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No Man's Sky NEXT Update brings the game closer to the initial vision

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No Man's Sky NEXT Update brings the game closer to the initial vision

It's no secret that Hello Games' No Man's Sky is one of the most divisive games of the generation. Prior to it's release in 2016, the game reached monumental levels of hype with gamers. For many of us, it looked like it would be the game we'd dreamt of playing for most of our gaming years.

Sadly the game did not really live up to expectations. In our review we gave the game a 6/10 and stated "No Man's Sky was never going to live up to the hype, but sadly even those with tempered expectations are likely to be somewhat disappointed. It is by no means a terrible game, it just feels unfinished and empty."

Followed by mostly mediocre reviews and angry outspoken fans, it wouldn't have been a surprise if Sean Murray and Hello Games had disappeared from the gaming world entirely. Thankfully, Hello Games stuck around and doubled down on its efforts to expand on No Man's Sky and bring the game closer to what many hoped it would be from the beginning.

With several big changes already implemented, No Man's Sky is definitely not the shell of a game it was nearly two years ago. The upcoming addition of the game's Next Update, finally brings full multiplayer and allows you to team up with fellow explorers so the long journey doesn't feel quite so lonely.

Another great addition in the Next update is the option to now play the game in a third person view. This, combined with being able to customise your own character, build massive shelters with friends and command a battalion of freighters should be more than enough to pique players interest once again.

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Shadow of War is now free of Microtransactions

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Shadow of War is now free of Microtransactions

As was promised in April, developer Monolith has today deployed a patch that completely removes microtransactions from Middle-Earth: Shadow of War.

“While purchasing Orcs in the Market is more immediate and provides additional player options, we have come to realize that providing this choice risked undermining the heart of our game, the Nemesis System,” the studio said at the time.

While sales figures have not been released, Kotaku surmises that the saw a steep drop off sales post-release, likely due to a backlash from players regarding the inclusion of microtransactions.

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Nathan Fillion went and made an Uncharted fan film

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Nathan Fillion went and made an Uncharted fan film

If you're one of the many that's ever thought "hey, Nathan Fillion would make an awesome Nathan Drake from Uncharted", you've just struck gold.

While the official movie seems to be stuck in development hell, with the latest version starring Tom Holland as young Drake, Fillion and director Allan Ungar have partnered to create a fifteen minute fan film.

Fillion hinted at something Uncharted late last week, and delivered this morning with short film available on YouTube.

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Commandos IP acquired by Kalypso Media Group

Commandos IP acquired by Kalypso Media Group

Kalypso Media Group has acquired the rights to the beloved real-time strategy series, Commandos.

The publisher already has experience with successful strategy titles, with Tropico 6 releasing next month.

Founder and global managing director Simon Hellwig noted the company's responsibility to "revive and further develop these beloved games for the fans around the world."

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Be nice in Rainbow Six Siege or risk getting banned

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Be nice in Rainbow Six Siege or risk getting banned

Ubisoft has had it's work cut out for it with Rainbow Six Siege and the overwhelming amount of toxic players.

Earlier in the year Ubisoft's multi-player shooter started to get focused moderation, with the goal of eliminating players' hate speech from the game. According to PC Gamer, Ubisoft has confirmed the addition of a new system that is handing bans when slurs are used in the game's chat.

The bans come in varying levels of severity based on the the amount of offenses a given player makes. First time offenders will receive a thirty minute ban while second and third offences will receive a two hour ban. Offend a third time and your account will be investigated with the possibility of a permanent ban.

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James Ohlen has retired after 22 years with BioWare

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James Ohlen has retired after 22 years with BioWare

Longtime BioWare developer James Ohlen has announced his retirement from the company.

In a thread of tweets, Ohlen noted that he had loved his time with the company, "But I need to take a break from the industry and work on something a little smaller and more personal."

During his 22 year tenure at BioWare, Ohlen was lead designer on Baldur's Gate 1 & 2, and Neverwinter Nights games, while also working other titles including Dragon Age: Origins, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and the upcoming Anthem.

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New Hearthstone expansion gets a taste for mad science

New Hearthstone expansion gets a taste for mad science

Hearthstone's next expansion pack has been announced, and will release on August 8.

Starring the infamous Dr. Boom, The Boomsday Project expansion pack will introduce 135 new cards, new card types and keywords into the game.

Players will be invited to join Dr. Boom's research team as intrepid scientists [read: unwitting test subjects], helping him with his latest creations.

