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InXile to give Wasteland 2 a graphical overhaul with Unity 5 engine

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InXile to give Wasteland 2 a graphical overhaul with Unity 5 engine

InXile has announced that they plan to raise the graphical bar of their crowd-funded post-apocalyptic RPG, Wasteland 2, by upgrading the Unity engine. Currently, the game runs on Unity 4.5, but it’s bigger brother, Unity 5, will enable modders to use many of the tools available from Unity 4.x Pro.

“There is no doubt that this migration will allow us to release better tools for modding to our community in the future." said project lead Chris Keenan.

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Earthlight is a first-person exploration game set on the ISS using the Oculus Rift and Kinect 2

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Earthlight is a first-person exploration game set on the ISS using the Oculus Rift and Kinect 2

Have you ever wanted to do a spacewalk above the vast and encompassing blue dot that we call home? Well developers Opaque Multimedia are about to offer you the chance to do just that, albeit in the space of virtual reality. Their new game, Earthlight, is a first-person exploration game that’s set on the International Space Station. It’ll use both the Oculus Rift and Microsoft Kinect 2 to provide a full body mapping system, and ensure that immersion is at the forefront of the experience.

“Earthlight demonstrates the very limits of what is visually achievable in consumer-oriented VR experiences," Opaque states. “Featuring the most realistic depiction of the International Space Station used in an interactive VR setting to-date."

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Versus Evil to publish Skyshine Game's Bedlam; "It really was a logical step"

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Versus Evil to publish Skyshine Game's Bedlam; "It really was a logical step"

Skyshine Games have announced today that Versus Evil will publish their upcoming post-apocalyptic roguelike, Bedlam. The game is built on the foundations of the same engine Stoic used for The Banner Saga, which was also published by Versus Evil.

“The Banner Saga team at Stoic have given us some great support and advice," said Skyshine Games. “And having seen the great partnership they enjoyed with Versus Evil, it seems [like] the natural choice to work with them on Bedlam".

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Seaworthy is a 16bit pirate adventure roguelike inspired by FTL and Sid Meier's Pirates

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Seaworthy is a 16bit pirate adventure roguelike inspired by FTL and Sid Meier's Pirates

Have you ever wanted an FTL-like game, but where the space is the sea and your ships are made of wood? Seaworthy is that game - an adventure roguelike about sailing the high seas in search of gold, glory and more gold. As the captain, you'll be tasked with growing your crew and improving your ship, while trying to keep her floating through dangerous encounters involving other pirates, and even mythical sea monsters.

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The Long Dark gets bigger, again, and wolves can be scared off

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The Long Dark gets bigger, again, and wolves can be scared off

My very first game of The Long Dark ended in the jaws of a wolf. There I was, minding my own business, rummaging through a first aid box, and bang. The wolf leaps out of the shadows and starts chewing my face off. But in v.192, wolves might not be as big of a problem. 

Torches! Those mangey beasties hate fire, and waving a torch at them will make them think twice about their dinner plans. The world’s bigger now, too. A new region’s been added, a 10 square kilometer valley for you to explore. Take a gander below to see all the changes. 

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Sunless Sea review

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Sunless Sea review

My ship has been swallowed up by the darker-than-black ocean. It should have been a simple trade run, ferrying lost souls and spider-silk across the underground sea, back to Fallen London, a Victorian metropolis dragged beneath the earth by bats. But I’ve overextended, travelling too far in search of goods, and now I’m out of fuel and supplies. 

As is so often the case in Sunless Sea, my crew is now mad, throwing themselves overboard, shrieking and fighting, brains unable to parse the existence of stars underground, or the monstrous sea beasts they’ve seen. Either at the hands of mutineers or mad men, I’m going to die, and it’s going to be permanent.

That almost, but not quite, inevitable climax, death, looms over every nautical journey in Failbetter Games’ top-down seafaring sandbox. With every text-adventure-style quest embarked upon, there’s always the question: is this the one that will send me over the edge? 

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Impact Winter is a chilly survival game with a team of survivors trying to live for one more month

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Impact Winter is a chilly survival game with a team of survivors trying to live for one more month

Winter is, according to myriad survival games, just awful. Sure, there are the holidays, time off work, lots of lovely snowmen - but those things rarely make it into sandbox survival affairs. It’s all icey death and frozen limbs. Impact Winter joins the list of these anti-winter games.

“It’s a post-apocalyptic, survival adventure," says developer Mojo Bones. But they are quick to promise that it’s not as generic as it sounds. You won’t be a lone survivor; you’ll be leading a band of them, with inspiration being drawn from the likes of John Carpenter’s The Thing, which also spawned a tense game of managing desperate people. 

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Subnautica Early Access review

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Subnautica Early Access review

I was meant to be at work, doing my bit to colonise new worlds. Nah, I thought, I need a holiday at sea. Conveniently, this was around the same time that my ship crashed and left me stranded in a pod in the middle of an ocean. Hooray!

With my thoughts full of singing Jamaican crabs and fancy cocktails with names like “Sea Breeze", I began my holiday in underwater survival romp, Subnautica. The genre’s very much trendy at the moment, maybe even a bit oversaturated, but Unknown Worlds has surprised me once before, with Natural Selection 2, and I was eager to take the plunge. 

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Gratuitous Space Battles 2 beta launches with plenty of explosions

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Gratuitous Space Battles 2 beta launches with plenty of explosions

Gratuitous Space Battles 2, the modular spaceship strategy sequel, hits open beta today. At least, that’s what an email told me. But emails cannot be trusted! It is indeed now in beta, but it’s only open to that that pre-order the game first. By doing that, though, you will certainly be getting some very gratuitous space battles. You can cast your eyes at the laser light show below, in the beta trailer.

