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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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  • EA Attempts to Distance Themselves from 'Loot Boxes' by Calling them 'Surprise Mechanics'

    If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it must be a surprise mechanic.

    EA and loot boxes, loot boxes and EA. In some people's minds, there is no better pairing save for "gamers" and "rising up." For the past several years now, the studio has been repeatedly under fire for how they included loot boxes in many of their titles. They have included loot box mechanics in games like Madden with their Madden Ultimate Team card packs, FIFA with the similar Ultimate Team mode, Battlefield 1, and perhaps most notably, Star Wars Battlefront 2.

    In fact,...
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  • 2064: Read Only Memories Sequel Announced

    2064: Read Only Memories Sequel Announced

    A new, mysterious case needs to be cracked.

    MidBoss is the studio responsible for bringing the world a little mystery adventure title called 2064: Read Only Memories. This original title came out back in 2017 and has earned some overall "Strong" review scores from a number of outlets, even sitting at a "very positive" user score after hundreds of Steam reviews.

    The game blended together elements of mystery, crime solving, adventure, and a hefty splash of cyberpunk. This past week, a sequel was announced for 2064. It's called Read Only Memories: N...
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  • Two King of Fighters Characters Join Dead or Alive 6 Roster

    Two King of Fighters Characters Join Dead or Alive 6 Roster

    Who might it be?

    The Dead or Alive 6 roster continues to grow months after the game's release. Today, Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja revealed that there are at least two additional DLC characters coming very soon to the existing roster. "Very soon" means right now in most cases.

    Some of you out there may already be familiar with them. They are Mai Shiranui and Kula Diamond from The King of Fighters. Two characters from a different fighting game? Yup! These two are included as part of the Season Pass 1 for Dead or Alive 6.

    However, if you don't own that,...
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  • Killing Floor 2 Steampunk Themed Summer Event is Live

    Killing Floor 2 Steampunk Themed Summer Event is Live

    Kickin' Brass and taking names.

    Tripwire Interactive just released their latest free content update for Killing Floor 2 today. They're calling it Killing Floor 2: Back & Kickin' Brass and if you were in the room with me, you would have been able to hear my eyes rolling when I first read the name of this update.

    As already mentioned, this free content update has a bit of a steampunk vibe going for it. There are some new things and some old things. There is a free weekend and a sale, at least for the Steam version. It's a little of this and a little of that. It's also...
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  • A New ZUSI is Available for Train Sim Enthusiasts

    A New ZUSI is Available for Train Sim Enthusiasts

    All aboard for simulated fun.

    Another train simulator has found its way through the world of game development and is now ready to be released to the world. The latest is from Aerosoft and Excalibur Games and it's called ZUSI 3 - Aerosoft Edition. It's said to be "highly realistic" in its simulation of trains. This includes its "accurate simulation of signalling and protection systems."

    Apparently, the ZUSI series is used by railway companies for training new drivers. I don't know much about trains or train companies, but I'm willing to believe what...
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  • Free Weekend Coming for Insurgency: Sandstorm

    Free Weekend Coming for Insurgency: Sandstorm

    Runs at the same time as the World War 3 free weekend.

    It's going to be a big battle of the combat games this weekend. Both World War 3 and Insurgency: Sandstorm have a free weekend that runs from June 20 to June 24. We already told you about the World War 3 free weekend, so now it's Insurgency's turn.

    This free weekend for Insurgency: Sandstorm is being held just days after new content drops for the game. This new content is actually out today and includes new weapons, a remake of a classic Insurgency map, and a new arcade mode called "Frenzy." The map being...
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  • New Video and Post-Launch Plans for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

    New Video and Post-Launch Plans for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

    As release draws near, the information ramps up.

    Square Enix once again decided to share a bunch of fresh information about their upcoming Final Fantasy XIV expansion, Shadowbringers. This fresh batch of information includes a new gameplay video along with a little look at some of the post-launch plans that are in the works for the expansion.

    The new gameplay video can be seen below. This video features clips from a recent dungeon walkthrough video from the latest "Letter from the Producer LIVE #52" that happened recently. This video shows off a variety of...
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  • Free Weekend Coming for World War 3

    Free Weekend Coming for World War 3

    What if we had a war and invited everyone?

    This weekend, you will be able to play World War 3 for free through Steam. What is World War 3? Well, it's a war in which everyone is invited! There's something for mom, dad, even the kids, and grandma! The free weekend for World War 3 runs from June 20 until June 23.

    This free weekend follows the recent release of the "Warzone Giga-Patch." This free weekend includes all of the game's current content, as you would expect from a free weekend for a game.

    And, as you would also expect from a free weekend,...
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  • Ranked Competitive Seasons Come to Mortal Kombat 11

    Ranked Competitive Seasons Come to Mortal Kombat 11

    The competition is fierce.

    WBIE and NetherRealm Studios are about to deliver a new "Kombat League" to fans of Mortal Kombat 11. A new gameplay trailer came out today for this brand spanking new seasonal ranked mode. Those who prove they can prove that they're a cut above the rest have a chance to earn exclusive in-game rewards.

    Kombat League is set to kick off on June 18 and will be released as a free content update for all Mortal Kombat 11 owners.

    Each season will be four-weeks long. There will be nine different tiers ranging from the pathetic...
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  • Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Announced

    Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Announced

    Get competitive on the Nintendo Switch this November.

    When November rolls around, Nintendo Switch will be the only place to experience the latest in the rivalry between Mario and Sonic. Sega will release Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and when they do, the battle will be on between Mario characters and Sonic characters as they compete in a variety of Olympic events.

    Not only will there be four new Olympic events featured in this release, there will also be a number of "fan-favorite sports" making a return from previous entries. Mario &...
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  • Collection of Mana Available Now on Nintendo eShop

    Collection of Mana Available Now on Nintendo eShop

    Play the first three Mana titles right now on Switch.

    Those with a Nintendo Switch can pick up Collection of Mana for $39.99 (USD) right now from the Nintendo eShop. A physical release of this pack of games will be out starting August 27 and can be pre-purchased from various retailers and the Square Enix Store.

    Collection of Mana includes the first three titles in the Mana series. It all starts with Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana, and Trials of Mana. This is the first time that Trials of Mana has been released in the West, and it is not the same as the Trials...
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