September 2015

Following the life cycle of most modern MMOs, WildStar relaunched today as a free-to-play game, dropping its subscription model. The new free-to-play version came with a big content update titled WildStar: Reloaded. “We received a ton of positive feedback from our fan base through our closed beta and have worked to create…

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Back in my day *stops mid-sentence to yell at passing cloud* there were only about seven indie games, and three of them were made by Derek Yu. Delightful physics puzzler World of Goo was one of the ones that wasn’t, and it’s taken this long for a game to appear that…

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Microsoft’s Project Spark lets you make and share games, short animated films, levels etc etc for Xbox platforms and Windows 8, and until now it’s been supported by micro-transactions that ask you to shell out for the constituent elements. I said ‘until now’, because Microsoft has just announced that all of the various DLC…

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After ten long years (not to mention several different developers) the fourth major installment in the RollerCoaster Tycoon series, RollerCoaster Tycoon World, will arrive on December 10. Prior to launch, there will be two beta weekends for those who pre-purchase the game to get an early look. I spoke on Monday with Atari CEO Fred Chesnais,…

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Did Assassin’s Creed Unity have crafting? I can’t remember, and if it did, it was probably lost in its awful, dispiriting menus full of confusing icons, currencies and numbers. I know that Black Flag—the last good AC game—did, and crafting is returning for the Victorian London-set Syndicate. Ubisoft has detailed crafting over…

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As an iPhone- and iPad-less, and generally rubbish-phone-having individual, I’ve had to peek over the fence at folks enjoying Inkle’s 80 Days, a globe-trotting interactive fiction game inspired by Victorian traveller and crisp manufacturer Phileas Fogg. Now that it’s come to PC, I can add it to my Steam library then forget I ever bought…

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Hitman’s unusual release schedule has finally been detailed. The ‘Hitman Intro Pack’ will be available March 11 for $34.99, and will comprise three ‘sandbox locations’—France, Italy and Morocco—along with six missions, 800 targets for the game’s Contracts mode, 40 ‘signature kills’, plus weekly events to keep Agent 47 busy until April. There…

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The classic giant-robots-fighting-robots series BattleTech will return to PC after its successful Kickstarter campaign was launched and funded earlier today. Developer Harebrained Schemes and BattleTech creator Jordan Weisman pitched a single player, turn-based Mech strategy game to fans, looking for $250,000. Just under an hour later, Harebrained Schemes had gotten enough funding to meet that goal….

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California’s Great America, a roller coaster-based amusement park in the San Francisco Bay Area, is launching a Mass Effect–themed “4D holographic” movie show. Far from conventional understandings of four-dimensional Euclidean space or spacetime, 4D is the theme park term for crowd-facing special effects: wind and water effects and rumbling seats, perhaps. Though we don’t know exactly…

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