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Human Element ditches free-to-play model and publisher, Nexon

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Human Element ditches F2P

It’s not unusual for a game, mid-development, to switch business models, from premium to free-to-play. It’s a little more odd if it’s the other way around, though. Robotoki decided to do just that with its post-apocalyptic survival game, Human Element

The studio founded by ex-Call of Duty chap, Robert Bowling, switched models after deciding that F2P would hinder the game, subsequently ditching F2P-loving publisher Nexon, as well. 

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Things that go boom: The latest Blitzkrieg 3 developer diary tackles tanks, explosions and destruction

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I’ve got World War 2 on the mind today, after reviewing Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault. I’ve tried to think about other things, like sandwiches or the spiffy new boots I just bought, but I just ended up watching the latest developer diary for Blitzkrieg 3

How could I not, when it tackles explosions, fire and destruction?

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Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault review

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Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault review

Victory at any cost is a maxim that will lose the war in Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault, Relic’s second standalone expansion for its World War 2 RTS. Instead of being a series of battles linked by a narrative - like the original Russian campaign - Ardennes Assault is a brutal, dynamic war split between real-time battles and a turn-based strategic map, where each battle between US and German forces has a tangible impact on the rest of the game. 

So it’s hard. For the first time, I found myself struggling with a Company of Heroes game. It didn’t matter how many battles I’d won; what mattered was what state my troops were in after the battle. As the three different US companies I controlled moved from battle to battle across Belgium, becoming smaller and smaller, I started to wonder if I could even win this war. It’s a campaign with weight and tension, and subsequently, it’s great.

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DirectX 12

AMD calls chief gaming scientist's comments about DX12 not coming to Windows 7 "speculating"

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DirectX 12

Last week, AMD’s chief gaming scientist said that “DirectX 12 is not coming to Windows 7.” Today, AMD sent us a statement that clarified that Richard Huddy was speculating, and doesn’t have any special insight into Microsoft’s roadmap for DirectX 12. 

What Huddy said at the time seemed clear cut, not speculative, but the original video where he made the statement is no longer online. 

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Smite World Championship prize pool reaches $1.3 million and still has 8 weeks left to grow

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Smite World Championship prize pool

With only the North American regional championship left, Hi-Rez are spilling more details about the upcoming Smite World Championship, specifically the prize pool. It’s big. Really big. At $1.3 million, which will be split between only eight teams, there’s a lot of money on the line. And it’s not peaked yet, as Odyssey - Smite’s Dota Compendium analogue - continues to add more to the pool. 

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Crossing Souls trailer reveals a Zelda-like inspired by 80s coming of age movies

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Crossing Souls is clearly inspired by 80s coming of age films, the trailer has hints of Stand by Me, the Goonies, and E.T, and the setup sounds like something straight out of the era. Set in 1986, five Californian teens enjoy a long summer away from school. They find an ancient Egyptian artifact that lets them cross between the realms of the living and the dead.

It’s Fourattic’s debut game and the trailer looks all kinds of lovely.

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Making it in Unreal: How CCP rebuilt the Eve universe in close-up for Valkyrie

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Eve Valkyrie

Eve Valkyrie might be free from the constraints of gravity, but there’s plenty of weight on its shoulders. CCP’s team aren’t fulfilling just the one dream, of VR dogfighting - they’re also charged with redrawing the Eve universe in unforgiving close-up for the first time.

That’s a lot of pressure for a low-pressure shooter to handle. But on the phone, the wonder its developers feel for the game they’ve made together is audible. They’re buoyed by a vacuum that’s become “infinitesimally more and more beautiful” as they’ve rebuilt it in Epic’s new engine.

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Winners Announced: We've five World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Collector's Editions to give away.

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Warlords of Draenor

All over the world Blizzard fans are eagerly installing World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor. They’re going to be exploring the new landmass, Draenor, building their very own NPC-populated stronghold, and, of course, racing to get to level 100.

Blizzard have provided us with five Warlords of Draenor Collector’s Editions to give away. And we ask only one small thing of you to get one of them.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity patch will stop Arno getting stuck in hay carts

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Assassin’s Creed Unity launched with its fair share of bugs: NPCs were missing faces, Arno would get stuck in hay carts, and the game would crash frequently for some players. There was such a public backlash that Ubisoft’s stock fell.

Ubisoft announced that they were hard at work on a patch to resolve difficulties, particularly those affecting AMD users. They’ve released details of what the next patch will be addressing and it should make a significant improvement for a lot of players.

