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Posts tagged “Focus Home Interactive”

Insurgency: Sandstorm delays deployment to December while extending its beta

Modern multiplayer military manshoot Insurgency: Sandstorm won't be fully launching until December 12th. While partially available now as a pre-order beta, the final release (featuring more maps and playmodes) has been delayed for additional tuning, polishing up and optimisation on top of a bonus round of bug-fixing. Developers New World Interactive have provided a checklist of things they hope to have tightened up and locked…

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The Surge goes west in cowboy expansion

It’s nice to see difficult robot slicer The Surge get dafter with each expansion. The sci-fi Soulslike previously went for a Walk in the Park to chop robot limbs off animatronic bunnies in a malfunctioning theme park. Now, its next expansion, The Good, the Bad, and the Augmented, is visiting the basement laboratory of a mad doctor who has themed his entire facility after the…

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Fear The Wolves enters early access, taking battle royale to Chernobyl

For stags and hens who want their last free nights more dangerous than a stay at Paradise Resort, Vostok Games today launched battle royale 'em up Fear The Wolves into early access. It follows the basic recipe of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds but takes stags and hens to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone with added radiation, anomalies, hungry mutated wolves, and a whole load of jank. Vostok's claim…

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Feature: Did you know octopuses have three hearts?

Lovecraftian preview Top Trumps: The Sinking City vs. Call of Cthulhu

Lovecraft seems to be the theme du jour at the moment. 2018 trends: pair tailored suits and details inspired by fetish wear with cosmic horror and old school '20s racism. I saw probably the two most prominent games inspired by Lovecraft at Gamescom, Frogwares' The Sinking City and Cyanide's Call of Cthulhu (though there were others, including a turn based, tactical affair called Stygian: Reign…

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A Plague Tale: Innocence does indeed look like that one game with the brilliant rats

If you like seeing swarms of rats burst out of pulsating corpses and devour men alive, boy howdy do I have the video for you. Sixteen minutes of sneaking, puzzling, and murdering-by-rat from A Plague Tale: Innocence are yours to watch in a gameplay video creeping out of Gamescom today. Y'know, that's the stealth puzzler about kids travelling across 14th Century France through war and…

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Space Hulk: Tactics docking in October

When I say "Space", you say "Hulk". SPACE! (HULK!) SPACE! (HULK!) When I say "is due out October 9th, publishers Focus Home announced today", you say "What's this one about?" Space (HULK!): Tactics is due out October 9th, publishers Focus Home announced today. (What's this one about?) This latest adaptation of the venerated Games Workshop tabletop wargame does that same ol' top-down turn-based tactical thing,…

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Vampyr improves performance in latest patch, next will add ‘Story’ difficulty level

If you enjoy Vampyr's bark but not its neckbite, then your story-drinking needs may be met by an upcoming 'Story mode' which tones down the combat. Or if you've mastered the murder murder murder kill kill kill of Dontnod's vampiric RPG and want more of a challenge, a 'Hard mode' will have your back. And probably put a knife in it. These two will arrive…

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Call Of Cthulhu awakening in time to spook Halloween

Round Christmastime, it's a tradition in my family to play Don't Wake The Dreamer by tiptoeing around an uncle sleeping off the sherry in an armchair. You don't want to know what happens when the Dreamer awakens. Perhaps inspired by this, as well as the stories of a hippy named Happy Lovecraft who was obsessed with higher powers in the stars, Cyanide Studio will deliver…

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Fear The Wolves slinks away with last-minute delay

Your stag & hen weekend tour of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone will have to wait, as Fear The Wolves isn't ready yet. The battle royale FPS from Survarium devs (and virtuaChernobyl veterans) Vostok Games was due to launch today but Vostok and publishers Focus Home Interactive announced only last night that the game needs more time. Sounds like testers have grumbled about too many technical…

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.Y. battle royale Fear The Wolves hits early access July 18th

