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First Witcher 3 expansion “shaping up nicely”, “good news” on the way for Gwent fans

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During a PAX panel for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED’s translator Travis Currit let slip a couple of interesting tidbits for fans of the open world RPG.

First off, he revelead that first expansion Heart of Stone is “almost ready, and shaping up really nicely,” which bodes well for its projected October release date.

Fallout 4 contains 275 separate XP levels

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It sounds like Fallout 4 should keep players occupied for a good long while – according to an interview with OXM reported by Gamepur, the game will feature 275 separate XP levels, one for each perk.

Nvidia releases Game Ready drivers for Metal gear Solid 5 and Mad Max

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Nvidia has a new driver available for today's two big releases, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Painand Mad Max. You can grab the GeForce Game Ready 355.82 WHQL drivers from Nvidia's website.

According to the release notes ( PDF), players can expect "Game Ready optimizations, a NVIDIA Control Panel Ambient Occlusion profile, and a SLI profile".

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to be released on February 23, 2016 – earlier if enough people pre-order

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Square Enix has announced that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be released on February 23, 2016. The company has also revealed so much pre-order DLC for the cyberpunk sequel that it makes my brain ache.

Basically, there are four pre-order tiers for the game. The more people that put down their cash early, the more extra content is unlocked. Bonuses include a new mission, extra costumes, soundtracks and – in something of a first, I think – an early release of the game. Yep, the game will drop four days earlier if enough people pre-order it.

Funcom adds 16 new characters and a monster challenge mode to LEGO: Minifigures Online

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Funcom is adding sixteen new minifigures to LEGO: Minifigures Online, tied into Series 14 of the physical Minifigures collection. The developer is also introducing a new monster trials challenge.

Black Ops 3 pre-order customers will get another Nuketown map

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Cramped, chaotic deathmatch map Nuketown is something of regular feature of Treyarch's Black Ops games, so it's not a huge surprise to see a new version on the way in this year's Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

Gearbox opens registration for Battleborn “technical tests”

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You can now sign up to take part in a “closed technical test” - basically an Alpha – for Gearbox's MOBA-flavoured team shooter Battleborn.

You'll need to have a Gearbox ShiFT account ( yeah, I couldn't remember what that was either), but other than that it's free to register.

Act of Aggression launch trailer is out all-out future warfare

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Eugen Systems' classic-style RTS Act of Aggression is out tomorrow, and if this adrenaline-pumping launch trailer doesn't get you in the mood for tank rushes and tactical nukes, nothing will.

There's all manner of cool toys on display here from among the game's three factions; the US Army, the UN task force known as Chimera, and the tech-happy, PMC bad guys known as the Cartel.

Blood Bowl 2 trailer shows a Dwarf versus Skaven throwdown

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Cyanide Studios' ultraviolent Warhammer sports game Blood Bowl 2 is out this month, and starting from next week pre-order customers can start tearing into the Beta.

As a little tease of what's in store, the developer has released a trailer showing two very different fantasy teams going up against each other, the rugged Dwarfs and wily Skaven.

Flying mounts return in latest Warlords of Draenor patch

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Blizzard's decision not to include flying mounts in World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor didn't go down particularly well with players, so it wasn't too surprising to hear the studio reveal back in June that they were restoring the feature.

Starting from today with the release of the game's 6.2.2 patch, you can take to the skies once more - providing you jump through a few hoops first.

Guild Wars 2 to go free-to-play, expansion Heart of Thorns out this October 23

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ArenaNet has made its popular MMO Guild Wars 2 free-to-play. That doesn't necessarily mean it will descend into a microtransaction nightmare, however.

The core game will be fully playable for free, but new expansion Heart of Thorns will be sold at a premium price. The studio is hoping that the expansion's new Raid dungeons and story content will sway long-time players.

XCOM 2 has been pushed back to February 2016

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2K and Firaxis Games have broken my fragile heart by announcing that XCOM 2 has been delayed into February. I'm joking. Mostly.

Actually, considering the wealth of excellent titles out this year, a bit of a break might not be such a bad thing. Anyway, giving developers a bit of extra time to polish and refine is generally a good idea.

Metal Gear Solid 5 discs reportedly contain a Steam installer and nothing else

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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is released on PC today, digitally and in physical disc format. Or, as it turns out, just the former.

A Twitter user who got their physical copy of Hideo Kojima's latest action-stealth epic has posted a number of screenshots that suggest the only file on the disc is a Steam installer. We live in a very stupid era.

Bioware announces new story DLC and free patch for Dragon Age: Inquisition

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The final piece of DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition is called Trespasser, and it takes place two years after the events of the main game, serving as an epilogue to your party's adventures.

Those pesky Qunari are causing trouble again, and it seems like the world of Thedas isn't quite as grateful as you might expect for saving their collective backsides from a demonic invasion.

Techland takes a break from zombies with bike racer FIM Speedway Grand Prix 15

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Techland is taking a bit of a break from the undead for its latest game, FIM Speedway Grand Prix 15, which focuses on the most prestigious speedway tournament in the world.

Developed by Techland Games Warszawa, the company’s Warsaw-based subsidiary studio, the fully-licensed game will feature all of the motorsport's best riders from the current season, as well as authentic tracks located in Målilla (Sweden), Cardiff (UK), Horsens (Denmark), Toruń (Poland), and Melbourne (Australia).

Valve's Vive VR headeset will be sold in a "limited quantity" this year, with a full rollout in 2016

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Valve and HTC's Vive VR headset will only be available in limited supply this year, before it launches in full in 2016. Valve had originally claimed that we would see the device hit store shelves in 2015, and while that's technically still the case, it's not the full launch we were expecting.

"Later this year HTC will offer the first commercial Vive units via a limited quantity of community and developer systems, with larger quantities shipping in calendar Q1 2016," wrote the company, in a press release sent out to advertise the headset's presence at PAX Prime this weekend.

New trailer for Cities: Skylines expansion After Dark shows off the night-time sprawl

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Paradox Interactive and developer Colossal Order have just released a new trailer for Cities: Skylines' first expansion, After Dark. It shows off the new day/night cycle, some new buildings that urban planners can plop down to keep their population happy, and new transport options including taxis and coaches.

Skylines' urban sprawls look fairly lovely already, but an extra sprinkling of neon lights at nighttime goes a long way towards making them feel even more alive. New attractions and changes in civilian behaviour that only occur at night should offer some interesting new challenges.

Rocket League developer celebrates 1 million copies sold with 10% discount sale

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Rocket League made its name via the PS Plus free game initiative, but don't think it's just a one hit wonder that got lucky – the car football hit has now racked up 1 million sales on Steam.

Developer Psyonix is understandably pretty happy with that, and to celebrate it's holding a 10% off sale for the next forty-eight hours.

Top-down arcade shoot-em-up A Fistful of Guns is out this September

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Arcade pixel shoot-em-up A Fistful of Guns (one of my favourite video game titles, incidentally) is all set to launch on Steam, GOG, and Humble on September 24.

Developer Farmergnome originally created the game as a freeware project, but this full release features a total of 11 gunslingers, each tied to their own control scheme - some require a mouse, others a keyboard or controller - as well as Story and Arcade modes.

First gameplay trailer drops for Boss Key's free-to-play FPS LawBreakers

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Cliff Bleszinski announced his new game LawBreakers earlier this week, and now we have the very first gameplay footage of the team-based F2P shooter in action.

And it looks... fun, actually. My only concern is that in the last six months or so, I've seen roughly twelve thousand team-based first-person shooters with unique hero classes. Even Black Ops 3 is getting in on that action.

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