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Windows 9 will be free to Windows 8 owners, according to report

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The rumour has circulated for a while, but it looks like Windows 9 will be made available free to owners of Windows 8. That's according to Indonesian news site Detik.com, which has published a statement by Microsoft Indonesia's Andreas Diantoro seemingly confirming the news. According to a Google translation of the article, Diantoro said Windows 8 will "update automatically" to the new edition of the operating system when it releases.


Assassin's Creed Rogue for PC very likely, according to new evidence

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How badly do you want a new Assassin's Creed game designed especially for last-gen consoles? Well, it depends how fond of Black Flag's naval combat you were. For those of us eager to blow things up at sea again, it's looking more and more likely that Assassin's Creed Rogue will come to PC. Not only has the Brazillian Classification Board listed it for PC, but the game also appeared briefly in Ubisoft's Uplay Reward page for PC.


World of Tanks update 9.3 takes aim at "unsportsmanlike" behaviour

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The World of Tanks gets a little tankier with update 9.3, which as ever adds more vehicles to Wargaming's wargamey wargame about war. Say howdy to the (US) T37, M41 Walker Bulldog, and T49; say privet to the (Soviet) LTTB, and Т-54 Lightweight; and bid a guten tag to the (German) Spahpanzer Ru 251. Wargaming have also implemented a new feature to curb "unsportsmanlike" behaviour such as constant AFKing and cowardly desertion. They're going to come to your house and run you over in a big tank—that or institute an in-game penalty/fining system.


Mount and Blade 2 trailer details powerful editor, features maximum pan pipes

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Mount and Blade 2 was announced way back in 2012, and since then developers TaleWorlds have been quieter than a medieval village hoping to escape the attention of a meddling local lord. We've had a few screenshots and devblogs since then, but here's some lovely video of the RPG/strategy/medieval battling game, showing the environments and powerful editing tools, and abusing the instrument known as the pan pipe.


The Best Free Games of the Week

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One girl and her dog. One astronaut and their moon garden. Another alien metropolis starring a person with outstretched hands. A lo-fi dodge-'em-up for the Nintend-faux GameBoy. This week's free games box social is for those of us not going to EGX (it's also for those that are, when they get home). Grow, explore, bark and avoid, in the best collection of free games since the last one. Enjoy!


Modern Mega Drive RPG Pier Solar HD coming to PC next week

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Did you know they still make games for the Mega Drive? (And, for that matter, the Dreamcast, and a few other popular consoles?) Not many, sure, and they tend to be mostly shmuppy in nature, but the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis did receive a purportedly massive RPG in the year 2010. It's called Pier Solar, and it looks a bit like Lunar: Silver Star Story mixed with a SNES Final Fantasy (or at least, it does to me). The devs claim it's the "biggest 16-bit RPG ever" due to its whopping 64MB cartridge, and it's finally out on PC next week. We'll be getting an 'HD' version that blends pixel art with high definition art in a clashing and kind of ugly way, but you will be able to swap back to pure pixel art at the touch of a button.


Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition trailer promises the real Hong Kong action flick experience

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We liked Sleeping Dogs well enough when we reviewed it back in 2012, but it obviously could have been better. And that's what Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition promises: A more well-realized and immersive experience on the mean streets of Hong Kong. Will it be better in ways that actually matter? That I do not know, but you can shove a man's face into a running table saw, and that's not a bad place to start.


Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor trailer recaps everything you need to know about simply walking in

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We all know that one does not simply walk into Mordor. But if that's the best plan you can come up with and you're determined to stick to it—say, as the hero of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor—then this trailer will give you a pretty good idea of what you've got to look forward to.


The Flock closed alpha is on the way, applications are now being taken

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The first-person asymmetrical online multiplayer horror game The Flock is slowly but surely moving toward becoming a real game that you can actually play. A closed alpha test is scheduled to begin at the end of October, and developer Vogelslap is looking for people who want to get in on the action.


TUG studio lays off half its workforce after funding deal falls through

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TUG came to prominence this summer in the wake of the Yogventures collapse, when Yogscast arranged to have keys to the game given to empty-handed Yogventures Kickstarter backers. But now the TUG development team is having some struggles of its own.

Green Man Gaming signups include three free games and a month of Eve

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Free games! If you sign up for a Green Man Gaming account right now you'll and you'll get three of them, along with a month of free time in Eve Online and a voucher that knocks 23% off any game in the store.


