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  2. Nintendo's second season of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC characters will be also be its last. That's according to Smash Bros. boss Masahiro Sakurai himself, writing in his weekly Famitsu column (via Ryokutya2089 and translated by PushDustin). It means the forthcoming six characters included in Ultimate's Fighter Pass Vol. 2 will be the game's final additions to its bulging roster. Read more View the full article
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  4. The developer of the upcoming Homeworld 3 is also working on a first-person spaceship laser-cutting game called Hardspace: Shipbreaker. Blackbird Interactive's Hardspace: Shipbreaker is described as a spaceship salvage sandbox game with "true-to-life" physics and demolition effects. It's due out this summer on Steam Early Access and is published by Focus Home Interactive. The gameplay video below gives you an idea of how it works. Early Access launches with two classes of spaceship to salvage, upgradable salvaging tools and perks and the first act of the story campaign. Expect more spaceship classes, missions, daily challenges, leaderboards and modding support through the Early Access period. Read more View the full article
  5. We've finally heard some news about Grand Theft Auto 4's place on the Steam Store today, but I'm afraid to say it's decidedly mixed, as Rockstar has announced it will return at the cost of multiplayer on PC platforms. Why on earth is this happening? Last month Grand Theft Auto 4 was delisted on Steam thanks to its reliance on the Games for Windows Live platform. Rockstar explained to USgamer it was unable to "generate the additional keys needed to continue selling the current version of the game", as Microsoft had officially ended support for Games for Windows Live. To solve the problem, Rockstar has now decided it will replace all versions of Grand Theft Auto 4 and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City with Grand Theft Auto 4: Complete Edition "wherever it is currently digitally available", including Steam and the Rockstar Games Launcher. As a result of the problems with Games for Windows Live, multiplayer mode and leaderboards will no longer be available in Grand Theft Auto 4: Complete Edition. Sounds a bit incomplete to me, really, but here we are. Read more View the full article
  6. We're still nosing around Dreams because it's an unusual prospect and we want to make sure we understand it, but in the meantime, we wanted to share some of the things we've found. The Dreamverse is a busy place. Launching in early access roughly a year ago was an inspired move. It means there's loads of good stuff to play already and it's curated well, sorted into various categories. The main one you should concern yourself with is the IMPY Award winners, which show off the best things made in year one. You can't miss them - the IMPYs are flagged with a huge image on the Dreamverse homepage. But it's not just old stuff: it's genuinely staggering to see how much has been made since the game was released last week. There's real ambition on show and the beginnings of some very big dreams. Read more View the full article
  7. A new round of offers has just gone live over on the PSN Store, with some terrific prices up for grabs on Days Gone, Bloodborne and other top PS4 games. Those of you who have been waiting for the post-apocalyptic adventure from Bend Studios to go sub-£20 will definitely want to give this sale a look now Days Gone is £19.49. You do need to be a PS Plus member to get this price. Otherwise, it's still a reasonable £24.99. Next up in big PS4 exclusives for cheap, there's Bloodborne: Game of the Year Edition for £10.49. Again, this is another PS Plus only price, but it's only slightly more expensive at £11.99 if you aren't one. I've had it sitting in my library since it was a free PS Plus game ages ago and it's really about time I gave it go - even if I will be repeatedly stomped flat. Read more View the full article
  8. The parent company of THQ Nordic has bought Saber Interactive, the studio behind the recent The Witcher 3 Nintendo Switch port and World War Z in a deal worth up to $525m. Embracer Group bought Saber for an initial $150m, with a maximum earnout of $375m, depending on certain milestones. Saber has more than 600 employees across six offices. Saber Interactive will become Embracer Group's fifth operating group and Saber Interactive's co-founders and owners, Matthew Karch and Andrey Iones, will jointly become Embracer Group's second largest shareholder. Karch and Iones have committed to remaining employed within the company for at least six years. Read more View the full article
