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Telltale: "Nobody" turned down Game of Thrones role, "richer experience" for fans

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The first of six instalments to Telltale Games' adventure series Game of Thrones will be upon us in December, with the first episode titled 'Iron From Ice'. The series focuses on the troubled House Forrester.

Telltale said none of the HBO show's actor turned down a chance for their character to be in the game, and that fans would "have a richer experience" given all that's happened throughout the series.

Double Fine reduce staff by 12 following 'unexpected cancellation'

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Broken Age developer Double Fine has had to let a dozen staff members go from the studio after a project with a publisher fell through, signing the death warrant to the unannounced project.

They did confirm however that Broken Age, Massive Chalice and the remastering of Grim Fandango "were unaffected." Massive Chalice has recently hit Early Access and is a strategy RPG.

Fan 're-imagining' of Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines stopped by CCP Games

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A valiant effort to rouse Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines from the coffin has been stopped as CCP Games hammers in the nails. Dedicated fans were trying to give the series an injection of new life.

CCP Games legal department however, likely in service to the Masquerade, has sent forth a "cease and desist" order preventing the use of any copyright and trademarked material. It's a stake to the heart.

Ori and the Blind Forest delayed until 2015

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Developer Moon Studios' promising platformer Ori and the Blind Forest has been delayed until 2015, the studio revealed yesterday.

It was due out this Winter, but in a blog post on the official website the developers explained that they "need just a little more time in order to add a final layer of polish to – what we hope – will be an unforgettable gaming experience."

First Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes screenshots, Nvidia list PC features

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The first two screenshots of Kojima Productions' Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes for PC have been released, but not by the developer itself. Instead the images have been published by Nvidia.

They compare two scenes from a PS4 and PC perspective. They also chest beat what special extras the PC version is getting, like SLI support, higher-resolution effects and 60 frames per second.

Block N Load announced by Jagex, "true departure" from MMOs and F2P

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More fully destructible environments are coming as Jagex announce team-based shooter Block N Load, which also boasts a healthy appetite for construction too. We'll shoot and build to victory!

Strategic constructions come in defensive and offensive flavours, before you charge off to tunnel and blast through the enemy base. An announcement trailer has been posted by Jagex.

Elite: Dangerous Beta 3.9 update released, Frontier post lengthy patch notes

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The space faring Elite: Dangerous is now at Beta 3.9 thanks to the latest patch release from developer Frontier, and there's a massive list of changes and new content to trawl through on the official forums.

There's new missions, mission branching, permits and more permits, custom Earth and Mars, and a gas giant's worth of stability fixes and other tweaks. No offline 'fix' though, sorry.

Dragon Age: Inquisition chronicles "Plants vs. Corpses" at the "battle of Pauper's Cap"

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Forget the large cheese wheels plaguing all of Thedas, as BioWare have included a cheeky Easter Egg in their Dragon Age: Inquisition codex for something known as "Plants vs. Corpses".

If that wasn't enough this battle between demon-raised corpses and apostate-summoned plant life takes place at "Pauper's Cap", giving a nice place in Thedas for PopCap Games' Plants vs. Zombies.

The Game Awards 2014 promo briefly teases Arkham Knight's Scarecrow

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Next month on December 5th The Game Awards 2014 will be kicking off and so a promo trailer has been released to tease what awaits us. Right at the end is the most promising morsel for the event.

We get Scarecrow from Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Knight, and he says, "All that's left for you to do is watch." This hopefully means a meaty glimpse at the new Batman game.

Valve revise Early Access rules and guidelines, want to "set proper expectations "

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Right now the words 'Early' and 'Access' are starting to become a little unsavoury, and Valve wants to nip this in the bud. To that end they've updated their paperwork for Early Access, helping to define what it is.

Rules are the first thing developers must now adhere to, like not being able to skirt around the issue their game is in Early Access, and therefore incomplete. Valve also has guidelines to help devs and gamers.

