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Trailer released for Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power, coming 2015

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Frozenbyte has just released a trailer for the third game in its fantasy platformer series, Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power, which is on the way to PC this year.

Once again our three heroes, the Wizard, the Rogue and the Knight, are travelling through colourful, vibrant fantasy landscapes, solving physics-based puzzles and battling strange creatures as they go.

Stealth 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto PC this April

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Curve Digital's Stealth 2: A Game of Clones, the stealth-focused puzzle platform game released in October last year on Wii U, will be making its way to PC this April.

The game has you trying to infiltrate a heavily guarded Metroidvania-style industrial complex, using your side-scrolling sneaking skills and various gadgets to avoid detection.

Elite: Dangerous will launch Nimoy Memorial station in honour of late actor

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Unsurprisingly there have already been a few gaming tributes to the brilliant actor Leonard Nimoy, who passed away last week at the age of 83.

Elite: Dangerous studio Frontier Developments is the latest to pay their respects, namely by adding a new orbital station named after Nimoy in the game's 1.2 update.

Modder adds offline co-op support to Resident Evil: Revelations 2

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The saga of the missing Resident Evil: Revelations 2 PC co-op mode continues, fortunately with a slightly more positive twist this time.

A modder known only as Fluffyquack (I like to think that's his real name) has added offline co-op support to the game's first episode.

Interplay announces remastered version of claymation brawler ClayFighter

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Interplay has announced that its teaming up with Drip Drop Games to release a remastered version of ClayFighter, the cult claymation brawler first released in back 1993 for the SNES.

It's not entirely clear from the announcement, but it sounds like the remaster will also include the game's two sequels, or at least some content from them; "The game will be packed with the best of all previous ClayFighter titles," writes Interplay.

Night Dive Studios abandons attempt to re-release No One Lives Forever

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Light-hearted spy thriller The Operative: No One Lives Forever is a bit of a forgotten gem, a funny, smart shooter that showcased developer Monolith at its inventive best.

For a while it looked like we might be getting a remastered version of the game, but sadly republishing experts Night Dive Studios' recent attempts to secure the rights for a remastered version have ended in disappointment.

Nordic will distribute Shadowrun Online when it leaves early access

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Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has signed a deal with publisher Nordic Games to distribute the cyberpunk MMO.

The team-based tactical RPG is currently available through Steam Early Access, but when it's fully released later this year Nordic will handle the distribution.

Wasteland 2 being upgraded to Unity 5 codebase by inXile, allows "better tools for modding"

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An apocalyptic landscape is inXile Entertainment's forte, and they're still working on Wasteland 2 with ambitious plans. The team continues looking at balancing issues, but they've got big things in mind.

Wasteland 2 is migrating to the new Unity 5 codebase, which means things previously tied to Unity 4.x Pro will be opened up freely to modders under the new engine. The game is also "getting a facelift."

Rockstar release new GTA V PC screens, tease new trailer and "powerful new" Rockstar Editor for custom videos

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While fans continue to plan a heist of Rockstar North's offices, the studio has decided to rub salt in our delayed-yet-again wounds by releasing a series of smoking hot screens for Grand Theft Auto V on PC.

They also remind us of their pre-order bribe of an extra $300k in-game for GTA Online, which now has a March 31st deadline for the new April 14th release. We're also getting a new trailer soon.

Starfall Tactics a free-to-play real-time strategy, mixes tactical with starship customisation

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Snowforged Entertainment has just released a pre-alpha footage gameplay trailer for Starfall Tactics, a real-time strategy game that lets us customise our starships in-depth from a huge array of components and weapons.

It's an online free-to-play and is powered by Unreal Engine 4, with three factions reaching out to the stars following an exodus from a radioactive wasteland that became Earth. They promise "balls-to-the-wall explosions".

Starbreeze report strong Q2 financials from Payday 2, "very rare" in the industry

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Developer Starbreeze Studios is super chuffed with their latest fiscal report for Q2, with heist shooter Payday 2 performing better in sales than last year's Q2.

They're "very proud" of this "very rare" occurrence within the games industry, and the company is "getting close to the opening" of their new Los Angeles office, which will host the Geminose team.

