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Blizzard celebrate 5th Anniversary of StarCraft 2, special portrait and 'exploding confetti' in-game

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Five years have come and gone since StarCraft II: Hearts of Liberty first graced our computers, and now Blizzard is celebrating with a series of little things like a fancy unique portrait if you login between July 27th and August 3rd.

It's bad news for the backbone of any StarCraft army though as worker units are liable to explode into puffs of confetti. A new wallpaper is being released too in the Media section. Five years and the game still isn't done yet.

Terrain "truly matters in this game," says Tease #4 for Paradox's Project Augustus - "NOT a cold-war game"

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A tiny bit more of Paradox Interactive's teaser campaign has exposed itself and this time we're told "terrain truly matters in this game," which fits basically every grand strategy that Paradox Development Studio has worked on.

Reading a little more into though it might be referring to armies far more susceptible to terrain differences, like those in the ancient eras? Maybe. It's definitely "NOT a cold-war game" though.

Mafia 3 "worldwide reveal" taking place at Gamescom, trailer airs August 5th

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It's finally happened - 2K Games has just made an offer we're hardly going to refuse. Mafia III is going to debut with a "worldwide reveal" next week at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany on August 5th.

Wannabe Mafiosos will be plunging into "organised crime through rich narrative storytelling" soon enough. The first trailer for Mafia III will release August 5th @ 1.00pm GMT+1.

Bethesda had Fallout 4's Boston setting planned since before Skyrim

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Bethesda's open world games take a lot of work and conceptual planning, so it's no surprise to hear that the developer had pegged which area of America it wanted to set Fallout 4 in before the game had even entered development.

“Pre-Skyrim," revealed the company's VP of marketing Pete Hines, when asked about the genesis of the game's setting by Gamespot. "The ideas for Fallout 4 started right after Fallout 3 and have gotten worked on and been percolated since 2008… We’re talking about its infancy, we’re talking about jotting some stuff down, we’re talking about, ‘I want to do it in Massachusetts, and have it be about this, this, and this.”

Street Fighter 5 Beta pushed back indefinitely after launch issues

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Capcom launched the Beta for Street Fighter 5 last week, and it promptly fell flat on its face, with thousands of players complaining that they couldn't sign in. After several abortive attempts to sort out the game's servers, Capcom has decided to cancel the Beta for now, and come back to it once they've hammered it into shape.

"After three days of testing, while we were making progress and collecting valuable data," the studio writes on the Capcom blog, "we felt the majority of players were not having a good experience, and the best course of action would be to take the servers offline for extended maintenance. We will be postponing our first beta phase until we believe the experience is going to be a positive one for players."

Mount & Blade: Warband Viking Conquest gets big update with free Reforged Edition

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Mount & Blade: Warband Viking Conquest has just received a sizeable free update, a "monumental update" in fact, which adds a bunch of new features including a brand new story, a dog companion, and expanded kingdom management.

Titled 'The Last Tuatha De Danann', the new campaign is “set in dark, mysterious Ireland where nothing is what it seems and truths are hidden.”

Mod team releases impressive debut trailer for Fallout: The Frontier

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Fallout 4 is just around the corner, and as if you needed more incentive to get excited about returing to the post-apocalyptic wasteland, the mod team behind Fallout: The Frontier has just released a very impressive new trailer for the New Vegas-powered project.

The Frontier swaps sun-baked, radioactive deserts for the snows of Portland Oregon, where the NCR and the Legion are locked in a bloody stalemate for control of the city.

Psyonix reveals patch plans for its car football game Rocket League, new map on the way

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I have a confession to make; I am hooked on Rocket League. Psyonix' ferociously addictive car-football game isn't without its bugs, though, and the developer is planning to release a patch shortly that will iron some of them out.

Skate sequel OlliOlli 2 is coming to the PC this August

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Addictive, side-scrolling skatefest OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood is coming to Steam next month, developer Roll7 has confirmed, following its successful run on consoles earlier this year.

As well as enhanced controls, including all the manuals, reverts, grind-switching and revert manuals (I don't know what any of those are) you could want, the sequel brings new tricks, new levels, a split-screen 'Combo Master' mode with "four unique game modes."

The final piece of Witcher 3 DLC is a New Game Plus mode

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The real, no doubt about it, honest-to-god final piece of free DLC for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will drop shortly, and it's not a new quest or a new piece of clothing, but rather an excuse to go back and play the whole damn thing again.

Yes, CD Projekt is cooking up a New Game+ mode, and though there are few details revealed just yet, we all know how these things work; you'll presumably be able to start the story all over again, while keeping all of Geralt's skills, talents and equipment.

