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Techland and GAME announce bizarre $10m Dying Light special edition

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Techland and GAME announce bizarre $10m Dying Light special edition

UK retailer GAME has partnered with developer Techland to deliver a frankly ridiculous special edition of open-world zombie game Dying Light: The Following, at the cost of 10 million dollars.

The "Spotlight Edition" includes a supporting role in "Dying Light: The Movie," with parkour and stunt training, an off-road driving course (after which you can keep the car), an on-set trailer, premiere tickets and a first-class screening tour, a zombie make-up session, acting lessons from Roger Craig Smith (the voice of Chris Redfield, Ezio Auditore, and Sonic the Hedgehog), and – somehow – the ability to "become the voice of [protagonist] Kyle Crane" in a special edition of Dying Light.

Techland will even throw in a few copies of the game as well.

Previously, a $250,000 Dying Light package had included a real-life zombie shelter.

Though we haven't done the math, there is no way the contents add up to a $10 million value – even with a mighty four copies of the game.

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Firaxis reveals how many XCOM 2 soldiers have died

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Firaxis reveals how many XCOM 2 soldiers have died

XCOM 2's permadeath mechanics are brutal – and thanks to stats released by Firaxis, it's now evident just how brutal.

According to the stat dump, 4.3 million XCOM soldiers had died as of the time of this article's publication.

Curiously, only 23% of those came at the hands of enemies, with 67% dying due to "collateral damage," 2% from friendly fire, and a sad 8% left behind on the battlefield.

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Hitman dev says more AAA games will go episodic

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Hitman dev says more AAA games will go episodic

Players can expect more AAA-grade developers to start shipping games episodically, says Io Interactive head Hans Seifert.

Describing the studio's upcoming Hitman to Ars Technica as a "platform," rather than a game, Seifert said that many people had asked why the studio won't simply wait and release the full game later.

Seifert responded to such questions with the statement that "we are shipping the game at the end of the season. So, if you're a traditional player, you can buy it on a disc at the end of 2016, if that's what you want. "

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Overwatch character progression is cosmetic only

Overwatch character progression is cosmetic only

With Overwatch's closed beta relaunching today, Blizzard has revealed details of the online "hero shooter's" character progression system.

Levelling will work on a per-player basis rather than per-hero, with each level unlocking a Loot Box containing randomised items.

Loot boxes will only include cosmetic items, like skins, emotes, icons, and poses; Blizzard assures players "they won't provide any additional player power."

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Godus Wars erodes DLC price to zero after backlash

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Godus Wars erodes DLC price to zero after backlash

22cans will remove the price tag from Godus Wars' DLC, following backlash from players.

The RTS update to god game revival Godus had not even been out one week before the controversy arose.

It was released as a free update for current Godus Early Access players, but its second playable continent was a paid addition.

22cans CEO Simon Philips acknowledged in a Steam community update that the studio had realised "the extra content being a premium add on really isn't a popular choice."

He did, however, defend that choice, calling it good value "especially considering that Godus Wars has been delivered as a free update to hundreds of thousands of users and the lower purchase price of the main game."

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H1Z1 mutating into Survival and King of the Hill strains

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H1Z1 mutating into Survival and King of the Hill strains

Zombie survival sandbox H1Z1 will be split into two separate games from mid-February.

The existing open-world title will be rebranded H1Z1: Just Survive, and will double down on the survival, crafting, and base-building features of the game.

The second game, H1Z1: King of the Hill, will incorporate the current game's dedicated PvP modes like Battle Royale.

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Titanfall 2 will have single player campaign, zero player TV series

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Titanfall 2 will have single player campaign, zero player TV series

The sequel to Respawn's online shooter Titanfall will include a single-player campaign, says the game's community manager Jesse Stern.

Speaking with Forbes, Stern also outlined the studio's intention to produce a television series alongside the new game, in association with The Hunger Games studio Lionsgate.

Stern said that although Respawn lacked the resources to create a campaign for the first game, its sequel will include one that will explain "here's who you are, here's where you are, and who's around you."

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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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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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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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Peter Molyneux emerges from exile with Godus Wars

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Peter Molyneux emerges from exile with Godus Wars

Peter Molyneux returned to gaming today after an absence from the spotlight, announcing Godus Wars, which adds combat to god game Godus.

The game combines real-time strategy with Godus' land sculpting gameplay, with players taking the role of one of four deities against the others.

Players can use traditional RTS units, a range of "God Powers," and card-based powerups in combat.

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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.

