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Epic's new game Fortnite looks like Team Fortress 2, is inspired by Minecraft

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Epic announced a new game over the weekend called Fortnite. It'll have a Team Fortress 2-esque art style and, according to Epic, is directly inspired by Notch's indie block builder, Minecraft.

Fortnite appears to revolve around building forts to hold off waves of creatures that attack during the night, or rather 'nite'. Whether the action takes place over two weeks is yet to be seen, but it looks as though there will be some creative building involved. In a tweet spotted by Eurogamer, Lead Designer Lee Perry says: "Minecraft was an inspiration for sure."


Epic, Bioware, Bioshock Infinite reveals planned for VGAs, new THQ announcement this month

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Now that the release armageddon that is November is over, it's time for everyone to announce some new projects. The next week or so will be bustling with new announcements from Bioware, Epic and THQ, and we'll get our first look at Bioshock Infinite for a while at this weekend's Spike TV Video Game Awards ceremony.

First up, Bioware. They've been busy teasing a new game from a new studio in the run up to Saturday's show, with a teaser image and a tiny trailer clip. With EA registering a number of Command & Conquer domain names recently, there's speculation that a new C&C may be revealed.


Source Engine is "long in the tooth," say Epic, pitches Unreal to indie devs

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Yesterday, Epic rounded off the two day Unreal University event in London, offering a day of free seminars to students and enthusiasts looking to make new games using the free Unreal Development Kit. We sat down with with technical artist and level designer Alan Willard and Epic's European territory manager, Mike Gamble for a chat about the popularity of the UDK among fledgeling developers, and how it stacks up against popular competitors like Valve's Source SDK. Their verdict: Source is "long in the tooth."


Epic and Bethesda sites compromised as hacker attacks continue

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Epic and Bethesda are the latest victims of wave of cyber-crime that has so far seen data stolen from a number of games company sites, including Sony Online Entertainment, Nintendo, Eidos and Codemasters.

A post on the Bethblog yesterday revealed that the game publisher's site and forums had suffered "an unlawful intrusion" that resulted in the theft of an undisclosed number of forum and website passwords and email addresses.

On Friday, Epic sites also experienced downtime in the aftermath of a similar attack that compromised a number of forum accounts. Thankfully, both companies report that no credit card information was stolen. Other companies have been less fortunate.


Bulletstorm Gun Sonata DLC out now

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The first slice of Bulletstorm DLC hit the consoles over a month ago, but Bulletstorm fans can now finally get hold of the pack on PC. The Gun Sonata pack for Bulletstorm is now available to buy for $9.99. It adds three new Anarchy survival multiplayer maps, Hotel Elysium, Villa and Sewers, and two new levels for Echoes mode, Guns of Stygia and Crash Site. If you fancy giving Bulletstorm a go then there's a demo available on Steam. You can get our verdict on the game in our Bulletstorm review.


Bulletstorm demo now available

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The game's been out for six weeks, but if you've been waiting to try Epic's insane shooter, then now's your chance. The new singleplayer demo provides one of Bulletstorm's Echoes missions, a level from halfway through the singleplayer campaign that can be replayed to try and get the best possible score. As well as the default (and boring) assault rifle, you can play with the super-accurate revolver and the chain gun, which shoots explosive bolas' that can be detonated once they're wrapped around your enemies. The demo skips past the slow-burn intro and lets you get straight to the improvised murder. Grab it now on Steam.


Watch the Unreal Engine 3 GDC tech demo

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Gametrailers have the HD version of the extraordinary 'Samaritan' tech demo shown at GDC last week. It looks like a CGI cutscene, but it's runs in real time using the very latest Unreal Engine technology. In the GDC session, they showed the wireframes behind each character and played with the gravity to prove that it's legit. This could be what our games will look like in a few years time.


Epic: latest Intel integrated graphics "don't suck"

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Epic's Mark Rein has admitted that even though he has been "beating them up for 11 years," Intel's latest HD graphics "don't suck."

Read on for more from Epic's vice president at GDC.


Mark Rein calls for curated app store in Windows 8

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Speaking to PC Gamer at GDC, Epic Game's Vice President, Mark Rein has given some insight into what he would like to see from the next version of Windows. His vision takes a few cues from Apple's current distribution model.


