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Overwatch Winter Event Next Week?

A tweet from Overwatch looks like an indication to expect a winter event for Overwatch to begin next week. The tweet has an animated image of a snow-covered map in the multiplayer shooter, and says: "It's the most wonderful time of the year, and we hope you'll join us for some holiday cheer. When: December 13, 2016. Where: Overwatch."

Dead Rising 4 Rises

CapCom Unity announces the launch of Dead Rising 4, the new installment in their zombie-infested action game. This requires Windows 10 for the PC version, and there's also an edition for Xbox One. The launch trailer came out last week, and the announcement of the news is pretty brief:

The team here at Capcom Vancouver is excited that Dead Rising 4 is out today for Xbox One and Windows 10. The game sees the return of Frank West, Dead Rising's original hero, as he travels back to Willamette to investigate a new zombie outbreak.

This time it's the holiday season, as decking the halls has been switched to splattering blood on the walls!

So this Christmas "Let the Slay Ride Begin" and pick your bat and your blambow and fight back against the undead hordes in Dead Rising 4.

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Beta Signups

Ubisoft is now accepting signups on this page for those interested in beta testing Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands. The open-world tactical shooter is due on March 7, 2017 for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, so testing should begin soon, but they don't specify when. The news is accompanied by a mission briefing trailer and the following word on the game:

Developed by Ubisoft Paris*, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Wildlands is a military shooter set in a massive and responsive open world, entirely playable in single-player or up to four-player co-op. Players will discover Bolivia a few years from now, a country turned into a narco-state by the vicious Santa Blanca drug cartel. Sent behind enemy lines, Ghosts will have to cripple the Santa Blanca cartel’s operation, breaking alliances between the drug lords and the corrupted government, and saving the Bolivian population from the cruelty of El Sueño, Santa Blanca’s ruthless leader. To do so, players will have a total freedom of choice to accomplish their missions how they want and watch as the world reacts to their actions.

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Arizona Sunshine Released

Vertigo Games announces the release of Arizona Sunshine, a new VR shooter for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. This adds the newness of virtual reality to the now-familiar scenario of surviving one of those zombie apocalypses. Here's a launch trailer to show all the game's shooting and tanning, and here's word:

Today Dutch independent developers Vertigo Games and Jaywalkers Interactive release their VR zombie shooter, Arizona Sunshine, and accompanying launch trailer. Move through the desert wasteland of post-Apocalyptic Arizona as you search for weapons, ammo, and tools needed to stay alive, all while fighting off the zombie hordes roaming the ruins of our world.

Priced at $39.99, the game is now available via Steam (HTC Vive) and Oculus Home (Oculus Touch).

Arizona Sunshine is developed from the ground up for HTC Vive and Oculus Touch. Step in the midst of a zombie apocalypse as if you were really there, freely move around and explore a post-apocalyptic world, and handle motion-controlled weapons with real-life movements - putting the undead back to rest is more thrilling and satisfying than ever before.

Key features:

  • Real-life weapon handling. Using VR motion controllers, handle, fire, and reload over 25 different weapons with real-life movements. Anticipate attacks, manage your ammo and aim down the sights to blast your enemies to undead pieces.
  • Freely explore your surroundings. Move around without restraints to explore a series of huge southwestern American environments, including blistering-hot deserts, treacherous canyons and deep, dark mines.
  • Enjoy a full-size single player campaign. The campaign mode is built in bite-sized VR chunks that flow together to form a full narrative. Whether you want to jump in for a short session or stay for the complete ride, we’ve got you covered.
  • Join forces in co-op multiplayer. Combine forces with a friend in co-op campaign mode or multiplayer Horde mode for up to four players. But beware, more warm brains mean more hungry undead.
  • Put yourself through serious survival. Scavenge the environment, loot your enemies and manage your ammo and consumables.
  • Experience unprecedented VR realism. When powered by an Intel® Core™ i7 processor or equivalent, Arizona Sunshine brings unprecedented realism to VR gaming with zombie mutilation, destructible environments, and an overall cinematic and immersive experience.
  • Play it only in VR. Arizona Sunshine is a VR shooter exclusively built for VR from the ground up. Step into the midst of a zombie attack as if you were really there and take on undead creatures close enough to touch.

