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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor sequel Shadow of War leaked

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor sequel Shadow of War leaked

A follow-up to sterling action adventure Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is on the way.

American retailer Target accidentally posted listings for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, over the weekend.

Here's the text from the since-removed listing:

Go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within. Experience how the award winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth.

In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, nothing will be forgotten.

Experience an epic open-world brought to life by the award-winning Nemesis System. Forge a new Ring of Power, conquer Fortresses in massive battles and dominate Mordor with your personal Orc army in Middle-earth: Shadow of War.
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Steam to collect 10% GST on sales in Australia

Steam to collect 10% GST on sales in Australia

Valve is warning developers that all purchases made on Steam in Australia will soon be subject to Goods and Services Tax.

That's because thanks to a new law being enacted in Australia, GST will be added to digital products including streamed movies and music, apps, games and e-books. Presumably, other digital distribution platforms like Origin and Uplay will also be affected.

In an email to developers last week, Valve stated that from July 1, all purchases made on Steam in Australia will be subject to 10 percent GST.

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PlayStation VR has outsold the Rift and Vive combined

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PlayStation VR has outsold the Rift and Vive combined

Sony has sold 915,000 PlayStation VR units to date, global chief executive Andrew House told The New York Times.

That puts it on track to easily exceed Sony's target of a million units sold within the headset's first six months on the market.

According to recent estimates from research firm SuperData, PlayStation VR competitor Oculus has sold 243,000 Rift headsets, and HTC has sold 420,000 Vive headsets.

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Kiwi subway planner Mini Metro gets endless mode

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Kiwi subway planner Mini Metro gets endless mode

An endless mode is coming to Kiwi minimalistic subway layout game Mini Metro.

Endless mode allows players to casually continue their subway’s expansion and embrace a more zen gameplay experience by removing the game's timer.

The Endless Mode update also brings along many bug fixes as well as new tracks by Mateo Lugo, the composer responsible for the music in mini Kingdom manager hit Reigns.

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Switch to launch without a Virtual Console

Switch to launch without a Virtual Console

Nintendo has confirmed that its upcoming Switch system won't feature a Virtual Console at launch.

Virtual Console is an emulation service that allows users to play games from prior Nintendo systems all the way back to the NES – provided they buy the games, of course.

Virtual Console purchases don't carry across systems either, so everyone will be starting from scratch with the Switch. It's not clear if discounts will be available on games a user has already purchased via Virtual Console.

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Here's what the previews are saying about Mass Effect Andromeda

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Here's what the previews are saying about Mass Effect Andromeda

Last week, a number of outlets (including Gameplanet) were invited to check out a preview build of BioWare's upcoming ARPG Mass Effect Andromeda.

Unfortunately we couldn't make it to the session, but I've scanned the internet and compiled what appear to be the main takeaways, from publications that played anywhere from 90–240 minutes of the game.

Overall, it's shaping up nicely
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Four Aussie teams battle for slot at Paladins Masters International

Four Aussie teams battle for slot at Paladins Masters International

Aussie teams Avant Garde, Kings, and Forefront have fought their way into the second stage of the Paladins Masters Oceanic Qualifier.

Each team had to win an open bracket, double elimination tournament to do so, and upon doing so had to sit the rest of the first stage out.

Avant Garde qualified for stage two in the first week of play, not losing a single map on its path to victory.

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Dead Rising 4 is coming to Steam

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Dead Rising 4 is coming to Steam

Dead Rising 4 is coming to Steam on March 15, Capcom has announced.

The game received a mixed reception when it launched for Xbox One and Windows 10 on December 6 last year.

The main complaints were that several key mechanics from the series had been dropped, including its signature race-the-lock element, 'everything is a weapon' attitude, and highly reactive zombies.

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Check out Crystal Dynamics' swanky new digs

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Check out Crystal Dynamics' swanky new digs

Rise of the Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics has moved into a flash new studio in Redwood City, Los Angeles.

The new studio – which is nearly double the size of its previous one – features hydraulic desks, black-out shades, light absorption paint, "tons" of next-gen 4K screens, dedicated console and PC gaming stations, and a huge new kitchen.

It also has more offices, sound proof audio rooms, and team conference rooms than Crystal's prior setup, a dedicated "dailies" review room outfitted with the latest and greatest gear, a photogrammetry capture space, and even an on-site fully equipped motion capture stage.