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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.

The photo in question, taken perilously close to the terrible scene by an unnamed and surely now-deceased photographer, shows a gigantic curved alien shape – ominously white with a cruel flat underside – raining destruction down upon the famous city of angels, a city that will soon be literally just that.

Behind the white atrocity, a dark, circular companion, underside lit by fire and no doubt reflecting the desperate screams of the soon-to-be-exterminated.

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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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WWII FPS Day of Infamy leaves Steam Early Access today

WWII FPS Day of Infamy leaves Steam Early Access today

The next shooter from Insurgency developer New World leaves Steam Early Access today.

World War II FPS Day of Infamy started in late 2015 as a mod for Insurgency, but quickly became its own thing.

It features eight player co-op across three game modes and two difficulty levels, but its main courses are its 24 and 32 player competitive multiplayer modes, which span wave-based, single-life, and objective-reinforcement game types.

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The Witcher author turned down game royalties

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The Witcher author turned down game royalties

The author of the Witcher books gets nothing from sales of the games, but only has himself to blame.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Andrzej Sapkowski revealed that he gave CD Projekt the rights to The Witcher for a lump sum rather than royalties because he didn't believe the now-famous studio was up to much.

"I was stupid enough to sell them rights to the whole bunch," said Sapkowski.

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Former lead animator on Mass Effect explains Andromeda's janky animations

Former lead animator on Mass Effect explains Andromeda's janky animations

The lead animator on Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 has shared his thoughts on why parts of Mass Effect: Andromeda have such dodgy animation.

Jonathan Cooper, now in animation at Naughty Dog, said it was likely BioWare simply ran out of time to animate everything properly.

However, before he got into his theories on the game's development, he joined BioWare in scolding those who hurled abuse at the woman they believed was responsible for Andromeda's bung animations (she wasn't).

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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.

However, the Australian Classification Board has now told Kotaku that the original version of the game that was refused classification was modified in order to pick up an R18+ classification.

There is no mention of what exactly was altered.

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Legendary RPG Planescape: Torment is getting a remaster
Legendary RPG Planescape: Torment is getting a remaster
NEWS With help from Chris Avellone himself.
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Call of Duty: WW2 basically confirmed
Call of Duty: WW2 basically confirmed
NEWS Evidence mounts.
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Outlast 2 not censored in Australia after all
Outlast 2 not censored in Australia after all
NEWS Wrong thing classified.
Blizzard announces Overwatch Pacific Championship with NZ$386k prize pool
Blizzard announces Overwatch Pacific Championship with NZ$386k prize pool
NEWS One AU team in season one.
Earth under attack! Ominous shapes crush US city
Earth under attack! Ominous shapes crush US city
NEWS Exclusive photo inside.
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Blizzard announces StarCraft and Brood War remaster
Blizzard announces StarCraft and Brood War remaster
NEWS Date and price TBC.
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Vita finally gets Souls-like RPG Salt and Sanctuary
Vita finally gets Souls-like RPG Salt and Sanctuary
NEWS Not salty about this.
Super Mario Run misses sales target, Ninty teases "a big E3"
Super Mario Run misses sales target, Ninty teases "a big E3"
NEWS Reggie doin' Reggie.
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Outlast 2 modified for AU release, untouched in NZ
Outlast 2 modified for AU release, untouched in NZ
NEWS Classification Board sets things straight.
The Witcher author turned down game royalties
The Witcher author turned down game royalties
NEWS "I was stupid."
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WWII FPS Day of Infamy leaves Steam Early Access today
WWII FPS Day of Infamy leaves Steam Early Access today
NEWS From Insurgency studio New World.
Former lead animator on Mass Effect explains Andromeda's janky animations
Former lead animator on Mass Effect explains Andromeda's janky animations
NEWS Time is short.
Outlast 2 will be released in Australia after all
Outlast 2 will be released in Australia after all
NEWS Classification Board overturns ban.
Rumour: Destiny 2 is coming September 8, PC included
Rumour: Destiny 2 is coming September 8, PC included
NEWS PS4 gets June beta.
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Watch your house burn in this game from the Fire Service
Watch your house burn in this game from the Fire Service
NEWS It's lit.
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Switch Joy-Con desync issue fixed with foam
Switch Joy-Con desync issue fixed with foam
NEWS A manufacturing fault.
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Kiwi duo releases Frontier, a VR shooter for the Vive
Kiwi duo releases Frontier, a VR shooter for the Vive
NEWS Quit study to make games.
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ME: Andromeda character creator might get tweaked
ME: Andromeda character creator might get tweaked
NEWS Ryder? I barely know 'er!
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Controversial Aussie Senator decries censorship, gives Gameplanet shout-out
Controversial Aussie Senator decries censorship, gives Gameplanet shout-out
NEWS "Leave video gamers alone."
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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night won't come to Wii U
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night won't come to Wii U
NEWS The switch to Switch.
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Legacy upset puts depleted Chiefs back on top of LoL OPL
Legacy upset puts depleted Chiefs back on top of LoL OPL
NEWS Sin Gaming and Chiefs bench deliver the goods.
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Path of Exile doubles player base in nine months, peaks at number three on Steam
Path of Exile doubles player base in nine months, peaks at number three on Steam
NEWS Kiwi ARPG continues to grow.
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Mindfreak goes deep in Dallas, qualifies for CoD Global Pro League
Mindfreak goes deep in Dallas, qualifies for CoD Global Pro League
NEWS Aussies to represent APAC region.
Sniper Elite 4 gets campaign DLC this week
Sniper Elite 4 gets campaign DLC this week
NEWS Scope it.
Sign-ups open for Oceania Rocket League Championship
Sign-ups open for Oceania Rocket League Championship
NEWS Six weeks, $20K.
No launch day patch for stiff Mass Effect: Andromeda animations
No launch day patch for stiff Mass Effect: Andromeda animations
NEWS "That ship has sailed."
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BenQ ZOWIE Announces Special Edition of EC Series
BenQ ZOWIE Announces Special Edition of EC Series
SPONSORED Available in limited quantities.
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Aussie team through to the US$100K World of Tanks finals
Aussie team through to the US$100K World of Tanks finals
NEWS Held in Taiwan next month.
MS trials text-to-voice and vice versa on XO and Win10
MS trials text-to-voice and vice versa on XO and Win10
NEWS More accessible gaming.
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Outlast 2 has been banned in Australia
Outlast 2 has been banned in Australia
NEWS Implied sexual violence the culprit.
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