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See Master Chief's Life Flash Before Your Eyes In Halo 4 Launch Trailer

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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343 Industries, FPS, Halo 4, Microsoft Studios, trailer, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4's launch trailer takes us back through Master Chief's life as his mind is violated by a powerful psychic enemy. Witness lots of live action scenes produced by none other than Fight Club's David Fincher, which will probably be enough to get you excited about the November 4th launch.

If that doesn't, Matt's Halo 4 hands-on preview probably will.

Star Citizen Jumps Onto Kickstarter

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
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Chris Roberts, Cloud Imperium, Crowd Funding, Kickstarter, Space Combat Sims, Squadron 42, Star Citizen

Star Citizen Jumps Onto Kickstarter

Crowd-Funding Effort Over $1 Million Already

After a few setbacks with their own crowd funding system from the start, thanks to millions of hits bringing the official website offline, Chris Roberts announced last night that Star Citizen, the upcoming Space Sim from developers Cloud Imperium, is now available on Kickstarter. This comes after the main crowd-funding effort on the RSI website has reached the halfway point in its $2 million target with 21 days to go, and the Kickstarter has already hit $100,000 of its $500,000 target within hours of its launch. You can see the announcement video by Chris Roberts after the jump.

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Witcher 2 Modding Tools Enter Closed Beta

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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CD Projekt RED, Level Editor, Modding, REDkit, The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings

The REDkit, a powerful content editor designed to let The Witcher 2 players create their own adventures quickly and easily, will release publicly in "the first half of 2013." However, the completely free tool has been rolled out to beta testers picked from 600 modding teams, which should hopefully allow CD Projekt to tweak any problems and secure a large amount of user-generated content at launch.

REDkit allows any player to create a "living world" with the use of advanced landscape design tools, 24-hour day-and-night-cycle simulations and thousands of ready-made assets used in The Witcher 2. It also makes it possible to modify the original game, which is already vast in scope. If you want to know more, the walkthrough video above demonstrates how quickly and effectively users can design an entire quest.

CD Projekt's Cyberpunk RPG Becomes Cyberpunk 2077

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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CD Projekt, CD Projekt RED, Cyberpunk, Cyberpunk 2077, Mike Pondsmith, RPG

CD Projekt's Cyberpunk RPG Becomes Cyberpunk 2077

CD Project RED announced that Cyberpunk has been officially subtitled as Cyberpunk 2077. Now that their brutal sci-fi RPG has a name, Mike Pondsmith and the Polish developer will be moving forward to deliver "freedom of action and diversity in gameplay."

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SOE Live Keynote Round-Up

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Beta, John Smedley, MMOFPS, MMORPGs, PC games, Planetside 2, Release dates, SOE Live 2012, Sony Online Entertainment, Wizardry Online

SOE Live Keynote Round-Up

PlanetSide 2 Release Date & Wizardry Online Announced

Last night, Sony Online Entertainment broadcast their SOE Live Keynote, and while we were expecting news of PlanetSide 2’s release date, which has now been confirmed as November 21st, we also learned of a new MMO title from the studio called Wizardry Online. We have all the details, including the reveal video for PS2’s new continent Amerish, after the jump.

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Team Ninja: 'Consoles Aren't Going To Disappear From Gaming'

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Games consoles, Home consoles, Team Ninja

Team Ninja: 'Consoles Aren't Going To Disappear From Gaming'

"The Old Guy Is Still There"

On a day when two studios decided to change their focus to mobile games in order to combat a perceived decline in home console popularity, Team Ninja boss Yosuke Hayashi has spoken out in defence of dedicated gaming hardware.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown DLC Suggested By Steam Achievements

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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2K Games, Achievements, DLC, Firaxis Games, Rumour, Steam, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown DLC Suggested By Steam Achievements

Phenomenal strategy reboot XCOM: Enemy Unknown may be getting several new missions via DLC if some suggestive Steam achievements are to be believed.

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Medal Of Honor: Warfighter Multiplayer Launch Trailer

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Danger Close, EA, FPS, Medal Of Honor: Warfighter, multiplayer, trailer

Medal Of Honor: Warfighter will be breaching and clearing its way onto PC and consoles next week, boasting a suite of multiplayer modes that encourage teamwork and buddying up. Players can choose from a wide range of real-world special forces troopers (including the Polish GROM, American OSA and of course the SAS), each of which packs different weapons, equipment and combat roles.

To celebrate, have a launch trailer. Danger Close's latest effort certainly looks shiny and plays well in previews, but we'll have a full review for you soon.

BioShock Infinite Ultimate Songbird Edition Revealed

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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2K Games, Bioshock Infinite, BioShock Infinite: Ultimate Songbird Edition, Collector's Edition, Irrational Games

BioShock Infinite Ultimate Songbird Edition Revealed

And just like that, we're excited for BioShock Infinite again. Irrational Games' Ken Levine has revealed a gorgeous collector's edition for the delayed airborne FPS, featuring a nine and a half inch statue of the menacing Songbird designed by veteran artist Robb Waters.

A premium edition will also be available, containing a smaller if still impressive selection of swag - full details below.

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Capsized Developers Reveal Apotheon: "Open World Mount Olympus"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Action RPG, Alientrap Software, Apotheon, Capsized, Indie Games

Alientrap Software, the indie outfit behind critically-acclaimed run & gun platformer Capsized, has revealed their latest project. Apotheon will be a sidescrolling action RPG set in ancient Greece, exploring rich mythology throughout a "massive open-world Mount Olympus."

