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Cossacks 3

In case you missed it, GSC Gameworld—developer of the STALKER series—is back from the grave. And no, they've not announced another STALKER game. They're making Cossacks 3 (opens in new tab) instead, a sequel/remake to their 2001 historical real-time strategy game, which they describe on their website as "a genuine RTS classic". Well, why not. Since Phil relayed the news last year (opens in new tab), there have been a few new videos of the game uploaded, and I'll include a couple below—but how would you like to play it for yourself?

You can sign up here (opens in new tab) for a chance to be in the Cossacks 3 beta, which will feature several waves of testing, presumably to iron out as many bugs as possible. In an earlier post on the Facebook page (opens in new tab), GSC reveals the reason for this extensive beta test.

"These last few months have been extremely difficult for the team. We have been rushing around trying to get everything ready for the release date of the game. But as we all know, rush is a very bad companion in game development. So we decided to postpone Cossacks 3 release in order to hold a comprehensive beta-test of the game.

"We are preparing to start gathering beta-testers’ applications and assign the first wave of testers. With their help we are going to improve the game’s quality, test innovations and implement feedback from Cossacks veterans and newcomers."

Cheers, Blue's News (opens in new tab).

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.