Dark Souls 2 launch trailer appears well ahead of the PC release

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Oh Dark Souls, you perpetual tease. Namco Bandai have unleashed the Dark Souls 2 launch trailer, which makes sense, because the console release is this week. For those of us wanting to play the game on PC, its brutal delights will be hidden away until the end of next month. Hopefully we can make it through those extra weeks without devolving into maddened undead husks.

As for the trailer itself, it's also a bit of a tease. It's entirely CGI, which, on the one hand, is a bit of a strange move for a launch trailer; but on the other, means that you'll be relatively safe from spoilers.


Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls trailer shows the might of the Crusader

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I'm going to do an impression of the first minute of this Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls trailer. "Lore lore lore lore, Zakarum faith, lore lore." After the somewhat underwhelming opener, though, we finally get to the good stuff: an ability round-up of the expansion's new Crusader class. He's a tanking kind of character, with a taunt ability that will draw enemies' ire. That doesn't mean there's not plenty of power behind his mace-swinging arm.


Crytek to show off CryEngine Linux support at GDC

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Can it run Crysis? If you’re using Linux, the answer will eventually be “yes.” The German developer behind the first Far Cry and the Crysis games announced that it will show off its impressive CryEngine running natively on Linux for the first time during GDC.


Hearthstone leaves open beta, full release now available

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Just a few days after Blizzard prophesized the impending end of Hearthstone's beta, it's decided to surprise everyone by releasing the Warcraft-ified online card battler after three months of testing. The game is free to play, and the only requirement to get started is to hit the giant purple Play Now button at the official site.


Oculus hires former Valve lead VR engineer, ends dev kit sales

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Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles, announced that it hired Atman Binstock as its new Chief Architect. We don’t usually report on industry hires, but Binstock was one of the lead engineers at Valve behind the “VR room” we heard so much about during the company’s Steam Dev Days event.


Hawken on Steam: examining the state of the game after two years of new mechs and balance changes

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Ever since its open beta began in December 2012, Hawken's basics have been easy to pick up. Big, stompy robots shoot and scoot with agile dodges. The modes are a slice from the same shooter pie everyone's familiar with, and it's a snap to load up and jump into a team deathmatch in less than a minute. Maps paint worlds of well-worn neon-lit cityscapes and desolate badlands. Hawken is like the mohawked, studded-jacket-wearing punk brother of MechWarrior Online: a youngster with a brash streak, but definitely its own brand of cool.

Hawken's also growing up. It transitioned to Steam last month, moving away from a dedicated launcher and enticing new recruits with an Early Access initiative and a couple purchasable bonus packages. Now it's once again fully Free to Play. Two years of patches and adjustments have streamlined Hawken and stripped away unused features, making it easier to get into than ever. After two weeks of playing Hawken on Steam, I'm still skeptical of its F2P monetization, but faster-paced combat reminiscent of Quake and new mech classes kept me coming back for more.


Titanfall's titanic 48GB install "almost all audio," Respawn says

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Titanfall is upon us, and that means Respawn's fast-paced FPS has high-fived Spyglass for luck before dropping onto many a hard drive with a 48GB shockwave. That's a staggering size for a strictly multiplayer shooter, and many pilots want to know the reasons behind the significant storage chunk. Speaking to Eurogamer, Respawn Lead Engineer Richard Baker provides an answer: uncompressed audio.


Gorgeous tactical combat game Duelyst launches Kickstarter

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We’re all a little Kickstarter fatigued at this point, but once in a while we see a project that’s worth talking about regardless of how it’s being funded. Duelyst, a squad-based tactical combat game that originated as a board game is a perfect example.


The future of PC gaming: eSports, livestreaming, and fiber Internet

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All week long, we're peering ahead to what the future holds for the PC gaming industry. Not just the hardware and software in our rigs, but how and where we use them, and how they impact the games we play. Here's part two of our five-part series; stay tuned all week for more from the future of PC gaming.

The future of PC gaming is online. So is the present, actually—Twitch livestreams and massive League of Legends tournaments are already integral pieces of the PC gaming community. As the audiences for livestreams and eSports surge over the next few years, our broadband infrastructure's going to be hard-pressed to keep up. Here's our look at what the future holds for online gaming: bigger and better eSports, the culture of livestreaming, and the slow spread of fiber Internet that could hold us back from our gigabit dreams.

GOG drops regional pricing as "mistake," apologizes

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GOG has reversed its decision to include regional pricing on some upcoming games, calling it a “mistake” after nearly 10,000 (mostly negative) comments poured into their forums. In a thorough apology, GOG co-founders Marcin Iwinski and Guillaume Rambourg write that they should never have made that call.

Citybound, an offline and moddable city-building sim announced

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With Citybound, designer Anselm Eickhoff has a simple goal—"to do something crazy." A 21-year-old computer science student in Munich, Germany, he originally set out to make an alternative to SimCity, according to a story at Gamasutra. Citybound will be browser-based and run offline, with moddability as "a priority, not an afterthought," according to Eickhoff's dev blog.


