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Mechwarrior 5 dev delays Steam release to avoid Cyberpunk 2077

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 27 November 2020 14:10 GMT Another game runs and hides from CD Projekt Red’s blockbuster release.Piranha Games has pushed back the launch of Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries on Steam thanks to Cyberpunk 2077.In a blog post, the studio said that it wasn’t eager to go toe-to-toe with CD Projekt Red’s eagerly-anticipated sci-fi RPG, which is set to launch on December 10. Mechwarrior 5 will now be released on Steam and GOG in spring 2021, alongside the Heroes of the Inner Sphere DLC that was set to launch at the same time.“Any developer wants their titles to get…

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Xbox Game Pass is getting a cool looking indie side-scroller in December

By Dom Peppiatt, Thursday, 26 November 2020 17:01 GMT Unto the End, a dark 2D sidescrolling platformer about a father’s desperate journey to return to his family, is coming to Xbox Game Pass when it launches on December 9.Publisher Big Sugar and developer 2 Ton Studios have announced that Unto The End will hit consoles on PC on December 9, arriving on Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass on day one. The Nintendo Switch version will launch a little later on 17 December.As per the game’s press release, Unto The End combines full-blooded combat with breathless adventuring, and is set within “a hostile, but…

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Cuphead’s The Delicious Last Course DLC delayed into 2021

By Dom Peppiatt, Thursday, 26 November 2020 13:11 GMT Studio MDHR has announced that the first set of Cuphead DLC, the smartly named The Delicious Last Course, has been delayed to 2021.The Delicious Last Course downloadable content – which sees Cuphead and his erstwhile friend Mugman joined by a new character, Ms. Chalice – take on a whole new island, brimming with dastardly cartoon threats.The DLC was first announced way back in June 2018, with a tentative 2019 release date attached. But, wanting to achieve “the meticulous level of care and quality we always strive for” without resorting to crunch,…

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PlayStation Plus December games for PS4 and PS5 confirmed

We’re getting three PlayStation Plus games this December.Update: Moments after we published this story, Sony decided to make it official. The platform holder has now announced that, as seen in the leak below, your three PlayStation Plus games for December are Just Cause 4, Rocket Arena, and Worms Rumble.All three games can be downloaded beginning Tuesday, December 1 and until Monday, January 4. Worms Rumble is available on both PS4 and PS5.The original story follows.Original story: Most of Sony’s official channels have yet to announce the PlayStation Plus free games line-up for December. The official Twitter for PlayStation Saudi Arabia,…

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s next patch is going to break your saves

By Sherif Saed, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:21 GMT It sounds like Baldur’s Gate 3 players who racked up dozens of hours may soon be screwed.Baldur’s Gate 3 developer Larian has outlined plans for the game’s next patch, tentatively titled Patch 3. The update will be the first to actually bring changes to the game’s story.Unfortunately, this means past saves may not be compatible with the game after Patch 3 has been installed. This is going to be the case with other future patches, as Larian sees this evolution to be part of the early access process.For players who would…

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Dragon Age creative director sets up new development studio, Yellow Brick Games

Mike Laidlaw, best know as the creative director of the Dragon Age series, has revealed his new studio in Québec City called Yellow Brick Games.In a statement released by the new studio, Yellow Brick Games outlines the motive of the new development outfit, outlining a “back to basics” approach to game development that’ll be the core philosophy of the creative team.Apparently, the studio’s approach to development will very much be “centered on the pleasure of crafting new game experiences, in a flexible and more personable environment that an independent studio can provide,” (thanks, PC Gamer).That’s according to a statement from Yellow…

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Green Man unveils early deals for Black Friday 2020

By Grace Curtis, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 21:26 GMT Black Friday is kicking off early at Green Man Gaming, which just went live with a huge catalogue of discounts on Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, and many dozens more. The offers are running until December 2nd, and will update and change regularly, so remember to keep checking back if nothing catches your eye the first time around.If you’re a PC gamer looking to bulk out your collection, there are a few choice offers here. You can also knock 16% off most PC games with the code FALL2020. There’s a lot to wade…

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Can’t get a PS5? Pretend you have one with this free game

By Sherif Saed, Monday, 16 November 2020 13:08 GMT You may not have your hands on a PS5 right now, but you sure can pretend.The PS5 has officially launched in some parts of the world, with the rest joining in on the fun this week. But amidst all the pre-order chaos, limited stock and delivery delays, many won’t actually get a PS5 for weeks, if not months.But you don’t have to worry, because the indie development community has produced PS5 Simulator, a free game that, well, lets you simulate the experience of receiving a brand-new console in the mail. It…

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Fall Guys is getting a level with only fans

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 6 November 2020 20:06 GMT Fans and tiny hammers.An upcoming Fall Guys update will include a level with nothing but big fans. Called Fan Big Yeet Little update, the Big Fans level will find you running across spinning blades and comes out next week as part of Season 2. It also features the spinning hammer Lil Yeety. The hammer will be hidden in levels. B I G F A N S A new level that features ONLY FANS It drops into the game next week as part of the FAN BIG YEET LITTLE update Also contains…

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Phasmophobia will not be getting PvP

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 4 November 2020 18:16 GMT At one time, a PvP mode was planned for Phasmophobia, but that plan has been scrapped.Speaking with IGN, Kinetic Games said it has dropped the idea of adding PvP to Early Access title Phasmophobia.According to developer Dknighterto, there are no plans at the moment to add another game mode, as it would “turn the game into something completely different.”“I want the game to remain 4 players vs. 1 AI, and balance the game, then add new features around that style of gameplay,” said Dknighterto.Instead of adding new content to the game…

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Get Blair Witch and the Ghostbusters remaster for free on the Epic Games Store

