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Star Wars Battlefront 2 reveal coming April 16

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 reveal coming April 16

In a shocking twist that absolutely no-one could possibly have seen coming, the sequel to 2015's somewhat thin Star Wars Battlefront will be called – wait for it – Star Wars Battlefront 2.

Electronic Arts formally announced the game today, and promised to show the game's first trailer during a panel at Star Wars Celebration 2017, which takes place in mid-April.

The panel will feature members of the game’s development team from three EA studios: DICE, Criterion and Motive.

It kicks off at 4:30am on Sunday April 16 AEST, and it will be livestreamed.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 is scheduled to be released in spring, likely on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

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BioWare to address Mass Effect: Andromeda feedback next week

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BioWare to address Mass Effect: Andromeda feedback next week

BioWare is promising to improve Mass Effect: Andromeda, and will outline its plans for doing so next week.

The action RPG has seen a mixed reaction so far, with its writing, animation, and bugs – among other things – under fire from the press and fans alike.

I reviewed the Xbox One version and Chris tackled the PC version of Andromeda. Although the game has numerous flaws, it also does many things well, and that saw both our reviews come out pretty positive.

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MMO The Secret World is relaunching, but it's now an action RPG

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MMO The Secret World is relaunching, but it's now an action RPG

Conan Exiles developer Funcom is relaunching MMO The Secret World as a free-to-play shared-world action RPG.

That's right: it's the exact same game, but in a slightly different genre. Weird.

The Secret World initially launched as a subscription product in mid-2012, but despite garnering praise for its story and unique setting, it failed to gather much of a following.

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Players unhappy Blizzard has reneged on WoW gear-scaling

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Players unhappy Blizzard has reneged on WoW gear-scaling

A controversial change to late-game enemies in World of Warcraft has some players up in arms.

Overnight, players at the game's maximum level noticed that the health pools of enemies are now tied to the gear level of players.

In other words, the stronger the players, the more health enemies have – a system known as "scaling-to-gear".

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Call of Duty: WW2 basically confirmed

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Call of Duty: WW2 basically confirmed

This year's Call of Duty is called Call of Duty: WW2, Eurogamer sources say.

Putting my deerstalker hat on, that probably means the game is set during WWII.

This latest news also lends some credence to last week's supposed box art leak, which YouTube channel The Family Video Gamers went well outside its normal remit to cover.

That leak, which I happily admit I found somewhat flimsy, showed logos and box art for "Call of Duty: WW2" thusly:

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Persona 5 is stealing the hearts of critics, and their spare time

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Persona 5 is stealing the hearts of critics, and their spare time

The reviews are in for JRPG Persona 5, and according to critics, 2017 continues to dole out incredible games.

Persona 5 is currently sitting on an OpenCritic score of 93, and has more than its fair share of perfect 10s from outlets around the world. Notably, VG247's Alex Donaldson is calling it the best JRPG in a decade.

Those scores see Persona 5 tied with Undertale and Uncharted 4 for the eighth highest score of all-time on OpenCritic.

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Legendary RPG Planescape: Torment is getting a remaster

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Legendary RPG Planescape: Torment is getting a remaster

Planescape: Torment, a game many consider to be the greatest RPG of all time, is getting a remaster.

Planescape: Torment was originally released in 1999 to widespread critical acclaim, drawing praise for its unconventional story, characters, and soundtrack.

RPG remaster specialist Beamdog (Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition) is handling the game's overhaul, with Planescape: Torment lead designer Chris Avellone pitching in with gameplay updates, bug fixes, and enhancements "to best capture his original vision for the game".

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Outlast 2 not censored in Australia after all

Outlast 2 not censored in Australia after all

It turns out that Outlast 2 has not been cut to achieve an R18+ rating in Australia.

So, for those of you paying attention, over the past week and a half, Outlast 2 has been banned in Australia, not banned in Australia, censored, and now, not censored.

So, we have one less reason to laugh at Australians, but at least there are plenty of others rushing in to fill the void.

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Blizzard announces StarCraft and Brood War remaster

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Blizzard announces StarCraft and Brood War remaster

Blizzard is remastering classic RTS StarCraft and its expansion, Brood War.

According to Blizzard, StarCraft: Remastered will offer a full graphical overhaul of the original StarCraft, while preserving the gameplay of the original, creating an experience that will feel identical for veteran players.

It will support widescreens and resolutions of up to 4K, and will feature new illustrations to enhance the campaign's storytelling, advanced matchmaking, full connectivity to Blizzard’s gaming network for social features and updates, and support for more languages.

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Blizzard announces Overwatch Pacific Championship with AU$357k prize pool

Blizzard announces Overwatch Pacific Championship with AU$357k prize pool

Blizzard has announced the Overwatch Pacific Championship, a professional Overwatch esports league based in Taipei.

The OPC's first season kicks off on April 8, and will see eight professional teams from Australia (Blank Esports), Hong Kong (Hong Kong Attitude), Japan (SunSister, DeToNator GOLD), Taiwan (Machi Esports, ahq eSports Club, Flash Wolves), and Thailand (FireBall) battle over an 11-week regular season.

The top three teams will advance to the playoffs, and there is a prize pool of AU$357,000.

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Vita finally gets Souls-like RPG Salt and Sanctuary

Vita finally gets Souls-like RPG Salt and Sanctuary

Souls-inspired 2D action RPG Salt and Sanctuary is finally coming to Vita this week.

The acclaimed title released on PlayStation 4 in March 2016, and on Windows in May 2016.

A Vita version was expected around the time as the game's PS4 release, but as Ska Studios' James Silva explains on PS Blog, the two-person company was overambitious with its timeline.

