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Obsidian hope Pillars of Eternity sales will fund its sequel without Kickstarter

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Are these the Pillars of Eternity in question? Look pretty finite to us.

Kickstarter funded Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera from InXile, and Pillars of Eternity and its expansion pack from Obsidian - essentially plotting out the second Infinity Engine Age in advance.

For Obsidian, the hope is that initial kick will be enough to see them through Eternity’s sequel, too.

“That’s the dream of any independent developer,” said project director Josh Sawyer. “That they get the cash reserves that they don't need to ask anybody for money.”

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Respawn to introduce in-game 'black market' currency to Titanfall in Game Update 5

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Titanfall is looking like an evergreen shooter so far.

Respawn are currently turning the Titanfall community on to the idea of ‘black market’ currency, which is a funny thing to call an developer-designed point system. Talk to Blizzard: they’ll tell you all about real black markets.

In any case, players will soon be able to earn in-game cash by completing challenges or selling on unloved burn cards. But don’t call it a microtransaction system: there’ll be no means of acquiring ‘black market’ money with real-life debit cards.

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The Sims 2 is now free on Origin, swimming pools and 18 expansions included

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The Sims 2: when toddlers were a back-of-the-box feature.

A decade ago, you might have complained that The Sims 2 had turned the PC games charts into a permanent expandaland. But a comprehensive version of the game might be exactly what you're looking for today, on the eve of a Sims without swimming pools or toddlers.

Boot up Origin this afternoon and you can be adding Maxis’ finest hour of the 21st century, stuffed with Stuff Packs, to your library for free.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic preps for largest story expansion since Rise of the Hutt Cartel

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Things are set to get hairy again in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

In retrospect, overarching MMO plotlines can sound like supervillain whack-a-mole. The Galactic Republic and Sith Empire might be at war, but together they’ve bopped the Hutt Cartel’s invasion of Makeb on the head, and given the Dread Masters of Oricon a good malleting.

For now, though, Star Wars: The Old Republic’s next major storyline is swathed in mystery, preceded by two new flashpoints that make up its prelude. It might be time to take another look at Star Wars: The Old Republic.

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Chat restrictions increase win rates for a "large number" of League of Legends players

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A familiar sight for the most toxic players in League of Legends.

Riot Games have loud ways of dealing with the very worst players in one of the best free PC games around, League of Legends - like the tribunal, and the head-on-a-spike reports that follow their rulings.

But one of the quieter tools in their arsenal is the temporary chat ban. Not only does it dissuade players from bad behaviour, say Riot, but it actually tends to improve their performance in the lanes.

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Steam Controller

Well-thumbed: the Steam Controller has grown an analog stick

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The new Steam Controller: something old, something new.

The Steam Controller, as it was first pitched to us, was a totally alien way to play a game. Two flat radar dishes, resembling the subwoofers in the back of a an 18-year-old’s car, represented the promise of mouse-controlled games on the couch. A touch screen at its centre stood in quiet tribute to the Dreamcast. Possibly.

Nowadays it looks much more familiar. Four Xbox port-friendly letters sit below the Steam Controller's pause button, and a thumbstick - a new addition - in place of the last prototype’s d-pad.

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Meet IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad —the high flying return of the PC's best combat flight-sim

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An olive-colored Soviet plane braves the night and the snow.

IL-2 Sturmovik ruled the World War Two flight-sim roost like few games ever have. Not only did it expose sim audiences to the often-overlooked Eastern Front air war, but it proved to be a gift that kept on giving: its lengthy series of expansions covered everything from early jet-fighter combat to the Pacific air war.

But from such a height came a similarly precipitous fall with the with the disastrous (and awkwardly-named) IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover, an ill-fated take on the Battle of Britain that led to the departure of series creator Oleg Maddox and a terrible, buggy release that left many fans feeling burned.

Now, with IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad and a new development team, 1C are trying to get the king of WW2 aviation back in the air.

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Cliff Bleszinski's Project BlueStreak snatches up AAA shooter designers and staff

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Project BlueStreak hires

Cliff Bleszinski’s new studio, Boss Key Productions, have moved into their base and started hiring. So Project BlueStreak has formally begun. While the ex-Gear of War developer has left AAA console development behind, the new studio has snatched up a fair few employees from that world. 

Designers from Epic Games, Bleszinski’s old stomping grounds; Ubisoft Montreal; and Irrational Games number among them. Between them, there’s a lot of experience in designing successful shooters, so BlueStreak is off to a strong start. 

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Tim Schafer on Double Fine publishing and not being told what to do

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Double Fine Presents

Double Fine has, in the last five years, has gone through quite the transformation. The studio was treading water after Brutal Legend in 2009, but now it has complete control over its IPs, has successfully experimented with emerging business models - in many ways setting a trend - and is now assisting other developers with the Double Fine Presents label. 

