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Thursday, Feb 04, 2016

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Closed Beta Signups

EA announces plans for closed beta testing of Mirror's Edge Catalyst between now and the May 24th release of the upcoming parkour action sequel, offering a new story trailer to celebrate the news. The beta will be on Windows and consoles, and they say we can expect more details soon. In the meantime those interested in participating should sign up here, and they offer the following tease:
We’ve been dying to show you more from Mirror’s Edge™ Catalyst - and now’s the time. Discover Faith’s amazing journey with this new trailer - from carefree thrill-seeker to true heroine. You’ll also get a taste of what you’ll experience as a Runner: unique free running and combat in the stunning yet perilous city of Glass.

This is just the beginning. In the upcoming months, you’ll learn more about Faith’s story, the world around her, and the amazing gameplay of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst.
Continue here to read the full story.

EndWar Online Launches

Ubisoft announces the launch of Tom Clancy's EndWar Online, saying their free-to-play online strategy RPG is now available on Steam, Facebook, and Kongregate. Here's word on how this has changed since the start of beta testing:
With many improvements and refinements made during the beta testing phase, including new game modes with challenge missions and PvP, new campaign chapters and single-player missions and new commanders, Tom Clancy’s EndWar Online offers an enormous amount of content.

The game now features three factions, each with their own single-player campaigns, 80-plus commanders, nine distinct unit classes, 84 battle maps to play in three increasingly challenging difficulty settings, advanced RPG systems allowing for deep army customization and a complete range of synchronous and asynchronous PvP modes.

Shippuden Ahoy - NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4

Steam News announces that NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4 is now available on Steam:
The latest opus in the acclaimed STORM series is taking you on a colourful and breathtaking ride. Take advantage of the totally revamped battle system and prepare to dive into the most epic fights you’ve ever seen !

Agatha Christie - The ABC Murders Released

Publisher Microïds announces the release of Agatha Christie - ABC Murders, a new mystery adventure game based on the Agatha Christie novel of the same name, starring detective Hercule Poirot. This is now available for Windows and OS X via digital distribution, with retail boxed versions coming for PCs and consoles later this month. Here's a launch trailer, and here's word on the game:
The ABC Murders is an adventure and investigation game adapted from the classic Agatha Christie novel. The player embodies the famous Hercule Poirot in a 3rd person perspective adventure game packed with mysteries. Once again, the private detective will find himself up against a mysterious opponent who goes by the name of "ABC". Your intelligence will never have been so challenged!

You will have to explore many crime scenes in various cities set in beautiful surroundings across the United Kingdom. Leave no stone unturned when it comes to cross examinations and deadly puzzles!

Observe, question and explore everything possible in order to make the smartest deductions and understand the murderer’s plans!
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DOOM in May

Bethesda Softworks announces a May 13th release date for DOOM, the latest installment in id Software's first-person shooter franchise that launched back in 1993 with the release of, well, DOOM. The DOOM website celebrates the news with a new campaign trailer, and here's word on the game and the chance to spend extra on a premium collector's edition:
Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced that DOOM will be available worldwide on Friday, May 13, 2016 for the Xbox One, PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system, and PC. DOOM, the iconic game that defined a genre and considered one of the most influential games ever made, returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience.

DOOM is under development at id Software®, the studio that pioneered the first-person shooter genre and invented multiplayer Deathmatch. Relentless demons, impossibly destructive guns, and fast, fluid movement provide the foundation for intense, first-person combat – whether you’re obliterating demon hordes through the depths of Hell in the single-player campaign, or competing against your friends in numerous multiplayer modes. Expand your gameplay experience using DOOM SnapMap™ game editor to easily create, play, and share your content with the world. DOOM garnered numerous E3 2015 awards and in a recent preview, Game Informer aptly described the gameplay as “an absolute blast.”

Bethesda also revealed plans to release a premium collector’s edition of DOOM that will be available across the globe through participating retailers. The limited DOOM collector’s edition, created in conjunction with TriForce, includes an exclusive, fully-realized 12” tall collector’s statue of one of the game’s most iconic demons: the Revenant. Modelled from actual in-game 3D files and striking in appearance, the demonic Revenant stands on an LED-lit base with internal, slow-spinning turbine from the UAC facility on Mars. The DOOM collector’s edition also includes a copy of the game packaged in an exclusive, battle-worthy metal case.

The DOOM collector’s edition is available for pre-order through participating retailers and is priced at $119.99 (US), €129.99 (Europe), and £99.99 (UK). Players pre-ordering the DOOM collector’s edition or the standard edition of the game will receive the Demon Multiplayer Pack which contains a unique demon armour set with three skin variations, six metallic paint colours and three id® logo patterns that can be applied to weapons and armour, plus a set of six Hack Modules – one-time consumable items that can give you an edge in a multiplayer match.
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Pillars of Eternity Expansion and Patch This Month

Obsidian Entertainment and Paradox Interactive announces plans for improvements for Pillars of Eternity that will come to the RPG in a new version 3.0 update that will accompany the release of The White March – Part 2 on February 16th. New features from the patch are on display in this video, while complete patch notes are available on the Obsidian Forums. Here's the plan:
Obsidian Entertainment and Paradox Interactive today revealed several forthcoming updates to Pillars of Eternity, the award-winning title backed by dedicated fans of classic role-playing games (RPGs). Later this month, alongside the release of the game’s second expansion, The White March – Part 2, Obsidian will make new updates to the gameplay and features of Pillars of Eternity available for all players. These updates will include a streamlined combat UI, updates to the in-game Stronghold and portions of the game world, a new “Story Time” game mode, and improvements to a broad variety of in-game features such as knockout injuries that change the difficulty during combat. Version “3.0” of the game will arrive as a free update to all players of Pillars of Eternity on February 16, 2016, the same day as the release of The White March – Part 2.

