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Star Citizen's MISC Hull series unveiled, "countless options for every type of merchant"

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Cloud Imperium Games is feverishly working away on Star Citizen, the space sim with an enormous crowd-funded budget that today stands over $81.6 million and continues to climb. There's just over 887k backers - or 'citizens'.

No space sim would be complete without its selection of huge cargo haulers, and now the studio unveils the MISC Hull series. It starts small for a just-starting-out trader, to the hulking goliaths that roam shipping lanes.

Magicka 2 receives "completely unscripted co-op" trailer, out May 26th

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Paradox Interactive has released a new trailer for the upcoming Magicka 2, which is not to be confused with the recently launched Magicka: Wizard Wars.

The new spell flinging adventure arrives later this month to stain robes with splattered glory, and the occasional friendly fire incident. Thanks to "dibble-dub-re-replay-plibble-dibity", the game will always stay fresh.

Near-future RTS Act of Aggression gets new website and images

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Eugen Systems has just launched their new shiny website for Act of Aggression, the near-future real-time strategy. There's to be a VIP beta soon handled through their website.

Soon the Chimera faction will be getting time in the spotlight as they plan to release a trailer examining this UNO funded task force. Harvest resources, build bases, recruit units... it's a homage to classic RTS.

Retail version of the Oculus Rift headset is coming Q1 2016, Oculus VR announces

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To the excitement of tech nerds everywhere, Oculus VR has finally revealed its planned release schedule for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift headset - prepare for virtual reality madness to begin in earnest in the first quarter of 2016.

Oculus also revealed that pre-orders for the highly anticipated gadget will open "later this year", though we don't have a specific date just yet.

Titanfall 2 won't release until 2016-17, EA reveals

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A few mech-happy folks might have been hoping that Respawn would release Titanfall 2 this year – unfortunately they'll have to wait to get their next fix of Titan vs. Titan action.

In an EA investors call that took place yesterday, an official from the company revealed that the sequel probably won't make the fiscal year 2016; “Your assumption should be 17,” said CFO Blake Jorgensen.

32 retro games are included in The 3D Realms Anthology

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3D Realms (otherwise known as Apogee Software) crated some of the greatest games of the 1990's, and you can dip your toes in an ocean of bona fide, retro classics in a new collection on Steam.

The 3D Realms Anthology is currently on offer at 25% off, for £22.49/$29.99, and includes 32 games from series including Duke Nukem, Shadow Warrior, Blake Stone and Rise of the Triad.

Star Wars Battlefront won't feature iron sight aiming

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In an interview with OXM (reported by GamesRadar), DICE executive producer Patrick Bach has confirmed that Star Wars Battlefront, much like previous entries in the franchise, won't feature iron sight aiming.

"There are no ironsights in Star Wars, on the ordinary blasters," Bach explained. "You have scopes on some rifles, but there are no ironsights."

EA reveals Mirror's Edge 2 coming “early 2016”, new Need for Speed and Plants Vs Zombies titles also on the way

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Good news, fans of first-person parkour games that make you feel slightly sick, there's a new Mirror's Edge game on the way early next year. It's set to drop at around the same time as a new Plants vs Zombies title, while the company has also revealed that a new Need for Speed game will ship late 2015.

EA announced the news in the most boring way possible – as part of the company financials, heading into early 2016. Mirror's Edge 2 will be handled by DICE who at that point will be fresh from duties on Star Wars Battlefront.

Warner pulls Mortal Kombat X patch after players report data wipes

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Fatality. Warner Bros has pulled the latest Mortal Kombat X patch, which fixed a lot of issues with the bloody brawler, but also deleted a lot of player data in the process.

That data included unlocked characters, costumes and so on from the in-game Krypt store, as well as general storyline progress. Not good, in other words.

New dev diary and Q&A live stream for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt today @ 7.00pm GMT+1

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It's just two witchin' weeks until The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt releases and beguiles us with its dark adult fantasy world. Until then a fresh developer diary has been released looking at the monsters inhabiting the game world.

There's also scheduled for a little later a developer Q and A that will live stream @ 7.00pm GMT+1. CD Projekt RED's Łukasz Wnęk will be playing the game, with level designer Miles Tost narrating it all. Then there's the Q and A bit.