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Riot on League of Legends toxicity: 95% of players never need to be punished

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League of Legends

Much is made of League of Legends' unfriendliness to newcomers, and it’s true Riot didn’t hire an in-house psychologist for no reason. But as the MOBA’s 2014 season winds down, the developers have decided to celebrate the better behaviour of most of their players.

Every player who hasn’t been chat restricted or account suspended this season will get a four-win IP boost. And that’s 95% of active players.

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Goat Simulator to turn into fantasy World of Warcraft pastiche for free expansion

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Goat Simulator.

When two chart-topping PC games expand in the space of seven days, it’s a time for gratitude - and gratitude is best expressed through physics-enabled backflips. Coffee Stain have chosen the week of Warlords of Draenor to revisit their bovid adventure, the Pirate Bay-bothering Goat Simulator, and you could hardly call it coincidence.

"If anyone from Blizzard Legal is reading this then please don’t sue, be cool,” said the studio’s Anton Westbergh.

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Sports Interactive nerfed real world players for Football Manager 2015

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Cristiano Ronaldo is a freak, statistically speaking. “Ronaldo’s scored 14 goals in 8 games this season,” Sports Interactive studio director Miles Jacobson explains. “If that happened inside FM we would have people crying bug and calling the game every name under the sun.

“So, sometimes we have to balance differently from the real world.”

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Elite: Dangerous offline mode isn't going to happen; would be "unacceptably limited"

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Elite: Dangerous

Part of the pitch for the new Elite was its central server - the home of a shared, evolving galaxy, adapting to changing economies and player-triggered events. But pledgers were also promised the option of a disconnected single player experience - a voluntary compromise that would mean the game never needed to touch base with that server.

A month before the launch of Elite: Dangerous, however, Frontier have made clear that the latter will not be an option after all.

“A fully offline experience would be unacceptably limited and static compared to the dynamic, ever unfolding experience we are delivering,” said Frontier boss David Braben.

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Hands on with Dungeons 2

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Dungeons 2

Dungeons 2 is the Tesco Corned Flakes of dungeon management games. In many ways it's fairly indistinguishable from the dungeon keeping of Dungeon Keeper, insofar as you're a keeper of a dungeon, and the dungeon that you keep is populated by minions who dig out rooms, mine for gold, research traps and fend off adventurers.

In fact, much of Dungeons 2's idea-pilfering came about because fans of Dungeons 1 demanded a more Dungeon Keeper-like experience, one that was less about looking after heroes and more about carefully managing an evil underground lair. And to developer Realmforge's credit, they've not stopped at merely emulating the Bullfrog classic, but have gone much further, adding their own RTS overworld twist.

(To close off the cereal metaphor, it’s a bit like they’ve thrown in fresh banana slices.)

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Team Fortress 2 Workshop hammered into better shape

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Team Fortress 2

The Team Fortress 2 Workshop has been the engine room of the game's item-centric rebirth - so it’s only fitting that Valve should lavish the same attention on it as they do one of the best first-person shooters on PC. The community hub’s homepage and queue system have both been upgraded, with the goal of forefronting the most interesting and relevant items.

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Rumour: leaked screenshots of Telltale's Game of Thrones game spill onto the internet

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Telltale's Game of Thrones

Eight screenshots apparently from Telltale’s upcoming adventure game, Game of Thrones, has been leaked online. There’s been no official confirmation from Telltale or otherwise to confirm the screenshots are the real deal, but they do look convincingly like Telltale’s unique art style.

Telltale's Game of Thrones game is due out by the end of this year with its first episode.

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Lost Ark Online trailer shows off the prettiest hack n' slash combat

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Lost Ark

A debut trailer for the upcoming game, Lost Ark, has demonstrated that Unreal Engine 3 still has some life in it yet. Korean Developers, Smile Gate, have seemingly created a mixture of Diablo III and an MMORPG. It’ll offer a total of 18 playable characters inside equally varied environments. 

It really is something you’ll want to see for yourself, and luckily we’ve got the trailer below to feast your eyes on.

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You can now eat people in DayZ, but you might go slightly mad

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DayZ Cannibal

Would you eat another human being if you were in a zombie apocalypse? Zombie simulator, DayZ, now poses that question to its players. But the community was worried that this new feature might further promote the “kill on sight” mentality of DayZ.

The developers though are already working on that, by putting in some rather alarming consequences.

While eating cooked human flesh doesn’t have any adverse side effects (yet), eating it raw can give you a brain disease called “Kuru” (yep it's a real disease). Symptoms include uncontrollable laughing, crying, shaking and eventually, death.

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Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault review

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Winners Announced: We've five World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Collector's Editions to give away.

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