Realpolitiks Announced

1C Company announces Realpolitiks, a political grand strategy game in development at Jujubee. This is coming to Windows, OS X, and Linux in February, and the game's Steam page is already online. This trailer offers a first look at what to expect, and here's word:

Realpolitiks is a streamlined real-time grand strategy game that allows you to become the ruler of any contemporary nation. Dive deep into the issues of the modern world, with its current geopolitical borders, using your country’s power and economic strength to engage in military conflicts and international affairs. Choose your own method of coping with other nations' interests, unexpected events, global threats and various crises. Deal with the disintegration of the European Union, the expansion of Islamic State, the aftermath of World War III and many other real and fictional scenarios.

Based on three main political systems (democracy, authoritarianism, totalitarianism), Realpolitiks allows you to extend the influence of your country through various means, all in order to win the race for global domination. Use your diplomatic skills, economic advantages, military power and the full freedom of moral and ethical decision-making to become a world superpower and ensure the well-being of your citizens.

Grow and develop your nation to the highest possible levels of economic power, technological competitiveness and military supremacy in globally-ranked charts. The choice is yours as to whether you become a valued member of the United Nations, or a nuclear tyrant, bullying all those around you. Expand your territory any way you like with the whole-world sandbox gameplay of Realpolitiks, even creating colonies out at sea. And if that's not enough, try spreading the seed of our civilization to outer space...

  • Lead any country in the world to global domination in various game scenarios.
  • Shape your country's political system and course determine its relations with other nations.
  • Deal with internal and external affairs and face threats from natural disasters, terrorism, financial crises and more.
  • Make use of common political instruments in your international relations, including spy tactics and espionage to directly influence other nations’ internal affairs.
  • Take the moral and ethical high road in your dealings with others, or not...
  • High replay value ensured by a broad decision tree in all matters, as well as diverse mini-scenarios and random events.

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Sniper Elite 4 Italian Campaign Trailer

A new Italy 1943 Story Trailer is the first in a series of new clips promoting Sniper Elite 4, the next installment in Rebellion's sharpshooting series. There is also a new article on PlayStation.Blog with an inside look at the game's Italian campaign. Here's word on the trailer:

Featuring previously unseen concept art, environments, factions and brand new story details, "Italy 1943" recounts the intricate machinations behind the Allied invasion of Italy. In SNIPER ELITE 4, Karl Fairburne will help release the country from the shackles of Fascism, fanning the flames of resistance, and in doing so uncover a terrifying Nazi technology threatening the whole of Europe.

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Cold Iron Studios Announced

Cold Iron Studios announces their existence to the world, calling themselves a AAA development studio. They were formed in 2015, and have no game to announce at the moment, so that's about all of it for now. They do say they have an Unreal 4 engine sci-fi game in the works for PC and consoles, but don't have many details to share yet. Word is: "We’re working hard on a AAA online action game that is literally out of this world, and we cannot wait to share it with you." The Cold Iron website is online with details on previous games from their staff, and a couple of job openings they are looking to fill.

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Link of the Day: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Actor Peter Vaughan Dies At 93. And now his watch is ended.

Paragon Monolith Update Live

The promised Monolith patch is now live in Paragon in what Epic calls a Massive update for their free-to-play MOBA. This post outlines the changes in version .35, and this older update has more outlook on the future of the game. This video is a developer diary, and the description has more on the new version:

The Monolith Update brings a brand new map and revamped gameplay experience to Paragon. Cameron Winston and Kevin Abbot from Paragon's design team take you through the big changes and what to expect when the update goes live on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

It's time to Start a Fight. Paragon is available for free now on PC and PlayStation 4. Download now and start playing today.

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SUPERHOT Team now offers SUPERHOT VR for Oculus Rift, a virtual reality edition of the time-warped shooter. Here's a release trailer with a look at how this operates, and here's the deal:

After years of experiments and iterations, the team behind the critically acclaimed, violently beautiful time-bending shooter SUPERHOT is ready to unveil its newest creation. SUPERHOT VR is a title reimagined and redesigned from the ground up for VR and hand-tracking controllers. The fruit of super close cooperation between SUPERHOT and Oculus, SUPERHOT VR is releasing with Oculus Touch controllers and is available for purchase today!

SUPERHOT VR is a complete and standalone experience. Apart from the cinematic beauty of enemies driven and falling apart right in front of you in slow motion, SUPERHOT VR also boasts:

  • Over 75 unforgivingly tough, physically exhilarating action sequences
  • 26 unique locations designed and fine-tuned for VR from the ground up
  • Hundreds of red crystal enemies to murder in viscerally brutal fun by smashing, shooting and slicing through them in bulk
  • Free arcade mode and challenge update coming in early 2017 for you to play SUPERHOT VR FOREVER

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HITMAN Holiday Content Next Week

The HITMAN website has details on new holiday content coming on December 13th to the episodic assassination game. The news is accompanied by a styling Holiday Hoarders Trailer. Here's word on the new content and their efforts at supporting charity:

We are very excited to reveal a brand new mission that is coming to HITMAN on December 13th, just in time for the holiday season!
"Holiday Hoarders" is a free mission for ALL players that takes place in a festive Paris, which has been overhauled with Christmas trees, snow, decorations and presents.