News Index


Techland and GAME announce bizarre $10m Dying Light special edition
Techland and GAME announce bizarre $10m Dying Light special edition
NEWS What the hell?
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
6
Firaxis reveals how many XCOM 2 soldiers have died
Firaxis reveals how many XCOM 2 soldiers have died
NEWS It's a lot.
PC
7
Hitman dev says more AAA games will go episodic
Hitman dev says more AAA games will go episodic
NEWS "Many will follow."
PC, XO, PS4
5
Overwatch character progression is cosmetic only
Overwatch character progression is cosmetic only
NEWS Fat loot.
PC, XO, PS4, Mac
Action: First-Person
Godus Wars erodes DLC price to zero after backlash
Godus Wars erodes DLC price to zero after backlash
NEWS The price of power.
PC
Strategy: God Game
12
H1Z1 mutating into Survival and King of the Hill strains
H1Z1 mutating into Survival and King of the Hill strains
NEWS Also, coming to consoles.
PC, PS4
5
Titanfall 2 will have single player campaign, zero player TV series
Titanfall 2 will have single player campaign, zero player TV series
NEWS "Science meets magic."
PC, 360, XO
12
Mirror's Edge Catalyst closed beta opens signups
Mirror's Edge Catalyst closed beta opens signups
NEWS Beta mail runner.
PC, XO, PS4
4
In Pillars of Eternity 3.0, it's Story Time (or not)
In Pillars of Eternity 3.0, it's Story Time (or not)
NEWS Obsidian details new features.
PC, Mac
7
Bethesda announces Doom's day with new trailer
Bethesda announces Doom's day with new trailer
NEWS Releasing May 13th.
PC, XO, PS4
20
Arkham Knight's Mac and Linux ports have been cancelled
SNIPPET Siiiiiigh.
PC, XO, PS4
1
Hitman has multiple plotlines, and one is PS4-only
Hitman has multiple plotlines, and one is PS4-only
NEWS Going fully episodic.
PC, XO, PS4
1
Peter Molyneux emerges from exile with Godus Wars
Peter Molyneux emerges from exile with Godus Wars
NEWS "It was tempting to retire..."
PC
Strategy: God Game
2
Hearthstone is about to go Wild (and also Standard)
Hearthstone is about to go Wild (and also Standard)
NEWS Big changes a-comin'.
PC, Mac, iOS, Android
1
Xbox Italy may have leaked The Division open beta dates
Xbox Italy may have leaked The Division open beta dates
NEWS Coming this month, maybe.
PC, XO, PS4
The Division post-launch plan and story details announced
The Division post-launch plan and story details announced
NEWS Ubisoft's grand plan.
PC, XO, PS4
6
Star Wars Battlefront DLC includes Jabba’s palace, Death Star, Bespin maps
Star Wars Battlefront DLC includes Jabba’s palace, Death Star, Bespin maps
NEWS Free content detailed too.
PC, XO, PS4
3
Homefront: The Revolution online co-op mode revealed
Homefront: The Revolution online co-op mode revealed
NEWS XO gets closed beta.
PC, XO, PS4, Mac
1
RPG Torment: Tides of Numenera hits Early Access
RPG Torment: Tides of Numenera hits Early Access
NEWS A story-driven Planescape successor.
PC, Mac
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A franchise first: Street Fighter V has a cinematic story
A franchise first: Street Fighter V has a cinematic story
NEWS Final beta incoming.
PC, PS4
Thieves Guild DLC sneaks into The Elder Scrolls Online
Thieves Guild DLC sneaks into The Elder Scrolls Online
NEWS A patch on way too.
PC, XO, PS4
RPG: MMO
No name change for trademark reject Unravel
No name change for trademark reject Unravel
NEWS Legal tangle ignored.
PC, XO, PS4
1
PC won't get new Mortal Kombat X characters, bundle
PC won't get new Mortal Kombat X characters, bundle
NEWS Rough treatment.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
7
Check out these live-action short films about The Division commissioned by Ubisoft
Check out these live-action short films about The Division commissioned by Ubisoft
SNIPPET
PC, XO, PS4
2
Rumour: Lack of faith in console sales forced Hitman and FFVII to go episodic
Rumour: Lack of faith in console sales forced Hitman and FFVII to go episodic
NEWS The Witcher 3 sales changed minds.
PC, XO, PS4
24
Here are the 10 best-selling games of 2015 in the US
Here are the 10 best-selling games of 2015 in the US
NEWS Physical sales stable.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
3
The Division beta dates, micro transactions, more
The Division beta dates, micro transactions, more
NEWS Info from press event.
PC, XO, PS4
3
Activision sued over rebel's "halfwit" depiction in BLOPS II
Activision sued over rebel's "halfwit" depiction in BLOPS II
NEWS Real people, real feels.
PC, 360, PS3, WiiU
Action: First-Person
1
Hitman is now episodic; expect several seasons
Hitman is now episodic; expect several seasons
NEWS Will expand and evolve over time.
PC, XO, PS4
8
Open world FPS Homefront: The Revolution dated
Open world FPS Homefront: The Revolution dated
NEWS Will it fare better than the first?
PC, XO, PS4, Mac