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Turn-based strategy Renowned Explorers: International Society enters Alpha, attending PAX East in March

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Reus developer Abbey Games is celebrating their first Alpha milestone, and have released a new Alpha gameplay teaser for the 19th turn-based strategy. They've traded in godhood for the "age of discovery and adventure."

The small developer will be attending the Indie MEGABOOTH at PAX East in Boston, MA March 6-8 where the Alpha build of the turn-based game will be playable for the first time.

Fable Legends takes up free-to-play model, "not going to be game-breaking"

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The Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive Fable Legends will be using the free-to-play model, announces Lionhead Studios. That means chums can play the four-heroes-versus-one-villain game at no cost.

Unless, that is, you want to deck your heroes out. Fable Legends will have chests to be found while questing, and silver coins are earned to buy them back in town, or you could spend some real cheese.

Republique Remastered now out on PC, 20% off until March 4th

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Indie outfit Camouflaj has today released action adventure Republique Remastered, which was originally for mobile platforms but has since been given the remastering treatment for PCs. It's an episodic bundle now out.

Currently episodes one to three are available, with the remaining two part of the package when they release. It's a dystopic setting where we have to try and remotely help a young woman escape.

Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado launching today alongside free content patch

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Paradox Interactive will today be setting sailing for the lost cities of Gold as they release the El Dorado expansion to Europa Universalis IV. Accompanying the new DLC is an all-new free content patch.

El Dorado features a new exploration system, new religions for Central and South American tribes, a change to vassal and subject relations, and a Nation Designer for custom world states.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn reaches 4 million users, "free log-in period" begins Friday

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Square Enix is celebrating MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn having achieved 4 million registered users, discounting Free Trial versions, and has announced a "free log-in period" to run from this weekend.

The free game time is only for those "taking a break" from Eorzea, and to let them sample the changes from the recent Patch 2.51. They did a similar albeit smaller free weekend at the start of February.

Nosgoth updated with new Vanguard human class from today

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Free-to-play Nosgoth has introduced the new Vanguard class to the human faction, and they can take a lot more punishment than their comrades-in-arms, but have reduced range damage as a result.

This new class can be unlocked with an artefact, or by "purchasing it directly" from the in-game store with Runestones. The Vanguard can be customised with new skins for the character as well as weapons.

Total War: Attila already has another faction DLC, the Longbeards Culture Pack

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Right, bear with me here, because I'm off on a bit of a moan. Now I liked Total War: Attila. I liked it a lot. I thought the various factions in it each felt distinct and a lot of fun to play. The grand campaign was the best the series has had in years. That was some good work, Creative Assembly, very good work indeed.

What I'm less impressed with is the fact that we're less than two weeks past launch now, but we've already got two factions packs sold separately as DLC, the latest being the (admittedly excellently named) Longbeards Culture Pack.

Nival ditches microtransaction model for Blitzkrieg 3

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I liked my time with Nival's upcoming RTS threequel Blitzkrieg 3 a lot, but I certainly had my concerns about the Russian studio's business model, which offered a free-to-play multiplayer suite and the option of paying extra for singleplayer campaigns.

It felt a bit out of touch with the game's otherwise distinctly old-school feel. Which is why I'm glad to hear that Nival's reconsidered things, and reverted to a traditional, one-time purchase model.

6DOF shooter Sublevel Zero zooms onto PC this Summer

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Indie developer Sigtrap's 6DoF (six degrees of freedom, if you're wondering) shooter Sublevel Zero is coming to PC, Mac and Linux this summer, publisher Mastertronic has announced.

A first-person, roguelike shooter set in a universe where reality is falling apart, Sublevel Zero offers Descent-style blasting with added looting and crafting.

Kickstarter campaign launches for new Toejam and Earl game

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Toejam and Earl lead designer Greg Johnson and his new studio Humanature have set up a Kickstarter campaign for a true sequel to the cult action platformer series.

Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove will be a true successor to the original, which pioneered a kind of roguelike, dungeon-crawling action style before publisher Sega transformed the series into more of a platformer.

Nvidia responds to GTX 970 memory controversy, apologises for failed communication

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You may remember (unless you are a goldfish or simply didn't read it) that earlier this week we reported on a lawsuit filed against Nvidia for falsely advertising its GeForce GTX 970 card.

Well, a representative from the company has responded – not to the lawsuit itself – but to general consumer disappointment with both the card's performance and Nvidia's marketing of it.

Space 4X sequel StarDrive 2 set for release on April 9

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Zero Sum Games announced today that StarDrive 2, sequel to the 2013 space 4X, is now feature complete, and is off for a round of QA and bug fixing before its April 9 release.

The developers and publisher Iceberg Interactive will be taking StarDrive 2 to GDC this March, so we'll be able to get an extended look at the game very soon.

Pre-order Hotline Miami 2 to get PayDay 2 crossover DLC

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Hot on the heels of the announcement of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number's release date comes news that DLC based on the gory action game will pop up in PayDay 2.

It'll be no big surprise to anyone that's played the game that we're talking masks here – lots and lots of animal masks. Starbreeze sure does love its collaborations with Dennaton Games.

Street Fighter 5 trailer re-introduces Charlie Nash

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Guile's best mate Charlie Nash has been announced as a fighter in Street Fighter 5, and Capcom's released a new video showing his particular brand of fisticuffs.

He sure looks a lot more grumpy than I remember him. Mind you, in the official continuity (yes, there is one!) he got killed, so that's sort of understandable.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number pre-orders begin for March 10th release

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March 10th is getting more and more crowded, and this time it's top-down shooter Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number that's pushing in line. A standard and a Digital Special Edition are now available to pre-order if you're so inclined.

This is the "brutal conclusion" to the violent arcade-style shooter, and has already stirred controversy over that scene. It's time to embrace the "haze of neon and bloodshed."

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty launches today on PC, Linux and Mac

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The "built from scratch" remake of the original Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee is releasing today on PC. Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is finally available for desktop gamers having already released on PS4 back in July 2014.

Much of the original team worked on this next-generation version of the classic PS One game, and even supports the old control layouts for extra nostalgia. Achievements and leaderboards join the fight.

Cities: Skylines new video dev diary looks at "commitment to modding"

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What is a city builder without its army of community modders? Colossal Order and Paradox Interactive have just published a new video developer diary with the team behind Cities: Skylines talking about all things 'mod'.

The team look at the "rich variety of modding tools" we can use in Cities: Skylines, to help flood the community with all-new creations, or even just some finer tweaks. It's due out March 10th.

The Evil Within: The Assignment due out March 10th

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Bethesda and developer Tango Gameworks has announced that DLC The Assignment for The Evil Within will be creeping us out March 10th. In this extra slice of horror we play as detective Juli Kidman to wrap up loose ends.

A second helping of DLC is due "later this spring," and will conclude this concurrent, er, capering? The season pass features all these DLC releases, or can be bought separately for £6.99.

New Batman: Arkham Knight trailer with gameplay and focus on villians

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Rocksteady and Warner Bros. has released a new story-focused trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight entitled 'Gotham is Mine'. There's plenty of teasing gameplay and takedowns, including the Batmobile.

Scarecrow is the big villain this time around, and he's unleashed a living nightmare on Gotham as it comes under-siege from every criminal to skulk the streets. Fortunately, we got the cowl for the job.

Rumour: Microsoft's DirectX 12 to support Nvidia and AMD GPUs 'working together'

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There's a big shake-up coming to DirectX if reports coming out of Microsoft are to be believed. Apparently DirectX 12 will support the unprecedented move of letting multiple-GPUs, regardless of origin, work together.

That means Nvidia's GeForce and AMD's Radeon lines could 'team-up' inside the PC, and developers could make full use of them. This new DirectX is switching to Split Frame Rendering.

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