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D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die GDC demo suggests it might be on the way to PC

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Japanese developer SWERY 65 demonstrated a version of his episodic adventure game D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, prompting rumours that the game will be released on the platform.

D4 was released on Xbox One last September, and due to the fact it made extensive use of Kinect controls gameplay, it looked unlikely that the game would be released on other consoles or platforms.

Total War: Attila shifts 21,680 copies in the UK in its debut week

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Creative Assembly's Rome-sacking simulator Total War: Attila did a decent job for the studio in its first week on sale last month - according to the new issue of MCV, the game sold 21,680 (Digital/Retail) units in the UK.

For some baffling reason game sales charts still omit digital purchases, which is fairly ridiculous since only 19 per cent of Attila's sales came via boxed retail copies.

Banner Saga creative director working on new title Killers and Thieves

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The Banner Saga was released back in January, 2014, a visually astonishing blend of animated Norse storytelling and turn-based tactical combat. Now the game's lead director is working on a new title.

Killers and Thieves has the player running a thieves guild, hiring burglars and bandits to do their dirty work, upgrading their base of operations, and planning elaborate heists. Like Banner Saga, it makes use of some beautiful 2D, hand-drawn visuals, but this time they're inspired by the work of comic artist Mike Mignola.

Alien 5 director Neill Blomkamp praises Alien: Isolation

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District 9 director Neill Blomkamp was recently confirmed to be directing the next Alien movie, and it seems like he's been gearing up for the job with a little bit of Alien: Isolation.

“I think it’s amazing,” Blomkamp told IGN. “Even from the first screen grabs, just the quality of the art direction and how it looks. I’m such a visual person that the narrative of stuff is neither here nor there for me sometimes. It’s literally about imagery.”

EA shuts down The Sims and SimCity developer Maxis

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In this industry it's not often that hearing a studio is being closed down genuinely surprises you, but I'm left fairly shocked by the news that EA is shutting the doors at Maxis Emeryville, the studio's main headquarters, for good.

Well, maybe 'surprised' is the wrong word; despite the well-publicised disaster of SimCity and the negative response to the removal of several features from The Sims 4, I somehow simply assumed that Maxis, who've been around since before I was even born, would continue on regardless.

Block N Load launches April 30

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Jagex has announced that its block-building team shooter Block N Load will move out of its current beta phase and release in full for PC this April 30.

In preparation for launch the game's ongoing beta will switch from its current, always-on schedule to weekend stress and balance tests only. It'll make that transition on March 9.

Magicka 2 blasting its way onto PC this May

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Paradox has announced that spell-'em-up sequel Magicka 2 will be released on PC and consoles this May 26, marking the announcement with, almost inevitably, a Game of Thrones parody trailer.

Packing an improved graphics engine and new, game-changing Artifacts, Magicka 2 once again puts you in control of a group of wizards who should clearly never be allowed access to powerful magic.

Former Ensemble devs announce fast-paced RTS Servo

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BonusXP, a new team made up from ex- Ensemble developers, has announced Servo, a fast-paced real-time strategy title with a focus on unit customisation and no-nonsense, ten to fifteen minute matches.

There's more than a little of the Transformers about Servo's day-glo sci-fi world, not least that it features massive, brightly coloured robots kicking the snot out of each other.

*UPDATED* Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date confirmed, Collector's Edition includes bionic arm

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Not a real bionic arm, obviously. Splash out $99 on the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector's Edition and you'll net a bunch of goodies including a half-scale replica of Snake's bionic arm (essential), a behind-the-scenes documentary, a steel-book case, a map, and the game's various trailers on BluRay, along with some unique in-game items.

Konami also confirmed The Phantom Pain's September 1 release date, to nobody's surprise, and revealed a Day One Edition that packs in a more modest collection of pre-order bonuses.

Avalance's Mad Max will be released this September, first concrete details revealed

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Just Cause developer Avalanche's video game adaptation of Mad Max will be released this September, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has announced.

