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Turtle Rock co-founder on Evolve's future: "much depends on the communities appetite for more content"

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Evolve Turtle Rock Future

Turtle Rock’s co-founder, Phil Robb, took to the games forum this week to answer some fan questions, specifically about Evolve’s future. In his responses, Robb expressed that Evolve will receive even more content, especially in the way of hunters - four of which are coming by the end of this month - and even more monsters.

“We are not done at 4 tiers of hunters/monsters.” said Robb. “There will be more. The exact number remains to be seen...and much of that depends on the communities appetite for more content.”

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Competition: We’ve two bundles of Fury goodies to give away to World of Tanks fans

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The folks over at Wargaming are big fans of the film Fury. Not because it’s based around a lone M4 tank crew’s crusade against the Germans in World War 2 but they say it’s the best thing Shia LaBeouf’s done since Even Stevens.

Last year, to celebrate the film, Wargaming released an in-game version of the eponymous tank, the M4A3E8. They’ve given us two of the last virtual tanks in their stores to give away, along with a two copies of the film on Blu-ray, and two family tickets to visit the tank museum in Bovington where you can see the tank used in the movie.

All you need to do is answer one little question, the two best answers win prizes.

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Warframe update adds new eight player mission, PVP maps and element master Chroma warframe

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Warframe Santuary Update

Warframe’s first update of 2015 is a chunky one, dubbed the “Sanctuary” update. It brings with it an overhauled PVP, including a new game mode called Cephalon Capture. Also in the mix of goodies is a new eight player mission, and a new Warframe to test it with. Chroma is an insectoid master of the elements, wielding fire, ice and poison, each with deadly effect.

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Dota 2's Faceless Void gets a facelift; see Valve's hilarious "failed" concepts

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Faceless Void Dino

Once upon a time, back at the 2014 Dota 2 International, Valve promised to rework the hero Faceless Void as part of a compendium reward. Nearly a year later, and Valve have finally come through, after what was revealed to be quite the troublesome task according to the devs. Instead of a complete overhaul, the master of time has received a ground-up rebuilding, with better textures and a new set of legs.

But the real fun lies within Valve’s discarded designs, which are amazing in their own right - ranging from time-walking dinosaurs to timeless lobsters.

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Evolve's getting reinforced with four new hunters this month

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Evolve DLC

On March 31st, the hunters of Evolve will be getting some reinforcements. Four new hunters will be added to the roster, and one new monster for them to fight. The monster was a pre-order bonus, but everyone else will need to shell out for the DLC. The hunters can be bought individually, or as part of a bundle.

Turtle Rock Studios has the skinny on these new hunters, as well as some tips on how to use them. 

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Star Wars Battlefront will be unveiled at the Star Wars Celebration next month

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Star Wars Battlefront reveal

I didn’t think it could happen, but I’m excited about Star Wars again. I’m even watching Star Wars Rebels, which turned out to be surprisingly brilliant. And we’ve got the first of the new trilogy and a new Star Wars Battlefront, so we’re basically rolling in Jedi. 

After over a year of teasing, concept art and talk of maps, Star Wars Battlefront’s getting a proper reveal very soon. Next month, in fact, at the Star Wars Celebration.

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2K Games celebrates its 10th anniversary with a big Steam sale

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2K Anniversary Sale

2K has been publishing games for a decade, and is currently celebrating its birthday. If it was a person, you’d expect there to be cake, maybe some heavy drinking, perhaps a lovely meal in a fancy restaurant. You know, exactly the sort of stuff you’d expect from a 10th birthday. But seeing as it’s a company that publishes and sells games, it’s hosting a Steam sale instead. 

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Gigantic is the genre-breaking shooter you'd expect from the designer of StarCraft and Guild Wars

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A swordsman squares-off against an assassin in Gigantic.

On its face, Gigantic might look like another Overwatch. It’s a shooter-MOBA hybrid featuring an unusual and diverse cast of characters, and it employs a clean-lined, cartoony aesthetic that loosely echoes Blizzard’s offering.