The mission will be released in support of World Cancer Research Fund and we are asking players to donate whatever they can via www.wcrf-uk.org/hitman.
It's important for us to say that a donation is not required to enjoy the Holiday Hoarders mission and that all contributions of any amount are appreciated.

Take a look at the trailer for this mission and read on for more details - plus the full December Live Content Schedule

The 'Holiday Hoarders' mission gives a festive feeling to the existing Paris location with snow, decorations and even presents, which have been scattered all around the palace. Unfortunately, not everyone in attendance at the fashion show is there to spread festive joy. Two thieves have gained entrance to the fashion show event and are stealing the presents. As Agent 47, it's your job to stop them, for good. If you are able to get to the presents first, feel free to open them and use whatever you find inside to help eliminate these two sticky bandits...

On top of all that, this new mission will add new holiday-specific challenges that offer up an additional reward.

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Galactic Junk League Beta; Early Access Next Month

Pixel Federation offers this trailer to introduce Galactic Junk League, a spaceship building combat game coming to Steam early access on January 17th. Here's word on the free-to-play game, which will feature 8-on-8 combat. Those interested in checking this out before then can head over to Galactic Junk League website to sign up for the beta. Here's an outline of what to expect:

Galactic Junk League is a “Crafter Arena” and spaceship building combat game that allows players to combine superior technology with forgotten galactic junk to build anything that moves and shoots - from agile frigates to lumbering battleships.

The Early Access version of Galactic Junk League will feature updates that include many improvements to the game including larger matches of up to 8v8, a brand new matchmaking system, and updates and additions to ship building.

  • Build Your Ship
    Players combine superior technology with forgotten galactic junk to build anything that moves and shoots - from agile frigates to lumbering battleships. Every piece of the ship affects its power, manoeuvrability and special abilities.
  • Enter an Arena
    Choose an arena to fight in. Some are wide open, some are tricky, and some require mad pilot skills to survive their hostile environments. Knowing how to take advantage of a particular arena is an essential key to victory.
  • Crush The Enemy
    Players release the power of their ships in various multiplayer modes, and by fighting enemies using powerful weapons, shields and abilities. Earn rewards for each victory to unlock new and more powerful building blocks, as well as visual perks to add some swag to the ships.

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Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf PC Plans

HeroCraft announces plans for a PC edition of Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf, saying the port of the F2P mobile game will enter early access in February of 2017. This trailer shows off this version of the game, and more media and details can be found on Steam. Here's the deal:

Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf was originally released on iOS and Android as a f2p game, and now we’re ready to officially announce that it will be a premium game for PC players. But at the very beginning of Early Access there will be the original mobile gameplay and in-game balance, because the main aim of this Early Access is to gather players’ feedback and get the understanding of what they would like to see in our game.

Steam version of Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf will be remastered especially for PC players and will include:

  • enhanced graphics with improved textures and materials;
  • dynamic lighting;
  • improved weapon effects and brand new weather effects;
  • completely redesigned GUI and controls.

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PDX CON 2017 Announced

Paradox Interactive invites fans of their games to PDX CON 2017, a paradoxical gaming convention to be held May 13-14, 2017 in Stockholm Sweden. Here's the plan:

Paradox Interactive, a Stockholm-based publisher and developer of award-winning video games, today announced “PDX CON 2017,” an upcoming convention for their global community of fans and players, which will take place in Stockholm on May 13-14, 2017 at the historical Gamla Riksarkivet at Riddarholmen.

The convention, which has traditionally been restricted to media and developers only, will be open to the public for the first time in 2017. This gathering will feature hands-on gaming with Paradox’s titles, as well as direct interaction with the creators and developers from Paradox and their partner studios. Some of Paradox’s top personalities will lead seminars and panel discussions, sharing their insights into such topics as modding, the development process at Paradox, AI programming and much more.

Details on these events as well as other activities (including parties, special guests and speakers) will be revealed in coming months. Tickets for the convention are on sale now at www.paradoxplaza.com/pdxcon2017.

