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Stockholm using Cities Skylines to design new urban project

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Stockholm using Cities Skylines to design new urban project

City planners in Stockholm, Sweden are using city-building game Cities: Skylines to design a new city district, with the assistance of publisher Paradox Interactive.

The development project, Norra Djurgårdstaden, will include 12,000 residences and 35,000 workspaces, focusing on sustainability and supporting an expanding population.

Planners and officials will engage in a workshop over the first weekend of September, experimenting with the district plans in Cities: Skylines to investigate the project's viability and explore options for its design.

The game's community has already contributed ideas, and modder Alexander Oberroither will fly to Stockholm to take part.

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Respawn responds to player feedback on Titanfall 2

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Respawn responds to player feedback on Titanfall 2

Respawn Entertainment has responded to player feedback on last weekend's Titanfall 2 technical test, answering questions and outlining the game's path forward.

Up front, the studio stressed that the test build was a "slimmed-down view of the game," featuring fewer weapons, abilities, and maps than the full game.

The test - based on code from June, thanks to console certification timelines - was designed primarily to examine the performance of the game's dedicated servers and "Stryder" matchmaking software, including their ability to withstand high traffic and network attacks.

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Dark Souls III to get even harder in Ashes of Ariandel DLC

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Dark Souls III to get even harder in Ashes of Ariandel DLC

Bandai Namco and From Software today announced the first expansion to their acclaimed RPG Dark Souls III, entitled Ashes of Ariandel.

Players will visit the frozen realm of Ariandel and, in familiar Dark Souls fashion, piece together its dark mysteries while fighting increasingly hideous and mean-spirited enemies.

The trailer shows new weapons, armour, and spells, including fire-breathing and a magic boomerang, as well as new enemy types and some typically enormous and terrifying bosses.

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Smite underdogs sweep champs in OPL grand final

Smite underdogs sweep champs in OPL grand final

The OPL Smite Split 2 grand finals saw a major upset over the weekend, when fourth seeded Avant Garde unexpectedly took out first place.

The team defeated top seed Legacy E-sports, followed by reigning champions Pandamonium.

The Cybergamer's Oceania E-sports Masters LAN took place at the Australia Technology Park in Sydney.

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For Honor embraces player diversity over historical accuracy

For Honor embraces player diversity over historical accuracy

Ubisoft's multiplayer brawler For Honor will allow players to express individuality in their player models, despite drawing from specific historical and geographical settings.

Speaking to GameSpot at the Gamescom conference, creative director Jason VandenBerghe said that "what's weird is that with all of our cultures, we're not trying to be true to history exactly."

"We're trying to go, 'See, this is what you wished it had been like.' That's how we're trying to do it. It's wonderland. It's warrior wonderland."

Both gender and ethnicity will be fully customisable, regardless of faction: "You can change the skin color of your Vikings, too. You want to have a black Viking? Knock yourself out."

VandenBerghe said the ability to customise characters in such a way was "a core value on the team," with "a lot of time and effort" put into the feature, because "this game is about you [the player]."

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's Season Pass is out now

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's Season Pass is out now

The Season Pass for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Those that already own the game can purchase the pass for NZ$40 on Steam, or NZ$49 for console.

Alternatively, a Digital Deluxe Edition is available with the Season Pass bundled and costs NZ$120 on Steam, and NZ$165 on console stores.

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Mafia III soundtrack includes 101 songs, no radio stations

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Mafia III soundtrack includes 101 songs, no radio stations

The soundtrack to the upcoming Mafia III uses its '60s-heavy jukebox soundtrack to enhance the drama, says creative director Haden Blackman.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Blackman said that "[the team's] approach was very much that we have to make sure it's an amazing soundtrack, because that will lead to an amazing game."

Although the game contains over a hundred songs, they are used as musical score, rather than as radio stations, as in fellow open-world games like Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row.

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A destructive new expansion is coming to Cities: Skylines

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A destructive new expansion is coming to Cities: Skylines

Cities: Skylines is about to get more chaotic with a newly-announced expansion pack.

