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Wild West tactical stealth sequel Desperados 3 now due this summer

Eurogamer - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 22:32

It's been quite some time since we last heard news of Wild West tactical stealth sequel Desperados 3, with it even managing to sail passed its original 2019 release window without a peep. The silence is now broken, however, and publisher THQ Nordic has confirmed that Desperados 3 will now come to PC and consoles sometime this summer.

Desperados started back in 2001, offering a cowboy-themed slab of squad-based real-time tactical action that played similarly to the much-loved Commandos series. Desperados 3 (actually a prequel to the original game) arrives well over a decade after Desperados 2: Cooper's Revenge, and is being handled by Mimimi Games - the developer behind 2016's hugely enjoyable, and mechanically similar, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun.

When we last heard from Desperados 3 in August 2019, it was to introduce another of the game's playable characters - voodoo practitioner Isabelle Moreau - and today's updated release window news is accompanied by a similar reveal.

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Switch's Witcher 3 patch 3.6 is an excellent upgrade to a superb game

Eurogamer - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 21:47

When we reviewed the Witcher 3's Switch port late last year it was a cause for celebration. Cramming the entire adventure onto a cartridge was a real technical feat, the graphical nips and tucks were appropriate to the platform and the fact is played at all was something of a miracle. That said, there were still some key aspects missing we would have loved to have seen included in the port and what we really wanted to see was the ability to port saves between PC and Switch - a feature of Divinity Original Sin 2 that played out beautifully on the Nintendo hybrid. The good news is that patch 3.6 for Switch adds this must-have feature - and a whole lot more.

In addition to the cross-save support, performance optimisations and additional graphics options are implemented, while touch controls make the cut - mainly for menu navigation. However, the big breakthrough is indeed the cross-save option and it works pretty much exactly as you'd imagine. You get a choice of Steam and GOG stores on the main menu and from there, you sign into your account of choice through the Switch browser, where you can select which saves to download. It's worth stressing you must own all DLCs and extras installed on PC for it to work properly but this is the only real catch. Otherwise it's seamless and operates exactly as it should.

Cross save support is a game-changer. What distinguishes the Switch version is the ability to take it anywhere - but obviously, this comes at a cost to performance and graphical quality. So why not play the game on the go on Switch, while enjoying a visually richer experience at home on PC? Patch 3.6 delivers this option - the best of both worlds.

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Sea of Thieves' latest update adds a cursed chest so angry it'll set your boat on fire

Eurogamer - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 19:36

It's middle-month, and so time for another Sea of Thieves updates, with February's offering arriving in the form of Chests of Rage - which, as you'll already know if you read the headline, includes a cursed chest so positively apoplectic, it can set your ship on fire.

Perhaps surprisingly, the Chest of Rage is the first new cursed chest to be added to Sea of Thieves' since the piratical multiplayer adventure launched just shy of two years ago. It's a doozy though, burning hotter and hotter once hauled onboard a ship until it's mad enough to release a fiery shockwave, setting both ship and crew alight.

Attentive pirates can keep it cool by slopping it with water, but, intriguingly, the shockwave can be equally damaging to non-crew players, other ships, and skeletons. As such, it has strategic potential as a weapon in the right hands - particularly as it's possible to trigger the chest's shockwave faster, and sort-of on-demand, by attacking it.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare adds the 1v1 Rust playlist we all craved

Eurogamer - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 19:00

Ah yes, it's time for the return of an ancient meme from the days when Call of Duty players would throw down the gauntlet of "1v1 me bro" to anyone who challenged their gaming credentials. Partly ironic, partly an excuse to humiliate your friend with a 360 no-scope on Rust.

After a remake of Modern Warfare 2's Rust was introduced earlier this month, players immediately began to wonder when they'd be able to duel it out on the iconic map in the new Modern Warfare. After a tense few days of waiting (and some heavy hints from Infinity Ward), it looks like that time is now, as the latest playlist update has added 1v1 for Rust. It appears to have made the community rather happy.