  9. The year is 1994 and it's a typically bright morning in Sunnyvale, California. Chris Hudak is riding the Caltrain to work, powerbook in his lap, dozing in and out of consciousness. Arriving into the office sometime around noon, he rocks up at his cubicle and is approached by team leader and head designer BJ West. BJ has decided, in his capacity as captain, that his motley crew really need a staff meeting. Furthermore, he determines it would greatly improve morale if that meeting were to be held at the Brass Rail, a nearby strip joint. In the words of Hudak, they "all nod and gravely agree". Dave, the DJ at the Brass Rail, is no stranger to these 'meetings' and celebrates their entrance by playing a load of industrial metal, much to the dismay of the girl dancing on the stage. The team share a pitcher of beer and muse on how this beats the hell out of spending the day at Atari's offices. Everyone agrees and the meeting is concluded. Begrudgingly returning to work, the team cap off the working day with a plastic dart gun fight, conducted with weapons procured from the local Toys 'R' Us. Another typical day in the life of the Black ICE\White Noise team, a group of rookie designers charged with the near-impossible task of saving the Atari Jaguar from destroying America's most legendary video game developer. The mid-90s were perhaps the most transformative period in video game history. The leap from 2D to 3D and the amount of experimentation that took place at the time still staggers me. It's not just the power of those once-new machines I find incredible, but the sheer amount of choice we had back then. Today, we have the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, two (relatively) similar systems, then there's Nintendo with its quirky little handheld, and the goliath that is the PC. But between 1993 and 1996, there were more failed major console releases than there were consoles released in the last decade. Nevermind the fact there were still multiple PC alternatives for the mouse and keyboard community, such as the Mac or the Amiga, or indeed Atari's own line of computers. Read more View the full article
  10. THQ Nordic has confirmed its intention to make a full Gothic remake after the recently-released playable teaser proved popular. In December 2019, the publisher released a playable teaser to those who already had a Gothic game or any other title from original developer Piranha Bytes in their Steam libraries. The idea, THQ Nordic said, was that if the teaser proved popular enough, it would approve the development of the Gothic remake in full. Over 180,000 people played the teaser, and after "unanimous feedback", full production will now begin at a new studio to be set up in Barcelona, Spain. THQ Nordic said it will take feedback to the playable teaser on board, such as the request for a "grittier and less colourful world". Read more View the full article
  11. Valve returns to its most legendary franchise on March 23, 2020 with Half-Life Alyx, but you'll need a VR headset to play this game when it comes out on PC. This page is designed to make choosing the best VR headset for Half-Life Alyx as simple as possible, giving you the information you need to find the headset that fits your needs at a price you can afford. Just looking at all of the options available can be daunting, especially if you're a newcomer to VR, with six SteamVR headsets that are officially compatible with Half-Life Alyx. Here are those six options, not including first-gen VR headsets that have disappeared from retail: With different physical designs, screens, tracking solutions and price points, there's plenty to discuss about each option. Thankfully, once you get to know a little about each of them you'll quickly be able to narrow in on the right one for you. That makes choosing the best VR headset for Half-Life Alyx fairly straightforward - as long as you're equipped with our recommendations. Read more View the full article
  12. Hello, and welcome to our new series which picks out interesting things that we'd love someone to make a game about. This isn't a chance for us to pretend we're game designers, more an opportunity to celebrate the range of subjects games can tackle and the sorts of things that seem filled with glorious gamey promise. Check out our 'Someone should make a game about' archive for all our pieces so far. Read more View the full article
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  14. And here it is! After the longest gap between Nintendo Directs since the drought of 2016, another is finally on the way - and it's shouldn't come as much of a surprise to learn that it'll be focussing on Nintendo's next major release, Animal Crossing: New Horizon. According to Nintendo's announcement tweet, the Animal Crossing: New Horizon's Direct will be broadcast this Thursday, 20th February at 2pm in the UK/6am PT. It should last around 25 minutes, and promises an "in-depth look at Nook Inc.'s Deserted Island Getaway Package". You'll be able to watch proceedings unfold via Nintendo's YouTube channel, and given that I've been anticipating New Horizons with increasingly terrifying intensity since it was first announced in 2018, I'll be pretty much welded to the screen. Read more View the full article
