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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain on PC to launch 2 weeks after consoles

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Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain Release Date

You may of been excited to learn last night that Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain, had a release date, and that it was the same as the consoles. I’m about to ruin that unfortunately. I’m sorry. A further clarification from Konami actually puts the PC launch of Phantom Pain to two weeks later than that of the consoles, September 15th to be precise.

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Inside Sword Coast Legends: back to Baldur's Gate with the director of Dragon Age: Origins

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Sword Coast Legends

Sword Coast Legends might sound nondescript enough to the untrained ear, but the name is a series of keywords hand-picked to flare the nostrils of Baldur’s Gate fans. Not only have n-Space set up camp in the same D&D region as BioWare’s debut RPG, but early screenshots indicate they’ve looted its isometric camera and real-time-with-pause credentials too.

Legends will join Pillars of Eternity and Beamdog’s Adventure Y at the fore of the ‘90s revival now outdoing the actual ‘90s. There are two things that distinguish this period RPG from its peers, however. First, the presence of Dragon Age: Origins chief Dan Tudge at the helm. And second, a determination to pin down a part of D&D that’s rarely made it off the table in 40 years of adaptations: dungeon mastering in multiplayer.

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Blizzard to prevent permanent immunity in Diablo 3; gives them "more freedom in designing new and powerful items"

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Diablo III

The application of Diablo III’s patch 2.2 on the PTR service has had an interesting side effect: enabling permanent player immunity with the use of some new legendaries. While attaining that status is an achievement - using the new Cooldown Reduction affix to bring ability cooldowns below their duration, Blizzard are tweaking some abilities to prevent this from happening; in fact this very outcome has been on their radar for a while now. 

And in case you think this is an “anti-fun” move, the change will allow Blizzard to bring in some “new and powerful” items that can do the same, albeit in a more balanced manner.

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Bioware

Dragon Age lead writer departs the series to work on an upcoming Bioware game

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David Gaider Dragon Age

Bioware’s lead writer on the Dragon Age series, David Gaider, has announced that he’s to leave the series, instead working on an upcoming and unannounced Bioware project. He represents over a decade of expertise on the Dragon Age games, and while sad, is equally optimistic about his new project.

"While it's hard to leave Dragon Age behind, 10 years is a long time to work on any one project. I decided it was time for something new.” said Gaider.

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Get a sneak peek at Warhammer: End Times Vermintide in this Skaven infested trailer

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Warhammer: The End Times Vermintide

Last month, developers Fatshark unveiled their latest project - Warhammer: End Times Vermintide. It’s a co-op first person shooter, in which players must vanquish hordes of terrifying rat-men-folk, the Skaven. While there was only screenshots of the game since its reveal, Fatshark have seen fit to show off the game in action, via a sneaky peeky trailer.

Warning: many Skaven perish in the making.

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Nvidia

Watch Nvidia's GDC event stream right here; "big announcement" incoming

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Nvidia GDC 2015

Update: a new TV, console and "supercomputer" on the table!

Nvidia’s own GDC event is kicking off in just a few minutes. What’s on show? No one really knows! Rumours are abound that it could be a new GPU, or an Android based console, or even something to do with Valve’s Steam Machines.

But why don’t you skip the speculation, and find out for sure with the live stream, embedded below!

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Valve

Valve's Lighthouse tech works with the HTC Vive to enable "room-scale" tracking

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Valve Lighthouse HTC Vive SteamVR

Along with HTC’s partnership with Valve to produce a SteamVR powered virtual reality headset, Valve have also designed a room-scale tracking device to be used with the new tech. Codenamed “Lighthouse”, the tech consists of two devices that can be placed around a room environment, allowing them to track a user's movement within a 3D space.

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Valve

Source 2 (officially) announced; Valve say it'll be "free" to developers

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Valve Source 2

Valve have revealed Source 2 - a successor to their own in-house Source engine that powers all of their games, including Dota 2, Counter-Strike, and Half-Life 2. Speaking at this year’s Game Developers Conference, Valve also stated that the new engine will be made free to all developers.

“This combined with recent announcements by Epic and Unity,” Valve stated “will help continue the PCs dominance as the premiere content authoring platform."

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Origin is offering Syndicate "On the House"

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Syndicate free on Origin

EA’s thrown another game on the On the House pile over on Origin. Last time it was Theme Hospital, and it’s plucked another Bullfrog classic out of its catalogue: Syndicate. It’s over 20 years old, and it looks it, but underneath its crusty exterior is a violent, clever, disturbingly liberating game where you can do anything to get the job done. 

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Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now has local co-op

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Resident Evil Revelations 2 now has co-op

When Resident Evil: Revelations 2’s first episode popped into existence last week without the advertised local co-op on PC, it was a bit of a disappointment. The game is essentially built for co-op, and the feature was clearly advertised on the Steam store page.

Capcom offered a vague explanation about prioritising stability, but it did nothing to alleviate the anger of players who were left without a pretty major feature that was present in other versions of the game. When the explanation didn’t work, Capcom apologised and said they were working on a solution. Less than a week later, and a local co-op beta has launched. 

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NetEase and Blizzard launch new StarCraft 2 league, Gold Series Pro League, to replace WCS Challenger

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GPL and WCS Logo together against a blue-tinted backdrop of a crowd at an eSports event.

