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Machine Games announces standalone prequel Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

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Did you like Wolfenstein: New Order, Machine Games' excellent reboot of the venerable shooter franchise? You should have done, because it was brilliant, one of the best games of last year.

Which is why the Swedish studio's announcement today that they're releasing a standalone prequel has me so excited. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood will launch on May 5 for $20, and it takes hero BJ Blazkowicz back to the iconic Castle Wolfenstein.

Black Lab reveals space fleet strategy game Star Hammer, kicks off open Beta

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Developer Black Lab Games has revealed 3D tactical space strategy game, Star Hammer : The Vanguard Prophecy, which has you command a fleet of elite vessels at both the strategic level as a Commander, and on the frontlines as a ship's Captain.

The studio has also revealed that the game's open Beta is now live - to sign up for a chance of entering you'll need to head over to publisher Slitherine's website.

X Rebirth Free Steam Weekend and Update Announced

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Egosoft and Deep Silver have announced that they'll be kicking off a free Steam weekend for the X series from March 11 to March 13, to drop at the same time as a new update for X: Rebirth.

Over that weekend from all games in the space-faring series, from the original X: Beyond The Frontier through to the X3 series and latest edition X Rebirth: The Teladi Outpost, will be available to play.

Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider moves on to "new, upcoming BioWare project"

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David Gaider has been the lead writer on Bioware's fantasy RPG series Dragon Age since its inception, writing the main story for every single installment. So it's a big deal to see him leave the franchise for new pastures.

He's not moving too far away, though - according to his Twitter page he's staying within the company to work on a "new, upcoming BioWare project."

Star Wars: Battlefront gameplay receives "superb ovation" at private EA event, claims Peter Moore

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It won't be too long before we start to see gameplay footage of DICE's highly anticipated shooter Star Wars: Battlefront - the game's apparently already being shown off to EA's retail partners.

Tweeting from a private event held in Texas yesterday, the company's CCO Peter Moore said there had been "superb ovation for latest game play footage on @starwars Battlefront."

Classic real-time strategy game Syndicate is available for free on Origin

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Bullfrog's classic 1993 strategy game Syndicate is one of those releases that you often hear developers and gamers waxing lyrical about, but considering its age there's probably a lot of people out there who've never tried it out.

Now's your chance – Syndicate is the latest title to be made available through Origin's On The House programme.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released this September 1

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You hear that squealing sound? That's the sound of millions of nerds crying out in excitement (me included) because we now have a solid, if not yet officially confirmed, release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain - September 1 2015.

Konami had planned to reveal the date in an official announcement tomorrow but, as usual, the internet hive mind put paid to that.

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