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Elite: Dangerous offline mode dropped, refunds offered

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Elite: Dangerous offline mode dropped, refunds offered

Frontier Developments is offering refunds to those who pre-ordered Elite: Dangerous, following complaints over the removal of the game’s offline mode.

Last week, Frontier announced that the game’s online aspects were so fundamental to the game’s core experience that it would now be an online-only title.

"The work needed to deliver a rich online nature of the game diverged from the requirements of a fully offline game," said Frontier founder David Braben at the time.

Outrage followed, particularly from those who had backed the game on Kickstarter under the impression it would be an offline game.

"It is a creative decision, not wanting to produce an empty game,” Braben responded.

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Valve tweaks Steam Early Access rules to protect players

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Valve tweaks Early Access dev guidelines to protect players

Valve has tacitly acknowledged that some unethical practices and unclear communication by developers using its Steam Early Access service have burned unsuspecting customers.

Early Access was envisioned as a way to invite customers into the development process, fund the final stages of development, and crowdsource feedback. While Early Access has many success stories, some projects inevitably fall over or never materialise, leaving gamers dissatisfied and feeling they're out of pocket.

Overnight, Valve issued an updated set of rules and guidelines to Early Access developers that are designed to better protect the interests of customers.

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Friday Briefing: Shadow of Mordor, GAME OF THE YEAR: 420BLAZEIT, and more

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Friday Briefing: Shadow of Mordor, GAME OF THE YEAR: 420BLAZEIT, and more

Titanfall is getting the Deluxe Edition treatment with a package that will include the base game and all three DLC packs.

A free update that hits Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor today allows players to become Lithariel, the Warrior Commander of the Tribesmen of Nurn. It also adds a Test of Defiance Challenge Mode and a new Epic Rune to the game.

The Crew will go into open beta on new-gen consoles from November 25-27, Ubisoft has announced. The beta limits play to two of the game's five regions and two of the five spec classes (Street and Dirt). The full game launches on December 2 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.

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Isometric ARPG Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms out now

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Isometric ARPG Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms out now

The long-awaited sequel to 2005 ARPG Kult: Heretic Kingdoms is out now for Windows PC.

Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms takes place 20 years after the events of Kult, and will be released in two parts: Book I: Devourer of Souls, and Book II: Age of Demons.

The latter is expected to arrive as a free update in about February of next year.

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Game of Thrones to feature HBO cast, first trailer released

Game of Thrones to feature HBO cast, first trailer released

Telltale Games' Game of Thrones adaptation will feature some of the HBO show’s main cast members, the developer announced today.

The studio also released the first teaser trailer for the game.

"Today we can announce that some cast members of the series will reprise their roles in the game," said Telltale.

"While players will control five members of House Forrester in their story, the series will have them interacting with fan favorite characters throughout the season, including Tyrion Lannister performed by Peter Dinklage, Cersei Lannister performed by Lena Headey, Margaery Tyrell performed by Natalie Dormer, and Ramsay Snow performed by Iwan Rheon. Additional cast members will appear in later episodes."

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series follows the plight of House Forrester, and takes place towards the end of season three of the HBO show. Bannermen to House Glover, they have always been loyal to the ruling great house of the North — the Starks.

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Destiny's The Dark Below opening cinematic leaks

Destiny's The Dark Below opening cinematic leaks

The cinematic intro for upcoming Destiny expansion The Dark Below has been posted on YouTube.

The cinematic was posted by YouTube user Mr Jester6598, who couldn’t explain the clip’s origin.

“I cannot explain how to get access to this video on the game as it was due to an error that I was able to see this,” reads the video’s description.

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Games with in-app purchases no longer listed as "Free" on iTunes

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Games with in-app purchases no longer listed as "Free" on iTunes

Apple has updated its App Store so that games with in-app purchases are no longer listed as "Free".

If a game includes in-app purchases, the download button on the App Store now says "Get" instead of "Free".

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Company of Heroes 2 standalone expansion Ardennes Assault out now

Company of Heroes 2 standalone expansion Ardennes Assault out now

Standalone expansion Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault is available now for Windows PC, Sega has announced.

Ardennes Assault is based on the Battle of the Bulge, and features 18 new scenarios, three companies, customisation, and a new meta-map system.

“This all-new feature to the series adds an extra layer of non-linear strategy and tactical planning to an already deep and challenging RTS experience and allows players to plot their own way through the campaign, adding a huge amount of variety and replayability,” said Sega.

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Gaming isn't ready for virtual reality says Borderlands, GTA publisher

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Gaming isn't ready for virtual reality says Borderlands, GTA publisher

Despite the hype surrounding Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus, the gaming world isn't ready for virtual reality yet, reckons Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick.

Zelnick, whose company publishes the Borderlands, Grand Theft Auto, and NBA 2K series, told Bloomberg TV that the time for virtual reality gaming has not yet come.

"Part of it is we need to see how the headsets roll out and how we can best deliver an experience. We are concerned. We don’t want people getting nauseated, said Zelnick "And also, having had the experience, I’m not sure how long you want an immersive headset on your head."

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Huge sandbox MMO Oort Online hits Steam Early Access

Huge sandbox MMO Oort Online hits Steam Early Access

A game claiming to be the world's biggest sandbox has just hit Steam Early Access.

Oort Online is a Minecraft-style MMO in development at UK-based studio Wonderstruck, whose members include former Lionhead, PlayStation, and Criterion veterans.

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Warlords of Draenor sees subscriptions jump back up to 10 million

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Warlords of Draenor sees subscriptions jump back up to 10 million

Subscriptions to World of Warcraft have shot back up on the strength of the Warlords of Draenor launch.

There are now more than 10 million active subscriptions to the MMO. In June, the subscriber base had slipped to 6.8 million.

Blizzard has sold through more than 3.3 million copies of Warlords of Draenor since its release last week.

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Bug Report: Far Cry 4, AC: Unity, GTA Online, and more

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Bug Report: Far Cry 4, AC: Unity, GTA Online, and more

Depressingly, there have been enough games released recently with game-breaking bugs that we must run a summary story detailing the state of each lest our home page be overrun with bad news.

So, without further ado...

Far Cry 4:

“While most players are reporting a smooth experience, we have received reports of a few issues we’re investigating that we want to tell you about,” says Ubisoft.

According to the developer, issues reported thus far include:

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