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PES 2016 demo kicks off on August 13

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If you're desperate to find out who triumphs in this year's episode of the eternal FIFA versus PES battle, you've not got long to wait. Both games are out are out this September, and a free demo for Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 will be available starting August 13.

"PES 2016 continues to lead the way in the recreation of ‘The Beautiful Game’," boasts Konami. "The new game strives to create a realistic yet always exciting match between users, and deliver quality gameplay as per KONAMI’s ongoing ‘The Pitch is Ours’ mantra. From further integration of the industry-leading Fox Engine bringing the on-pitch action to life, to the full commitment to creating the best gameplay experience, to the full redevelopment of Master League, every facet of PES 2016 has been enhanced to deliver yet another outstanding product."

DiRT Rally gets first of two World Rallycross content updates

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A bunch of FIA World Rallycross Championship content has been added to Codemasters' Early Access racing game DiRT Rally, including several new cars, drivers and tracks.

It's the first of two such content packs. The next one will add another new track, more new cars and, most importantly, online competitive play.

Total War Battles: Kingdom updated to Beta version 0.3

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Total War Battles: Kingdom, Creative Assembly's free-to-play city-builder which is currently available via Early Access, has just been updated to Beta version 0.3.

Based on player feedback, the devs have "dramatically reduced" timers, meaning that you can spend more time playing the actual game, and overhauled the water system and realm layout.

Latest Catacomb Kids update adds new Wanderer class

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Tricky roguelike platformer Catacomb Kids has just received a hefty new update, which adds a brand new character class and a couple of new stat boons.

Joining current heroes the Poet and the Bully is the Wanderer, a speedy class with "senses sharp as knives". There also new unique weapons and some "not insignificant changes" to the level generator, allowing for locked doors and new pre-made rooms.

CD Projekt releases patch notes for The Witcher 3's upcoming 1.08 update

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CD Projekt has released the initial patch notes for The Witcher 3's patch 1.08 update. There's no official release date just yet but the developer says it will be "arriving quite soon".

Major changes include restoration of achievements, which had stopped working properly, fixes to the map to stop things disappearing, and various other tweaks and improvements.

Reports of League of Legends character Gangplank's death were greatly exaggerated

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Riot killed of League of Legends mainstay Gangplank last week, as part of the ongoing Bilgewater event, which progresses the background story of the MOBA's key nautical characters.

The grumpy pirate captain was seemingly killed by fellow buccaneer Miss Fortune, but wait! - in fact, and to nobody's real surprise, he's not actually dead. His fate was revealed in the Bilgewater epilogue, though he didn't escape entirely unscathed. Here's a snippet.

The Long Dark's big new update changes nearly every survival mechanic in the game

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Hinterland's survival game The Long Dark has received a hefty new update, which makes several major changes to its survival mechanics, and packs in the usual mix of fixes and improvements.

“Abstract Foraging”, by which the team means rooting around in drawers and barrels for useful objects, has been replaced by a “Direct Harvesting” mechanic, which allows you to break down items in the world in order to get what you need.

Summer Games Done Quick earns over $1.2 million for charity

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Speedrunning event Summer Games Done Quick wrapped up yesterday, after a week's worth of high-speed gaming. The charity event racked up some pretty serious cash, too; $1,232,925.90 in total, donated by over 22,000 viewers.

There's a lot more information about the event over on the SGDQ tracker site. The average donation to chosen charity Doctors Without Borders was $43.29, while the max was $21,498, donated by an anonymous person who presumably has a lot of spare cash.

Nidhogg developer to release new game Flywrench next month

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Messhoff, the development studio behind addictive sword-fighting game Nidhogg, is about ready to release its follow up, trippy arcade puzzler Flywrench. It's set for release on Steam in one month's time.

It's certainly been a long while in the making – the initial crowd-funding campaign was completed back in 2009. Here's a description of what to expect, courtesy of Messhoff:

Superhot Beta out now for Kickstarter backers, new trailer released

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The team behind gun-slinging, time-slowing shooter Superhot have just released a Beta version of the game to Kickstarter backers, and to celebrate they've also released a snazzy new trailer.

In Superhot, time only moves when you move, so you've got plenty of time to line up some satisfying headshots and limb removals against your polygonal foes.

