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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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  • Ubisoft Opening New Studios in Mumbai and Odesa

    Ubisoft Opening New Studios in Mumbai and Odesa

    Ubisoft seems to be doing quite well for itself these days, this week in particular has been a good one for the studio. The latest word is that they are opening up new studios in Mumbai, India and Odesa, Ukraine. The Mumbai studio will report to Jean-Philippe Pieuchot from the Pune Studio. Together with Pune, Mumbai will work on major Ubisoft franchises such as South Park, Just Dance, Far Cry, and more.

    In a comment to GamesIndustry.biz, Pieuchot said taht Mumbai was selected due to its "unique talent pool and large population." The Mumbai studio will open in June and will employ 100 people. The Pune location...
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  • Turns Out Announcing Tomb Raider Remasters Without Obtaining Permission is a Bad Idea

    About two weeks ago, a tweet went out by realtech VR saying that they were working on remastered versions of the first three Tomb Raider games. They said that these remasters would be coming to Steam and would be free updates to those who own the originals. It was even going to have a bunch of visual improvements such as SSAO, up to 16x AA (though that's arguably quite generic in this day and age), and 60fps gameplay (original game was 30fps). Visual overhauls and OpenVR support on the PC? Hey, not bad, right? Well, it turns out they never got permission to do this. Rather, realtech VR says that it's a "bit more complicated" ...
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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered is Reportedly Real and Won't Include Multiplayer

    Two separate sources have independently confirmed that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered is indeed real. Both of these sources have also said that Modern Warfare 2 Remastered is only the single player component from the original game.

    Sources have supplied this information to Charlie Intel and (presumably) other sources have separately supplied this information to Eurogamer...
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  • New Summerset Expansion Announced for The Elder Scrolls Online

    New Summerset Expansion Announced for The Elder Scrolls Online

    Bethesda Softworks announced that The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset will be the next major expansion for the ongoing MMORPG from ZeniMax Online Studios. Players will travel to the Summerset Isle for the first time since 1994's The Elder Scrolls: Arena. Players can obviously expect to explore this new zone, experience a new main storyline, obtain new Psijic Order skills, craft jewelry, and more. All of this begins on May 21 for the PC and June 5 on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

    It should also be noted that there are a few different versions to pick up here. There's the Standard Edition, Upgrade Edition, and the Collector's Edition. Each version has different rewards to offer, but pre-purchasing any of them will give you immediate...
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  • More Real Time Ray Tracing Demos from Epic Games and Futuremark

    More Real Time Ray Tracing Demos from Epic Games and Futuremark

    Fresh out of GDC 2018 come a few more tech demos showing off real time ray tracing technologies. These come just a day after Microsoft announced DirectX Raytracing along with support promised from Nvidia and AMD.

    First up is a tech demo from Epic Games. It's Star Wars themed and looks stunning, as you would expect. There is a catch, but we'll get to that after the video.
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  • Valve Discusses Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Negev Changes

    Valve Discusses Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Negev Changes

    In a blog posting that went up last night, Valve started to detail some of the changes and thoughts they have in mind for the Negev in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Some of these changes are already being tested as part of a beta update for CS:GO but they say that the changes, barring any issues, will go live soon. Their main focus right now is making the Negev a weapon that can provide adequate suppression in the heat of a battle.
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  • A Big Steam Client Update was Just Released

    A Big Steam Client Update was Just Released

    Valve pushed out a rather beefy update to the Steam client. No, there aren't really any visual or layout changes in this update, but it does have a lot of improvements for the client for those across all platforms that Steam is available on.

    Changes for Steam client for March 21, 2018
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  • Crytek Now Taking a 5 Percent Cut from Games Made with CryEngine 5.5

    Crytek Now Taking a 5 Percent Cut from Games Made with CryEngine 5.5

    In an announcement made just today, Crytek announced that they will now take just a 5% royalty fee from commercial titles that make use of CryEngine 5.5 and above.

    This goes hand-in-hand with an update to CryEngine that introduced a "range of improvements, enhancements, new learning offerings, and full access to the editor source code."
    Creators who release games using CRYENGINE V will find development faster and easier than ever before and incur costs only after $5,000 is raised in revenue. An enterprise tier will also be introduced for custom support packages and royalty buyouts. Developers currently developing on CRYENGINE 5.0-5.4 can apply for a royalty exemption if they wish to stay on the current
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  • CD Projekt Red Opens new Studio for Cyberpunk 2077 Development

    CD Projekt Red Opens new Studio for Cyberpunk 2077 Development

    Joining forces with CD PROJEKT RED Warsaw and Cracow comes a new studio from the team that brought you The Witcher 3 and the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077. CD PROJEKT RED Wrocław located in Wrocław, Poland was created to help out with the development of Cyberpunk 2077.
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  • Vivendi Sells Entire Stake in Ubisoft, Tencent Takes Five Percent

    Vivendi Sells Entire Stake in Ubisoft, Tencent Takes Five Percent

    Back in October 2015, Vivendi began what appeared to be a takeover of Ubisoft when they purchased 10% of all Ubisoft's stocks. In June 2016, Vivendi upped their ownership to a bit over 20%. As of April 2017, Vivendi owned 25% of Ubisoft and were allegedly eyeing a takeover of the company late in 2017. Cut to the present, March 2018, and Vivendi has sold off all of their stock in Ubisoft, which represented 27.3% of Ubisoft's capital. The main buyer was Guillemot Brothers SE, meaning that Ubisoft is back to its original founders. However, roughly 8% of Ubisoft has been picked up by two others. These include the Ontario Teachers' P...
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  • GTA Online Got a Big Racing Focused Update Today

    GTA Online Got a Big Racing Focused Update Today

    New racing modes, five new vehicles, a new Adversary mode, and more are all speeding onward to GTA Online starting today. Rockstar is calling this update "GTA Online: Southern San Andreas Super Sport Series" and today's content update is only the beginning.
    NEW MODE: HOTRING CIRCUIT
    There's nothing more American than strapping yourself inside of the highly combustible turbo-charged death machine that is the new Declasse Hotring Sabre and tearing around a multi-lap track designed for up to 30 adrenaline-addicted maniacs. Embrace the intoxicating smell of burnt rubber and premium-grade gasoline across 10 stock car races made for the new Hotring Sabre, and get Double GTA$ & RP now through March 26th.

    5 NEW VEHICLES Now hitting the showrooms of Legendary Motorsport and Southern San A
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