Long-awaited game Mount and Blade 2 to go into early access in March
Taleworlds Entertainment has announced that its upcoming medieval sandbox game Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord will be available to fans as soon as March 31st when he game goes into early access. The first game in the franchise was a huge success and the second looks to be even larger and more elaborate.
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Fan creates incredible Witcher VR game
Patryk Loan, a big fan of the Witcher games, has released the first version of 'The Witcher Virtual Reality', a VR game that is set in the world of The Witcher. The game will let players explore the map of the first Witcher game but will not let them play as the titular character as of yet.
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Overwatch and Diablo may be getting their own TV shows
According to a new report by Gamespot, Blizzard is currently working on two new animated shows based off of both Overwatch and Diablo. These are both some of the most popular video game franchises in the world and have a heavy emphasis on story and narrative. The studio is also currently working on Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4.
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Fortnite adds surprising new emote
Fortnite is never gonna give you up now after having added Rick Astley's iconic dance as an emote available to all players. Epic Games announced the new emote in a tweet that had a link to a Youtube video showing a Fortnite character dancing 'Never Gonna Give You Up' by Rick Astley played in the background.
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State of Decay 2 to get a massive update for Steam release
Zombie survival simulator, State of Decay 2, will be coming to the Steam store on March 13th and will arrive with a large amount of new content and upgrades. The 'Juggernaut' edition of the game will be coming to Steam and will include all the previously released DLC as well as new maps and weapons.
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Fortnite players pay tribute to Counter-Strike with new custom Dust 2 map
A collection of passionate Fortnite players who call themselves 'Team Evolve' have recently recreated Dust 2 in Fortnite. Dust 2 is one of the most popular first-person shooter maps in the world and can be played in numerous Counter-Strike games. The team has managed to make a living out of creating custom maps for the game.
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Half-Life: Alyx finally gets a release date
Valve has announced that their new revolutionary virtual reality game 'Half-Life: Alyx' will be released on March 23rd. Many are speculating that the game may be the most ambitious virtual reality project to date and may change how the technology is used. Fans have been clamoring for a new Half-Life game for decades.
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Epic Games appoints Sussman as new President
Adam Sussman, a former executive at athletics and footwear company Nike with over 22 years of experience in the gaming industry, having worked for Zynga, Disney and EA, has now been appointed President of Epic Games, developer of Fortnite, which has remained the world's bestselling game for two consecutive years. Epic Games' new store has also recently emerged as a strong rival to Steam's online store.
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Microsoft announces Xbox collaboration with Samsung
US software giant and one of the most valuable companies in the world, Microsoft recently announced a collaboration with South Korean electronics giant Samsung to offer a cloud-based game streaming service called xCloud for its new generation of Xbox consoles, the Series X, which aims to bring the Xbox gaming experience to mobile devices manufactured by Samsung.
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Microsoft announces Halo Infinite will be coming to the Xbox soon
Microsoft has announced the next game in the wildly popular Halo franchise, Halo Infinite will be released in late 2020 on its new family of Xbox consoles, the Series X, though the game will still be playable on the previous generations of Xbox. Like previous games in the Halo franchise, Infinite will feature the classic split-screen multiplayer co-op that the game first became known for.
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Developer behind Spec Ops receives mysterious investment from Tencent
Yager, the gaming studio behind the revolutionary first-person shooter 'Spec Ops: The Line' has received an undisclosed investment from gaming giant Tencent. According to their statement, Yager will remain independent despite the investment and will get access to Tencent's wide library of resources. They are currently working on a new innovative battle royale game.
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System Shock 3 likely to never be released due to mass layoffs
Otherside Entertainment has reportedly fired the team of developers that were working on System Shock 3, leaving the future of the project up in the air. The company originally planned to self publish the game after no other publishers agreed to fund the project. Although the game did get a pre-Alpha teaser last year.
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New Pathfinder game meets Kickstarter target in just one day
Owlcat Games, the developer behind Pathfinder: Kingmaker, set up a Kickstarter for the next installment in the series: 'Pathfinder Wrath of the Righteous'. The company was able to meet its initial target of $300,000 in just one day and has now raised around $780,000. They intend to increase the scope of the game as the budget increases.
