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Mafia 3 Confirmed: Full Reveal Next Week

2K Games officially confirms plans for Mafia 3, following hints early this year and the discovery of last month's discovery of domain registrations for the crime sequel (thanks PC Gamer). They tweet about plans to unveil this at Gamescom next week with a new video: "See the worldwide reveal of the #Mafia3 announcement trailer on 8/5/15 here: http://YouTube.com/MafiaGame."

OlliOlli2 Revealed

A new Steam page reveals plans for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood, a sequel to the skateboarding action of OlliOlli, saying this is coming later this summer, and according to VG247 a PR representative narrowed the release date for this to August 11th. They offer this trailer along with the following description of what to expect:

Drop in to Olliwood and prepare for finger-flippin’ mayhem in this follow up to cult skateboarding smash OlliOlli. The iconic skater is going all green-screen with a stunning new look, plucking you from the street and dropping you squarely in the middle of the big screen’s most bodacious cinematic locations.

Revamped Paths and Combos: The sequel boasts all new ramps and epic hills allowing for monster air and multi-route levels. Further, OlliOlli2’s combo system has been expanded with the joy of manuals, reverts, revert manuals and grind switching giving you more control and expression than ever before.

Expanded Bag of Tricks: The hallowed ‘Tricktionary’ also expands with new specials including 540 Shove-its, Anti-Casper Flips and Darkslides.

New Worlds and Levels: Five new worlds, 50 new Amateur and Pro Levels and 250 new Challenges to tear through, along with the return of the much loved Daily Grind, Spots Mode and RAD Mode.

Multiplayer Mode: OlliOlli2 introduces a gnarly new multiplayer mode – Combo Rush, a split-screen four-player party mode with four unique game modes.

Legendary Soundtrack: Once again, the crate diggers at Roll7 have scoured the airwaves for a shimmering extended soundtrack, including, Cid Rim, Lone, Faulty DL, Submerse and Mike Slott.

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Steamship Ahoy - Life Is Strange: Episode 4

Steam News announces the release of episode 4 of Life Is Strange, the five-part adventure series. Word is: "Life Is Strange Episode 4 is now available on Steam! Life Is Strange is a beautifully written episodic game that sets out to revolutionize story based choice and consequence games. Changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future."

Sports Demos & More on Steam

A couple of new sports game are now available on Steam, where they have a demo for Rugby Challenge 3 FanHub which allows you to create custom players and teams for the sports sim, but not actually play them. There's also a Baseball Mogul 2015 Demo, well over a year after the game's release, which does allow you to play the baseball game, though only for one season. It was a busy day for demos on Steam yesterday, as they also posted demos for Coffin Dodgers, Dark Storm, and Stick 'Em Up 2: Paper Adventures. Thanks Frans.

Lord of the Rings Online Servers Closing

WBIE announces plans to sunset some servers for The Lord of the Rings Online, their Tolkien-inspired MMORPG. They offer a timeline for the closures, which begin on August 3rd and will conclude at the beginning of the new year. They also provide details on how transfers will work, saying: "We appreciate your patience as we have worked to make the new transfer process as well-rounded, simple, and effortless as possible." Here's a bit:

All characters on all worlds will receive a gift box as a thank you from us as a remembrance of the worlds we will be closing that hold so many fond memories for all of us. The Free Peoples' gift box will contain a Title Picker Box “Of <World> with choice of any of the 29 worlds, hooded and hoodless variants of a cloak, and a housing banner decoration. Monster Characters will receive the monster version of the Title Box “Bane of <World>” with choice of any of the 29 worlds.

The new Transfer Service will become available with this patch. You will be able to access it through the launcher at the World Selection screen after logging into your account. There will be a button that says “Transfer” underneath the “Play” button. Beginning August 3rd the service will be available for copying characters to the Bullroarer Test World and for free moves between the ten worlds (5 US and 5 EU) that will be remaining available after the end of this year. This is just the beginning of the process.

We will be monitoring the transfers between those worlds for a couple weeks and if all is going well, we will move on to the next step of the process which will be to turn off Auction Houses on the first two of the sunsetting worlds and allow characters, kinships and shared items on those worlds to move to the ten remaining worlds.