The Natural Disasters expansion features new challenges, alongside a catalogue of catastrophes waiting to devastate a player's city.

As the city's mayor, players must prepare for the worst with early-warning systems and emergency routes. Should the worst occur, they will then need to care for their populace as they rebuild.

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Star Wars Battlefront's new DLC brings back space battles

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Star Wars Battlefront's new DLC brings back space battles

EA and DICE today announced a new game mode coming to Star Wars Battlefront in the upcoming Death Star DLC, bringing space combat back to the franchise for the first time since 2005's Battlefront II.

Dubbed "Battle Station," the mode plays out over three distinct phases, each of which operates in a fundamentally different way.

Phase 1 sees players taking to space in X-Wings, A-Wings, TIE Fighters, and Tie Interceptors, fighting around a Star Destroyer that plays more or less the role AT-AT walkers play in the game's Walker Assault mode.

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Blizzard punks Overwatch's poor winners

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Blizzard punks Overwatch's poor winners

Blizzard is flipping the script on Overwatch players fond of deploying the "gg ez" chat line at the end of matches.

The studio has gone live with a handy little filter macro in chat that turns the mocking phrase (which means 'good game, easy') back on the sender, making them the subject of ridicule.

From now on, those that type the phrase in chat will find it replaced by one of the following:

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Underdog wins sixth Dota 2 International, a tonne of cash

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Underdog wins sixth Dota 2 International, a tonne of cash

Almost half of the biggest prize pool in e-sports was claimed by an underdog team over the weekend, as China's Wings Gaming beat North American team Digital Chaos 3-1 at Dota 2's premier tournament, The International.

Held in Seattle over the weekend, The International boasted a prize pool of US$20,770,460 (NZ$29m!), US$1.6m of which was contributed by Dota 2 developer Valve. The rest came via sales of Battle Passes – a viewing pass that also contains digital Dota 2 goodies and the event's digital info book.

Wings took home more than US$9m of that total, while first losers Digital Chaos had to settle for a measly US$3m.

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Surprise: Titanfall 2 open beta starts this weekend

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Surprise: Titanfall 2 open beta starts this weekend

Titanfall 2's open multiplayer beta will start this coming weekend, publisher Electronic Arts announced today.

The "tech test" is designed to "find, fix, and kill potential issues before launch," and will be open to everyone on the correct platforms.

From Friday August 19th to Sunday August 21st, two modes and two maps will be available.

Bounty Hunt pits two teams of 5 against each other and against the Remnant Fleet, and requires players "bank" their points between waves in order to build scores.

Pilots vs Pilots, on the other hand, is a fairly straightforward 8v8 mode that simply removes Titans from play.

