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Competition: We've got six Vector Thrust keys to Giveaway

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Recently several key members of GameWatcher took part in a sweaty game of beach volleyball, and after a tough contest marked by repeated slow-motion high-fives, we managed to secure six Steam keys for Timesymmetry's arcade air combat sim, Vector Thrust.

So grab your flight-suit, come up with a cool call-sign (Badger? Mulch? Pomegranate?), and simply write "I'm in!" in the comments section below for a chance to win a key for free. We'll select six lucky winners at random.

Piranha Bytes announce open world RPG ELEX, "post-apocalyptic science fantasy" to attend Gamescom

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Gothic series creator Piranha Bytes have teamed with Nordic Games as they work on a new open world RPG called ELEX. It's a post-apocalyptic universe with a science fantasy setting, and it will be in attendance at Gamescom.

The developer enjoys "ample creative freedom" with the new IP, which they describe as a "handcrafted" RPG with "deep moral choices and powerful action." It's in development for PC and consoles.

Watcher Think? ROGUS: Kingdom of The Lost Souls

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If you're looking for something a little different from the norm, stuffed with challenge and that you can just dip in and out of at your leisure, than you could certainly do worse than IronDrop Studios' ROGUS: Kingdom of The Lost Souls.

With a bespoke focus placed on high scores and pixel-perfect platforming combat, ROGUS casts the player as a wizard who is looking to be reunited with his long lost love amid a cataclysmic event that has caused scores of monsters to pour forth. In truth, the whole thing is just a setup for some hyper-frenetic monster bashing, but honestly that's quite alright given the compelling nature of the gameplay underneath.

Action-RPG Victor Vran releases July 24th, Early Access update includes campaign 'grand finale'

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Although available to play through Steam Early Access right now, action-RPG fans might like to know that Victor Vran will be fully launching July 24th. Haemimont Games today has added the "grand finale to the main story".

Cut scenes along with German and English voice overs are in, as well as legendary weapons, Elite Challenges and Hard Mode. Victor Vran will also release DRM-free through on July 24th.

First PC Alpha gameplay footage for Star Wars Battlefront has leaked

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DICE presumably gave lots of warnings to players taking part in the Star Wars: Battlefront closed Alpha that they were not to film and release any footage from their time with the game, under penalty of death by Stormtrooper firing squad.

Thus, inevitably, loads of new gameplay footage has emerged. All Games Beta has scraped together several clips of testers blasting each other to pieces on the game's Tatooine and Hoth maps. It's a nice opportunity to see what the game actually looks like in action, when it's not being edited to within an inch of its life.

Team Fortress 2's Gun Mettle update is all about the hardware

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There's another big eam Fortress 2 update on the way tomorrow, and it's packed full of new toys with which to commit unspeakable acts of violence against your fellow man.

The Gun Mettle Campaign Pass will set you back $6.99, and assigns you two skill-based contracts each week until the campaign is over. Fulfilling these contracts will net you one of several unique weapons with player-specific paintjobs, from pink miniguns to tartan pistols.

Star Wars: Battlefront closed Alpha leak reveals weapon and vehicle rosters

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Star Wars Battlefront's Alpha launches this Thursday, and eagle-eyed fans have managed to siphon out a laundry list of data regarding the weapons and vehicles that will be available in the game. It's all been posted over on NeoGAF.

Players interested in getting a first glimpse of DICE's Star Wars-flavoured shooter were given the opportunity to register their interest in the closed Alpha just a few days ago. I wouldn't be totally shocked to see more images and information to leak as the Alpha continues.

Colossal Order plans to support Cities: Skylines "as long as we possibly and technically can"

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We already know that there's an expansion pack on the way for Colossal Order's excellent city-builder Cities: Skylines, but it sounds like that's far from the only new addition that the team's got in store for players over the next few years.

Speaking to TechRadar, the studio's CEO Mariina Hallikainen said that until the technology used to create the game becomes obsolete, players can expect the studio to continue to support the game.

The International 2015 raises $15,000,000 prize pool

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Last year's The International tournament for Dota 2 had a prize pot of around $10,000,000 – not an inconsiderable sum by any means. Looks like it will be small beans compared to this year's crowd-funded effort, however.

So far Dota fans have raised a mind-blowing $15,000,000, enough to unlock every single one of Valve's stretch goals, including new weather effects, terrain, courier pets, a new skin and more.

Spa Day DLC pack on the way to The Sims 4 this month

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Just in time for Summer, Maxis' omnipotent God-simulator The Sims 4 is getting a new Spa Day Game Pack pack, which will give your sims a chance to relax, wind down, and enjoy paying hundreds of pounds to lock themselves in an overheated steam oven (or sauna, as it's otherwise known) for a few hours.

