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In Pillars of Eternity 3.0, it's Story Time (or not)

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In Pillars of Eternity 3.0, it's Story Time (or not)

Obsidian Entertainment has revealed a significant feature boost that will come with Pillars of Eternity's 3.0 update.

In addition to new stories and quests, a new difficulty level called Story Time, aimed at players only interested in the game's narrative, will lower the difficulty of combat and reduce the need to specialise squad members.

For more hardcore players, a new difficulty feature called Knockout Injuries will impair characters who have been knocked down until their next rest, while the game's third act will be made more difficult, with fewer "trash mobs."

Athletics and Survival skills now give access to abilities like mid-encounter healing and wilderness resting bonuses, respectively.

Finally, the in-game Bestiary and Action Bar have also been updated and re-organised.

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Epic heard devs liked VR, so it put VR in their VR

Epic heard devs liked VR, so it put VR in their VR

Unreal Engine 4 will soon support the creation of games from within a virtual reality environment.

The popular development suite, built by Epic Games, has supported VR output since the early days of the medium, but the Unreal Editor itself has only functioned on traditional screens.

"The industry's dirty little secret with VR development is we're developing these VR experiences while we're sitting at a PC using a mouse and keyboard," said Epic founder Tim Sweeney.

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Mirror's Edge Catalyst closed beta opens signups

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Mirror's Edge Catalyst closed beta opens signups

DICE will run a closed beta of anticipated sequel Mirror's Edge Catalyst, the studio announced today.

Signups are open now for the beta, which will run on all platforms at some point before the game's release date.

Publisher EA Games also debuted a new trailer, outlining the game's – and its protagonist Faith's – story.

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Bethesda announces Doom's day with new trailer

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Bethesda announces Doom's day with new trailer

Doom will release on May 13th, Bethesda Softworks announced today.

The anticipated sequel will also be available in a US$120 collector's edition featuring a steelbook and a statue of the Revenant demon on an LED-lit, rotating base.

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NZ-made sci-fi racer Breakneck blasts onto Steam

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NZ-made sci-fi racer Breakneck blasts onto Steam

PikPok Games' sci-fi racer Breakneck has made the leap to PC and Mac via Steam Early Access.

The Wellington-based development studio released the game for iOS and Android last year, and says it wishes to use Early Access to provide the game on desktop while adding new features.

Breakneck has players race a hovering vessel endlessly through a stark, alien-occupied Earth, skimming past obstacles, avoiding enemies, and collecting resources.

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Dust 514 shutting down; new EVE shooter in the works

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Dust 514 shutting down; new EVE shooter in the works

CCP's online shooter Dust 514 will be shut down on May 30th, with its development team moving to a wholly new shooter set in the same universe.

Purchases and packs for the EVE Online spinoff have been removed from the PlayStation and in-game stores in advance of the closure, while players with in-game currency can still use Dust's marketplace.

The planned 1.3 update to the game has also been cancelled.

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Hitman has multiple plotlines, and one is PS4-only

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Hitman has multiple plotlines, and one is PS4-only

A few details have emerged about the upcoming Hitman's episodic structure, beta, and PlayStation-exclusive content.

The stealth assassination game's structure is "inspired by contemporary TV series," according to developer Io-Interactive, and can be purchased as a US$60 season or as individual episodes ($15 for the first and $10 each from there).

Io-Interactive says the fully episodic structure will let the game tell both compartmentalised assassination stories as well as weave a larger narrative involving multiple characters.

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Ultraviolent survival game The Culling drops next month

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Ultraviolent survival game The Culling drops next month

Xaviant today announced The Culling, an ultraviolent competitive survival game set for early access next month.

Taking cues from films like Battle Royale and The Hunger Games, as well as survival games like DayZ and Rust, The Culling pits 16 players against one another on a remote island.

Players seek to be the last one standing, using exploration, scavenging, crafting, and violence to get one up on their competitors.

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Ark devs want an early access programme from Sony

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Ark devs want an early access programme from Sony

The developers of multiplayer dinosaur survival game Ark: Survival Evolved say Sony needs to start an early access programme for PlayStation.

"We're pretty excited about PS4. We wish Sony had an early access program, and a lot of people have been asking us for it," said Jesse Rapczak, the game's creative director.

"Ark is in the state where at present time unless it's finished, it's not coming out on PS4 until they have some other program that allows us to do that."

Friday 5 February

XCOM 2 – launch trailer
Trailer
XCOM 2 – launch trailer
XCOM lives.
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The Division beta: Gameplay footage and podcast
Video Feature
The Division beta: Gameplay footage and podcast
The poisoned Apple.
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Epic heard devs liked VR, so it put VR in their VR
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Epic heard devs liked VR, so it put VR in their VR
Designers in the machine.
Mirror's Edge Catalyst – story trailer
Trailer
Mirror's Edge Catalyst – story trailer
Faith of the heart.
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In Pillars of Eternity 3.0, it's Story Time (or not)
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In Pillars of Eternity 3.0, it's Story Time (or not)
Obsidian details new features.
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Doom – campaign trailer
Trailer
Doom – campaign trailer
Monsters go squish! Human go squish!
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Emily Is Away – gameplay trailer
Trailer
Emily Is Away – gameplay trailer
Relive the days of MSN.
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Telepaint – announcement trailer
Trailer
Telepaint – announcement trailer
New from the makers of Titan Souls.
The Solus Project – narrative trailer
Trailer
The Solus Project – narrative trailer
Story driven survival hits Early Access Feb 18th.
Far Cry Primal – live-action trailer
Trailer
Far Cry Primal – live-action trailer
War never changes.
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Runner 2 – PS4 trailer
Trailer
Runner 2 – PS4 trailer
The sequel to Bit.Trip.Runner hits next-gen.

Thursday 4 February

The Witness review
Review
The Witness will blow your mind – and improve it
You'll be seeing puzzles in your sleep.
The Culling – announcement trailer
Trailer
The Culling – announcement trailer
The Hunger Games, with chainsaws.
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Ultraviolent survival game The Culling drops next month
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Ultraviolent survival game The Culling drops next month
Who volunteers as tribute?
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