With the forthcoming release of the update and expansion, Obsidian and Paradox bring the exciting first chapter of Pillars of Eternity to a close. "We're committed to expanding and supporting the Pillars of Eternity experience. We have many stories to tell in this world and this has only been the first one," said Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart. Gamers who have been waiting for the complete Pillars of Eternity story can now experience the incredible narrative from start to finish, up to and including the exciting conclusion to the story of The White March.
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Batman: Arkham Knight OS X & Linux Cancelled

The rough PC release of Batman: Arkham Knight has taken another turn for the worse, as WBIE announces via Steam that they are no longer planning on releasing the promised Linux and OS X editions of the superhero sequel, representing a defeat for the Penguin (and, I don't know, the Joker?). They offer apologies and refunds, but no further explanation, saying: "We are very sorry to confirm that Batman: Arkham Knight will no longer be coming to Mac and Linux. If you have pre-ordered Batman: Arkham Knight for Mac or Linux, please apply for a refund via Steam." Sales of the Windows edition of the game were suspended just two days after release, due to technical issues with the port, prompting the first refunds for the game, which were eventually followed by another refund offer that was good through the end of last year. Thanks PCGamesN.

Heroes of the Storm Matchmaking Changes

A post to Battle.net has word on the latest changes to Heroes of the Storm matchmaking, as Blizzard continues to refine this process. This new change is focused on a narrow range of top players who will now have a smaller likelihood of being teamed with and against less accomplished teammates and opponents. Here's a portion:
We just released a two-part improvement for the Heroes of the Storm matchmaker that will help players near the top of the ranking system find competitive matches against other top players more consistently. Thanks in large part to player reports, we discovered an edge-case scenario in which those with very high matchmaking ratings could be matched with one or more lower-ranked players, and the first part of today’s change greatly limits the likelihood that this will occur in the future.

The other half of our improvement today adds a new rule to ranked matchmaking that’s intended to tighten up the range of skill that Rank 1 players can be matched with and against. With this rule, Rank 1 players will now be more consistently matched with and against others between Ranks 1 – 4.

Godus Wars Makes Controversial DLC Free

Yesterday's relaunch Godus as Godus Wars in an attempt to regain favor with PC gamers hit a quick snag, as there was a rapid negative reaction to the realization that the game's second continent was being sold as premium DLC (thanks Eurogamer). This news was not hidden, but was not well received either, and a follow-up announcement from 22cans' CEO Simon Phillips says they are responding to the outcry by making this DLC free:
Firstly welcome to our new Godus players and hello to our existing users. As you noticed, yesterday we (finally) released Godus Wars. By now, all of you that purchased the original Godus and our Kickstarter backers should have Godus Wars in your Steam Library. We’re aware that it took a few hours to propagate to some of you and if you think you should have it and still don’t then do get in touch.

We’ll be making some changes to the game and also the steam page to reflect the feedback that’s coming in and we’ll do a round up of that very soon.

In the mean time, its been brought to our attention that the extra content being a premium add on really isn’t a popular choice. Whilst we think that it does represent good value, especially considering that Godus Wars has been delivered as a free update to hundreds of thousands of users and the lower purchase price of the main game we understand previous Godus owners frustrations with this.

Therefore, based on your feedback, the extra content will be available to all free-of-charge

Apologies for the frustrations and we hope you enjoy playing.

The Solus Project Early Access This Month

Teotl Studios and GRIP Digital announce early access to the Windows edition of The Solus Project will begin on February 26th, which will be the first chance to explore this sci-fi exploration game. They celebrate the news with a new developer video #2 called "Welcome to Gliese-6143-C." Here's word on how you'll have to science the doody out of this: "Stranded on a deserted alien planet and with mankind on the brink of destruction, The Solus Project challenges you to survive the harsh, volatile environment, while looking for a way to save the human race. Confronted with merciless weather, and danger lurking around every corner, you will have to unravel the deep secrets of the seemingly deserted alien civilization. Are you alone…?" Continue here to read the full story.

Dark Souls 3 Footage

This video captures about six minutes of Dark Souls 3 gameplay from a FROMSOFTWARE livestream. They say this is "Uploaded just incase the footage is removed forever," so, in spite of the assumption contained therein, this may not be there for long. The clip shows Thief gameplay from the action/RPG sequel, and the accompanying dialog is in Japanese. Thanks Polygon. Continue here to read the full story.

Morning Previews

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Hardware Reviews

  • Antec Kuhler H20 H1200 Pro & H600 Pro AIO Water Cooler on eTeknix.
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  • GIGABYTE GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming on Hardware Canucks.
  • Micron M600 512GB SSD on Nikk Tech.
  • MSI Z170I Gaming Pro AC mITX Motherboard on HARDOCP.
  • Noctua NH-D15S CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
  • OWC Mercury Pro 16x External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Drive on TweakTown.
  • Patriot Viper 4 DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (2x8GB) Dual Channel Memory Kit on eTeknix.
  • PNY CS2211 SSD on TechwareLabs.
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