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Alice O'Connor

6 days ago

Mortal Kombat 11 bringing more ultraviolence in April

The spine-ripping, heart-stabbing, tooth-smashing, face-eating supernatural superkillers of Mortal Kombat will return next year in Mortal Kombat 11, announced today. The main new features in this next fighting game, as far as I can tell, are ultraviolence that's even more wince-inducing and dressing up your murderers like pretty dolls. Observe, a cinematic announcement trailer follows.

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is off to snowy new map Vikendi tonight

Update: Vikendi is now live on the test servers and HAS A DINO PARK? The fourth map of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds will be a snowy affair named Vikendi, developers PUBG Corp announced tonight. It's a mid-sized map, bigger than Sanhok but smaller than Erangel and Miramar, and brings new tricks including footprints you can follow. Vikendi is due to hit the Plunkbat test servers later today…

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No Man’s Sky studio announce The Last Campfire

Hello Games, the English studio behind No Man's Sky and Joe Danger, announced The Last Campfire tonight. While they're still working on No Man's Sky, this is a game they classify as a "Hello Games Short", a wee side-project made by two of their team. Those two worked on LostWinds, the colourful platformer about controlling the wind, so they know a thing or two about…

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Dragon Age 4 teases dragons, won’t be out for ages

BioWare's decreasingly cryptic hints about a new Dragon Age tonight reached the point of showing a wee "teaser" trailer, though not quite far enough to actually give the fantasy RPG a name. I'll just call it Dragon Age 4 for now. As you might guess if you saw Dragon Age: Inquisition through to the end, a lot revolves around the one-time companion character our former…

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Obsidian Entertainment announce The Outer Worlds

Obsidian Entertainment, the studio behind RPGs from Alpha Protocol through Fallout: New Vegas to Pillars Of Eternity, tonight announced The Outer Worlds, a new singleplayer first-person RPG with a space-western twang. As a space colonist who was deep frozen when their ship got lost, we end up in the arse end of the galaxy on a planet many factions are fighting over. It's a bit…

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Hades announced by Bastion & Pyre devs, already in early access

Supergiant Games, the makers of Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre tonight both announced and launched their next game. Hades is its name, and roguelikelike hack 'n' slash dungeon-crawling is its game. And as you'd expect from Supergiant, it's got a colourful illustrated style and a bit of a twang to its sound. It launched into early access alongside its announcement and, curiously, is currently exclusive to…

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Far Cry: New Dawn blasts into the post-apocalypse in February

That post-apocalyptic new Far Cry teased earlier this week is Far Cry: New Dawn, Ubisoft announced tonight, a standalone sequel to Far Cry 5 set after seventeen years after that game's nuke-slinging ending. It'll send us roaming the colourful wasteland of Hope County and beyond to thwart a vicious gang of raiders led by twin sisters by doing the usual Far Cry explore-o-craft-a-shooting. What you…

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The Stanley Parable expands again in Ultra Deluxe edition

Splendid walk-o-laffer The Stanley Parable is being revisited and expanded again in an Ultra Deluxe edition. This will bring new endings, new choices, and I'm sure so very many new secrets. The main goal of Ultra Deluxe is to bring the game to consoles but hey, it'll come our way too so we all win. Have a peek at Stanley's anguish in the announcement trailer.

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Shadow Of The Tomb Raider demo swings out

We've all seen Lara Croft's origin story a hundred times: bitten by a radioactive tomb, she gained great power and unslakeable bloodthirst, but when her father was killed in an alley by a cursed string of pearls she had herself raided, she realised she had a great responsibility to do errands for the indigenous peoples she's robbing. If you wish to once again discover how…

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Bring back Destiny 2’s big boss bug

Good bugs are more funny than irritating; the best bugs reveal beautiful possibilities. After Crusader Kings II players found a way to rule Europe with a dynasty of horses, Paradox eventually made animal kingdoms a feature. Civilization has embraced the bug which made Mahatma "An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind" Gandhi deploy a nuclear arsenal. Movement bugs like strafejumping in…

