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FIFA series has been increasing football's popularity in the States, EA claims‏

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I'm not sure exactly how all this data has been collated, but EA claims that the FIFA series has been steadily increasing football's (not soccer) popularity in the States.

According to facts and figures in an infographic drawn up by the publishing giant, 34% of FIFA players became fans of pro soccer after playing the game, while 50% had an increased interest in the sport.

Milestone release new Ducati 1199 trailer for RIDE, set for release in Spring 2015‏

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Italian studio Milestone s.r.l. is currently developing RIDE, a superbike racer that's the developer's first ever proprietary IP.

The team has released a new trailer for the Ducati 1199 Superleggera, one of the street bikes you'll be able to ride in the final game.

First footage of first-person horror Lethe released‏

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Lethe is a first-person horror game with a focus on physics-based telekinetic combat. Think Outlast, except you can chuck boxes at people.

Developer KouKou Studios has just revealed the first footage of the game in action, offering a tiny glimpse of what's in store.

Trainz: A New Era coming to PC February 2, new dev diary released‏

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N3V Games and Deep Silver have announced that Trainz: A New Era, the next incarnation of the ongoing rail simulator series, is coming to PC on February 27.

They've also released the first trailer for the game, with several members of the development team discussing the major changes longtime fans can expect.

Blizzard teases new Blood Elf character models‏

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Most of World of Warcraft's races got a visual overhaul in the game's latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor. Players running Blood Elf characters, however, drew the short straw.

Fortunately Blizzard is working on an upgrade for elves too, acknowledging that "it’s not ideal to see a mix of older player character models next to newer player character models".

Patch 1.3.0 for Path of Exile adds new Challenge Leagues and reworked PVP‏

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Grinding Gear has detailed the content players can expect from Path of Exile's next patch, which focuses on multiplayer matches and challenges.

Patch 1.3.0 adds the Bloodlines and Torment challenge leagues, which both provide unpleasant new enemies for players to battle in order to earn more rewards and trinkets.

Telltale's Game of Thrones premieres next week‏

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Telltale Games' highly anticipated adventure series Game of Thrones is on the way next week, the developer has confirmed. Talk about short notice.

First episode Iron From Ice will drop on December 2 for PC and consoles, and becomes the second debut serial released by Telltale this Winter, following on from Tales from the Borderlands.

Tengami delayed on PC and Mac until mid-January 2015 due to 'Christmas crush'

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Developer Nyamyam has pushed the release of indie adventure Tengami back until January 15th, 2015. Why? They're concerned the game will be buried under the big titles out this Christmas.

Nyamyam don't want Tengami caught in the crossfire and so feel January would be better for both sales and press coverage. However those who've pre-ordered get their Steam keys 'in a few days'.

CD Projekt Red's The Witcher Adventure Game now out on PC

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The digital adaptation of CD Projekt Red's board game of The Witcher is today released, promising a huge saving on both time and space since you don't need to pack anything away when you're done.

The Witcher Adventure Game gives us four distinct characters from the books and game of The Witcher, including Geralt, Triss, Yarpen and Dandelion.

Paradox Store begins seasonal sale, discounts up to 80% and new merchandise section

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Paradox Interactive has announced some mega seasonal savings on now being offered through their Paradox Store, with some of their catalogue gems being slashed by 80%. There's also the new 'merch' section.

Yes, Paradox aren't content with peddling just digital wares as they now want our homes packed full of mousepads and t-shirts. This merchandise is all themed around major games like Europa Universalis.

DayZ scheduled to leave Early Access in first half of 2016, beta in late 2015

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The long, long, long development of DayZ is expected to pay off with a 'full version' of the survival game in the first half of 2016, says team behind it at Bohemia Interactive.

They've reached an "important project milestone" having been in Early Access for a year on Steam. The road map for DayZ has been laid out through 2015 with diseases next year.

Dreamfall Chapters Book Two "coming soon," trailer teases second episode

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Red Thread Games has just released an announcement trailer for Book Two of their episodic adventure Dreamfall Chapters. While there's no hard date yet the studio promises it's "coming soon!"

The trailer, summing up the series, also has brief glimpses of Book Two in action which is titled 'Rebels'. Dreamfall Chapters is a collision of two worlds embodying science and magic.

After just 48 hours This War of Mine in profit for 11 Bit Studios

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Warsaw-based 11 Bit Studios, founded by former CD Projekt RED developers, has announced it took just two days for This War of Mine to climb out of development costs and start turning a profit.

They rocketed up Steam's top sellers chart when it launched November 14th. This game centres around warfare, but we don't actually 'pick a side' but instead manage terrified civilians hiding out.

Rumour: PS4 patch 'downgrades' Assassin's Creed: Unity visuals, PC patch yet to release [UPDATE]

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UPDATE: The lighting 'downgrade' on the patched PS4 version of the game is not limited to just one platform, it has been reported. It's also the result of a bug linked to the 'Time of Day' setting in the game. It's unlikely this has been addressed in the PC patch yet to release either.

Original story follows:

According to those who've got their PS4 versions of Assassin's Creed: Unity patched, the whopping 2GB update that targets performance issues also 'downgrades' the visuals - specifically the lighting.

It hasn't been confirmed as of yet but images are surfacing with rather damning comparisons. Troubling is that the PC is due a performance update which is yet to go live. Will it follow suit?

Football Manager 2015 receives hotfix, red card to game launch issues

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Sports Interactive have just booted a hotfix patch to Football Manager 2015, taking the game to version 15.1.4. It optimises save speeds, fixes a rare crash and should stop game launch troubles.

The Match Engine has also seen a number of tweaks like player movements and the mighty power of the offside rule. The Greek Superleague scheduling was also fixed.

Star Citizen achieves $63 million in crowd-funding in wake of anniversary sale

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The latest 'Letter from the Chairman' from Cloud Imperium's Chris Roberts announces the latest record-breaking milestone of $63 million for space sim Star Citizen. It's thanks to the recent anniversary sales.

Roberts stresses "you don't need anything beyond" a basic starter pack to get in Star Citizen early, but the studio is grateful to those still contributing so they can invest in "bigger or additional ships".

Daedalic developing adventure game version of Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth

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Publisher Daedalic Entertainment has announced that it will develop a video game version of The Pillars of the Earth based on the best-selling novel from author Ken Follett.

An adventure game set in a medieval English town, the project's barely up and running yet. it's scheduled for release on PC and consoles in 2017.

Dragon Age: Inquisition has a banter problem, Bioware is looking into it‏

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Dragon Agegames are well known for their entertaining inter-party squabbles, but some players have noticed that latest installment Inquisition is a bit lacking in that department.

That's not due to laziness on developer Bioware's part, but rather a big in the game that prevents party banter from starting up.

Amplitude releases free content updates for Endless Legend and Endless Space‏

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Amplitude Studios has been hard at work cooking up a heady brew of new content for its two flagship 4X games, the fantasy-flavoured Endless Legend and the sci-fi Endless Space.

Legends add-on Visions of the Unseen adds a new community-chosen minor faction, the 'Eyeless One', plus 10 new side-quests and some other enhancements, while Endless Space's Chronicles of the Lost adds eight new exploration random events, 24 colonization random Events, a new Vaulters introduction and more.

Day Z will go up in price after Steam sale, Bohemia lays out development roadmap for 2015‏

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Bohemia Interactive announced yesterday that its open-world zombie survival title DayZ will be going up in price - from 23.99 EUR/ $29.99 to 27.99 EUR/ $34.99.

Along with that rather unwelcome news, the studio also revealed its development plan going forward into 2015.

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