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Latest Trials Fusion update introduces teams and online multiplayer, arrives in 2015

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A free update to RedLynx's platform racer Trials Fusion will be launching in 2015 and with it come Teams and Online Multiplayer. Three modes will be offered to multiplayer gamers, with two private.

Teams, which are basically guilds, can have up to 50 members sporting a name and emblem. Teams get their own bulletin board and can race privately with the new Online Multiplayer.

Jake Solomon addresses fate of "ultimate psi soldier" in XCOM: Enemy Unknown

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Designer Jake Solomon has tweeted a clarification about how things went down at the end of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. It's something of a spoiler obviously so best not paid any attention unless...

If you've gotten to the end of the fantastic reboot of XCOM with Enemy Unknown then perhaps you'll want to know exactly what Soloman and his team at Firaxis meant with that ending.

Black Sea Colonies DLC for Total War: Rome II, 12th free content from Creative Assembly

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The 12th piece of free content DLC is now out from developer Creative Assembly for Total War: Rome II. The Black Sea Colonies adds a "wealthy trading-state" with the Massilia on the North-Western coast of the Mediterranean.

The Black Sea Colonies Culture Pack is also available from today, but that's going to cost you some denarii. It adds custom battles and three hybrid factions to the Grand Campaign.

Battlefield in 2016 returns to "military-style game", confirms EA

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Cops and robbers maybe what Battlefield: Hardline is going for but 2016's major Battlefield release will be all 'Tango Down' as it returns to military service. That's what EA CFO Blake Jorgensen had to say.

Why not next year? EA says they want to give players "more time to enjoy" Battlefield 4 and crime stomping before a new title invades. Also it helps to distance from Battlefield 4's disastrous launch.

Buyout lawsuit settled by Activision Blizzard, to receive $275 million

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Another war of lawyers has finally come to a close as publisher Activision Blizzard settles the long-in-the-tooth lawsuit dealing with the Vivendi buyout way back when. It all comes down to who snapped up what.

Apparently some investment group, partly led by Bobby Kotick, purchased 172 million shares at a 10% discount the day prior to the buyout. That meant a shortfall of around $600 million.

Motion sickness a technology hurdle for virtual reality before EA will commit

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EA won't be joining the virtual reality arena until the technology behind it can prove itself at market, and in order to do that it has to deal with the motion sickness problem, which is "very tough."

They are "clearly experimenting" with various VRs like Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus, but there's no install base to justify gearing towards it, though the devices are generally compatible.

German fan's 'cockpit' for Elite: Dangerous worth almost £3000 to build

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Frontier Developments' Elite: Dangerous might be causing a stir among backers for the space sim over its 'no offline' ambush recently, but let’s not detract from what one fan of Elite has accomplished.

Markus Boesen, not content with just any monitor and keyboard to handle his galactic adventures, has built himself quite the 'cockpit' using fancy BenQ projectors and various other devices.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare "biggest entertainment launch" in 2014, franchise now over $10 billion in sales

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The Call of Duty franchise has now topped over $10 billion in sales since it began all those years ago, and it's hardly surprising news as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has smashed the videogame charts.

Not only is Advanced Warfare taking the sales crown for games, but it even exceeded movie box office goliaths combined when it came to revenue. It beat last year's Call of Duty in its first week.

League of Legends 4.20 patch notes revealed, 'big theme is Strategic Diversity'

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Riot Games has listed the 4.20 patch notes for League of Legends with "Strategic Diversity" the big thing for the 2015 preseason, according to the studio. They want "more paths to victory".

In fact this is one of the largest sweep of changes yet, as they introduce a "metric tonne" of additions and alterations from map-wide objectives to complete overhauls.

Hearts of Iron IV developer diary examines tanks, teases more alpha footage

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Paradox is busy with Hearts of Iron IV as they carve up Europe for us to steam roll over when it releases in 2015. Today a new lengthy developer diary is out examining all things tank.

