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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...
 

G2A Offers to Pay Media Outlets to Run Pre-Written Defense Article

Add it to the list.

Third-party gray market key reseller, G2A, has been under increased fire the past week. Sure, it's had its fair share of accusations and criticisms slung its way over the years, but nothing quite like what we've seen in the past week. Today, an email sent from G2A to a handful of website owners, attempted to manipulate the public image of the company in an incredibly scummy way.

The email included a "transparent" and "unbiased" pre-written article about G2A that presented a warped spin on the truth about stolen game keys. The "truth"...
 

Earth Defense Force 5 Coming to PC this Week

EDF! EDF! EDF!

The fifth mainline installment in the man vs. bugs saga known as Earth Defense Force was announced to be coming to the PC. Not only that, but Earth Defense Force 5 is coming to the PC this week on Thursday, July 11. That's a mere three days away from today! You can presently add it to your Wishlist on Steam if you want.

As usual, you will play as a member of the Earth Defense Force (EDF) as they battle giant ants, massive spiders, and all sorts of creepy crawlies. At your disposal will be a huge arsenal of weapons, vehicles, mechs, and customizable class...
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  • Deponia Series Coming Soon to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch

    Deponia Series Coming Soon to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch


    Within the next three months, the Deponia "saga" will be completed on consoles. Sadly, this won't be happening all at once across all platforms, so I'm here to give you the exact dates on the latest Deponia release will be hitting your console of choice.

    First off on January 30, Goodbye Deponia will be released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

    On February 27, Deponia Doomsday will be released on February 27 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This will be priced at $19.99 (USD) if purchased separately. Alternatively, you can buy the complete series...
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  • New God Eater 3 Multiplayer Trailer

    New God Eater 3 Multiplayer Trailer


    A new multiplayer focused trailer for God Eater 3 was released today. God Eater 3 will be released on February 8, 2019 for the PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam. ...
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  • Hitman Developer IO Interactive is Opening Second Studio

    Hitman Developer IO Interactive is Opening Second Studio


    Hitman 2 developer IO Interactive is opening a second studio that will allow the developer to focus on Hitman and new franchises.

    Earlier today, IO Interactive announced that they are opening a new studio in Malmö, Sweden. This new studio will help the main studio with ongoing development of the Hitman series, including Hitman 2. It will also allow the studio the freedom to work on new franchises for the future. That's not too shabby for a development studio that was let go from Square Enix only two years back in 2017. IO Interactive retained the rights to the Hitman IP. Since then, IO Interactive developed and released ...
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  • A Bunch of Sword Art Online News and Something About VRMMORPG

    A Bunch of Sword Art Online News and Something About VRMMORPG


    There was just no way I would have been able to fit everything that there is to talk about with this one if I wasn't being a bit cheeky with the headline. Bandai Namco has passed along word to us today that Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization - Deluxe Edition is coming to the Nintendo Switch this Spring.

    In addition to that, the very same email says that both Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet - Dissonance of the Nexus Expansion and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet - Complete Edition will be released digitally for the PC via Steam, the PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on January 18,...
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  • Black Desert Online's Battle Royale Mode Enters Early Access Today

    Black Desert Online's Battle Royale Mode Enters Early Access Today


    The new battle royale mode for Black Desert Online entered into early access today. After today's regular maintenance period, players of the popular MMORPG will get their first taste of the Shadow Arena. Access is granted to everyone that owns the game and those that are making use of the game's 7-day free trial.

    The tests will be set at specific times and will have limited capacity. You're apparently supposed to check out the Black Desert Online site and associated social media channels for when those play times will take place because they didn't inform us about them in...
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  • 'Obey Me' Brings a Holy War to Consoles and PC Later this Year

    'Obey Me' Brings a Holy War to Consoles and PC Later this Year

    Blowfish Studios and Error 404 Game Studios are working on Obey Me, a new "cooperative holypunk brawler" that is targeting a Q3 2019 release for PS4, XB1, Switch, and PC.

    Obey Me dives into the notion that angels and demons are waging an ongoing war that humans can't see. And just like with other similar stories, the fate of all mankind hangs in the balance. This story is actually expanded upon by a series of graphic novels from Dynamite Comics. It features work from Marvel vet Ben Herrera (X-Men and Spider-Man covers). The first issue will be released in March with five...
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  • Unity Changes Terms Once More, Commits to 'Being an Open Platform'

    Unity Changes Terms Once More, Commits to 'Being an Open Platform'


    Unity has had a real interesting seven days. Last week, SpatialOS from developer Improbable was apparently barred from being used within Unity development. SpatialOS is a robust tool that many Unity developers use to add multiplayer to their games. For a time, Unity's new Terms, which went live in early December but were only clarified to Improbable last week, actually affected games that were already released. This led to some quick back and forths between Improbable and Unity through their respective sites. It all seemed to quiet down when Improbable and Epic Games formed a joint $25...
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  • EA Cancels Yet Another Star Wars Game (Update)

    EA Cancels Yet Another Star Wars Game (Update)


    A headline like "EA Cancels Another Star Wars Game" feels like they're a dime a dozen these days. I think EA may have cancelled as many Star Wars games as they have closed studios at this point. Here we are again and here EA is with another cancelled EA game on their hands. This time, the development studio has decided to cancel its open-world Star Wars game that EA Vancouver had been working on. Prior to EA Vancouver working on this title, it was in development from Visceral Games. Of course, EA shut down Visceral Games back in 2017. In fact, when Visceral was working on the game it wasn't an open-world title but rather a more linear action-adventure game that was being directed by...
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  • The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 3 'Broken Toys' Out Now

    The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 3 'Broken Toys' Out Now


    The third episode for The Walking Dead: The Final Season is now available to download and play via the Epic Games Store (affiliate link, non-affiliate link), the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This is, of course, all made possible by the efforts and funding from Skybound Games and Epic Games.



    The fourth episode for The Walking Dead: The FInal Season will be released on March 26, 2019.

    I think we already put up the launch trailer about a week ago, but it probably doesn't hurt to put it up again. And no, I have absolutely no idea if these last two episodes will appear on any other digital distribution platform for the PC. I would sugg...
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  • New World War Z Screenshots

    New World War Z Screenshots


    Saber Interactive delivered a handful of new screenshots today for their upcoming co-op focused and very zombie filled game, World War Z. This four-player co-op title is based off of the movie of the same name and is slated to arrive later this year on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In addition to the screenshots, seen below, you can get a look at some new key art, seen above.



    Saber Interactive promises to deliver some more World War Z news "soon." Until then, catch up on the game by checking out our previous coverage or by visiting the World...
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  • Tera Adds New PvP Battleground and Gear Sets in 'Shore Hold' Update

    Tera Adds New PvP Battleground and Gear Sets in 'Shore Hold' Update


    The PC release of TERA has some new PvP focused content available today. The latest "Shore Hold" update adds in a new PvP Battleground in addition to some new gear sets for their action leaning MMORPG.

    This new battleground is a 7v7 affair that they're appropriately calling Shore Hold. The battleground includes "shorter resurrection times, buff-generating mana stones, and other exciting features." There are also not one but three new gear sets for PvP players to earn and wear. In addition, a PvE Training Ground area was added with a DPS meter that allows...
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