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Star Wars Battlefront 2 reveal coming April 16

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 reveal coming April 16

In a shocking twist that absolutely no-one could possibly have seen coming, the sequel to 2015's somewhat thin Star Wars Battlefront will be called – wait for it – Star Wars Battlefront 2.

Electronic Arts formally announced the game today, and promised to show the game's first trailer during a panel at Star Wars Celebration 2017, which takes place in mid-April.

The panel will feature members of the game’s development team from three EA studios: DICE, Criterion and Motive.

It kicks off at 6:30am on Sunday April 16 NZT, and it will be livestreamed.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 is scheduled to be released in spring, likely on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

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MMO The Secret World is relaunching, but it's now an action RPG

MMO The Secret World is relaunching, but it's now an action RPG

Conan Exiles developer Funcom is relaunching MMO The Secret World as a free-to-play shared-world action RPG.

That's right: it's the exact same game, but in a slightly different genre. Weird.

The Secret World initially launched as a subscription product in mid-2012, but despite garnering praise for its story and unique setting, it failed to gather much of a following.

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Players unhappy Blizzard has reneged on WoW gear-scaling

Players unhappy Blizzard has reneged on WoW gear-scaling

A controversial change to late-game enemies in World of Warcraft has some players up in arms.

Overnight, players at the game's maximum level noticed that the health pools of enemies are now tied to the gear level of players.

In other words, the stronger the players, the more health enemies have – a system known as "scaling-to-gear".

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Persona 5 is stealing the hearts of critics, and their spare time

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Persona 5 is stealing the hearts of critics, and their spare time

The reviews are in for JRPG Persona 5, and according to critics, 2017 continues to dole out incredible games.

Persona 5 is currently sitting on an OpenCritic score of 93, and has more than its fair share of perfect 10s from outlets around the world. Notably, VG247's Alex Donaldson is calling it the best JRPG in a decade.

Those scores see Persona 5 tied with Undertale and Uncharted 4 for the eighth highest score of all-time on OpenCritic.

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Devastatingly handsome, witty Kiwis announce charity stream

Devastatingly handsome, witty Kiwis announce charity stream

This Sunday a group of Kiwis streamers are gaming for 12 hours to raise donations for Starship Hospital.

Wellington-based group Leaping Tiger is hosting the event live via Twitch, bringing together some of the cities’ best streamers and gaming communities (full disclosure: including the handsome devil who wrote this very news item).

From noon until midnight, Leaping Tiger will be playing a variety of different games alongside some awesome Wellington based streamers and gaming community reps. Titles on the list include Street Fighter V, Overwatch, Destiny, Overcooked, Ultimate Chicken Horse, Glitterman Grove, Mario Kart 8, and whatever I'm forcing everyone to play.

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Legendary RPG Planescape: Torment is getting a remaster

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Legendary RPG Planescape: Torment is getting a remaster

Planescape: Torment, a game many consider to be the greatest RPG of all time, is getting a remaster.

Planescape: Torment was originally released in 1999 to widespread critical acclaim, drawing praise for its unconventional story, characters, and soundtrack.

RPG remaster specialist Beamdog (Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition) is handling the game's overhaul, with Planescape: Torment lead designer Chris Avellone pitching in with gameplay updates, bug fixes, and enhancements "to best capture his original vision for the game".

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Call of Duty: WW2 basically confirmed

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Call of Duty: WW2 basically confirmed

This year's Call of Duty is called Call of Duty: WW2, Eurogamer sources say.

Putting my deerstalker hat on, that probably means the game is set during WWII.

This latest news also lends some credence to last week's supposed box art leak, which YouTube channel The Family Video Gamers went well outside its normal remit to cover.

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Outlast 2 not censored in Australia after all

Outlast 2 not censored in Australia after all

It turns out that Outlast 2 has not been cut to achieve an R18+ rating in Australia.

So, for those of you paying attention, over the past week and a half, Outlast 2 has been banned in Australia, not banned in Australia, censored, and now, not censored.

So, we have one less reason to laugh at Australians, but at least there are plenty of others rushing in to fill the void.

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Blizzard announces Overwatch Pacific Championship with NZ$386k prize pool

Blizzard announces Overwatch Pacific Championship with NZ$386k prize pool

Blizzard has announced the Overwatch Pacific Championship, a professional Overwatch esports league based in Taipei.

The OPC's first season kicks off on April 8, and will see eight professional teams from Australia (Blank Esports), Hong Kong (Hong Kong Attitude), Japan (SunSister, DeToNator GOLD), Taiwan (Machi Esports, ahq eSports Club, Flash Wolves), and Thailand (FireBall) battle over an 11-week regular season.

The top three teams will advance to the playoffs, and there is a prize pool of AU$357,000 (about NZ$386k).

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