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Riot wants to help eSports players plan for old age, otherwise known as mid-twenties

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Getting old for esports

ESports is a young person’s game. While retiring fairly young is common in sports generally, it’s even more pronounced in eSports, with mid-20s being the average for retiring from professionally playing League of Legends, for example. 

But Riot’s trying to prepare pro players for a career once they hit that age bracket. 

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Take a whirlwind tour of Warlords of Draenor

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Warlords of Draenor in Action

Warlords of Draenor’s cinematic trailer was certainly a treat for hungry eyes, but with that out of the way, it’s time to focus on all the sort of stuff you’ll be able to get up to come November. 

Blizzard’s put together a whirlwind tour of Draenor, with stops at each region, dungeon and raid. It looks like there’s going to be no dearth of things to do once you step through the Dark Portal again.

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EverQuest Next is looking impressive at SOE Live

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EverQuest Next SOE Live 2014

SOE’s EverQuest Next presentation was impressive. David Georgeson took to the stage to tell the story of a single character, from character creation to becoming a multi-classed hero in the middle of a gargantuan siege battle. 

Along the way, a slew of classes and genuinely fascinating features were spilled, making EQ Next continue to be a very tempting prospect. And the environments - the stage that these new things were being shown off on - was a Dark Elf city created by both players and devs. 

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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is free for 72 hours with Game Time

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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare free

There was a time when articles I wrote about EA would begin with me choosing another Elder God name to call the publisher. But these days, I’m more likely to point out another game they’re offering for free on Origin. This is a change I very much enjoy. 

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is the latest temporarily free game on Origin’s Game Time initiative. For 72 hours from when you fire the game up, you’ll have full access to the 24-player flora and undead war. 

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Landmark is getting combat, monsters and "consensual" PvP

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Landmark getting combat and PvP

Building fantasy castles, futuristic bunkers and huge treehouses is a lot of fun - but people do love a good fight. That’s why SOE is revealing combat for Landmark at SOE Live right now. 

Expect armour - designed for both fantasy and sci-fi enthusiasts - that’s tailored for different playstyles, dangerous monsters living in the deep and “consensual” PvP. 

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Paradox announces Charlemagne for Crusader Kings II and Art of War for Europa Universalis IV

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Paradox DLC

Paradox continues to be impossibly prolific, announcing two new expansions at Gamescom. Crusader Kings II gets its eighth major DLC in the form of Charlemagne, while Europa Universalis IV gets expanded with Art of War. 

Expect new events, mechanics and design tweaks, some of which will come in the form of a free update as well as the premium DLC. 

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Here's a new trailer for the only Tomb Raider game we're getting for a good while

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Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. Which Osiris shares with huge scarabs.

When Microsoft announced Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Xbox exclusivity earlier this week, Crystal Dynamics flew into apology mode.

“This doesn’t mean that we’re walking away from our fans who only play on PlayStation or on PC,” said studio head Darrell Gallagher. “We have Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris coming to those platforms this December.”

Come on, then. Let’s go see how our apology game is looking.

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PES 2015 on PC won't be quite the same game as on new-gen consoles

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PES 2015: pretty, but how pretty on PC?

Football Manager was born and belongs on the PC - but actual ball-kicking simulators have been hamstrung lately by a tendency to limp along behind their console equivalents.

In an odd year where developers are straddling consoles old and new, PES 2015 will continue that trend. On PC, it’ll be a “hybrid” of its current and last generation console versions.

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Unity assassinations will be choice-driven: "We give you an objective, and that's it"

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Unity or pedestrianism.

Notre Dame turns out to be one of the better Assassin’s Creed missions: one of those that dress you only in the figleaf of an objective, and offer plenty of ways at it. Ubisoft Montreal say all assassinations in Unity will be structured this way - within a mission type the studio have now codified as ‘black boxes’.

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Cities: Skylines is a simulator sequel with "sprawling" maps and mod support

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In Cities: Skylines, the player is situated in the sky - so you are more likely to see train lines.

Did you know the developers who make the Cities games are called Colossal Order? That’s what these games are about: bringing some semblance of design to a sprawling set of systems.

Maxis’ SimCity reboot didn’t exactly go off without a honking tree or two, which gives the Finnish studio another couple of years to establish the Cities series as the alternate mayoral simulator. Cities: Skylines is their latest attempt at that.

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Want to go higher? The Elder Scrolls Online update 4 will introduce Upper Craglorn

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The Elder Scrolls Online update 4

To stop veterans from becoming degenerate drunks or tiresome bores who do nothing but send people to sleep with tales of long forgotten deeds, ZeniMax Online added the veteran adventure zone of Craglorn to The Elder Scrolls Online. Those who completed its quests, delves and trials are no doubt wondering what’s next. With Craglorn conquered, what other realm is filled with things needing a good smacking?

But hold your horses (or silt striders), you’re not finished with Craglorn yet. There’s still Upper Craglorn to get through. And it’s coming this September with Update 4. 

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Invisible, Inc. is sneaking its way onto Steam Early Access on August 19th

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Invisible, Inc. Steam Early Access

Invisible, Inc. - not be confused with the stealthy calligraphers tool - is due to hit Steam Early Access on August 19th. And if the prospect of controlling a group of spies across procedurally generated levels as they gather intel and make guards go to sleep, then this is possibly exceedingly good news. 

It’s also absolutely gorgeous, as evidenced by the new Early Access trailer. 

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There's quite a bit of reckless driving in this trailer for The Crew

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The Crew trailer

While there’s something presumably appealing about driving the breadth of the USA - an activity described in great detail in countless novels, accounts, films and songs - Ivory Tower’s massive driving game, The Crew, features quite a bit to do in between enjoying a brisk drive across an entire country. 

Most of involves smashing into things and driving really fast. 

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Ubisoft wants to improve its reputation amongst PC gamers

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Ubisoft

With its stance on DRM, insistence on cramming Uplay into everything and some problematic ports, Ubisoft isn’t often seen as being PC friendly. But European boss Alain Corre says that the publisher to improve support for PC. 

“We recognise the importance and needs of PC gamers, and want to continue to improve how we create and support games for PC,” he told MCV at Gamescom. 

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Diablo 3 patch 2.1.0 introduces the golden home of the Treasure Goblins: the Vault

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Diablo 3: The Vault

Diablo III’s craven, scurrying Treasure Goblins are enigmatic wee beasties. They appear, with their sacks of loot, and are quick to disappear through portals if they aren’t killed and their wealth stolen. Where do they go when they leap through those portals? Is there a land filled with goblins and gold on the other side? 

Patch 2.1.0 finally reveals what is through the portal: the Vault.

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Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade trailer promises a lot of war, a whole planet of it

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Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade trailer

In the 41st millenium, diplomacy is saying hello before you shoot an alien in the face. Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade won’t be an MMO where you can avoid conflict, with its five warring factions including the Space Marines and the Tyranids. 

Even the planet it takes place on, Arkhona, is in a constant state of war. But it’s got mysteries and secrets, apparently, which is a good enough reason as any other to fight over it with guns and dark magic. 

Developer Behaviour Interactive has put together a trailer to get you up to speed on the many activities (mainly killing aliens, though) you can get up to on your holiday in warn-torn Arkhona. 

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