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Spintires creator claims publisher Oovee has disappeared, "together with the loot"

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Developer Pavel Zagrebelnyj came up with the strangely addictive off-road sim Spintires, in which you try to make it through the churned-up roads and forests of Russia in a variety of heavy-duty vehicles. It had beautifully done mud physics, and a few months back it was something of a cult hit.

Since then, despite being very popular on Steam, the game's never really added a whole lot to that basic 'drive a truck through some mud' formula. Now Zagrebelnyj is accusing the UK publisher Oovee of taking the money and running, and preventing him from continuing development on the game.

Ubisoft details first piece of Far Cry 4 Season Pass content, the Escape from Durgesh Prison

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Far Cry 4 is set to get its first piece of Season Pass content in January, and Ubisoft has detailed exactly what players can expect. Namely the introduction of permadeath in the new Escape from Durgesh Prison solo and co-op mission.

It's based around a level from the core game's solo campaign, but this time Ajay can team up with his (annoying) co-op buddy Hurk to scavenge weapons and ammo, and complete a series of challenges in a vaguely roguelike structure in order to escape.

Co-op shooter The Red Solstice gets new map and extra missions in Pitch Black update

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The Red Solstice is an eight-player co-op game set on Mars, where you and your friends take on the role of burly space marine types with a penchant for heavy weaponry, tasked with cleansing the planet of unpleasant alien critters.

The Early Access shooter has just received a new update titled 'Pitch Black', which features a new industrial themed map, four new missions and an overhaul of several combat skills for the various classes.

December update for Clockwork Empires adds 100% more fishpeople

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Developer Gaslamp Games has released the December update for its steampunk colony management sim Clockwork Empires, and that means another round of brilliantly silly patch notes. My favourites this time include; "colonists will occasionally turn into fishpeople and run into the sea", and "FIXED: Listening to a sermon caused colonists’ bodies to explode."

Life is not easy for colonists in this game. The new Naturalist role for your civilians, along with the new found additions of Laboratories and Scientists you can put to work studying weird artifacts, can lead to new discoveries as well as the aforementioned fish transformations.

Prison Architect Alpha 28 released with video, features 'moving toilet' scripting

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The latest alpha release for Introversion Software's Prison Architect has gone live, taking the early access sim to Alpha 28. A new video is up highlighting the latest changes to UI and mod scripting.

There's been some UI streamlining though there's much more to do, and the game's script has been altered to help modders cut down on unseemly messes in their code, thanks to moving toilets.

Ubisoft's 'free game offer' for Assassin’s Creed: Unity Season Pass begins

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A special webpage for those who own the Season Pass to Assassin’s Creed: Unity is now online where you can take up Ubisoft's offer a free game to compensate for the disastrous launch.

Those eligible need only select their platform (the same as the one they own Unity), and then choose between a selection of Ubisoft's latest titles like The Crew and Far Cry 4.

Minecraft: Story Mode announced by Mojang and Telltale Games, out in 2015

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Mojang has just announced they're working with Telltale Games to develop a standalone adventure spin-off with Minecraft: Story Mode, which is a narrative-driven game about Minecraft itself.

Earlier today Telltale was already teasing they had something to announce before the holiday break, and that they were working with another developer. Minecraft: Story Mode will release episodically.

Longbow Games starts Twitch channel, Hegemony III live stream tonight @ 8pm GMT

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The first demo for the newly announced Hegemony III from Longbow Games is due as the studio christen their Twitch.tv channel tonight with a live stream for the RTS, which is on Kickstarter.

The studio will host a developer Q&A for the latest in the Hegemony series, which will air today @ 3pm EST / 8pm GMT. Clash of the Ancients explores the "tumultuous period" of Rome's birth.

2D cyberpunk RPG Dex receives 'High Life' update, adds new branching quests

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Developer Dreadlocks has released their 'High Life' update to the Early Access version of Dex, the 2D side-scrolling cyberpunk RPG. New locations, NPCs and branching quests are included in the update.

A new trailer has been released highlighting the additions, which also include new enemy types, a new skill, a skill-level increase, new mini-games and puzzles, better quests log and more implants.

Larian working on new RPGs alongside Divinity, "being built on top of the D:OS engine"

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Divinity: Original Sin is getting a significant overhaul from creator Larian, as they acknowledge the 'sucky parts' of the game. However they're also "working on our new RPGs," using the D:OS engine.

