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EA releases trailer for Battlefront's Fighter Squadron mode

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It was teased earlier in the week, and now EA has released the trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront's Fighter Squadron mode, which cuts out the ground combat and focuses entirely on aerial dogfights.

So yes, you'll get all the fast-paced spaceship action you could want (expect not in space, of course), with the added bonus of Hero characters for each faction - the Millennium Falcon is flyable, as is Boba Fett's Slave 1.

Might & Magic: Heroes 7 will be released on September 29

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Ubisoft has announced the release date for Might & Magic: Heroes 7, the latest installment in its fantasy strategy series - it's out on September 29.

After a successful open Beta earlier in the year, developers Limbic Entertainment and Black Hole Entertainment will kick off a second Beta this August 26, running until September 2. Sylvan and Dungeon factions will be added for this second Beta.

EA announces The Sims 4's second expansion pack Get Together

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EA has announced The Sims 4: Get Together at Gamescom, the second expansion pack for the life simulator. It focuses on social encounters like clubbing, shopping, dating, and having sex in cupboards. I'm actually not joking about that last one.

 
 

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst trailer shows off acrobatic sneaking and combat

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EA and DICE dropped the full Mirror’s Edge Catalyst trailer they were teasing earlier in the week, and it's looking pretty damned good. Hero Faith infiltrates an impossibly trendy corporate office, and then runs right back the other way when a full security squad shows up.

You can't tell too much from a brief gameplay demo, of course, but it looks like the level designers have done a good job of laying out potential free-running routes without undermining the illusion of an open city.

Star Wars: The Old Republic – Knights of The Fallen Empire trailer introduces the Outlander

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Bioware has dropped the first in-game trailer for upcoming expansion Star Wars: The Old Republic – Knights of The Fallen Empire, and it introduces The Outlander, the player's character in the brand new story.

This guy/gal is a veteran of the Great Galactic War, the galaxy-wide conflict that took place across the course of the main game. You can either play the same character you guided through the rest of The Old Republic, or choose to start from level 60 with a brand new hero.

Blizzard still expects to release StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void this year

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StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void, the final chapter in Blizzard's sci-fi saga, will make it out before the end of the year, Blizzard still maintains.

2D cyborg combat game  Cobalt is coming to Steam this October

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Cobalt, the first game to be published by Minecraft developer Mojang, will be released on Steam this October. Developed by Oxeye Game Studio, the game's an action -packed 2D arena shooter in which you play as a tiny, gun-fighting cyborg.

There's actually already a very early Alpha of the game available to try out and buy over on the official website. Doing so will also net you a key for the upcoming Steam version.

Heist-focused expansion Robbery is the second DLC pack for Battlefield: Hardline

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Visceral has announced the next DLC pack for cops and robbers shooter Battlefield: Hardline, and it's perfect for those of you who like a good heist.

Titled Robbery, it focuses on either pulling or preventing major robberies (unsurprisingly), and includes four maps and a new game mode called Squad Heist. In the new mode the criminal faction has to drill through two vaults in search of loot, while the cops try to stop them.

Gamescom Rise of the Tomb Raider footage features many dead guards

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Rise of the Tomb Raider, which it turns out actually is coming to the PC after several months of confusing back-and-forth from Microsoft, who initially claimed it was an Xbox exclusive, just got a neat new Gamescom trailer.

It shows of an extended slice of stealthy, stabby action, as our hero Lara steadily knifes her way through an entire battalion of hapless mercenaries.

World of Warcraft loses another 1.5 million subs

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World of Warcraft has lost another 1.5 million monthly subscribers since May, Blizzard has revealed in its second quarter financial report (.PDF link), knocking it down to a total of 5.6 million.

That's not quite as dramatic as the 3 million lost in the company's first quarter, but it's still a significant figure. The new total number of subscribers is the game's lowest since 2005, according to VentureBeat.

Homefront: The Revolution resurfaces at Gamescom

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After a rocky twelve months or so, during which Homefront: The Revolution changed hands from troubled firm Crytek to publisher Deep Silver, the sequel to the frankly pretty rubbish THQ effort re-emerged at this year's Gamescom.

They rolled out both a slightly overblown cinematic trailer, which introduces the game's main plot, and a brief section of gameplay, which looks competent if slightly unremarkable.

