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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.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer to get 16 more Prestige levels

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is set to get another 16(!) levels of multiplayer Prestige, allowing dedicated run 'n gunners to level all the way up to the hallowed rank of Grand Master.

Doing so will earn you possibly the most egregiously hideous armour set I have ever seen. Seriously, it looks like some kind of nightmarish, blackcurrant-flavour android.

Bioware releases full list of changes on the way in Dragon Age: Inquisition's Patch 5 update

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Bioware has released the full update notes for Dragon Age: Inquisition's Patch 5, an incoming batch of tweaks, improvements and additions that should help sort out a few common issues with the fantasy RPG.

As expected the update adds a party storage chest to the Undercroft at your secret base in Skyhold, and adds the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. A planned auto-attack option doesn't appear to have been included, however.

Capcom has added local co-op support to Revelations 2 on PC

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Rejoice everybody! Though a plucky modder actually managed to beat them to it, Capcom has finally added local co-op to the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2.

Revelations 2 supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode, and though the update containing the fix is only available in beta form right now, everyone can download it.

AMD talks future of Mantle, confirms that Battlefield: Hardline will support it at launch

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AMD has confirmed that Battlefield: Hardline will support its graphics API Mantle at launch, despite the game not doing so in the recent open beta.

Its absence caused some players to wonder if Visceral's upcoming cop thriller would add Mantle support after launch, as was the case with Battlefield 4.

New patch for Survarium tweaks experience points and ammunition

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Vostok Games' open world shooter Survarium has received a big patch which, among other changes, readjusts how experience and reputation points are distributed and removed the limit on how much ammunition you can use in combat.

Patch 0.27a is now available for the public to try after a period of testing, and comes with plenty of other tweaks and gameplay additions.

Battlefield 4's Winter Patch released, adds new Squad Obliteration game mode

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DICE has released Battlefield 4's Winter Patch, which adds a brand new game mode called Squad Obliteration alongside the usual laundry list of fixes, balance tweaks and alterations.

Squad Obliteration is slightly altered version of Obliteration, which had you trying to blow up the opposing team's base with a bomb. It's intended for competitive squad versus squad play, and removes parachute spawns, extends the bomb timer, and forces you to destroy the mode's three targets in order.

TSI announces RPG character transfer system 'Gateway'

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Tactical Simulations Interactive (TSI for short) has revealed its new technology 'Gateway', which will let players transfer their favorite characters across supported RPGs.

Unsurprisingly Gateway will be introduced alongside TSI's upcoming RPG Seven Dragon Saga, but fellow developers InXile and Harebrained Schemes have also announced support for the system.

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