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Total War: ATTILA releases February 17th, 2015

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SEGA and Creative Assembly have announced the release date for Total War: ATTILA as well as the pre-order bonus. The Viking Forefathers Culture Pack is the DLC on offer and it adds three factions to the campaign.

These Norse factions will be able to take advantage of the new scorched earth feature that lets us tear down settlements, instead of conquering or just sacking them. Pre-orders are now open for business.

Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues now on Steam Early Access

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Richard Garriott's massively online RPG Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues is now available to the masses through Steam Early Access. It's debuting with 15% off right which expires December 1st.

Also available from today is the latest content update, Release 12, which includes several new features with new skills, recipes, songs, maps and even a hint system for newcomers.

Elite: Dangerous enters 'Gamma' pre-launch phase, beta period officially ends

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Frontier Developments has announced the end of the beta for Elite: Dangerous as the space sim enters its 'Gamma' phase in the run up to launch December 16th. This is the final development build.

This opens up the "full 400 Billion star systems," and those who've pre-ordered Elite: Dangerous can download and play single-player combat missions from this Wednesday, November 26th.

Batman: Arkham Knight gameplay video released, infiltrates ACE Chemicals

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Warner Bros. and Rocksteady have just released the first of three gameplay videos for Batman: Arkham Knight, and part one takes us into ACE Chemicals. They focus on Batman trying to learn more of this 'Knight'.

New features are teased like the new 'Fear Takedown', and the "seamless integration" of the Batmobile and Combat Mode. Batman must try to save workers at the plant while stopping Scarecrow's plans.

Dead State receives "final patch before launch," community feedback vital

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Developer DoubleBear Productions has now released their final pre-release beta patch for turn-based RPG Dead State, which has us managing a shelter in the wake of a zombie outbreak in Texas.

The indie studio started Dead State after a successful Kickstarter campaign and has been on Early Access for a while. It's expected to achieve a full release next month.

PC patch for Far Cry 4 targets 'black and grey screens', Ubisoft "in the process of preparing"

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The next PC patch for Far Cry 4 is in the works at Ubisoft bringing the shooter to version 1.4.0. This update looks to fix rather annoying black screens on game launch, and a grey screen during a mission.

Ubisoft are "still in the process of preparing" the PC patch and will give a "firm date for making it available." While not comforting to those who need this patch, at least it isn't a mess quite like Unity.

Grimlore Games founded by Nordic Games, new studio focuses on SpellForce 3

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Publisher Nordic Games has opened studio Grimlore Games in Munich, which is comprised of experienced developers from series such as The Settlers, Knights and Merchants, Cultures and SpellForce.

Grimlore will be sticking with PC development for 'core gamers', specifically blending role-playing with strategy. Nordic describes this in-house studio as a "significant step" for the growing publisher.

Crytek bringing winter to Warface in new co-op setting 'Operation Cold Peak'

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Free-to-play shooter Warface from Crysis creator Crytek is going to feel the chill as a new Siberian backdrop is added. Operation Cold Peak features a secluded stronghold high in the Altai Mountains.

Three new maps and "powerful new bosses" await in this snowy tundra. A teaser for the new co-op setting has been released with it due out soon. The last update was the Nevada Versus map pack.

New EVE Online trailer is a celebration of operatic space conflict

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To call EVE Online a video game seems almost laughably simplistic, considering the sheer scale of treachery, corporate espionage and pure, glorious space violence that occurs within its virtual borders.

Despite grovelling every now and then as a news story of another mass battle or long con game breaks, I've never been able to make the commitment and get into CCP's space MMO. This new trailer really makes me want to.

Game of Thrones now available to pre-order on Steam, PC specs revealed

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It's getting ever closer. If I was being a bit obvious and House Stark about it, I might even say "winter is coming." Telltale's Game of Thrones is creeping closer to release this winter, and the game's now available to pre-order on Steam.

There's even some recommended PC specifications, though obviously it's unlikely that this is going to strain your rig too much.