Creative Assembly is developing RTS sequel Halo Wars 2

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Creative Assembly is certainly a busy team these days; not only is the British studio hard at work on Total War: Warhammer, but at Gamescom yesterday it was announced that it's also handling Halo Wars 2.

Just Cause 3's Gamescom trailer is full of delicious chaos

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Rather than the slightly po-faced walkthrough video that Avalanche released for Just Cause 3 at E3 2015, the studio's Gamescom effort, first demoed during yesterday's Microsoft conference, is exactly what I want to see from a trailer for this game.

Namely; cheesy rock music, over-the-top accents, and plenty of inventive uses for hero Rico's grappling hook, parachute, and arsenal of explosive weapons.

Dark Souls 3 gameplay unveiled at Gamescom 2015

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Oh, baby. The general public got its first chance to see Dark Souls 3 in action at Gamescom 2015 today, during the Microsoft Xbox One press conference. Don't worry PC fans; the game's not a console exclusive, it'll be winging its way to Windows simultaneously next year.

Judging from the snippets of gameplay, Hidetaka Miyazaki, who returns to the series after missing out on Dark Souls 2, has learned some lesson from his Gothic PS4 hit Bloodborne. The combat looks faster than before, more visceral and aggressive.

Fan-made mod improves PC Resident Evil 4's HD textures

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The Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition sort of... wasn't, really. It was still Resi 4, of course, and therefore brilliant, but PC players who had been hoping to experience Capcom's action horror classic in the best way possible were left slightly underwhelmed by some fairly muddy texture work.

Leave it to the fans to sort things out. Two plucky modders simply known as Cris and Albert have been revising and polishing the game's graphics for the Resident Evil 4 HD Project. They're about 50% done right now, but as this trailer shows, things are looking good.

Layers of Fear is a psychological horror set in the mind of a crazy painter

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Layers of Fear is a horror game that focuses on the psychological; rather than playing as a grizzly soldier hacking zombies to death, you're instead trapped in the mind of an insane painter, where your surroundings can twist and change with each turn of the camera.

Developed by the excellently named Bloober Team, whose most famous game was probably the first-person horror Scopophobia (which also toyed with the player's vision, as they tried to outrun a fearsome basilisk), Layers of Fear aims to offer "insight into the madness that entwines a human being."

Trine 3 will move out of Steam Early Access next week

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Frozenbyte has announced that its fantasy puzzle prequel Trine 3 will move out of Steam Early Access next week. The game's been available through Steam since April 21, and will be feature complete and ready to roll on August 20.

"It’s been an amazing few months for our first 3D Trine game," writes the developer, "and we’ve learned a lot in this time. On behalf of all of Frozenbyte, I’d like to thank everyone who participated and helped us with your feedback. We’ve come a long way since the start of Early Access, and we’ve been cooking up some neat changes in the past couple of months after the latest update."

Turbine shuts down several Lord of the Rings Online servers

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Turbine is changing things up for venerable MMO Lord of the Rings Online, shutting down several of its world servers so that each region will only have five worlds to choose between from now on.

Characters currently live on any of the closing servers can be transferred for free, and there's a guide to doing so right here. There's no time limit for switching servers.

Advanced Warfare's next DLC pack takes Exo Zombies underwater

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Reckoning, the final DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is out today on consoles, with the PC version set to roll out in roughly a month. Publisher Activision has released a trailer for the final episode of spin-off mode Exo Zombies, Descent, which is included in the pack.

Starring Jon Bernthal, John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan and the mighty Bruce Campbell, the Zombies mode has gotten steadily more ridiculous over the last few episodes, and this one appears to take place in some kind of underwater palace.

Publisher Raw Fury reveals first gameplay trailer for side-scrolling strategy game Kingdom

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You may remember Kingdom, the side-scrolling browser game which had you stomping through your gloomy realm as a solitary monarch, flinging coins at peasants in order to get them building defenses and taking up arms against the vicious bands of trolls that emerged each night.

Even with the limitations of a browser-based game, it was a unique and enjoyable adventure, so I'm excited to see what developer Thomas van den Berg can do with the concept now that he's tamed up with indie publisher Raw Fury. Here's the first trailer.

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