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Epic spent $11.6 million on EGS freebies in its first nine months alone, according to court documents

Part of Epic Games’ strategy to carve out a share in the digital PC market was laid bare thanks to its trial with Apple.Epic Games, through its trial with Apple over anti-trust concerns, has submitted a number of documents detailing several aspects of how it manages the Epic Games Store business on PC, as well as its relations with partners.Watch on YouTubeIt’s how we learned about Sony’s cross-play fees, how much money Epic spent on the Borderlands 3 exclusive and much more.One other reveal Epic made was detailing exactly how much money was given to every developer and publisher whose…

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Dragon Quest Builders 2, Red Dead Online, Outlast 2 and more coming to Xbox Game Pass this month

By Sherif Saed 3 May 2021 14:34 GMT Microsoft has revealed a whole bunch of games coming to Xbox Game Pass over the course of May.The Xbox Game Pass new releases for May kick off with Dragon Quest Builders 2 (which was actually confirmed last week following a leak. The game is coming to PC and console Game Pass on May 4.Watch on YouTubeFIFA 21‘s May 6 release on EA Play also means the game will be available in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and PC Game Pass on the same day.Horror game Outlast 2 also arrives on May 6 for…

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GIVEAWAY! 4,000 Steam Early Access keys for PvPvE shooter Scavengers

By Sherif Saed 28 April 2021 17:25 GMT Scavengers launches today in Steam Early Access, and you may not have to wait for a key.Scavengers, the new shooter from former Halo developers, is finally available. Scavengers is among a new breed of games mixing PvE and PvP in a single match.Watch on YouTubeIt’s a third-person shooter for three-player squads where your goal is to gather intel, survive the cold, clear out enemy camps, fight bosses, and occasionally duke it out with other players trying to do the same thing. PvP is an optional part of the game, meaning you can…

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We Are the Caretakers is now available on Steam as an Early Access title

By Stephany Nunneley 24 April 2021 19:06 GMT We Are the Caretakers, the sci-fi turn-based tactical RPG set in an afro-futurist world, is now available through Early Access on Steam.The indie game with an environmental mission, We Are the Caretakers arrived on Steam Early Access earlier this week.Watch on YouTubeRevealed back in March, the game tasks players with protecting the Raun, a rhino-like species targeted by poachers.It’s a squad management game where you will enlist a team of protectors to defend endangered animals your world relies upon in strategic turn-based combat.After defeating foes in battle, the Conductor, leader of the Caretakers…

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Mona is a cool adventure game in the works from a one-person dev team

By Dom Peppiatt 19 April 2021 19:44 GMT If you’re a fan of atmospheric, moody indie games that deliver some delightful and pretty graphics, Mona could be for you.The game sells itself as an ‘immersive third-person exploration and puzzle game’ set on a peculiar island inhabited by weird and wonderful creatures. As per the developer – a one-person operation from V. Aalbertsberg – the game features a unique narrative style, which is exclusively delivered via exploration, environment, and visual storytelling.“Mona is an immersive third-person exploration and puzzle game set on an eerie island filled with fantastic creatures,” says a brief…

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Rain on Your Parade features levels based on Doom, Metal Gear, and The Office

By Stephany Nunneley 17 April 2021 16:10 GMT Indie game Rain on Your Parade is out now, and it looks like a fun time.Especially if you like to ruin things for other people, but in a humorous manner, because Rain on Your Parade is all in good fun. Watch on YouTubeReleased earlier this week on Switch, Steam and Xbox Game Pass for console, PC, and cloud, the game has you travelling the world as a cardboard cloud that is ruining everybody’s day. Through the course of the game, you will unlock new “methods of mischief” in over 50 levels, each…

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Sky: Children of the Light heading to Switch this spring

