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Blizzard has "six or seven" World of Warcraft expansions planned; "easily 10 years worth of stuff"

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World of Warcraft Expansion

World of Warcraft director Tom Chilton has revealed that Blizzard have “six or seven” expansions planned for their iconic MMORPG. While the expansion that will arrive after Warlords of Draenor is already in active development, a number of others clocking up “10 years worth of stuff” are being discussed.

“I think it’ll be quite a while before the financials indicate that it’s just not worth doing anymore."

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Facepunch Studios announce Arcade: want to "let players design their own arcades"

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Arcade

Facepunch Studios have announced yet another work-in-progress title, this time all about the arcades. Aptly named “Arcade”, the game will encourage players to create and maintain their own arcade servers in which other players can play various arcade games to earn tokens. You’ll be able to watch while people play their games in real time, and compare scores on the high score tables.

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ArcheAge gets a release date: launches September 16th

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ArcheAge Launch Date

Sandbox MMO ArcheAge has announced a release date at this year’s PAX Prime, planning to launch on September 16th. It’ll be preceded by a four day head start for those eligible, and also a four day open beta so people can try the game out before launch.

The reveal means that the ArcheAge alpha will come to an end, as early as this Sunday. Those inside are told not to feel too down as it won’t be without “due fanfare”.

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Dota 2 to receive long awaited Techies update next week; we're all doomed

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Dota 2 Techies

The update that everyone’s been waiting for over four years is just one week away from becoming a reality. The “Techies” update isn’t only promising a new hero - which is one of the most infamous heroes in the game - but a slew of other features. The madness of All Random Deathmatch is making its debut along with a new All-Hero challenge, egging you on to win a match with each and every hero in Dota 2. And we’ll also see the introduction of the compendium stretch goals, such as new music and ballsy taunt gem.

Oh, and don’t forget the bug fixes too.

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GoD Factory: Wingmen launches on Steam, brightening up the galaxy

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GoD Factory: Wingmen

Flashy, hyperspeed-paced space shooter GoD Factory: Wingmen launched today on Steam. It’s a multiplayer affair with 4 v 4 matches and really bizarre, customisable space ships. Cooperation is essential - no Maverick or Hal Jordan nonsense here - and the combat’s tactical. 

Direct your eyes towards the brightly coloured launch trailer, below. 

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Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell pits the gang against Satan

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Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell

We were betting on Saints Row V, but Volition’s new project - just announced today at PAX - will not be the fifth entry in the open world criminal-turned-superhero caper. Instead, it’s more DLC for Saints Row IV. 

The good news is Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell it puts lovable psychopath Johnny Gat in the driver’s seat, and sees him take a trick down to Hell with ex-FBI hacker Kinzie in an effort to save the President and leader of the Saints from the clutches of Satan. Big Red wants the Prez to marry his daughter, and this is just how courtship works in Hell. 

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Maia 0.44 ramps up the danger with catastrophic earthquakes and suspicious aliens

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Maia update

I haven’t played Maia since it first made planetfall and landed on Early Access, but that skeletal frame - which now has a lot more meat hanging off it - was shaping into something I think I’ll rather like quite a lot. It’s a colony builder and management sim set on an alien world. And it has space chickens and space cats. 

The game just received a hefty update today along with a 22 percent discount, which you can take advantage of for the next 40-odd hours. 

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PlanetSide 2 gets its first new aircraft since launch: the Valkyrie

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PlanetSide 2: the Valkyrie

In PlanetSide 2, I fly on instinct. This involves flailing around wildly while yelling “we’re all going to die!” It’s very relaxing. And now the dangerous skies of Auraxis are set to get busier, with the introduction of the first new aircraft to hit the game since launch: the Valkyrie. 

Take a gander at the gunship in action, below. 

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Valve's going up against an Australian watchdog in court over its refund policy

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Valve sued in Australia

Australia and video games don’t have the most ammicable of relationships. Actually, that’s probably a bit unfair. I mean, I doubt Ayers Rock has an issue with games, and I suspect that most people don’t consider them dangerous. But some people of influence do, which is why developers sometimes end up jumping through hoops so they can sell their games over there. 

Now an Australian consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, has Valve in its sights. The group is suing Valve over its refund policy, which it claims breaks the country’s consumer laws.

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Join our Diablo 3 clan as we jump head first into Seasons

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Diablo III Seasons

Patch 2.1 for Diablo III is nearly fully deployed, as the new Seasons game mode is launching in less than half an hour here in the EU. If you’re like me in that you sat there anxiously waiting for the floodgates to open, then I have some good news: PCGamesN has its own clan so you don’t have to go it alone, with both softcore and hardcore players. 

If you’re looking for some companions to watch your back as you venture into the breech once again, here’s how to join.

