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Ubisoft prep more Child of Light projects

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The release of Child of Light was a pivotal moment for Ubisoft. It was the baby of Patrick Plourde, who worked his way through the ranks at the publisher’s flagship Montreal studio and cashed in his influence for a shot at an oddball JRPG written wholly in verse.

The results didn’t wow everyone, but the example has rippled through Ubisoft, who have since funded projects like Valiant Hearts in Montpellier and Grow Home in Newcastle. And more is yet to happen in the Child of Light universe.

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Battlefield Heroes is closing on July 14th: "The time is right to retire this veteran game"

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Battlefield Heroes, the low-spec, free-to-play spin-off conceived by DICE half a decade ago, is shuffling off its colourful coil before the summer ends. People liked it: its playerbase grew steadily to hit 10 million in 2012. But EA and current custodians Easy Studios have decided that now is the time to stop the service “in its entirety”.

“Battlefield Heroes is an older title that is not as popular as it once was,” said EA.

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Left fur Dead: Fatshark reveal first playable class in Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide

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Victor was born with the surname Saltzpyre, which evokes both the phrase salt in the wound and wood on the pyre - so had little choice but to become a ferocious and unrelenting Witch Hunter who disposes of his enemies with “extreme prejudice”. He’s also become one of the five heroes of Fatshark’s Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide

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Insomniac release their first ever PC game next week: Slow Down, Bull

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Insomniac, like their PlayStation running mates Naughty Dog, have always been a studio PC gamers have watched wistfully from afar. Playful, clever, and with a wealth of knowledge about how to make running around enjoyable, we knew they were too closely tied to one platform to embrace Steam.

But things have changed. While the only way the Naughty Dog ethos will reach us is through the work of Amy Hennig at Visceral, Insomniac are prepping a bona fide PC game about a bovine who “just wants to make beautiful art”.

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Frozen Cortex is getting a management mode with "deeper simulation"

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Frozen Cortex launched a couple of months ago with an unmalleable but very lovely single player mode, in which a story unfolded discretely in several places: during calls with coaches, in the commentary, and in post-match ‘broadcasts’. It was a highly convincing emulation of our contemporary sports world, but what it wasn’t was Football Manager.

Mode 7 have decided that maybe it could be, however, and begun testing a management update.

“We felt like Cortex’s single player had some untapped potential,” the studio’s Paul Taylor told PCGamesN.

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GTA V FOV mod frees first-person from artificial slider limits

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If field-of-view is one of those issues that never enters your head, you’re lucky - some have it enter their head and give their brains a good swirl, leaving them nauseous and unable to play whatever it is that’s causing the problem.

When the game in question is GTA V, it’s tough to just walk away and play something else. Happily, modders have stepped in to expand the FOV range of the new first-person mode beyond its official borders.

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Fooling around with the Grand Theft Auto V video editor

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Along with a graphics facelift and greater levels of customisation, Grand Theft Auto V on PC comes with a fancy video editor and director mode. It’s a surprisingly simple tool that lets you set up scenes with different characters and edit them into a narrative, an action sequence, or whatever else you fancy. 

I’ve been playing around with it in an effort to give Simeon, one of the first characters you meet in the game, a decent ending to his story. 

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Oddworld Inhabitants announces an Abe's Exoddus remake

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Oddworld has plans for the Abe and friends. After remaking Abe’s Oddysee and rebranding the delicious meat as New ‘n’ Tasty, Oddworld has now turned its attention to the sequel, Abe’s Exoddus. A “full ground-up remake” isn’t just something they’d like to do, it’s something the studio is already planning on starting.

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The price of eSports legitimacy can't be cable network restrictions

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Among Heroes of the Dorm’s other issues, one huge problem that afflicted it this past weekend was the fact that a large portion of its international audience couldn’t actually tune-in to watch it.

That’s because ESPN3, despite being an online streaming service, isn’t available to a lot of online viewers due to the subscription fees ESPN charges. That left Heroes fans, particularly in Canada, out of luck even as some of their own teams were competing in Heroes of the Dorm.

All for the sake of four letters: ESPN.

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Hearthstone arrives on iPhone and Android

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The great thing about Hearthstone was that, while it could always be as addictive as a smoking habit, most of us were forced to leave it behind at some point. You had to go to work. You had to ride a bus. You were at a restaurant with your romantic partner. You were in the bathroom. You were doing something that required a leaving Hearthstone and all its enjoyable frustration behind.

Not anymore. Hearthstone has gone mobile. I repeat: Hearthstone has gone mobile.

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Why the LCS just gave us the best weekend in its history, and what it means for pro League of Legends

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Judging from the spring playoffs so far, Riot’s LCS system might just have come into maturity after three years. With a number of tense best-of-five playoff series between evenly matched teams, the LCS system finally seems to have intrinsic importance beyond serving as an extended try-out for Worlds.

In an LCS season that was already full of great rivalries and surprising drama, however, this past weekend stood out as one of the best weekends of competition European and North American League of Legends have ever had.

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Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: What is your favourite open-world crime caper?

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You probably noticed that Grand Theft Auto V launched last night. We’ve written about it quite a lot, and our GTA V live blog is still on the go. It’s an impressive open-world crime sandbox, but is it the best? There’s plenty of competition, even just within that single series. 

So that brings us to our Topic of the Week. We want to know what your favourite open-world crime game is. If it’s GTA, which GTA? Or maybe you prefer to be on the other side of the law, as an undercover cop in Sleeping Dogs. Or perhaps you like your open-world games to have more chaos and silliness, like Saints Row. Let us know in the comments. 

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Izle, the voxel-based, island-hopping adventure, gets a demo

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Do you have room in your life for another voxel-based exploration adventure game with building? Ynnis Interactive are gambling on the hope that you do. Izle is adventure RPG where you generate floating islands with god-like power – all procedurally created – and then you explore them, fighting monsters and dabbling in some building. 

Not sure if it’s your cup of tea? There’s a demo.

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Grand Theft Auto V on PC is the most successful non-Valve game on Steam ever

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Grand Theft Auto V’s not even been out for 24 hours and its already taken the number three spot on Steam’s top played chart, sitting behind Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. That’s impressive but what’s even more impressive is the sheer number of players.

At one point 295,000 people were all playing concurrently. That’s a record for a non-Valve game.

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Dying Light developer tools turn the post-apocalypse into Garry's Mod

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Ever fancy getting away from it all? Closing off the world and replacing its complexities with the burbling white noise of the undead? Then why not build your own quarantine zone using the toolset of Dying Light?

Released in a pleasantly surprising update today, the developer tools allow for the creation of brand-new maps, custom stories and extreme scenarios - to be shared via Steam Workshop.

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World of Warcraft 6.2 patch notes speak of garrison shipyards and Tanaan Jungle invasion

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Former subscribers could be forgiven for thinking that World of Warcraft was still chiefly a game about gathering some friends to go out and biff men with beaks. But thanks to the garrison features of Warlords of Draenor, it’s now also a game about building shipyards and sending vessels out on naval missions.

The comfort of the familiar can be found in the quest the shipyard unlocks, however: an expedition into Tanaan Jungle to push back the Iron Horde.

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Gabe Newell boss fight given go-ahead by Valve

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Barny Cumming, artist on hack ‘n’ slash dungeon crawler Crawl, unveiled a new in-game animation on April 1st. It depicted a 20-foot-tall Gabe Newell transforming from mild-mannered Microsoft employee to the floppy-haired, knife-wielding PC gaming deity we know today.

It wasn’t an April Fools’ gag, but a prospective addition to the game - which allows players to control enemies in local multiplayer. And now Valve have given their blessing.

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