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New dev diary and Q&A live stream for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt today @ 7.00pm GMT+1

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It's just two witchin' weeks until The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt releases and beguiles us with its dark adult fantasy world. Until then a fresh developer diary has been released looking at the monsters inhabiting the game world.

There's also scheduled for a little later a developer Q&A that will live stream @ 7.00pm GMT+1. CD Projekt RED's Łukasz Wnęk will be playing the game, with level designer Miles Tost narrating it all. Then there's the Q&A bit.

Half-Life remake Black Mesa now on Steam Early Access

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Crowbar Collective, made of former Black Mesa Development Team members, has just brought their Half-Life remake - Black Mesa - to Steam Early Access. It's very close to the original with a few creative differences.

It's a community "re-envisioning" of Valve's iconic Half-Life, which introduced us to Gordon Freeman. Now we get the classical journey infused with new life powered by Source. They're '85% done'.

Hearts of Iron IV "very solid" but slips Q2 release, currently "working on a large milestone"

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The return of the Hearts of Iron series will have to wait a bit longer as Paradox Development Studios reveal that Hearts of Iron IV won't be out in Q2 2015. They've got a "a large milestone" to clear before announcing a new schedule.

According to studio manager Johan Andersson they 'don't have an approved alpha' yet for the grand strategy, but when they do they'll "start with weekly" developer diaries.

GOG Galaxy Client now in open beta, supports Windows and Mac

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DRM-free champions GOG are now throwing their GOG Galaxy Client to the open beta masses to poke and prod. It's a DRM-free platform that's launching as an alternative to Steam and EA's Origin.

Until now only a select number were involved during its alpha testing. It features its own built-in store and game library, which supports one-click installs, backup downloads, optional updates with rollback too.

Starfighter Inc. launches on Kickstarter, a "hardcore PvP multiplayer" space fighter "in the vein of X-Wing vs. Tie-Fighter"

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Hold on to your joysticks! A "hardcore team-based PvP multiplayer space shooter" has just appeared on Kickstarter and it's from the minds of X-Wing and MechWarrior designers. It's called Starfighter Inc.

Mercenary pilots will dogfight their hearts out from "single-seat interceptors, multi-seat gunships, and massive capital ships." Everything is customisable from looks to yaw. Their goal is $250k.

Scourge of War: Waterloo releases June 11th, live stream tomorrow @ 8.00pm GMT+1

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Leaving behind the Union and Confederate tiffs, studio NorbSoft is now looking to Europe and the Battle of Waterloo. It will feature the "chain of command mechanics" fans of the series are used too.

We not only play at the top of the command chain, but also fill in the boots of subordinate officers. Scourge of War: Waterloo promises to simulate how difficult it was for armies to manoeuvre on the battlefield.

BioWare release PC update for Dragon Age: Inquisition, free content with Black Emporium

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We can start to visit the Black Emporium once again from today as BioWare has just released a new update for Dragon Age: Inquisition, adding the mysterious and macabre shop of weird wonders back into the series.

New schematics, crafting materials, great weapons and even the ability to change our Inquisitors await us. The studio has also patched the game, and it seems the dreaded 'SLI fog' has been vanquished?

Yooka-Laylee's Kickstarter campaign is going remarkably well so far

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Those of you concerned that Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee might not make its Kickstarter goal, there's absolutely no need to worry. At all. Seriously. Funding has just sailed past £1,300,000, from a planned goal of just £175,000.

In fact according to IGN, the game has become the fastest video game project to hit $1 million on the crowd-funding platform. It reached that target in a mind-bogglingly fast six hours.

Arkham Knight Season Pass includes playable Batgirl, in her own prequel story campaign

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Right, so I'm all set up to grumble about the $40/£33 Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass, which Warner Bros. Gleefully announced last week without remembering to detail anything that it contained.

My problem is though, WB has just revealed that the Pass contains Batgirl as a brand new, playable character in “an all new prequel story expansion”. And as one of those awful comic geeks, I can't help but feel pretty exited about that. That's me being part of the problem.

PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to Sydney floods

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The PC version of Project Cars has been slightly delayed in Australia, after large quantities of publisher Namco Bandai's warehouse stock was destroyed in the recent Sydney floods.

"During the recent heavy weather event in Sydney, our vendor partner’s warehouse and stock of Project Cars for PC were severely damaged, retailer EB Games informed customers late last week.

