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Free-to-play MMO museum manager Occupy White Walls enters early access

There's an odd appeal to constructing and decorating your own little space in an MMO - Occupy White Walls takes that concept, builds on it and discards all else. Released into early access today by Stiki Pixels, it's a free-to-play (entirely so at present) creative sandbox with an artistic focus. Players construct, light and decorate your own little art galleries, choose what pieces to display,…

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Path Of Exile gets a bit Shadow Of Mordor in the Betrayal league

Path Of Exile's next league - Betrayal - is set to be the largest expansion to Grinding Gear's free-to-play action RPG since its story doubled in length last year. The Forsaken Masters, four NPCs who gave you minor side-quests as you progressed through the game, have disappeared - no great loss, really. In their place, the past three league quest-givers are returning permanently, plus one…

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Warframe’s frozen open-world expansion Fortuna is out now

Warframe's second open-world expansion, Fortuna, is out, free and available to download, taking Digital Extremes's third-person free-to-play ninja shooter to the icy terraformed surface of Venus. Fortuna adds a slew of new features including stunt-capable hoverboards, a wildlife preservation mini-game, customisable kit-guns, buildable robot buddies and more. It's easily the biggest expansion for the game yet, its new map dwarfing the previous open-world offering Plains Of…

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Path Of Exile lets players buy extra hard private leagues soon

I'd never describe Path Of Exile as an easy game. I'd even go so far as calling it one of the tougher action RPGs out there, but some of its more dedicated fans just love pain. Announced yesterday and planned to launch some time in the next week, the most masochistic players of Grinding Gear's free-to-play hack n' slasher will soon have the option to…

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Rastakhan’s Rumble takes Hearthstone trolling in a new expansion

Hearthstone's next expansion is putting on its best faux-Jamaican accent for a big blue throwdown. Launching in December and unveiled at BlizzCon today, Rastakhan's Rumble tells the story (through the act of card-battling) of a once-in-a-generation tribal contest. Trolls from around Azeroth are assembling to beat each other black and (more) blue in order to impress the Loa spirits and King Rastakhan in a big…

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Space battleship MOBA Fractured Space to end development, go free soon

October continues to be a rubbish month for free-to-play games, especially niche ones. The latest to take a hit to the warp core is Fractured Space, Edge Case's free-to-play MOBA-like take on capital-class space combat. Announced on Steam today, the studio are officially ending development on the game and moving on to other projects. As of the next and final episodic update to the game…

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Fortnite’s Halloween zombie invasion stumbles as it launches

Betrayal! Once thought benevolent for its shield-giving and bouncy properties, Fortnite Battle Royale's once-beloved purple cube (affectionately named Kevin by players) has turned heel for Halloween. Beginning the new Fortnitemares event, the formerly friendly block of rune-daubed jelly is summoning NPC undead hordes into the popular shooter. The zombies appear to have taken a bite out of the server infrastructure, and Epic have postponed the…

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War Thunder gazes naval-wards in the massive Masters Of The Sea update

After a lengthy closed beta, Gaijin's free-to-play multi-sim War Thunder has finally rolled out its naval combat component. The game now allows players to shoot holes in each other in the air, on the ground and now at sea in around 100 different ships. While the British navy is still in paid, closed beta testing and Japanese ships are still a ways off, ships for…

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Space-battleship shooter Dreadnought is out now and free-to-play

Fire the (plasma) broadsides, launch (nuclear) torpedoes and splice the (warp?) mainbrace - free-to-play heavyweight space naval shooter Dreadnought is out now after years in beta. Playing like a blend of World Of Tanks and World Of Warships with less gravity and more lasers, it's an online team shooter developed by Spec Ops: The Line folk Yager and lesser-known outfit Six Foot. While Dreadnought has…

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Quake Champions adds Slipgate mode and Quake 2-style character Athena

Today's update for Id's twitchy online FPS Quake Champions holds a special place in my heart - much as I appreciate its Quake 3-inspired core, Quake 2 was the first competitive FPS I got into. On top of a new attack-and-defense playmode called Slipgate, new champion Athena feels like she's been lifted straight from Quake 2, laser-like grappling hook and quirky physics intact. Below, videos…

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MapleStory 2 opens its nostalgic doors to all, free-to-play

