E3 2013

E3 is the biggest computer and video games showcase running June 11-13, 2013, at the Los Angeles Convention Centre. It will feature announcements of new PC games, new PC technology and new PC hardware. Keep checking PCGamer for regular news and video updates.

Battlefield 4 mod support ruled out by DICE

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DICE general manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson confirmed to PC Gamer at E3 that Battlefield 4 will not support mods. Troedsson caveated that user-generated content is something that DICE finds “very interesting,” and that it’s something the studio has been talking about at a high level.

Payday 2 screenshots show robberies in progress, clown stealth

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The co-operative heist - a great idea for a game, and this time round Overkill are staying faithful to the high concept with Payday 2, giving players more time to plan their robberies and move in stealthily before doing the deed. Check out the latest trailer for some criminal footage, read our preview for more details, and catch some clowns red handed in the latest screenshots from E3 2013 right here.

Fez II announced in new chiptuney teaser

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It's...it's a line! That's getting bigger! And...well, that's about it I guess.

Polytron, the mind behind popular XBLA (and now-PC) puzzle-platformer Fez has released a teaser video for a second installment in the series. The Fez II teaser doesn't show much besides an expanding line and a Tron-like Fez II logo, but if you've played the first game before, you'll recognize the familiar techno/chiptune beat of Disasterpiece accompanying it.

CS:GO update adds de_mirage, visual grenade arcs

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is quickly becoming the go-to source for round-based shooting action, replacing both Source and 1.6. This might be because of the growing tournament scene associated with CS:GO, but it could also be because of the ample developer support.

The latest patch for the game has brought de_mirage into the map pool, added a “sv_grenade_trajectory” console command and fiddled with Overwatch and the UI. Operation Payback Passes are also on sale for $0.99 until Monday.

Six reasons the PC is winning E3

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The conferences are over, the games have been announced, and E3 is drawing to a close. It's a console announcement year, meaning you could go the whole convention barely hearing mention of the PC. We've already explained what we'd do to change that. It involved a robot. But really, we don't need wishful thinking. The PC has already won E3. Here's why.

PES 2014 will mark the "most comprehensive advance" for the series "since its inception"

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Pro-Evolution Soccer is a game about kicking a ball around, as this completely pointless E3 trailer confirms. The only thing I took away from it is that sometimes football stars wear garish shoes while absurdly bombastic music plays - but thankfully the accompanying press release had a little more information on hand. PES 2014 features an "all-new engine allowing for the most comprehensive advance for the Pro Evolution Soccer series since its inception," apparently. Konami then bamboozle us with acronyms.

NASCAR The Game 2013 announced, coming this summer from Eutechnyx

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Auto Club Revolution developers (and possessors of the world's most unspellable name) Eutechnyx have announced a new NASCAR title for PC. It's literally called NASCAR The Game 2013, and it looks a lot like a NASCAR game created in the year 2013. Stick around for some moderately shiny screenshots.

The Witcher 3 is not necessarily the end of Geralt's story, says developer

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The Witcher 3 may conclude the trilogy of main character Geralt, but it's probably not the last we'll ever see of him. Polish developer CD Projekt RED want to continue working in the fantasy universe created by novelist Andrzej Sapkowski, and are even considering having Geralt of Rivia appear in future games.

Dark Souls 2 director says to get ready for clenched fists, suffering, and death

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It's clear from Dark Souls 2's latest trailer that the fantasy RPG—on the surface at least—has much in common with the game that preceded it. But what can players expect when they dive into From Software's upcoming sequel? Dark Souls 2's game director Yui Tanimura addresses this question and more in a new E3 interview with Rev3games.

The Oculus Rift has received an HD upgrade

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Did you know that the displays inside the Oculus Rift are simply mobile phone screens? For its E3 showing, the virtual reality headhugger's received an upgrade to its cellphones, thereby bringing the peripheral into the defined world of 1080p.

Watch Dogs multiplayer discussed in Ubisoft blog

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Ubisoft has released trailer after trailer of their Orwellian open world game, but only addressed the game’s multiplayer with winks and nods. You know it’s in there, but we’ve only had rumors and buzzwords to go on—until today.