The Witcher 3 delayed, now due February 2015

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Geralt's traditionally stoic face may be slightly more scowly than usual today. CD Projekt have announced that they're delaying The Witcher 3 until early next year. Originally, the game was due out around the end this year. It's not the longest delay imaginable, then, but one that instantly makes this year feel both slightly less special and (from a free time perspective) slightly more manageable.


Tropico 5 screenshots show the political circus, also the actual circus

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Much like its predecessors, Tropico 5 is a good looking game. Its sumptuous, characterful depiction of island life is almost in direct contrast to the murky dealings of its corrupt and devious president. That'd be you, you wrong'un. At least while you engage in the shady business of domestic surveillance, international double-dealing, and economic embezzlement, you'll have some bright, sunny scenery to marvel at.


Giveaway: grab access to this weekend's Elder Scrolls Online beta test

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Hail, adventurer! Will you take up your sword in the name of Tamriel and join the grand struggle to — AHEM — sorry, I was momentarily possessed by the spirit of a passing fantasy RPG NPC there. An occasional occurrence in PCG towers. I meant to say "would you like to play The Elder Scrolls Online this weekend?" If [yes] then [proceed to rest of article]. There you will find instructions for grabbing one of the thousand keys we have to giveaway for this weekend's beta test. First come, first served!


The Rift Report: Star Wars, virtual trucks and memory implants

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Every Tuesday Andy straps on the Oculus Rift and dives headfirst into the world of virtual reality. Is it really the future of PC gaming? Let’s find out.

When I first heard about how amazing Oculus Rift was, I was unconvinced. I’m naturally wary of any technology heralded as THE FUTURE, because I know that, in most cases, we’ll look back at ourselves and laugh at how excited we got about such rubbish technology. But then I stuck my head in one and was instantly converted. Now I’ve become a tedious VR evangelist, bending the ear of anyone who’ll listen about how incredible it is, and forcing people to sit at my desk and try it for themselves. So to give the guys in the office peace, I’ve decided to start this new weekly report on all things VR, both for people curious about the tech, and those of you who already own a Rift.

Arma 3's final campaign DLC gets a release date and new details

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Uh-oh, it's a news about a military simulation. I'd better break out that list of military jargon, so I can at least appear to know what I'm talking about... Ah good, now I can cheesedick my way through this article.

Arma 3's final DLC campaign will be deploying next week, giving the game's buyers free access to the final third of its singleplayer story. Called "Win", it's probably no surprise how things are going to end, but - up until that inevitable conclusion - will give players a taste of the largest-scale combat yet seen in its episodes. It'll made available on March 20th.


Frog Fractions 2 appears on Kickstarter, will not be called Frog Fractions 2

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There are a lot of strange things planned for the Frog Fractions 2 Kickstarter. None of them will make sense if you haven't played the original Frog Fractions, so you should go and do that. Most of them still won't make sense if you have played the original Frog Fractions, but at least you'll have a fighting chance. The ostensibly edutainment-based fraction-'em-up is getting a sequel, except it won't be called Frog Fractions 2. This is all going to take some explaining, so I'll meet you on the other side of the Kickstarter pitch video.


Hearthstone community manager says beta is "drawing near to the end"

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Blizzard could soon be giving the stamp of approval to their magic internet wizard cards. In a post on the Hearthstone forum, community manager Christina "Zeriyah" Sims revealed that the collectable card game's beta test was "drawing near to the end". While the free-to-play title is currently available to all in open beta, the approaching full release is a sign that the major fixes and balance tweaks are nearly complete, and should act as a good point for new players to jump on board.*


Titanfall early unlock: here's how to bypass the regional launch restrictions

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Yesterday, we posted the deployment times for Titanfall's staggered international launch. If you're in a zone that's on the right side of this arbitrary line, congratulations! I hope you enjoy ripping off some robo-arms. If you're not, then - even if the game's pre-loaded - Origin won't allow you into its many gigabytes of goodness. Well, it won't unless you engage in some magic internet trickery.

The good news is that Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella has confirmed over Twitter that, as long as they're playing on legitimately purchased copies, users bypassing regional restrictions won't be banned. Given that, there seems little harm in providing an easy to follow, step-by-step guide to getting into the game. Stand by for Titanfall.


PC Gamer US issue #251: The Future of PC Gaming

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Travel with us to the future to see what PC gaming has become: Are we living in Oculus Rift-powered virtual reality? Surrounded by 4K monitors? Streaming games to more eyes than the Super Bowl over fiber broadband? This month's cover story is all about the incredible changes ahead as our immortal hobby evolves. And speaking of the future, we also talk to Dean Hall about what's next for DayZ—arrows, knives, spears, dogs, and a lot more—and deliver our preliminary alpha review of the standalone game.