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Meta-RPG sequel Knights of Pen and Paper 2 is coming to PC this year

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Publisher Paradox Interactive has announced Knights of Pen and Paper 2, a follow-up to the popular 2013 game-within-a-game developed by Kyy Games.

The set-up is thus; not only are you playing as a group of heroes exploring a fantasy world, you're also playing as the players who are playing those heroes in a tabletop RPG. Clear?

HTC hopes to release a Half-life game for its VR headset

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Cher Wang, the chairwoman of Chinese tech manufacturer HTC, has told the BBC that she hopes a Half-life video game will be released for her company's virtual-reality headset.

HTC is teaming up with the classic franchise's creator Valve to put its VR hardware on the market, so it's not quite as outlandish a hope as it initially sounds. Still, as we all know, any Half-Life news must be accompanied by the caveat, "probably not going to happen."

Strength of the SWORD: ULTIMATE is the latest addition to Team17's indie roster

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Team17’s assembling quite the indie roster these days, the publisher's latest snagged title being action brawler Strength of the SWORD: ULTIMATE.

Strength of the SWORD has you take on the role of a magically powered War Golem, smashing his way through enemies and boss battles. It's the brainchild of two-man team Ivent Games.

EA outlines Battlefield: Hardline Premium membership

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EA has announced Battlefield: Hardline Premium, the membership option for its upcoming cops versus robbers shooter. As usual, members will get two weeks early access to all new content released for the game.

As well as earning monthly rewards and access to exclusive in-game events and items, Premium members will also gain access to four unique features – Masks, Gun Bench, Competitive Play, and Legendary Status.

Soviet Russia invades Heroes and Generals in new update

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A big new update for Heroes and Generals has popped up on Steam, adding, alongside new gear, playable characters, maps and gameplay improvements, a whole new faction in the form of Soviet Russia.

Russia joins the existing US and German factions in the game's strategic MMOFPS arena, bringing "light tanks, medium tanks, a tank destroyer, a heavy tank, as well as a giant Anti-tank rifle, lots of new weapons, planes, paratroopers and a lot more."

Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin trailer introduces NPC invader The Forlorn

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One of the new additions that the upcoming Scholar of the First Sin remastered edition adds to Dark Souls 2 is an NPC invader known as The Forlorn.

Hunting players down “with deadly skill and tenacity”, The Forlorn will show up at inopportune times to carve you into pieces with his mighty zweihander.

Trailer released for Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power, coming 2015

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Frozenbyte has just released a trailer for the third game in its fantasy platformer series, Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power, which is on the way to PC this year.

Once again our three heroes, the Wizard, the Rogue and the Knight, are travelling through colourful, vibrant fantasy landscapes, solving physics-based puzzles and battling strange creatures as they go.

Stealth 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto PC this April

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Curve Digital's Stealth 2: A Game of Clones, the stealth-focused puzzle platform game released in October last year on Wii U, will be making its way to PC this April.

The game has you trying to infiltrate a heavily guarded Metroidvania-style industrial complex, using your side-scrolling sneaking skills and various gadgets to avoid detection.

Elite: Dangerous will launch Nimoy Memorial station in honour of late actor

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Unsurprisingly there have already been a few gaming tributes to the brilliant actor Leonard Nimoy, who passed away last week at the age of 83.

Elite: Dangerous studio Frontier Developments is the latest to pay their respects, namely by adding a new orbital station named after Nimoy in the game's 1.2 update.

Modder adds offline co-op support to Resident Evil: Revelations 2

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The saga of the missing Resident Evil: Revelations 2 PC co-op mode continues, fortunately with a slightly more positive twist this time.

A modder known only as Fluffyquack (I like to think that's his real name) has added offline co-op support to the game's first episode.

Interplay announces remastered version of claymation brawler ClayFighter

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Interplay has announced that its teaming up with Drip Drop Games to release a remastered version of ClayFighter, the cult claymation brawler first released in back 1993 for the SNES.

It's not entirely clear from the announcement, but it sounds like the remaster will also include the game's two sequels, or at least some content from them; "The game will be packed with the best of all previous ClayFighter titles," writes Interplay.

Night Dive Studios abandons attempt to re-release No One Lives Forever

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Light-hearted spy thriller The Operative: No One Lives Forever is a bit of a forgotten gem, a funny, smart shooter that showcased developer Monolith at its inventive best.

For a while it looked like we might be getting a remastered version of the game, but sadly republishing experts Night Dive Studios' recent attempts to secure the rights for a remastered version have ended in disappointment.

Nordic will distribute Shadowrun Online when it leaves early access

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Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has signed a deal with publisher Nordic Games to distribute the cyberpunk MMO.

The team-based tactical RPG is currently available through Steam Early Access, but when it's fully released later this year Nordic will handle the distribution.

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.

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