Half-Life remake Black Mesa now on Steam Early Access

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Crowbar Collective, made of former Black Mesa Development Team members, has just brought their Half-Life remake - Black Mesa - to Steam Early Access. It's very close to the original with a few creative differences.

It's a community "re-envisioning" of Valve's iconic Half-Life, which introduced us to Gordon Freeman. Now we get the classical journey infused with new life powered by Source. They're '85% done'.

Hearts of Iron IV "very solid" but slips Q2 release, currently "working on a large milestone"

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The return of the Hearts of Iron series will have to wait a bit longer as Paradox Development Studios reveal that Hearts of Iron IV won't be out in Q2 2015. They've got a "a large milestone" to clear before announcing a new schedule.

According to studio manager Johan Andersson they 'don't have an approved alpha' yet for the grand strategy, but when they do they'll "start with weekly" developer diaries.

GOG Galaxy Client now in open beta, supports Windows and Mac

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DRM-free champions GOG are now throwing their GOG Galaxy Client to the open beta masses to poke and prod. It's a DRM-free platform that's launching as an alternative to Steam and EA's Origin.

Until now only a select number were involved during its alpha testing. It features its own built-in store and game library, which supports one-click installs, backup downloads, optional updates with rollback too.

Starfighter Inc. launches on Kickstarter, a "hardcore PvP multiplayer" space fighter "in the vein of X-Wing vs. Tie-Fighter"

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Hold on to your joysticks! A "hardcore team-based PvP multiplayer space shooter" has just appeared on Kickstarter and it's from the minds of X-Wing and MechWarrior designers. It's called Starfighter Inc.

Mercenary pilots will dogfight their hearts out from "single-seat interceptors, multi-seat gunships, and massive capital ships." Everything is customisable from looks to yaw. Their goal is $250k.

Scourge of War: Waterloo releases June 11th, live stream tomorrow @ 8.00pm GMT+1

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Leaving behind the Union and Confederate tiffs, studio NorbSoft is now looking to Europe and the Battle of Waterloo. It will feature the "chain of command mechanics" fans of the series are used too.

We not only play at the top of the command chain, but also fill in the boots of subordinate officers. Scourge of War: Waterloo promises to simulate how difficult it was for armies to manoeuvre on the battlefield.

BioWare release PC update for Dragon Age: Inquisition, free content with Black Emporium

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We can start to visit the Black Emporium once again from today as BioWare has just released a new update for Dragon Age: Inquisition, adding the mysterious and macabre shop of weird wonders back into the series.

New schematics, crafting materials, great weapons and even the ability to change our Inquisitors await us. The studio has also patched the game, and it seems the dreaded 'SLI fog' has been vanquished?

Yooka-Laylee's Kickstarter campaign is going remarkably well so far

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Those of you concerned that Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee might not make its Kickstarter goal, there's absolutely no need to worry. At all. Seriously. Funding has just sailed past £1,300,000, from a planned goal of just £175,000.

In fact according to IGN, the game has become the fastest video game project to hit $1 million on the crowd-funding platform. It reached that target in a mind-bogglingly fast six hours.

Arkham Knight Season Pass includes playable Batgirl, in her own prequel story campaign

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Right, so I'm all set up to grumble about the $40/£33 Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass, which Warner Bros. Gleefully announced last week without remembering to detail anything that it contained.

My problem is though, WB has just revealed that the Pass contains Batgirl as a brand new, playable character in “an all new prequel story expansion”. And as one of those awful comic geeks, I can't help but feel pretty exited about that. That's me being part of the problem.

PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to Sydney floods

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The PC version of Project Cars has been slightly delayed in Australia, after large quantities of publisher Namco Bandai's warehouse stock was destroyed in the recent Sydney floods.

"During the recent heavy weather event in Sydney, our vendor partner’s warehouse and stock of Project Cars for PC were severely damaged, retailer EB Games informed customers late last week.

Sledgehammer releases free revolver weapon as thank you to Advanced Warfare fans

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In case all those jet-packs, bionic arms and directed-energy weapons were all a bit too modern for you, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare fans, developer Sledgehammer Games has something a bit old-fashioned to make up for it.

Free for all players, the M1 Irons is a no-nonsense gunslinger's revolver that also comes in ten variant flavours, all of which can be found hidden in Advanced Warfare's supply crate drops.

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