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Path Of Exile’s latest expansion, Blight, creeps out

Free-to-play action RPG Path Of Exile is getting a bit tower defence-y in Blight, its latest expansion that released yesterday. There’s a bunch of mind-controlled monsters about, see, and your fortresses will keep them at bay, before turning them into lovely rewards like oils you can use for enchanting. You can see it at work in the trailer/developer commentary hybrid below.

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Destiny 2: Shadowkeep and New Light have been delayed into October

Destiny 2's gearing up for a big year. A huge year, really. Maybe the biggest one it's had to date. But that year of bigness will now start a little later, because Bungie are delaying Destiny 2's free-to-play relaunch, New Light, and its next expansion, Shadowkeep. Previously due on September 17th, they're now both lined up for October 1st. Bungie say they wanted a touch…

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Magic: The Gathering Arena shatters under the weight of recursive raptors

Open the door, get on the floor, infinitely spawn the dinosaurs! The free-to-play CCG Magic: The Gathering Arena updated yesterday with the 2020 core card set. One card from this new set -- Marauding Raptor -- can be played together with Polyraptor to destroy the game. Causing an infinite loop of dinosaur spawning, the perpetrator can only grin smugly and dare their opponent to hit the concede button. It's…

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Dota Underlords, Valve’s take on Auto Chess, is now free for all

With today's exceptionally quick launch of Dota Underlords, I finally understand Valve Time. When unhurried, the studio takes longer, compressing the excess time for use later. When they need to hustle to get a game out of the door before the competition heats up? They reverse the valves and work like demons. At least, that's how I'm explaining it. Underlords is a turn-based tactical deckbuilder…

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Warface bizarrely lets players be NotTerminators on Mars now

The face of war is always changing, and Warface's latest face is skull-faced androids fighting faceless robot drones on Mars, because why not? Perhaps My.Games have gotten their free-to-play shooter confused with Warframe? Either way, I'm always down for a little robot-on-robot laserfight action. The new update adds a new co-op mission set on the red planet, remote robot bodies to inhabit, zappy laser rifles…

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Phantasy Star Online 2 comes to America (but not Europe) in spring 2020

Bordering on a miracle, Sega have confirmed an English version of Phantasy Star Online 2 after seven years of their teaser site saying it was coming soon. Sonic Team's free-to-play action RPG has been a Japanese online gaming staple for yonks, but the publisher have been deathly silent about an English release for years. Announced to much surprise during the Microsoft E3 presser, it's headed…

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Path Of Exile launches the Legion league and a full melee overhaul

It's all change for free-to-play action-RPG Path Of Exile today. As well as the usual quarterly start of a new league with new quests and challenges for players, Grinding Gear Games have rolled out their long-awaited melee overhaul. Animations can be cancelled out of and into, movement skills have become instantaneous and your character will automatically switch targets if you hold down the attack button.…

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Path Of Exile: Legion invites players to beat up all of NotValhalla

The Domain Of Timeless Conflict, centrepiece of Path Of Exile's upcoming free Legion update, isn't quite the mead-swilling viking afterlife, but it's close enough to be worth invading and looting. It'll hit Grinding Gear Games's free-to-play action RPG on June 7th and replaces the current (and controversial) Synthesis league. Legion adds a new quarterly source of loot and experience to the world, and permanently overhauls…

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Dauntless launches out of beta and onto the Epic Games Store next week

Dauntless, the free-to-play Monster Hunter-alike by Phoenix Labs is due to launch out of open beta next week, finding a new home on the Epic Games Store. On May 21st the game officially launches on PC, making its debut on consoles too. Phoenix Labs are aiming for universal cross-platform play eventually (including Switch and mobile versions later on), with PC and Xbox One players sharing…

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Atlas Reactor is powering down on June 28th

Free-to-play squad tactics game Atlas Reactor is the next on 2019's already dark-stained chopping block. Announced today, Trion Worlds have shut off all premium purchasing options in the game, and made everything available through play until the servers shut down on June 28th. They're straightforward and candid about the reason for shutting it down, saying that "Despite the support of this great group of fans,…

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Silly siege warfare of King Arthur’s Gold is going free-to-play

