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Project CARS has hit a few speed bumps and won't reach the finish line until March 17th

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Project CARS release date

Project CARS has been knocking around for a while. We saw it for the first time back in 2012 and it has since launched on Early Access. Slightly Mad Studios has teased a few different release windows, from early 2014 to November, which is not early at all. And it looks like it’s been pushed back once again, and we’ll be waiting until March 17th for it to pull in. 

It might be worth the wait, though. Our resident racing enthusiast, Rob, called it one of the 10 best racing games on PC back in the summer. 

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Play Hearthstone and meet Blizzard's Hamilton Chu in Stratford next week

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Hearthstone

Visitors to the UK are spoiled for interesting places to go. They could take a trip to Tim’s stomping grounds in Bath and take a gander at lots of lovely Roman and Medieval buildings. Or they could come up here, in the frigid north, and watch cannons being fired in Edinburgh Castle. And don’t forget GAME, a shop in Stratford. 

That’s where Blizzard’s Hamilton Chu is going to end up while he’s over in Blighty next week. But he’s not visiting the retailer for the sightseeing opportunities. The Hearthstone executive producer will be at GAME to chat about Hearthstone, take questions and sign stuff. And you can pop in and say hello between 5pm and 8pm on October 23rd. 

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Halo: Spartan Strike trailer promises top-down prometheans and warthogs

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Halo: Spartan Strike

It’s sometimes tough to get a picture of the wider world of games on a PC-only site, so here’s all the stuff that’s going on in Halo everywhere but here. The Xbox One is getting the Master Chief Collection next month, and the Halo 5 beta by Christmas. Even tellies are getting Halo Nightfall. 

Halo: Spartan Strike is our sliver of that distant action: a twin-stick shooter semi-sequel to Spartan Assault. Here’s what it’ll look like.

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Ubisoft won't stop PC players from fiddling with The Crew's frame-rate

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The Crew

What if a roadside threat to a fellow crewster emerged in the 59th frame of a second, and you didn’t spot it? That’s the possibility The Crew beta players lived in fear of, and so in many cases cranked up their frame-rate to an unsupported 60fps.

Ubisoft are reluctant to promise 60 frames-per-second for The Crew on release day, but they won’t impound your sweet ride for chasing those speeds yourself.

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Minecraft 1.8.1 will improve stability, make the ender dragon killable again

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Minecraft

There’s a reason Mojang dubbed Minecraft 1.8 the Bountiful Update. It was the culmination of 10 months’ work, stuffed with exciting infrastructure rewrites and rabbits. But in the way of all updates, it’s yielded an equally exciting number of bugs and breakages.

Mojang have pushed out a pre-release version of 1.8.1, which they reckon will go a long way to solving stability issues and a whole host of other more colourful problems.

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Valve fix Team Fortress 2's most powerful exploit: items_game.txt

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Team Fortress 2: Saxxploitation

items_games.txt is the bank vault of Team Fortress 2 files - the place where the names, stats and limitations of the hats and weapons in one of the best PC first-person shooters are stored. It was cracked months ago by users on the TF2 subreddit, and Valve have patched up resulting exploits as they’ve emerged. But it's only with this week’s update that the dev team finally appear to have plugged the source of the problem.

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Blizzard will feed Heroes of the Storm thousands of new players over the next month

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Heroes of the Storm

The Heroes of the Storm technical alpha is getting set to expand slightly. It hungers for fresh meat, its appetite not quite sated. It’s grisly maw is opening up, preparing to inhale and swallow up more heroes, pitting them against each other in the Nexus. 

Blizzard’s offering up two ways for you to get in line to be swallowed up, one that you can do on your own, and the other by begging and whining at a chum who is already in the alpha. 

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Dreadnought's 10-ship battles are big, messy firework displays

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Dreadnought

Ginormous capital ships laying into each other with nukes, lasers and devastating broadside attacks is my idea of heaven, a loud, terrifying heaven. It was also Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager’s idea for a game: Dreadnought. After being announced at E3, the studio is now showing off some of the multiplayer clashes. 