By Sherif Saed, Friday, 30 October 2020 13:10 GMT Just in time for Halloween, Epic is offering everyone two spooky games for free.The two free games this week on the Epic Games Store are live for everyone. Technically, only one of them is really scary, but the two are on-theme for the holiday.This week’s games are Blair Witch, Bloober Team’s cinematic adventure set in the eponymous world, and the remaster of Ghostbusters: The Video Game. Blair Witch comes from the makers of Layers of Fear, and Observer, and had a bit of a mixed reception at launch. Ghostbusters: The Video…

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Darkest Dungeon 2 early access kicks off in 2021

Developer Red Hook Studios has announced that Darkest Dungeon 2 will enter early access in 2021 via the Epic Games Store.A teaser trailer that appeared on YouTube called “A Glimmer of Hope” (below) confirmed that the game will be coming to early access next year, complete with a nice new 3D art style.“It’s time to face the failures of the past,” Red Hook Studios explains in a short blurb for the game. “Lash your gear to the stagecoach, fix your eyes on the horizon, and prepare to roll into Early Access on the Epic Games Store in 2021!”Darkest Dungeon 2…

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Epic Games Store Halloween Sale discounts Borderlands 3, Red Dead Redemption 2, Mortal Shell and more

By Sherif Saed, Friday, 23 October 2020 09:35 GMT The Epic Games Store has kicked off a two-week Halloween sale.The Epic Games Store‘s Halloween Sale has begun, offering massive discounts on select tiles. The sale will be available all the way until Thursday, November 5.Though Epic isn’t giving away any coupons during this time around, existing coupons you might have from previous sales will apply. Given the coupons’ value and the already big discounts some of these games have, you’d be getting a bargain that’s hard to beat.You can easily check if you have any pending coupons by adding a…

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Co-op RTS Dwarfheim tunnels its way into Early Access today

By Alex Calvin, Thursday, 22 October 2020 15:34 GMT Co-op real-time strategy game Dwarfheim is rolling into Steam Early Access today.This is a multiplayer-centric take on the classic RTS genre that features a number of asymmetric, co-op game modes. Dwarfheim is developed by Norwegian studio Pineleaf, while Merge is handling publishing duties, and was revealed at the PC Gaming Show in June.The title comes to Steam Early Access with a number of different modes. Conquest is a co-op multiplayer game type where players have to work together to destroy their enemies and their Town Hall. Skirmish, meanwhile, can be experienced…

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Amnesia: Rebirth reviews round-up – all the scores

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 19 October 2020 17:04 GMT The reviews are in for Frictional Games’ latest horror title, Amnesia: Rebirth, and the verdict is looking good for the esteemed developer.It’s been ten years since the release of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and now – emboldened after the success of SOMA – Frictional Games has returned with the horror sequel, Amnesia: Rebirth.Arriving tomorrow, October 20, on PC and PlayStation 4, the game has certainly made an impression with critics around the world. If you’re in the mood to get scared and spooked ahead of Halloween 2020, it looks like this will…

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You can play this amazing Disco Elysium Game Boy port on PC or mobile

In celebration of Disco Elysium‘s first anniversary, an enterprising fan has remade part of the game in a nostalgic Game Boy style.If you’re wondering when the game will arrive on Switch or other consoles, this might help you endure the wait.The impressive fan-made port is best experienced on an actual Game Boy – and the game actually runs on the hardware if you download the ROM and load it onto a flash cartridge – but the game will also run on a PC or on mobile, too.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqVzFjna00Y&ab_channel=DiscoElysiumThe port won’t allow you to play through the entire game; the creator has…

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Fall Guys update adds a new playlist called Slime Survivors

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 17 October 2020 17:32 GMT A new Fall Guys update is available alongside a new playlist.The new Fall Guys update had added a new playlist called Slime Survivors and provides a few tweaks to Season 2 items such as nameplates.According to Mediatonic, the new Slime Survivors playlist isn’t just another back-to-back Slime Climb, as it is a mixture of Survival rounds.Those that survive will go on to Hex-A-Gone and Jump Showdown as finals.Along with the new playlist comes an increased chance to see Medieval rounds, and it decreases the chance to get nicknames and nameplates in…

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Stardew Valley is getting split-screen co-op on all platforms

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 17 October 2020 16:32 GMT The next update for Stardew Valley will include split-screen co-op.Update 1.5 has been in the works for Stardew Valley for quite some time, and we now know one of the new features it will contain.Split-screen co-op is coming to all platforms, but only PC will support up to four players.Details noted by Twitter users in the tweet include the addition of desert farms, new chests, a telephone stand, torches on fence-posts, and more (thanks, PCgamesN).Update 1.5 will also contain a significant new piece of end-game content and banana trees.The last big…

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Source of Madness, King Arthur: Knight’s Tale and more of our favourite indies this week

With the latest iteration of the Steam Festival behind us, we return today with a fresh look at the world of indie games with our hidden indie gems column.Things aren’t much quieter this week, in part because of the IndieCade virtual event, which kicks off today and runs until Saturday, October 24. You can expect a host of developer-lead streams, new gameplay reveals and other conference-like sessions you’ll be able to view from home.This week’s line-up consists of new reveals, and a couple we missed last week.Hot indie games week of October 12Source of MadnessI am not one to usually…

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Axiom Verge 2 has been delayed to the first half of 2021

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 20:51 GMT Axiom Verge 2 has been delayed into 2021.Axiom Verge 2 from Thomas Happ Games will miss its 2020 release and arrive sometime during the first half of 2021.Announced during a Nintendo Indie World showcase last year, the game was originally slated to release on Nintendo Switch in fall 2020.According to a blog post from the developer, a “number of factors” led to the release schedule being pushed into next year.  First up, the enemies are more sophisticated than those in the original game. Another factor is the art style is more complex…