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Metro Last Light for OS X

Steam News announces the Mac OS X edition of Metro Last Light is now available, and that the Linux edition of 4A Games' first-person shooter sequel is on the way:

A dedicated Mac version of Metro: Last Light is now available via Steam, with development duties handled in-house by 4A Games.

The studio are also putting the finishing touches to a Linux version, scheduled for release a little later in the year.

Metro: Last Light on Steam supports Steam Play, meaning that owners of any Steam version will automatically find the game has been added to their PC, Mac and (ultimately) Linux Steam libraries.

Metro: Last Light for Mac and Linux will also receive the same DLC packages as the Windows PC and console versions. Mac players can already download Ranger Mode and the RPK, and the first two pieces of DLC from the Season pass - the Faction Pack and the Tower Pack. And of course, purchasing the Season Pass will grant access to the last two DLC's scheduled for release, the Developer Pack and the Chronicles Packs.

Battlefield 4 Spectator Video

This video shows off the spectator mode in Battlefield 4, including ways to view the action through the eyes of the combatants as part of the tabletop overview mode. The clip also includes a bunch of new gameplay footage on the Paracel Storm map. Thanks DSOGaming. Continue here to read the full story.

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Steam Family Sharing Announced; Will Allow Game Lending

Valve announces Steam Family Sharing will launch next week in limited beta form, allowing players to lend games to family and friends. Here's a bit from the FAQ: "Family Sharing is enabled in one of two ways: You can either locally enable sharing in Account Settings, with Family Sharing & Devices, or remotely respond to a user’s Steam request to share your previously installed games via email." Here's the announcement:

September 11, 2013 - Steam Family Sharing, a new service feature that allows close friends and family members to share their libraries of Steam games, is coming to Steam, a leading platform for the delivery and management of PC, Mac, and Linux games and software. The feature will become available next week, in limited beta on Steam.

Steam Family Sharing is designed for close friends and family members to play one another's Steam games while each earning their own Steam achievements and storing their own saves and application data to the Steam cloud. It's all enabled by authorizing a shared computer.

"Our customers have expressed a desire to share their digital games among friends and family members, just as current retail games, books, DVDs, and other physical media can be shared," explained Anna Sweet of Valve. "Family Sharing was created in direct response to these user requests."

Once a device is authorized, the lender's library of Steam games becomes available for others on the machine to access, download, and play. Though simultaneous usage of an account's library is not allowed, the lender may always access and play his games at any time. If he decides to start playing when a friend is borrowing one of his games, the friend will be given a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing.

For more information about Steam Family Sharing and the beta program, please visit http://store.steampowered.com/sharing/.

Endwar Online Announced

Ubisoft announces Tom Clancy's Endwar Online, an upcoming browser-based MOBA game using the name of the RTS game released in early 2009. There were briefly plans for an Endwar sequel which were soon backburnered, and now the series has shifted genres. A Tom Clancy's EndWar Online website has media, details, and signups for those interested in testing the game. Here's a trailer and here's word:

PARIS, FRANCE – September 10, 2013 – Today, during the company’s Digital Days event, Ubisoft announced the development of Tom Clancy’s EndWar Online for browser-based gameplay on PC and Mac. Developed by Ubisoft Shanghai, the team behind the console version of Tom Clancy’s EndWar®, Tom Clancy’s EndWar Online is a tactical and strategic MMO that offers real time battles, HQ and army management, and massive community-based wars, all set in next stage browser technology to deliver an unrivalled gameplay experience. As the latest game in the Tom Clancy’s EndWar world, Tom Clancy’s EndWar Online puts players in the shoes of the last leader in the aftermath of WW3. Resources and money have run dry, factions are on the brink of collapse and rogue warlords have taken over. As one of the last leaders, players are tasked with rebuilding their homeland, reuniting their faction and spearheading the final battle for Earth’s remaining resources. Players choose a side, the high-tech European Enforcers or Russia’s Spetsnaz who deploy brute force tactics, to lead into battle. Offering both single player and player vs. player challenges, Tom Clancy’s EndWar Online brings diverse gameplay options and deep strategy to gamers.

“We have been looking for a way to bring EndWar back to its fans and have found an accessible way with Tom Clancy’s EndWar Online ,” said Thomas Painçon, EMEA Free-to-Play Publishing Director at Ubisoft. “By offering gameplay directly in browsers, we hope old fans and new alike will enjoy this new EndWar experience and join in the quest to lead their faction to victory.”

Tom Clancy’s EndWar Online is free-to-play and currently in closed beta. Fans interested in signing up or finding more information about the game can do so at www.endwaronline.com.

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Timesplitters: Rewind Greenlight Campaign

Development of Timesplitters: Rewind is being handled like a mod, and due to rights issues this planned new game based on the Timesplitters series will be a free release. That hasn't prevented them from launching a Steam Greenlight campaign (thanks Polygon) to solicit feedback from those interested in the project. This trailer offers a look at "pre-alpha" gameplay, and a recent interview on Blend Games talks with Michael Hubicka of Pantheonyx about where things stand.

SEC Investigating 38 Studios Loan

WPRI has word that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the loan from the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation to 38 Studios, Curt Schilling's failed video-game startup. This case has been through the legal system more than once already, and they say it's not apparent what the angle is this time: "It's unclear what exactly the SEC is investigating about the 38 Studios transaction, which was finalized in the final months of Carcieri's second term. A lawsuit filed by the EDC last November alleges two top EDC employees, 38 Studios executives and outside advisers all withheld information from the agency's board to win approval of the deal." Thanks GamePolitics.

Awesomenauts Free Week

Steam News announces a free week is underway for Awesomenauts, allowing the chance to try the sci-fi platformer with no obligation. Word is: "Conflict spans the stars as huge robot armies are locked in an enduring stalemate. As the Awesomenauts, you must tip the balance to gain an advantage. Head out to the battlefields with your friends in this 3-on-3 action platformer." Those who enjoy the game can take advantage of the 75% off sale that coincides with the free week.

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