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EA has drastically raised the prices of their old games for seemingly no reason
EA has raised the prices of most of their old games on Steam, sometimes making it double its previous price. Some are speculating that this is happening so that the company can appear to give much larger discounts when the next Steam sale happens. Although the prices in the US have remained the same.
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Gears of War studio head to begin work on the next big Diablo game
Rod Fergusson, the studio head behind the highly successful Gears of War franchise, has announced that he is leaving his studio to go work for Blizzard. He will now be in charge of the Diablo series and is presumably heading Diablo 4, the latest game in the franchise. Fergusson has credits on every shipped Gears of War game to date.
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Rockstar Games co-founder leaves the company
Dan Houser, who along with his brother Sam was one of the co-founders of Rockstar Games, currently one of the world's most successful game developers, has announced that he is leaving Rockstar and his position as vice president of creative at the company. The surprise decision comes as Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar's flagship game, was declared as the bestselling game of the decade.
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Fallout 76 to come to Steam with new human NPC update
Fallout 76, an MMO made by Bethesda set in the Fallout universe, is finally coming to Steam.and will launch April 7th. The game is also getting a large new expansion that will add NPC's and a large number of new enemies for players to fight. The NPC's will also come with a host of new social mechanics, including a reputation system.
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Hearthstone developers tasked with a new secret project by Blizzard
Blizzard, the game studio behind popular trading card game Hearthstone, has started moving its developers from Hearthstone to a new secret project. The developers have said that it will be a long time before they can publicly talk about this new game. Many suspects that this may be a new card game.
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Epic Games temporarily removes Pandemic from list of free games
Digital board games developer Asmodee Games had recently announced that three of its new games would be released on the Epic Games Store for free: Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne and Pandemic, but in a new statement Epic Games has stated that Pandemic will no longer be included in the free games offered, but will be offered for free in a later promotion.
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Steam surpasses record player count
Steam tracker SteamDB has revealed that the popular gaming platform has recently surpassed its own record for player counts by a huge margin, with 18.8 million users currently active compared to 2018's previous record 18.5 million. The number of players concurrently in a game, however, did not surpass the 2018 record, with 5.8 million players against 2018's 7 million players.
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Flashpoint program makes 36,000 Flash games playable again
With Adobe's announcement in 2017 that support for its Flash platform will be phased out in 2020, tens of thousands of online games based on Flash, an extremely popular platform in the 2000s, risked being lost, but a newly released program called Flashpoint, developed by BlueMaxima, has made 36,000 Flash games available to users to download and play for free.
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Warcraft 3 Reforged declared worst video game remake ever with Metacritic score
Warcraft 3 Reforged has attracted a large amount of controversy and has been widely criticized for being a terrible remake. The game received a Metacritic score of 0.5/10, making it the lowest ranking game on the entire website. Many claim Blizzard did not add most of the features they promised and that the remaster is rife with bugs and glitches.
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The Sims 4 surpasses 20 million players
Developer Maxis's The Sims 4, part of the 20-year-old The Sims franchise, recently surpassed a landmark 20 million players despite being released in 2014. The Sims 4 has now become the longest running Sims game, with 6 years of supported gameplay and updates. The game follows a sandbox mechanic allowing players to help a user-determined group of simulated humans live their daily lives and satisfy their desires.
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Sims to get next gen installment in near future
Sims 4, a six-year-old massively popular game with around 20 million players worldwide, will be getting a next-generation installment according to EA CEO Andrew Wilson. He went on to say that the next Sims game will have a larger focus on social interaction and competition and will have online game modes.
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BB-8 and his evil counterpart to become playable characters in Star Wars Battlefront 2
EA has announced that BB-8 and his evil droid counterpart will both be playable characters in a new Star Wars Battlefront 2 update. Both droids will move incredibly fast in the game and will have very different roles within their respective teams. The update will launch on February 3rd after having been delayed a few days.
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