Release Dates

Dishonored release date set for October

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Emergent assassin sim Dishonored will be available to buy on October 9 in North America, October 11 in Australia and October 12 in Europe.

It's exciting news. Over the course of the last few months Dishonored has gone from being a promising but mysterious shooter to one of the most exciting games of the year. Designers Harvey Smith and Raf Colantonio aim to bring the tough close quarters combat of Dark Messiah of Might and Magic and the sandbox magic of Deus Ex together in one world. Half-Life 2 artist Viktor Antonov provides the backdrop, a gorgeous, sinister city called Dunwall. It's a crumbling, totalitarian warren influenced by the architecture of old London, plagued with rats and powered by volatile whale oil.


Diablo 3 beta gets a final push. Release day is less than a month away

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That calendar might look like it was edited within paint by a man with barely any artistic skills whatsoever, but it's still one hell-mode of a happy sight. Diablo 3 is close. And not just in a Blizzard "we're almost ready" kind of close. Even in the grand scheme of world events, Diablo 3 is within clicking distance. May 15 is around 27 days away.

To celebrate, Blizzard have just sent out 275,000 beta keys and announced a closing date for the beta. It's going to run until May 1st. From that point onwards, you'll need to purchase the full game to comment on the forums or news posts. Check your battle.net account to see if you've received an invite, or click here to pre-purchase.

Exactly how excited are you for Diablo 3? Have you already pre-purchased?


Diablo 3 release date set for May 15

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Blizzard have finally announced a release date for Diablo 3! It'll be released digitally and in shops internationally on May 15 and is available to pre-order now on Battle.Net. It'll arrive a bit later on June 7 in Latin America and Russia.

Alongside the release date announcement, Blizzard have revealed the Collector's Edition. That comes with a skull of Diablo with a crystalline USB stick that looks as though it'll plug into the demon's forehead. There's a copy of Diablo 2 and its expansion, Lord of Destruction on the stick.


Anno 2070 demo arrives, play the first two missions

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Upcoming city-building sim, Anno 2070 has a demo! It covers the first two missions, in which you're tasked with funding and building a hydroelectric power plant at the behest of a tycoon leader. It should provide a gentle introduction to the construction and resource management mechanics, and also give us an opportunity to gawp at the lovely graphics engine (see more of it in these Anno trailers). The full game contains two factions, and will let you extend your cities beyond the shores of your island to the bottom of the ocean. Grab the Anno 2070 demo here.


This week's releases

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Hello and welcome to our regular round up of this week’s newly released games in Europe and North America. It's not just the Steam sale that's going to sap your wallets, feast your eyes on the new games this week.


This week's releases

Tom Hatfield at

Hello and welcome to our regular round up of this week's newly released games in Europe and North America. Wallets at the ready for the shiny new games within.