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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 brings Chaos to PC on March 8

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 brings Chaos to PC on March 8

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 will launch on PC on March 8, developer Fatshark announced today.

The sequel to well-received co-op melee action game Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide, Vermintide 2 is set within the dark End Times, during the destruction of the World That Was.

It introduces the dark, bloody and twisted Chaos as a formidable and unrelenting enemy faction, and features 15 hero careers, new environments, talent trees and the proprietary Heroic Deeds System.

"Being passionate fans of the Warhammer IP, we’ve always wanted to create a Warhammer sequel that both stayed true to the beautifully dark atmosphere of the world but also brought new ideas and experiences for players," said Fatshark CEO Martin Wahlund.

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide launched on PC in October 2015, and then made its way to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 a year later.

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Video games to blame for school massacre – Kentucky Governor

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Video games to blame for school massacre – Kentucky Governor

A US politician has blamed video games for the shooting that left at least 17 dead on Wednesday in Kentucky, USA.

As picked up by Ars Technica, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin (Republican) claimed in a radio interview after the shooting that video games lead to such events, because in the medium there is "culture of death that is being celebrated".

"There are video games that, yes, are listed for mature audiences, but kids play them and everybody knows it, and there's nothing to prevent the child from playing them," Bevin said.

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Significant layoffs hit Mafia III studio Hangar 13 – report

Significant layoffs hit Mafia III studio Hangar 13 – report

A "significant" number of workers were laid off today at Mafia III developer Hangar 13, Kotaku reports.

The studio has apparently spent the past year chasing ideas for its next project, which included prototyping a third-person action game with a "fight to music" system where your moves would create songs.

A spokesperson from Hangar 13 owner 2K confirmed to Kotaku that "there have been staff reductions at Hangar 13 in order to ensure that the studio's resources are properly aligned with its long-term development plans".

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Spyro the Dragon remasters will swoop to PS4 this year – report

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Spyro the Dragon remasters will swoop to PS4 this year – report

A trio of remastered Spyro games are coming to PlayStation 4 this year, Kotaku reports.

Kotaku's Laura Kate Dale says "multiple sources familiar with the project" claim Activision is currently working on a Spyro the Dragon Trilogy remaster, which will be announced next month and released in the third quarter of this year.

One source suggested that the trilogy will launch in September, just in time for Spyro the Dragon's 20th anniversary.

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THQ Nordic acquires Dead Island, Saints Row, Metro, and more from Koch

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THQ Nordic acquires Dead Island, Saints Row, Metro, and more from Koch

THQ Nordic will acquire Koch Media in a deal worth €121 million ($149.6 million), the publisher announced today.

The deal includes publisher Deep Silver and its three studios: Volition, Dambuster Studios, and Fishlabs.

That means Saints Row and Metro will be reunited with former THQ stablemates Homefront, De Blob, Darksiders, MX vs ATV, Red Faction and Destroy All Humans over at THQ Nordic.

The Dead Island franchise and the Galaxy on Fire developer Fishlabs are also included in the deal, and THQ Nordic will now operate Koch's third-party publishing business and its film business too.

THQ Nordic was previously known as Nordic Games, but changed its name in 2016 after it acquired a number of THQ properties.

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Fortnite is getting an optional 60fps mode on consoles

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Fortnite is getting an optional 60fps mode on consoles

Console players will soon have the option to run Fortnite at 60 frames per second.

The new framerate mode is coming later this month, and will be available on PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, and Xbox One X.

According to developer Epic Games, the mode is tuned for each console to maximize frame rate while minimizing loss of visual quality.

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More than half of Activision Blizzard's revenue is from microtransactions

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More than half of Activision Blizzard's revenue is from microtransactions

Activision Blizzard made more money in the last financial year selling microtransactions than it did selling games.

During Activision Blizzard's fourth quarter financial results, the publisher revealed that it made a record US$7.16 billion in revenue over the entire fiscal year, of which US$4 billion was made up of in-game purchases.

Even if you remove the money raised by Activision Blizzard's mobile studios – which include Candy Crush creator King – you are still left with US$2 billion in microtransactions from the company's PC and console games like Call of Duty: WW2, Overwatch, and Destiny 2.

