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Kerbal Space Program achieves "1.0 release" with next update, leaves Early Access

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The build-your-own-NASA sim Kerbal Space Program will be blasting off from planet Early Access with its next update to the game, announces developer Squad, as it 'fulfils its original design document'.

It's "finally ready" to be experienced as a complete game, but "this is not the end by any means." The team will continue with free updates as they reveal update 1.0's changes.

World of Tanks celebrates 8-bit gaming with Winter Showdown mode

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As of today, a new 'Winter Showdown' mode is available in World of Tanks. Three concept tanks are ready in 8-bit glory to do battle in specially made maps. This mode will be playable until February 9th.

It's 10 vs. 10 or 5 person platoons duking it out in 8-bit glory, where the aim is to destroy all opposition or capture a single base. A special 'Operation: Winter' medal is up for grabs for 8-bit veterans.

Gearbox "recruiting for next" Borderlands, new DLC for The Pre-Sequel

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Randy Pitchford has tweeted he's on the lookout for more talent over at Gearbox Software to work on the next Borderlands project. "This is the big one," he said, likely referring to full sequel Borderlands 3.

Also out tomorrow is the Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, which adds a new character to play as, including her own three unique skill tress. It's priced at $10.

Planetside 2 players gather for record-breaking FPS battle

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Now that's what I call a real firefight. Planetside 2 players gathered for a good old-fashioned scrum over the weekend, with 1,158 grunts taking to the field to break the world record for the largest online FPS battle.

According to fansite and event organiser Planetside Battles, the record-breaking skirmish resulted in an impressive 53,729 kills, 3,822 team kills, 5,089 vehicles destroyed, and 31 separate base captures.

Kickstarter launched for NightCry, a “spritual successor” to classic horror series Clock Tower

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Playism Games has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for NightCry, a brand new game from Clock Tower creator Hifumi Kono.

Described as a “spiritual successor” to that classic horror series, NightCry has an impressive roster of Japanese games industry talent on board, including Silent Hill's Masahiro Ito, composer Nobuko Toda, and film director Takashi Shimizu.

Ubisoft is cancelling copies of Far Cry 4 purchased from third-party CD key stores

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Reddit users and posters on Ubisoft's forums have been registering their surprise and dissatisfaction at the company's removal of digital copies of Far Cry 4 from their Uplay accounts.

The removed copies appear to all originate from third party CD-key sellers and independent eBay stores, with customers who visited retail sites G2Play and G2A notably affected. Ubisoft is yet to issue an official statement.

Day Z reaches 3,000,000 in Early Access sales

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Open world zombie survival sim Day Z has racked up an impressive 3 million sales since it launched on Steam Early Access in December 2013.

The standalone version of the popular Arma 2 mod is expected to release in full in early 2016, and the developers have already unveiled a list of features on the way this year.

Techland offers Dying Light's 'Be the Zombie' mode pre-order DLC for free on all platforms

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To make up for a delay in the physical release of its open world zombie game Dying Light, Techland is offering the game's pre-order DLC 'Be the Zombie' for free to all customers on all platforms.

The mode allows one player to take on the role of a super-powered undead predator, invading other players' game worlds to hunt down and slaughter them. Hunted players can team up to take down the offending invader.

Heart of Thorns is the first expansion for Guild Wars 2

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The first expansion pack for Guild Wars 2 is called Heart of Thorns. Announced during PAX South, the expansion follows the core game's Living World storyline over to Maguuma Jungle, where big bad dragon Mordremoth is up to no good.

Heart of Thorns will also add a new 'Mastery' system for taking your character beyond level 80, and a brand new profession, the Revenant.

Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered on the way this month

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Quantic Dream's insane adventure game Fahrenheit is getting an HD remaster, according to a recent Amazon listing. That explains the teaser that popped up last week, which we originally thought was hinting at a new game in the series.

Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered will feature “updated graphics, full controller support AND is based on the uncut/uncensored international version of the game.”

First footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection, releasing on PC February 25th with Steam Multiplayer Beta

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It's just a little over a month away before a space-based real-time strategy shackles us to our desktops as Gearbox Software announces the Homeworld Remastered Collection is launching February 25th.

