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Valve's new Source 2 engine is free but tethered to Steam

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Valve's new Source 2 engine is free but tethered to Steam

Valve announced its long-rumoured Source 2 engine at GDC 2015 in San Francisco this week.

The company said that, unlike other engines that have licensing fees and royalty costs attached, Source 2 will be entirely free. The only condition is that any game made with Source 2 must also be released on Valve's proprietary storefront and PC gaming portal, Steam.

Speaking with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Valve’s Erik Johnson explained that games don't need to be exclusive to Steam, only that the platform must be included among the distribution channels used.

Elsewhere at GDC, Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free. The only stipulation on the engine's use is a 5 percent royalty on gross revenue after the first US$3,000 per product, per quarter.

Meanwhile, Unity boss John Riccitiello described royalty systems as "f**king around", and said his company's new Unity 5 engine would be free for amateur dabblers but come with a license for professional shops: either US$1,500 up front or a US$75 monthly subscription.

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Blizzard reflects on "shitty" Diablo 3 launch

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Blizzard reflects on "shitty" Diablo 3 launch

The launch of Diablo 3 is the case study cited everywhere when speaking against always-online singleplayer games.

The infamous "Error 37" kept untold numbers of players from being able to play a game they'd waited 10 years to buy.

Blizzard said the issue was due to unexpected demand. Speaking at GDC this week, incumbent Diablo game director Josh Mosqueira elaborated.

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Evolve will get an Observer mode soon

Evolve will get an Observer mode soon

Turtle Rock's four-versus-one monster hunt, Evolve, will soon be updated with an Observer mode.

The new mode will allow one player to watch the match from multiple perspectives, add audio commentary and livestream.

Observer mode comes with a new, customisable HUD. "Want to see stuff like the current perks being used and expected survival odds? Done," said Turtle Rock. "Want to overlay the minimap? No problem. Just want to enjoy a cinematic angle? Toggle the whole thing off, kick back and enjoy the view. On top of all this, you can even outline characters, making it easier to see them across the map."

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor wins GDC Game of the Year

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor wins GDC Game of the Year

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has been named 2014 Game of the Year at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Monolith's licensed adventure beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

Shadow of Mordor was the Gameplanet Critics Game of the Year, and one of the Gameplanet community's top three Games of the Year. Shadow of Mordor also cleaned up at the DICE Summit, but was pipped for the top honour by Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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Elite: Dangerous is coming to XO and PS4

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Elite: Dangerous is coming to XO and PS4

Updated 6/3 6:27am:

David Braben has clarified on Twitter that Elite: Dangerous will come to PlayStation 4 eventually as well.

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Rock Band 4 announced, will work with old songs and instruments

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Rock Band 4 announced, will work with old songs and instruments

As rumoured, Rock Band 4 is on the way.

Mad Catz Interactive and Harmonix are partnering up to launch the title, which will release later this year for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Mad Catz will develop and manufacture a new generation of wireless music game controllers for the game, although old peripherals will work as well.

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Nvidia unveils Shield TV console capable of 4K at 60fps

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Nvidia unveils Shield TV console capable of 4K at 60fps

Nvidia has unveiled a streaming-focussed game console for the living room called the Shield Android TV Console.

Like the Shield portable and Shield tablet, the Shield TV’s primary focus is as a recipient for games streamed from Nvidia’s new cloud system at 1080p/60fps.

That cloud system, Nvidia Grid, will be a subscription service that offers top-tier PC titles for streaming at two price points: one for 720p and one for 1080p.

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Valve reveals new Steam Controller

Valve reveals new Steam Controller

Valve has unveiled its new Steam Controller.

It includes two touch pads that work as buttons, triggers, bumpers and three tow buttons on the back on each side of the controller, for a total of six. On the front there are an additional four face buttons.

The controller also has a thumbstick on the left.

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HTC apologises for Half-Life VR tease

HTC apologises for Half-Life VR tease

The chairperson of HTC has apologised for suggesting a Half-Life game was in development for the Vive VR headset.

Half-Life developer Valve partnered with HTC to create the Vive.

On Monday Cher Wang told the BBC that HTC was "co-operating with Half-Life".

Friday 6 March

ScreamRide review
Review
ScreamRide has its ups and downs
Hey, it's Friday.
Evolve will get an Observer mode soon
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Evolve will get an Observer mode soon
Four humans. One monster. I'm just watching.
Valve's new Source 2 engine is free but tethered to Steam
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Valve's new Source 2 engine is free but tethered to Steam
No console exclusives then.
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Redout – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
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Redout – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
Like Wipeout, but red.
Quest of Dungeons – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
Trailer
Quest of Dungeons – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
A 16-bit roguelike.
Rivals of Aether – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
Trailer
Rivals of Aether – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
Elemental enemies.
Worlds of Magic gameplay trailer
Trailer
Worlds of Magic gameplay trailer
A 4X title out this month.
Evolve – Observer Mode Gameplay trailer
Trailer
Evolve – Observer Mode Gameplay trailer
Watch and learn.
Cities: Skylines – New Features dev diary
Trailer
Cities: Skylines – New Features dev diary
Starring an integrated Dynamic Water System.
Otherland – Key Features Part 1 trailer
Trailer
Otherland – Key Features Part 1 trailer
A five minute feature rundown.
Elite: Dangerous is coming to XO and PS4
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Elite: Dangerous is coming to XO and PS4
A space sandbox.
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RollerCoaster Tycoon: World teaser trailer
Trailer
RollerCoaster Tycoon: World teaser trailer
Tease is right.
Ride – PS4 trailer
Trailer
Ride – PS4 trailer
Get your lean on.
Rock Band 4 – Behind the Scenes with Harmonix trailer
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Rock Band 4 – Behind the Scenes with Harmonix trailer
Getting the band back together.
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Fortified – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
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Fortified – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
A '50s-inspired sci-fi shooter.

Thursday 5 March

Shadow Blade: Reload – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
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Shadow Blade: Reload – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
Action platforming as a ninja.
The Sun and the Moon – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
Trailer
The Sun and the Moon – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
Another Ludum Dare 29 winner nears release.
Call of Duty – European Championship Recap trailer
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Call of Duty – European Championship Recap trailer
Tourney highs and lows.
Total War: Attila – Longbeards Culture Pack trailer
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Total War: Attila – Longbeards Culture Pack trailer
ZZ Top sighting unconfirmed.
Super Dungeon Bros – PS4 trailer
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Super Dungeon Bros – PS4 trailer
A co-op brawler from the studio behind Tiny Troopers Joint Ops.
The Flame in the Flood – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
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The Flame in the Flood – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
A pretty rogue-lite river journey.
Inside My Radio – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
Trailer
Inside My Radio – ID@Xbox GDC trailer
Ludum Dare jam winner becomes full game.
The Deer God review
Review
The Deer God's slight systems fail to support its lofty ideas
Faster, Bambi! Don't look back!
Helldivers review
Review
Helldivers is fun but repetitive
Would you like to know more?
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Valve reveals new Steam Controller
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Valve reveals new Steam Controller
Coming in November.