Nexon's bouncy multiplayer platform RPG MapleStory was the first MMO for a lot of folks, and its 3D sequel MapleStory 2 launched today in English. While the game has been kicking around Korea and China for a while, it made its English debut through a paid, closed beta last week, it's now free for all to jump in and play. Part arcadey hack n' slasher, part…

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Star Trek Online expands into the Age Of Discovery and overhauls progression

I liked Star Trek: Discovery, and reckon that Mary Wiseman's performance as Sylvia Tilly stole the show so I'm rather chuffed to see that both have been beamed up into Cryptic's free-to-play Star Trek Online. Rolled out yesterday, the Age of Discovery expansion features that slightly gritty Nu-Trek look, a series of new quests to do at the behest of Cadet Tilly (voiced by Wiseman)…

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Grasshopper’s Let It Die cuts into PC

Befriend a skateboarding reaper, scale a mysterious industrial murderhell tower rising from futureTokyo, murder murdered-out zombies, eat frogs, and loot loot loot in Let It Die, the free-to-play roguelikelike action-RPG from Grasshopper Manufacture. Following its 2016 debut on PlayStation 4, Let It Die launched on PC this morning. As you'd expect from the makers of makers of No More Heroes and Killer7, it's a bit…

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Fortnite’s sixth season kicks off on September 27th, now with a bouncy lake

The mystery of the giant bouncy cube that once rolled across Fortnite's plains is solved, just in time for the battle royale mega-hit's next season of costumes, live events and gunshootery, starting on September 27th. Plus, there's a 400% match XP event running through the weekend, starting now. It turns out that the probably magical purple block rolling across the land was an oversized bit…

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Motor-sportsball “MOBA” Heavy Metal Machines powerslides out of early access

As I slam the nitro, swerve around a missile into the final corner and fling the ball into the enemy goal, I realise the just-launched Heavy Metal Machines is no MOBA, and that's a good thing. Hoplon's quirky genre-blending vehicular sportsball game has been available in early access for a while now, but yesterday it launched in full, and is free-to-play. Despite the developers calling…

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New maps, tanks, planes and a helicopter beta in War Thunder’s “The Valkyries” update

Helicopters! And just like that, you can hear Wagner already, right? As of today's big update - "The Valkyries" - they're now in free-to-play vehicular combat sim War Thunder, joining a legion of tanks, a swarm of planes and a slowly growing bathtub of boats. Five choppers (and a fistful of variants) are now available to fly, though access to them is limited at present.…

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Hoverboard races, future punk, revamped melee and the shape of Warframe to come

From threadbare arena shooter to sprawling space opera, Digital Extremes have grand ambitions for their free-to-play space ninja shooter Warframe. In their latest development livestream, they gave us our first peek at a few changes due in or near their upcoming expansion, Fortuna, tentatively due for release this autumn. Hoverboard races rewarding stunt combos are on the way, along with a new faction organising these…

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Grungy, wacky free-to-play hack n’ slasher Let It Die hits PC September 26th

Grasshopper Manufacture's offbeat dungeon crawler Let It Die hits PC on September 26th after nearly two years on PS4. While studio head Goichi "Suda51" Suda isn't director on this, his influence feels clear - as blood and rust-caked as Let It Die is, it's a very silly game, with an absurd joke to offset every Mortal Kombat-esque fatality animation. Part Dark Souls (especially in its…

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Quake Champions brings back The Longest Yard and some fun arcade playmodes

Big changes for Quake Champions today. Id's twitchy (and now free-to-play) arena FPS revival is paying tribute to the fans - favourite high-flying Quake 3 deathmatch map The Longest Yard is back in business, plus a grab-bag of alternative modes for more casual play. The September Update is live now, though the game still technically remains in early access. Update: Quake 2 character Athena's release had been announced,…

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The Delve league for Path Of Exile is live, featuring an infinite mega-dungeon

It's time to roll up a new character in free-to-play dungeon crawler Path Of Exile, because it's league changeover day. Grinding Gear Games have just mothballed their excellent (if ethically questionable) Incursion league, and launched the Delve league today. This quarterly update adds a literally endless new side-adventure to get distracted by on your quest to murder and loot an entire continent. Better yet, this…

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