  15. Developer Simogo's dreamy rhythm-action delight Sayonara Wild Hearts is finally making its way to Xbox One next Tuesday, 25th February. Sayonara Wild Hearts tells the story of a young woman whisked away to a mysterious world of neon lights, masked bikers, and catchy pop, where, with the help of her alter-ego The Fool, she attempts to thwart Little Death and mend her broken heart. What follows is a breathless musical extravaganza, melding time-honoured beat-keeping mechanics with gorgeously orchestrated, wonderfully varied arcade action, squeezing it all into a game about, as Simogo puts it, "being awesome, riding motorcycles, skateboarding, dance battling, shooting lasers, wielding swords, and breaking hearts at 200 mph". Read more View the full article
  16. EVE Online studio CCP Games has confirmed its long-in-the-works EVE-themed multiplayer shooter Project Nova is officially cancelled, although work on a new sci-fi shooter, with expanded scope, will continue at its London studio. Project Nova was initially unveiled in 2016 as a spiritual successor to CCP's long-defunct free-to-play PS3 shooter Dust 514. All went largely silent after that, however, and it wasn't until October 2018 that more on the game - said to offer a blend of "tactical co-op PvE and explosive PvP modes, with a strong emphasis on mastery and strategy" - was finally revealed. Just one month later, though, CCP announced it would "return to the drawing board" with Project Nova, telling fans that the "gameplay experience in its current form does not live up to our original vision and would not achieve our ambitious goals for this project." Read more View the full article
  17. Today's Deal: Save 25% on The Beast Inside!* Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are! *Offer ends Thursday at 10AM Pacific Time View the full article
  18. Today's Deal: Save 40% on Chef: A Restaurant Tycoon Game!* Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are! *Offer ends Thursday at 10AM Pacific Time View the full article
  19. The first month of the new decade is in the books, and with that we'll be looking at the top 20 games released in January 2020. As a reminder, we measure monthly top releases by looking at revenue generated during the first two weeks after launch. We'll also be featuring the top 5 free-to-play releases, measured by the total number of unique players acquired during their two-week launch windows. Scroll down to view the lists or check out this handy sale page. Game development is globalIf you've followed our previous posts, you know that we like to highlight the developers who are creating these awesome products. Every month, it's remarkable to see how diverse the representation of developers is from around the world. In the past six months alone, top releases were developed in more than 30 different countries across six continents. This diversity ensures that no matter where players live, it's easy to find games with familiar language use, regional pop culture references, local themes & settings and all sorts of other variety that simply wouldn't exist if developers were all from one region. January's new releases brought a surprising amount of content from one region in particular. More than half of January's top releases were developed in Asia, with eight titles coming from Japanese development teams. The prevalence of Asian products in January likely comes from a huge variety of factors: change in geographical spending, impact of the Lunar New Year holiday, differences in developer release schedules, and certainly a bit of coincidence. The most exciting part of this surge comes when looking at the products themselves. Anime themes and JRPG elements often perform well with players on Steam, and January included six products from classic anime franchises - Dragon Ball Z, Atelier (3), Utawarerumono and Super Robot Wars. Another exciting thing about these top titles was that almost half of them launched without English localization for either audio or text. Not too long ago, including English support at launch was a requirement for success on Steam. English-speakers are still a huge part of Steam's audience, but the success of January's top releases reinforces the fact that now, more than ever, Steam players come from all over the world and will support a huge variety of language options. Many first Steam releases on the listOne trend that didn't change this month is that of new developers finding success when bringing their first product to Steam. We're excited to welcome 10 development teams on this month's list who are launching their very first product on Steam. Some of these teams have worked together for years, bringing games to other devices or platforms, while others are working together for the first time. Congratulations go out to AQUAPLUS, Fantastic Passion, Ghostpie Studio, 汉家松鼠 Han-Squirrel Studio, Pyro Studios, Scavengers Studio, Skookum Arts, Soccer Manager Ltd., Steel Sky Productions, Studio 8 & Yippee! Entertainment. 