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Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward expansion announced; coming Spring 2015

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Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward

The first expansion for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has been announced at this year’s FFXIV FanFest Las Vegas. Coined as the “Heavensward” expansion, it plans to raise the level cap to 60, add new areas, jobs and races.

There’s a flashy new cinematic trailer to go with it, and it’s full of beautiful CG goodness.

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Here's what's coming in EVE Online's Phoebe expansion, and beyond

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EVE Online Pheobe

CCP have just dumped a megaton of information about the new features in the upcoming EVE Online "Phoebe" expansion, as well as what’s to come as we head into 2015. Phoebe will introduce the long awaited “unlimited skill queue”, allowing players to queue up year’s worth of skill training at a time. There’s also new exploration content aimed at rewarding skilled probers, and new tech II weapons - dubbed “glass cannon weapons” - that offer considerable firepower, but at a cost.

Meanwhile, CCP have big plans for December’s “Rhea” patch. A lot of it is top secret stuff, but CCP teased two new ships - the “TUG” freighter-sized ship hauler and Tech III Tactical Destroyers - with a slew of major model reworks.

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Watch CCP's EVE Vegas event unfold on Twitch right now; find out what's in store for EVE Online

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EVE Vegas

If you didn’t manage to snag a ticket to CCP’s EVE Vegas event, don’t worry: you can watch the event live on Twitch right now. You can expect CCP devs regaling the latest events to unfold inside New Eden, as well as what’s to come for EVE Online in the future in the CCP keynote.

It’s live now, so check out the stream below.

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Dota 2 team Arrow Gaming disqualified from The Summit 2 over match-fixing allegations

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Arrow Gaming

Malaysian Dota 2 team, Arrow Gaming, has been formally disqualified from the prestigious Summit 2 tournament. The ruling was enforced after tournament organisers Beyond the Summit, and betting site Dota 2 Lounge, had investigated allegations of match fixing - where affiliates of the team had placed high value bets against them.

“We have no choice but to remove Arrow Gaming from The Summit 2.” said BTS ldDota. “We hope other organizers will take evidence of match-fixing seriously, as it's absolute poison for the scene.”

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Playing With Myself: Legend of Grimrock 2

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Legend of Grimrock 2

Plonk me down in the middle of a digital dungeon - one hand resting on the keyboard, the other poised, gripping a pencil, waiting to turn sheets of graph paper into elaborate maps - and there’s a good chance that nothing but a fire would divert my attention. Few opportunities for that sort of dungeon-crawling grace our PCs now, which is why Legend of Grimrock 2 is something to be treasured. 

That, and because it’s simply excellent. So I’ve been playing it. And through the wonders of video, you can watch my earliest, pitiful, attempt to brave the dangers of a dungeon that is also an entire island. Take a gander below. 

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Doughlightful: Bossa Studios announces I am Bread

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I Am Bread

In another time, the unsung hero of breakfast, the ungarnished slice of floppy bread, would have gone unnoticed. The thought that a game would appear in which such an unlikely hero would be its focus would have once been ridiculous. But we are living in an era of unusual protagonists, where cephalopods, goats and even surgeons, of all things, are deemed important enough have their own games. 

So there’s nothing weird at all about Bossa Studios’ I am Bread. 

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Tired of Waiting: Asus gets off Valve Time and announces its console PC, the GR8

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ROG GR8

The delay of Steam Machines and their Linux-based SteamOS has not halted the launch of other PC-turned-consoles. PC builders all seem to have a dedicated section for custom living room PCs and Alienware’s been showing off the Alienware Alpha, which is essentially a Windows version of a Steam Machine.

Now ASUS is trying to get a slice of the action and recently announced with the GR8 Console PC. It’s about the size of a Wii, is less than 3 litres in volume and can be upgraded ever so slighty

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Heroes of the Storm celebrates Halloween with the time-honoured tradition of getting new skins

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Heroes of the Storm Halloween

Since the day when people don hockey masks and harass teenagers, Halloween, is nearly upon us, we can also expect a slew of themed events in games. Even game’s that haven’t even launched. 

Heroes of the Storm’s acknowledging that it is in fact almost Halloween by sprouting three new skins, so you can run around killing things while looking only marginally more ridiculous than you did before. Especially if you have that magical little pony. 

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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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