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Octodad year one statistics revealed; sold over 459,000 units

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Octodad

Young Horses Games, the creators of the superb Octodad: Dadliest Catch, have just unveiled a plethora of interesting statistics. Most notably, the game has sold over 459,000 units, bringing with it a gross revenue of just under $5 million dollars.

There’s also some rather silly statistics too, like how many “emergency room trips” the team endured while developing the game. 

The answer is four.

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is upgrading to DirectX 11 with Heavensward expansion

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn DirectX 11

In the latest Letter From the Producer Live for Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, players finally got confirmation that the superior rendering platform that is DirectX 11 is finally on its way. The graphical upgrade - to an already stunning game if I may say so - will make its entrance with the games first expansion: Heavensward.

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Project CARS is the last racing sim the world will ever need

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Cockpit view of an open wheel Formula Rookie car looking great.

The challenge in discussing Project CARS, the crowd-funded racing sim from Slightly Mad Studios, is in picking which Project CARS I want to talk about. Because it’s really a lot of different racing games under one enormous umbrella.

There’s Project CARS the karting sim, where you’ll race high-performance superkarts around tiny, challenging tracks that are like miniature grand prix circuits. There’s Project CARS, the vintage Formula 1 racing game that lets you take whip Jim Clark’s Lotus around the criminally under-utilized Watkins Glen circui. There’s Project CARS the highway racer, where you can launch an Audi R8 down twisting ribbons of coastal highway in California or the south of France.

They’re completely different experiences, almost from different games. But what they have in common is that they’re all fantastic.

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Star Wars Battlefront's maps, from Hoth to Endor, will each be built for specific game modes

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Star Wars Battlefront concept art and map details

Star Wars Battlefront seems so very far, far away, with its holiday 2015 release window. But you can at least sate yourself on the few tidbits that DICE is willing to offer until that inevitable push happens around E3. 

According to design director Niklas Fegraeus, the maps of battlefront, which include locations like Endor (the forest moon of) and Hoth, will be built with specific modes in mind and they’ll have different scales. 

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Medieval Engineers' structural integrity preview is demolition porn

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Medieval Engineers structural integrity preview

Toppling something monumental and grand is a singular delight. Stomping on Lego, liberal application of TNT in Minecraft, colliding spaceships in Space Engineers - it’s the simple pleasures that make this life worth living. 

Send any children you might own to bed, and usher any elderly out of the room. We’re about to watch some hardcore castle destruction porn in Medieval Engineers, and it’s going to get a bit saucy. 

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Dying Light PC review

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Dying Light PC review

From where I’m perched, Harran looks desolate. Plumes of smoke pour out of buildings, and roads are dotted with cars ablaze. But other than the few infernos and the billowing palm leaves, it looks almost peaceful. Clambering down the the Tower of Babel-sized radio tower, the real Harran starts to reveal itself; the zombie-infested city that serves as Dying Light’s blood-drenched stage. 

That’s the problem with being above it all - I start to feel safe. But the moment I hit street level, that changes. Falling out of windows, crawling on top of cars, smashing against fences, zombies fill every nook and cranny of the Turkish city. So I swifty ascend again, Spider-man without the jokes, and I stare out across the roofs. These are the real streets of Harran, the rooftops and balconies, and I sit there and plan. I have to, because the hell below is bubbling with danger. 

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Diablo 3 Season 2 will begin as early as Feburary; patch 2.1.2 still in public testing

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Diablo 3 Season 2

Update: Season 2 kicks off on Friday, February 13th, which is unfortunate for the superstitious. Bring on the hordes of fresh characters.

As Diablo’s first season comes to a close, Blizzard are keen to get started with the next. Season 2 will be coming as early as February 3rd, and with it comes a lot more than just a fresh start. Current seasonal characters will be transferred to the non-seasonal pool, and any items and paragon experience will also be carried over.

There’s also a new patch on the horizon, which is currently being tested on the Public Test Realm.

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Evolve: Hunters Quest is a free-to-play match 3 companion app for Evolve

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Evolve: Hunters Quest

After Evolve launches next month, there will inevitably come a time when you can’t play it. Maybe you’re stuck on a bus. Perhaps you’re spending some quality time with your toilet. Whatever the reason, you won’t be off gallivanting on alien worlds. 