2010 was a long time agoFinally, it's not very often that we get the opportunity to take a look back at an entire decade and reflect on how much has changed. For those who are nostalgic, curious or even looking for a classic game to explore, we thought we'd look at the top games debuting in January 2010 (sorted by release date). The list for January 2010 is quite different from our normal format, as it contains just 11 games, which happens to be every single game that released on Steam that month. Of these 11 games, only three of them would have charted on today’s Top 20. Wings of Prey Zero Gear Gothic II: Gold Edition Greed: Black Border Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy Aliens versus Predator Classic 2000 Dark Void Bob Came in Pieces Hotel Giant 2 Mass Effect 2 Toki Tori January's Top ReleasesHere is the list of January's top releases ordered by release date (we've organized this list on a sale page too): 部落与弯刀 / Sands of Salzaar 汉家松鼠 Han-Squirrel Studio (China) 港詭實錄 / Paranormal HK Ghostpie Studio (China) SUPER ROBOT WARS X B.B.STUDIO CO.,LTD. (Japan) GemCraft - Frostborn Wrath Game in a Bottle (Hungary) Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk DX KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. (Japan) Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky DX KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. (Japan) Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea DX KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. (Japan) some some convenience store 썸썸 편의점 TALESSHOP Co., Ltd. (Republic of Korea) DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT CyberConnect2 Co. Ltd. (Japan) ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS XIV KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. (Japan) DEEEER Simulator: Your Average Everyday Deer Game NASPAPA GAMES (Japan) Temtem Crema (Spain) Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception AQUAPLUS (Japan) The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Skydance Interactive (US) Commandos 2 - HD Remaster Yippee! Entertainment (UK) Pyro Studios (Spain) Warhammer Underworlds: Online Steel Sky Productions (Australia) Coffee Talk Toge Productions (Indonesia) The Pedestrian Skookum Arts (US) Astellia Studio 8 (Republic of Korea) Not For Broadcast NotGames (UK) -- January's Top Free Releases Darwin Project Scavengers Studio (Canada) Coloring Game 2 L. Stotch (Russia) Soviet Jump Game Fantastic Passion (US) Grim Clicker EvilCharm Games (Russia) Soccer Manager 2020 Soccer Manager Ltd. (UK) -- If you're curious about previous months, here are more Top Release lists: The Top Releases of May The Top Releases of June The Top Releases of July The Top Releases of August The Top Releases of September The Top Releases of October The Top Releases of November The Top Releases of December Cheers! -The Steam Team View the full article
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  21. Empire of Sin, Brenda and John Romero's intriguing mobster-themed strategy game, will no longer release this spring as originally announced, and is now scheduled to arrive in a hail of sharp suits, fancy hats, and tommy gun fire sometime this autumn. If you've yet to receive the elevator pitch, Empire of Sin drops players into the seedy side of 1920s Prohibition-era Chicago, where the goal is to create a formidable crime empire from the ground up and become mob king or queen of the city. That involves a combination of business smarts and, inevitably, violence, as you "schmooze, coerce, seduce, threaten, or kill" your way to success. Oh, and you can expect a healthy dose of turn-based tactical combat, reminiscent of XCOM, when there's blood to be shed. Read more View the full article
  22. What's on the menu? A Cooking Mama game for Switch, apparently, and if a newly-discovered trailer is to be believed it could be arriving as soon as March. Emphasis on could. The unlisted video was first posted on YouTube in November, but has only been unearthed today thanks to a listing on Dutch store Nedgame. The channel bears the same name as the game's publisher, Planet Entertainment, but so far nothing else has been uploaded. Judging by the fact half the video is black screen, it's clearly been unveiled a little early. The trailer gives a release date of March, and lists a retail price of $39.99 (£30.71), but as the video is a few months old and the linked website leads nowhere, it's worth taking this with a pinch of salt. Read more View the full article
  23. A recent report from Bloomberg has attracted a lot of headlines - the suggestion is that Sony is struggling to control construction costs for the PlayStation 5 and that the $399 pricing sweet spot enjoyed by both PS4 and PS4 Pro may be out of reach for the next-gen system. Bloomberg says that the current cost for building the machine is around $450, suggesting that a retail price of at least $470 is likely - but is the analysis accurate? Will the next generation consoles really be more expensive at launch than their current-gen equivalents? Pricing of console hardware has been a topic we've raised in the past on Digital Foundry because the fact is that the economics surrounding consumer electronics have been growing increasingly challenging for console manufacturers in recent years, while the pace of technological innovation has also slowed down significantly. I genuinely believe that next-gen console hardware from both Sony and Microsoft will be superb - but inevitably, delivering a proper generational leap comes at a price. Solid state storage is a game-changer, we'll have a desktop-class high performance CPU component this time and while it can't hope to match the 8x increase in capacity we saw last-gen, 16GB of GDDR6 looks likely. In terms of graphics power, the arrival of the enhanced consoles - PS4 Pro and Xbox One X - has muddied the waters somewhat in terms of defining that a generational leap actually is, but I'd still suggest we'll get there. Read more View the full article