Sledgehammer releases free revolver weapon as thank you to Advanced Warfare fans

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In case all those jet-packs, bionic arms and directed-energy weapons were all a bit too modern for you, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare fans, developer Sledgehammer Games has something a bit old-fashioned to make up for it.

Free for all players, the M1 Irons is a no-nonsense gunslinger's revolver that also comes in ten variant flavours, all of which can be found hidden in Advanced Warfare's supply crate drops.

I Am Bread pays homage to a certain sci-fi film franchise in free Starch Wars update

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If you spent any time on the internet at all yesterday, you might have noticed that it was Star Wars Day. Which meant that a host of companies were doing their very best to ride the global wave of sweet, sweet nostalgia.

Companies like I Am Bread creator Bossa Studios, which has released a new update entitled 'Starch Wars: A New Loaf' for its premier toast simulator.

Star Wars Battlefront contains 12 multiplayer maps, including the lava planet of Sullust

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Star Wars Battlefront will contain 12 multiplayer maps, and the creation of one, the volcanic planet of Sullust, has been covered in a recent blog post from developer DICE.

Sullust, for those of you who aren't Star Wars obsessives, is the homeworld of the Sullustans, represented in the original trilogy by this charming little chap, who co-piloted the Millennium Falcon with Lando at the climax of Return of the Jedi.

Lost Planet 3 developer Spark Unlimited ceases game development, lays off employees

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Spark Unlimited, the team responsible for Lost Planet 3 (better than most people think), Legendary (great, ridiculous concept but a pretty crap final product) and Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (no idea, but people generally seemed to hate it) has ceased game development and laid-off most of its team, according to a former employee of the company that contacted Polygon.

The news first emerged on NeoGAF, where it was revealed that assets from the studio's offices were being auctioned off. Spark's chief technical officer John Butrovich subsequently confirmed the reports.

Watcher Think?: The Weaponographist

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Chris Capel pulls one of our patented Watcher Think? mini-reviews on a top-down roguelike where death is just as helpful as living.

EVE Online's latest 'PLEX for GOOD' drive for Nepal Earthquake Relief

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CCP Games has announced they're starting up the 'PLEX for GOOD' drive system again from tonight so that EVE Online players can spend in-game PLEX on helping to secure real world relief funds for Nepal's displaced and injured.

Over 6,000 are now believed to have lost their lives in the recent earthquakes in Nepal, with over 130k homes destroyed. The United Nations calculate 3 million are in need of aid. The studio will match pledges by $15.

Indie horror Caffeine gets new 'Necessity' trailer, available "mid 2015"

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Dylan Browne's now episodic puzzle horror game Caffeine has just gotten a new trailer entitled 'Necessity'. It shows a little more of the creepily deserted space station we'll be exploring as a scared young boy seemingly all alone.

It will be split across three episodes as the story itself has "three distinct sections" to transition between, so it was a natural fit. Who knew caffeine mining in space could be so terrifying?

EA's 'Live to Play' conference at E3 2015 starts June 15th @ 1:00pm PDT

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Publishing juggernaut Electronic Arts will begin their E3 2015 press conference on June 15th, and it will run for an hour and a half. It begins 1.00pm PDT / 9.00pm GMT+1 in Shrine Auditorium. What's expected up on stage?

So far they haven't revealed what's in their E3 line-up but almost certainly it will have Star Wars: Battlefront, MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic, DLC offerings for Battlefield: Hardline and hopefully the next Mass Effect.

Wasteland 2 Game of the Year Edition features "over 4000 new voiced lines and it’s still growing"

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This summer inXile Entertainment will be releasing the Game of the Year Edition for Wasteland 2, and the PC version is being upgraded for free to this superior version. It's got some serious mutations on the way.

Already revealed is an upgrade to Unity 5 and fancy PBR effects to the environments for better lighting, but the studio is also "redoing all" humanoid models. There's also the new 'Quirks and Perks' trait system.

Europa Universalis IV to expand on religious mechanics, Protestanstism gains aspects and Church Power

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Paradox Development Studio is working on the next expansion to Europa Universalis IV and they're keeping it holy. The team will be deepening the religious mechanics to significantly overhaul their impact and meaning.

Protestanstism for example can be customised by 3 aspects by spending Church Power that accumulates. It also lets each nation name their own church, "like Church of England and so on."

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