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Dev who threatened to kill Valve CEO apologises, quits

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Dev who threatened to kill Valve CEO apologises, quits

The developer who yesterday threatened to kill Valve CEO Gabe Newell has resigned from Code Avarice, the studio he cofounded.

Paranautical Activity developer Mike Maulbeck yesterday aimed a volley of vitriolic tweets at Valve after the company's Steam digital distribution platform failed to correctly announce that his game had been released.

Valve responded to Maulbeck's tirade, which culminated in the death threat, by removing Paranautical Activity from Steam and closing the studio's administrator account.

As Steam essentially is, to borrow Maulbeck's own heated words, an "awful fucking monopoly", sales of Paranautical Activity were crippled.

Today, Maulbeck acknowledged his mistake and announced his resignation from Code Avarice.

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First Alien: Isolation DLC comes later this month

First Alien: Isolation DLC comes later this month

The first downloadable add-on for Alien: Isolation will add a three new maps to Survival Mode and a new playable character.

Called Corporate Lockdown, the DLC pack will be available on October 28.

The new character is Seegson executive Ransome. He has been abandoned by his paymasters and must escape by navigating three new maps: Severance, Scorched Earth and Loose Ends.

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Hearthstone coming to Android tablets this year

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Hearthstone coming to Android tablets this year

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft will be available for Android tablets before the end of the year, Blizzard has announced.

"We're taking things one step at a time and we've got our sights set on a release for Android tablets, our next new platform, before the end of the year," wrote Blizzard. "We've just got a few more mana crystals to polish and some Angry Chickens to chase down."

In the same update, Blizzard announced that the long-awaited iPhone and Android phone editions were still some way from completion.

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Developer threatens to kill Valve CEO Gabe Newell

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Developer threatens to kill Valve CEO, has game pulled from Steam

A disgruntled indie developer has had his game pulled from Steam after he issued a death threat to Valve CEO Gabe Newell over Twitter.

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Hatred devs address accusations of bigotry, thank press for attention

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Hatred devs address accusations of bigotry, thank press for attention

The small team of Polish developers behind Hatred, a game in which players carry out mass murders, have spoken out against accusations that they're linked to far-right extremist groups.

Hatred puts the player in the boots of a cold-blooded killer on a mass-shooting spree in New York State, whose aim is to "spread Armageddon", according to Destructive Creations.

In the wake of the game's controversial reveal, several sites reported that Destructive Creations CEO Jarosław Zieliński is a Facebook fan of the Polska Liga Obrony (Polish Defence League), an Islamophobic, anti-immigration, nationalist group in Poland.

In a new blog post on the Destructive Creations website called "First Storm Resisted", Zieliński and other developers dismissed the accusations made against them.

"My grand-grand father was killed by Gestapo," said Zielinski. "Some members of my family were fighting against nazi occupation in the polish underground army [sic] called 'Armia Krajowa'. My forefathers suffered greatly because of totallitarian regimes [sic], so who the fuck would I be if I'd truly support any of nazi [sic] activists?

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The GTA V beta is a lie

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The GTA V beta is a lie

Rockstar has warned fans that invitations to participate in a Grand Theft Auto V beta for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC are fake.

The problem appears to have got far enough out of control that the developer has set up a dedicated page warning players against what it believes to be a phishing scam.

"Please Note: There is no pre-release ‘beta’ test for Grand Theft Auto V," reads the site. "If you see ads or solicitations to join a beta program, beware as this is likely some type of online phishing scam."

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GTA V's FlyLo FM gets new-gen, PC update

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GTA V's FlyLo FM gets new-gen, PC update

Grand Theft Auto V's FlyLo FM will get 30 minutes of new music in the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC edition of the game.

The station, curated by musician Flying Lotus, plays music by producers such as Aphex Twin, Tyler the Creator, Outkast, and of the artist himself.

"I was really proud of the first bit of it," Flying Lotus said of the station, "but I still felt there was so much more to say, though, so I’m really excited about that."

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Far Cry 4 Season Pass contains new PvP mode, Yetis

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Far Cry 4 Season Pass contains new PvP mode, Yetis

Far Cry 4’s season pass includes a new PvP multiplayer mode, an exclusive launch-day mission, Yetis, and more.