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord gameplay to be revealed at Gamescom, set 200 years before Warband

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TaleWorlds Entertainment will be unveiling for the first time the new Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord. Unfortunately its live gameplay sessions will be private at Gamescom.

The press will get to salivate at the current state of the sequel, which is set two centuries before Mount & Blade Warband but takes the series forward "by greatly expanding gameplay" in all areas.

Development of RollerCoaster Tycoon World changes hands again, now with Nvizzio Creations

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Atari's reboot RollerCoaster Tycoon World has changed development house again for a third time, so for now it's being handled by Nvizzio Creations based out of Montreal, Canada. Will it stay there?

Originally it was Pipeworks Software creating the new RollerCoaster Tycoon, but that switched to Area 52 Games back in December.

Blizzard trademark 'Council of Glades' in New Zealand

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Trademark trawlsters have found Blizzard Entertainment has filed for 'Council of Glades' in New Zealand - that bit next to Australia - the bit on the right. It certainly sounds all Druid-like and World of Warcrafty.

Perhaps we'll find out at this year's BlizzCon which is scheduled November 6-7 at the Anaheim Convention Center, the mecca for Blizzardites. The trademark covers everything 'computer video game' imaginable.

Chris Avellone "actually pretty jealous about" Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear and its writing

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Baldur's Gate fans are in for a treat as Overhaul Games is ploughing ahead with their own adventure in the iconic series, and it will be bridging between the original two games. It's an expansion to Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.

This is the first time Beamdog and their studio Overhaul will be creating something new. Game designer and writer Chris Avellone admits he's "actually pretty jealous" about parts of it.

Fallout 4 has twelve romanceable companions, and a robot that calls you rude names

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At a panel that took place at Quakecon over the weekend, game director Todd Howard revealed that Fallout 4 will contain twelve different companions, of which you'll be able to pick one at a time to accompany you around the game's new and improved radioactive wasteland.

Only two have been revealed so far; one is Preston Garvey, the leader of a faction called The Commonwealth of Minutemen, and the other is Piper, an investigative reporter. I had no idea journalism was still a thing in a world where you run the risk of being devoured by a gigantic scorpion every time you nip out to the shops.

Teaser #3 for Paradox' Interactive's Project Augustus says "there will be no stabbing of pigs"

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It's Monday and that means we're one step closer to Gamescom in August and the unveiling of Paradox Development Studio's secret-but-not-too-secret Project Augustus. Today also means it's time for Teaser #3.

The last tease told us that "Seven and Three are important numbers," but now we learn "there will be no stabbing of pigs." It seems porcine sacrifices are out of the question.

Nvidia engineer Tom Peterson says Batman: Arkham Knight 'to delight fans' once it's back on PC

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While we have promise of an interim patch sometime next month for Batman: Arkham Knight on PC, Nvidia engineer Tom Peterson has seen the releases so far and it "plays great" and effects looking "amazing."

That would indeed be in stark contrast to the giant unoptimised mess PC gamers were sold at launch. Not even the fancy Gameworks rain effects were working, and that had its own option for on or off.

Guillermo Del Toro and Hideo Kojima are still planning to collaborate on a new project

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Guillermo Del Toro and Hideo Kojima were set to work on Konami's reboot Silent Hills, sending the world's nerd population into full meltdown, but since Kojima ran around the publisher's head office setting fire to the staff, or whatever the hell it was that got his team dissolved, that dream team pair-up has unfortunately ended.

Or has it? Speaking with IGN, Del Toro revealed that he and Kojima are still in contact, and planning to work together in the future.

Nautical adventure game Submerged coming to Steam on August 4

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Ever since Irrational closed down, it seems like just about every interesting new project that pops up is from a team of former Bioshock developers; take, for instance, the intriguing third-person adventure Submerged which is coming to Steam on August 4.

Set in a world where the oceans have swallowed up the land, the game casts you as a young girl called Miku, who must explore a flooded city in search of medical supplies for her wounded brother. It's a non-combat game that's more about spectacle and exploration than action.

Lords of Shadow 2 developer Mercury Steam teases new sci-fi title‏

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Mercury Steam, the team behind the rather underwhelmingly received Castlevania: Lord of Shadows 2, seems to be cooking up a new project if their official website is anything to go by.

By the look of the teaser image and the embedded website text, this time around the studio is trying its hand at sci-fi. "Exploring new worlds, fighting strange creatures, discovering new heroes," reads the blurb.

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