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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...
 

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...
 

Review: Last Year: The Nightmare (PC)


A solid asymmetrical survival-horror game that's light on content.

Asymmetrical multiplayer games have been going steady for the past few years now. Some of the biggest games in that particular genre include the long departed Evolve, the still ongoing Dead by Daylight, and even Friday the 13th if you're into that sort of thing. You can now add in Last Year: The Nightmare to the mix as it combines 5 versus 1 multiplayer with elements of survival-horror. As with those other titles, Last Year places one player in the shoes of a bloodthirsty murderer while the rest of the players play as one of five teenagers trying to survive and escape. What it delivers is a well-crafted gameplay experience that ultimately comes up short on content. Last Year: The Nightmare relies on a number of tried and true horror movie clich├ęs. The group of teenagers include the nerdy kid, the popular girl, a stereotypical jock, and m...
 

Jump Force Open Beta Begins January 18


Come January 18th, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners will get to try out Jump Force in what Bandai Namco is calling an "open beta weekend." Be it a true beta or a "demo" is besides the point because what really matters is that you will finally get to test drive the fighting game that we have been passing along news about now for months.

Here's how it's going to go down. First off, there will be four separate three-hour long sessions:



Secondly? Well, that's kind of it. Just make sure you download the demo and you can play during...
 

Bungie Ditches Activision, Acquires Rights to Destiny


Moving forward, all future Destiny titles will be self-published by Bungie. I guess even Activision had to tap out after the latest Destiny 2 puzzle, eh?

After eight years, Bungie and Activision are parting ways and with it so does Activision's control over the Destiny franchise. Bungie announced today that they are acquiring publishing rights to their popular shooter.

Mere moments ago, Bungie made the announcement on their website in an aptly named news entry called "Our Destiny."



Bungie continues on to say that they will...
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  • Dota 2 Updated to 7.20

    Dota 2 Updated to 7.20

    At long last, the waking nightmare is over for Dota 2 fans. They can rest easy now because the 7.20 update is now live for the game. The changelog is long and the item changes are numerous.

    I'm not even going to repost the changelog here, that's just how long it is.

    You Dota fans go have fun now. From what I gather, this update has been a bit of a wait for you....
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  • Artifact Beta is Now Live

    Artifact Beta is Now Live

    Valve just passed along word that the beta for their card battling game, Artifact, is now live. Artifact is brought to us from designer Richard Garfield and Valve. Garfield is the creator of a little CCG called Magic: The Gathering​. Perhaps you've heard of it?

    The Artifact beta is available to those that were given beta keys. Beta keys were given out at various events including at The International 2018 and one of the PAX events.

    Valve says that the beta includes all modes of play for the game. The full game is slated to be released on November 28 for the PC, Mac, and Linux....
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  • Artifact Preview Tournament Begins Tomorrow

    Artifact Preview Tournament Begins Tomorrow

    On Saturday, November 10, Valve will kick off the Artifact Preview Tournament. In addition to this tournament, Valve will also open up pre-orders for the game. And then on top of that, the dev team released the Card Set and Deck Code APIs that will allow creators to make tools to share cards.

    The APIs are available right now for free. They can be downloaded from the Artifact website.

    Pre-orders will open at 9AM (PT) tomorrow. The game itself won't be released until November 28.

    The Artifact Preview Tournament will have 128 players competing for a shot at the $10,000 (USD) prize pool.
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  • Valve Readies Artifact for Launch

    Valve Readies Artifact for Launch

    Valve passed along word today that Artifact is getting geared up for its release on November 28. The final stretch of preparation begins right now with the launch of the official Artifact website.
    A collaboration between legendary card game designer Richard Garfield and Valve, Artifact is a digital card game that combines deeply-strategic, competitive gameplay with the rich setting of Dota 2. Artifact is an immersive and visually-stunning trading card game unlike any other.
    The website includes a general overview of the Dota themed card battling game. It also includes the first in a set of video blogs from the ga...
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  • Counter-Strike Gets Spooky in Latest Update

    Counter-Strike Gets Spooky in Latest Update

    The Halloween content for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is here. Valve released an update for CS:GO today that turns all players into ghosts when they die. These apparitions can be seen by other ghosts in the world, apply graffiti in the world, and more.

    I'm also hearing the chickens are ready for some tricks and/or treats.

    We have the full changelog from the update for you. There are more than just ghosts changed in this update, so be sure to read up.
    Changelog for CS:GO for October 22, 2018
    HAPPY HALLOWEEN
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  • Valve Delays Artifact Beta

    Valve Delays Artifact Beta

    Valve's beta for Artifact has been delayed until November 19. The beta was supposed to begin this month but that isn't happening. There is also concern that the game itself, which is still slated to begin on November 28, will also be pushed back due to the very late start on the beta.

    PC Gamer seems to be the first outlet to notice this delay. They spotted a tweet by Wykrhm Reddy, a known tester for Valve, in which the November 19 date was prominently featured for the start of the beta.
    This date was then confirmed by others who reported receiving emails announcing the November 19 release date for th...
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  • Two New Maps Added to CS:GO in Latest Update

    Two New Maps Added to CS:GO in Latest Update

    Tonight's update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive includes the addition of two new community made maps. These maps, Biome and Sub-Zero, have been added to Casual matchmaking's Group Sigma tonight.

    In addition, Austria has been made available in Competitive matchmaking and moved into Group Delta in Casual. Canals gets the bump out of Competitive. Shipped and Insertion have been removed from all official matchmaking.

    A fairly significant change has also been made tonight that will change how all Competitive matches start out. The team that loses the pistol round will receive $1900 instead of the normal $1400. This is further explained in the changelog, found below. Other quality of life updates have also found their way into tonight's update.

    CS:GO changelog for O
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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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  • Valve Released Parts of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for Free

    Valve Released Parts of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for Free

    If you ever wanted to play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive but you just didn't have the cash, you may be happy to hear that a feature stripped version of the game was just made available for free tonight.

    Valve released Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Free Edition for those who don't mind just playing against bots or viewing matches through GOTV. I did hear that LAN play was possible with this release as well, so that's certainly a pretty big plus. However, if you wants things like actual online games, matchmaking, inventories, XP, ranks, and everything else, you'll have to pony up the $14.99 (USD). I'm assuming ...
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  • Gabe Newell Still Cannot Say "Three" in New Dota 2 Mega-Kill Voice Pack

    Gabe Newell Still Cannot Say "Three" in New Dota 2 Mega-Kill Voice Pack

    Valve revealed and released a Gabe Newell Mega-Kills pack for Dota 2. They showed off this video as part of their International coverage last night.

    This pack is "free" to everybody that owns the Battle Pass. Get a look at the "behind the scenes" video below and then listen to every single one of his lines in the video below it.

    It's pretty good. It's actually really damn good.



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  • Valve Announces Artifact Beta to Begin in October

    Valve Announces Artifact Beta to Begin in October

    Valve announced today that everyone in attendance at this year's International, going on right now btw, will get a free copy of Artifact and beta access to the game.

    They also revealed that those who are going to PAX West (August 31 - September 3) will also be granted access to the beta....
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