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Sunless Sea displays its secrets this week; get a taste with the launch trailer

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Sunless Sea displays its secrets this week; get a taste with the launch trailer

Sunless Sea is one of two - I think - Early Access games that I’ve recommended that you buy despite them not being completely finished, the other being Starbound. But if you decided to wait until launch, you patient person, you, then your terribly long wait is almost at an end. 

Failbetter’s wordy nautical adventure launches this Friday, and to get you in the mood for these dark, underworld adventures, here’s a lovely launch trailer. 

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Don't Starve Together Early Access review

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Don't Starve Together Early Access review

Don’t Starve has always been an infernal machine, made out of monster flesh and oddly shaped gears, that’s churned out anecdote after anecdote. That time I jumped into the ominous maw in the ground, only to reappear half-way across the world and surrounded by nightmares. That fight I had with a legion of giant eight-legged creepy crawlies, where only the timely intervention of some noble pigmen saved me from death; pigmen I then killed and ate. 

Throwing another player into the mix, a fellow survivor, seems like a natural progression for Klei’s strangely whimsical survival horror game. A second player, just as desperate to survive, in a world with fleeting resources. Don’t Starve and co-op is, or at least could be, a perfect marriage. But is now the time to get hitched to Don’t Starve Together? 

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The Condemned series could be licensed out to an indie developer

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The Condemned series could be licensed out to an indie developer

Monolith’s Condemned: Criminal Origins is a horror game that does away with monsters and exotic locations. Its threats are homeless gentlemen who consider bath salts a mellow substance, and most of the game takes place in dilapidated empty buildings in the middle of the city. It’s dirty and unpleasant, with the melee combat forcing you to get up close and personal with the sort of enemies who happily spit teeth and blood at you.  

I would have said that it’s an underappreciated horror gem, but we appreciate it quite a lot here, putting it in our 16 best horror games on PC. The first game spawned an uneven - but not terrible - sequel, but nothing more. Now, though, Monolith founder Jace Hall is thinking of doing something with the franchise, so it no longer sits there, languishing. 

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Octodad year one statistics revealed; sold over 459,000 units

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Octodad year one statistics revealed; sold over 459,000 units

Young Horses Games, the creators of the superb Octodad: Dadliest Catch, have just unveiled a plethora of interesting statistics. Most notably, the game has sold over 459,000 units, bringing with it a gross revenue of just under $5 million dollars.

There’s also some rather silly statistics too, like how many “emergency room trips" the team endured while developing the game. 

The answer is four.

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Medieval Engineers' structural integrity preview is demolition porn

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Medieval Engineers' structural integrity preview is demolition porn

Toppling something monumental and grand is a singular delight. Stomping on Lego, liberal application of TNT in Minecraft, colliding spaceships in Space Engineers - it’s the simple pleasures that make this life worth living. 

Send any children you might own to bed, and usher any elderly out of the room. We’re about to watch some hardcore castle destruction porn in Medieval Engineers, and it’s going to get a bit saucy. 

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Medieval Engineers will be joining Space Engineers in Early Access

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Medieval Engineers will be joining Space Engineers in Early Access

Keen Software House, developers of Space Engineers, are dabbling in Early Access once again, before Space Engineers leaves space dock. Medieval Engineers will be popping into existence on Steam next month, on February 19th, joining its sci-fi cousin. 

Medieval Engineers will turn back the clock, taking away its engineers’ space suits and spaceships, replacing them with wooden contraptions and big ol’ castles and cities. There will be terraforming and mining, along with siege warfare and hand to hand combat for the more blood-thirsty among you. 

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Might and Delight's Shelter 2 trailer uses cuteness like a weapon

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Might and Delight's Shelter 2 trailer uses cuteness like a weapon

I read the trailer title, “Cuteness in Shelter 2" and I already know it’s a trap. Not a lie, because the combination of Might and Delight’s wonderful art and the prevalence of tiny mewling lynx cubs ensures that the trailer will indeed be overloaded with cuteness, but still a trap. Those cubs may very well die. Their mum might too. Thankfully, the trailer has none of that, but I know it’s coming. 

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Kerbal Space Program will leave Early Access with the next update

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Kerbal Space Program will leave Early Access with the next update

Kerbal Space Program’s long journey through Early Access is almost over. The next update will see the game leave Early Access, finally reaching version 1.0. 

“As development in Beta has progressed, one thing has become very apparent, Kerbal Space Program is about to reach a state in which every single one of the original goals for the game has been reached, and we can say that our original design document has been fulfilled,“ Felipe Falanghe wrote on the KSP blog

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Ronin pits a ninja against her natural enemy: businessmen

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Ronin pits a ninja against her natural enemy: businessmen

While villains go in and out of fashion, there always seems to be one mainstay: wealthy businessmen. Oh, they’re bad, aren’t they, with their big glass offices and fancy gold swimming pools. And in Devolver Digital and developer Tomasz Wacławek’s Ronin, they’ve pissed off a katana-wielding biker, which was probably a bit silly of them. 

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HER STORY is a game about a women talking to the police, directed by Sam Barlow

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HER STORY is a game about a women talking to the police, directed by Sam Barlow

Her Story is an abstract crime fiction game with a “non-linear" storytelling, by Silent Hill Shattered Memories writer and designer Sam Barlow. Players are given access to archived footage from a police database, where they’ll be tasked at piecing together the mysterious murder of a woman’s husband.

Here’s where it gets interesting: to search through these video clips, players will search for specific words that are spoken by the questioned woman.

“If you can Google, you can play Her Story" says director Sam Barlow.

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