Goat Simulator MMO in tribute to Diablo's fabled 'cow level'

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Back in a time when games weren't entirely mastered by eagle-eyed Youtubers around thirty minutes after launch, Diablo's fabled cow level was one of the greatest gaming myths, the forerunner to GTA: San Andreas' missing Sasquatch.

Goat Simulator's recent, and breathtakingly silly, MMO update has paid tribute to this storied saga with an entire level of cows walking upright and shooting lasers out of their eyes.

Fast-paced MOBA battler TOME: Immortal Arena now available on Steam

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I know, I know. There's more than a few MOBAs out there vying for your attention already, and anyway, it can seem like playing anything but endless League of Legends DotA2 matches is a waste of time.

If you don't have the hours to put in to getting shouted at by irate junglers, however, newly released relative TOME: Immortal Arena may be more up your street.

Paypal email reveals the Steam Autumn Sale will begin November 26

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Prepare for your wallet to take another battering just a few weeks before Christmas, because Steam is kicking off its Autumn sale this November 26.

The news was revealed by an email sent to Paypal customers, which revealed that the sale would run until December 1. Valve hasn't officially confirmed anything yet, but it's pretty much a given that the dates are correct.

Zombies Monsters Robots adds giants mechs in Steel Corps update

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Free to play team shooter Zombies Monsters Robots has just received a big update called Steel Corps, allowing players to pilot mech battlesuits into combat.

The new Team Mech Match mode accompanies nine new maps for both PvP and PvE in the pretty hefty content drop.

Blood Sport on Kickstarter, get hit and lose real blood for "donation gaming events"

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Got some extra blood circulating you're willing to see shed in the name of gaming and blood donation? Kickstarter has gone live with a campaign for Blood Sport, which is going to literally drain you dry.

Well, not so much if you're actually good at not being shoot. The idea is "stupidly simple," says the team behind it. The rumble feedback is 'hacked' to let an Arduino know it's time to pay up.

Sony Online "nearly done" with Early Access list for H1Z1, "real happy with where we are at"

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John Smedley, big boss over at Sony Online Entertainment, has tweeted that his H1Z1 team has almost completed their "early access list of stuff" for the zombie open-world MMO. The more bells and whistles the better.

Sony has held off launching before now, but with little information as to why. Now we know it's because they wanted to cram it with more things first. It's got big competition to out-shuffle after all.

Ashen Rift is "a man and a dog" against Earth shattering forces, now on Kickstarter

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Think your four-legged best friend can take on apocalyptic journeys? Ashen Rift is single-player, first-person survival game. It's got Quake and HeXen inspirations for that "classic shooter" feel.

Pyroclastic Games has brought their project to Kickstarter where they ask for $85,000 CAD with over 40 days to go. A portal has opened on Earth and has "raged with impunity" - now it's up to us.

DLC maps for Evolve will be available to all players for free

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DLC maps for Evolve will be available to players free, ensuring that players won't get kicked off of a game server because they don't own the right content.

Creative director Phil Robb revealed the news to IGN, adding that players will also fight alongside new characters and against new monsters as long as they know someone who has bought the DLC.

Telltale: "Nobody" turned down Game of Thrones role, "richer experience" for fans

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The first of six instalments to Telltale Games' adventure series Game of Thrones will be upon us in December, with the first episode titled 'Iron From Ice'. The series focuses on the troubled House Forrester.

Telltale said none of the HBO show's actor turned down a chance for their character to be in the game, and that fans would "have a richer experience" given all that's happened throughout the series.

Double Fine reduce staff by 12 following 'unexpected cancellation'

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Broken Age developer Double Fine has had to let a dozen staff members go from the studio after a project with a publisher fell through, signing the death warrant to the unannounced project.

They did confirm however that Broken Age, Massive Chalice and the remastering of Grim Fandango "were unaffected." Massive Chalice has recently hit Early Access and is a strategy RPG.