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Video games to blame for school massacre – Kentucky Governor
Video games to blame for school massacre – Kentucky Governor
NEWS Games not guns the problem.
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Significant layoffs hit Mafia III studio Hangar 13 – report
Significant layoffs hit Mafia III studio Hangar 13 – report
NEWS More industry churn.
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 brings Chaos to PC on March 8
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 brings Chaos to PC on March 8
NEWS More bloody co-op action.
THQ Nordic acquires Dead Island, Saints Row, Metro, and more from Koch
THQ Nordic acquires Dead Island, Saints Row, Metro, and more from Koch
NEWS In US$149m Koch Media deal.
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Spyro the Dragon remasters will swoop to PS4 this year – report
Spyro the Dragon remasters will swoop to PS4 this year – report
NEWS N. Sane Trilogy ports incoming, too?
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Fortnite is getting an optional 60fps mode on consoles
Fortnite is getting an optional 60fps mode on consoles
NEWS Epic lays out feature roadmap.
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More than half of Activision Blizzard's revenue is from microtransactions
More than half of Activision Blizzard's revenue is from microtransactions
NEWS That's US$4 billion.
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Destiny 2 is getting a "major expansion" in late 2018
Destiny 2 is getting a "major expansion" in late 2018
NEWS Follows second expansion coming in May.
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Robin, a free Kiwi-made game about chronic fatigue syndrome, is out today
Robin, a free Kiwi-made game about chronic fatigue syndrome, is out today
NEWS Stamina bar permanently empty.
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Vampyr is out for blood on June 5
Vampyr is out for blood on June 5
NEWS Thirst, do no harm.
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Auckland's Sky Tower now houses Australasia's first direct-to-television esports studio
Auckland's Sky Tower now houses Australasia's first direct-to-television esports studio
NEWS Fancy!
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Former S.T.A.L.K.E.R. devs announce a battle royale title
Former S.T.A.L.K.E.R. devs announce a battle royale title
NEWS Set in radiation-ravaged Chernobyl.
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Kiwi puzzle title Samsara is out today on PC, Mac, and Xbox
Kiwi puzzle title Samsara is out today on PC, Mac, and Xbox
NEWS Into the upside-down.
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The Surge 2 to power up in 2019
The Surge 2 to power up in 2019
NEWS Greatly expanded combat promised.
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Black Ops 4 is this year's Call of Duty – rumour
Black Ops 4 is this year's Call of Duty – rumour
NEWS Might be coming to Switch.
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Red Dead Redemption 2 leak claims battle royale mode, release moves to October
Red Dead Redemption 2 leak claims battle royale mode, release moves to October
NEWS First-person mode rumoured.
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Australia's biggest esports event, the Intel Extreme Masters, returns in May
Australia's biggest esports event, the Intel Extreme Masters, returns in May
NEWS Across three days rather than two.
Hollow Knight's final free expansion unveiled, out soon
Hollow Knight's final free expansion unveiled, out soon
NEWS Gods & Glory.
Take the crease and face some heat in Kiwi-made VR title Cricket Club
Take the crease and face some heat in Kiwi-made VR title Cricket Club
NEWS RIP furniture.
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Anthem pushed into 2019, new Battlefield coming this year
Anthem pushed into 2019, new Battlefield coming this year
NEWS "It’s not a delay," EA says.
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David versus Goliath actioner Extinction stomps towards April 10 release
David versus Goliath actioner Extinction stomps towards April 10 release
NEWS From Killer Instinct studio Iron Galaxy.
Runaway Play launches gender parity and diversity initiative
Runaway Play launches gender parity and diversity initiative
NEWS And the PM approves.
RocketWerkz's Out of Ammo is now available on PSVR
RocketWerkz's Out of Ammo is now available on PSVR
NEWS Build bases, frag invaders.
The first episode of gaming mental health webseries Checkpoint is out now
The first episode of gaming mental health webseries Checkpoint is out now
NEWS Features Bioshock’s Ken Levine.
Microsoft wants to acquire EA, Valve, or PUBG – rumour
Microsoft wants to acquire EA, Valve, or PUBG – rumour
NEWS First-party fancy.
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Spin-off PixArk adds voxels and RPG goodness to Ark: Survival Evolved formula
Spin-off PixArk adds voxels and RPG goodness to Ark: Survival Evolved formula
NEWS And hopefully more frames per second.
Epic pulls the plug on Paragon
Epic pulls the plug on Paragon
NEWS Fortnite's success a factor.
Smash the "vampiraracy" in Aussie platformer Damsel
Smash the "vampiraracy" in Aussie platformer Damsel
NEWS In Early Access, coming to console.
Kiwi "reflective puzzler" Samsara is out Feb. 7
Kiwi "reflective puzzler" Samsara is out Feb. 7
NEWS Xbox and PC, mobile to follow.
Anthem won't be out until 2019 – report
Anthem won't be out until 2019 – report
NEWS Anxiety at BioWare.
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