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GameWatcher wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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It's only been a few months since we made the switch over from Strategy Informer to GameWatcher, but we've been thrilled with the response and want to thank everyone for their continued support and encouragement as we head into 2015.

Christmas is the best time of year to sit down and enjoy video games with the rest of the family as you celebrate the holiday period. If you haven't already read it, make sure you check out our Game of the Year piece, which is filled with all our personal choices to help recommend some of the games that we've enjoyed throughout 2014.

New gear set available to loot in Advanced Warfare this week

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Log in to play play Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare this week, and you'll receive a brand new set of threads to show off with in multiplayer. Although I suppose everyone else will be wearing them too.

Called the The KVA Paramilitary set, the new outfit will have to be discovered by hunting down Supply Drops and hoovering up the contents within, as per usual.

Four-minute gameplay trailer for Etherium released

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Tindalos Interactive has released a bumper four minute gameplay trailer for its upcoming sci-fi RTS Etherium, showing off the game's three factions and key mechanics.

There's a few other interesting things in the game that you'll get to check out here; different weather events will pop up to disrupt the strategy action, while various sub-factions can be recruited to fight in your armies.

GSC Gameworld re-opens its doors, has a new project in the works

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After closing down back in 2011, the original creator of STALKER: Call of Pripyat GSC Gameworld has re-opened for business. It has a brand new website and even a new project in the works.

"We don't think free-to-play is the right model for the game we want to make. So we're making an old-fashioned, full price game, we think our audience will be happy about that. We're expecting a lot of our old audience!", spokesperson Valentine Yeltyshev told Gamesindustry.biz.

The Witcher 3 is content complete, delay will be used to bug fix and polish

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CD Projekt RED pushed back The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt a second time earlier this month, delaying the highly anticipated fantasy RPG into May 2015. That extra time won't be used to develop new content, rather the studio will use it to bug fix and add extra polish.

Talking to Nerdacy via email, CD Projekt RED CEO Marcin Iwinski revealed, ““The content is locked, so no content changes are being made at this point."

Bundle Stars offers affordable Arthurian action with the King Arthur Complete Bundle

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Fancy a bit of Arthurian monster-slaying? Bundle Stars has you covered - the company has just launched the King Arthur Complete Bundle, which packs up fantasy wargames King Arthur 1 and 2, alongside several pieces of DLC.

The games themselves are unspectacular but generally pretty decent strategy/RPG affairs, but for the set price of £3.89 you can't really go wrong. You've got two weeks to make use of the bundle deal.

Rumour: Release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain spotted?

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A retail worker posting on Reddit might have discovered the release date for Hideo Kojima's highly anticipated stealth-em-up Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. User mikefancypants posted an image of a stock listing with the street date set to February 24, 2015.

He claims that until recently the listing showed a place-holder date of December 31, 2014. The new date ties in with listings on Rakuten and several other online retailers.

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