Speaking with Games Industry International, Tim Schafer chalked the big shift up to not liking being told what to do. And now he wants to help new indie developers chart their own course. 

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Get back in The Room when it comes to PC on July 28th

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The Room PC

Tactile puzzle game, The Room, is leaving Android and iOS devices this month and making its way onto PC. If, for some reason, you know nothing about one of the most successful mobile games out there, you should still be excited, because it’s great. 

The Room’s central conceit is that you’re stuck in the titular room, which contains a box you must open. No, you can’t just leave and hire a locksmith. Instead, you’ve got to go through a series of lovingly crafted, tactile puzzles, leading you to fondle many a gear and fiddle with lots of locks. And come July 28th, you’ll be able to do all of that on your PC. 

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Humble Bundle

The Humble Square Enix Bundle throws Hitman, Thief and even Anachronox at you

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Humble Square Enix Bundle

With the Humble 2K Bundle only just behind us, Square Enix is now getting in on the cheap games and charity action with the Humble Square Enix Bundle. Some cracking games, like Thief and the woefully under appreciated Anachronox - which is, incidentally, one of the titles in our 15 best RPGs on PC - are up for grabs. 

The charities being supported by this bundle are GameAid and Make a Wish. Though I’m not sure anyone would want Daikatana, even if it is for charity. 

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The nine best Kerbal Space Program mods

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Kerbal Space Program is rapidly becoming a more expansive and complex rocket simulator. The recent First Contract update added a more fully featured career mode, with currency and science and missions and reputation and explosions. But as well as Squad's own stellar work, there's also an enthusiastic community of modders constantly pumping out their own brand of features and enhancements.

New clouds, better physics, catalogues of new rocket parts. You name it, and within reason, it probably exists somewhere in the Kerbal SpacePort add-on repository. But without a guiding hand it's difficult to know where to begin. So I offer you mine. My guiding hand, that is. Take it, hold tight, and let's fly, like a cosmic Peter Pan, through the magical world of Kerbal Space Program mods.

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God Squad: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris due out in December

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Temple of Osiris release date

Options are lovely. Both the brand of hot chocolate and choices. Sometimes you want to fall down cliffs and then climb back up them again while wolves chase you and men with guns shoot said guns right at your face. Other times you want to befriend ancient deities and solve puzzles with them. 

So it’s rather nice that, with Lara Croft, we can enjoy both. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris was a pleasant surprise at E3 this year, and now we’ve got a release date for it. Crystal Dynamics’ second foray into the world of co-operative puzzle solving will launch on December 9th. 

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15 best WildStar addons

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Best WildStar Mods

Give us an MMO and we’ll play it, but give us an MMO with addon support and we’ll make it even better. Carbine understand that anything they can do, their community can improve and refine it. That’s why they made sure WildStar was addon friendly from not only from release, but way back in the public beta.

We’ve collected the best 15 WildStar addons that are absolutely necessary as your explore the planet Nexus.

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The Walking Dead Season 2: Amid the Ruins PC review

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The Walking Dead Season 2: Amid the Ruins PC review

“You’re a good girl, Clementine.” This moment of reassurance that comes halfway through The Walking Dead Season 2’s penultimate episode is horribly necessary. Few video game protagonists have gone through what this 12 year old girl has. And the impact of the myriad horrors faced by Clem have taken their toll. 

Amid the Ruins feels like the peak of the pint-sized survivor’s development. After the brutal trauma of the previous episode, we get to decide, or at least influence, what she will be like in the finale and how she’s been transformed by the events of this second season. Every moment is a struggle between Darwinism and kindness. 

But she’s damned either way. 

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TrainFever’s simulations have me hot under the collar

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Few things stoke my coals more than a good civil management sim, SimCity, Prison Architect, and Banished have all sucked up my team recently but nothing’s scratched my municipal transport itch. That’s where TrainFever comes in.

The game kicks off in the 1840s and runs up to the modern day, letting you build networks for horse drawn carriages, steam trains, and electric overhead rails of today.

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Down but not out: West Games attempts to get funding for Areal after Kickstarter suspension

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Areal crowd-funding attempt 2

Post-apocalyptic survival shooter, Areal, has been plagued with problems since its Kickstarter began. This culminated in Areal's suspension on Kickstarter yesterday afternoon. 

Developer West Games released a statement explaining the situation last night, and it looks like the suspension is not temporary. The crowd-funding drive begins anew, this time on the Areal website. 

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Watch Dogs graphics mod TheWorse hits v1.0

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Aiden had a new phone that was unlike any he had owned before.

Watch Dogs’ graphics weren’t quite up to the standard of the original E3 demo, whether this was because they were more than the new generation consoles could handle, or that the visual effects on show were causing problems elsewhere in the game. Whatever the case it’s fallen to modders to bring the game up to scratch.

TheWorse has done just that.

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