There are some teasing alpha shots of the game in action, with panning sweeps across Europe. The team visited the Arsenalen museum of military vehicles in Sweden.

Maniac Mansion duo reunite to Kickstart retro adventure game Thimbleweed Park

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Two member of the team behind classic Lucasfilm Games title Maniac Mansion, namely Ron Gilbert and artist Gary Winnick, have reunited to set up a Kickstarter campaign for a brand new adventure with a retro design philosophy that recalls the golden age of adventure games.

Thimbleweed Park will, according to the developers, be like "opening a dusty old desk drawer and finding an undiscovered LucasArts adventure game you’ve never played before."

If you've played the Elite: Dangerous Alpha or Beta, you won't get a refund for ditched offline play

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When Frontier Developments announced that it was dropping offline play from space exploration game Elite: Dangerous, fans were understandably cheesed off. Particularly those who'd backed the project on the proviso that they'd be able to play without joining a server.

David Braben has addressed concerns in the latest Elite newsletter, but I'm not sure his response will satisfy disgruntled backers.

Mount & Blade's cRPG mod team set up Kickstarter for Melee: Battlegrounds

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The cRPG mod was a neat addition to Mount & Blade: Warband which added persistent character development and an RPG-style leveling system to the medieval open world game's multiplayer. It was lots of fun.

Now the modding team behind it, the excellently named Donkey Crew, have opened a Kickstarter campaign for their own medieval combat game, Melee: Battlegrounds.

Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes PC system requirements released‏

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Standalone prologue Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes is set for release on PC this December, and Konami has just revealed the game's recommended specifications.

Not as demanding as you might expect, and certainly not as demanding as Metal Gear Solid 5's will be, probably due to the game's previous release on last generation consoles.

Warlords of Draenor pushes WoW up to 10 million subscriptions‏

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World of Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor may have had some problems during its launch, but it's still doing Blizzard no damage in the subscriptions department.

As well as already selling over over 3.3 million copies, the expansion has helped WoW reach over 10 million player subscriptions. Not bad for a game released back in 2004.

Check out ten minutes of Mordheim: City of the Damned in action

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Focus Home Interactive has released ten whole minutes of grimy fantasy murdering in Mordheim: City of the Damned. Take a look at the turn-based strategy in action for the first time.

The game's based on Games Workshop's Warhammer Fantasy spin-off board game of the same name, and features several bands of unpleasant people kill each other over valuable magical artifacts.

Titanfall: Deluxe Edition available on Origin now‏

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There's a new version of Titanfall out on Origin right now, which packages up the game and its Season Pass for a very reasonable price.

Yep, Titanfall: Deluxe Edition includes every single one of the game's existing map expansion packs; Expedition, Frontier's Edge, and the recently released IMC Rising.

Dragon Age: Inquisition began life as a multiplayer project‏

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It may be currently winning plaudits for its expansive singleplayer campaign, but Dragon Age: Inquisition had something of an unorthodox beginning.

Talking to Gamesindustry.biz, Bioware's Mark Darrah revealed that the game started out as a multiplayer prototype some time before the release of Dragon Age 2.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 on Steam packs in almost all the game's extra DLC for free‏

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 is on the way to Steam next month and it's bringing an impressively huge roster of DLC content along with it, including costumes, arena battles and extra story content.

Most of this is taken from from the console versions, but there are a few omissions; outfits based on other games, such as Mass Effect and Assassin's Creed efforts, won't be added due to "contractual issues".

Ubisoft claims crowd sizes aren't the cause of Assassin’s Creed: Unity's framerate troubles

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It seemed a safe bet that Assassin's Creed: Unity huge crowds of NPCs were at least partly to blame for the game's now infamous poor performance and framerate drops, but Ubisoft says that isn't the case.

In a new blog post responding to fan concerns over the game's high-profile issues, Ubisoft writes that crowd sizes are "not linked" to performance drops, and do not affect framerates.