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Feature: Under siege

Putting forts back into Fortnite

Despite being someone who takes a whole day just to put up a shelf, I’m more of a builder than a fighter. That’s a problem in Fortnite Battle Royale, where forts don’t get much of a look in. The fleeting 50 vs. 50 mode scratched my itch for building citadels but has since left a conspicuous gap. It’s one I’ve spent the last few days…

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Epic to shut down struggling MOBA Paragon in April

I'd always gotten the impression that Paragon - Epic's hybrid third-person shooter/MOBA hybrid - was maintaining a decently sized playerbase, even if it wasn't keeping up with the likes of Smite, so this comes as a bit of a surprise. Epic Games have announced their plans to close down the game on April 26th, and are offering full and direct refunds to anyone who put money…

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Feature: Remember Facing Worlds

Have You Played… Unreal Tournament?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I like to argue about how Quake 3 is better, because I'm an early-'00s scamp, but the truth is that I love Unreal Tournament, too. Particulary its sniper rifle, particularly Facing Worlds.

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Have You Played… Jill Of The Jungle?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Alright, 'leotard-wearing busty blonde' is about as far from progressive as women video game characters get, but what 1992's Jill of the Jungle (made by Epic, no less) did have going for it over the cutesy MarioSonic fare of the time was that…

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Oh! Epic’s Paragon Is Totes A MOBA

Oh! Oh! Epic's mysterious new game Paragon [official site] is a MOBA! They finally explained that over the weekend, and I missed it because I'd stopped looking after a string of boring videos showing renders of generic characters posing. But! It's a MOBA, as you may have guessed. It looks like it's doing your usual MOBA things, but playing as a third-person shooter rather than…

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Epic Announce Mystery New PC Game Named Paragon

No idea what this is yet, but Epic - they of Unreal and Gears of War - have just announced something brand new and PC-only called Paragon, and due for release next year. They're saying almost nothing, but they have released a short video of a dude with a gun and some robo-hands. However, there's talk of 'heroes' so I'm guessing it's not going to…

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Unreal Tournament Gets Halloween Maps And Masks

Lots of games are in early access, but the new Unreal Tournament [official site] has thus far seemed to be in a kind of embryonic access. That's because it's being created - for really reals - in partnership with its community. Perhaps the game is now sufficiently advanced to be considered a fetus, for the build released yesterday introduces special Halloween content.

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Feature: Games, Tools, Specs, Price

Oculus Connect 2: Everything You Need To Know

Oculus Connect 2 is currently taking place in California and it's brought with it a dozen announcements. No, not the price - though it'll be at least $300. No, not a more specific release date than "Q1 2016", though they did say the Touch controllers would be out Q2 2016. But if you want to know about watching Netflix in a virtual reality cinema, playing…

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People Can Fly Flies Again, Still Owns Bulletstorm

Polish studio People Can Fly made well-received OTT shooters Painkiller and Bulletstorm, then they got bought by Epic and became Epic Games Poland, and now suddenly they're independent and are People Can Fly again. I'm genuinely distressed that they didn't take the opportunity to name themselves People Can Fly Again. No cast-iron reason has been given for the regained independence and there is, as yet,…

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Jazz Jackrabbit Lives

Seventeen years sure is a long time to be an active fan of a shooty platformer starring a macho rabbit. But then millions of people still get excited about the ongoing adventures of floppy-spined blue hedgehogs and dumpy, child-faced plumbers - why should Jazz Jackrabbit be any different? The murderous green bunny, created by Epic long before they turned to Unrealses and Gearses, was last…

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Feature: With a shiny new map too

Unreal ‘Free’ To Devs, Unreal Tournament Free To All

Even the tallest of titans couldn't stand against the tide of free game-making for long. With so many developers turning to Unity to make their own games, and Unity's capabilities improving rapidly, Ye Olde Unreal Engine was starting to look like something of a dinosaur despite being the go-to framework for a great many blockbuster action titles. And now it, too, is free, albeit with…

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Less Unreal: Unreal Engine 4.5 Released

Thank you, Epic. Finally, someone has listened to me. I've said for years that games should use automatic C++ hot reload, but everyone's just copied Gears of War's reload. Animation retargeting too, very important that for twitch aiming. And streaming video textures mean livestreams should run at 60fps even in 1080p! Unreal Engine 4.5 is the game engine we've all been waiting for. That's all…

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Zone Of The Defenders: Fortnite

As I was watching the latest Fortnite video to emerge from the artist formerly known as Epic MegaGames, a voice at the back of my brainbox suggested that the developer talkthrough reminded me of something I read yesterday. Could it have been the fifth chapter of ill-advised The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep? Nope. We could argue that psychic vampiric traveller clan the True Knot are…

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Feature: House Of Gold

How Epic Hopes To Avoid Pay-To-Win With Fortnite

Fortnite is, technically speaking, Epic's first free-to-play game. The crayola colored smash-and-shoot-and-loot-and-build-er is being designed primarily as a co-op thing, but with persistent MMO-style progression underlying it all. There's also still-nascent PVP in the works, further necessitating balance in the name of fair fun. Fortnite is, however, a giant mixed bag of moving parts, multiple genres (action, building, crafting, a Gears-of-War-style horde mode, etc) mashed…

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Fortnite To Be Online-Only, Will Have Mods… Somehow

Quick recap: once upon a time Epic's Fortnite was set to be kinda grimdark and more than likely a premium game (i.e. money upfront, party in the back). Over the course of a couple radio silent years and some fairly large revisions, however, it's emerged more lighthearted and - rather crucially - free to play. It is, then (as is usually the case with these…

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Feature: Gears Of Left 4 Deadcraft

Video Preview: Epic’s Fortnite Is… Interesting, Early

For the past many years, Epic was known as the One True King of console grimdark. Gears of War was about colossal mountain men with veins running rivulets through their stone hewn necks and stubble-dappled chins, their rage matched only by their apocalyptic sorrow and love of running in slow motion to popular songs that described their situation eerily well. But now we have, well,…

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Unreal Tournament’s Livestreams Are Exciting For Fans/Me

It would be fair to say I was pleased to hear that Epic were working on a new Unreal Tournament. "Fair to say" in that nothing has ever been more true and "pleased" in that I danced around my room. The 2004 edition is a little over ten years old and still easily one of the finest first-person shooters ever made. From weapon balance to…

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The First Unreal Tournament 2014 Play Session Ever

Ever. Ever! Everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. If you were at all doubting Epic's plan to resurrect Unreal Tournament as an openly developed, entirely free (user-driven mod/map marketplace aside) enterprise, doubt no more. There's a game now, and it has guns and big, gray texture-less cubes and everything else all videogames have. You can see it in sorta-action below.

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Feature: Unreal or Impossible

Interview: How Will Unreal Tournament 2014 Work? Can It?

A new Unreal Tournament is happening. Fiiiiiiinally! It feels like it's been eons since the decent-ish Unreal Tournament III brought hoverboards to a shock rifle fight, but Unreal Tournament 2014 is coming to the rescue. This one, though, stands to be a massive departure from previous entries in the arena shooter pioneer series. Epic is keeping its team lean and developing the entire game -…

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Mod Is Real: Unreal Tournament 2014 Announced, Free

Update: It's Unreal Tournament 2014, an entirely free sequel. Not free-to-play. No microtransactions whatsoever, apparently. Epic will make money by taking cuts from a user-driven mod marketplace. The game is extremely early, and Epic plans to develop it alongside fans. Original: Epic is about to announce something involving Unreal Tournament. Normally that would mean I'd be typing at you live from some extravagant Epic-rented volcano yacht in the Baltic…

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