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The Journey Down: Chapter Two review

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The Journey Down: Chapter Two review

The Journey Down: Chapter One, the first part in an episodic Afro-noir adventure game trilogy, was released two years ago. Longer, if you consider that it's a remake of developer SkyGoblin’s original AGS game. I reviewed it, enjoyed it, and then wondered when the second episode was going to come out. 

Two years is a long time to wait. Long enough for the relationship to sour, though? No, as it turns out. This second outing is larger, ever so slightly more complex and considerably better put together than its predecessor, and loses none of its easy humour and rewarding puzzles. 

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Telltale cruelly teases Game of Thrones details with A Dance With Dragons quote

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Telltale's Game of Thrones

With The Walking Dead Season 2 wrapped up - take a gander at No Going Back review if you want to know how the finale stacked up - Telltale have moved on to teasing their Games of Thrones adaptation. 

The studio tweeted an excerpt from the fifth book in A Song of Ice and Fire, A Dance With Dragons, which offers scant details but possibly reveals the game’s focus. Remember House Forrester? No, you probably don’t.  

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Prison Architect alpha 24 turns prisoners into snitches

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Prison Architect alpha 24

Prison Architect is now up to it’s 24th alpha version, and one does wonder if it will ever hit beta, or if features will keep being added until it becomes sentient and imprisons us all. 

Alpha 24 builds on the mod system, allowing architects to create almost anything, from new grants to new jobs; snitches, otherwise known as confidential informants; and remote access systems continue to be expanded. 

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Watch Dogs mod for GTA IV is finished and impressively faithful

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WatchDogsIV: replete with Pearce.

Everybody who owns Watch Dogs has spent a bit of time playing it like it’s GTA. Whether the UI’s to blame or the binary familiarity of hopping in and out of cars, it’s all to easy to fall back on long-perfected cop-shaking routines and machine gun solutions.

WatchDogsIV suggests we do it the other way around. The work of three modders, it infuses Liberty City with the closed-circuit paranoia, hacking mechanics and long, leather coats of future Chicago.

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Here's what to expect from Kerbal Space Program 0.25

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Kerbal Space Program

Space news! At some point in the very near future, Kerbal Space Program will receive its next update. Catchily titled Kerbal Space Program 0.25, it's the largest update since the release of First Contract over a month ago, introducing a whole host of changes to the space-rocket-explosion-resulting-in-astronaut-stranded-in-orbit simulator.

Developer Squad has kindly shared with us the roadmap for their game's next iteration. Here's what to expect in Kerbal Space Program 0.25.

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Shadow of Mordor preview

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Shadow of Mordor: diary of an orc.

Life in Shadow of Mordor goes on without you.

Most open world games only seem to have life when you’re looking, GTA’s cars only spawn into existence when you get close enough, Assassin’s Creeds’ pickpockets never spend the money they steal because they exist only as long as you can see them, and Skyrim’s denizens only complain about their arrow wounds when you’re within earshot.

Shadow of Mordor is different.

It has a world of characters that have ambitions, relationships, and enemies all of their own. Goals that have nothing to do with you that play out separate to you.

You get to see it all in play when you die.

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Total War: Rome II to get new campaign map, "hundreds of hours" of free geopolitics

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Total War: Rome II, resplendent in its Emperor Edition.

Was the existing version of Total War: Rome II fit for a king? Creative Assembly didn’t think so, so they’re bringing out an Emperor Edition sometime in September.

That'll collect together all the free updates Rome has had to date - which isn’t particularly remarkable for anybody with broadband and a spare day to leave Steam whirring.

But it'll also herald a brand new expansion campaign that’ll last players “hundreds of hours”. Called ‘Imperator Augustus’, it'll come to all Rome II owners for free.

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It looks like Volition will announce a Saints Row V this weekend

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Saints Row IV: a tonally complex act to follow.

Volition like things bold, brash and funny. They aren’t, bless them, built for the scale or subtlety of a Valve-like ARG. And so their latest attempt at game-teasing was over in one wave of a giant dildo.

First Volition indicated, with a dramatic wink, that they’d be announcing a new game at their ‘Quiz Show Hour with Volition’ panel at PAX Prime this weekend. And then came the exaggerated nudge: an email containing a dirty great image of the fleur-de-lis - the lily flower symbol of Saints Row.

I think we’ve all cracked the code by now, haven't we?

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Firefall patch packs in the action making it much more fun to play

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I gave Firefall a 4/10 when I reviewed three weeks ago. I thought the action was a repetitive grind and I spent far too long walking between missions. I also found that it didn’t foster much interaction between players, a lot of your time was spent solo and the missions simply didn’t require buddying up.

Well, Red 5 have solved a great many of my gripes in a single patch, fixing some deep flaws in the launch version. I’ve spent all morning playing and if you were on the fence about creating an account this could be enough to get you hooked.

Let me explain why.

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