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New MMO, Riders of Icarus debuts new trailer and announces open beta date

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Created by Nexon America and WeMade, Riders of Icarus has revealed a gameplay video and open beta date for their flying mount combat MMORPG.

Nexon claims to offer hundreds of “fantastical mounts” in their MMO, from bears to fire-breathing dragons. Seems like a bit of a no-brainer, really. Who would pick a bear over a fire-breathing dragon? Anyway, potential players can purchase a Founder’s Pack to receive a few benefits as well as a seven-day window to play the game, that’s a whole week before the open beta launches. Check out the website to see the details on the Founder’s Packs.

Developers Trion Worlds change pricing model of Atlas Reactor, no longer free-to-play

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Atlas Reactor is switching from a free-to-play model to a buy-to-play model (otherwise known as the usual way games are sold).

Atlas Reactor is still in its closed beta phase, but developers Trion Worlds have decided their game would best be suited to a buy-to-play model. Now future owners of the game will obtain all current and future Freelancers (the characters in Atlas Reactor).

Blizzard accidentally leaks new WOW characters Chromie and Medivh for Heroes of the Storm

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Blizzard accidentally published a new Heroes of the Storm video earlier today, leaking new characters Chromie and Medivh. Along with these two new World of Warcraft characters, several new skins were also prematurely unveiled, including: Fel Chromie, KnightOwl Medivh, Widowmaker Nova and Eagle Eye Tyrande. In addition, the Elemental Wolf, Epic Elemental Wolf and Fel Billie mounts were also revealed.

Forums are already buzzing with excited fans and most of the details are now being discussed in the comments on a Blizzard Watch post and a sizeable thread on Reddit.

Ex-Kerbal Space Program developers unhappy with studio over poor pay

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Squad, developers of Kerbal Space Program, are being accused by several former employees that despite Kerbal Space Program’s massive success, employees are being paid less than $3,000 a year.

A 4chan user claiming to be Squad’s former Media Director (named PDtv) has spoken about the studio. This information was revealed as the NDA the employees signed when they joined the company has expired. PDtv says Squad used their initial employees to create a foundation for the game, once the game was created the team were subsequently replaced. PDtv’s exact quote is:

DICE developer teases Battlefield 5’s reveal today by referencing Call of Duty poop emoji

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Battlefield 5 is due to be revealed at 9pm today, and it appears some of the developers are getting excited.

Last week, the official Call of Duty Twitter account replied to a tweet made back in December 2014 with simply the poop and trousers emoji. Today, it appears Randy Evans (senior Video and Media Director/Editor at DICE, the studio that make the Battlefield games) has decided to follow suit.

HD Remaster of The Silver Case is coming to PC this Autumn

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Grasshopper Manufacture has announced that it will be releasing a worldwide HD Remaster of The Silver Case. It will be available on PC, this autumn.

The game was originally released by Grasshopper Manufacture and Goicha Suda (Suda51) back in 1999 on the PlayStation. The Silver Case was exclusively available in Japan and although a version was developed for the Nintendo DS, it was never released. Therefore, the game’s PC release will include the first official English translation, as a result of a partnership between the developer and Active Gaming Media. This also means that it will be available on Steam, PLAYISM and other platforms.

Activision Publishing CEO says 420,000 dislikes on Infinite Warfare’s trailer is a good thing

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Activision Publishing CEO, Eric Hirshberg, stated in the company’s quarterly earnings report that the 420,000 dislikes show the passion Call of Duty can generate.

Hirshberg’s exact quote: “First of all, you've gotta love the passion of gamers. This is an industry like no other, and a fan base like no other, and we love that our fans treat this franchise like it's their own and has such strong points of view about it. There just aren't many entertainment franchises on Earth that can generate the kind of passion that Call of Duty can. That's a good thing.”

GameWatcher plays Stellaris on May 5 at 5PM BST/12PM Eastern

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You can tune into GameWatcher’s Twitch channel for hour long streams of the latest and maybe greatest in PC gaming. We’ll be hitting big new releases, indie curiosities, and Early Access works-in-progress, so be sure to have a look for first impression gameplay footage of a wide variety of titles.

Creative Assembly announces that Total War: WARHAMMER will feature Official Mod Support and Steam Workshop

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We can't say we were expecting this, since Games Workshop are pretty touchy about anyone playing around or changing its IP, and we don't think there's been many moddable – if any - Warhammer games in the past, so it's extremely exciting to reveal that Creative Assembly have officially announced the Assembly Kit and Steam Workshop support for Total War: WARHAMMER.

The development team will be working with modders in the run up to the release, which means we should start seeing mods available on launch day; the 24th May.

CEO of CCP believes VR is a ten-year plan, states the next five years for VR will be slow

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Hilmar Petursson, CEO of CCP (developers of EVE Valkyrie) warns VR developers that the next few years will be slow in terms of sales.