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EA acquires game developer Industrial Toys

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EA acquires game developer Industrial Toys

It looks like EA is at it again, as today marks yet another studio acquisition for the mammoth company.

Electronic Arts has acquired Industrial Toys, a mobile developer started by ex-Bungie co-founder Alex Seropian. Industrial Toys will join EA as part of it's Worldwide Studios to "focus on new experiences".

With a small crew of only fourteen people, Industrial Toys may not be a name many are familiar with. the studio is best known for it's work on mobile games Midnight Star and its sequel.

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Monster Hunter: World hits PC next month

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Monster Hunter: World hits PC next month

PC fans eagerly awaiting the release of Monster Hunter: World are in for a surprise – the game releases next month.

Originally slated for a "Spring 2018" release, developer Capcom confirmed that the game will release August 9.

The good news doesn't stop there either. The PC version will include support for 2160p ultra HD resolution and 60 frames per second.

Wednesday 18 July

No Man's Sky NEXT Update brings the game closer to the initial vision
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No Man's Sky NEXT Update brings the game closer to the initial vision
Hey Sean Murray, I think you should be fine to go outside again now
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Shadow of War is now free of Microtransactions
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Shadow of War is now free of Microtransactions
Update also brings new level caps and more.
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Tuesday 17 July

Nathan Fillion went and made an Uncharted fan film
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Nathan Fillion went and made an Uncharted fan film
Nathan Drake strikes gold again.
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Monday 16 July

Commandos IP acquired by Kalypso Media Group
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Commandos IP acquired by Kalypso Media Group
Sequels and Remasters on the horizon
Be nice in Rainbow Six Siege or risk getting banned
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Be nice in Rainbow Six Siege or risk getting banned
The battle against toxicity rages on
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Friday 13 July

James Ohlen has retired after 22 years with BioWare
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James Ohlen has retired after 22 years with BioWare
Swapping dev tools for a pen & dice.
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Thursday 12 July

Ellie is getting an NPC companion in The Last of Us Part II
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Ellie is getting an NPC companion in The Last of Us Part II
But there's no guarantee it's Joel.
Fortnite eSports event with $8 million prize pool announced
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Fortnite eSports event with $8 million prize pool announced
That could buy you a lot of V-Bucks...

Wednesday 11 July

New Hearthstone expansion gets a taste for mad science
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New Hearthstone expansion gets a taste for mad science
Here comes the Boom, ready or not.
Overwatch Raises $12.7 Million For Breast Cancer Research
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Overwatch Raises $12.7 Million For Breast Cancer Research
Blizzard went above and beyond
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Tuesday 10 July

EA acquires game developer Industrial Toys
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EA acquires game developer Industrial Toys
No word yet on when they'll be shut down...
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Monster Hunter: World hits PC next month
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Monster Hunter: World hits PC next month
Sooner than expected.
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Monday 9 July

Darksiders III could be releasing this November
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Darksiders III could be releasing this November
Need more time for all of these games on the horizon...
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Friday 6 July

Take a bigger look at Anthem's E3 gameplay demo
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Take a bigger look at Anthem's E3 gameplay demo
No cheesy squad chatter in this one
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Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy Switch Review
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Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy Switch Review
Baz joins Crash on his smallest adventure yet.

Thursday 5 July

Shenmue I & II remaster will be capped at 30fps
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Shenmue I & II remaster will be capped at 30fps
Although gameplay to be in 16:9
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The next Dead Island is a free mobile tower defense game
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The next Dead Island is a free mobile tower defense game
Can we just have Dead Island 2 already
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Wednesday 4 July

Sea of Thieves to add three new content updates this year
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Sea of Thieves to add three new content updates this year
Will it be enough to stop the ship from sinking?
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Tuesday 3 July

E3 2018 Game Critic Award winners announced
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E3 2018 Game Critic Award winners announced
A remake of a 1998 game took the top spot
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Is Google about to take on PlayStation and Xbox?
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Is Google about to take on PlayStation and Xbox?
Streaming platform and console in the works.
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Monday 2 July

Destiny 2 updates PvP and introduces new Raid modes
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Destiny 2 updates PvP and introduces new Raid modes
Bigger fights and shinier guns.

Friday 29 June

Amy Hennig left EA after closure of Visceral Games
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Amy Hennig left EA after closure of Visceral Games
Starting her own independent studio