The reason why this meme was attached to Rust specifically, according to collective internet wisdom, is because of Rust's size: as such a compact map, it made it far easier for duelling friends to find each other in 1v1 matches with sniper rifles. Nowadays it's mainly a parody phrase - although I'm tempted to start using it to challenge people around the office.

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I don't know anything about Captain Tsubasa, but just kicking a ball in his new game looks awesome

Eurogamer - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 18:44

I don't know anything about Captain Tsubasa, but I am going to play his new video game because every kick of the ball looks like a Dragon Ball fight and I can't wait to give it a try.

My (very) basic research tells me Captain Tsubasa is a manga from the '80s that was a massive hit in Japan. There's an anime, too - and it's still going. It's all about the title character, a school kid who dreams of playing for Japan at the World Cup.

Today, publisher Bandai Namco released a video showcasing the story mode for Captain Tsubasa: Rise Of New Champions. I'm not entirely sure what's going on, but I'm kicking every ball right with the players.

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Slay the Spire is just £7.50 in the latest Humble Digital Tabletop Bundle

Eurogamer - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 18:00

Humble has launched a new Digital Tabletop Bundle featuring some terrific board and card game inspired hits such as Slay the Spire, Armello and Reigns.

As with every other Humble Bundle, you can start off by paying just £1 to get access to everything in the first tier. This time around, that's conniving money-making strategy game Gremlins Inc, as well as the pair of kingdom ruling sims for the Tinder generation in Reigns and Reigns: Her Majesty.

At that price? Swipe right, indeed.

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Fortnite's new season will bring welcome Team Rumble changes

Eurogamer - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 17:49

Team Rumble, Fortnite's fun 20-vs-20 mode, will get some welcome changes from tomorrow's Chapter 2 Season 2 release.

The big one is the removal of gliders as a standalone item, in favour of them simply being a free Team Rumble ability.

Making them an item - one which took up a valuable item slot - was Epic's solution to providing the ability in Team Rumble but not in other modes - and it has never sat well with fans.

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Capcom releases Street Fighter 5 netcode "adjustment"

Eurogamer - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 17:37

Capcom has released a netcode "adjustment" for Street Fighter 5.

Street Fighter chief Yoshinori Ono took to Twitter to say this adjustment is available for all players, and called on fans to send feedback Capcom's way.

Street Fighter 5's netcode has been a point of controversy for some time, but it recently hit the headlines after a modder issed a self-made fix.

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Biomutant confirms it's still alive and kicking

Eurogamer - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 17:12

After a period of relative silence from Experiment 101, the developer has piped up to say Biomutant is still on schedule to launch sometime in 2020 - although, as ever, we still don't have an exact release date.

"We know many of you are wondering if the game is still in development," Experiment 101 said in a statement posted on Twitter. "Let us assure you that we've never been working harder and more focused on it than now!"

The reason for the lack of a set release date, Experiment 101 continued, is simply because the studio doesn't yet feel ready to announce it.

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Upgrade your PS4 or Xbox One with a massive 5TB external drive for £100

Eurogamer - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 16:36

With even the biggest Xbox and PS4 consoles offering only 1TB of built-in storage, and many editions offering far less, picking up an external hard drive can be a cheap way to keep all of your games installed and updated. One great option for this is the WD P10 Game Drive, which is on special offer today at Amazon. Right now, you can pick up this well-reviewed 5TB drive for £100, which is £25 less than its usual price and the cheapest we've ever seen this drive.

With 5TB of space on tap, you'll have enough space to keep around 125 modern AAA games installed simultaneously, if you assume a figure of around 36GB for each title.

There are plenty of external drives on the market, but the P10 is definitely worth a look considering that it's very competitive on price - the cheapest we normally see generic 5TB external drives is around £95 - and the P10 offers a few unique features that make it ideal for storing your game installs.

