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XCOM 2 delayed to 2016 on all platforms

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 19 hours, 24 mins ago

Today 2K Games has announced that the RTS sequel the XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM 2, will release in 2016 instead of its original scheduled launch this year.

 

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Firaxis notes that the team just needs more time to make XCOM 2 a worthy successor and an extension will ensure they can make the "best possible game". "We want to give you an update on the release date for XCOM 2," Firaxis Games said in a new update. "We've set a high bar for the sequel and the entire team has been working hard to make sure we deliver a great follow-up to Enemy Unknown. We just need a little more time to make it the best possible game."

 

"With XCOM 2, we want to have more depth, more replayability, and more investment in your soldiers and this extension will give us the time we need to deliver on our promise to you."

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Microsoft announces that Forza Motorsport 6 has gone gold

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 6 hours ago

Forza Motorsport 6 has gone gold, with Microsoft announcing the news and teasing that there will be a demo made available for gamers on September 1. Anyone who purchases the Ultimate Edition will have access to Forza Motorsport 6 a full five days earlier than the official September 15 release.

 

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The Xbox One exclusive will be running at 1080p 60FPS, with the demo featuring a "selection of the 450+ Forzavista cars available in the full version, all with working cockpits and full damage". As for the full game, it will weigh in at 44GB, but with Forza 6 cranking along at 1080p 60FPS, it will feel more worth it than other games that churn along at 720p 30FPS but still come in at 30GB+.

 

Forza Motorsport 6 will be released on September 15 exclusive to the Xbox One.

Tomb Raider goes mobile with turn-based puzzle game 'Lara Croft Go'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 10 hours ago

Square Enix has taken an interesting turn in the Tomb Raider franchise by unveiling Lara Croft Go, which is a turn-based puzzle game for mobile devices. We have a video on Lara Croft Go below.

 

 

Lara Croft Go has players swiping to advance Croft through each course, with gamers having to survey their environments before taking their next move. Gamers must think about different paths, switches, enemies, and much more. Each move has Croft into a new position, with plenty of hazards to keep Croft on her toes.

 

Enemies can only be defeated when they're approached from specific angles, or from a distance with the use of projectile-based weapons. The game also visually looks beautiful, with a totally different look to the usually quite good looking Tomb Raider games.

 

Better yet, Lara Croft Go is just $4.99 and is available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

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Razer offers Aussie LoL fans a ticket for worldwide travel

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 19 hours ago

In a bid to win over the fanatical League of Legends audience, Razer has up for grabs three spots in its Australian and New Zealand Golden Ticket Competition. The top prize will see the three winners flown to the League of Legends world Championship Semi-Finals in Belgium and the finals in Germany.

 

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If these travel tickets aren't enough to get you excited, the winners will also receive Razer peripherals and one-on-one time with Razer sponsored professional gamers and celebrities.

 

The competition began back in July 2015 and is set to finish on the 30th of September. To enter you must purchase a Razer product and enter your details into this website.

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compLexity makes a come back to CS:GO, lead by SEMPHIS

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days ago

compLexity is about as old school as it gets when it comes to Counter Strike, featuring varied success over more than a decade of gaming which spanned Counter Strike 1.6 and CS:GO tournaments alike.

 

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In a recent announcement, compLexity is back on its feet after leaving the scene in July 2014 - seeing its old team picked up by Cloud 9. This fresh squad will be lead by Kory 'SEMPHIS' Friesen, currently commonly known for admitting adderall use in tournaments.

 

The rest of the team comes fresh out of 'Nihilum' and the temporary name of 'Maximum Effort' and are currently competing in CEVO's Professional league. compLexity founder and CEO Jason Lake is keen to see what his new squad can do, stating: "Everyone involved understands that the division will be a work in progress, but developing talent and building champions are areas in which we excel."

The first eSports random drug test results come back from ESL

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 2 hours ago

In the famous words of a Battlefield 2 Medic: "Clear! All right, you're good to go!" The ESL One Cologne random drug test results have been released and they're all negative.

 

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Set as the biggest CS:GO event in history, ESL One Cologne was the first foray into random drug testing by ESL. This testing regime was brought in due to concerns of players using Adderall and Cannabis in order to enhance game play, something that is strictly forbidden under ESL's rules.

 

PC Gamer asked ESL how many players were randomly tested, but was denied an answer on the grounds that the drug testing methods will stay as private as possible.

ESL major event delivers over $4.2 million to players

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 3 hours ago

As confirmed by Valve and ESL, the recently completed ESL One Cologne event saw teams gather a massive $4.2 million dollars in total - split between prize money, stickers and signature sales.

 

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Coupled with a total viewership of 27 million people and a peak concurrent number sitting around 1.3 million, HLTV reported that this event saw a massive 180% increase in crowd-funded dollars over ESL One Katowice, which involved $1.5 million in community support given away.

 

This method of funding means that teams and players must market themselves well, hoping to sell in-game stickers and signatures to adoring fans to represent them whilst playing in public servers. This is slightly different to the Dota 2 model, which sees funding go directly into the prize pool, whereas ESL One sits at a static $250,000 no matter how much is raised.

The Witcher 3 sold over 6 million copies in six weeks

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 16 hours ago

Today CD Projekt RED has announced that its celebrated dark fantasy RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt cleared an impressive 6 million copies sold within the first six weeks of its launch.

 

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"We've just concluded our shareholder conference where we announced that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt family got a bit bigger -- we sold over 6 million copies of the game in six weeks since launch," CD Projekt RED studio head Adam Badowski revealed. At $60 a pop we can estimate that CDPR made a whopping $360 million in less than two months from its magnum opus. Wow.

 

CDPR isn't about to let all that success go to its head, and Badowski affirms that the studio isn't going to let cash compromise its artistic vision. Ultimately gamers come first to CDPR. "One could think we have six million reasons to be happy and that's it," Badowski said. "Yes, six million copies is a great achievement for a company making RPGs, but this business is not only about that. If our games are a gallery of sound, picture and text - you are the visitors of this gallery. To an artist, there's no sweeter sight than people enjoying their work. That's why, in the name of all the devs in the studio, I'd like to say thanks to each and every one of you."

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StarCraft II launches Archon Mode with Red Bull tournament support

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 1 hour ago

Described as "two players, one army - two armies, one game" in a recently issued press release, Red Bull has announced that StarCraft II's new Archon Mode will be featured in its next Red Bull battle Grounds playoffs.

 

 

Set to be featured in Blizzard's standalone expansion, Legacy of the Void, Archon Mode sees two players take over a single army, controlling it in unison against a same-structured opposing team.

 

Said to be even more intense and exciting than the common 1v1 mode as seen over the many years of StarCraft II and Brood War tournaments, this mode will see air time on September 19 in Washingson D.C, at the next live Red Bull event.

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Avalance Studios makes the Mad Max game's car a reality

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 3 hours ago

Ever wanted to drive your favorite gaming car in real life? Forget Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed, Avalanche Studios went out and created the 'Magnum Opus' from its upcoming Max Mad game, thanks to the help of West Coast Customs.

 

 

Set for release on September 1 across PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, Mad Max will be centered around a new vehicle called the 'Magnum Opus', setting out to provide players with a trusty vehicle to last a literal life-time.

 

This short documentary covers some backstory on the title itself, the creation of the vehicle and also an annual wasteland gathering which takes in the Mojave Desert - looking like Borderlands meets Mad Max, but in real life.

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