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Dean Hall’s Ion is EVE Online meets Minecraft, has a “solid road map”

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Despite taking to the stage to announce Ion at Microsoft’s E3 press conference, DayZ creator Dean Hall revealed almost nothing about his new project. Other than it being set in space and being isometric perspective, we’re still blind to Ion’s design. 

However, in interviews Hall has been a little looser with the details. Ion is inspired by Space Station 13, a favourite of 4chan and Reddit users. There’s also influence from EVE Online and Minecraft in there, along with one very important element: a solid road map of planned features. 

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New EVE Online characters could start with 1-2 months worth of skills already learnt

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CCP is considering an interesting new way for players creating new characters to start their life in EVE Online’s universe. The developer is proposing that all new characters start with 2 million skill points to sink into core skills, to help give them a boost and a quicker start to their new galaxy-faring life.

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The Fallout 4 modding scene has already started

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Fallout 4, like Skyrim and Bethesda’s other Fallout games, will support and embrace modding when it releases in November this year. But that’s just too far away for some members of the modding community. Already players have announced their intentions to mod, and shown off what’s already in the works. 

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Microsoft announce Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition; free to all existing PC owners

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At this year’s Minecon, Microsoft have announced the next version of Mojang’s cult block classic: Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition. As the name suggests, the game is built with Windows 10 in mind, and will take advantage of many new features that the new OS brings.

Also, all current PC owners will receive a free copy of the new edition, and the beta starts on July 29th.

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Telltale preview Minecraft: Story Mode with creeper filled trailer

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We’ve known about Telltale’s and Mojang’s partnership project for a while now: an episodic adventure series set within the world of Minecraft, but today we have our first glimpse of the game in action.

It’ll be a five-part series, where players control Jesse - portrayed by actor Patton Oswalt - who with his friends, they’re famed for slaying an Ender Dragon, and look up to the legendary Order of the Stone. But not long after, their skills are needed as a “Terror” is unleashed, which threatens the entire world.

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Weekend Deal Dump: American Freedom Fireworks Day Edition

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This weekend, our cousins across the Atlantic are celebrating the fact that they aren’t British with fireworks and ribaldry. I confess a not insignificant amount of jealousy. For the rest of us, it’s a normal weekend, but at least we have games to fill in the miserable hole in our lives. 

Here’s what you should consider picking up this weekend. 

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Sword Coast Legends gameplay: watch a deadly dungeon get built and played through

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Watching these two new Sword Coast Legends videos, which show off the extremely flexible campaign creation tools and Dungeon Master gameplay, have me swimming in a sea of wonderful memories. For a good few years, this was how I spent most of my evenings, playing Neverwinter Nights and running a persistent world with a group of friends. It remains the highpoint of my gaming life. 

Point your eyes at the videos, below. 

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Find out what The Division's Dark Zone is all about in this story trailer

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The Dark Zone is The Division’s free-for-all area, where teams of survivors can shoot at each other over weapons and presumably other stuff. The zone was shown off in an E3 demo, and I’ll be honest: it left me feeling lukewarm, at least until the betrayal at the end. There’s a story to this area, though, and maybe that’s exciting? 

Let’s find out!

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Dying Light's getting lots of summer events to take your mind off the heat

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It is hot and awful right now. Go outside, and the full force of the sun will sear your flesh and melt your bones. Stay inside, and you’ll drown in your own sweat. There’s nothing to do but wait for that inevitable moment where summer wins. 

While you do that, though, you can keep yourself busy if you’ve got a copy of the Dying Light. Techland’s got a busy schedule of events to keep you focused on the zombie apocalypse, even if your face is dripping down your chest. 

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Slain! is a gothic action platformer that looks like a heavy metal album cover

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When Nick told me that I needed to check out the gameplay trailer for Slain!, just for a moment I thought that the absurdly violent 2000AD character, Sláine, was getting a game. That would have been just wonderful. He’s not, lamentably, but Slain! doesn’t look half bad, and has just as much monster-slaying and cartoon violence. 

It’s an action puzzle platformer with hints of Castlevania and Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts and a mad, over the top style that looks inspired by heavy metal album covers. Appropriately, it’s also blessed with a metal soundtrack. Take a look at the trailer below.

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Here's a bunch of things that happened when I went to visit Wargaming in Saint Petersburg

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Saint Petersburg was founded in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great, who decided he wanted a mad cool Russian city right on the Baltic Sea. He also wanted it to have his name without looking like the kind of person who'd go right ahead and name a city after himself, so he found a saint who was also called Peter and whapped a 'burg' on the end of it. Job done.

Some time after that, Wargaming.net, the developers of the World of Tanks, Warplanes and Warships trilogy, opened up shop there to begin making games about wars and fighting and metal and death. I went over there recently to see what was up with that whole deal.

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How Colossal Order touched the clouds: the making and success of Cities: Skylines

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Rome’s traffic systems and waste works weren’t built in a day. The construction of Cities: Skylines began six years ago in populous Tampere, the city between two seemingly terraformed lakes in southern Finland. There, five developers founded Colossal Order with the intention of one day making a city builder.

“We had the dream,” said CEO Mariina Hallikainen, “But with the small team we had back in 2009 we were scared to go and attempt such a big game.”

Just as great cities are made from hamlets that grow and merge so closely that the seams disappear, Skylines’ constituent parts have been a long time in the making.

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Broforce is getting a Freedom Update, because America

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To celebrate and help raise the international profile of the little known country of "America", side-scrolling multiplayer shoot 'em up Broforce is getting all new bros, all new melee attacks and, perhaps most importantly of all, the ability to flex at will.

Flex your fingers by checking out the trailer for the new expansion, in which many syllables are replaced with "bro" for comedic effect. Silly, silly, fun, fun. I like it!

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Blizzard is teasing a massive Hearthstone announcement on July 22

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There's a big old Hearthstone update coming later this month, according to the sub-human scum over on terrible videogames website for bad people and actual criminals, PC Gamer.*

They've received an honest-to-goodness scroll informing them of an upcoming important announcement taking place on July 22. What could it be? I would speculate that it has something to do with all of those cards.

But that's just me.

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Team Fortress 2 is about to get its competitive matchmaking update

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The actual news here might be that — in this future year of 2015 — Team Fortress 2 still has players wandering around in server browsers and stumbling into random matches like cavemen, but Valve's shooter finally appears to be on the verge of receiving a long anticipated update that introduces competitive matchmaking and ranked ladder games.

This could turn Team Fortress 2 on its head, which is hard to do in a game with so many hats.

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Block N Load PC review

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It feels like it’s easy to dismiss anything that has boxy voxel graphics as nothing more than a cheap and quick cash-in on Minecraft’s popularity. If you’ve already cast aside Block N Load, I’d ask you to reconsider. The “Minecraft meets Team Fortress 2” comparisons are certainly true, but wonderfully developers Jagex and Artplant have managed to recreate those games’ essences in an inventive manner.

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