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We're into another couple of days of especially hot weather in these parts, which reminds me it's time to give the Gunnar-man another shearing. This is okay timing, but not actually ideal, as it would be a lot smarter for me to do this when it's a little cooler, because it's a pretty hot process to start with, and that's not even counting how uncomfortably hot the clipper gets after operating for a while. I need to plan this better next time

Shear Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Duke Dashington.
Sink My Treasure.
Whack your Neighbor.
Link: #DeputiesLoveBabyOwls hashtag on Twitter.
Story: Man killed by escort was likely a serial killer, police say.
Science: New Horizons data shows Pluto’s atmosphere, surface features.
Media: Why Movie Cops are Terrible at their Jobs.
This clever chameleon just can't get enough of popping bubbles.
One Week-Old Pygmy Goats Meet the Protective Resident Barn Cat For the First Time.

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Monday, Jul 27, 2015

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Game+ Mode Coming

The Witcher Facebook page announces that the final piece of free DLC for The Witcher III: Wild Hunt will be a new Game+ mode (thanks Eurogamer), confirming a rumor based text strings discovered in the RPG sequel. Word is this won't make it out this week, however:

Already finished The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt multiple times? We’ve got something coming up…

New Game+, the final DLC, is on the way and, of course, it’s completely FREE!

Stay tuned for more info regarding the release. It won’t happen this week though - we need a little bit more time to finish it.

Mount & Blade Sells 6M; Sequel Showing at Gamescom

TaleWorlds Entertainment announces the various games in their Mount & Blade series of action/RPG/strategy games have now surpassed over six million copies sold. They also announce plans to show off Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord next week at Gamescom, saying new information about it will be released to the public while the game itself is shown off to the press behind closed doors. Bannerlord was actually announced almost three years ago, but we haven't heard much about it since then. Here's word:

TaleWorlds Entertainment will be revealing Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord for the first time at Gamescom 2015 in Cologne. Media will be invited to attend private viewing sessions of live gameplay from the game in its current state. Video and additional information about the game will be released to the general public concurrently, satiating some of the massive player demand for information on the new entry to the franchise.

The series, which has until now accumulated over 6 million unit sales, is a favourite among players, much loved for its refreshing sandbox gameplay that centres around player freedom. This next instalment takes place 200 years before Warband but brings the series forward by greatly expanding gameplay in all areas and offering much improved visuals.

StarCraft II Turns Five

Battle.net notes that today is the fifth anniversary of the release of the first part of StarCraft II, Blizzard's multi-part RTS sequel. Here's word on the celebration, which pulls out a few of the stops:

Fancy Decorations
To celebrate this special occasion, we’ll be releasing a fifth anniversary portrait to help players join in on the celebration. Just log in to StarCraft II from July 27 to August 3 and play a game to be awarded this special portrait commemorating the occasion.

Celebrate In-Game!
Additionally, we’ve decided to bring truckloads of celebratory virtual confetti to the StarCraft II universe for the anniversary. This confetti is only here for a limited time, and you can make the most of it by stepping up your economic harassment efforts in all your favorite competitive multiplayer modes.

We hope you’ll relish in the celebration that erupts with each worker kill you secure!

Additional Ways to Celebrate...
Once you’ve had some fun in-game, make sure you check out our Media section. We’ll be adding a new downloadable wallpaper there to mark the occasion.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Reckoning Trailer

August 4th is a day of reckoning for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, as that's when to expect the Reckoning DLC for the military shooter on Xbox LIVE, though Windows and PlayStation won't get the pack for another month or so after that. Activision celebrates the coming of the pack with this trailer, described like so: "Get a preview of Reckoning, the final DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Reckoning includes the culmination of the Exo Zombies saga with Descent, as our heroes unravel the true cause of the global pandemic and the terrible secret that Atlas has been hiding. Also included are four exo grapple-enabled Multiplayer maps: Fracture, Overload, Quarantine, and Swarm. Take down your enemies in this globe-spanning collection that's filled with all-new map interactions and scorestreaks." Continue here to read the full story.

Lost Horizon 2 Trailer

This trailer will be on display at Gamescom next week to show off Lost Horizon 2, the upcoming point-and-click adventure sequel which will be playable at the show. Deep Silver also notes the game's release date is October 2nd, so the August 28th release date from the game's announcement is for Europe. Here's a description that accompanies the clip: "In the shadow of the Cold War, Fenton Paddock is facing the hardest fight of his life. While the tensions between the superpowers threaten to tear the world apart, the British soldier has to save his family that has been caught by powerful enemies. His adventure leads Fenton far beyond the Iron Curtain and finally onwards to mysterious, uncharted territory. He has to finally face the dark powers of his past and learn what it means to take on responsibility." Continue here to read the full story.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Dance MotherEffer Dance. NSFW MotherEffer.