Take a gander at the video below to see two teams of five, all commanding capital ships, blasting each other out of the atmosphere.

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Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault is the single-player campaign you've been waiting for

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Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault

A relentless barrage of mortar strikes rain down on our position. Charging through the pitted, smoke-filled town square means running right into a fierce German tank. My allies in the north shout down the radio - they need help, they need artillery support, but all our artillery has been destroyed by the Germans. We have to charge now. Even if it’s suicidal, we have to push forward. 

This is my third attempt at Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault’s Houffalize mission. It is nothing like the other two. My primary goal and the environment is the same, but everything else is different. This is Relic’s World War 2 strategy game at its most dynamic and most surprising, and even as my men die in collapsing buildings and behind blown up cover, I’m hooked. 

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Steam's got 10 free games waiting to swallow up your weekend

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Steam free weekend

If you are planning a weekend in, trapped in your home with nothing to do, only the glow of your PC monitor to keep you company, then Steam might have you covered. Covered in free games

From now until 1pm PST on Sunday, 10 games in Steam’s gargantuan library are completely free. If you want to play them afterwards, though, you’ll need to dip into your wallet.

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Make conversation, not war: Galactic Civilizations III gets diplomacy

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Galactic Civilizations III diplomacy

Galactic Civilizations III receives a meaty beta update today, giving space rulers options beyond blowing up other species into space dust. Now they can have lots of lovely chats, create treaties, link empires together in a web of trade routes or simply just insult their alien counterparts as a precursor to war. I had a chat with lead designer Paul Boyer to get the skinny on the update. 

“The first thing you’ll notice is that almost everything that was in GalCiv 2 is in now,” Boyer told me earlier this week. “You can now trade ships and planets, and make treaties and trade techs.”

But returning Galactic Civilizations II features don’t make up the entirety of this update. 

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Stoic considered kickstarting legal fees for use of ‘Saga’

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Stoic The Banner Saga King

In early 2014 Stoic, the developers of The Banner Saga, got caught up in a legal dispute with King, the developers of Candy Crush, or, to give it its full name, Candy Crush Saga, over the word ‘saga’.

King tried to block Stoic from trademarking The Banner Saga. To fight King would take a hefty amount of legal counsel and the money to buy that counsel, so Stoic looked to Kickstarter.

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Warner Brothers to lay off Turbine staff for “strategic alignment of our company”

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Despite the news that Warner Brothers expects to make $1.5 billion from games next year, the publisher has announced it’s plans to layoff a portion of developer Turbine’s staff. Turbine, who make Lord of the Rings: Online and Warner’s DC moba Infinite Crisis are being cut down in order for [Warner Brothers] to invest in growth areas at Turbine.”

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Kerbal Space Program beta starts after next update

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kerbal space program beta update

“The next update will mark a big milestone for us at Squad, as it is the last update focused on Career Mode,” developer Squad write. “After the next release, Kerbal Space Program will reach an internal milestone we call ‘Scope Complete’.”

This doesn’t spell the end of Kerbal Space Program, instead we’re about to see the start of the game’s beta. Squad say that with all the systems in place the team can finally get to work on adding content. Lots, and lots of content.

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Wasteland 2 patch stops monks surviving their own suicide bombs

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It must be embarrassing to survive your own suicide bomb. I mean, the one person it’s specifically meant to kill is the bomber, anyone else is an unfortunate bystander outside the definition of the device.

Well, Wasteland 2’s suicide monks had, on occasion, had just such an embarrassment. Before the latest patch the monks would explode after a critical hit but not taking any damage. This would “result in the enemy exploding in a giant explosion but still being alive.”

There’s much, much more that’s been fixed in the patch. Heck, the notes run to more than 4,300 words long.

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