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Visceral Games promises that Battlefield: Hardline will be stable at launch

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Mike Glosecki is the gameplay systems producer for Battlefield Hardline, and apparently he believes that the PC is “by far the best gaming platform around.” In a new post on the game's website, he explains Visceral's vision for the PC version of the shooter.

You might already have sussed this out, but the developer and EA are trying to convince everyone that Hardline won't have a launch as comically awful as Battlefield 4's was.

Far Cry 4's abominable Valley of the Yetis DLC drops on March 10

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Far Cry 4 gets some abominable snowmen later this March. To be honest, part of me kind of wants to end this news post right there. That's really all you need to know.

Okay then, some more info. Valley of the Yetis drops hero Ajay Ghale in the middle of a lost valley inhabited by some crazy cultists and their Yeti overlords. Commence the violence.

Data-miners dig up Hearthstone patch info that suggests a possible Blackrock Mountain expansion

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Those dastardly data-miners have been at it again - Hearthstone fan sites are buzzing with the news that information taken from a patch that appeared on the Blizzard servers yesterday hints at a new expansion for the strategic card game.

Some quick data-mining revealed hidden references to a new adventure focusing on World of Warcraft's iconic Blackrock Mountain region, including Molten Core, Ragnaros, and Golden Celebration card backs.

Capcom apologises for Resident Evil: Revelations 2's missing offline co-op on PC

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PC players who bought survival horror Resident Evil: Revelations 2 when it launched earlier this week were disappointed to discover than offline co-op play had been cut out from their version of the game.

Now publisher Capcom has issued an apology, explaining that they the feature was never intended to be in the PC version, and that this was mistakenly omitted from the Steam product page until the last minute.

Europa Universalis IV is free to play on Steam this weekend

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If you've always wanted to give Paradox's grand strategy Goliath Europa Universalis IV a go, but you've maybe felt a little intimidated by the sheer scale of the thing, here's a chance to try it out before you buy.

From now through Sunday 1PM PT you can download and play the game for free on Steam. Should you like what you find, you'll be able to grab the game for a 75% discount during the same period.

Civ 5 Battle Royale sees 42 nations battle to the death

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The Civilization series lends itself well to emergent stories. Does anyone remember the endless Civ 2 war a Reddit poster documented a couple of years back?

This Civ 5 Battle Royale project is something on an even bigger scale though; 42 different AI-controlled civs are battling it on a huge map of Earth, and the Reddit r/Civ community is watching, munching popcorn and watching the world slide into chaos.

Arcade shooter Over 9000 Zombies! is out now

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Right, you lot love zombies right? Well every single game in the world seems to pack in the undead at some point, so someone out there does.

Well let's cut to the chase; if you want some zombies to blow up, developer Loren Lemcke's indie title has them, Over 9000 Zombies! To be exact. The indie arcade shoot 'em up is available now on Steam.

Turn-based strategy Renowned Explorers: International Society enters Alpha, attending PAX East in March

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Reus developer Abbey Games is celebrating their first Alpha milestone, and have released a new Alpha gameplay teaser for the 19th turn-based strategy. They've traded in godhood for the "age of discovery and adventure."

The small developer will be attending the Indie MEGABOOTH at PAX East in Boston, MA March 6-8 where the Alpha build of the turn-based game will be playable for the first time.

Fable Legends takes up free-to-play model, "not going to be game-breaking"

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The Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive Fable Legends will be using the free-to-play model, announces Lionhead Studios. That means chums can play the four-heroes-versus-one-villain game at no cost.

Unless, that is, you want to deck your heroes out. Fable Legends will have chests to be found while questing, and silver coins are earned to buy them back in town, or you could spend some real cheese.

Republique Remastered now out on PC, 20% off until March 4th

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Indie outfit Camouflaj has today released action adventure Republique Remastered, which was originally for mobile platforms but has since been given the remastering treatment for PCs. It's an episodic bundle now out.

Currently episodes one to three are available, with the remaining two part of the package when they release. It's a dystopic setting where we have to try and remotely help a young woman escape.

Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado launching today alongside free content patch

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Paradox Interactive will today be setting sailing for the lost cities of Gold as they release the El Dorado expansion to Europa Universalis IV. Accompanying the new DLC is an all-new free content patch.

El Dorado features a new exploration system, new religions for Central and South American tribes, a change to vassal and subject relations, and a Nation Designer for custom world states.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn reaches 4 million users, "free log-in period" begins Friday

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Square Enix is celebrating MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn having achieved 4 million registered users, discounting Free Trial versions, and has announced a "free log-in period" to run from this weekend.

The free game time is only for those "taking a break" from Eorzea, and to let them sample the changes from the recent Patch 2.51. They did a similar albeit smaller free weekend at the start of February.

Nosgoth updated with new Vanguard human class from today

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Free-to-play Nosgoth has introduced the new Vanguard class to the human faction, and they can take a lot more punishment than their comrades-in-arms, but have reduced range damage as a result.

This new class can be unlocked with an artefact, or by "purchasing it directly" from the in-game store with Runestones. The Vanguard can be customised with new skins for the character as well as weapons.

Total War: Attila already has another faction DLC, the Longbeards Culture Pack

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Right, bear with me here, because I'm off on a bit of a moan. Now I liked Total War: Attila. I liked it a lot. I thought the various factions in it each felt distinct and a lot of fun to play. The grand campaign was the best the series has had in years. That was some good work, Creative Assembly, very good work indeed.

What I'm less impressed with is the fact that we're less than two weeks past launch now, but we've already got two factions packs sold separately as DLC, the latest being the (admittedly excellently named) Longbeards Culture Pack.

Nival ditches microtransaction model for Blitzkrieg 3

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I liked my time with Nival's upcoming RTS threequel Blitzkrieg 3 a lot, but I certainly had my concerns about the Russian studio's business model, which offered a free-to-play multiplayer suite and the option of paying extra for singleplayer campaigns.

It felt a bit out of touch with the game's otherwise distinctly old-school feel. Which is why I'm glad to hear that Nival's reconsidered things, and reverted to a traditional, one-time purchase model.

6DOF shooter Sublevel Zero zooms onto PC this Summer

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Indie developer Sigtrap's 6DoF (six degrees of freedom, if you're wondering) shooter Sublevel Zero is coming to PC, Mac and Linux this summer, publisher Mastertronic has announced.

A first-person, roguelike shooter set in a universe where reality is falling apart, Sublevel Zero offers Descent-style blasting with added looting and crafting.

Kickstarter campaign launches for new Toejam and Earl game

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Toejam and Earl lead designer Greg Johnson and his new studio Humanature have set up a Kickstarter campaign for a true sequel to the cult action platformer series.

Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove will be a true successor to the original, which pioneered a kind of roguelike, dungeon-crawling action style before publisher Sega transformed the series into more of a platformer.

Nvidia responds to GTX 970 memory controversy, apologises for failed communication

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You may remember (unless you are a goldfish or simply didn't read it) that earlier this week we reported on a lawsuit filed against Nvidia for falsely advertising its GeForce GTX 970 card.

Well, a representative from the company has responded – not to the lawsuit itself – but to general consumer disappointment with both the card's performance and Nvidia's marketing of it.

Space 4X sequel StarDrive 2 set for release on April 9

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Zero Sum Games announced today that StarDrive 2, sequel to the 2013 space 4X, is now feature complete, and is off for a round of QA and bug fixing before its April 9 release.

The developers and publisher Iceberg Interactive will be taking StarDrive 2 to GDC this March, so we'll be able to get an extended look at the game very soon.

Pre-order Hotline Miami 2 to get PayDay 2 crossover DLC

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Hot on the heels of the announcement of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number's release date comes news that DLC based on the gory action game will pop up in PayDay 2.

It'll be no big surprise to anyone that's played the game that we're talking masks here – lots and lots of animal masks. Starbreeze sure does love its collaborations with Dennaton Games.

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