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Retro sci-fi space strategy XO just shy of Kickstarter goal, new pre-Alpha gameplay walkthrough video

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The human race is under attack from an alien fleet abducting en masse across space, so it falls to us in XO to marshal a fleet, grab as many survivors as we can, and take the fight to the enemy mothership.

At least it will be our solemn duty if the XO Kickstarter campaign succeeds with its $40k goal, and it's very nearly there with 22 days left. A new pre-Alpha game walkthrough video has been released.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD arrives on on PC through Steam August 18th, system requirements released

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Square Enix has confirmed Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is on the march for release on PC through Steam, after an earlier leak by MSI spilled the beans, and we're also given the system requirements to power this beast.

Maybe 'beast' is a little strong but it does want 30GB of space! The pre-order offer is a bit odd as it gives an 'exclusive loading screen' (yes, you read that correctly) and a DOTA 2 courier and ward.

Second Early Access patch for Into the Stars, adds 'Quick Launch' for ship loadouts

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Space can be a pretty unforgiving mistress, especially when your civilian refugees have a serious case of space diarrhoea and your top-notch pilot got killed by an alien hermit. Welcome to Into the Stars on Early Access.

Fugitive Games have now released the second patch for the Early Access space roguelike, and they've added a much requested 'Quick Launch' option which remembers your last ship loadout. Hurrah!

No Pineapple Left Behind available in Open Alpha, a school simulator for "orderly pineapples"

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Children and smartphones equal hell for school administrators, so why not turn them into pineapples? Indie studio Subaltern Games puts us in the shoes of a school principal where grades are everything.

The 'school tycoon' is now in Open Alpha so anyone who thinks they can coral studious pineapples or even attempt to educate actual children can try it out. Budgets, prestige, whiny parents... pineapples.

Blizzard celebrate 5th Anniversary of StarCraft 2, special portrait and 'exploding confetti' in-game

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Five years have come and gone since StarCraft II: Hearts of Liberty first graced our computers, and now Blizzard is celebrating with a series of little things like a fancy unique portrait if you login between July 27th and August 3rd.

It's bad news for the backbone of any StarCraft army though as worker units are liable to explode into puffs of confetti. A new wallpaper is being released too in the Media section. Five years and the game still isn't done yet.

Terrain "truly matters in this game," says Tease #4 for Paradox's Project Augustus - "NOT a cold-war game"

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A tiny bit more of Paradox Interactive's teaser campaign has exposed itself and this time we're told "terrain truly matters in this game," which fits basically every grand strategy that Paradox Development Studio has worked on.

Reading a little more into though it might be referring to armies far more susceptible to terrain differences, like those in the ancient eras? Maybe. It's definitely "NOT a cold-war game" though.

Mafia 3 "worldwide reveal" taking place at Gamescom, trailer airs August 5th

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It's finally happened - 2K Games has just made an offer we're hardly going to refuse. Mafia III is going to debut with a "worldwide reveal" next week at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany on August 5th.

Wannabe Mafiosos will be plunging into "organised crime through rich narrative storytelling" soon enough. The first trailer for Mafia III will release August 5th @ 1.00pm GMT+1.

Bethesda had Fallout 4's Boston setting planned since before Skyrim

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Bethesda's open world games take a lot of work and conceptual planning, so it's no surprise to hear that the developer had pegged which area of America it wanted to set Fallout 4 in before the game had even entered development.

“Pre-Skyrim," revealed the company's VP of marketing Pete Hines, when asked about the genesis of the game's setting by Gamespot. "The ideas for Fallout 4 started right after Fallout 3 and have gotten worked on and been percolated since 2008… We’re talking about its infancy, we’re talking about jotting some stuff down, we’re talking about, ‘I want to do it in Massachusetts, and have it be about this, this, and this.”

Street Fighter 5 Beta pushed back indefinitely after launch issues

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Capcom launched the Beta for Street Fighter 5 last week, and it promptly fell flat on its face, with thousands of players complaining that they couldn't sign in. After several abortive attempts to sort out the game's servers, Capcom has decided to cancel the Beta for now, and come back to it once they've hammered it into shape.

"After three days of testing, while we were making progress and collecting valuable data," the studio writes on the Capcom blog, "we felt the majority of players were not having a good experience, and the best course of action would be to take the servers offline for extended maintenance. We will be postponing our first beta phase until we believe the experience is going to be a positive one for players."