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Next in No Man's Sky: an organic spaceship you can grow from an egg

Eurogamer - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 16:00

I'm really not sure what I was expecting from No Man's Sky's next update after Hello Games surprise-released a music and audio tool at the end of last year, but I'm almost one hundred percent certain it wasn't an organic spaceship you can grow from an egg. And yet here we are, with the Living Ship update due out today on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

No Man's Sky's fascinating new mode of transport - a somewhat unnerving blend of insect and tentacular deep sea monstrosity - can be grown from Void Eggs, a process initially requiring players to complete the new Starbirth mission sequence that begins at the Space Anomaly.

Hello Games notes that Living Ships come with their own unique range of organic technologies, and that players can hatch and evolve procedural upgrades in order to grow their own custom ships. Furthermore, multiple ships can be hatched from additional eggs.

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Burnout spiritual successor Dangerous Driving getting open world sequel

Eurogamer - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 16:00

The creators of Burnout have announced their next project - an open world follow-up to last year's Dangerous Driving.

Dangerous Driving 2 has a "holiday 2020" release window for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and - unlike its predecessor - Nintendo Switch. I wonder if it'll turn up on next-gen consoles too?

This sequel is again made by Three Fields Entertainment, the British indie studio set up by former Criterion bosses Fiona Sperry and Alex Ward.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's second fighter pass is its last

Eurogamer - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 15:30

Nintendo's second season of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC characters will be also be its last.

That's according to Smash Bros. boss Masahiro Sakurai himself, writing in his weekly Famitsu column (via Ryokutya2089 and translated by PushDustin).

It means the forthcoming six characters included in Ultimate's Fighter Pass Vol. 2 will be the game's final additions to its bulging roster.

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Homeworld 3 dev announces first-person spaceship laser-cutting game Hardspace: Shipbreaker

Eurogamer - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 14:39

The developer of the upcoming Homeworld 3 is also working on a first-person spaceship laser-cutting game called Hardspace: Shipbreaker.

Blackbird Interactive's Hardspace: Shipbreaker is described as a spaceship salvage sandbox game with "true-to-life" physics and demolition effects. It's due out this summer on Steam Early Access and is published by Focus Home Interactive. The gameplay video below gives you an idea of how it works.

Early Access launches with two classes of spaceship to salvage, upgradable salvaging tools and perks and the first act of the story campaign. Expect more spaceship classes, missions, daily challenges, leaderboards and modding support through the Early Access period.

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Rockstar sacrifices Grand Theft Auto 4 multiplayer to solve Steam woes

Eurogamer - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 13:15

We've finally heard some news about Grand Theft Auto 4's place on the Steam Store today, but I'm afraid to say it's decidedly mixed, as Rockstar has announced it will return at the cost of multiplayer on PC platforms.

Why on earth is this happening? Last month Grand Theft Auto 4 was delisted on Steam thanks to its reliance on the Games for Windows Live platform. Rockstar explained to USgamer it was unable to "generate the additional keys needed to continue selling the current version of the game", as Microsoft had officially ended support for Games for Windows Live.

To solve the problem, Rockstar has now decided it will replace all versions of Grand Theft Auto 4 and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City with Grand Theft Auto 4: Complete Edition "wherever it is currently digitally available", including Steam and the Rockstar Games Launcher. As a result of the problems with Games for Windows Live, multiplayer mode and leaderboards will no longer be available in Grand Theft Auto 4: Complete Edition. Sounds a bit incomplete to me, really, but here we are.

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The best Dreams games we've seen so far

Eurogamer - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 13:00

We're still nosing around Dreams because it's an unusual prospect and we want to make sure we understand it, but in the meantime, we wanted to share some of the things we've found.

The Dreamverse is a busy place. Launching in early access roughly a year ago was an inspired move. It means there's loads of good stuff to play already and it's curated well, sorted into various categories. The main one you should concern yourself with is the IMPY Award winners, which show off the best things made in year one. You can't miss them - the IMPYs are flagged with a huge image on the Dreamverse homepage.

But it's not just old stuff: it's genuinely staggering to see how much has been made since the game was released last week. There's real ambition on show and the beginnings of some very big dreams.