Ubisoft has outlined the contents of the game’s Season Pass, which collects all DLC planned for the game at a 20 percent discount on buying each individually.

It includes:

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Limbo for Xbox One outed by Korean ratings board

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Limbo for Xbox One outed by Korean ratings board

It would appear that Playdead's acclaimed monochrome platformer Limbo is coming to Xbox One.

The game has been submitted to Korea's ratings authority, GRAC, for approval.

Neither Microsoft nor Playdead have made any official comment on Limbo coming to Xbox One.

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Cyberpunk stealth shooter Metrocide is out today

Cyberpunk stealth shooter Metrocide is out today on Windows and Mac

An Australian-made shooter inspired by Syndicate and the 2D Grand Theft Auto games is hitting Steam Early Access today.

Metrocide is a rapid-fire cyberpunk arcade stealth shooter that developer Flat Earth Games co-founders Rohan and Leigh Harris reckon is hard enough to have even the most dedicated players in fits.

A couple of our friends looked at it and said ‘This is Dark Souls-level difficult’, and I’ve rubbed my hands together and gone, ‘Excellent’.Leigh Harris, Flat Earth Games
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Project Cars delayed to avoid other big November releases

Project Cars delayed to avoid other big November releases

Project Cars has been delayed until March 20 next year, Namco Bandai has announced.

The publisher said the game’s release has been pushed back so further polish can be applied, but also to give it a release date that “allows the game the greatest chance of success and visibility”.

Project Cars is in development at Slightly Mad Studios, and was due out on November 21 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with a Wii U version pegged for 2015.

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Hatred dev says neo-Nazi claims "ridiculous"

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Neo-Nazi claims "fucking ridiculous" – Hatred CEO

The CEO of the studio developing isometric mass murder sim Hatred has called claims he is a neo-Nazi "fucking ridiculous".

On Friday, several sites reported that Destructive Creations CEO Jarosław Zieliński is a Facebook fan of the Polska Liga Obrony (Polish Defence League), an Islamophobic, anti-immigration, nationalist group in Poland.

FX artist Marcin Kaźmierczak was also found to be a supporter of the Młodzież Wszechpolska (All-Polish Youth), another right-wing nationalist group.

Today, Zielinski told Polygon that liking a group on Facebook was not an endorsement of its activities.

"I've liked this page, because it's source of an information what is going on right now in the middle-east and Europe (and a lot of evil shit is going on — those are REAL problems, not our game),” he said.