Steam Security Hole Closed

Valve has closed up a Steam security hole that allowed for the hijacking of user accounts with minimal effort, which caused temporary account loss for some prominent streamers and DOTA 2 pros, reports Kotaku Australia (thanks VG247). As this video demonstrates, this involved simply entering a blank in place of a required security response code, making it a trivial matter to hijack any account only by knowing a user's name. Valve says this resulted from a bug which was active between July 21-25 which has now been fixed. Here's Valve's statement on the matter:

To protect users, we are resetting passwords on accounts with suspicious password changes during that period or may have otherwise been affected. Relevant users will receive an email with a new password. Once that email is received, it is recommended that users login to their account via the Steam client and set a new password.

Please note that while an account password was potentially modified during this period the password itself was not revealed. Also, if Steam Guard was enabled, the account was protected from unauthorised logins even if the password was modified.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Submerged Next Week

Uppercut Games announces Submerged will emerge onto Steam on August 4th with a launch discount, offering a combat-free, third-person exploration game set in a mysterious flooded city. This trailer offers a look, and here's word on the game:

Submerged is a third-person combat-free game in which you explore a mysterious flooded city and discover the beauty of desolation in vast outdoor environments. You take on the role of Miku, a young girl who has brought her wounded brother to the city in their small fishing boat. Navigate the flooded city streets by boat, scale the drowned buildings, and use your telescope to scour the city for the supplies needed to save your dying sibling. As you explore the city at your own pace, you encounter the habitat that flourishes in this colorful place and discover hidden objects that piece together the story of a broken world and a broken family.

The award-winning game will be released to PC globally on August 4 via the Steam store. The PlayStation®4 version will be made available to the Americas on August 4 and to Sony of Europe regions on August 5. The Xbox One version will be made available via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program on August 7.

“We are very excited to be bringing a new kind of combat-free game experience to consoles and PC," said company co-founder Ed Orman. "It’s been great to see people who’ve had a chance to preview Submerged really get into the idea of exploration and relaxation."

Continue here to read the full story.

Unreleased Underwater Shooter Footage

This video shows off an unannounced, unreleased game labeled "Deep 6" thought to be an underwater shooter in development at Metro developer 4A Games before being cancelled by THQ. Hard to figure how this turned up, the description from uploader BananaSwag reads" "Weird demo I found on my hard drive." VG247 has contacted former THQ executive Danny Bilson with questions about this which are so far unanswered. Continue here to read the full story.

U.K. Sales Charts

The Sims 4 is still number one on GFK Chart-Track's Top 30 chart of the bestselling games in the U.K. for the week ending July 25th. The chart seems pretty static right now, but Dragon Age: Inquisition has re-entered at number eight. On the all platforms chart Rory McIlroy PGA Tour remains above par at number one and there are no new or returning entries in the top 30 of the 40 titles covered. Here's the write-up:

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (-56%) takes a second week at the top of the All Formats Chart.

There are no new releases this week so it is pretty much just a shuffling of the pack. Warner climb 2 places with ‘Lego Jurassic World’ (-8%) and Warner are also No3 with ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ (-28%). Codemasters’ ‘F1 2015’ drops 2 places to No4 (-55%) and Take 2 stay at No5 for a fourth week in a row with ‘GTA V’ – unit sales on this title have been gradually increasing for the past 3 weeks (+8%).

Last week’s second biggest new release ‘God of War III: Remastered’ by Sony for PS4 drops 6 places to No15 (-37%) and Ubisoft’s ‘Trials Fusion: The Awesome Max Edition’ enters the Chart at No37 (+70%) having debuted last week outside of the Top 40.

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Out of the Blue

Some odd behavior was recently identified in our forums, as sending another user a private message turned out to reveal the recipient's email address. While this is not the most used feature on the site, this was not intended or desirable behavior, so apologies for any problems this caused. And here's a big thank you to descender for pointing it out, and an even bigger big thank you to Frans for digging into the problem and clearing it up.

Fixed Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: The Platform.
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Great White Shark Circles Around Surfer. Thanks Joshag.
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