News Index


Stockholm using Cities Skylines to design new urban project
Stockholm using Cities Skylines to design new urban project
NEWS Next: Christchurch?
PC, Mac
1
Respawn responds to player feedback on Titanfall 2
Respawn responds to player feedback on Titanfall 2
NEWS Harder, faster, better, stronger.
PC, XO, PS4
1
Dark Souls III to get even harder in Ashes of Ariandel DLC
Dark Souls III to get even harder in Ashes of Ariandel DLC
NEWS God help us all.
PC, XO, PS4
1
Smite underdogs sweep champs in OPL grand final
Smite underdogs sweep champs in OPL grand final
NEWS Take home a cool $13k.
PC, XO, PS4
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's Season Pass is out now
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's Season Pass is out now
NEWS Story content & in-game items included.
PC, XO, PS4
Mafia III soundtrack includes 101 songs, no radio stations
Mafia III soundtrack includes 101 songs, no radio stations
NEWS Breaking the mould.
PC, XO, PS4
7
A destructive new expansion is coming to Cities: Skylines
A destructive new expansion is coming to Cities: Skylines
NEWS Roland Emmerich is weeping with joy.
PC, Mac
1
Blizzard punks Overwatch's poor winners
Blizzard punks Overwatch's poor winners
NEWS If you don't have anything nice to say...
PC, XO, PS4, Mac
Action: First-Person
11
Star Wars Battlefront's new DLC brings back space battles
Star Wars Battlefront's new DLC brings back space battles
NEWS Force yeah.
PC, XO, PS4
2
For Honor embraces player diversity over historical accuracy
For Honor embraces player diversity over historical accuracy
NEWS "This game is about you."
PC, XO, PS4
Surprise: Titanfall 2 open beta starts this weekend
Surprise: Titanfall 2 open beta starts this weekend
NEWS Prepare for betafall.
PC, XO, PS4
6
Underdog wins sixth Dota 2 International, a tonne of cash
Underdog wins sixth Dota 2 International, a tonne of cash
NEWS Proper "f*ck you" money.
PC
14
Overwatch PC servers soon to triple refresh rate
Overwatch PC servers soon to triple refresh rate
NEWS 21Hz to 63Hz.
PC, XO, PS4, Mac
Action: First-Person
6
Vote now to decide the NZ Overwatch World Cup team
Vote now to decide the NZ Overwatch World Cup team
NEWS The most important election this year.
PC, XO, PS4, Mac
Action: First-Person
3
No Man's Sky has launch woes on PC
No Man's Sky has launch woes on PC
NEWS But a patch is coming.
PC, PS4
Titanfall 2's campaign will have action, puzzles, dialogue
Titanfall 2's campaign will have action, puzzles, dialogue
NEWS Just like a real game.
PC, XO, PS4
No Man's Sky won't let two players see each other
No Man's Sky won't let two players see each other
NEWS Despite being in the same place.
PC, PS4
48
IO Interactive wants three seasons of Hitman
IO Interactive wants three seasons of Hitman
NEWS Second season TBC.
PC, XO, PS4
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Gorgeous fantasy digital board game Armello gets first DLC, Xbox One launch
Gorgeous fantasy digital board game Armello gets first DLC, Xbox One launch
NEWS From Aussie studio League of Geeks.
PC, PS4
"Rage", "The Evil Within", and "sequels" mentioned in same sentence
"Rage", "The Evil Within", and "sequels" mentioned in same sentence
NEWS By Bethesda, even!
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action
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Watch us claim stars for New Zealand in No Man's Sky from 1745 tonight!
Watch us claim stars for New Zealand in No Man's Sky from 1745 tonight!
NEWS Time to plant a flag in the universe.
PC, PS4
8
Fierce rivals face off in the OPL 2016 LoL grand final
Fierce rivals face off in the OPL 2016 LoL grand final
NEWS A league of their own.
PC
Action
No Man's Sky sold early, streamed before massive day one patch
No Man's Sky sold early, streamed before massive day one patch
NEWS Server wipes incoming.
PC, PS4
1
65daysofstatic releases No Man's Sky soundtrack via YouTube
65daysofstatic releases No Man's Sky soundtrack via YouTube
NEWS 48 minutes of music.
PC, PS4
Hitman's next target is a Bangkok rocker
Hitman's next target is a Bangkok rocker
NEWS Agent 47: the worst groupie.
PC, XO, PS4
Report: StarCraft to be remastered in high definition
Report: StarCraft to be remastered in high definition
NEWS Ooh, those Zerg skin textures.
PC
Strategy: Real Time
8
Studio closure makes Disney Infinity unplayable on PC
Studio closure makes Disney Infinity unplayable on PC
NEWS "Play without Limits" huh?
PC, 360, PS3, Wii, WiiU, 3DS
For Kids
Torment: Tides of Numenera coming to consoles too
Torment: Tides of Numenera coming to consoles too
NEWS Wasteland 2 paves the way.
PC, XO, PS4, Mac
11
Deus Ex's "Augs Lives Matter" image sparks controversy
Deus Ex's "Augs Lives Matter" image sparks controversy
NEWS "Highly problematic."
PC, XO, PS4
54
Banned Overwatch cheaters are not taking rejection well
Banned Overwatch cheaters are not taking rejection well
NEWS DDoS attacks bring down Blizzard servers.
PC, XO, PS4, Mac
Action: First-Person
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