The pack will include three new Maxis-created spas, as well as a new gymnasium. Hey, if you're going to avoid exercise and personal health at least your virtual minions should keep in shape. Enjoying the amenities will earn you a boost to happiness and your Wellness stat – raise the latter and you'll turn your sim into one of those irritatingly happy, New Age types, able to give massages to their fellow sims and learn new Yoga positions.

Sources claim Warner Bros was aware of Arkham Knight's PC issues since almost a year before launch

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Batman: Arkham Knight on the PC was such a broken, jagged mess of bugs and glitches that it's impossible to believe no-one at publisher Warner Bros noticed the state of the port until after the game had launched.

So it's depressingly unsurprising to read a new report that suggests they were all too aware. According to two separate sources that have been in contact with Kotaku, WB had been receiving warnings from quality for almost a year before launch.

Colossal to announce "big expansion" for Cities: Skylines at Gamescom 2015

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Today saw the release of patch 1.1.1b for Cities: Skylines, adding a number of excellent free updates as well as fixes for bugs. CEO Mariina Hallikainen of Colossal Order has revealed a "big expansion" will be revealed in August.

They'll announce the new major content during Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. The studio will continue with both free and paid updates to Cities: Skylines, which Hallikainen sees as having many years of life.

Episodic cyberpunk adventure V.Next on Kickstarter, spread over "18 weekly-released narrative episodes"

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Vivienne Denue is missing her memory after having it wiped as "punishment for past crimes," but she wants it back. She'll be remastering her talents for hacking hardware and software in a darkly futuristic Seattle in V.Next.

SyncBuildRun has brought their 2D episodic adventure to Kickstarter where they're asking for $120k. The plan is to start releasing it across "18 weekly-released narrative episodes" for PC and Mac.

Cities: Skylines patch 1.1.1b adds 30 new buildings, pedestrian tunnels, auto-save option

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Colossal Order has just released a new patch for Cities: Skylines and with it comes 30 new growable buildings, which are those that sprout from zones. Another gem are Pedestrian path tunnels. OMG!

They've also 'unstuck' trains at map borders, though this may take a few minutes to kick in. Tiles should also stay de-zoned now and not magically reappear. There's also an auto-save option available.

NeocoreGames announce The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut, combines the trilogy with enhancements

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A 'definitive edition' of The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is set for release this September as developer NeocoreGames announce the Final Cut. This will combine all three campaigns.

They've modified and added new content as well, with six playable classes from the start. They've reworked and extended the skill tree system, and raised the level cap to 80 for the campaign.

ICY coming to Steam July 21st, a frozen post-apocalyptic and "narrative-driven" survival RPG

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It's damn hot right now in the UK and many wouldn't mind being plunged into a 'post-apocalyptic frozen world' to cool off, and they'd probably like the 'narrative-driven, survival, RPG' bit too. ICY will deliver us this frozen paradise.

It's still got a way to go but we'll create our own character with an in-depth stat system that'll determine our skills as we lead a group across the White Wasteland. All manner of hardships will test our leadership.

Kerbal Space Program's 'official' Asteroid Day mod tasks you with defending Earth from vengeful space-rocks

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Squad, developer of slapstick (actually, I suppose that depends on how you play it) space programme simulator Kerbal Space Program, has announced the second 'Official Mod' for the game, called Asteroid Day.

The result of a partnership with the B612 Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to planetary defense against asteroids and various other bits of space debris that could theoretically crash into the Earth and snuff us out, Asteroid Day tasks you with setting up a space telescope in orbit near Venus to look out for errant space-boulders.

Minecraft has sold over 20 million copies on PC and Mac

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We all know that Minecraft has been phenomenally successful, but sometimes it takes a statistic like this to realise just how much money the voxel build-em-up must have made developer Mojang over the years - to date, the game's sold over 20 million copies on PC and Mac alone.

Mojang's Owen Hill captured the 20,000,005th sale as it popped up on the game's stat tracking site. That was yesterday, and another 7,992 people have snapped it up as of this post.

Path of Exile expansion The Awakening drops on July 10

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Grinding Gear Games has announced that The Awakening, the biggest expansion yet for its free-to-play hack and slasher Path of Exile, will be released on Friday, July 10, after a relatively brief Beta testing period.

The expansion adds an Act Four storyline, wrapping up the game's main plot, as well as "new areas, monsters, six boss fights, five previously unannounced skills, 13 end-game maps, two challenge leagues and a climactic multi-stage encounter with Path of Exile's new end boss!" Crikey, that should keep you occupied for a while.

Team Ninja delays Dead or Alive 5: Last Round's online functionality after “major issues” during Beta testing

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Those of you with a PC copy of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round who were hoping to be able to actually play the game online at some point are going to be stuck waiting a little longer.

Developer Team Ninja has apparently found some “major issues” during its Beta testing phase, and as a result the full release of the game's online modes has been pushed back indefinitely.

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