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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.

The Sims 4 is free for 48 hours via Origin's 'On the House' programme

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If you're yet to try out the latest entry in Maxis' eternally popular people-manipulating simulator, now's your chance - The Sims 4 is free via Origin's 'Game Time' promotion for 48 hours.

Game Time gives you full access to the entire game for a set time period. Once you load up the game for the first time, the clock starts running down. So you can't ration those hours out over several weeks, more's the pity.

GameWatcher will be live-streaming sci-fi RTS Grey Goo tonight at 8PM GMT

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This evening GameWatcher will be live-streaming the upcoming real-time strategy game with the greatest name ever, Petroglyph's sci-fi extravaganza Grey Goo. Tune in for robots, explosions, and aliens.

We'll be live from 8pm GMT/ 9pm CET tonight, and you can watch the stream right here. Can we make it though the game's early levels without embarrassing ourselves? There's only one way to find out...

Total War: Attila developer diary shows off the game's historical battles

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The team at Creative Assembly has been showing off more of the upcoming Total War: Attila, this time looking at the game's one-off historical battles rather than the full campaign.

In the latest episode of the studio's Rally Point series, CA's James Given takes on the mighty Huns with his Roman legions in the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains.

Mojang reassures fans that Minecraft mainframe hasn't been hacked after password leak

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Almost two thousand Minecraft user names and passwords were leaked online earlier in the week, but Mojang wants to reassure players that they haven't been hacked.

In a post on the developer's blog, Mojang's Owen Hill explained the situation, and encouraged users to be aware of proper password security.

Beta 4 update for Galactic Civilizations 3 adds 'Battle Viewer'

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Stardock has released the fourth major update for space 4X Galactic Civilizations 3, adding a new battle viewer which lets you watch the destruction of your painstakingly assembled fleets in punishing detail.

Beta 4 also adds extreme worlds that require advanced technology to colonise, and reworks the ideology system “to give incredible bonuses to malevolent, pragmatic, and benevolent leaders.”

Ubisoft announces procedurally animated platformer Grow Home

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Ubisoft Reflections, an eight-person team working out of the UK, has announced Grow Home, a procedurally animated climbing game starring BUD the Botanical Utility Droid.

BUD must travel through a series of floating islands, shaping the world around him as he clambers to the top of a towering space plant in order to get back to his ship.

Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords launching on 3rd February

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Telltale has revealed the release date and a "first look" trailer for the second episode of Game of Thrones. It will be released for the PC and Mac via Steam on 3rd February.

Ubisoft update Trials Fusion with free online multiplayer, new content pack January 27th

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Online multiplayer is now part of a free update to Trials Fusion, announces Ubisoft, who also date the "fourth and largest" DLC for the game January 27th, and it's called Fire in the Deep.

Up to 8 players can face-off in the new free online multiplayer, with three new game modes available in the lobby: Online X-Supercross, Private Game and Private Game with Spectator.

More Star Wars on GOG.com with Rogue Squadron 3D, Rebellion and Empire at War

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It's a full galactic invasion over at GOG.com as even more classic Star Wars games have exited hyperspace onto the DRM-free store, with the latest additions being Rogue Squadron 3D and 4X strategy Rebellion.

There's also Petroglyph's real-time strategy Empire at War: Gold Pack. There's three more to come on January 27th and they are Republic Commando, Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II and Starfighter.

Homeworld Remastered Collection premiere teaser this Sunday, PAX South @ 10.30AM CT

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Gearbox Software have just released a teaser image for this weekend's PAX South. We'll be treated to the premiere teaser for the real-time strategy Homeworld Remastered Collection.

When will it take place? They've time stamped Sunday @ 10.30am CT, and it should all kick off inside the Gearbox panel. It will be live streamed over the official PAX Twitch channel.

Quantic Dream teases possible new Indigo Prophecy game

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David Cage and his studio Quantic Dream have launched a teaser site that's counting down with 6 days left. There are words on the site that combined can make 'guilt is a chilling feeling', which is a tagline.

Specifically it's to their 2005 game Indigo Prophecy, also known as Fahrenheit, which blends murder, mystery and weird. Could this be a sequel? Everything seems to suggest so, or perhaps a reboot?

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