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How Riot's Summoner's Rift update is improving clarity in League of Legends

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League of Legends

Riot have been working to update Summoner’s Rift, the primary playground in League of Legends, for the best part of six months now. They’re stripping away the polygonal menhirs that date the five-year-old game, and ensuring that everything is instantly readable.

Here’s what the art team are doing to make sure there’s as little as possible mediating between the player and a great play.

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Heroes of the Storm is getting a Diablo-themed battleground

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Heroes of the Storm

Forensic news teams digging through the aftermath of an explosive BlizzCon 2014 have discovered that Heroes of the Storm put in quite a respectable showing. Blizzard announced a Hearthstone-style ranked mode for their first MOBA, and a Heroes of the Storm beta penciled in for January.

The beta will open with two new battlegrounds - and a third is on the way. You'll find there’s a familiar orange-black tinge to it - or should that be singe?

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The Game Awards 2014

The Game Awards 2014 will compete with VGX over which will have the most trailers and announcements

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The Game Awards 2014

December will now see another video game trailer and announcement show painted with the veneer of an award ceremony this year. Some might say that VGX is enough - or indeed too much - but not Geoff Keighley and big publishers and platform makers like EA and Microsoft4. So The Game Awards 2014 has been born. 

It will compete with VGX, which Keighley also produces. The show will take place on December 5th in Las Vegas, featuring announcements, exclusive trailers and musical acts. Like VGX.

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Iron From Ice is the first episode of six in Telltale's Game of Thrones, "premiering soon"

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Game of Thrones: Iron From Ice coming soon

Telltale have been playing it pretty cool in regards to Game of Thrones, which makes the announcement that the first episode (of six) of the series, Iron from Ice is coming soon. “Your story begins,” reads the teaser tweeted by the studio today, suggesting again that the game will see players take on the role of characters not established in the books or TV show. 

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Far Cry 4 isn't getting a Blood Dragon spin-off, but don't count out another surprise expansion

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No Blood Dragon for Far Cry 4

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon was a whole lot of stupid fun, a game where - just in the first 30 minutes - you punch a nuke, unleash dragons on enemies and stab, shot and fling shurikens at Daft Punk lookalikes. Ubisoft Montreal won’t be making a sequel. 

Unfortunate, sure, but the reasons behind the decision make sense and are extremely unexpected for Ubisoft. 

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The Black Glove's Kickstarter fails, but Day For Night Games are "pursuing all options"

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The Black Glove Kickstarter fails

Hashtags and an endorsement from Ken Levine could not, unfortunately, save The Black Glove, the surreal exploration of art and artists from ex-BioShock devs. The Kickstarter ended on the weekend without reaching even half of the $550,000 goal. 

Day For Night Games’ Joe Fielder says that it’s not over, though. “[W]e mean to fight like hell to keep it from being cancelled. We believe in the game and you all have shown you do, too.”

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Nival returns to the front with Blitzkrieg 3 and its asynchronous multiplayer

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Blitzkrieg 3

It’s been almost a decade since Nival dabbled in World War 2 strategy with Blitzkrieg 2. Since then, the studio has worked on Heroes of Might and Magic V as well as the iffy social spin-off for King’s Bounty, King’s Bounty: Legions. But now it’s returning to the front with Blitzkrieg 3, and it looks like there’s still life in the old war. 

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Heat Signature gets a visual overhaul courtesy of Gunpoint artist John Roberts

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Heat Signature new look

Heat Signature, Tom Francis’ spacey, ship-jacking romp, looks promising. Up until now, though, it’s also looked a bit ugly. No more! The game has had loveliness liberally applied to its surface.

The shiny new look is courtesy of John Roberts, Gunpoint’s artist, who recently joined the Heat Signature team. A trailer showing off the game’s new art is expected soon, but in the mean time you can slap your eyes on some screenshots. 

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare UK sales outstrip Wolfenstein, Titanfall, and Destiny combined

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s not had the best starting week in the series’ history. It’s week one sales in the UK put it fifth amongst its forebears. However, that’s not stopped it outselling Call of Duty: Ghost’s week one sales, and the combined sales of Wolfenstein, Titanfall, and Destiny.

