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Battlefield 4's Winter Patch released, adds new Squad Obliteration game mode

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DICE has released Battlefield 4's Winter Patch, which adds a brand new game mode called Squad Obliteration alongside the usual laundry list of fixes, balance tweaks and alterations.

Squad Obliteration is slightly altered version of Obliteration, which had you trying to blow up the opposing team's base with a bomb. It's intended for competitive squad versus squad play, and removes parachute spawns, extends the bomb timer, and forces you to destroy the mode's three targets in order.

TSI announces RPG character transfer system 'Gateway'

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Tactical Simulations Interactive (TSI for short) has revealed its new technology 'Gateway', which will let players transfer their favorite characters across supported RPGs.

Unsurprisingly Gateway will be introduced alongside TSI's upcoming RPG Seven Dragon Saga, but fellow developers InXile and Harebrained Schemes have also announced support for the system.

Boardgame adaptation Legions of Steel on the way this April

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Indie developer Studio Nix has announced that Legions of Steel, its adaptation of the classic robot-smashing board game, is set for release this May 2015 on PC and iPad.

If you're unfamiliar with the board game, players take the role of an elite group of Commandos sent to raid a production facility of the evil Empire of the Machines. You're a bunch of future John Connors, essentially.

Shadowrun Online changes name to Shadowrun Chronicles, releases this April

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Nordic Games and Cliffhanger Productions, who recently announced they were partnering up to release the final version of early access title Shadowrun Online, have revealed a name change for the cyberpunk fantasy MMO.

It's now going to be known as Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown, a title chosen by the game's community and Kickstarter backers.

Ubisoft kicks off first competitive tournament for Might and Magic: Heroes Online

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Ubisoft is kicking off the first official competitive tournament for its free-to-play browser RPG Might and Magic: Heroes Online, titled Champions of Ashan. It starts today, and will continue throughout the month.

The tournament sets players against each other in PVP battles, offering special rewards "such as gift-cards and exclusive medals."

World of Warcraft will allow players to swap in-game gold for play time

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Blizzard is adding a new option to World of Warcraft that will allow players to exchange their hard-earned in-game gold for extra game time.

You'll be able to buy 'WoW Tokens' through the World of Warcraft in-game shop for cash, then sell it in the auction house for gold at a non-negotiable price. When a player buys your Token, it becomes Soulbound and they can redeem it for 30 days game time.

Kojima Productions teases major Metal Gear Solid 5 announcement this Wednesday

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Hideo Kojima is up to his old tricks again, the tease – apparently Kojima Productions will unveil something important regarding Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday.

Every single Metal Gear fan will be crossing all their appendages in the hope we'll get an official release date for the stealth action thriller, but there's every chance it could be something about amusing animal hats.

Meta-RPG sequel Knights of Pen and Paper 2 is coming to PC this year

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Publisher Paradox Interactive has announced Knights of Pen and Paper 2, a follow-up to the popular 2013 game-within-a-game developed by Kyy Games.

The set-up is thus; not only are you playing as a group of heroes exploring a fantasy world, you're also playing as the players who are playing those heroes in a tabletop RPG. Clear?

HTC hopes to release a Half-life game for its VR headset

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Cher Wang, the chairwoman of Chinese tech manufacturer HTC, has told the BBC that she hopes a Half-life video game will be released for her company's virtual-reality headset.

HTC is teaming up with the classic franchise's creator Valve to put its VR hardware on the market, so it's not quite as outlandish a hope as it initially sounds. Still, as we all know, any Half-Life news must be accompanied by the caveat, "probably not going to happen."

Strength of the SWORD: ULTIMATE is the latest addition to Team17's indie roster

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Team17’s assembling quite the indie roster these days, the publisher's latest snagged title being action brawler Strength of the SWORD: ULTIMATE.

Strength of the SWORD has you take on the role of a magically powered War Golem, smashing his way through enemies and boss battles. It's the brainchild of two-man team Ivent Games.

EA outlines Battlefield: Hardline Premium membership

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EA has announced Battlefield: Hardline Premium, the membership option for its upcoming cops versus robbers shooter. As usual, members will get two weeks early access to all new content released for the game.

As well as earning monthly rewards and access to exclusive in-game events and items, Premium members will also gain access to four unique features – Masks, Gun Bench, Competitive Play, and Legendary Status.

Soviet Russia invades Heroes and Generals in new update

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A big new update for Heroes and Generals has popped up on Steam, adding, alongside new gear, playable characters, maps and gameplay improvements, a whole new faction in the form of Soviet Russia.

Russia joins the existing US and German factions in the game's strategic MMOFPS arena, bringing "light tanks, medium tanks, a tank destroyer, a heavy tank, as well as a giant Anti-tank rifle, lots of new weapons, planes, paratroopers and a lot more."

Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin trailer introduces NPC invader The Forlorn

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One of the new additions that the upcoming Scholar of the First Sin remastered edition adds to Dark Souls 2 is an NPC invader known as The Forlorn.

Hunting players down “with deadly skill and tenacity”, The Forlorn will show up at inopportune times to carve you into pieces with his mighty zweihander.

Trailer released for Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power, coming 2015

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Frozenbyte has just released a trailer for the third game in its fantasy platformer series, Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power, which is on the way to PC this year.

Once again our three heroes, the Wizard, the Rogue and the Knight, are travelling through colourful, vibrant fantasy landscapes, solving physics-based puzzles and battling strange creatures as they go.

Stealth 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto PC this April

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Curve Digital's Stealth 2: A Game of Clones, the stealth-focused puzzle platform game released in October last year on Wii U, will be making its way to PC this April.

The game has you trying to infiltrate a heavily guarded Metroidvania-style industrial complex, using your side-scrolling sneaking skills and various gadgets to avoid detection.

Elite: Dangerous will launch Nimoy Memorial station in honour of late actor

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Unsurprisingly there have already been a few gaming tributes to the brilliant actor Leonard Nimoy, who passed away last week at the age of 83.

Elite: Dangerous studio Frontier Developments is the latest to pay their respects, namely by adding a new orbital station named after Nimoy in the game's 1.2 update.

Modder adds offline co-op support to Resident Evil: Revelations 2

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The saga of the missing Resident Evil: Revelations 2 PC co-op mode continues, fortunately with a slightly more positive twist this time.

A modder known only as Fluffyquack (I like to think that's his real name) has added offline co-op support to the game's first episode.

Interplay announces remastered version of claymation brawler ClayFighter

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Interplay has announced that its teaming up with Drip Drop Games to release a remastered version of ClayFighter, the cult claymation brawler first released in back 1993 for the SNES.

It's not entirely clear from the announcement, but it sounds like the remaster will also include the game's two sequels, or at least some content from them; "The game will be packed with the best of all previous ClayFighter titles," writes Interplay.

Night Dive Studios abandons attempt to re-release No One Lives Forever

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Light-hearted spy thriller The Operative: No One Lives Forever is a bit of a forgotten gem, a funny, smart shooter that showcased developer Monolith at its inventive best.

For a while it looked like we might be getting a remastered version of the game, but sadly republishing experts Night Dive Studios' recent attempts to secure the rights for a remastered version have ended in disappointment.

Nordic will distribute Shadowrun Online when it leaves early access

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Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has signed a deal with publisher Nordic Games to distribute the cyberpunk MMO.

The team-based tactical RPG is currently available through Steam Early Access, but when it's fully released later this year Nordic will handle the distribution.

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