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Earth under attack! Ominous shapes crush US city

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Earth under attack! Ominous shapes crush US city

Call your loved ones one final time, because civilisation itself is under threat of imminent extinction.

Activision today tweeted out a harrowing photo that shows a scene of abject disaster: a city under attack from what are suspected to be two craft of extra-terrestrial origin.

Given the publisher's headquarters are in Santa Monica, it's safe to assume the city in question is Los Angeles, and that millions have already perished. Should you have friends or relatives in the area, expect the worst – those flames are in no way survivable. Even so, the deaths of locals will probably be agonising.

The photo in question, taken perilously close to the terrible scene by an unnamed and surely now-deceased photographer, shows a gigantic curved alien shape – ominously white with a cruel flat underside – raining destruction down upon the famous city of angels, a city that will soon be literally just that.

Behind the white atrocity, a dark, circular companion, underside lit by fire and no doubt reflecting the desperate screams of the soon-to-be-exterminated.

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BioWare to address Mass Effect: Andromeda feedback next week
BioWare to address Mass Effect: Andromeda feedback next week
NEWS Fixes incoming?
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MMO The Secret World is relaunching, but it's now an action RPG
MMO The Secret World is relaunching, but it's now an action RPG
NEWS Same content, different genre.
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Players unhappy Blizzard has reneged on WoW gear-scaling
Players unhappy Blizzard has reneged on WoW gear-scaling
NEWS Max level now tougher.
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Star Wars Battlefront 2 reveal coming April 16
Star Wars Battlefront 2 reveal coming April 16
NEWS At Star Wars Celebration 2017.
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Persona 5 is stealing the hearts of critics, and their spare time
Persona 5 is stealing the hearts of critics, and their spare time
NEWS 100+ hours of JRPG goodness.
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Legendary RPG Planescape: Torment is getting a remaster
Legendary RPG Planescape: Torment is getting a remaster
NEWS With help from Chris Avellone himself.
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Call of Duty: WW2 basically confirmed
Call of Duty: WW2 basically confirmed
NEWS Evidence mounts.
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Outlast 2 not censored in Australia after all
Outlast 2 not censored in Australia after all
NEWS Wrong thing classified.
Blizzard announces Overwatch Pacific Championship with AU$357k prize pool
Blizzard announces Overwatch Pacific Championship with AU$357k prize pool
NEWS One AU team in season one.
Earth under attack! Ominous shapes crush US city
Earth under attack! Ominous shapes crush US city
NEWS Exclusive photo inside.
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Blizzard announces StarCraft and Brood War remaster
Blizzard announces StarCraft and Brood War remaster
NEWS Date and price TBC.
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Vita finally gets Souls-like RPG Salt and Sanctuary
Vita finally gets Souls-like RPG Salt and Sanctuary
NEWS Not salty about this.
Super Mario Run misses sales target, Ninty teases "a big E3"
Super Mario Run misses sales target, Ninty teases "a big E3"
NEWS Reggie doin' Reggie.
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Outlast 2 modified for AU release, untouched in NZ
Outlast 2 modified for AU release, untouched in NZ
NEWS Classification Board sets things straight.
The Witcher author turned down game royalties
The Witcher author turned down game royalties
NEWS "I was stupid."
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WWII FPS Day of Infamy leaves Steam Early Access today
WWII FPS Day of Infamy leaves Steam Early Access today
NEWS From Insurgency studio New World.
Former lead animator on Mass Effect explains Andromeda's janky animations
Former lead animator on Mass Effect explains Andromeda's janky animations
NEWS Time is short.
Outlast 2 will be released in Australia after all
Outlast 2 will be released in Australia after all
NEWS Classification Board overturns ban.
Rumour: Destiny 2 is coming September 8, PC included
Rumour: Destiny 2 is coming September 8, PC included
NEWS PS4 gets June beta.
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Switch Joy-Con desync issue fixed with foam
Switch Joy-Con desync issue fixed with foam
NEWS A manufacturing fault.
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ME: Andromeda character creator might get tweaked
ME: Andromeda character creator might get tweaked
NEWS Ryder? I barely know 'er!
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Controversial Aussie Senator decries censorship, gives Gameplanet shout-out
Controversial Aussie Senator decries censorship, gives Gameplanet shout-out
NEWS "Leave video gamers alone."
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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night won't come to Wii U
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night won't come to Wii U
NEWS The switch to Switch.
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Legacy upset puts depleted Chiefs back on top of LoL OPL
Legacy upset puts depleted Chiefs back on top of LoL OPL
NEWS Sin Gaming and Chiefs bench deliver the goods.
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Path of Exile doubles player base in nine months, peaks at number three on Steam
Path of Exile doubles player base in nine months, peaks at number three on Steam
NEWS Kiwi ARPG continues to grow.
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Mindfreak goes deep in Dallas, qualifies for CoD Global Pro League
Mindfreak goes deep in Dallas, qualifies for CoD Global Pro League
NEWS Aussies to represent APAC region.
Sniper Elite 4 gets campaign DLC this week
Sniper Elite 4 gets campaign DLC this week
NEWS Scope it.
Sign-ups open for Oceania Rocket League Championship
Sign-ups open for Oceania Rocket League Championship
NEWS Six weeks, $20K.
No launch day patch for stiff Mass Effect: Andromeda animations
No launch day patch for stiff Mass Effect: Andromeda animations
NEWS "That ship has sailed."
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BenQ ZOWIE Announces Special Edition of EC Series
BenQ ZOWIE Announces Special Edition of EC Series
SPONSORED Available in limited quantities.
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