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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.

*UPDATED* Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date confirmed, Collector's Edition includes bionic arm

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Not a real bionic arm, obviously. Splash out $99 on the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector's Edition and you'll net a bunch of goodies including a half-scale replica of Snake's bionic arm (essential), a behind-the-scenes documentary, a steel-book case, a map, and the game's various trailers on BluRay, along with some unique in-game items.

Konami also confirmed The Phantom Pain's September 1 release date, to nobody's surprise, and revealed a Day One Edition that packs in a more modest collection of pre-order bonuses.

Avalance's Mad Max will be released this September, first concrete details revealed

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Just Cause developer Avalanche's video game adaptation of Mad Max will be released this September, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has announced.

Given that a certain other highly anticipated action title is on the way at the same time, it's surely going to be an interesting launch for the game.

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."

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