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Wasteland 2 being upgraded to Unity 5 codebase by inXile, allows "better tools for modding"

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An apocalyptic landscape is inXile Entertainment's forte, and they're still working on Wasteland 2 with ambitious plans. The team continues looking at balancing issues, but they've got big things in mind.

Wasteland 2 is migrating to the new Unity 5 codebase, which means things previously tied to Unity 4.x Pro will be opened up freely to modders under the new engine. The game is also "getting a facelift."

Rockstar release new GTA V PC screens, tease new trailer and "powerful new" Rockstar Editor for custom videos

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While fans continue to plan a heist of Rockstar North's offices, the studio has decided to rub salt in our delayed-yet-again wounds by releasing a series of smoking hot screens for Grand Theft Auto V on PC.

They also remind us of their pre-order bribe of an extra $300k in-game for GTA Online, which now has a March 31st deadline for the new April 14th release. We're also getting a new trailer soon.

Starfall Tactics a free-to-play real-time strategy, mixes tactical with starship customisation

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Snowforged Entertainment has just released a pre-alpha footage gameplay trailer for Starfall Tactics, a real-time strategy game that lets us customise our starships in-depth from a huge array of components and weapons.

It's an online free-to-play and is powered by Unreal Engine 4, with three factions reaching out to the stars following an exodus from a radioactive wasteland that became Earth. They promise "balls-to-the-wall explosions".

Starbreeze report strong Q2 financials from Payday 2, "very rare" in the industry

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Developer Starbreeze Studios is super chuffed with their latest fiscal report for Q2, with heist shooter Payday 2 performing better in sales than last year's Q2.

They're "very proud" of this "very rare" occurrence within the games industry, and the company is "getting close to the opening" of their new Los Angeles office, which will host the Geminose team.

Ubisoft: "...more robust modern day" in future Assassin's Creed games

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There'll be more of a return to the 'modern day' setting in Assassin's Creed moving forward, says Ubisoft. Assassin's Creed: Unity only had brief moments through cutscenes where we weren't assuming the role of an ancestral assassin.

Lead writer Darby McDevitt pointed to Assassin's Creed 2 and the town of Monteriggioni, which was playable in both past and present, and so they plan to "smartly reuse things" for a modern experience.

Square Enix confirms Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed [UPDATE]

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UPDATE: The official twitter for Life is Strange has dismissed talk of delay saying "development is on track" and that the next episode will be released "before the end of March."

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It's hella bad news. Dontnod Entertainment's hella excellent time-rewinding adventure Life is Strange won't be releasing its second episode as planned in mid-March. Square Enix has announced it has been pushed back.

When will it be releasing now? They aren't saying. We had been told that each episode would be about a month and a half apart, and fans have been left wanting more. There have also been story leaks.

GameWatcher takes on Jagex in a Block N Load showdown for the ages

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Next Monday Team GameWatcher takes on Team Jagex in a Block N Load Battle Royale which you can watch live on our Twitch stream. Can our squad of plucky underdogs defeat the much fancied developers of the block-building FPS?

Right now we're at around the halfway stage of our training montage. I'm running up and down steps, punching frozen pig carcasses, and screaming "JAGEX!" from the top of a mountain, while my fellow GameWatchers have been put on a strict low-carb, high protein diet. They've naturally been informed that they face SEVERE repercussions if we lose.

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.

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