Release date

Amazon publishes a release date for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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Amazon frequently lists unofficial release dates that are eventually proven false. But those release dates are typically the last day of a given calendar year to show up as a placeholder. No publisher would actually release its biggest game of the year on Dec 31, 2014. But when the retailer giant lists an upcoming game in a tender spot at the beginning of the fall rush, then it's time to get a little inquisitive. As is the case with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag PC release date announced

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After months and months of uncomfortable silence and nebulous date ranges, Ubisoft has finally announced that the PC version of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will sail into view around the same time as its next-gen console versions on Nov. 19.

South Park: The Stick of Truth fulfills its destiny on December 10

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After a long battle with delays and a crumbling publisher, South Park: The Stick of Truth will finally complete its poop-stained trail to our PCs on December 10 in North America and December 12 in Europe.

Deadly Premonition: Director's Cut gets Steam release on October 31

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Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut, or the update to what I like to call “Twin Peaks: The Video Game,” is bringing its coffee fortunes, raincoat killers, and other survival horror nonsense to your PC this Halloween.

Spelunky releasing on PC this August

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After more than a year of investigating caves of all shapes and sizes, taking a machete to snakes and avoiding traps that should have stopped working millennia ago, we have finally found Spelunky’s PC release date: August 8.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag PC release will be a few weeks behind consoles

Perry Vandell at

Quit sharpening those make-shift hidden blades of yours, because it looks like you’ll need them to unmark your calendars. In an interview with Elder Geek, Game Director Ashraf Ismail confirmed that Assassin’s Creed IV will hit the PC a few weeks after its console brethren have released.

Gunpoint released: here's the launch trailer and the reason why we're not reviewing it

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Gunpoint, the 2D stealth-puzzle game about rewiring electronics and falling from great heights, has been released and is now available from Steam and the Humble Store. To mark the occasion, game designer and PC Gamer section editor Tom Francis has released a trailer that explains what the game is about. (Hint: rewiring electronics and falling from great heights).

Watch the trailer below, and find an explanation of the extremely obvious reasons why we're not reviewing the game.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn release date announced

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After almost a three year hiatus, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn—Square Enix’s second go after botching the first attempt in 2010—is releasing on Aug. 27, 2013 on the PC and PlayStation 3.

GTA 5 release date possibly leaked - but where's the PC version?

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Photos of promotional posters for Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V have surfaced on the Polish website, indicating a release date of spring 2013. No particular surprise there, even if the reliability of this source remains unclear. But what is a bit disconcerting is that the PC is not listed as a platform.

The photos, which appeared on the website last week before being picked up by Kotaku, advertise the release of the game on Xbox 360 and PS3 and bear a European ratings label, but there is no mention of PC at all. Let's hope Rockstar aren't going to do a Red Dead Redemption on us all over again.

Windows 8 release date set for "late October"

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Microsoft has finally confirmed that Windows 8 is on course for a launch this October. The date won't come as a surprise to anyone who's been following the development of the OS, as it's been widely expected that the but it has been made official at last. It will be almost exactly three years since its predecessor, Windows 7, hit the shelves, and two decades since the breakthrough Windows for Workgroups 3.1.

Indie point-and-click adventure Botanicula releasing on April 19

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Adorable forest creatures, Czech alternative bands, and point-and-click adventure games have been kept apart for far too long. On April 19th, Jaromír Plachý and Amanita Design (creators of Machinarium) will rectify that with the release of Botanicula, which somehow looks equally sophisticated and saccharine. Damn, it's cute. The game will be released as Windows, Linux, and Mac downloads on the official site, and will include MP3s of the soundtrack, created by DVA.

Red Orchestra 2 release date, price announced

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Roswell, GA-based independent developer Tripwire Interactive has marked the calendar. Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad will release on August 30, 2011 worldwide. It'll also retail at a surprising price: $39.99 in the US.

Late August positions RO2 several weeks outside the shadow of Battlefield 3 (October 25) and Modern Warfare 3 (November 8). Read my excited hands-on with the game here.

PC games out this week

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Welcome to our new weekly post to let you know what games are being released this week in the Europe and North America. Wallets at the ready for this week's releases:

Duke Nukem Forever has a release date. Honestly.

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The game everyone thought would never see the light of day actually has an official release date. Duke Nukem Forever will be out May 3 this year. Get the details and the new trailer after the jump.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim trailer, release date

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There's a new Elder Scrolls V trailer, oh yeah and the Elder Scrolls V was announced. The release date is 11th of November next year, it's set in the snowy province of Skyrim, it's called Skyrim, and oh my god: