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Kiwi space sim Stationeers launches into Early Access

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Kiwi space sim Stationeers launches into Early Access

RocketWerkz has capped a busy year with the release of space management sim Stationeers onto Steam's Early Access platform.

The Dunedin studio released standalone expansion Out of Ammo: Death Drive in August, and yesterday revealed neo-noir adventure Living Dark, a new teaser for which was released today.

Stationeers was due to hit Early Access in September, but the addition of extra mechanics saw its release delayed.

RocketWerkz estimates it will be in Early Access for about a year, and at full release its price will probably increase substantially.

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Loot boxes are not gambling, says NZ government

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Loot boxes are not gambling, says NZ Department of Internal Affairs

Loot boxes do not meet the legal definition of gambling, New Zealand's Department of Internal Affairs has told Gamasutra.

Therefore, the DIA added, it has no ability to regulate them under the Gambling Act 2003.

"Gamers do not purchase loot boxes seeking to win money or something that can be converted into money," wrote DIA licensing compliance manager Trish Millward.

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RocketWerkz teases Living Dark, a neo-noir adventure

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RocketWerkz teases Living Dark, a neo-noir adventure

Dunedin's RocketWerkz is teasing a project called Living Dark, a neo-noir adventure driven by a procedural narrative.

The game takes place in Vox, a near-future city "straining under tensions it can barely control", and looks to explore themes of inequality, violence, manipulation, and control.

"Fight for friends, factions or your own future, but survive at all costs in a society where justice is only for the powerful," the official site reads.

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PS4 sales cross 70 million, PS VR hits two million

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PS4 sales cross 70 million, PS VR hits two million

Sony has sold more than 70.6 million PlayStation 4s, the company announced today.

For comparison's sake, the PlayStation 1 sold 103 million, PlayStation 2 sold more than 155 million in nine years on the market, and the PlayStation 3 sold more than 83.8 million.

Today Sony also announced that more than 617.8 million PS4 games have been sold at retail stores and through digital downloads on PlayStation Store, more than two million PlayStation VR units and 12.2 million VR games have been sold.

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Dunedin studio announces meditative butterfly title

Dunedin's Runaway Play announces meditative butterfly title Flutter VR

Dunedin mobile games studio Runaway Play is launching a VR version of Flutter, its popular butterfly title.

Flutter VR is "a relaxing, meditative experience that a player can comfortably immerse themselves in for short gameplay periods and feel utterly transported to the tranquil rainforest", Runaway said.

It will launch for Google Daydream on December 12.

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Dying Light is getting a battle royale mode via standalone expansion Bad Blood

Dying Light is getting a battle royale mode via standalone expansion Bad Blood

Techland has announced a battle royale mode for zombie slaughterfest Dying Light.

Dying Light: Bad Blood is a standalone expansion that according to Techland
will offer violent and dynamic online matches that blend PvP and PvE styles of gameplay.

Here's how a Bad Blood match works:

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider slyly announced

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider slyly announced

Square Enix has announced that a new Tomb Raider game is coming, while sneakily acknowledging that it is Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

Overnight, the company tweeted the following message [emphasis ours]:

Square Enix is excited to share some big news with you next year.

Honestly, we wish we could share it with you right now but we're taking a new approach this time.

A new Tomb Raider game is coming.

Driven by our goal of putting our fans first, we want you to know that it won't be very long between the official reveal and when you can play.

Our journey together will begin with a major event in 2018.

We simply can't wait to take you on Lara Croft's defining adventure.
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The Crew 2 and Far Cry 5 delayed

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The Crew 2 and Far Cry 5 delayed

Ubisoft has pushed back the releases of The Crew 2, Far Cry 5, and an unannounced game.

The Crew 2 was due out on March 16, but will now release sometime between April and September.

Far Cry 5 was originally scheduled to release on February 27, but will now launch one month later on March 27.

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Here's a detailed look at PUBG's new map

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Here's a detailed look at PUBG's new map

Bluehole has given its insatiable playerbase a decent look at the upcoming desert map for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

Called Miramar, the map will be showcased at The Game Awards this week.

It will feature new weapons – a six-shot revolver called the R45, a Win94 rifle, and a sawed-off shotgun – and a new truck.

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Winner winner chicken dinner.
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