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Tetris Effect Coming to PC Next Week as Epic Store Exclusive

No word on if it's a timed exclusive.

The game that many called 2018's game of the year is coming very soon to the PC. That's right, Tetris Effect brings its psychedelic strategy-puzzle gameplay to a PC somewhat near you on July 23. Ah, but there is a catch, because of course there is.

In case you missed it, Tetris Effect is exclusive to the Epic Games Store. There is no saying whether or not this is a timed exclusive release, or if this third-party PC release will remain an exclusive to that launcher. This release will mark the first time that the game was available...
 

Horror Game Devotion May Not be Re-released

Developer says this may change, but not any time soon.

This past February, Taiwan-based Red Candle Games pulled their then newly released horror title, Devotion, from the Steam store. This came after it was discovered that the game had shipped with an Easter egg that references how China's president, Xi Jinping, looks like Winnie the Pooh. What followed was a wave of review bombing on Steam from upset Chinese citizens that continued to toe the line that the government has repeatedly pushed upon them.

The original plan from Red Candle Games was to remove the game from...
 

Introducing Steam Labs - A Place to Test New Steam Features

Launching today with three experiments.

Valve has just launched a new area on Steam where users can test out new, experimental features for Steam. They're calling this area the Steam Labs and it is here where users will be able to test out potential new Steam features. These tests may one day become commonplace on Steam, but for now they are mere experiments ripe for testing and potential changes based on user feedback.

If you ever used Gmail, you may already know what to expect from these Labs experiments. That is to say, there is no guarantee that they will be fully...
 

Nintendo Lite Announced - $200 Handheld Device Coming in September

Cheaper, smaller, colorful.

Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch Lite today. Priced at $199 (USD), this new iteration of the Switch hardware will be released on September 20, 2019. It will come in three different colors (Grey, Yellow, and Turquoise) at launch. A carrying case and a screen protector is also going to be available at launch for the Switch Lite.

Compared to its older brother, the Switch Lite will be a portable only device. You will not be able to dock the Switch Lite to a TV as you can with the regular Switch. In addition, the Switch Lite does not have...
 

Facebook Reportedly Bringing Splinter Cell Back... as a VR Game

Who wished on a monkey's paw?!

There is a story circulating today saying that Facebook may have already signed deals with Ubisoft to bring back Splinter Cell and a new Assassin's Creed title. That's not the weird part. The weird part here is that the deal is to create VR games in these two popular franchises. And since it's Facebook that pushed the deal, that would mean that the games would be Oculus "exclusive" and sold through their Oculus Store.

This is, at least right now, merely a rumor. It came to light today via The Information (full article is locked...
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  • This Official Forza Horizon 4 Commercial is Amusing and Informative

    This Official Forza Horizon 4 Commercial is Amusing and Informative

    If you still don't know too much about the upcoming open world racing experience that is Forza Horizon 4, then maybe this new official commercial will help you to understand.

    Though it is informative, it still seems to have left the poor narrator a little confused.

    Forza Horizon 4 will be released on October 2, 2018 for the Xbox One and Windows 10.

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  • First Look at The Surge's Western Themed Expansion

    First Look at The Surge's Western Themed Expansion

    Even though The Surge 2 was announced, that doesn't mean work stopped on the original game. In fact, there's an entirely new expansion coming out for The Surge that maybe isn't what you expected to see out of the game.

    It's called The Good, the Bad, and the Augmented and it's got a decidedly western theme going on. Just like the base game, it will put your action-RPG skills to the test.
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  • THQ Nordic Acquires Kingdoms of Amalur IP

    THQ Nordic Acquires Kingdoms of Amalur IP

    THQ Nordic just continues to grow. The latest acquisition announcement came today when it was revealed that the company picked up the Kingdom of Amalur IP from 38 Studios. Not only did THQ pick up the rights to this RPG, they also picked up the Amalur content that relates to the abandoned MMORPG that was codenamed "Copernicus."
    About Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning The minds of New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion lead designer Ken Rolston have combined to create Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, a new role-playing game set in a world worth saving. Build the character you've always wante
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  • Valve Making Great Strides to Combat Steam's Content Problem

    Valve Making Great Strides to Combat Steam's Content Problem

    Valve just updated their blog today with some information that I honestly wasn't expecting to see. A few months ago Valve's Erik Johnson put up a blog post that more or less said that they were going to be working on making things better in the Steam store and would work on removing games and developers that were being obvious trolls or those with illegal content in their games.