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A Game Of Dwarves Trailer Goes Deeper Underground

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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A Game of Dwarves, Paradox Interactive, PC games, Sim, Strategy games, trailer, Zeal Game Studios

A Game Of Dwarves Trailer Goes Deeper Underground

The latest trailer for dig 'em up sim A Game Of Dwarves gives us an Attenborough-esque insight into how the mysterious subterranean dwellers construct their communities.

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Battlefield 3: Aftermath Trailer Reveals Staggered Release Dates

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Battlefield 3, Battlefield 3: Aftermath, DICE, DLC, EA, trailer

This new trailer for Battlefield 3 expansion Aftermath gives us a closer look at some of the earthquake-strewn environments we'll be fighting over when it releases on November 27th.

If you're a PS3-owning Battlefield 3 premium member, that is. Expansion will be rolling out over the course of a fortnight depending on which platform you own - we've got the details after the break.

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Lightbox Interactive Switching To Mobile Game Development

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Dylan Jobe, iOS games, Layoffs, LightBox Interactive, Sony Santa Monica Studios, Starhawk

Lightbox Interactive Switching To Mobile Game Development

Starhawk Developer Hit By Layoffs

It appears that Nihilistic are not the only ones with ideas of heading into the mobile gaming scene, as it was announced today that Lightbox Entertainment would be making an iOS game for their next release. The news was announced as it was revealed that the studio would be laying off 24 of its staff as a result of the change of direction.

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Team Fortress 2 Will Punish Serial Ragequitters

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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FPS games, Mann Vs. Machine, multiplayer, PC games, Ragequit, Team Fortress 2, Valve

Team Fortress 2 Will Punish Serial Ragequitters

Valve have tweaked Team Fortress 2's Mann vs Machine mode to punish players who abandon matches early. As explained in a memo from Saxton Hale and an updated FAQ, serial quitters will be "temporarily placed in a low-priority pool and will experience longer matchmaking times."

If you're forced out of a game due to connection problems, your place on the server will be reserved for three minutes to rejoin without penalty. Only regular rage-quitters will suffer any penalties, which we think is fair enough, frankly.

Stuart Black On Bodycount & Enemy Front: "What The Hell Am I Doing Wrong?"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bodycount, Codemasters, Indie Games, Stuart Black

Stuart Black On Bodycount & Enemy Front: "What The Hell Am I Doing Wrong?"

Prototypes New Sci-Fi Adventure For Steam

Stuart Black, the appropriately-named designer responsible for brutal last-gen FPS Black, has struggled to find purchase over the last few years. After leaving Codemasters halfway through developing Bodycount and then being dropped from City Interactive's Enemy Front this summer, you'd forgive him for wondering what exactly he's doing wrong... and also forgive him for being sick and tired of AA publishers.

Brilliantly he's now decided to go down the indie and "bedroom" route, prototyping a new "hard sci-fi" action adventure for Steam.

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Bethesda Warns Xbox 360 Owners Not To Install Doom 3: BFG Edition

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Jonathan Lester
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Bethesda Warns Xbox 360 Owners Not To Install Doom 3: BFG Edition

If you're planning on buying the Doom 3: BFG Edition on Xbox 360 this Friday, don't install it to the hard drive. Bethesda has warned Shack News that "there is no performance advantage to installing the game to your hard drive," and worse, doing so will lock you out of the original versions of Doom and Doom 2.

No, we don't know why either.

Borderlands 2 PS3 Trophies Hint At New DLC

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Borderlands 2, DLC, Gearbox Software, Mr. Torgue's Campaign Of Carnage, Trophies

Borderlands 2 PS3 Trophies Hint At New DLC

Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage

Here we go again. After Borderlands 2's first story DLC pack, Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty, was outed by some suggestive PS3 trophies, another set seems to have confirmed the next content pack as Mr. Torgue's Campaign Of Carnage.

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Black Ops Declassified Dev Nihilistic Software Becomes nStigate

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Black Ops: Declassified, Nihilistic Software, nStigate, rebrand, Resistance: Burning Skies

Black Ops Declassified Dev Nihilistic Software Becomes nStigate

Moves Towards Downloadable & Mobile Games

Nihilistic Software, the developers behind Vita FPS Resistance: Burning Skies and the upcoming Black Ops Declassified, will be reforming as a new studio with a new name and a focus on mobile gaming.

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Medal Of Honor: Warfighter Screenshots Promise "The Best FPS Engine Out There"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Danger Close, EA, FPS, Medal Of Honor: Warfighter, PC games, PS3 games, Screenshots, Xbox 360 games

Medal Of Honor: Warfighter Screenshots Promise "The Best FPS Engine Out There"

EA have released three new screenshots for Medal Of Honor: Warfighter, which demonstrate the power of the Frostbite 2.0 engine in action. The accompanying blog post goes as far to state that "the best FPS engine out there," promising "an extreme level of detail" and "fleshed out scenery." You can be the judge of that after the break.

If our latest hands-on preview is anything to go by, Danger Close's FPS effort definitely is looking sensational - and playing rather nicely too.

MoH: Warfighter is out on October 26th in the UK.

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Forza Horizon Rally DLC Dated, Detailed & Priced

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DLC, Forza Horizon, Microsoft Studios, Playground Games, Racing Games, Turn 10 Studios, Xbox 360 games

Forza Horizon Rally DLC Dated, Detailed & Priced

Microsoft has announced that Forza Horizon's Rally DLC pack will release on December 18th, costing 1600 Microsoft Points or included in the season pass. The expansion will feature "immersive and authentic rally racing on the roughest, untamed roads of Colorado," along with "deeper ruts, higher jumps, and new surface types to explore".

"Players will experience authentic rally action behind the wheel of rally-tuned cars, complete with co-driver calls, and much more."

Six monthly car packs will also be introduced from launch, starting on October 25th with six premium rides. We've got the list of new vehicles below.

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