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Local Smite, Paladins teams to see more world competition

Local Smite, Paladins teams to see more world competition

Another pathway to international competition just opened for local Smite and Paladins players.

The winning team from the official Smite competition the Smite Oceania Pro League will now automatically qualify for the Smite International Masters event that takes place in Atlanta in late April.

The Smite Oceania Pro League kicks off on February 11 and has a prize pool of AU$10,000.

The prize pool for the Smite Masters is US$120,000.

As for Paladins, there will be a local Masters Qualifier kicking off next month. Following three weeks of qualifying for the Qualifier and three weeks of tournament play, the winning team will gain access to the Paladins Masters, which runs from April 6–9.

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Killer Instinct dev aghast over teabagging ban

Killer Instinct dev aghast over teabagging ban

Virtual teabagging has been banned from a major upcoming Killer Instinct tournament, to the dismay of one of the game's creators.

Presumably, IRL teabagging is also frowned upon.

The organisers of the Killer Instinct World Cup put the word out via Twitter that teabagging was banned, and said anyone caught engaging in teabagging would be banned from all events in 2017.

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The final Dark Souls III DLC takes you to The Ringed City

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The final Dark Souls III DLC takes you to The Ringed City

The final expansion for Dark Souls III is called The Ringed City, and it will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC from March 28, Bandai Namco has announced.

This new adventure has players chasing after the Slave Knight Gael to the literal end of the world as he searches for the Dark Soul of Humanity.

The setup, as per Bandai Namco:

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Jensen goes undercover in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's second story DLC

Jensen goes undercover in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's second story DLC

The second piece of story for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will release to Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and online stores on February 23, publisher Square Enix says.

Titled A Criminal Past, the DLC will allow players to experience one of Adam Jensen’s first missions for Task Force 29, set some time before the events of Mankind Divided.

It features Adam Jensen, an old acquaintance in Delara Auzenne, and new characters.

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Tekken 7 gets mid-year release date, special editions detailed

Tekken 7 gets mid-year release date, special editions detailed

The latest King of the Iron Fist Tournament is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on June 2, Bandai Namco has announced.

The game did have a vague release window of "early 2017", so this probably counts as a delay.

The game features all new battle mechanics including “Rage Arts”, “Power Crushes”, and “Rage Drives” that make gameplay more accessible for players of all skill levels.

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Resident Evil VII has critics cacking pants

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Resident Evil VII has critics cacking pants

Resident Evil VII is a triumphant return to form for the aging series, critics say. Maybe that candle is a good idea after all.

The horror title is currently sitting at a rating of 88 on OpenCritic, based on 36 reviews that came in overnight.

By contrast, the highest Metacritic score for Resident Evil 6 is 69 on PC (and in this writer's opinion, that is far too high).

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Aussies light up World of Tanks Asia-Pacific week 2

Aussies light up World of Tanks Asia-Pacific week 2

Australia's Team Efficiency is off to a great start in World of Tanks' Asia-Pacific Season II, going undefeated in three games over the weekend.

Team Efficiency (TE) wasn't scheduled to play when Season II kicked off last week, but showed no signs of rust over the weekend as it rolled fellow Aussies The Coalition Zoo 5–2, second seed B-Gaming 5–1, and third seed Meltdown 5–1.

In one of the best plays of the weekend, TE closed out B-Gaming in the final round of the match despite at one stage being down three tanks to six.

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Portal designer Kim Swift joins EA Star Wars team

Portal designer Kim Swift joins EA Star Wars team

EA's Motive Studios team just got even more high-powered, with the addition of Portal lead designer Kim Swift.

Motive and Visceral Games general manager Jade Raymond revealed Swift's hire - as a design lead - via the EA Motive website.

In addition to Portal (whose prototype, Narbacular Drop, she was also involved in producing), Swift has worked on a number of other games throughout her career, including both released Left 4 Dead games, Quantum Conundrum, and Soul Fjord.

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Warhammer's Necromunda to become a tactical RPG

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Warhammer's Necromunda to become a tactical RPG

Warhammer 40,000 spinoff Necromunda is set to get a video game adaptation, entitled Necromunda: Underhive Wars, publisher Focus Home Interactive says.

The tabletop game will be adapted by Montreal-based Rogue Factor, which previously adapted Games Workshop's Mordheim: City of the Damned in 2015.

A turn-based tactical RPG, Necromunda is set underground in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, as rival gangs battle for control over a warren of abandoned machinery known as the Underhive.

Wednesday 25 January

Killer Instinct dev aghast over teabagging ban
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Killer Instinct dev aghast over teabagging ban
"Good luck banning me."
Local Smite, Paladins teams to see more world competition
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Local Smite, Paladins teams to see more world competition
Masters spot opens up.

Sunday 22 January

Friday 20 January

Portal designer Kim Swift joins EA Star Wars team
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Portal designer Kim Swift joins EA Star Wars team
A serious assembly of talent.
Halo Wars 2 interview
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Halo Wars 2 aims to "improve everything happening in the game"
Design director Clay Jensen speaks.