In an interview with Polygon, Petursson stated VR is a ten year plan. The first five years are going to be the hardest for developers as the hardware almost certainly going to change, not the mention the adoption rate of VR headsets may not be fantastic in the first few years either. Pétursson’s exact quote:

Shadwen launches on May 17th for PC, Mac and PS4

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Frozenbyte, developers of the Trine series have confirmed their upcoming stealth-action game will be released on May 17th.

The game will launch at $14.55 / 14.55 € or less depending on the store and their pricing policy. After the launch period, the game’s price will increase to $16.99 / 16.99 € across all platforms and stores. You will be able to purchase the game on a variety of stores (including a few stores that I didn’t even know existed) including: Steam, PSN, GOG.com, Humble Store, Origin, the Mac App Store, and the GeForce NOW store.

Sources indicate Saints Row developer could be working on a new IP

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The Saints Row series has been incredibly successful for developer Volition. Given that their last few releases have strictly been Saints Row games, you may be wondering if/when they will release something new. Well, there's information out there which may give away what this unknown game could be. Game Informer have found three pieces of evidence that suggest Volition are working on a new IP named Agents of Mayhem.

The first piece of evidence comes in the form of a trademark filed in two days ago.

The Witcher 3’s ‘Battle of Kaer Morhen’ may be one of the Quest Designers’ favourites, but it was also the most challenging to create

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Yesterday, CD Projekt Red’s forum moderator, Riven-Twain posted a transcribed copy of a special Q and A with The Witcher 3’s quest designers, Pawel Sasko and Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz. The Q and A session appears to have been quite long with Sasko and Tomaszkiewicz going into a lot of detail regarding the design process for creating quests, talking about which quest was the hardest to create and more. This information pleased many fans on the forum, who were keen to hear what the designers had to say.

If you are a Witcher 3 fan and haven’t checked out the interview yet, it’s well worth a read.

Dishonored 2 gives Corvo a voice, also features separate abilities for both protagonists

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Game Informer’s June cover story featured a huge preview of Dishonored 2, revealing lots of new details for the previously secretive game.

Back in July 2015 we wrote about how Dishonored 2 will allow the player to choose two protagonists, Corvo Attano and Emily Kaldwin. Game Informer have revealed both characters will have their own unique set of abilities, giving players two completely different options on how they want to play the game. In addition to this, the story changes depending on which character you choose. You may have to finish Dishonored 2 twice to understand what is truly going on in the game.

Origin offering free trials of Star Wars Battlefront and more

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This week, Origin are offering free trials for a number of popular games. There’s quite a few to choose from and with some of the titles also featuring in their ’up to 60% off sale’, now might be the perfect time to grab yourself a bargain.

Star Wars Battlefront: Play it free for four hours

Gearbox are planning to adjust the incredibly difficult ‘Saboteur’ mission in Battleborn

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Having trouble on ‘The Saboteur’ mission in Battleborn? Don’t worry, it’s not your fault. Gearbox have acknowledged the high difficulty of the mission; the developers intend on fixing ‘The Saboteur’ in the next update.

‘The Saboteur’ mission has players defending waves of enemies at specific points in the map. The mission in its current state ramps up the difficulty right near the end, sending large waves of powerful enemies directly to the objective. Randy Varnell took to the Gearbox message boards to address the situation. In his post he wrote the following message:

EA working with Respawn on 3rd Person action game set in the Star Wars Universe

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EA has announced that it's working with Respawn Entertainment to develop a new 3rd person action adventure game that will be set in the Star Wars universe.

This means that Respawn join the growing list of developers that are working on Star Wars games for EA, including Visceral Games, DICE, Capital Games, BioWare, Motive and more.

Bethesda releasing Far Harbor DLC for Fallout 4 on 19th May

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Bethesda has announced that the next DLC for Fallout 4 called Far Harbor will be releasing on 19th May for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Far Harbor is the third add-on for Fallout 4 and will cost £19.99. There's a new case from Valentine’s Detective Agency that leads you on a search for a young woman and a secret colony of synths. The add-on is located off the coast of Maine on a mysterious island called Far Harbor, where higher levels of radiation have created a more feral world. There's going to be plenty of conflicts to deal with between the synths, the Children of Atom, and the local townspeople.

The Division 1.2 patch will consist of buffs only

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Ubisoft Massive have started to confirm some of the changes that will be coming to The Division’s 1.2 patch this month.

Although the patch is still in the testing phase, a number of changes were discussed on The Division’s ‘State of the Game’ Twitch stream a couple of hours ago. One of the major changes includes a new Dark Zone Bracket where more generous loot will be given. It was also announced on the stream that the balancing of the game will consist of buffs, only.

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide gets new DLC on May 26th

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Fatshark have announced DLC for Vermintide that brings three new levels to the game. The DLC is called Drachenfels, named after the abandoned Castle Drachenfels.

Martin Wahlund, CEO of Fatshark, had this to say about the DLC in the press release: “Players get to explore three brand new levels around the abandoned Castle Drachenfels. Drachenfels also introduces deadly traps and torches to help navigate the pitch black dungeons”.

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