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Aussie indie Exodus Wars: Fractured Empire promises war on a massive scale

Aussie indie Exodus Wars: Fractured Empire promises war on a massive scale

Australian indie developer Membraine Studios will bring its debut wargame Exodus Wars: Fractured Empire out of Early Access and on to Steam and the Humble Store on Monday.

A futuristic turn-based strategy wargame that puts players in brigade-level control of infantry, armoured companies, and massive super-vehicles, Exodus Wars should appeal to fans of the Total War series on PC, as well as those who enjoy tabletop games like Warhammer 40,000.

“This is warfare on a massive scale that will appeal to those who enjoy games that provide both a strategic and tactical challenge,” reads the game’s pitch.

“Featuring a unique, streamlined command system for fast-paced battles with Chess-style alternating activations, customisable armies, and simple – yet deep – strategic and tactical play, the game tells a story from the Exodus Wars, a bloody civil war fought between the Guild and the Royal Empire of Man.”

Exodus Wars: Fractured Empire will be available on Windows PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam and Humble Store for US$20.

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Game of Thrones' Westeros recreated in Minecraft

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Almost all of Game of Thrones' Westeros has been recreated in Minecraft

Around 125 people have recreated about 70 percent of Game of Thrones' Westeros in Minecraft.

The project, called WesterosCraft, first caught the public's attention in early 2013. Since then, the team has been very busy.

“I would say the world is at around 70 percent completion," project lead Jacob Granberry told Kotaku. "Since we last spoke, we’ve developed a custom launcher for the game that comes packed with our WesterosBlocks mod which includes over 50 new custom blocks and textures specifically made for our server."

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EA releases solitary piece of Star Wars: Battlefront concept art

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EA releases solitary piece of Star Wars: Battlefront concept art

EA has released a new piece of concept art for Star Wars: Battlefront.

The art depicts a battle scene on the moon of Endor between two rebels, two stormtroopers, and an AT-ST.

Speaking with IGN, design director Niklas Fegraeus said the scale of the game's maps and modes will offer "a great variety."

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Money pledged to Kickstarter game projects slumped in 2014

Money pledged to Kickstarter game projects slumped in 2014

Clarification 30/01/15 10:27am:

Kickstarter has contacted Gameplanet to clarify some of the estimates put forward in the ICO Partners report, outlined in the original article below.

Kickstarter pointed out that the author of the ICO Partners report, Thomas Bidaux, was basing his analysis on estimates. Bidaux's estimate of the number of successful video game projects was inaccurate, said Kickstarter. Successful projects in fact rose to 465 in 2014 from 438 in 2013. The discrepancy is in part due to the fact that some video game subcategories, such as mobile games and gaming hardware, were split off from the video game category in 2014.

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Battlefield Hardline open beta hijacks all platforms next week

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Battlefield Hardline open beta hijacks all platforms next week

Battlefield Hardline’s open beta will take place between February 3 and February 8, EA has announced.

The beta will be available on all the game’s platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

It will include three maps and modes: car chase mode Hotwire will be available on the game’s Downtown and Dust Bowl maps, Conquest will be available on Dust Bowl, and Heist mode will be playable on the Bank Job map.

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Thursday Briefing: WoW selfies, COD Champs, Borderlands 3, and more

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Thursday Briefing: WoW selfies, COD Champs, Borderlands 3, and more

Since 2011, more than US$57 million has been paid out to the 1,500 or so people creating and selling content for Valve games via the Steam Workshop, says Valve. The company also announced that it has also begun supporting paid Steam Workshops for non-Valve games, starting with Chivalry: Medieval Warfare and Dungeon Defenders: Eternity. Previously,. Only content created for Valve games could be monetised.

Here’s what your Twitter replies look like when you are Anita Sarkeesian, and here’s some of the other things these people tweet about.

Plague Inc. players have donated US$76,000 to organisations fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the game’s developer has announced.

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OneGuide is now available to preview on Xbox One in AU

OneGuide is now available to preview on Xbox One in AU

The Xbox One’s OneGuide TV app is now available to preview in Australia.

OneGuide enables users to combine live free-to-air television with apps and other Xbox One features.

It can be navigated using a controller or Kinect Voice, and allows users to personalise how and when TV is watched.

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EA confirms Star Wars: Battlefront, Need For Speed on target for 2015

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EA confirms Star Wars: Battlefront, Need For Speed on target for 2015

Electronic Arts has confirmed that Star Wars: Battlefront and Need For Speed are both still looking likely for 2015.

The publisher reiterated the dates in its Q3 FY2015 earnings call. Battlefront would "be aligned with the Star Wars movie rollout", said the publisher. Star Wars: Episode VII will debut on December 18.

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Spotify is coming to PSN, Music Unlimited is closing

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Spotify is coming to PSN, Music Unlimited is closing

Spotify is coming to PlayStation Network as part of a new music service called PlayStation Music.

PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and will be available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and as well as Xperia smartphones and tablets.

Spotify on PlayStation Music will offer more than 30 million songs and 1.5 billion playlists, and PlayStation 4 owners will be able to use the service while playing games.

Friday 30 January

Ride – Sierra Nevada gameplay trailer
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Ride – Sierra Nevada gameplay trailer
Crotch rocket action.
Heroes of the Storm ANZ beta key giveaway
Competition
Heroes of the Storm ANZ beta key giveaway
More invitations available.
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Exodus Wars: Fractured Empire gameplay trailer
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Exodus Wars: Fractured Empire gameplay trailer
From Aussie indie Membraine Studios.
Life is Strange launch trailer
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Life is Strange launch trailer
Out tomorrow.
Evolve – Solo Gameplay Experience trailer
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Evolve – Solo Gameplay Experience trailer
No backup, no worries.
Dragon's Dogma Online first trailer
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Dragon's Dogma Online first trailer
Please come west.
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Fahrenheit Indigo Prophecy Remastered launch trailer
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Fahrenheit Indigo Prophecy Remastered launch trailer
David Cage, remastered.
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Money pledged to Kickstarter game projects slumped in 2014
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Money pledged to Kickstarter game projects slumped in 2014
Updated: Kickstarter offers clarification.
Hyrule Warriors – Majora's Mask DLC trailer
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Hyrule Warriors – Majora's Mask DLC trailer
Some more Zelda flavour.
OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood official trailer
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OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood official trailer
A first look at the sequel.
Hatred – Devastation gameplay trailer
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Hatred – Devastation gameplay trailer
Sunshine and lollipops.

Thursday 29 January

Badland: Game of the Year Edition trailer
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Badland: Game of the Year Edition trailer
iOS hit comes to PSN.
OneGuide is now available to preview on Xbox One in AU
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OneGuide is now available to preview on Xbox One in AU
Combine live TV and apps.
EA confirms Star Wars: Battlefront, Need For Speed on target for 2015
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EA confirms Star Wars: Battlefront, Need For Speed on target for 2015
The latest from EA's earnings call.
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Spotify is coming to PSN, Music Unlimited is closing
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Spotify is coming to PSN, Music Unlimited is closing
Video Unlimited rebranded.
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The Witcher 3: On the hunt for the perfect RPG
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The Witcher 3: On the hunt for the perfect RPG
We go hands-on with the forthcoming epic.
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Wii U still underperforming for Nintendo
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Wii U still underperforming for Nintendo
But company predicts full year profits.
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Battlefield Hardline – Taking On Battlefield dev diary
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Battlefield Hardline – Taking On Battlefield dev diary
From Dead Space to Hardline.