For a dead game, StarCraft 2 leagues sure are multiplying in Asia. Chinese internet conglomerate NetEase just announced that they will be operating their own WCS-style tournament, the Gold Series Pro League (GPL) later this year as a part of the WCS system. This will give Chinese players a high-profile domestic tournament of their own that will seed into WCS.

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Khronos Group

Rise of the Vulkans: Khronos Group unveils new graphics API to succeed OpenGL

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The logo for Khronos Group, which promises to connect software to silicon.

There’s a lot of movement happening with graphics APIs at the moment. DirectX is poised to become the new standard for current and next-generation hardware, while AMD appear to have pulled the plug on their own offering, Mantle. Now the Khronos Group, the people behind OpenGL, are finally unveiling the long-awaited “Next Generation OpenGL”.

They’ve also given in a snappier new name: Vulkan, and would really like people to stop talking about Next Gen OpenGL.

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Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: Describe your perfect Valve press conference

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Topic of the Week: Valve press conference

The obsession of the week is that rumour that Valve is hosting a press conference at GDC today, 3pm on the 3rd, and that a big announcement is imminent. The official line is that this is not the case at all, but speculation and rumours have a life of their own.  

We’ve probably already seen Valve’s biggest announcement, the Vive, revealed just before GDC, but we shouldn’t let that stop us from dreaming. So for our Topic of the Week, we want to know what the perfect Valve press conference would be. Half-Life 3 announced? Left 4 Dead 3 announced? Gabe reveals that he’s leaving this world for a virtual one? Let us know in the comments. 

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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date sneaks out thanks to leak

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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date

It’s a pleasure to be able to get all excited about a Metal Gear Solid PC release date. It’s been a long time since we were able to do that. Now allow me to fuel the flames of this excitement, because a release date for The Phantom Pain has been leaked thanks to a video hidden within IGN and a sleuth from NeoGAF. It’s not very soon.

 

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17 things Valve might announce at GDC that aren't Half-Life 3 (and one that is)

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Half-Life 2

Valve are now just hours away from their highly anticipated GDC talk, which keen-eyed spectators and internet hype merchants have noted is scheduled to take place at 3pm on March 3rd.

Their conclusion? Why it's the same conclusion everybody comes to any time Valve is about to do anything at all: that they are about to announce nothing less than Half-Life 3 itself.

So to temper everybody's expectations, here are 17 less-exciting things Valve might announce that aren't Half-Life 3. (Number 7 will blow your mind.)

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The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a Medieval 2 total conversion you might be interested in

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The Elder Scrolls: Total War

The competitive mode of The Elder Scrolls Online drew battle lines across Cyrodiil, reimagining a familiar landscape as a field of perpetual warfare. But our Nick’s the only person I know who ever reached the level 10 required to take part.

There are fewer prerequisites involved in playing The Elder Scrolls: Total War, the first public build of which was released yesterday.

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Valve announce Steam Link, a device to enable plug 'n' play in-home streaming

Valve

Valve announce Steam Link, a device to enable plug 'n' play in-home streaming

Topic of the Week: Describe your perfect Valve press conference

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: Describe your perfect Valve press conference

17 things Valve might announce at GDC that aren't Half-Life 3 (and one that is)

Half-Life 2

17 things Valve might announce at GDC that aren't Half-Life 3 (and one that is)

Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns' new Stronghold mode is a MOBA for MMO players

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Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns' new Stronghold mode is a MOBA for MMO players

Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns eschews tradition with its exciting new approach to profession and progression

Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns eschews tradition with its exciting new approach to profession and progression

I ate too many egg bagels and span around in a virtual reality chair and now I feel sick

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I ate too many egg bagels and span around in a virtual reality chair and now I feel sick

We've got 1000 UK keys for the World of Tanks Generals closed beta. Fancy one?

World of Tanks Generals

We've got 1000 UK keys for the World of Tanks Generals closed beta. Fancy one?

Total War: Attila review

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Total War: Attila review

Making it in Unreal: bringing combo combat to the PC in Age of Blood

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Making it in Unreal: bringing combo combat to the PC in Age of Blood

The thirty best Minecraft mods

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Reality check: What developers really think of DirectX 12

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The best Hearthstone decks for beginners

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Weekend Deal Dump: Maps, maps, maps

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How good a job have Gearbox done in remastering Homeworld?

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The 21 best RPGs on PC

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Frozen Cortex review

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Frozen Cortex review

How Josh Sawyer sold me on Pillars of Eternity's combat

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How Josh Sawyer sold me on Pillars of Eternity's combat

The best PC games of 2015 and 2014

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Hands on with Zombie Army Trilogy

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Why have Green Man Gaming started publishing games instead of just selling them?

Idol Hands

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What on earth is glNext?

glNext

What on earth is glNext?

Topic of the Week: Where do you play, and what do you play on?

Topic of the Week

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Introducing GameSessions: the Steam-integrated return of the demo

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Introducing GameSessions: the Steam-integrated return of the demo

Interview — Resident Evil: Revelations 2

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Making it in Unreal: climbing aboard the Titanic with Honor and Glory

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Besiege Early Access review

Besiege

Besiege Early Access review

Adventures in... Space Hulk - Jeremy and Julian cross claws on the Sin of Damnation

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Weekend Deal Dump: Lord of the Bundles

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