If you weren't salivating enough for Homeworld's return, then today also sees the very first footage from the HD overhaul from PAX South. It got all the latest visual tech and even re-recorded voice work.

Brian Fargo confirms The Bard's Tale IV, "very personally excited to be working on this"

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No more teases as inXile Entertainment's head ranger Brian Fargo has confirmed his studio is working on The Bard's Tale IV, which they hinted at weeks ago. Now it's "official" with logo artwork.

Will it come to console? Fargo says they're focusing "100% of energies on PC while in development," but it could for those pining over their PlayStation 2 gamer days.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video teases "behind-the-scenes peek" at hands-on event, impressions next week

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A new video from CD Projekt RED has some teasing glimpses of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at play. A global hands-on event is about to spill some meaty impressions of the open-world RPG next week.

The studio organised venues around the world for people to get their hands-on experience, and now it's almost time for the dam to burst. The Witcher 3 was delayed until May.

Besiege on Steam Greenlight, build your own siege weapons for conquest

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Fancy constructing a flying, flame-spitting siege machine? Besiege is looking for the community thumbs up on Steam Greenlight, and sells itself as a simulation puzzle. Frankly that doesn't do it justice.

Whether it's a castle or a peaceful hamlet packed with soldiers and cattle, we need to conquer! We'll have to devise our most cunning siege weaponry to bring them to their knees.

Second dev diary for Life is Strange examines "Butterfly Effect" of rewinding time

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Upcoming episodic adventure Life is Strange from Dontnod Entertainment has just published its second developer diary with the team focusing on the rewinding time mechanic we'll be abusing a lot.

The unwritten rule on time travel, which is ludicrous when you think about it, is that you don't mess with past events because of the 'Butterfly Effect'. What huge butterfly wings will we be flapping?

Payday 2 gains 'The Bomb Heists' and 'Dragan Character Pack' DLC, first new content from an "external partner"

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Starbreeze has released the 15th and 16th DLC packs for Payday 2 this week, with The Bomb Heists adding two new heists through a new contact known as the Butcher, played by actress Mira Furlan.

Then there's the Dragan Character Pack adding a new crew member called Dragan, and a new assault rifle and cleaver weapon. He has his own mask and there's a new perk deck called Infiltrator.

Starr Mazer combines shoot 'em up and point-'n'-click adventure, on Kickstarter now

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Forget gene-splicing, it's genre-splicing that really matters in the future. Now we have the arrival of Starr Mazer on Kickstarter, seeking $160k to make this shoot 'em up and point-'n'-click adventure inter-genre marriage a reality.

Just to rile the blood of genres-shouldn't-mix conservatives a little more, there's a dash of RPG too - and they want some procedural generation as well. They plan a 'randomised episode' system.

Mojang "redoing the mechanics" of Minecraft's Ender Dragon on PC in 1.9

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The End in Minecraft is going to be overhauled for PC, at least bringing it up to snuff with the Ender Dragon console gamers face off against, but they'll be "taking it a step further," teases Nathan Adams.

He wouldn't go into detail on these extra changes, and also allay fears that 1.9 was all about the flying beast. "...this isn't all I'm doing for 1.9... not by far," Adams continued.

CD Projekt RED "now focusing entirely" on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Cyberpunk 2077's "time will come"

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With CD Projekt RED having pushed RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt further back into May earlier this month, the studio is "now focusing entirely" on it to ensure they have it in the best shape possible.

What about that other RPG Cyberpunk 2077? We're told "worry not" about the highly anticipated sci-fi romp, as its "time will come." There's no release schedule yet for it. Hopefully before 2077.

You won't need to buy a new graphics card for DirectX 12

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Microsoft has clarified some of the details regarding Direct X 12, the next version of its graphics software that's set to be included with the upcoming Windows 10 operating system.

In a statement released yesterday the software giant reassured PC gamers that they won't need to splash out on an expensive new card to reap the majority of the benefits from DirectX 12, though some special features will be reserved for upcoming GPUs.

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