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Fable card game in the works from ex-Lionhead devs

Fable card game in the works from ex-Lionhead devs

A team of former Lionhead Studios developers has announced a new digital card game based on the dissolved studio's Fable franchise.

Fable Fortune was under development at Lionhead for 18 months before Microsoft's recent closure of the feted studio.

The free-to-play game is now housed at new indie studio Flaming Fowl, licensing the Fable name from Microsoft.

Aimed at "improving the [CCG] genre," the game features similar play to the genre king Hearthstone, but adds quests, co-op play against AI bosses, and leveling for frequently-used cards.

Cards can be morphed into new forms via "good" or "evil" choices, much as in the Fable series proper.

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Funcom back at work on Conan Exiles after bailout

Funcom back at work on Conan Exiles after bailout

Norwegian developer Funcom has been bailed out of negative equity via an investment of over US$6 million.

The studio behind MMOs The Secret World, LEGO Minifigures Online, and Age of Conan - as well as single-player horror title The Park - was in "a strained financial situation," according to CEO Rui Casais, but has reached "a major turning point" with the new investment.

Funcom returns to development on Conan Exiles, a "bloody and bone-crushing" open-world survival game set in Robert E. Howard's fantasy universe.

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Starbreeze buys Payday rights, vows 18 months support

Starbreeze buys Payday rights, vows 18 months support

Starbreeze Studios, parent company of Payday developer Overkill, today announced it had acquired the Payday franchise rights from publisher 505 Games.

The deal involved Starbreeze purchasing around US$30 million in 505 stock, while guaranteeing 505 a third of after-cost revenue from sales of the next Payday game, up to US$40 million.

Future games in the online heist series will be owned by Starbreeze in their entirety, while Payday 2 console sales will be split between the two companies.

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Xbox One VR category appears on E3 website

Xbox One VR category appears on E3 website

The official website of the E3 Expo has added several exhibitor categories indicating possible virtual reality support for the Xbox One.

"Virtual Reality > Xbox," "Virtual Reality > Xbox Live," and "Virtual Reality > Xbox One" have all appeared on the site, with six developers registered under the various labels so far.

Among the developers registered is Sniper Elite and Zombie Army developer Rebellion, which is currently in development on Battlezone VR for the PlayStation VR.

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Backpack PCs for virtual reality are now a thing

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Backpack PCs for virtual reality are now a thing

PC manufacturing giant HP is the latest company to announce a high-end gaming computer with a backpack form factor.

Part of the company's Omen X line of gaming PCs, the computer is designed to work with virtual reality headsets, enabling greater freedom of movement than with a desktop PC tethered to a headset.

Still in the testing phase, it is said to feature an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 32GB of memory, and a high-end graphics card, in a package weighing less than ten pounds.

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Blizzard may be cracking down on Overwatch porn

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Blizzard may be cracking down on Overwatch porn

Overwatch fever has, perhaps inevitably, spread into the world of porn, and Blizzard appears to be fighting back.

Pornographic video aggregator Pornhub reported earlier this month that searches containing "Overwatch" jumped 817% upon the launch of the game's beta.

The most popular search related to Blizzard's online hero-driven shooter is "Tracer," possibly thanks to the scandal surrounding that character's butt-centric victory poses.

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F1 2016 announced with 10-year career mode

F1 2016 announced with 10-year career mode

Codemasters and Bandai Namco today announced F1 2016, the latest instalment in the racing series based on the Formula 1 World Championships.

F1 2016's banner feature is its career mode, which spans ten seasons and includes a car upgrading and maintenance system, as well as tests and practice programmes.

A portion of the career mode will take place in new hospitality areas, which will function as players' game hubs.

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Vivendi continues Gameloft takeover; Ubisoft next

Vivendi continues Gameloft takeover; Ubisoft next

Media giant Vivendi has reportedly won its hostile takeover bid of mobile developer Gameloft, according to Bloomberg.

The outlet reports that a majority of shareholders have sold their stakes for 8 euros a share, 33 percent higher than Vivendi's original 6-euro offering.

That's on top of the support of Amber Capital, which owns 14.6 percent of the company, and despite statements from Gameloft's board of directors that "the offer launched by Vivendi has no strategic interest for Gameloft."

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No Man's Sky delay confirmed; creator receives death threats from fans

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No Man's Sky delay confirmed; creator receives death threats from fans

One of the developers of the highly-anticipated No Man's Sky says he has received death threats over a six-week delay in the release of his game.

Confirming last week's rumour, Hello Games developer Sean Murray wrote on the PlayStation Blog that "some key moments needed extra polish," and that as a result, the space exploration game would release on August 9th, rather than the original date of June 21st.

"We understand that this news is disappointing," wrote Murray; "we hope you’ll accept our sincere apology and I am humbly asking that you’ll still look forward to exploring our universe despite the slight delay."

Tuesday 31 May

Agony intro trailer
Trailer
Agony intro trailer
Win a Corsair K65 RGB Rapidfire
Competition
Win a Corsair K65 RGB Rapidfire
Colourful, mechanical, unbeatable.
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Funcom back at work on Conan Exiles after bailout
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Funcom back at work on Conan Exiles after bailout
No more lamentations.
Starbreeze buys Payday rights, vows 18 months support
News
Starbreeze buys Payday rights, vows 18 months support
No theft involved.
Street Fighter V - Ibuki character trailer
Trailer
Street Fighter V - Ibuki character trailer
The teenage ninja sensation.
Fable card game in the works from ex-Lionhead devs
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Fable card game in the works from ex-Lionhead devs
An answer to Hearthstone.
Xbox One VR category appears on E3 website
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Xbox One VR category appears on E3 website
Six devs signed up so far.

Monday 30 May

Bloodgate interview
Interview
Bloodgate: From freemium to premium
A Kiwi studio ditches frustration.
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Backpack PCs for virtual reality are now a thing
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Backpack PCs for virtual reality are now a thing
The nerdiest backpack around.
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Dragon Quest Builders - announce trailer
Trailer
Dragon Quest Builders - announce trailer
Animinecraft.
OmniBus - launch trailer
Trailer
OmniBus - launch trailer
Bussin' makes us feel good.
Blizzard may be cracking down on Overwatch porn
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Blizzard may be cracking down on Overwatch porn
Stolen game assets to blame.
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F1 2016 announced with 10-year career mode
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F1 2016 announced with 10-year career mode
Not in realtime.
Vivendi continues Gameloft takeover; Ubisoft next
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Vivendi continues Gameloft takeover; Ubisoft next
A new French war of independence.

Sunday 29 May

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