Report: Fresh wave of accounts compromised for PSN, Windows Live and 2K Games

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More Internet-based drama today as a hacker group claims to have pillaged thousands of account login details across the PlayStation Network, Windows Live and even 2K Games. The group claims it’s 'not malicious'.

Apparently this is to serve as "only a warning" to companies to tighten their security. The same group was also responsible for the DDoS attack on Blizzard this past weekend, hurting Warlords of Draenor's launch.

Europa Universalis IV - Art of War Competition

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This time around we were able to get 10 copies from Paradox Interactive for Europa Universalis IV - Art of War for a giveaway. All you need to do is to post our usual "I'm in" in the comments section and in 2 weeks time we will draw 10 winners! Good luck to everyone!

Child of Light turned a profit for Ubisoft

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Ubisoft tried something a bit different with Child of Light, a side-scrolling fairy tale RPG with a little bit of platforming mixed in. The risk seems to have payed off.

According to creative lead Patrick Plourde, for whom the game was a very personal project, the game has turned a profit since its release back in April of this year.

Ubisoft looking to bring kids into the Assassin's Creed franchise

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I was playing ssassin's Creed: Unity the other day, and I finished hacking my targets' bodyguards apart with my lumber axe, leapt after him and slit his throat as he tried to run. It was at this point that I thought, "Hey, this franchise would be great for kids."

Ubisoft clearly thinks the same. The company's international brand manager Yannick Spagna explained during the GameON Finance conference that a recent Mega Bloks deal was intended to introduce children to the franchise.

Telltale's Game of Thrones will star members of the TV show's cast, first trailer released‏

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The first trailer for Iron From Ice, the opening episode of Telltale's highly anticipated Game of Thrones adventure series is out, and it reveals some welcome news for fans of the show.

Several high-profile cast members, including Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Natalie Dromer (Margaery Tyrell) and Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Snow) will appear in the series.

Far Cry 4 creative lead starts work on "something new" for Ubisoft‏

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Far Cry 4's creative lead Alex Hutchinson has had his personal game pitch greenlit by Ubisoft, and will head a team including former Assassin's Creed staff on a new project.

No clues as to what that project might involve just yet, but it sounds like a step away from developing for mega-budget franchises.

Paradox announces Crusader Kings 2 Way of Life DLC

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Another DLC is on the way for Crusader Kings 2, making the full count something like 348,000 if I'm recalling correctly. This one's called Way of Life, and adds more content for customising your ruler's personal life and relationships.

Such as having your secret lovers executed, for example. Life was cruel back in the middle ages. Paradox also announced that the traditional accompanying free patch will go into open Beta.

Take-Two CEO says that gaming isn't ready to fully embrace VR technology‏

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In an interview on Bloomberg TV earlier this week, Take-Two's CEO Strauss Zelnick claimed that the publisher, and gaming at large, is not yet ready to fully embrace virtual reality tech.

When host Erik Schatzker asked him whether the games industry was ready for VR, Zelnick said; "Not yet. Part of it is we need to see how the headsets roll out and how we can best deliver an experience... We are concerned that you'll play our games for a long period of time -- we don't want people getting nauseated."

Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes gets 15 new maps in Battlegrounds DLC‏

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The sixth DLC pack for Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes will drop this November, Stardock has confirmed. Titled Battlegrounds, it will add 15 new maps and over 20 new 'stamps' to add variety to the game's random map generator.

That's a lot of new worlds to conquer. The new content joins the free patch 1.8, which adds six new monsters to the game and tweaks the game's monster-spawning system.

Shadow of Mordor gets new batch of free content‏ starring Lithariel

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Monolith and Warner Bros. have put out another bit of free content for their open world orc-stabbing simulator Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

The new content includes an extra skin, letting you play as Lithariel, Commander of the Tribesmen of Nurn, as well as a new rune and a new Challenge.