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Out of the Blue

Well, it's not quite winter yet according to the calendar, but it's feeling pretty wintery out there already. We've had our first frosts, and even our first couple of minor dustings of snow. And the BlueTower is in full winter glory, as we actually set up our full Christmas tree, though I also have my little Charlie Brown tree on display as well. I just need to put a sign for Santa on the chimney warning that it just leads to our furnace.

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Monday, Dec 05, 2016

New GeForce Drivers

The GeForce website offers new WHQL-certified version 376.19 GeForce game-ready drivers. These are optimized for the Oculus Touch, the new motion controls for Oculus Rift. They celebrate the news with an Oculus Touch launch week giveaway with prizes all month. If you've got a lot of spare time to kill, these patch notes have 44 pages of details on the new drivers.

Euro Truck Simulator 2 Vive la France! Released

Steam now offers Vive la France!, the promised large map expansion for Euro Truck Simulator 2, SCS Software's long-haul sequel. Here's word on what this adds to the Windows, OS X, and Linux editions of the game:

Vive la France ! is a large map expansion add-on for Euro Truck Simulator 2.

Make your way through broad boulevards of industrial cities and narrow streets of rural hamlets. Enjoy French outdoors with its diverse looks and disparate vegetation from north to south.

Discover famous landmarks, deliver to expansive industrial areas, navigate complex intersections and interchanges, enjoy visually unique roundabouts inspired by real locations. Transport a variety of new cargo to service new local French companies as well as connecting the region to the rest of Europe.


  • Extensive map of France to explore
  • 20,000 km of new roads and highways
  • Famous landmarks, recognizable places
  • 15 new cities
  • Rural French villages and sceneries
  • Enhanced vegetation, new forest ecosystems
  • New local companies to work for
  • French tollgate system
  • New industries including 5 nuclear plant zones
  • New cargoes to haul

Free Stellaris DLC

Paradox Interactive now offers new free DLC for Stellaris called Horizon Signal. This adds a new storyline to the grand strategy game from Sunless Sea writer Alexis Kennedy. This trailer promoting news mostly just features words, though that is appropriate for a story update. These patch notes have all the details on the update accompanying the patch, and here's word:

A new and rich storyline has been added to the already deep well of events and occurrences in Stellaris, the hit grand strategy space epic from Paradox Development Studios. A signal in distant space is calling out to your empire. What does this entity want, and how does it know who you are?

Horizon Signal is written by Alexis Kennedy, a British writer best known for his work at Failbetter Games, which he co-founded. His writing for Sunless Sea and Fallen London has been widely acclaimed, and now he is scribing new stories for Stellaris.

This story update is free for all Stellaris owners and highlights one of the great strengths of the game – its ability to tell stories that entertain and entrance without distracting you from the core strategic gameplay. Horizon Signal is released alongside Update 1.4, appropriately named "Kennedy". A full list of patch notes can be found of the Paradox Forum.

Horizon Signal is available now and will be automatically added as a DLC for all Stellaris Players.

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Surgeon Simulator: Experience Reality Released

Steam News announces the release of Surgeon Simulator: Experience Reality, offering the promised virtual reality take on the sloppy surgery sim. This trailer offers a look, and here's word:

Surgeon Simulator is bringing the ER to VR! The most critically acclaimed and infamous surgery simulation game as you have never seen it before! Featuring all of the surgeries and twisted humour of the original favourite plus a few new surprises...

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No Full Clip Edition Upgrades for Bulletstorm Owners

Gearbox Software's recent announcement of a Bulletstorm re-release called Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition leaves owners of the original game wondering if they would get a free or discounted upgrade. Randy Pitchford tweets that due to a variety of circumstances, they will have to clip everyone for full price here, saying that, "If that is a deal breaker for you, you should skip it" (thanks PCGamesN). Here are the reasons this must be the case:

Not possible - completely different publisher, era, platform (they were Games for Windows only), product/sku, etc.

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Football Manager 2017 Demo

The Steam page for Football Manager 2017 now features a playable Windows, Linux, and OS X demo for the sports management sequel (thanks Frans). There is no accompanying news update about the demo, which actually came out last month, but went unnoticed. It turns out there are some details on the FM17 website. Here's word:

Put yourself in the digital dugout now with the Football Manager 2017 or Football Manager Touch 2017 Demo - both completely free to download for PC, Mac and Linux.

Football Manager 2017 gives you complete management control whilst Touch is a thorough, but fasted-paced experience.