Given that a certain other highly anticipated action title is on the way at the same time, it's surely going to be an interesting launch for the game.

Machine Games announces standalone prequel Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

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Did you like Wolfenstein: New Order, Machine Games' excellent reboot of the venerable shooter franchise? You should have done, because it was brilliant, one of the best games of last year.

Which is why the Swedish studio's announcement today that they're releasing a standalone prequel has me so excited. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood will launch on May 5 for $20, and it takes hero BJ Blazkowicz back to the iconic Castle Wolfenstein.

Black Lab reveals space fleet strategy game Star Hammer, kicks off open Beta

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Developer Black Lab Games has revealed 3D tactical space strategy game, Star Hammer : The Vanguard Prophecy, which has you command a fleet of elite vessels at both the strategic level as a Commander, and on the frontlines as a ship's Captain.

The studio has also revealed that the game's open Beta is now live - to sign up for a chance of entering you'll need to head over to publisher Slitherine's website.

X Rebirth Free Steam Weekend and Update Announced

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Egosoft and Deep Silver have announced that they'll be kicking off a free Steam weekend for the X series from March 11 to March 13, to drop at the same time as a new update for X: Rebirth.

Over that weekend from all games in the space-faring series, from the original X: Beyond The Frontier through to the X3 series and latest edition X Rebirth: The Teladi Outpost, will be available to play.

Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider moves on to "new, upcoming BioWare project"

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David Gaider has been the lead writer on Bioware's fantasy RPG series Dragon Age since its inception, writing the main story for every single installment. So it's a big deal to see him leave the franchise for new pastures.

He's not moving too far away, though - according to his Twitter page he's staying within the company to work on a "new, upcoming BioWare project."

Star Wars: Battlefront gameplay receives "superb ovation" at private EA event, claims Peter Moore

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It won't be too long before we start to see gameplay footage of DICE's highly anticipated shooter Star Wars: Battlefront - the game's apparently already being shown off to EA's retail partners.

Tweeting from a private event held in Texas yesterday, the company's CCO Peter Moore said there had been "superb ovation for latest game play footage on @starwars Battlefront."

Classic real-time strategy game Syndicate is available for free on Origin

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Bullfrog's classic 1993 strategy game Syndicate is one of those releases that you often hear developers and gamers waxing lyrical about, but considering its age there's probably a lot of people out there who've never tried it out.

Now's your chance – Syndicate is the latest title to be made available through Origin's On The House programme.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released this September 1

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You hear that squealing sound? That's the sound of millions of nerds crying out in excitement (me included) because we now have a solid, if not yet officially confirmed, release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain - September 1 2015.

Konami had planned to reveal the date in an official announcement tomorrow but, as usual, the internet hive mind put paid to that.

Alien Isolation's fifth DLC pack The Trigger released, is the “most challenging yet” according to developers

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SEGA and Creative Assembly have released Alien Isolation's fifth DLC pack, titled The Trigger, which once again peeks behind the scenes of the game's main campaign.

In this case, by letting you play as Ricardo, the Sevastopol Station's Deputy Marshal. Set before the events of Isolation, The Trigger sees Ricardo team up with Marshal Waits to try and blow the xenomorph up. Three guesses as to how that went.

Valve announces Source Engine 2, streaming hardware Steam Link, and VR tech Lighthouse at GDC

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Valve officially announced Source Engine 2 at GDC 2015 yesterday and confirmed that, much like Epic's Unreal Engine 4, the graphics engine will be free for developers to make use of.

Source 2 is of course the successor to the venerable engine that debuted back in 2004, and powered hits such as Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, and Titanfall.

Epic showcases Unreal Tournament reboot's snazzy new Outpost 23 map

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Epic has released a new update for its upcoming, community-developed Unreal Tournament reboot, this time letting players explore Outpost 23, the game's first fully-textured map.

The collaborative project has been opened up in the last few weeks by the announcement that the Unreal Engine 4 tools are now freely available for everyone. Well, as long as you pay Epic a 5% cut of all your sales, that is.

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