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Ultraviolent mass-murder sim Hatred linked to Polish far-right extremists
Ultraviolent mass-murder sim Hatred linked to Polish far-right extremists
NEWS Warning: graphic trailer.
PC
Action: Third-Person
84
Ubisoft briefly considered creating Far Cry 3.5
Ubisoft briefly considered creating Far Cry 3.5
NEWS For about four days.
PC, XO, PS4
7
Ubisoft takes new line on Assassin's Creed Unity downgrade debate
Ubisoft takes new line on Assassin's Creed Unity downgrade debate
NEWS Producer misspoke.
PC, XO, PS4
Action: Third-Person
4
Ubisoft: 30 frames per second feels "more cinematic"
Ubisoft: 30 frames per second feels "more cinematic"
NEWS This is categorically wrong.
PC, XO, PS4
Action: Third-Person
35
Ubisoft talks changes coming in Watch Dogs 2
Ubisoft talks changes coming in Watch Dogs 2
NEWS Compares trajectory to Assassin's Creed.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4, WiiU
Action: Third-Person
1
Ubisoft responds to "uncomfortable" assumptions about Far Cry 4
Ubisoft responds to "uncomfortable" assumptions about Far Cry 4
NEWS "It’s like, ‘Have you ever been to Korea?’"
PC, XO, PS4
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Ubisoft warns against "Watch Dogs 2012" mod
Ubisoft warns against "Watch Dogs 2012" mod
NEWS Use at your peril, says developer.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4, WiiU
Action: Third-Person
6
Ubisoft announces Rainbow Six: Siege
Ubisoft announces Rainbow Six: Siege
NEWS Ubisoft's E3 reveal.
PC, XO, PS4
Action: Third-Person
10
Ubisoft accidentally shares Far Cry 4 story details
Ubisoft accidentally shares Far Cry 4 story details
NEWS You play Ajay Ghale.
PC, XO, PS4
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Ubisoft releases another screenshot from The Division
Ubisoft releases another screenshot from The Division
NEWS The asset drip feed continues.
PC, XO, PS4
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Unofficial TESO auction house has Zenimax approval
Unofficial TESO auction house has Zenimax approval
NEWS Comes complete with feedback system.
PC, XO, PS4
RPG: MMO
Ubisoft confirms Assassin's Creed Unity with trailer
Ubisoft confirms Assassin's Creed Unity with trailer
NEWS Set in Paris, new-gen and PC only.
PC, XO, PS4
Action: Third-Person
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Ubisoft showcases the tech driving The Division at GDC
Ubisoft showcases the tech driving The Division at GDC
NEWS Snowdrop Engine examined.
PC, XO, PS4
Ubisoft CEO "forced" Watch Dogs team to show at E3 2012
Ubisoft CEO "forced" Watch Dogs team to show at E3 2012
NEWS "In the end I think he was right."
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4, WiiU
Action: Third-Person
Ubisoft announces Watch Dogs street date, explains Wii U delay
Ubisoft announces Watch Dogs street date, explains Wii U delay
NEWS Every Dog now has its launch day.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4, WiiU
Action: Third-Person
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Ubisoft share price tumbles 26 per cent following Watch Dogs delay
Ubisoft share price tumbles 26 per cent following Watch Dogs delay
NEWS Splinter Cell and Rayman underperform.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4, WiiU
Action: Third-Person
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UPDATED: Saints Row IV refused classification in Australia
UPDATED: Saints Row IV refused classification in Australia
NEWS Updated: Edited version in the works.
PC, 360, PS3
Action: Third-Person
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Ubisoft had a great financial year thanks to Far Cry 3 and Assassin’s Creed III
Ubisoft had a great financial year thanks to Far Cry 3 and Assassin’s Creed III
NEWS Shares up 10 per cent.
PC, 360, PS3, WiiU
Action: First-Person
Uplay hack gives access to all games including Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Uplay hack gives access to all games including Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
NEWS No personal information compromised.
PC, 360, PS3
Action: First-Person
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Ubisoft to publish Might & Magic X: Legacy
Ubisoft to publish Might & Magic X: Legacy
NEWS No more heroes.
PC
RPG: Turn Based
Ubisoft to PETA: "we don’t condone a pirate lifestyle of poor hygiene"
Ubisoft to PETA: "we don’t condone a pirate lifestyle of poor hygiene"
NEWS Whaling justified.
PC, 360, PS3, WiiU
Action: Third-Person
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Universe mod transforms StarCraft II into an MMO-style RPG
Universe mod transforms StarCraft II into an MMO-style RPG
NEWS Available now through Battle.net.
PC
Strategy: Real Time
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Ubisoft ships Rocksmith to Europe without activation keys
Ubisoft ships Rocksmith to Europe without activation keys
NEWS Third British invasion delayed.
PC, 360, PS3
Adventure
Ubisoft dates Assassin's Creed III for PC
Ubisoft dates Assassin's Creed III for PC
NEWS Less than a month after console.
PC, 360, PS3, WiiU
Action: First-Person
5
Up to 1.5 million playing Star Wars: The Old Republic – analyst
NEWS Game launches in US and EU tomorrow.
PC
RPG: MMO
Ubisoft scraps online pass for Driver: SF
NEWS First-hand codes misprinted.
PC, 360, PS3, Wii
Driving & Racing
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Ubi brings back always-on DRM for PC Driver SF
NEWS Must be online to play singleplayer.
PC, 360, PS3, Wii
Driving & Racing
5
UPDATE: The Old Republic delayed in ANZ
NEWS FAQ confirms late launch in ANZ
PC
RPG: MMO
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Ubisoft confirms E3 line-up: Assassin's Creed: Revelations and more
NEWS Expo plans announced.
PC, 360, PS3
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Ubisoft announce Anno 2070
NEWS New addition to RTS series this year.
PC
Strategy
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