Ubisoft: "...more robust modern day" in future Assassin's Creed games

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There'll be more of a return to the 'modern day' setting in Assassin's Creed moving forward, says Ubisoft. Assassin's Creed: Unity only had brief moments through cutscenes where we weren't assuming the role of an ancestral assassin.

Lead writer Darby McDevitt pointed to Assassin's Creed 2 and the town of Monteriggioni, which was playable in both past and present, and so they plan to "smartly reuse things" for a modern experience.

Square Enix confirms Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed [UPDATE]

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UPDATE: The official twitter for Life is Strange has dismissed talk of delay saying "development is on track" and that the next episode will be released "before the end of March."

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It's hella bad news. Dontnod Entertainment's hella excellent time-rewinding adventure Life is Strange won't be releasing its second episode as planned in mid-March. Square Enix has announced it has been pushed back.

When will it be releasing now? They aren't saying. We had been told that each episode would be about a month and a half apart, and fans have been left wanting more. There have also been story leaks.

GameWatcher takes on Jagex in a Block N Load showdown for the ages

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Next Monday Team GameWatcher takes on Team Jagex in a Block N Load Battle Royale which you can watch live on our Twitch stream. Can our squad of plucky underdogs defeat the much fancied developers of the block-building FPS?

Right now we're at around the halfway stage of our training montage. I'm running up and down steps, punching frozen pig carcasses, and screaming "JAGEX!" from the top of a mountain, while my fellow GameWatchers have been put on a strict low-carb, high protein diet. They've naturally been informed that they face SEVERE repercussions if we lose.

Visceral Games promises that Battlefield: Hardline will be stable at launch

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Mike Glosecki is the gameplay systems producer for Battlefield Hardline, and apparently he believes that the PC is “by far the best gaming platform around.” In a new post on the game's website, he explains Visceral's vision for the PC version of the shooter.

You might already have sussed this out, but the developer and EA are trying to convince everyone that Hardline won't have a launch as comically awful as Battlefield 4's was.

Far Cry 4's abominable Valley of the Yetis DLC drops on March 10

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Far Cry 4 gets some abominable snowmen later this March. To be honest, part of me kind of wants to end this news post right there. That's really all you need to know.

Okay then, some more info. Valley of the Yetis drops hero Ajay Ghale in the middle of a lost valley inhabited by some crazy cultists and their Yeti overlords. Commence the violence.

Data-miners dig up Hearthstone patch info that suggests a possible Blackrock Mountain expansion

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Those dastardly data-miners have been at it again - Hearthstone fan sites are buzzing with the news that information taken from a patch that appeared on the Blizzard servers yesterday hints at a new expansion for the strategic card game.

Some quick data-mining revealed hidden references to a new adventure focusing on World of Warcraft's iconic Blackrock Mountain region, including Molten Core, Ragnaros, and Golden Celebration card backs.

Capcom apologises for Resident Evil: Revelations 2's missing offline co-op on PC

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PC players who bought survival horror Resident Evil: Revelations 2 when it launched earlier this week were disappointed to discover than offline co-op play had been cut out from their version of the game.

Now publisher Capcom has issued an apology, explaining that they the feature was never intended to be in the PC version, and that this was mistakenly omitted from the Steam product page until the last minute.

Europa Universalis IV is free to play on Steam this weekend

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If you've always wanted to give Paradox's grand strategy Goliath Europa Universalis IV a go, but you've maybe felt a little intimidated by the sheer scale of the thing, here's a chance to try it out before you buy.

From now through Sunday 1PM PT you can download and play the game for free on Steam. Should you like what you find, you'll be able to grab the game for a 75% discount during the same period.

Civ 5 Battle Royale sees 42 nations battle to the death

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The Civilization series lends itself well to emergent stories. Does anyone remember the endless Civ 2 war a Reddit poster documented a couple of years back?

This Civ 5 Battle Royale project is something on an even bigger scale though; 42 different AI-controlled civs are battling it on a huge map of Earth, and the Reddit r/Civ community is watching, munching popcorn and watching the world slide into chaos.

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