Assassin's Creed Unity trailer explains gear and co-op

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I've played a lot of games where a magic pair of pantaloons affected my stats a wee bit, but it still feels a little strange to hear Assassin's Creed Unity developers talk about the game's cornucopia of stat-addled gear. They're at it again in the following video, which details how Arno's items of clothing will affect his stealth, health, and other attributes that don't rhyme with 'ealth'. The second half, meanwhile, explores Unity's co-op mode. If you have five minutes to spare, it's worth a watch.


Age of Wonders 3 to raise the dead with next expansion

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Hot on the shiny heels of their Golden Realms expansion, Triumph Studios are already planning the next bit of content for Age of Wonders III. Which, now that I think about, is an entirely sensible thing to be doing. The as-yet-untitled DLC will likely be a bit of a fan-pleaser, as it will re-add Undead to the series, a traditional component of Age of Wonders that has been missing from the third instalment until now. In AoW3, the Undead are being introduced via the new Necromancer class, which should open up all sorts of possibilities (previously, the Undead were thought of as a race.)


Far Cry 4 trailer re-introduces Pagan Min, along with hovercraft and quad bikes

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We already know that Far Cry 4 features a villain roughly as hatter-mad as Vaas from the previous game, but we get to see him make another of his little speeches in this brisk new trailer for Ubisoft's open-world elephant-'em-up. Also pictured: hovercraft, quad bikes, and a bit where a freefalling Ajay Ghale lobs a grenade into a plane and then the plane blows up. Such dexterous killing. Pagan Min won't like that.


Civilization: Beyond Earth gameplay video and hands-on impressions

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When Civilization: Beyond Earth was first announced, my biggest concern was that it would just be Civilization 5 re-skinned with a space theme. I got access to the first 250 turns of Beyond Earth, and after having spent a lot of time with it I can confidently say that, although it may feel familiar, this game makes Civ 5 feel like it's stuck in the stone age. Watch the video for my full thoughts on the latest Civ installment.


Vane trailer predicts the weather in an open world desert near you

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Friend and Foe games is a development company home to a couple of devs who worked Team ICO's The Last Guardian, and fittingly there's a touch of the ICO/TLG to their first game, Vane. It's a game about a child in an arid, ruined land, and it's looking absolutely spellbinding. Details are thin, but it appears to involve weather vanes (as per the title), scary sandstorms, lightning, an open world desert and an eagle. What more could you want? Oh, a trailer? OK, you can have that too.


Prison Architect Alpha 25 gives prisoners reputations, including "instigator" and "snitch"

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Prison Architect's latest alpha update adds a feature I'm a little surprised wasn't around in the beginning. New arrivals to your correctional facility of kindness and rehabilitation punishment and more punishment will now come with reputations that promise to shake up your prison in interesting ways. This is all part of an effort to stop jails from becoming things that can be run automatically, as noted in the accompanying patch notes. Introversion describe this update as "big shit" in the following video, and I'm inclined to agree.

Cities: Skylines trailer details two approaches to city construction

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A new, lovely trailer for citybuilding/city management sim Cities: Skylines pokes fun at some of the common mistakes players make when constructing their own digital villages. Mistakes such as putting the power planet right in the middle of the city or, as pictured above, building a beautiful park beneath a tangle of ugly bridges. The grey, industrial town of Borton is juxtaposed with the gleaming city of Pritton, to show you how things really should be done. If that's not enough Skylines for you, a recent livestream featured over an hour of game footage. I've stuck that below the break too.


WildStar devs pledge to release less buggy content drops; Megaservers still coming

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One of the perils of developing an MMO is balancing development workload with demand for new content. We are very content hungry. When some of us wake in the morning our yawns sound like “mmooar (content)”. Carbine Studios was determined to meet this demand when it launched Wildstar proper back in June, but their eagerness to get new stuff out quickly inevitably resulted in bugs.


Arma 3 will get two new helicopters this November

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Arma 3 will get two new helicopters this November as part of the sensibly named Arma 3 Helicopters DLC. This is great news for helicopter fans. Come November 4 the CH-67 Huron and Mi-290 Taru will be available to download for a fee, though you will also be able to roadtest the DLC before you buy. Both choppers are of the heavy-lift variety, with Bohemia Interactive claiming their addition will "place a stronger emphasis on the role of logistics in Arma 3’s open-world combat."