    It sounded, at least to me, like they were again going to be super hands off and let the market curate itself. Well I'm eating a bit of crow this evening because Valve updated with some information about the changes they've been working on both forward facing to the Steam consumer and behind the scenes. This is one of those few times where I am happy...
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  • This is the Full Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 'Blackout' Map

    This is the Full Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 'Blackout' Map

    Charlie INTEL has pieced together the full battle royale map that will be used for the Blackout mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

    I say "pieced together" because Activision and Treyarch were sending out direct messages to a number of Call of Duty communities with small sections of the overall map. Those communities then shared the media they were sent with the world, typically through Twitter posts. It took a bit of time, but it looks like all of the pieces finally fell into place.

    This map comes just a day after we learned some key details about Blackout from Game Informer....
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  • The Intro to Metal Gear Solid Looks Damn Good in Unreal Engine 4

    The Intro to Metal Gear Solid Looks Damn Good in Unreal Engine 4

    A fan took the time to remake the intro to Metal Gear Solid using Unreal Engine 4. The video, seen below, was uploaded to the Warpgazer YouTube channel and is said to be made by Erasmus Brosdau.

    The description says that everything was "real-time rendered" in engine and used a variety of Unreal marketplace assets. The intro is presented pretty much as you probably remember it, a few exceptions being some tweaks to sound effects and the start menu design.


    It's beautiful!...
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  • Nielsen Acquires SuperData Research to Broaden Digital Game Sales Data

    Nielsen Acquires SuperData Research to Broaden Digital Game Sales Data

    Nielsen, the company that already tracks what shows you're watching, wants to broaden its horizons a bit. Today, they finalized the acquisition of SuperData Research in order to track digital game sales and eSports. This acquisition will bolster their Nielsen Games and Nielsen Esports divisions.

    Nielsen is often very useful for various production companies to see what consumers are watching or purchasing. It helps them to see and understand various market trends. That kind of stuff is pretty damn useful to companies in all sorts of fields, including gaming.
    "We recognize the growing importance of the digital gaming ecosystem, and the
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  • Jagged Alliance: Rage! Release Dates Announced in New Trailer

    Jagged Alliance: Rage! Release Dates Announced in New Trailer

    The release date for Jagged Alliance: Rage! was announced today in a new trailer. That date is September 27 for the PC and November 6 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

    Well, I suppose you don't really need to watch the trailer now, eh? You probably should still check it out though. There's still probably some content there you'll want to check out. I mean, it IS a gameplay trailer after all.
    This spin-off from the Jagged-Alliance-Franchise is about the beloved mercs like Ivan Dolvich, Helmut "Grunty" Grunther, Charlene "Raven" Higgins and more. Playable in singleplayer and coop-multiplayer, the game will feature an approximately 20-hour long campaign.
    Jagged Alliance: Rage! is currently in development for the pre...
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  • Next Black Desert Expansion 'Drieghan' Playable at EGX 2018

    Next Black Desert Expansion 'Drieghan' Playable at EGX 2018

    Those who are going to this year's EGX will get to play the upcoming Drieghan expansion for Black Desert Online. Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games say that they will show off this new content that features a large, mountainous area with "over 300 challenging quests" and a dragon boss. Dragon bosses are cool.
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  • Final 'You Will Survive' Fallout 76 Video Provides the Last Few Tips for Surviving a Nuclear Wasteland

    Bethesda and the fine folks at Vault-tec have put together the final animated video series for you that will teach you how to survive in the event that nuclear war breaks out. Do note that this is just a video series for Fallout 76 and is not actually full of real tips to utilize when trying to survive any potential nuclear apocalypse.
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  • The 'How to Hitman' Video Series Continues with 'Assassin's Mindset'

    The 'How to Hitman' Video Series Continues with 'Assassin's Mindset'

    IO Interactive and WBIE continued their "How to Hitman" video series today with the latest HITMAN 2 related entry, "Assassin's Mindset."

    This latest video shows you, the player, how to best utilize stealth and detection avoidance to complete their objective. The video also shows off how to best utilize the game's mini-map and the Picture-in-Picture feature to track their target in real time or gain critical information.

    And now some quick words about the game and the HITMAN: Sniper Assassin Competition that you can participate in.
    HITMAN 2 is the follow-up to the internationally acclaimed video game, HITMAN. Featuring entirely
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