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Latest PSN sale discounts Days Gone to £20, Bloodborne to £10 and more

Eurogamer - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 12:45

A new round of offers has just gone live over on the PSN Store, with some terrific prices up for grabs on Days Gone, Bloodborne and other top PS4 games.

Those of you who have been waiting for the post-apocalyptic adventure from Bend Studios to go sub-£20 will definitely want to give this sale a look now Days Gone is £19.49. You do need to be a PS Plus member to get this price. Otherwise, it's still a reasonable £24.99.

Next up in big PS4 exclusives for cheap, there's Bloodborne: Game of the Year Edition for £10.49. Again, this is another PS Plus only price, but it's only slightly more expensive at £11.99 if you aren't one. I've had it sitting in my library since it was a free PS Plus game ages ago and it's really about time I gave it go - even if I will be repeatedly stomped flat.

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THQ Nordic parent buys The Witcher 3 Nintendo Switch developer Saber Interactive

Eurogamer - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 12:38

The parent company of THQ Nordic has bought Saber Interactive, the studio behind the recent The Witcher 3 Nintendo Switch port and World War Z in a deal worth up to $525m.

Embracer Group bought Saber for an initial $150m, with a maximum earnout of $375m, depending on certain milestones. Saber has more than 600 employees across six offices.

Saber Interactive will become Embracer Group's fifth operating group and Saber Interactive's co-founders and owners, Matthew Karch and Andrey Iones, will jointly become Embracer Group's second largest shareholder. Karch and Iones have committed to remaining employed within the company for at least six years.

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The story of the Atari Jaguar saviour that never came out

Eurogamer - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 12:00

The year is 1994 and it's a typically bright morning in Sunnyvale, California. Chris Hudak is riding the Caltrain to work, powerbook in his lap, dozing in and out of consciousness. Arriving into the office sometime around noon, he rocks up at his cubicle and is approached by team leader and head designer BJ West. BJ has decided, in his capacity as captain, that his motley crew really need a staff meeting. Furthermore, he determines it would greatly improve morale if that meeting were to be held at the Brass Rail, a nearby strip joint. In the words of Hudak, they "all nod and gravely agree".

Dave, the DJ at the Brass Rail, is no stranger to these 'meetings' and celebrates their entrance by playing a load of industrial metal, much to the dismay of the girl dancing on the stage. The team share a pitcher of beer and muse on how this beats the hell out of spending the day at Atari's offices. Everyone agrees and the meeting is concluded. Begrudgingly returning to work, the team cap off the working day with a plastic dart gun fight, conducted with weapons procured from the local Toys 'R' Us. Another typical day in the life of the Black ICE\White Noise team, a group of rookie designers charged with the near-impossible task of saving the Atari Jaguar from destroying America's most legendary video game developer.

The mid-90s were perhaps the most transformative period in video game history. The leap from 2D to 3D and the amount of experimentation that took place at the time still staggers me. It's not just the power of those once-new machines I find incredible, but the sheer amount of choice we had back then. Today, we have the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, two (relatively) similar systems, then there's Nintendo with its quirky little handheld, and the goliath that is the PC. But between 1993 and 1996, there were more failed major console releases than there were consoles released in the last decade. Nevermind the fact there were still multiple PC alternatives for the mouse and keyboard community, such as the Mac or the Amiga, or indeed Atari's own line of computers.

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THQ Nordic confirms full Gothic remake after playable teaser proved popular

Eurogamer - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 11:08

THQ Nordic has confirmed its intention to make a full Gothic remake after the recently-released playable teaser proved popular.

In December 2019, the publisher released a playable teaser to those who already had a Gothic game or any other title from original developer Piranha Bytes in their Steam libraries. The idea, THQ Nordic said, was that if the teaser proved popular enough, it would approve the development of the Gothic remake in full.

Over 180,000 people played the teaser, and after "unanimous feedback", full production will now begin at a new studio to be set up in Barcelona, Spain. THQ Nordic said it will take feedback to the playable teaser on board, such as the request for a "grittier and less colourful world".

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