Battle royale FPS Fear The Wolves is the latest game to adopt the aesthetic and modern mythology of the nuclear-ravaged city of Chernobyl. In this case, using it as the backdrop for last man standing multiplayer fun. Developed by Vostok Games (a team including some ex-S.T.A.L.K.E.R. folk, though their previous free-to-play FPS Survarium is a bit wonky), Fear The Wolves adds roaming packs of mutant animals…

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Vampyr’s first patch takes a bite out of some funny bugs

While no amount of patching (short of a Final Fantasy XV-style rewrite) will address its clumsy final act, flawed but fascinating gothic RPG Vampyr received its first patch this week. It addresses a few minor bugs and smooths out mouse and keyboard controls, including better lock-on targeting. Still, we're a little sad to see some of the less game-threatening (and more YouTube highlight-worthy) bugs fixed, as they were…

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Call of Cthulhu’s latest trailer practically drips with cliche

Maybe it's because we've done this dance a hundred times already, or maybe because it's based directly on the pen-and-paper RPG that brought Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos into the gaming sphere, but the E3 trailer for Cyanide's Call of Cthulhu feels very familiar. Dire prophecies, flickering torchlight, lots of sickly blue-greens in its palette are all present and correct, and while on some level I feel…

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Insurgency: Sandstorm looks genero but goodo

For a long time while watching this Insurgency: Sandstorm trailer, I thought its great innovation was to do with context dependent AI barks that swear at guns a lot. Then I thought I must be listening to actors pretending to be players in that cringingly E3 demo sorta way. Then I realised that devs New World Interactive were attempting to sidestep that by paying actors…

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Video: 10 Vampyr tips to prevent an undead apocalypse

I was going to call this article ‘10 Vampyr tips to stop you sucking at sucking’, but this doesn’t reflect my experience with the game. As you’ll have read in Alec’s delightful Vampyr review, the act of drinking blood is a wicked temptation. It’s the quickest way to slurp up XP and lower the combat difficulty, but comes at the cost of depopulating the world…

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Insurgency: Sandstorm to launch on PC this September

Despite having to drop its exciting-sounding solo campaign, upcoming competitive FPS Insurgency: Sandstorm remains firmly on our radar for its uncompromising, brutal and tactile depiction of modern urban combat. Today, developers New World Interactive outlined their launch plans in an extensive development blog post, although the part you're all wondering is the release date, right? Despite not having a specific day picked out, the game…

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Spintires: MudRunner churns up new map, new mode

The world's muckiest puzzle game gets trickier today with the addition of a mode that'll send drivers scrambling over hills and getting stuck in mud while trying to collect logs placed randomly around the map. The latest Spintires: MudRunner "free DLC"/content update arrives today, adding two new vehicles, that new 'Scavenge' mode, and one new map to scavenge on. Beyond this, work continues on new…

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Space Hulk: Deathwing Enhanced Edition is out now

Space Hulk: Deathwing must have been a dream project for little French indie studio Streum On, creators of the endearingly janky E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy. As a team they'd started their careers with making Warhammer 40,000-themed mods, so having the official key to the kingdom must have felt like a miracle, but with a famous license and a higher budget comes higher expectations. While undoubtedly more…

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Spintires: MudRunner’s Steam Workshop adds map

Probably the main reason to buy Spintires: MudRunner if you already owned the wonderful original is the prospect of ongoing support, of what the game might become under the stewardship of publishers who aren't publicly feuding with the game's creator. Today saw the release of a new update expanding the muddy drive 'em up's Steam Workshop to support maps too, making it easier to download…

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Space Hulk: Deathwing becomes Enhanced in May

Polish your crotchskull and prepare to demonstrate renewed devotion to the Emperor, as Space Hulk: Deathwing will officially become the Enhanced Edition on May 22nd. This is the last in a series of free updates intended to expand and improve the squad-based FPS, which had the looks of Warhammer 40K but didn't have the touch. It was too janky and just too thin, which is…

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