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OtherSide shows off first Underworld Ascendant gameplay from new prototype build

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OtherSide Entertainment successfully launched a Kickstarter earlier this yard for Underworld Ascendant, which the developer has described as the "spiritual successor" of the classic Ultima Underworld. The game is being worked on by several former members of Looking Glass, which developed the original game.

Treyarch's Blondell offers apology on Black Ops III Twitter scandal

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A few weeks ago, Treyarch changed the @callofduty Twitter name to "Current Events Aggregate", and live tweeted a real-life terrorist attack that took place in Singapore. The act was decried as at the very least insensitive and ill-conceived.

Since then, neither Activision nor the studio have made any sort of apology, but studio campaign director Jason Blondell has addressed the issue and stated that there was no negative intent on the studio's part, and said he was personally "very sorry" about it.

FPS homage Bedlam launches on Steam

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Bedlam, a first person shooter based on the book trilogy by Christopher Brookmyre of the same name, is now available on Steam. The game is an homage to first person shooters, covering the history of the genre.

Archer joins Balls of Steel Pack alongside Family Guy, American Dad! and Bob's Burgers

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Archer is the fourth pinball table that will be a part of the "Balls of Steel" pinball table pack for Pinball FX2, joining other Fox cartoons including Family Guy, American Dad! and Bob's Burgers. Zen Studio has also announced a 20 October 2015 release date for the pack.

Nine million players took part in the Battlefront Beta

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According to EA, more than nine million players took part in the recent Star Wars: Battlefront open Beta. Turns out (shockingly) that there's a lot of Star Wars fans out there.

"Yesterday, the Star Wars™ Battlefront™ beta surpassed a major milestone: more than nine million players logged in and played," writes the game's senior producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir. "That makes this the single largest beta in the history of EA. We could not be happier that so many of you wanted to come in to get a small taste of what our passionate team has been working on."

The Lost Isle update for TERA drops today, adding story quests for new and returning players

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The Lost Isle update for MMO TERA has dropped today, adding a new area called Stepstone Isle that offers story quests for characters of all levels.

To help out new players, character creation has been given a bit of a tweaking, with the addition of an "active starting menu" that lets you try out the various races and classes in the game before you commit.

Revision mod for the original Deus Ex officially released to celebrate the game's 15th anniversary

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As part of the 15th anniversary celebrations for the original Deus Ex, publisher Square Enix and developer Eidos Montreal have authorised the release of a fan-created mod for the game.

Rather than simply improving textures or adding a few new graphical upgrades, the 'Revision' mod overhauls the environments and soundtrack of the original, adding new areas and extra world-building details. You can grab it here.

Firaxis releases hotfix for Rising Tide alliance bug

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Firaxis has squashed a bug in Civilization Beyond Earth: Rising Tide which caused your allies to abandon you every time an enemy faction declared war.

I swear, I never even noticed it when I was playing. Perhaps that's because I spent my time cowering in the corner of the map, stealing everyone else's hard-earned scientific research.

The Wasteland 2 Director's Cut is out today, free for owners of the original game

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InXile Entertainment has released the Wasteland 2 Director's Cut today, and along with its improved graphics, extra character development options and additional voicework, the best news is that it's free for all owners of the original game.

It's a pretty extensive reworking of the post-apocalyptic RPG, which we thought was a fun, if slightly rough and overlong journey. It's extensive enough that your old save games will no longer work with this new version, which has to be downloaded as a standalone title in your Steam library or from your account. Digital versions from other retailers will roll out soon.

Homeworld: Shipbreakers makes an appearance at Unite conference

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Did you know that there's a new Homeworld game in the works? I had absolutely no idea, which made it particularly surprising when land-based strategy prequel Homeworld: Shipbreakers popped up at the Unite conference recently.

Be warned, much of the presentation consists of rather dry discussions of camera techniques and the like, but there is a trailer that demos the game's combat and setting. Remember those massive capital ships from the excellent Homeworld 2? Here you're scavenging parts needed to complete their construction, which means the focus is on atmospheric aircraft and tank combat rather than the series' trademark tank battles.

Intriguing first-person adventure Firewatch is set for release next February

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Firewatch looks like a very intriguing game, a first-person tale that casts you as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness, whose only companion is the voice on the other end of a radio.

There's more to it than that, of course, but developer Campo Santo - a team comprised of veteran developers behind such games as BioShock 2 and The Walking Dead: Season One - understandably doesn't want to spoil anything just yet. The studio has just revealed a February 9, 2016 release date for the game, and says it will start to reveal a little more during the build-up to launch.

Star Wars: Battlefront's Hero Hunt, Cargo and Droid Run modes detailed

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While it doesn't have a singleplayer story mode (boo, hiss), there's no shortage of multiplayer modes to be found in EA DICE's upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront. Only two were shown off in the recent open Beta, but now the developers have lifted the lid on three other ways to play.

Hero Hunt has one player spawn as a Hero character, and seven others as normal foot-soldiers. The troopers have to hunt Darth Vader, Boba Fett or whoever down, and the player that nets the killing blow respawns as a Hero themselves. It's an extended boss fight, basically.

Cargo mode, meanwhile, is Battlefront's take on Capture the Flag. The only real difference from the traditional setup here is that you don't have to have your cargo present at your base in order to score a point. "This creates a tug of war experience where you simply need to collect as much cargo as possible," says DICE. Cargo is a 6v6 mode, more tactical and small-scale than the showpiece cinema of Walker Assault.

H1Z1 servers to be wiped for game update

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Daybreak has announced that all of the updates that are currently on the test server will be installed on the live server on the 14 October 2015. This will require the developer to wipe the entire server and player info.

Ubisoft apologizes over Might and Magic: Heroes VII Collector's Edition confusion

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Gamers who expected a Might and Magic: Heroes VII DVD in the $99.99 Collector's Edition of the game were disappointed to find only codes for it and the soundtrack. Ubisoft apologized for the misleading photo which depicted discs; the description itself stated that there would be codes.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III's single player campaign will launch unlocked

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Gamers won't have to play through the entire single player campaign of Call of Duty: Black Ops III to see the ending, as all of the campaign's chapters will be available the minute the player boots up the game.

Rocket League goes Back to the Future on October 21

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Rocket League developer Psyonix has announced that on the very day that Marty McFly traveled to in Back to the Future, Part II, 21 October 2015, the time-traveling DeLorean will officially be one of the playable Battle-Cars in the futuristic footie game.

Adventure movie cheesiness the highlight of Shadows of Evil prologue for Call of Duty: Black Ops III

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While the main campaign of Call of Duty: Black Ops III is a dark techno-thriller, the zombie-infested Shadows of Evil is made of pure cheese, starring major actors including Jeff Goldblum, Heather Graham, Neal McDonough, and Ron Perlman.

Dwarven Ranger highlighted in new Warhammer: Vermintide trailer

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Developer Fatshark has released a new trailer for their upcoming co-op shooter Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide, which shows off Bardin Goreksson, the wild, reckless Dwarven Ranger.

German special forces GSG 9 team shown off in Rainbow Six: Siege trailer

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Ubisoft has posted a new trailer showing off the German counter-terrorism GSG 9 operators in their upcoming multiplayer shooter Rainbow Six: Siege.

Early Access platformer Pixel: ru² gets more levels, Steam Achievements

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Indie developer C63 Industries has announced that their dotty platformer Pixel: ru², which is currently in Steam Early Access, has 10 new levels, Steam Achievements and bug fixes.

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