Jumping jesters, would you look at this. Cracking multiplayer siege ‘em up King Arthur’s Gold is going free-to-play, say the creators. This is A-grade news. News that makes me want to put both thumbs up. Hang on. There, botrh thumbs s up now but actualy itsquite hard to typewith just your pinkie s at jhis angle so let’s stop. Anyway, yes, this is a game…

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Apex Legends patch 1.1.1 focuses on “thicc-boi buffs”

The beefy lads of Apex Legends should be a little less death-prone now, thanks to today's version 1.1.1 patch. Despite looking big, tall and imposingly tank-like, Gibraltar and Caustic have been easy targets in the popular battle royale shooter due to their larger frames and hitboxes. They previously shared this vulnerability with the more robo-skeletal-looking Pathfinder, but developers Respawn have narrowed his down for easier…

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Kards deploys to the early access front-line

Another day, another free-to-play collectable card game, but Kards does well to set itself apart from the Hearthstone and Magic-inspired pack. Developed by 1939 Games, this one fully commits to its World War 2 setting, with faded cards bearing authentic propaganda poster art and a soundtrack featuring old jazz played through a gramophone. While the goal is familiar enough - bring the enemy HQ down…

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Axiom Soccer kicks off into free-to-play early access

If I were uncharitable, I could churlishly describe Axiom Soccer as free-to-play Rocket League with guns. Fortunately, developers Earthbound Games seems to have some clever ideas of their own, plus it reminds me a lot of old Quake 2 mod QPong. Launching into early access today, it supports 3v3 online play, up to 2v2 local play, and matches against bots. Players zip about an arena…

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Hearthstone launches the supervillainous Rise Of Shadows expansion

Blizzard's popular free-to-play CCG Hearthstone has rolled out its eleventh expansion today, Rise Of Shadows. Tapping into the current wave of superhero movie buzz, the theme of this expansion is cape-swooshing, moustache-twirling cartoon supervillainy, complete with expendable lackeys, evil schemes and do-gooders to bully. As usual there's 135 new cards to collect, including some fun new keywords like Twinspell, Lackey-summoning minions and self-upgrading Schemes that…

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Notmycar is doing donuts in early access

Quietly released on Friday, NMC Studios vehicular free-to-play battle royale shooter Notmycar launched into early access. It's immediately familiar stuff to anyone who has played any other battle royale, only there's just forty competitors, and it's somewhat harder for them to hide as they're all driving around in loud, heavily armed vehicles. After taking it for a spin for a couple rounds, I reckon that…

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Warframe remasters the Plains Of Eidolon today

Spring is in the air in Warframe, and so are a bunch of bouncing Grineer tanks. A major overhaul update has revitalised the Plains Of Eidolon, the free-to-play shooter's original open-world zone. Digital Extremes have returned to Earth to polish up the environment, bringing it more in line with the scenic Venusian landscapes of Fortuna. That means more greenery, some new boss fights, more animals…

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War Thunder trades WW2 for War Of The Worlds this week

Ordinarily straight-laced free-to-play WW2 combat sim War Thunder is well known for its silly April Fools events. This year, it's an impressively well fleshed-out UFO combat scenario named Earth Thunder. With a HUD full of incomprehensible alien text and instructions that aren't much more helpful, two teams of UFOs clash above a besieged modern-day city. Being advanced alien craft, they're capable of operating on the…

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Gwent goes gloriously gothic as The Crimson Curse launches

It's best not to count a vampire out, but this launched yesterday already, so the Count is definitely out. Higher Vampire Dettlaff van der Eretein and his bat-winged horde have descended upon Gwent, CD Projekt's Witcher-spinoff CCG. Today's expansion, The Crimson Curse is the first major card expansion the game has seen since its open beta debut in 2017, a long time for a CCG…

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Warframe celebrates six years with a full set of giveaway gear

Time flies when you're having fun, and six years have just whizzed past playing space-ninja loot n' shooter Warframe. I can't think of many other games that have changed as drastically since launch, either. What was once a scrappy last-ditch attempt to keep the lights on at Digital Extremes is now a sprawling free-to-play monster with its own annual convention. To celebrate this endurance, for…

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