Mount & Blade: Warband Viking Conquest gets big update with free Reforged Edition

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Mount & Blade: Warband Viking Conquest has just received a sizeable free update, a "monumental update" in fact, which adds a bunch of new features including a brand new story, a dog companion, and expanded kingdom management.

Titled 'The Last Tuatha De Danann', the new campaign is “set in dark, mysterious Ireland where nothing is what it seems and truths are hidden.”

Mod team releases impressive debut trailer for Fallout: The Frontier

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Fallout 4 is just around the corner, and as if you needed more incentive to get excited about returing to the post-apocalyptic wasteland, the mod team behind Fallout: The Frontier has just released a very impressive new trailer for the New Vegas-powered project.

The Frontier swaps sun-baked, radioactive deserts for the snows of Portland Oregon, where the NCR and the Legion are locked in a bloody stalemate for control of the city.

Psyonix reveals patch plans for its car football game Rocket League, new map on the way

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I have a confession to make; I am hooked on Rocket League. Psyonix' ferociously addictive car-football game isn't without its bugs, though, and the developer is planning to release a patch shortly that will iron some of them out.

Skate sequel OlliOlli 2 is coming to the PC this August

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Addictive, side-scrolling skatefest OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood is coming to Steam next month, developer Roll7 has confirmed, following its successful run on consoles earlier this year.

As well as enhanced controls, including all the manuals, reverts, grind-switching and revert manuals (I don't know what any of those are) you could want, the sequel brings new tricks, new levels, a split-screen 'Combo Master' mode with "four unique game modes."

The final piece of Witcher 3 DLC is a New Game Plus mode

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The real, no doubt about it, honest-to-god final piece of free DLC for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will drop shortly, and it's not a new quest or a new piece of clothing, but rather an excuse to go back and play the whole damn thing again.

Yes, CD Projekt is cooking up a New Game+ mode, and though there are few details revealed just yet, we all know how these things work; you'll presumably be able to start the story all over again, while keeping all of Geralt's skills, talents and equipment.

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord gameplay to be revealed at Gamescom, set 200 years before Warband

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TaleWorlds Entertainment will be unveiling for the first time the new Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord. Unfortunately its live gameplay sessions will be private at Gamescom.

The press will get to salivate at the current state of the sequel, which is set two centuries before Mount & Blade Warband but takes the series forward "by greatly expanding gameplay" in all areas.

Development of RollerCoaster Tycoon World changes hands again, now with Nvizzio Creations

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Atari's reboot RollerCoaster Tycoon World has changed development house again for a third time, so for now it's being handled by Nvizzio Creations based out of Montreal, Canada. Will it stay there?

Originally it was Pipeworks Software creating the new RollerCoaster Tycoon, but that switched to Area 52 Games back in December.

Blizzard trademark 'Council of Glades' in New Zealand

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Trademark trawlsters have found Blizzard Entertainment has filed for 'Council of Glades' in New Zealand - that bit next to Australia - the bit on the right. It certainly sounds all Druid-like and World of Warcrafty.

Perhaps we'll find out at this year's BlizzCon which is scheduled November 6-7 at the Anaheim Convention Center, the mecca for Blizzardites. The trademark covers everything 'computer video game' imaginable.

Chris Avellone "actually pretty jealous about" Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear and its writing

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Baldur's Gate fans are in for a treat as Overhaul Games is ploughing ahead with their own adventure in the iconic series, and it will be bridging between the original two games. It's an expansion to Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.

This is the first time Beamdog and their studio Overhaul will be creating something new. Game designer and writer Chris Avellone admits he's "actually pretty jealous" about parts of it.

Fallout 4 has twelve romanceable companions, and a robot that calls you rude names

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At a panel that took place at Quakecon over the weekend, game director Todd Howard revealed that Fallout 4 will contain twelve different companions, of which you'll be able to pick one at a time to accompany you around the game's new and improved radioactive wasteland.

Only two have been revealed so far; one is Preston Garvey, the leader of a faction called The Commonwealth of Minutemen, and the other is Piper, an investigative reporter. I had no idea journalism was still a thing in a world where you run the risk of being devoured by a gigantic scorpion every time you nip out to the shops.

Teaser #3 for Paradox' Interactive's Project Augustus says "there will be no stabbing of pigs"

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It's Monday and that means we're one step closer to Gamescom in August and the unveiling of Paradox Development Studio's secret-but-not-too-secret Project Augustus. Today also means it's time for Teaser #3.

The last tease told us that "Seven and Three are important numbers," but now we learn "there will be no stabbing of pigs." It seems porcine sacrifices are out of the question.

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