Not bad for a game our Tim called â€śboring”.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity launch trailer shows more running, jumping, and stabbing people

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Ubisoft puts out more trailers for their games than most studios combined. Thankfully, the release of the Assassin’s Creed Unity launch trailer means we should be safe from videos for a short while.

The trailer has assassin’s doing what they do best, jumping across rooftops, stabbing aristocrats, and supporting social change at the end of a blade.

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Shadowrun Returns will get a third campaign despite Necropolis, job listing reveals

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Shadowrun Returns

You could say that 36,000 backers and the Shadowrun license allowed Harebrained Schemes the chance to build some creative muscle, before moving on to more ambitious things - namely the angular action-roguelike, Necropolis.

But that narrative belies the fact that the new Shadowrun games were doing wonderful stuff in their own right for the prosey RPG form, and were only getting better over time. So it’s a relief to know that there’s a future for the series beyond the standalone Shadowrun: Dragonfall released on Steam in September.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare patch to see off prestige reset problems

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Sledgehammer have a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare update “in the works” that pulls together all the community-requested tweaks and fixes to emerge since the game was released a week ago.

They’ll do nothing to make the Advanced Warfare campaign less dreary, but the imminent patch will tackle issues with the game’s prestige mode.

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What Blizzard won't change about WoW legendaries in Warlords of Draenor

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Warlords of Draenor

The weekend’s BlizzCon coverage has been rightly concentrated around Blizzard’s Overwatch - the redemptory multiplayer FPS recovered from the wreckage of intended WoW follow-up Titan. But let us not forget: a new expansion for what might be the best MMORPG on PC is fast-approaching.

On Saturday, a panel of high-ups from the Warlords of Draenor dev team did their best to answer questions about legendaries, and how they might or might not change in the coming months.

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Here's all the spoiled cards coming to Hearthstone's new expansion: Goblins vs Gnomes

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Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes

It was a busy time for Hearthstone at this year’s BlizzCon - a new expansion was announced: Goblins vs Gnomes. It’ll feature 120 brand new cards themed around the fantastical, and often random inventions of both races. Unlike the latest Adventure, Curse of Naxxramas, you won’t need to buy the expansion as a whole, instead you’ll purchase a new Goblins vs Gnomes booster pack; or win them from the arena.

We’ve gathered all the cards that have been spoiled to date - 30 at the time of writing - so you can take a gander at them all, and start plotting your explosive decks today. Check back regularly as more cards are spoiled!

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You can watch the hour-long World of Warcraft: Looking for Group documentary right here

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If you were busy irl this weekend, you might be catching up with our flurry of BlizzCon news. During the last day of the event, an hour-long documentary on Blizzard’s mammoth MMO, World of Warcraft, was shown; you’re not going to want to miss it.

We’ve got the documentary in all its glory below, so grab some popcorn and get comfy.

Nostalgia awaits.

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Steam update for GTA: San Andreas renders old saves useless, removes songs and resolution options

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GTA: San Andreas

Steam’s version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has appeared to have undergone some major changes, and not all of them good. Old save files now no longer work; instead when loading it will just start a new game. While Xbox 360 controller support was added, players lost the ability to render in 1080p, and several other resolutions, which were working and available before the update.

Finally, it appears that 17 songs were removed from the game, most likely caused by expiring music licences.

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How Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void makes your Protoss fantasies come true

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Blizzard BlizzCon 2014 Legacy of the Void Campaign

According to the Blizzard developers working on it, the Legacy of the Void campaign is about one thing: Protoss fantasy. It’s a campaign made for people who take internet quizzes like “Who is your Protoss crush?” and “Are you High Templar, Dark Templar, or Tal’Darim?”

But even if you think the Protoss are a bunch of mouthless space know-it-alls, Legacy of the Void looks like it’s going to offer one of the most interesting single-player campaigns in a trilogy that’s become known for space operatics and innovative mission and campaign design.

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