Bulletstorm missing PC features

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A lack of customization options has been frustrating many players booting up Bulletstorm after its release in America earlier this week. A slim range of tweakable options is making it difficult for players to set up their game. Mouse smoothing is locked on, the maximum framerate is locked to 62fps and there are no field of view options. Fortunately, there are workarounds, but using them means hacking into the encrypted .ini files.


Epic increase UDK royalty cap tenfold

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Epic have announced a ten-times increase on the royalty cap for games created with the Unreal Development Kit. The free software kit is powerful enough to let anyone create a game using Unreal Engine 3. Before now, games earning profits of more than $5,000 would have to make royalty payments to Epic. The royalty cap now stands at $50,000, making it easier for new developers to get started.


Bulletstorm PC review

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You get moments with this hobby, where you mentally step away and realise exactly what you’d look like to an outsider. It’s not pretty. I’m playing in a darkened room, the shades pulled tight, and I’m shouting to three other people. “HIS ARSE IS OPEN. FOR GOD’S SAKE HIS ARSE IS OPEN. SHOOT IT! SHOOT IT SHOOT IT! SHOOT HIS OPEN ARSE!”

I see myself from above. My eyes are focused on the swollen buttocks of a fat man. I’ve just shot him until he collapsed, almost defeated, onto one knee. What am I doing? Is this what 2,000 years of western civilisation has accomplished? Now I’ve circled behind him and kicked open the armoured flap covering his blubbery rear end. Humankind has split the atom, we’ve walked on the moon. Now three friends and I are readying our pretend guns to fire into a fat man’s exposed anus.


Bulletstorm PC demo release details

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A demo is in the works for People Can Fly's psychotic shooter, Bulletstorm. Vice President of EA games made the announcement on Twitter, "Bulletstorm PC demo is in the works! Won't make it in time for ship date but should be available shortly after."

The game's due out tomorrow in the US and February 25 in the UK. Bulletstorm has been kicking up some controversy recently, both in the mainstream media and the games press. Here's why, and some shots.


Fox news attacks Bulletstorm, says violent games lead to "increase in rapes"

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Yesterday Fox news published an article called "Is Bulletstorm the worst game in the world?", warning parents against the affects the game could have on children, and attributing violent videogames to an increase in rape crime.


New Bulletstorm trailer reveals more skillshots

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Epic have released another trailer detailing yet more skillshot kills from their insane FPS Bulletstorm. See below for the video, showing off the 'Burn', the 'Juggler' and the, uh, 'Gang Bang'.


New Bulletstorm trailer features swears, quad barelled shotgun and man-eating plant

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It's the sweariest, goriest slice of Bulletstorm footage yet, but the latest trailer shows of everything that promises to be great about the insane shooter. Quad barrelled shotguns, man eating plants, dinosaurs and gratuitous killshots all star in the latest trailer, embedded below.


Bulletstorm on PC to support 3D

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Epic Games have confirmed to Big Download that Bulletstorm will support Nvidia's 3D Vision system, and that the PC version will be the only one supporting 3D technology.

PC gamers with access to an Nvidia GeForce graphics card, the 3D Vision kit and a 3D capable monitor will be able to play Epic's insane shooter in brain-bending 3D-o-vision come February 22.

Developer Cliff Bleszinski may be living in hope that this PC exclusive feature could cheer up PC gamers after he made them 'grumpy' by tweeting that the Bulletstorm demo would only be available on consoles.

So does this make up for the lack of a PC demo? Let us know in the comments.


Bulletstorm PC system requirements revealed

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Of all the games coming out this year, it's likely that none will be as mental as Epic's upcoming shooter, Bulletstorm. The good news is that you won't need an especially powerful PC to run the game. You'll find the full minimum and recommended system requirements for the game listed below.


Bulletstorm video shows new trick shots and giant death wheel

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We've already seen still images of the colossal rolling Death Wheel in the completely mental shooter, Bulletstorm, but we hadn't seen it in motion, until now. Amazingly, the clip of a 100 foot tall bladed wheel carving up the landscape isn't the stand out moment. That'll be the giant lizard. More absurd violence and spectacular trick shots await in the latest trailer, embedded below.


New Bulletstorm screens

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If you don't remember Bulletstorm, it's the game with the huge electro whip and the gun that fires cannonballs. It's a frenzied first-person splatterfest that dishes out points for every ridiculous kill. In motion, it's so manic that it's hard to notice how good the game looks, but as the shiny new screens reveal below, the game is looking incredible.