PuniTy recreates Hideo Kojima's spine-chilling horror P.T in the Unity 5 engine

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Given that the game was only ever available on PS4, and that Konami has now scrubbed even that version, it's unlikely that PC players will have been able to sample Hideo Kojima's terrifying Silent Hills teaser P.T.

Fortunately, for those of you who like scaring yourselves senseless, a recreation of the game has been created in the Unity 5 engine, and you can download it to try out now.

Need for Speed reboot will be playable on the Gamescom 2015 show floor

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Ghost Games will bring its upcoming Need for Speed reboot to Gamescom 2015 this week, giving attendees the chance to play the game for the first time on the show floor.

As for those of us who won't be attending, a new chunk of gameplay footage will air during EA’s live press conference. You can catch that at 8:30 BST/9:30 CEST on Wednesday, August 5.

Koei Tecmo reveals Dead or Alive 5: Last Round DLC schedule

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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round will get a batch of new content over the next few months, according to Gematsu, kicking off in August with the game's 1.04 update, which will add a new stage, the Lovely Summer Costume 2015 costume pack (which will be very tasteful, I'm sure), and several balance adjustments.

September will bring another costume pack based on Falcom games such as The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki and Trails in the Sky, and in October Everyone’s Halloween Costume DLC will land. In November there will be yet another costume DLC based on Square Enix’s Schoolgirl Strikers smartphone game.

Hegemony 3: Clash of the Ancients set for release this August 25

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Longbow Games has announced the release date for Hegemony 3: Clash of the Ancients, the next installment in its grand strategy series. It drops on August 25, 2015 across various digital retailers.

Clash of the Ancients takes place during the earliest years of the Roman Empire, as various Greek, Gallic, Roman and other Mediterranean factions battle for control over the Italian mainland.

Don't Starve: Shipwrecked takes Klei's survival adventure to the sea

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Not content with providing plenty of horrific ways to die on land (starvation, freezing to death, stepped on by a giant), Don't Starve developer Klei Entertainment is taking to the sea for the game's next expansion pack.

Don't Starve: Shipwrecked is coming this Fall, and marks a collaboration between Klei and Capy, creators of Superbrothers: Sword and Sworceryand Super Time Force.

Doom reboot won't support modding outside its SnapMap tool

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Id Software's upcoming Doom reboot won't support modding outside of its SnapMap editor tool, publisher Bethesda has revealed. The company's marketing VP Pete Hines outlined some of what SnapMap is capable of in an interview with GameTrailers, and though it sounds like a fairly complex tool, it's not as wide-ranging as the mod community might hope.

Anno 2205 Beta cancelled, pre-order customers to receive in-game bonus instead

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Anno 2205 developer Ubisoft Blue Byte has scrapped plans for the game's Beta, which was set to roll out to fans who had pre-ordered the futuristic city-builder.

The company revealed the news in a post on the Ubisoft forums, though they didn't give a concrete reason for the cancellation. The game's November 3 release date remains unchanged.

Mighty No. 9 delayed into 2016, according to major retailers

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Mighty No. 9 , illustrator and Mega-Man co-creator Keiji Inafune’s Kickstarted homage to 8-bit and 16-bit action platformers, has been pushed back, and will no longer be released in 2015.

Amazon and Gamestop both now have the game listed for a December 31, 2016 release, and although this has not yet been officially confirmed by publisher Deep Silver and Inafune’s studio Comcept, Gamestop has revealed to Game Informer that the delay was initiated by the publisher.

The Fleets of Sol launches on Steam Early Access, "grow and upgrade your fleet" sector-to-sector

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Bit Planet Games has now launched The Fleets of Sol on Steam Early Access. This survival strategy game tasks us with jumping sector-to-sector to rescue civilian transports, while also bolstering our growing fleet.

We can't remain too long as the enemy is forever chasing us. Bit Planet got a lot of feedback from The Battle of Sol and found players want to control the battleships, and now we can in The Fleets of Sol.

Syberia 3 to debut at Gamescom, will unveil "first sequences" of third in adventure series

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Microïds will be showing off a little more of the new 3D adventure Syberia 3 which continues the journey of Kate Wlaker as she lies adrift in a makeshift raft. It will be attending Gamescom in Cologne, Germany from August 7th.

It will fully support the new power of PCs and next-gen consoles by embracing the freedom of a full 3D world, and composer Inon Zur will be at the event to unveil his latest musical work for the project.

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