Your demo career lasts for 6 in-game months and if you later decide to upgrade and purchase Football Manager 2017 or Touch your progress can be carried forward into the full game – and you won't have to start from scratch!

To play the demo you will need to download and install Steam which is an online game platform. Once you’ve created your free account please follow the instructions below:

1. Type Football Manager 2017 or Football Manager Touch 2017 into the search bar

2. Click the Download PC Demo* button on the right hand side of the page (you may need to scroll down to see this)

3. Follow the instructions to complete the download

*Also available for Mac and Linux users

Robo Recall Video Diary

Epic Games offers a new trailer with a developer diary for Robo Recall, their upcoming virtual reality first-person shooter. They plan to release this next year for free for Oculus Rift owners, and this video kicks off a series of such clips to promote the game. Here's word on this diary, and its focus on the game's arcade action feel:

Epic Games today released a brand new dev diary for their upcoming virtual reality first-person shooter, Robo Recall, coming for free to Oculus Touch in early 2017. This is the first in a series of new documentaries that show new gameplay footage and reveal aspects about the game.

The dev diary, "Arcade Action Feel," showcases the game's over-the-top arcade action and fast-paced combat, and features commentary from the dev team on how they sought to make an accessible and fun shooter inspired by classic arcade games. The video also discusses the various design techniques used to fully immerse players in the experience.

Unveiled at Oculus Connect 3 and built on top of the Oculus platform API, Robo Recall is Epic's first fully-featured VR game, with input designed for the new Oculus Touch controllers. Using a range of customizable and unlockable weapons, the game tests players' bot-destroying skills throughout a variety of increasingly challenging and outrageous missions. Robo Recall also features an emergent sandbox experience that allows players to test out trick shots and develop creative combat tactics throughout the game's stunning city environments.

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THQ Nordic Acquires War Leaders: Clash of Nations

THQ Nordic announces the acquisition of three new IPs as part of a shopping spree that began a couple of years ago when they were still just plain Nordic. One of these properties is War Leaders: Clash of Nations, a World War II strategy game originally released for Windows in 2008/2009. Here's a summary of the contents of their cart:

“These are not financially material acquisitions, but due to our love for these types of games they were natural acquisition targets that add up to our portfolio. Moreover, we also got a lot of messages from fans that encouraged us to add them. Among these titles, Sphinx (and the Cursed Mummy) is very well suited for the Nintendo audience – which we love to support. We are excited for Nintendo Switch, Nintendo’s new platform, and already have two other projects in development for it.”

Sphinx (and the Cursed Mummy) is a third person action-adventure video game inspired by the mythology of Ancient Egypt. It was originally released for Xbox, PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube.

War Leaders: Clash of Nations is a turn-based global strategy game bundled with a real-time tactics game mode for PC.

Legends of War is a turn-based strategy video game series franchise created in 2010. It was released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PlayStation Portable.

U.K. Sales Charts

Football Manager 2017 continues to kick ass on the GFK Chart-Track PC top 30 sales chart for the U.K. The sports sequel retains the top spot while Watch Dogs 2 debuts at number 13. On the all platforms chart Final Fantasy 17 debuts at number two, while FIFA 17 remains the number on association football/soccer game on this chart. The summary has all the details:

An impressive launch for Square Enix’s ‘Final Fantasy XV’ means it debuts at No2 while ‘Fifa 17’ maintains its grip on the crown.

Despite missing out on the top spot it’s a great start for Square’s beloved series. It ranks as the second best launch (by our market panel) behind 2010’s ‘Final Fantasy XIII’. ’Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’ makes way for the new release dropping a spot to No3. Familiar titles jostle for position with ‘Minecraft: Xbox Edition’ pushing back into the Top 10 at No10. The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim – Special Ed’ benefits from retailer promotions climbing six places to No11. Ubisoft deliver ‘Steep’ for PS4 and Xbox One with the snowboarding title making an impact at No24. In terms of Winter Sports titles it finds itself at No4 for week 1 panel sales just ahead of SSX Tricky. ‘Super Mario Maker’s dramatic surge back into the Top 40 is driven by the arrival of the 3DS version, which fires it back up to No25. Finally Take 2’s ‘Battleborn’ continues to climb up the All Formats chart, making its way to No40 following recent promotions.

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The Westworld season finale was as great as I hoped, or more accurately, expected. It was loads of fun trying to keep up with the season, and impressive that even after figuring most things out, there was still a twist to be had at the end. They also lived up to their commitment to answering most questions and not leaving lots of loose ends, while still setting up future seasons. A true sci-fi TV masterpiece.

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