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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.

That leak, which I happily admit I found somewhat flimsy, showed logos and box art for "Call of Duty: WW2" thusly:

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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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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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Earth under attack! Ominous shapes crush US city

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Earth under attack! Ominous shapes crush US city

Call your loved ones one final time, because civilisation itself is under threat of imminent extinction.

Activision today tweeted out a harrowing photo that shows a scene of abject disaster: a city under attack from what are suspected to be two craft of extra-terrestrial origin.

Given the publisher's headquarters are in Santa Monica, it's safe to assume the city in question is Los Angeles, and that millions have already perished. Should you have friends or relatives in the area, expect the worst – those flames are in no way survivable. Even so, the deaths of locals will probably be agonising.

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Blizzard announces StarCraft and Brood War remaster

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Blizzard announces StarCraft and Brood War remaster

Blizzard is remastering classic RTS StarCraft and its expansion, Brood War.

According to Blizzard, StarCraft: Remastered will offer a full graphical overhaul of the original StarCraft, while preserving the gameplay of the original, creating an experience that will feel identical for veteran players.

It will support widescreens and resolutions of up to 4K, and will feature new illustrations to enhance the campaign's storytelling, advanced matchmaking, full connectivity to Blizzard’s gaming network for social features and updates, and support for more languages.

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Vita finally gets Souls-like RPG Salt and Sanctuary

Vita finally gets Souls-like RPG Salt and Sanctuary

Souls-inspired 2D action RPG Salt and Sanctuary is finally coming to Vita this week.

The acclaimed title released on PlayStation 4 in March 2016, and on Windows in May 2016.

A Vita version was expected around the time as the game's PS4 release, but as Ska Studios' James Silva explains on PS Blog, the two-person company was overambitious with its timeline.

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Super Mario Run misses sales target, Ninty teases "a big E3"

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Super Mario Run misses sales target, Ninty teases "a big E3"

Nintendo's first major foray into mobile phone gaming, Super Mario Run, has failed to meet sales expectations.

In an interview with Nikkei (via Polygon), Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima said that although the game was profitable, it didn’t hit sales targets.

Super Mario Run was released for iOS devices in December, when its US$10 price point and always-online requirement caused a stir.

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Outlast 2 modified for AU release, untouched in NZ

Outlast 2 modified for AU release, untouched in NZ

Australia is getting a censored version of Outlast 2 after all.

Last week the game was refused classification (i.e. banned) by the Australian Classification Board thanks in part to a scene of implied sexual violence. However, a review by the board saw the survival horror title pick up a rating of R18+.

"There will be only one version of Outlast 2 available worldwide", Red Barrels told Press Start at the time, suggesting that the game was to be released unchanged.

Tuesday 28 March

Outlast 2 not censored in Australia after all
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Outlast 2 not censored in Australia after all
Wrong thing classified.
The Gameplanet Show – Mass Effect: Andromeda
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The Gameplanet Show – Mass Effect: Andromeda
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Earth under attack! Ominous shapes crush US city
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Earth under attack! Ominous shapes crush US city
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