2K has you covered. When you’re not able to play the game, you can play the companion app, Evolve: Hunters Quest, on your phone. It’s a match 3 puzzle game. With microtransactions.

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Life is Strange: Chrysalis PC review

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Life is Strange PC Review

Yes, Life is strange. One moment, you’re a quiet photography student grappling with teenage popularity issues, the next, you’re Veronica Mars with the ability to warp time. 

That’s Max’s life, anyway. Life is Strange’s half-pint protagonist and amateur sleuth has all the problems of a teenage girl in a new school, with more piled on in the form of a newly-discovered ability to rewind time and a missing person to find. Adventure games: they never just give you one problem to deal with. 

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The pet's out of the bag: The Elder Scrolls Online gets an all new inventory system

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The Elder Scrolls

Now freshly relieved of its monthly subscription charge, The Elder Scrolls Online continues to streamline every aspect of its MMORPG adventuring.

The latest word on the upcoming Update 6 goes into some detail about huge changes to the game's inventory system, answering the age old question: what are you going to do with all that junk? All that junk inside your trunk?

Well, Bethesda gon' get you a collection screen instead, one that holds all of your mounts, pets and costumes in a separate and conveniently accessible place. Phew!

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Prison Architect has sold over a million copies, will leave Early Access in 2015

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Introversion has announced that it's now sold over one million copies of its prison management and inmate-shivving simulator, Prison Architect.

The gaol-building strategy game is currently available in alpha on Steam as an Early Access title, but in the team's first progress update of 2015, producer Mark Morris revealed that Prison Architect will shed its alpha husk and fully launch some time later this year.

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Closed: We’ve 650 Heroes of the Storm keys to give away. Codes will be sent out on Saturday

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heroes of the storm key giveaway blizzard

We’ve barely recovered from the last Heroes of the Storm giveaway and Blizzard have thrown another 650 European keys our way. Please, someone come and take them off our hands but no pushing, in our haggard state we’re liable to collapse.

Update: Comments are now closed. We'll be sending out codes to your email accounts on Saturday. Thanks for taking part.

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The Witcher 3 won't compromise on visuals, say CD Projekt Red

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The Witcher 3

Putting his big art producer foot down during an interview with news outlet Enternity, CD Projekt Red's Michal Stec has insisted that the PC version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will not be graphically constrained by its cross-platform development on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Not one bit. Not one flesh-coloured pixel shall be lost. Not one raunchy frame shall be dropped. And every last hair on every contorted body shall be fully accounted for.

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The Bard's Tale IV won't delay Torment: Tides of Numenera, inXile promises

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Torment: Tides of Numenera

inXile, fresh from having announced they're working on The Bard's Tale IV, have released their first 2015 update on development of their other still-to-be-released title, Torment: Tides of Numenera.

The update reassures fans that tales of bards will not delay any numeneric tides you might be expecting. It also goes into considerable depth about a bunch of work inXile have been putting into ther intricately branching RPG conversations, as well as their luxurious fantasy scenery.

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Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered is on its way, complete with awkward zombie sex

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Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

Update: Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered is now available on Steam for a very reasonable £6.99/$9.99. At a glance, it’s hard to tell how different the visuals are from the original, but there’s an option to compare them in the game. Along with the HD upgrade, there’s full controller support.

Fahrenheit, or Indigo Prophecy for you Americans, has had a bit of work done to it, according to Amazon. David Cage’s barmy adventure game has appeared on Amazon.com, but not Amazon.co.uk, with both of its names combined. Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered Edition is how it would like to be addressed from now on.

The site lists the release date as January 29th, and is taking pre-orders. 

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Guild Wars 2's level cap is here to stay

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Guild Wars 2's level cap is here to stay

I can’t be the only person who immediately reinstalled Guild Wars 2 after ArenaNet announced the Heart of Thorns expansion. Indeed, I know that I’m not, because Nick did the same thing. But there’s always that stressful moment, when anticipating an MMO expansion, when you prepare for the higher level gear and tougher enemies. It’s never just more content; it’s always got to be higher level content. 

This won’t be the case in Heart of Thorns, and beyond. 

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