But it would be an injustice to conflate the two, or to regard Gigantic as some kind of “also-ran”. Not only does it operate along very different, more genre-bending lines than Overwatch, but it boasts a pedigree. Gigantic’s lead designer is none other than James Phinney, the designer behind the first StarCraft and Guild Wars.

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Endless Legend's Eye on the Stars update launches; Guardians expansion due out next month

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Endless Legend expansion

Amplitude Studios released a new update for Endless Legend, its impressive 4X game, yesterday. Eye on the Stars. It’s the third content update since the game’s launch last year and adds a new minor faction, a new diplomatic options and more world generation choices. It will be the last update before next month’s expansion, Guardians. 

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First Cities: Skylines patch arrives, kills bugs, adds a film grain slider and nerfs parks

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Cities: Skylines 1.0.6b has just gone live on Steam, addressing a small pile of bugs and technical issues with the charts-dominating, doing-it-right, apple-of-our-eye city simulator.

It's all fairly benign stuff, such as "fixed pedestrian bridge color slightly wrong from far distance", but hey, if your pedestrian bridges have been frustratingly off-hue of late, now you can finally relax.

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Hearthstone's director discusses Blackrock Mountain dragon cards, and why Blizzard won't nerf Dr. Boom

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Hearthstone's second adventure, Blackrock Mountain, launches in April. It's all about dragons and the wonderful things that dragons can do.

For example some of these tricksy new dragon cards, according the game's director Eric Dodds, can even affect cards in play while sitting in your hand. It's a game-twerking change that will shake even seasoned players to their molten core.

I had a chat with Dodds about the upcoming changes in Blackrock Mountain, and whether or not Blizzard can anticipate the sorts of heavily optimised powerdecks that are undoubtedly waiting in the (dragon) wings.

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CCP promise less hype and more substance: "Frankly we're going to talk a little less"

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Dust 514

Eve: Online is a decade young, and past Fanfests have found CCP vocally confident about their plans for the next 10 years. But public planning leads inevitably to disappointment, and Icelandic CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson has lately instilled a new company philosophy: keep schtum until there's something to talk about.

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Eve: Valkyrie designed to be "the best competitive multiplayer game in VR, and that's it"

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Eve: Valkyrie

The striking Eve: Valkyrie footage that emerged from Fanfest today concerned a single player mission. But it’ll be one of very few, intended as tutorials for the real heart of the game - dogfighting with and against other players online.

“We want to be the best competitive multiplayer game in VR, and that’s it,” said exec producer Owen O’Brien. “If anything isn’t contributing towards that, we’re not doing it.”

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CCP have four VR prototypes in the works beyond Eve: Valkyrie

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CCP VR Labs

Two Eve Fanfests ago, CCP showed a space dogfighting prototype named Eve VR; such was the reception, they’ve since devoted a 30-plus team in Newcastle to the task of turning it into an Oculus Rift launch title: Eve: Valkyrie.

It’s a process the company are hoping to repeat at their Atlanta and Shanghai studios - where four contrasting VR prototypes are currently in development.

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Eve Valkyrie trailer will make you lose your cool; sign up for the pre-alpha now

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Eve Valkyrie Fanfest 2015

We’ve all known for a while that Eve Valkrie - the VR dogfighting game set in the Eve Online universe - was pretty special, but the latest trailer shown off at Eve Fanfest 2015 in Iceland really does confirm it. If you love yourself a good set of spaceships, direct your eyes this way and leave a suitable amount of space below your head for jaw-drop. 

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Watch a game of Blood Bowl 2 being played, see some Orks get smashed

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Blood Bowl 2 is a hyper-violent fantasy take on American Football, a turn-based sports game in which players can be mauled and beaten and splatted with magic and fists.

Here's Julian's preview, which is a resoundingly positive reaction to Cyanide's much-anticipated sequel. But if you're rather treat your eyeballs more directly, Cyanide has just released a short video showing the course of an abridged match, as she is played.

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