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Competition: GameWatcher has 10 keys for Grand Ages: Medieval to give away

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Fancy yourself a bit of a trader? Rather dominate Europe and the Middle East by virtue of your high-quality salted ham rather than the quality of your soldiers? Well we've got just the thing for you.

Devolver Digital announces free Steam games including original Shadow Warrior

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Devolver Digital has announced they are giving away five free games on Steam, including the original 1997 version of Shadow Warrior and The Talos Principle.

Blizzard explains new user interface for Starcraft II in 3.0 update

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Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void will be released soon, and Blizzard has revealed what they state will be a "taste" of what to expect with the user interface update that will be included in the 3.0 update across all Starcraft II games, including Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm.

Community Operations update for Battlefield 4 will add a fan-designed map

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Fair play to DICE, who are still plugging away on new content for Battlefield 4. The game's latest addition is a bit different than usual, in that it's been created with the help of the community.

The Community Operations update adds a jungle map called Operation Outbreak, the content of which was voted on by the game's fans. They've chosen a fast-paced, infantry combat focused level which restricts vehicle options to fast, agile bikes and boats.

Here's the first trailer for Minecraft: Story Mode Episode One

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Telltale Games has released the first story trailer for Minecraft: Story Mode Episode One - The Order of the Stone, ahead of the narrative adventure game spin-off's debut on October 13.

The titular Order of the Stone are a band of adventurers in the newly plot-heavy world of Minecraft who managed to defeat the Ender Dragon, who fans of the original game will remember fondly.

Street Fighter 5 debutante Laura revealed ahead of schedule

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Another Street Fighter 5 debutante has been revealed, this time a bit ahead of schedule thanks to a leak from major Japanese gaming publication Famitsu (thanks, Eventhubs).

Laura appears to be a Brazilian capoeira expert (oh god, not another Eddy Gordo), though aside from some images of her in action, details on how she plays are fairly thin on the ground.

Former Criterion devs announce "spiritual successor" to Burnout

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Three Fields Entertainment, the studio set up by former Criterio founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry, is making a "spiritual successor" to the Burnout games, set for release on PC and consoles.

Before that, the company tweeted that its first game would be a "multiplayer sports game" set for release next Spring, with the Burnout-inspired driving game to follow on afterwards.

Open world sci-fi horror P.A.M.E.L.A gets Greenlit on Steam

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You may remember that last week we reported on P.A.M.E.L.A, the open world horror game from developer NVYVE Studios, which is set in an apparently idyllic Utopia that (you guessed it) turns out to not quite be what it seems.

It turns out that the snazzy trailer NVYVE released for the game did the trick - P.A.M.E.L.A has been Greenlit on Steam, meaning that it will be released on Steam when it's ready to go.

PC Arkham Knight will be back on sale at the end of October

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Warner Bros have gotten slightly less vague in their estimation of when the troubled PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight will be available again. Last month it was "in the coming weeks", but a new post promises that the game will be ready by the end of October.

"As many of you know," WB writes, "we released a major patch for Batman: Arkham Knight PC a few weeks ago. While there were significant performance improvements made to the game, the teams are continuing to work on the additional updates that were outlined in our previous post. We expect these updates to be ready at the end of October, at which time the PC version will be made available for purchase."

SOMA sells 92,000 copies, pays Frictional's way for at least two years

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Frictional Games' creepy but thoughtful sci-fi horror game SOMA is doing some strong business for the studio. The team writes that it's now sold over 92,000 copies, which is enough to pay its expenses for the foreseeable future.

"The current number now is at about 92,000 copies across all platforms (due to legal reasons we can't give a per-platform breakdown). This is quite good for 10 days (+ preorder time) of sales! The money that we've got from this will pretty much pay our company expenses for another 2 years," reads a blog post from Frictional.

Meet the colourful inhabitants of Master of Orion's universe in this first look trailer

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Any good space 4X game needs a solid cast of intergalactic foes and friendlies to keep players occupied, and genre classic Master of Orion was no exception. This new video from developer NGD Studios, currently hard at work on a series reboot, shows off two returning factions - the big-headed (physically and figuratively) Psilon Quanta, and the aggressive, reptile Sakkra.