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Fortnite season 7 takes to the snowy skies today

An iceberg has smashed into Fortnite Battle Royale, freezing over a big corner of the island and kicking off the free-to-play shooter's Season 7. One corner of the island is now covered in snow and ice, with ziplines running between peaks, and chuffing flyable warplanes are buzzing around its skies. Today also brings the debut of Fortnite Creative, a mode based on Battle Royale's Playground…

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1 week ago

Starbreeze searched in insider trading investigation

The Swedish Economic Crime Authority today raided the offices of Starbreeze Studios, the company behind games including Payday 2 and recent flop Overkill's The Walking Dead, over suspicions of insider trading. They arrested one person and seized a computer. Starbreeze are in big financial trouble at the moment, planning to cut costs and filing for administration following the harm done by The Walking Dead's launch…

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Dragon Age lead designer Mike Laidlaw joins Ubisoft Quebec

With BioWare starting to mutter about Dragon Age again (and rumours saying they'll announce DA4 this week), here's one person who won't be involved: long-running designer and director Mike Laidlaw, as he's joined Ubisoft Quebec. Laidlaw [not to be confused with Half-Life writer Marc Laidlaw -ed.] left BioWare in 2017 after 14 years, where he'd been a lead writer on Jade Empire, a lead designer…

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Fortnite dance creator to pursue legal action against Epic

American rapper 2 Milly has engaged lawyers to take legal against Epic Games for copying his 'Milly Rock' dance for an emote they sold in Fortnite Battle Royale without paying, asking, or even crediting him. 2 Milly has expressed frustration over this before, as have a number of other people who felt their moves were copied by Epic's mega-hit game. Exactly what the lawyers will…

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Destiny 2’s Black Armory is open for business

A surly robot has opened her arms company's doors to Destiny 2 players with the launch of Black Armory, the first paid DLC of Destiny 2's second year. While the FPS's first year of DLC introduced new story campaigns, developers Bungie are now focusing more on activities. Ada-1 will send us out to collect weapon components and data (i.e. shoot things) then forge powerful new…

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Diorama ’em up Quiet As A Stone skips onto Steam

Fans of pretty little scenes, dolls' houses, landscaping, and clicking on things might fancy a look at Quiet As A Stone, a game I have for several months struggled to explain well. These wee rocks are floating in space, right, covered in trees and grass and rocks and things, and you can click to cut grass and break stones to get scenery pieces like plants…

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Fallout 76 patched today, canvas bags to follow

Bethesda are correcting more of Fallout 76's slop, both in the game and the whole situation around it. Today brings a patch expanding the stash storage limit and fixing several crashes, among other things. And after silently swapping advertised canvas bags in the £175 'Power Armor Edition' for nylon ones, then offering a dribble of microtransaction currency in apology, Bethesda have relented and are having…

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Valve ban Dota 2 player from tourney over racist remark cover-up

Valve have banned Dota 2 player Carlo "Kuku" Palad from their upcoming 'Major' tournament in China over a racist comment he made mocking Chinese players in a non-tournament game earlier this year. Kuku's team, TNC Predator, initially tried to pass a cover-up story and have further muddied waters with unsupported claims that Major host city Chongqing's government threatened to cancel the tournament if he attended.…

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Nvidia open-source PhysX to help AI and robotics research

As if trying to grow superhumanly intelligent minds inside grey boxes and wires weren't dangerous enough, now people want to teach them that the only physical impact they can have on the world is being an arsehole knocking around anything not nailed down. Nvidia have open-sourced their PhysX, physics simulation engine, with the primary goal of assisting research into AI, robotics, and self-driving cars. Look…

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Smash! Bash! Cash! THQ Nordic buy Carmageddon

In their ongoing mission to own PC gaming 1992-2006, publishers THQ Nordic are now buying the intellectual property rights to Carmageddon. Like when they bought Alone In The Dark earlier this year, THQ Nordic (who even bought the "THQ" half of their name) say part of their ownership will, naturally, involve thinking about maybe making "sequels and new content". Which they've gone on to do…

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