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DayZ reveal work on "zombie templates" for more variety, includes body shapes

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Chris Torchia from DayZ's development team over at Bohemia Interactive has given us a glimpse of the "zombie template" system being worked on, which will dramatically increase the wardrobe of the shuffling undead.

Not only will they dress differently, but they come in different body shapes too. All this will have minimal impact on DayZ's performance should anyone come across a large gathering.

Starbound receives first major update in almost a year

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Early Access exploration and crating game Starbound has just received its first stable update since March of last year, containing a pretty vast list of additions and improvements.

Combat's seen a major overhaul, there's now a universal hub where players can shop and trade, and a new playable race, the 'Novakids', have been added to the game.

Download the Music of League of Legends Volume One for free

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There's free video game music all over the place this week. Hot on the heels of BioWare, who recently released Dragon Age: Inquisition's tavern music at no charge, comes a similar offer from League of Legends developer Riot Games.

You can download the entire first volume of new album Music of League of Legends for free via the studio's site.

The Witcher 3 contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture

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Sex has always been a part of the Witcher series, right back to the first game and its rather adolescent collectible cards. For upcoming third entry The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, it's no less important.

The Guardian reports that the game will contain a frankly jaw-dropping 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Blimey.

Torment: Tides of Numenera won't be affected by work on Bard's Tale 4, says inXile

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inXile Entertainment says that work on its Planescape Torment spiritual successor Torment: Tides of Numenera won't be affected by the recently announced Bard's Tale 4.

That's because the studio is splitting up its staff into teams that will work on both of the upcoming titles, as well as the already released Wasteland 2.

Steam adds new curated Workshops for non-Valve titles

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The potential for the modding community to make money on Steam has increased with Valve's recent addition of new curated Workshops for various non-Valve titles.

Beginning with Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, players will be able to create, vote for, and buy new in-game content.

Ken Levine says next project likely first-person with sci-fi vibe or setting, segmented into chapters

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What is BioShock creator Ken Levine doing with this new project of his? He recently took to Twitter to answer questions and revealed a little more about his plans, like how storytelling will be different.

Levine wants "narrative Legos" that lets his team insert new story content without it following a set linear path. He wants to be able to swap and change around, so they can "recombine in meaningful ways."

"Economic RTS" Offworld Trading Company coming to Steam Early Access February 12

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Offworld Trading Company, the economic RTS that marks Civilization 4 designer Soren Johnson's return to PC gaming, will hit Steam Early Access on February 12, publisher Stardock and development studio Mohawk Games have announced.

We've also been given our first look at the game in a new trailer, which showcases a stark sci-fi world in which powerful mega-corporations battle for resources on the surface of Mars.

Into the Stars enters final week on Kickstarter, podcast on Twitch tonight @ 7.00pm PST

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The single-player open-world of Into the Stars from Fugitive Games is in the last week of its Kickstarter campaign, having secured its $85k goal. Today it's just below $96k with extra pledge add-ons now available.

Into the Stars has us lead a very inexperienced crew across the galaxy to find our new home, and on the way we'll be scavenging and dealing with various alien lifeforms and other shenanigans.

Revamped Matrix for Shadowrun: Hong Kong as pledges surpass $700k, mini-campaign for $1 million

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It's a major overhaul for the Matrix in Shadowrun: Hong Kong from Harebrained Schemes as pledges have achieved $700k. Now the team will revise the "look, feel, and gameplay" of the Matrix.

They want it to feel more like you're "traveling in the digital world," as well as add new Intrusion Countermeasures. This isn't the last of the stretch goals because one just opened up at $1 million.

Private beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination for pre-orders, begins January 29th

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Atari has announced that pre-ordering the action horror Alone in the Dark: Illumination, due early this year, will get you access to the private beta. This gives early access to one single-player campaign.

Another additional beta is to be revealed closer to launch, says Atari. This new Alone in the Dark has us face off against hordes of eldritch nightmares, and also supports multiplayer co-op.

Fresh Star Wars: Battlefront details in "next couple of months"

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EA has teased there will be more juicy details on DICE's upcoming revival of Star Wars: Battlefront in the "next couple of months", with it due to release "with the Star Wars movie rollout" later this year.

All we have right now is a painfully short teaser of a crashing Snowspeeder on Hoth with a stomping AT-AT. EA are "extremely excited" about the "huge potential" what with Star Wars gearing up again.

Dragon Age: Inquisition enjoyed BioWare's most successful ever launch

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Sprawling fantasy epic Dragon Age: Inquisition enjoyed the most successful launch in developer BioWare’s history "based on units sold", according to the 2015 EA earnings call.

That will be music to the ears of the Canadian studio, especially after the rather lukewarm reception to Dragon Age 2.

Jonathan Blow's upcoming adventure game The Witness is “puzzle complete”

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It's been a while since we last heard from Jonathan Blow regarding his puzzle game The Witness, but now the developer has posted an update on the status of the project.

Blow says that the game is now “Puzzle Complete”, to the tune of 677 different challenges, though work on other important aspects of the game still continues apace.

Hurk Deluxe Pack DLC out now for Far Cry 4

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Ubisoft has released the Hurk Deluxe Pack for Far Cry 4, celebrating the game's most interminable character. With the possible exception of those two stoner tourists.

The DLC pack offers five new story missions and five new custom weapons. It's out now on all platforms.

Hearthstone's powerful Undertaker minion card to be nerfed by Blizzard

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The dreaded Undertaker, one of Hearthstone's most infamous minion cards, is being nerfed by Blizzard after months of fan complaints.

Why is he so hated? Well, whenever you summon a minion with the Deathrattle ability, the Undertaker gains both one attack and one health. Keep doing that over and over, and Undertaker grows into a real beast of a card.

Reptile latest fighter to be confirmed for Mortal Kombat X

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Even in a cast full of particularly unpleasant characters, Mortal Kombat's Reptile stands out. The acid-spewing lizard is on his way back for Mortal Kombat X.

He's the latest character to be confirmed for NetherRealm's upcoming brawler. Needless to say, something horrible happens if you carry out his Execution move.

Capcom announces free-to-play fantasy spin-off Dragon's Dogma Online

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Dragon's Dogma Online is a free-to-play spin-off from Capcom's cult action RPG, set to hit PC and consoles next year. Not the port fans were hoping for, but it sounds like the game will retain a lot of the original's features.

The existence of Dragon's Dogma Online was revealed in popular Japanese game mag Famitsu (translation courtesy of Gematsu), along with the first few details about the game.

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round delayed from mid-February to March 30th

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The PC debut of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round has been pushed back over a month by Team Ninja and Koei Tecmo, with the new release at the end of March. It was due to hit Steam with its heaving bosom February 17th.

Now the brawler will come with the Halloween 2013 Set for free, which includes 28 costumes. Online modes won't be ready at launch, but should be patched in within 3 months, they say.

Online action-strategy Army 21 from one-man indie, early Alpha testing now live

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Former Westwood Studios and EA man (give him a chance!) is now at war on all fronts as he leads an army of one in creating his new indie action-strategy game Army 21, which sounds a bit like Renegade.

Except it's turning up the heat a lot. It all starts with 6 teams, which whittles down to the remaining two. As teams get knocked out their players join the surviving teams. It's all about base warfare.

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