Civilization V to get two new map packs, Scrambled Continents out now

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Mmm, scrambled continents. Perfect with a bit of black pepper and toast and - oh. I seem to have hilariously gotten the wrong end of the stick. Scrambled Continents is a new map pack for Civ 5, announced and released right now, which randomises the contents of continents each time you start a new game to ensure "endless replayability on countless plausible worlds". They've even gone and thawed Antarctica, giving us an early look at life in the post Global Warming-era.

Assassin's Creed 4 season pass announced, includes new single-player story

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To absolutely no one's surprise, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag will launch with a DLC season pass. Following in the footsteps of 2012's Assassin's Creed 3, and countless other high-profile games, Black Flag will try to preemptively sell you downloadable content right out of the box. And now we know that the single-player portion of the pass will not focus on main character Edward Kenway.

Gearbox has more Borderlands DLC in development, but don't expect as much

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If you follow the happenings of Pandora with any form of regularity, chances are you know Gearbox is pumping out Borderlands 2 DLC past what was originally promised (and paid for) in the original Season Pass.

Sanctum 2: Ruins of Brightholme DLC launches with new trailer

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Coffee Stain Studios released a teaser trailer for Sanctum 2's latest batch of DLC, and while the video might not have as many cheesy lightning bolts as the previous DLC’s trailer, I suppose raw gameplay footage is an acceptable option as well.

Final Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC, Apocalypse, drops September 26 for PC

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This is what the end looks like. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's final DLC, Apocalypse, comes to PC September 26, marking the final batch of new content for developer Treyarch's latest entry in the venerable shooter series, according to a press release. The DLC includes four multiplayer maps and a new zombie level full of enemies that mix the robotic with the supernatural.

New Saints Row 4 DLC drops presidents, plunger gun on Steelport.

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Feeling presidential today? Or maybe you're more in the mood for a relaxing trip to the country, plunger gun in hand. Saints Row 4 developer Volition dropped two new DLC packs this week, each with its own flamboyant take on wildly different aspects of American culture: historic presidents and hillbilly fashion.

Defiance's debut DLC pack launches with a trailer

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Trion Worlds may have shuttered the San Diego studio that made the sci-fi MMO Defiance, but it seems its promise to support Defiance with five pieces of DLC is holding strong with the first DLC release—the Castithan Charge Pack.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 final DLC releases August 27 for Xbox, PC "to follow"

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It's become a tradition now for Call of Duty DLC to offer re-skinned, re-worked versions of classic levels and the final Black Ops 2 map pack is no exception. And in another nod to a deeply-held pastime, the new DLC—Apocalypse—releases August 27 first for Xbox Live customers, "with other platforms to follow," according to a press release.

BioShock Infinite DLC details: new plasmids and weapons, no hacking

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BioShock Infinite Creative Director Ken Levine held an impromptu Q&A session over Twitter on Wednesday, handing out bits and snippets of information regarding Booker and Elizabeth’s return to Rapture in the upcoming DLC, Burial at Sea.

Borderlands 2 to get yet more DLC, level cap raised and T.K. Baha reintroduced

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Gearbox continue to add to Borderlands 2's bulging bag of DLC with two more bits of content, which will expand the colourful co-op shooter sometime this Autumn. If you're scraping the level cap, you'll be pleased to hear that it will soon be raised to 72 (well, if you buy the DLC), while T.K. Baha (an NPC from the first game) will return a bit later down the road. Probably at Halloween, because of that whole 'he's a zombie now' thing. Read on for more details.

Gearbox: More Borderlands 2 DLC coming, new IP in development

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It’s easy to imagine Borderlands 2’s trail of DLC ending with an adventure in Tiny Tina’s schizophrenic mind, but CEO and President of Gearbox Software Randy Pitchford has different plans.

New BioShock Infinite DLC to get late-July announcement

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BioShock Infinite will uncover its plans for a new set of DLC later this month, according to a report at IGN. We already know from the Season Pass bundle that we should be expecting at least three additional DLC expansions for the first-person shooter, and IGN hints in its story that a late July announcement could mark the first narrative-extending content from developer Irrational Games.

SimCity gets Airships DLC, yours for 8.99 luftballons

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Hey there, blimpy boy: SimCity hasn't gotten any more consumer friendly with its latest bit of paid DLC, but it has taken to the skies by adding airships, balloons and even blimps. Which, erm, is almost as good. Pretend you're in charge of the bad universe from Fringe by shelling out $8.99 over on Origin (alternatively, you could just hire John Noble to stand glowering around in your house).

BioShock Infinite: Columbia's Finest DLC drops bonus items, not story

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We're still waiting for the DLC that fleshes out Columbia's bloody history, but Irrational Games has released the "Columbia's Finest" DLC pack in hopes of fleshing out your inventory instead.

Krieg the Psycho gets a backstory, inner monologue in new Borderlands 2 short film

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Krieg the Psycho became Borderlands 2’s newest playable character a couple of weeks ago, and we’ve seen some fascinating behind-the-scenes info on the homicidal melee artist’s creation from Gearbox.

Is Crysis 3 getting some tropical island DLC?

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Visions of paradise have tantalized us as summer nears; the Sims 3's next expansion looms on the horizon, a mirage of houseboats and comical krakens and coconut-shell bikini tops. But what if you're looking for something a little grittier? Well, signs are pointing to a possible Crysis 3 DLC—perhaps an island vacation with bullets whizzing past swaying palms.

Borderlands 2 Psycho Pack now available, Krieg the Psycho's genesis detailed new dev diary

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Along with today's new Borderlands 2 DLC comes some behind-the-scenes details of newest character Krieg the Psycho's years-long creation process. In yesterday's inaugural post on Gearbox developers’ blog Inside the Box, Gearbox Creative Director Paul Hellquist describes Krieg’s evolution from scribble on a whiteboard to playable psychopath.

Krieg the Psycho is literally on fire in this Borderlands 2 DLC footage

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I've never considered 'being on fire' to be a particularly useful skill, but after seeing the following video I'm coming around to the idea that the fire department might be part of some great conspiracy to stop us achieving our full, fiery potential. Borderlands 2's latest DLC character, Krieg the Psycho, certainly seems to benefit from setting himself alight - but then he does have a handy mask to keep one small part of his body safe from harm. He also has a knack for melee weapons, thwacking them and chucking them, making him most unlike the game's current crop of gun-obsessed weirdos. You can see Krieg in action below.

Defiance to get five DLC expansions this year

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Alright, yes—our Defiance review rated the MMO shooter as middling, bringing nothing spectacularly new to the table. But hey, maybe that's something for the DLC to patch up? Trion's just revealed they've planned five installments of DLC for release in Defiance's first year of existence, and content aside, the planned payment scheme has got an interesting twist.

Dishonored's pre-order bonuses collected in the Void Walker's Arsenal DLC, hitting 14th May

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Pre-order bonuses are not my cup of tea - in addition to punishing players for not buying from a particular store, they're often so overpowered that they spoil the game. Having said that, Dishonored's various rewards don't seem too imbalanced - and you've probably completed the game by now, anyway. Over six months after the stealthy immersive sim's release, its pre-order gubbins has been collected into one ultro-bundle entitled Void Walker's Arsenal DLC (I always thought Corvo was more of a Wolverhampton Wanderers man). The DLC comprises four packs: the Acrobatic Killer Pack, the Arcane Assassin Pack, the Backstreet Butcher Pack, and the Shadow Rat Pack, each one containing a handful of minor upgrades, a book and a bunch of a coins. You can grab it from Steam on May 14th for the princely sum of $3.99.