In more general terms there's a first look at the game's familiar 4X systems. Space exploration is shown off, as are ship construction and combat. The latter opts for a zoomed-out view, largely hand-off.

Square Enix drops Mankind Divided's unpopular pre-order scheme

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Back in August Square Enix announced a new pre-order scheme for Eidos Montreal's upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, with no less than five separate tiers, the final being that the more people pre-ordered the game, the sooner it would ship.

Unsurprisingly, this basically didn't go down well with anyone. It turns out people don't much like the feeling that a publisher is holding a game's release date back unless they pay up. Fortunately, Square Enix has listened to the negative feedback, and decided to scrap the plan.

Kickstarter campaign for the third chapter of afro-noir adventure The Journey Down now live

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Swedish indie team SkyGoblin has set up a Kickstarter campaign for the third chapter of The Journey Down, its afro-noir point and click adventure inspired by classic LucasArts titles.

For the unfamiliar, the series is set in a world that's visually influenced by sub-Saharan African art - lead characters Bwana and Kito's design is based on Makonde and Chokwe tribal masks, for example - and suffused with a cool jazz soundtrack. We reviewed parts one and two, and rather liked them.

Treyarch releases Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 story trailer

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Treyarch is heading back to the near-future in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, a brave new world where seemingly everybody can bolt some kind of weapon of mass destruction on to their body.

This new story trailer lays out the basics of the main campaign. You'd never guess this, but it features a bunch of gruff men going on about war, sacrifice, betrayal and honour.

Guild Wars 2 lead designer joins Amazon Studios to work on "melee-orientated" action game

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Guild Wars 2 lead designer Eric Flannum has joined the team at Amazon Game Studios, who are still working on something apparently, having hoovered up several well-known designers over the last year or so.

That 'something' appears to be a melee-focused, competitive PC action game according to a Linkedin post from Flannum, who is taking on the role of creative director for the project.

DiRT Rally gets new Flying Finland update, with new stages and a Custom Championship mode

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Early Access racer DiRT Rally has received another content update adding twelve stages located in Jämsä, Finland, which is the world's fastest rally, according to developer Codemasters.

Also including in the Flying Finland update is a new game mode, Custom Championship, which allows you to set your own number of events, stages and alter the AI difficulty.

Make others feel S.P.E.C.I.A.L with the Charisma stat in Fallout 4

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Bethesda has released another one of those charming animated videos showcasing Fallout 4's S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats. This one takes a look at Charisma, which is ideally suited to those who prefer talking their way out of trouble.

Possible applications include - getting better deals through trade, negotiating your way out of firefights, helping you avoid addiction to drink and stims, and charming wild animals. Probably not Deathclaws though. Those guys are just bad news.

Darkest Dungeon update adds a new region called The Cove

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Early Access festival of grimness Darkest Dungeon has just received a new update that adds an entirely new zone, The Cove. It comes with seven new monsters to murder all your favourite characters, and a couple of new bosses.

The Cove's resident monsters are fast and bleed resistant, and utilise attacks that cause bleed effects. They also use moves that no other monsters in the game do, like healing and guarding. "These mechanics may begin to work their way into other dungeon regions in the future," warns developer Red Hook.

First-person sci-fi horror Syndrome aims to take the genre "back to its roots"

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Just in case SOMA whet your appetite for sci-fi flavoured first-person horror, Camel 101 has announced Syndrome, a slow-paced experience that aims to take the genre back to it roots.

Okay, so the plot synopsis doesn't sound completely original; you wake up on a seemingly abandoned spaceship, and slowly discover that the crew is mostly dead, and the survivors have been turned into something nasty.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 wraps up Kickstarter campaign with over $2 million

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Larian Studios must be a pretty happy place right now. The team has just wrapped up its Kickstarter campaign for Divinity: Original Sin 2, earning just over $2 million in the process.

"Of course, this is only the end of the beginning — there’s still a game to finish!" says Larian. "The updates and community involvement will continue for every step of the way; there’s plenty of stuff that we haven’t even gotten around to showing you yet, and we can’t wait to bring you the latest developments."

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