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Frictional releases underwater horror SOMA's E3 2015 gameplay trailer

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Frictional Games, the team behind cult scare-fest Amnesia: The Dark Descent, has released the brief snippet of gameplay footage from underwater horror SOMA that it showed off at E3 earlier this month.

"This showcases the player's first encounter with a type of creature that roams this part of the game," the team writes on its blog, "and gives some hints on how to best deal with them. This clip is a bit shorter than we wanted it to be and therefore misses some build-up and is a bit hurried. But one minute was all we were allowed for the show. Still, hope you all liked it!"

Mojang is closing down its strategy card game Scrolls

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Mojang is shutting down its collectible strategic card game Scrolls, which has been around in playable form since roughly 2012. The studio says that it "can no longer sustain continuous development".

It's hard not to think that the impressive success of Blizzard's Hearthstone stole some of Scrolls' thunder. The game, which had some interesting idea, and a neat, steampunk art style, never quite managed to build up the same loyal player-base as its fellow genre mates.

First in-game footage released for Bombshell, Interceptor's replacement for canned Duke Nukem project

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Danish developer Interceptor was on the cusp of creating the first Duke Nukem action RPG (no, I'm not sure that would have worked very well either), but legal issues between 3D Realms and Gearbox regarding the license put paid to that.

Nevertheless, the team has rebounded with respectable speed, and they've turned that scrapped project into a new game called Bombshell, set to release later this year. Here's the first in-game trailer.

'Tarmac Terrors' update for DiRT Rally, adds new race type and five new cars

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Codemasters has released the 'Tarmac Terrors' free update for its Early Access driving game DiRT Rally, adding the game’s first all-Tarmac rally at Baumholder, Germany, as well as five classic cars.

What's that? What exactly is the difference between tarmac rally and tarmac, apart from the fact one takes place on tarmac and the other... doesn't? I have absolutely no idea. Fortunately, the developers do.

Penultimate free Witcher 3 DLC adds another new mission

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Just the one free piece of DLC for CD Projekt's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt this week, in the form of a new quest for Geralt to take on in the wilds of Velen.

Titled 'Where The Cat And Wolf Play', the mission takes our favourite monster hunter to a village where the inhabitants have been murdered by a mysterious force. Odds are pretty good you'll end up hitting said mysterious force with a big sword.

Raven Guard Space Marines invade Warhammer 40,000: Regicide in 1.2 update

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If you'll forgive me the brief foray into nerdy fanboyism, the Raven Guard are the coolest Space Marines around, right? While their primary-coloured pals trudge into battle, bullets pinging off their armour, the Raven Guard prefer to ninja it up in the shadows, before popping out to ruin a heretic's day with some oversized power claws. That's style.

I confess I don't know much about the Snakebite Ork Clan, but those are the two factions coming to Hammerfall/url> 's Early Access sort-of chess game Warhammer 40,000: Regicide in its latest update.

Rebellion "working on a remaster" of Activision's 1998 Battlezone

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If the virtual reality remake of arcade classic Battlezone doesn't interest then Rebellion has just announced plans to remaster the 1998 release from Activision, which blends first-person shooter and real-time strategy.

This early tank simulator will be back in all its glory for PC but the studio isn't ready to show anything yet. The VR project is "very much a reboot" of Atari's original Battlezone, which has little resemblance.

Take-Two registered four Mafia 3 domains last week

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Could we be made an offer we can't refuse soon? Take-Two has registered four new domain names as of Thursday, June 25th. All of all them reference Mafia 3 - a series fans have been waiting to see a return of.

The publisher has had leaks before relating to a third major instalment, with an alleged casting call for actors pointing to Louisiana as a possible setting. Then there was silence again, a code of silence you might say.

Report: Visceral's unannounced Star Wars title 'like Uncharted and 1313' says actor Nolan North

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Amy Hennig, who helped create Naughty Dog's Uncharted series, is today over at Visceral Games working on a now-not-so-secret Star Wars title. What exactly it is and has us doing remains clouded by the Darkside of corporate marketing.

Actor Nolan North seems to have smuggled out some plans. He said at Metrocon 2015 that this new Star Wars is "in the style of Uncharted," clarifying that it's not a revival of Star Wars 1313.

Chris Avellone to join inXile for The Bard's Tale IV if $1.9 million pledged, Kickstarter with 11 days remaining

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There's just under two weeks left for The Bard's Tale IV to lighten our coin purses some more, having already achieved it's Kickstarter campaign goal of $1.25 million. A new stretch goal for RPG veteran Chris Avellone now dangles.