  24. A range of Samsung, Asus and Razer phones will soon support Stadia. Google's game-streaming service will, on 20th February, become compatible with nearly two dozen Android devices. The full list lies below. Up until now, Stadia has been confined to Google's own Pixel smartphones - as well as on PC and on TVs with a Chromecast Ultra. Read more View the full article
  25. I'm almost at a 100-day streak on Duolingo, even though I feel bugged by the app's notifications into keeping going. I guess that's sort of the point? The game-ified language learning app makes things just fun enough - but it is still learning, and sometimes I'll need that nudge. It'll get to 10pm and I know that I still need to finish a couple of lessons before midnight. I could skip a day, sure, though I'll use up valuable currency on a streak saver. And there's always the next achievement or leaderboard place to go chase. Duolingo's constant nagging to keep going is theme of today's video - which sees the app's friendly owl mascot becoming ever more zealous and threatening as he interrupts a user's evening in the pub to make him play. Read more View the full article
  26. A rough beast indeed, Hunt: Showdown, slouching toward the daylight after a couple of years in Early Access. A peculiar chimera of genres - survival horror, battle royale, boss rush shooter, insect, demon, human being. It resembles Far Cry 2 at a glance, all flammable shades of brown, but it moves more like PUBG, shunning the clear ground, ears pricked for proximity chat. It has the vivid markings of a Monster Hunter, but those patterns are really just for show, like the eye-whites of a killer whale - masking the gunsights protruding from its abdomen. You certainly wouldn't call it handsome, but you can't seem to drag your gaze away. How did something so... multiple ever survive the evolutionary process? But alas, you've looked for too long. It knows you're there now. No, don't try to run! The creature's girth is deceptive. We'll have to see if we can bring it down. If Hunt: Showdown's unusual - and, as it turns out, fantastically exhilarating and engrossing - mixture of inspirations has a single guiding principle, it's that predators become prey. It's a game in which stepping on a twig while backstabbing a zombie can get you shot from a hundred yards off, and the ceremony of a bossfight offers zero defence against the player lobbing dynamite through a window. In Hunt, you play patron to a "Bloodline" of bounty hunters, all seeking their fortune amid the rot of a 19th century Louisiana that has been overrun by demons. Your task, in the main bounty-hunting mode, is to find the lair of a legendary monster within one of two festering open world maps, using your sorcerous Dark Vision to chase swirling blue sparks to clues that narrow down the search area. Having slain and exorcised the abomination, you must collect a bounty and head to a map exit to complete the match. Along the way you'll fight or avoid myriad lesser horrors - from vanilla zombies who can be treated as speed bumps, providing you don't overlook the ones waving cleavers or torches, to chunkier threats such as the Meathead, a one-armed juggernaut that sees by way of a slithering entourage of leeches. Read more View the full article
  27. Entries from both the Dishonored and Wolfenstein series are the latest games to arrive on GOG - and to celebrate they're all available for up to 70 per cent off. Although GOG already has a decent number of Bethesda titles in its library, this is the first time you've been able to get games from fantastical stealth-em-up Dishonored and the Nazi-punching Wolfenstein series DRM-free. Recent sequel The New Colossus and co-op spin-off Youngblood are not yet included, however. Still, to see what is there, you can view the full Bethesda publisher sale or check out some of the choice highlights below: Read more View the full article
  28. Xbox Game Pass continues to impress with yet another great line-up of additions due on Microsoft's subscription service soon. Most notable, perhaps, is Kingdom Hearts 3 - which publisher Square Enix has separately confirmed will drop onto Game Pass on 25th February. It follows today's release of lots of Kingdom Hearts games on Xbox One via a couple of big compilations. The acclaimed Yakuza 0 and Ninja Gaiden 2 are also on the way, along with Wasteland Remastered and enjoyable Theme Hospital spiritual successor Two Point Hospital. Rounding out the new console additions will be Jackbox Party Pack 3, which includes mini-games such as the brilliant Quiplash 2 and T-shirt creation competition Tee K.O (which I have actually bought a T-shirt from). Read more View the full article
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