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Firaxis releases hotfix for Rising Tide alliance bug

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Firaxis has squashed a bug in Civilization Beyond Earth: Rising Tide which caused your allies to abandon you every time an enemy faction declared war.

I swear, I never even noticed it when I was playing. Perhaps that's because I spent my time cowering in the corner of the map, stealing everyone else's hard-earned scientific research.

The Wasteland 2 Director's Cut is out today, free for owners of the original game

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InXile Entertainment has released the Wasteland 2 Director's Cut today, and along with its improved graphics, extra character development options and additional voicework, the best news is that it's free for all owners of the original game.

It's a pretty extensive reworking of the post-apocalyptic RPG, which we thought was a fun, if slightly rough and overlong journey. It's extensive enough that your old save games will no longer work with this new version, which has to be downloaded as a standalone title in your Steam library or from your account. Digital versions from other retailers will roll out soon.

Homeworld: Shipbreakers makes an appearance at Unite conference

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Did you know that there's a new Homeworld game in the works? I had absolutely no idea, which made it particularly surprising when land-based strategy prequel Homeworld: Shipbreakers popped up at the Unite conference recently.

Be warned, much of the presentation consists of rather dry discussions of camera techniques and the like, but there is a trailer that demos the game's combat and setting. Remember those massive capital ships from the excellent Homeworld 2? Here you're scavenging parts needed to complete their construction, which means the focus is on atmospheric aircraft and tank combat rather than the series' trademark tank battles.

Intriguing first-person adventure Firewatch is set for release next February

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Firewatch looks like a very intriguing game, a first-person tale that casts you as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness, whose only companion is the voice on the other end of a radio.

There's more to it than that, of course, but developer Campo Santo - a team comprised of veteran developers behind such games as BioShock 2 and The Walking Dead: Season One - understandably doesn't want to spoil anything just yet. The studio has just revealed a February 9, 2016 release date for the game, and says it will start to reveal a little more during the build-up to launch.

Star Wars: Battlefront's Hero Hunt, Cargo and Droid Run modes detailed

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While it doesn't have a singleplayer story mode (boo, hiss), there's no shortage of multiplayer modes to be found in EA DICE's upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront. Only two were shown off in the recent open Beta, but now the developers have lifted the lid on three other ways to play.

Hero Hunt has one player spawn as a Hero character, and seven others as normal foot-soldiers. The troopers have to hunt Darth Vader, Boba Fett or whoever down, and the player that nets the killing blow respawns as a Hero themselves. It's an extended boss fight, basically.

Cargo mode, meanwhile, is Battlefront's take on Capture the Flag. The only real difference from the traditional setup here is that you don't have to have your cargo present at your base in order to score a point. "This creates a tug of war experience where you simply need to collect as much cargo as possible," says DICE. Cargo is a 6v6 mode, more tactical and small-scale than the showpiece cinema of Walker Assault.

H1Z1 servers to be wiped for game update

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Daybreak has announced that all of the updates that are currently on the test server will be installed on the live server on the 14 October 2015. This will require the developer to wipe the entire server and player info.

Ubisoft apologizes over Might and Magic: Heroes VII Collector's Edition confusion

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Gamers who expected a Might and Magic: Heroes VII DVD in the $99.99 Collector's Edition of the game were disappointed to find only codes for it and the soundtrack. Ubisoft apologized for the misleading photo which depicted discs; the description itself stated that there would be codes.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III's single player campaign will launch unlocked

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Gamers won't have to play through the entire single player campaign of Call of Duty: Black Ops III to see the ending, as all of the campaign's chapters will be available the minute the player boots up the game.

Rocket League goes Back to the Future on October 21

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Rocket League developer Psyonix has announced that on the very day that Marty McFly traveled to in Back to the Future, Part II, 21 October 2015, the time-traveling DeLorean will officially be one of the playable Battle-Cars in the futuristic footie game.

Adventure movie cheesiness the highlight of Shadows of Evil prologue for Call of Duty: Black Ops III

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While the main campaign of Call of Duty: Black Ops III is a dark techno-thriller, the zombie-infested Shadows of Evil is made of pure cheese, starring major actors including Jeff Goldblum, Heather Graham, Neal McDonough, and Ron Perlman.

Dwarven Ranger highlighted in new Warhammer: Vermintide trailer

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Developer Fatshark has released a new trailer for their upcoming co-op shooter Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide, which shows off Bardin Goreksson, the wild, reckless Dwarven Ranger.

German special forces GSG 9 team shown off in Rainbow Six: Siege trailer

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Ubisoft has posted a new trailer showing off the German counter-terrorism GSG 9 operators in their upcoming multiplayer shooter Rainbow Six: Siege.

Early Access platformer Pixel: ru² gets more levels, Steam Achievements

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Indie developer C63 Industries has announced that their dotty platformer Pixel: ru², which is currently in Steam Early Access, has 10 new levels, Steam Achievements and bug fixes.

Barbarian Makeover update coming to Castle Crashers October 14

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The Behemoth has announced that a new content update will be coming to the Steam version of their four-player co-op beat'em up Castle Crashers, "Barbarian Makeover".

Indie developer Nomad Games enters publishing business

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Nomad Games, best known for their adaptation of Talisman, the popular fantasy board game, has announced they have thrown their hat into the publishing ring.

Allison Road Kickstarter canceled, Team17 to publish survivor horror game

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Indie developer Lilith has announced that they have canceled their Kickstarter for their survival horror game Allison Road, which is a spiritual successor to the creepy game P.T. They revealed that they found a publisher to fund the game, Team17, best known for the Worms franchise.

Side-scrolling strategy adventure Kingdom out this October 21

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Kingdom started out life as a very interesting little side-scrolling browser game, in which you played a king who spent his time wandering across his lands, ordering peasants around and trying not to get eaten by troll-monsters.

Publisher Raw Fury has picked up the game and helped developers Noio and Licorice turn it into a fully-featured experience, and it's almost ready to launch - the final release date has been set for October 21.

Gazillion details key features and events coming to Marvel Heroes 2016

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Gazillion Entertainment demoed some of the content fans can expect from Marvel Heroes 2016 - the next annual evolution of the MMO action RPG - at Ney Work Comic Con over the weekend.

Comics nerds can enjoy a story campaign based on the major Secret Invasion event from 2008, in which the devious Skrulls invade Earth in the guise of various superheroes.

New Overlord: Fellowship of Evil Video shows off the game's hacking, slashing and looting

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Codemasters' action RPG spin-off Overlord: Fellowship of Evil was delayed last month, and pushed back to an October 20 release date. Here's the latest trailer for the co-op dungeon crawler.

Your four playable villains are Croys the ice mage, Inferna the armoured warrior, Hakon the dwarf, and Malady the sorceress. Each character commands a squad of minions in battle, and each has their own set of skills and spells to use on pesky do-gooders like elves and paladins.

Treyarch is working on performance issues highlighted in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Beta

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Treyarch's recent Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 open Beta was received fairly well in terms of gameplay, but on the PC version there were numerous performance issues and some oddly laggy and unresponsive mouse movement.

The developer has penned a blog post assuring PC players that these issues have been highlighted by the community, and that the development team is currently working on fixing them.

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