Tom Clancy's The Division devs are "not ruling out any platforms for the future"

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Tom Clancy's The Division developers Massive are keeping their options open for future expansion beyond the announced Xbone and PS4 versions. They're currently "optimizing the experience for next gen consoles" they say on Twitter, but they're "not ruling out any platforms for the future."

The "online open-world action-RPG" enjoyed a very good showing at the Ubisoft press conference on Monday. It's a third person shooter set in a crumbling plague-infested New York city. Squad-based combat against NPCs morphed into a PvP battle towards the end of the video, which raises questions about the size of that online world. Latency still hamstrings precise shooting mechanics on servers above a certain scale. I wonder if games like The Division and Bungie's Destiny will be divided into more manageable 50-100 player servers, a la Day Z.

Mirror's Edge 2 described as "open world" by EA

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What's this? It looks like the Mirror's Edge prequel/reboot might be an open world affair according to EA Labels president Frank Gibeau. CVG note that he described Mirror's Edge as an "open-world action adventure game" in the EA E3 2013 analyst call.

Mirror's Edge appears in EA's "new & reimagined" category alongside Ultima, Command & Conquer, Star Wars Battlefront and Titanfall. Gibeau also says "there are probably about five or six new IPs that are fully owned and we haven't announced yet," though they could easily be part of EA's IOS and console plans.

Arma 3 beta beginning June 25

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Military sim fans rejoice! Bohemia has confirmed that Arma 3 will be heading into beta later this month on June 25.

New additions will include new arsenals and vehicles to test out and new scenarios that include a co-op and multi-team, wave based defense scenario. Additionally, a new "Independent" faction consisting of a military native to Altis and Stratis was mentioned. You know, in case you were tired of Blufor and Opfor.

The E3 2013 press conference PC gamers deserve

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The press conferences that precede E3 set the tone for the event, they determine the conversations and questions that follow. With no single unifying organisation to set up such an event, it's one of those rare occasions when the open nature of the PC can prove a detriment. The consoles have had their say, now we can't help but wonder what a similar a show for the PC would look like. Who would take the stage? What would they show? What song-and-dance numbers would we get?

Take your seat, make yourself comfortable and put those Doritos away as we welcome you to this year's purely hypothetical show, the E3 2013 conference that PC gamers deserve.

EA exec discusses the company's next-gen future

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“Going above and beyond the call” was one of Electronic Arts’ many jabs at its rival during the marketing campaign for Battlefield 3, but an EA exec now thinks focusing on its competitors was the wrong move.

Kojima says Metal Gear Solid V on PC "not a priority," but could appear "sometime"

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Even as a new generation of gaming consoles forces developers to stretch the meaning of multi-platform, it seems that the PC is still an afterthought for some of the most celebrated series in the industry. In a new E3 interview with Gametrailers, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima addressed the possible release of the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on PC.

Divinity: Dragon Commander announces August 6 release date

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Larian Studios announced today a new release date of August 6 for its upcoming strategy RPG game Divinity: Dragon Commander. The studio had previously set a goal of May or June for release, but has said that their dragons "needed a few more tweaks to their jetpacks," according to the official studio website.

Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers flaunts new Sealed Play mode

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Wizards of the Coast is building excitement for the launch of Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers with a new gameplay trailer that highlights their flair for the dramatic and the addition of sealed play.

For those of you uninitiated with Magic: The Gathering, the new Sealed Play mode is a huge addition. Players will open virtual booster packs and build decks from the 84 random cards that they receive. Sealed play was previously exclusive to real-life Magic and Magic: The Gathering Online and will give you a way to experience the utter ecstasy that is opening a pack of cards—minus the new card smell.

The Witcher 3 will utilize Witcher 2 save files

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As we saw in its official E3 trailer the other day, The Witcher 3 is lookin' beautiful, thick with the same sort of tension-filled romance as meeting a former lover again. But will that former lover remember you now that you're older, wiser, and have played a thousand other games since you left it behind? That's what CD Projekt RED is aiming for, with the news that your Witcher 2 save file will carry over into The Witcher 3.