The Belgian developer is determined to fix the mistakes of Original Sin, and they're also opening a new office in Quebec City to expand, but it lets them "make true some of our bigger RPG ambitions".

Telltale tease "secret surprise" announcement soon, "not directly related" to current line-up [UPDATE]

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UPDATE: Announcement is Minecraft: Story Mode, a collaboration between Telltale and Mojang.

Original story follows

Ta-dah! Telltale Games has just tweeted they've got "super secret surprise announcements" before we all break up for the holidays, and that it isn't "directly related" to anything from them this year.

More fuel to the fire as an additional tease reveals Telltale is working with another developer on whatever they've got cooking. Right now Telltale have Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands.

Grand Theft Auto V "in the final stages" of PC development, system specs "in the coming week"

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Rockstar's latest 'Asked & Answered' session through the Rockstar Newswire has been posted and confirms the studio is in the "final stages" of wrapping up development for the PC version.

We should also expect to see the system requirements "in the coming week." A developer already leaked that their Max Payne 3 PC team is behind GTA V's PC edition.

Space Hulk: Ascension adds a new chapter and a new story campaign with the Imperial Fists Expansion

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It's always the Ultramarines, isn't it? Those self-important blue sods get all the credit and acclaim, and the poor old Imperial Fists have to wander around the Warhammer 40K universe, tidying up after orks and tyranids and getting absolutely no credit for it.

Well not longer. Indie developer Full Control has announced the first new content pack for its reworked board game adaptation Space Hulk: Ascension, the Imperial Fists Expansion. Can you guess what's in it?

Enhanced version of classic action adventure Outlast makes surprising appearance on Steam

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Fans of the incredibly ambitious 1999 action adventure Outcast had their hearts broken earlier this year, when a Kickstarter campaign for an HD remake of the game failed to meet its goal.

But all is not lost! An enhanced version of the original titled Outlast 1.1 has popped up on Steam today out of nowhere. It's not quite the total remaster that the Kickstarter was set up for, but it does add a few new bells and whistles, and configures the game to run smoothly on modern PCs.

Carbine Studios lays out plans for first WildStar update of 2015

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Carbine Studios has big plans for its sci-fi fantasy MMO Wildstar moving into 2015, and it's keen to share them with fans. Hence this new blog post from the team, detailing exactly what they're working on.

As well as new bits and pieces of content, and some general 'quality of life' improvements, the main thrust of the update plans seem to be focused on making general play more accessible to players of all levels and play-styles.

Update 1.2 for This War of Mine adds a new shelter and the chance to choose your starting characters

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Anti-war war game (that does actually make sense) This War of Mine has just received a major update, adding a new shelter for your band of desperate civilians to hide in, and the chance to choose your starting group of characters.

Those are the major additions in update 2.1, but as you'd expect there's also a bunch of fixes and balance tweaks, including improvements to animations and NPC behaviour.

Multiplayer shooter Dirty Bomb is coming to Steam

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Splash Damage's post-apocalyptic team-based shooter Dirty Bomb is coming to Steam, the developer has announced. It's big news for a game that's fun, but currently held back by low player population - hopefully this will encourage more people to try out the ongoing open beta.

For the unfamiliar, Dirty Bomb is from the same team that developed the excellent Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, and maintains some of that game's objective-based gameplay.

Steam customers can no longer trade Gifts across regions

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Last month Valve tweaked its Steam Gift policy to make all games purchased as a gift untradeable for 30 days, in an attempt to prevent trade scams.

Now the company has made another big change, namely stopping users from Asia, Eastern Europe and South America from trading Gifts across regions. This is presumably an attempt to prevent customers from buying games on the cheap in in one country, then selling them on to users in another.

Techland release interactive 'Test Your Survival Skills' video for Dying Light

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An excellent new video post from Techland lets us enjoy a mini interactive adventure in Dying Light, the upcoming dropkick-a-zombie-from-a-rooftop survival action game from the creator of Dead Island.

This new video is over 25 minutes long but cuts short because of the choices we make along the way. The first-person zombie slayer is set in a vast open world where night turns the tables on us.

Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes' "definitive" PC specs due tomorrow, settings page 'leaked'

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Konami has confirmed that a "definitive" list of PC specifications for the imminently due Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes will be published tomorrow, but that hasn't stopped PC images leaking online.

A few screens have emerged revealing the PC version in action, along with the graphics and control settings pages. Apparently the menu can't be navigated by mouse, only by keyboard. Boo!

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