By Stephany Nunneley 16 April 2021 20:16 GMT Journey and Flower developer thatgamecompany will release Sky: Children of the Light for Switch this June. Currently available on AppStore and Google Play, Sky: Children of the Light is a social adventure game that is free to start and provides cross-play capabilities for players between mobile and console. Watch on YouTubeSince its original debut in July 2019, the game focuses on compassion, friendship, and altruism within the game and its communities. The game has received multiple accolades including Apple’s iPhone Game of the Year, Google Play’s Best of 2020 Award, SXSW’s Mobile…

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Mystery Steam Reviews hearts New York (and Mars)

Prototype 2 has loomed over Mystery Steam Reviews for months now. That episode of MSR, which was about video games with bald protagonists, spawned a question that has been asked countless times since: New York or Mars? This video hopefully goes some way to answering that question. Read more

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Everspace 2’s first major update adds new story, enemies, ships and more

By Sherif Saed 15 April 2021 12:56 GMT A big Everspace 2 patch is on the horizon.Rockfish Games has unveiled the next major update coming to Everspace 2, the studio’s stellar modern take on Freelancer. The patch, due April 28, will be the game’s first major one in Early Access.Watch on YouTubeFor starters, the update continues the game’s story with three new main missions, and three side missions. Elek, from the original game’s Encounters expansion, returns with this update as one of your in-game companions, offering unique dialogue and gameplay perks. One of those even includes calling Elek in as…

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Skyrim mod The Forgotten City will be released as a standalone game this summer

By Stephany Nunneley 14 April 2021 20:48 GMT The Forgotten City, based on the award-winning Skyrim mod, is coming to multiple platforms this summer.The Forgotten City is a mature narrative-driven game and a re-imagining of the critically acclaimed mod that won a national Writers’ Guild award and racked up over 3 million downloads.In the game, you are trapped in a secret underground city set during the reign of the Roman Empire. Here, 23 lost souls cling to life.Watch on YouTubeHere’s the synopsis of the game developed by Modern Storyteller:In this precarious utopia, if one person breaks the mysterious Golden Rule, everyone…

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Oxenfree 2, Fez, OlliOlli World, more coming to Nintendo Switch

Plenty of games were announced today during Nintendo’s Indie Showcase.Durning the Indies Showcase, Nintendo announced some indie games coming to Switch in the near future.One of these is Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals from Night School Studio. The supernatural narrative adventure game tells the tale of a researcher who stumbles upon ghostly happenings. Taking place five years after Oxenfree, in it, Riley returns to her hometown of Camena to investigate mysterious radio frequency signals causing curious disturbances.Oxenfree 2 is coming to Switch sometime this year and presumably other platforms.Watch on YouTubeRoll7 announced OlliOlli World during the presentation. In it,  you will “tear up…

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Before Your Eyes dev creates a fake game to make a point about Steam refunds

A Before Your Eyes developer was done dirty by one of its players, and he feels there’s a point to be made.Before Your Eyes is an interesting narrative adventure game with a unique mechanic. The player controls what happens simply by blinking their eyes, which the game translates into input through a webcam.Watch on YouTubeThe debut game from Goodbyeworld Games came out last week, and has been very well received by Steam players – currently boasting an ‘Overwhelmingly Positive’ rating based on over 500 reviews. Unfortunately, because it’s a short experience, it fell victim to Steam’s refund policy.Bela Messex, the…

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Subnautica: Below Zero trailer gives you a glimpse at life as an Alterra Seatruck Pilot

By Stephany Nunneley 13 April 2021 18:40 GMT Unknown Worlds has released a cinematic look at Subnautica: Below Zero, which is coming to PC and consoles next month.Subnautica: Below Zero has a new trailer available, showing you what’s in store when it releases in May.The trailer takes a look at the harsh elements and creatures you will encounter in this alien world.Watch on YouTubeCreatures include Sea Monkeys, Snow Stalkers, and more as you get a look at the life of an Alterra Seatruck Pilot.The game features an all-new story, new land environments to explore, new technology to craft, and “treacherous…