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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.

The game has players locate and examine real butterfly species up-close, observe their realistic behaviours, and photograph them for an adventure journal:

Take on the role of a researcher and discover the magical beauty of butterflies and moths! Over five days, see the environment change from day to night and rain to sunshine as you meet and discover new creatures. Unlock journal entries by discovering species, photograph each new find and immerse yourself in the relaxing world of the rainforest!
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PS4 sales cross 70 million, PS VR hits two million

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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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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Portal returns in standalone Bridge Constructor mashup

Portal returns in standalone Bridge Constructor mashup

Valve's beloved Portal series is returning, via Headup Games' rather self-explanatory physics-based building game Bridge Constructor.

In Bridge Constructor, you are tasked with building bridges that allow traffic to flow from one part of a level to another.

Bridge Constructor Portal works the same way, but also introduces the Portal gun, rebound barriers, sentry turrets, and other Portal mainstays to the action.

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PS Store lists March 22 release for God of War

PS Store lists March 22 release for God of War

God of War might be releasing on March 22 next year.

The date was spotted on the game's listing on the PlayStation Store in Chile and the US, but each has subsequently been changed to a placeholder of December 31, 2018.

There are reasons to believe March 22 could be legit: all four core games in the series have released in March; in fact, the first God of War released on March 22, 2005.

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Samsara is a clever-looking reflective puzzler from Auckland's Marker

Samsara is a clever-looking reflective puzzler from Auckland's Marker

A prolific New Zealand studio has dated its next release, a reflective puzzle game called Samsara.

Auckland-based Marker has more than 75 games out, including major contract titles such as Disney puzzler Crash, Boom, Ham! and its own like popular word game AlphaJax.

Samsara is described as a reflective puzzle game of contrasts and echoes, in which players guide an innocent child, Zee, safely to the exit of each level by dropping blocks with different shapes and properties into a world of two dimensions separated by a pool.

Saturday 9 December

The Game Awards: All the news
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The Game Awards: All the news
Mario on a motorcycle!
The Game Awards: All the winners
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The Game Awards: All the winners
Winner winner chicken dinner.
GTFO gameplay trailer
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GTFO gameplay trailer

Thursday 7 December