grabs, just the quality of the art direction and how it looks. I’m such a visual person that the narrative of stuff is neither here nor there for me sometimes. It’s literally about imagery.”

EA shuts down The Sims and SimCity developer Maxis

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In this industry it's not often that hearing a studio is being closed down genuinely surprises you, but I'm left fairly shocked by the news that EA is shutting the doors at Maxis Emeryville, the studio's main headquarters, for good.

Well, maybe 'surprised' is the wrong word; despite the well-publicised disaster of SimCity and the negative response to the removal of several features from The Sims 4, I somehow simply assumed that Maxis, who've been around since before I was even born, would continue on regardless.

Block N Load launches April 30

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Jagex has announced that its block-building team shooter Block N Load will move out of its current beta phase and release in full for PC this April 30.

In preparation for launch the game's ongoing beta will switch from its current, always-on schedule to weekend stress and balance tests only. It'll make that transition on March 9.

Magicka 2 blasting its way onto PC this May

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Paradox has announced that spell-'em-up sequel Magicka 2 will be released on PC and consoles this May 26, marking the announcement with, almost inevitably, a Game of Thrones parody trailer.

Packing an improved graphics engine and new, game-changing Artifacts, Magicka 2 once again puts you in control of a group of wizards who should clearly never be allowed access to powerful magic.

Former Ensemble devs announce fast-paced RTS Servo

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BonusXP, a new team made up from ex- Ensemble developers, has announced Servo, a fast-paced real-time strategy title with a focus on unit customisation and no-nonsense, ten to fifteen minute matches.

There's more than a little of the Transformers about Servo's day-glo sci-fi world, not least that it features massive, brightly coloured robots kicking the snot out of each other.

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