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DICE "specifically tailor" maps to certain modes in Star Wars: Battlefront, release concept artwork

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Star Wars: Battlefront is due late this year and DICE has just released some teasing concept art for the game. They also reveal a "great variety" in both map size and game modes we'll be fighting through.

In fact the studio decided to "specifically tailor certain maps" meaning Hoth is a vast tundra, because of the invasion of Hoth by AT-ATs, while Endor's Moon is more compact due to the dense woods.

Introversion "closing in on the end game" for Prison Architect, will launch in 2015

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The latest Alpha release for Prison Architect is here, now at 29, and it's a "Massive alpha" update to the prison management sim. What's more is the Introversion team is finally ready to launch it this year.

Parole is now in the game, which is the 'end game' for all prisoners not serving a life sentence. Libraries and Places of Worship are also added for some quiet time. A new video is now out for Alpha 29.

Firaxis shows off first footage of Sid Meier’s Starships

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Developer Firaxis has just released the first footage of its upcoming Civilization: Beyond Earth spin-off, Sid Meier’s Starships. The slice of gameplay was shown off in a Twitch yesterday.

The legendary Sid Meier himself even made an appearance to explain how the space-fleet building turn-based strategy game works.

Sega of America to cut 300 jobs and close its San Francisco office as part of major restructure

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Sega of America has announced that it will be cutting 300 jobs as part of a dramatic restructuring of its business model. The company's San Francisco office will also be closed and moved to Southern California.

Some of those employees will be offered early retirement, while others will be offered positions at the new studio. According to a press release from Sega, "the total number of employees affected by this move will be realized after the complete transition is finalized in early summer."

Fan favourite and former mystery glitch Ermac joins Mortal Kombat X roster

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Following on from the confirmation of gross lizard-man Reptile earlier this week, developer NetherRealm has revealed the next addition to the Mortal Kombat X roster.

It's only grumpy ninja Ermac, the man who started life as a mythical glitch in the very first game, and then blossomed into a full-blown regular.

Heroes and Generals updated with new hit detection system

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An online shooter lives or dies on the quality of its gunplay, which is why developer Reto-Moto has updated its World War 2 themed title Heroes and Generals with an improved hit detection system.

With the addition of the latest Spaatz Addon #2 update the game now uses server-side hit detection instead of the more common client-side hit detection.

Guild Wars 2 will never raise its level cap, claims ArenaNet

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Generally when a popular MMO announces a new expansion, said expansion comes with a raised level cap. More content, more grinding, that's the rule.

Well, that's not the case with Guild Wars 2 and its forthcoming expansion Heart of Thorns, according to developer ArenaNet.

Battlefield: Hardline beta kicks off next week on February 3

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Confirming those rumours we heard earlier this week. EA and developers Visceral have revealed that the second Battlefield: Hardline beta will kick off next week on Tuesday, February 3.

This new chance to test the cops versus robbers shooter adds the new Hotwire mode, as well as a bunch of new weapons and gadgets. The beta will run for five days.

Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered save bug caused by Steam names with special characters

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Aspyr Media's recent HD remaster of Quantic Dream adventure game Fahrenheit has an interesting bug that will only affect players who use special characters in their Steam name.

Users on Reddit are reporting that Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered uses your default Steam name to create a save, which is fine unless your name happens to use characters that Windows doesn't recognise.

Ubisoft's Heroes of Might and Magic III - HD Edition now out on PC

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Today the HD Edition of Heroes of Might and Magic III finally releases onto PC, dusting off the 15-year-old classic and giving it a fancy spit polish. Seven campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps await.

What's more, we've just published our review of the turn-based strategy's return. French studio DotEmu is behind the HD revival of the classic in the Heroes of Might and Magic series.

Bohemia's Take On Mars expected to fully release in June, beta in early April

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Bohemia Interactive has posted their 'roadmap to release' for Take On Mars, the simulation game that lets us try to colonise Mars as the very first humans. It all started with just a Martian-bound rover.

Now it's time to start setting up mankind's very first presence on the Red Planet. The published roadmap sets June as the target date for the final release, with early beta due in early April.

Life is Strange receives final developer diary, focuses on 'Creating Arcadia Bay'

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Dontnod Entertainment's latest rewinding adventure Life is Strange is almost here and so the third and final developer diary from the studio has been released. Now we get a peek at how they went about making the game world.

We're also treated to the voice actors behind Max and her friend Chloe. The diary also looks at the licensed music for the episodic series, and discusses their choice of art style for the game.

Final Fantasy XIV begins "Free Login Weekend" tomorrow for returning players

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If you own Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn but haven't played the MMO in a while, well, Square Enix would like to entice you back with a 'Free Login Weekend' starting tomorrow at 12.00am PST.

They'd like you to sample the "multitude of new adventures" from the recent 2.5 update. Of course you could always start your free trial if you've never stepped foot in the realm of Eorzea before.

Warner Bros. and TT Games confirm LEGO line-up, announce LEGO Jurassic World

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More plastic brick adventures are on the way for 2015 as Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developer TT Games declare the LEGO series "remains a cornerstone" of their business.

What's on the way this year? LEGO Jurassic World, based off the original films and the upcoming one. There's also LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, including the Age of Ultron sequel. Lastly we have LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin.

DayZ reveal work on "zombie templates" for more variety, includes body shapes

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Chris Torchia from DayZ's development team over at Bohemia Interactive has given us a glimpse of the "zombie template" system being worked on, which will dramatically increase the wardrobe of the shuffling undead.

Not only will they dress differently, but they come in different body shapes too. All this will have minimal impact on DayZ's performance should anyone come across a large gathering.

Starbound receives first major update in almost a year

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Early Access exploration and crating game Starbound has just received its first stable update since March of last year, containing a pretty vast list of additions and improvements.

Combat's seen a major overhaul, there's now a universal hub where players can shop and trade, and a new playable race, the 'Novakids', have been added to the game.

Download the Music of League of Legends Volume One for free

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There's free video game music all over the place this week. Hot on the heels of BioWare, who recently released Dragon Age: Inquisition's tavern music at no charge, comes a similar offer from League of Legends developer Riot Games.

You can download the entire first volume of new album Music of League of Legends for free via the studio's site.

The Witcher 3 contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture

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Sex has always been a part of the Witcher series, right back to the first game and its rather adolescent collectible cards. For upcoming third entry The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, it's no less important.

The Guardian reports that the game will contain a frankly jaw-dropping 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Blimey.

Torment: Tides of Numenera won't be affected by work on Bard's Tale 4, says inXile

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inXile Entertainment says that work on its Planescape Torment spiritual successor Torment: Tides of Numenera won't be affected by the recently announced Bard's Tale 4.

That's because the studio is splitting up its staff into teams that will work on both of the upcoming titles, as well as the already released Wasteland 2.

Steam adds new curated Workshops for non-Valve titles

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The potential for the modding community to make money on Steam has increased with Valve's recent addition of new curated Workshops for various non-Valve titles.

Beginning with Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, players will be able to create, vote for, and buy new in-game content.

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