Should the heroic PC RPG community manage to throw enough into the inXile coffers then Avellone will join Brian Fargo and his team. He's already helped out on Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera.

Valve "provide enough information" to avoid Steam trading schemes, no longer returning 'scammed items'

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You're on your own with trading scams from now on, reveals Valve, as they will no longer be returning traded items that people feel have been 'scammed'. There's "enough information" to avoid becoming a victim they say.

While they "sympathize with people who fall victim to scams," it's down to us to spot when something is suspicious. Those identified as a scammer are banned from Steam Community features such as trading.

Closed Alpha test for Star Wars: Battlefront through Origin, inviting "small number of users"

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There's a technical test planned for DICE's gorgeous looking Star Wars: Battlefront as a special Origin exclusive Closed Alpha is planned for PC. There's only a limited number being invited and you can check if you're on the VIP list.

The actual content and start date for the Closed Alpha hasn't been disclosed. If you have been selected then there are some terms and conditions to agree to, like keeping your sneak peek away from Bothan spies.

Arkham Knight mod lets you explore Gotham as ten different characters

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There's every chance you're still waiting around for someone to whittle your PC copy of Batman: Arkham Knight into a vaguely acceptable shape (or you just got a refund), but if you're one of the lucky ones for whom the game is playable, you might want to check this mod out.

Basically, the Playable Characters Mod lets you loose on the streets of Gotham as one of ten different characters - that's either Red Hood, Harley Quinn, Nightwing, Robin, Azrael, Bruce Wayne, Catwoman, Commissioner Gordon, Joker or GCPD Officer Owens.

No Death Star map in Battlefront, DICE confirms

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Like inadvisable tertiary characters and bad haircuts, the mighty Imperial Death Star is synonymous with Star Wars. Unfortunately we won't be visiting the galaxy's most popular planet-sized killing machine in this year's Star Wars:Battlefront.

Community reps from developer DICE confirmed that there won't be a Death Star map in a Reddit Questions and Answers session, but they did say to stay tuned for more on the various iconic Star Wars locations that we WILL be visiting.

Heroes and Villains mode will return in Star Wars: Battlefront

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Heroes and Villains mode (also known as Hero Assault) was one of the silliest ways to play Star Wars: Battlefront 2. It involved pitting the Hero characters from each faction against each other in a team or free-for-all deathmatch. Yoda would be doing backflips around Boba Fett, while Han Solo shot the Emperor in the face with a blaster. It was very daft.

Tripwire details Incinerate n' Detonate update, coming to Killing Floor 2 soon

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You might have thought there were already enough ways to splatter Zeds across the walls in Killing Floor 2, but the upcoming free Incinerate n' Detonate pack is here to prove you wrong. You might be able to guess the particular flavours of zombie-murdering that the new content pack brings to the table.

Actually, you don't have to. After first revealing the free update at E3 earlier this month (video below), developer Tripwire Interactive has finally detailed some of the contents.

First PC patch for Arkham Knight drops, Rocksteady reveals key issues to be fixed

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Unsurprisingly, given the Killer Croc-sized s***storm that greeted its rubbish launch, everyone involved with Batman: Arkham Knight on PC has been scrabbling to get the game into some kind of playable state.

Countdown timer promises more information on Beamdog's upcoming Baldur's Gate game this week

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We already know that Beamdog, the team behind the slightly buggy but generally pretty great Enhanced Editions for Baldur's Gate 1 and 2, is creating a spin-off tale codenamed Adventure Y, to take place slap bang in the middle of Bioware's classic fantasy RPG adventures.

It looks like we'll be finding out more about the project pretty soon. A timer has gone up over on the game's official website, counting down until July 3.

Rumour: Battlefield 2143 screens leaked

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Reddit user EJ8233 has posted a series of images that appear to be from an as-yet unannounced Battlefield 2143, which if true would mean that DICE is returning to the setting of its 2006 near-future shooter Battlefield 2142.Expect one year on, obviously.

Of course, there's no way of proving their authenticity. EJ8233 doesn't reveal where he captured these images, simply saying “excuse the quality, we were kind of being rushed around”, and they're of low enough quality that obvious fakery could perhaps be masked.

Watcher Think?: Cast of the Seven Godsends

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Chris Capel mini-reviews this original Castlevania-alike.

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