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Star Wars: Battlefront gameplay receives "superb ovation" at private EA event, claims Peter Moore

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It won't be too long before we start to see gameplay footage of DICE's highly anticipated shooter Star Wars: Battlefront - the game's apparently already being shown off to EA's retail partners.

Tweeting from a private event held in Texas yesterday, the company's CCO Peter Moore said there had been "superb ovation for latest game play footage on @starwars Battlefront."

Classic real-time strategy game Syndicate is available for free on Origin

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Bullfrog's classic 1993 strategy game Syndicate is one of those releases that you often hear developers and gamers waxing lyrical about, but considering its age there's probably a lot of people out there who've never tried it out.

Now's your chance – Syndicate is the latest title to be made available through Origin's On The House programme.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released this September 1

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You hear that squealing sound? That's the sound of millions of nerds crying out in excitement (me included) because we now have a solid, if not yet officially confirmed, release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain - September 1 2015.

Konami had planned to reveal the date in an official announcement tomorrow but, as usual, the internet hive mind put paid to that.

Alien Isolation's fifth DLC pack The Trigger released, is the “most challenging yet” according to developers

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SEGA and Creative Assembly have released Alien Isolation's fifth DLC pack, titled The Trigger, which once again peeks behind the scenes of the game's main campaign.

In this case, by letting you play as Ricardo, the Sevastopol Station's Deputy Marshal. Set before the events of Isolation, The Trigger sees Ricardo team up with Marshal Waits to try and blow the xenomorph up. Three guesses as to how that went.

Valve announces Source Engine 2, streaming hardware Steam Link, and VR tech Lighthouse at GDC

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Valve officially announced Source Engine 2 at GDC 2015 yesterday and confirmed that, much like Epic's Unreal Engine 4, the graphics engine will be free for developers to make use of.

Source 2 is of course the successor to the venerable engine that debuted back in 2004, and powered hits such as Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, and Titanfall.

Epic showcases Unreal Tournament reboot's snazzy new Outpost 23 map

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Epic has released a new update for its upcoming, community-developed Unreal Tournament reboot, this time letting players explore Outpost 23, the game's first fully-textured map.

The collaborative project has been opened up in the last few weeks by the announcement that the Unreal Engine 4 tools are now freely available for everyone. Well, as long as you pay Epic a 5% cut of all your sales, that is.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer to get 16 more Prestige levels

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is set to get another 16(!) levels of multiplayer Prestige, allowing dedicated run 'n gunners to level all the way up to the hallowed rank of Grand Master.

Doing so will earn you possibly the most egregiously hideous armour set I have ever seen. Seriously, it looks like some kind of nightmarish, blackcurrant-flavour android.

Bioware releases full list of changes on the way in Dragon Age: Inquisition's Patch 5 update

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Bioware has released the full update notes for Dragon Age: Inquisition's Patch 5, an incoming batch of tweaks, improvements and additions that should help sort out a few common issues with the fantasy RPG.

As expected the update adds a party storage chest to the Undercroft at your secret base in Skyhold, and adds the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. A planned auto-attack option doesn't appear to have been included, however.

Capcom has added local co-op support to Revelations 2 on PC

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Rejoice everybody! Though a plucky modder actually managed to beat them to it, Capcom has finally added local co-op to the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2.

Revelations 2 supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode, and though the update containing the fix is only available in beta form right now, everyone can download it.

AMD talks future of Mantle, confirms that Battlefield: Hardline will support it at launch

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AMD has confirmed that Battlefield: Hardline will support its graphics API Mantle at launch, despite the game not doing so in the recent open beta.

Its absence caused some players to wonder if Visceral's upcoming cop thriller would add Mantle support after launch, as was the case with Battlefield 4.

New patch for Survarium tweaks experience points and ammunition

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Vostok Games' open world shooter Survarium has received a big patch which, among other changes, readjusts how experience and reputation points are distributed and removed the limit on how much ammunition you can use in combat.

Patch 0.27a is now available for the public to try after a period of testing, and comes with plenty of other tweaks and gameplay additions.

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."

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