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Robot Cache is a new digital PC games storefront that will let you sell your used games

Eurogamer - 9 hours 4 min ago

Robot Cache, a new PC games storefront and Steam competitor - which describes itself as the "first decentralized PC video game distribution platform" - has been unveiled.

The service is founded by InExile Entertainment boss Brian Fargo, and arrives with much talk of cutting-edge technology and ambitious features, not least of which is the fact that it claims to be the first online games storefront to allow players to sell their used games.

Roughly, the idea is that by using blockchain technology to decentralise the service, Robot Cache is able to radically reduce its operating costs and, thus, reduce the fees that publishers and developers must pay. "Everyone from the smallest indie team to the biggest publishers, will retain up to 95% of the sales proceeds, which is 25% higher than the current industry standard", it says. Steam, for instance, currently takes a 30% cut of revenue.

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Night in the Woods is coming to Switch next month

Eurogamer - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 21:50

Infinite Fall's wonderful existential slice-of-life adventure Night in the Woods is coming to Switch on February 1st, the developer has announced.

Infinite Fall first alluded to a Switch version of Night in the Woods late last year, when it announced its free, Director's Cut-style Weird Autumn update, which added "new weird, new crimes, and old tales" to the existing PS4 and PC versions of the game.

At the time, Infinite Fall wrote, "Stay tuned for news on another console, which I am unable to mention for reasons, but you know what console I'm talking about."

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Sony reveals new limited edition Monster Hunter World PS4 Pro bundle

Eurogamer - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 19:21

Sony has revealed a new, limited edition Monster Hunter World PlayStation 4 Pro bundle, complete with custom console and controller, due to release on January 26th.

The console itself - a 1TB PS4 Pro - is emblazoned with a gloss-on-matte-black depiction of Monster Hunter World's cover star, and series' tough guy, the fire-breathing Rathalos. There's even an appropriately fiery red smear for added impact. Over on the console's front-facing panel, you'll find a number of gold emblems thrown in for good measure.

The limited edition DualShock 4 wireless controller, meanwhile, is a rather fetching shade of maroon (although Sony insists that it's merely "red"), replete with some vaguely tentacular patterns to enliven the grips. Oh, and a few more gold flourishes because why not.

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Lego Pixar's Incredibles, DC Comics villains games in development

Eurogamer - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 17:30

Lego games themed around Pixar's The Incredibles 2 and DC's roster of comic book villains are both in development at TT Games.

Word of the titles first broke yesterday on Eurogamer has subsequently heard from its own sources that the report is accurate.

Both games are expected to arrive this year, which will of course also see the release of The Incredibles 2 in June. Physical Lego sets for The Incredibles 2 are due to launch around the same time.

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Theme Hospital spiritual successor Two Point Hospital announced

Eurogamer - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 17:00

There's a new comedy take on hospital management in the works - and no, it doesn't star Jeremy Hunt.

Two Point Hospital is very much a spiritual successor to Bullfrog's beloved 1997 classic Theme Hospital. There are cartoony wide-jawed characters, comedic ailments and, hopefully, an annoying voice over the PA system.

Remember Bloaty-Head Syndrome? Two Point Hospital has Light-Headedness, where your head is replaced by a lightbulb:

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Forza Horizon 3's Xbox One X update is a true showcase for console 4K

Eurogamer - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 16:00

Forza Horizon 3 gets an enhanced Xbox One X patch this week, adding a 4K presentation plus other extras to an already visually arresting title. Developer Playground Games has justifiable confidence in this update - to the point that we were invited to its Leamington Spa office for a rundown of the benefits, and handed footage ahead of time. This X patch won't satisfy those looking for a 60fps version of the game - the lock remains at 30fps - but what it does bring to the table in terms of 4K support does impress.

What you get with Horizon 3 on Xbox One X is a true 3840x2160 rendition of the game with no dynamic scaling or checkerboarding in play. Fixing it to 4K is an incredible feat in itself: a quadrupling of pixels rendered compared to a base Xbox One's 1080p, in effect mirroring the efforts Turn 10 made with Forza Motorsport 7. The good news continues when it comes to how that 4K image is presented. Surprisingly, there's enough GPU overhead to retain the taxing, 4x multi-sample anti-aliasing we had on the regular Xbox One, running in tandem with that 4K resolution.

The final image quality when combined with motion blur is superb, and really it's hard to criticise a graphics engine firing on all cylinders in this way. Even so, PC running at 4K and max settings does highlights a few interesting contrasts. In that case you have the option of FXAA on top of the 4x MSAA - which can refine the stair-steps even further compared to Xbox One X. However, on the whole it's only a marginal change, and Microsoft's console pushes a beautifully crisp and clear frame that's a near pixel-match for PC at 4K. It's a phenomenal effort, and the only console title we've seen this generation to apply 4x MSAA to such a high resolution image. For anyone buying an ultra HD TV today, Forza Horizon 3 has immediately become great showcase material.

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Jelly Deals: Humble's Winter Sale updated with more discounts

Eurogamer - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 13:22

A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. Look out for the Jelly Deals roundup of reduced-price games and kit every Saturday on Eurogamer.

Humble Bundle is living out the last remaining days of winter in the only way it knows how - with a big sale range featuring thousands of discounts. This sale is on now and set to finish on January 25th, so you've got a little bit of time to see if there's something you fancy.

As of today, Humble has added a few new games to the already-substantial list of discounts on offer, too, as well as a free copy of The Red Solstice, if space-age top-down action RPGs are your kind of thing.

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Looks like Scribblenauts is getting a revival on PS4, Xbox, Switch

Eurogamer - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 12:53

UPDATE 16/1/17 2.00pm: Warner Bros. just officially announced Scribblenauts Showdown for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with a 9th March release date.

There are multiplayer modes for two players (with 25 mini-games) and four-players (with card-based strategy gameplay) which rely on the series' trademark word-based gameplay.

And there's a more typical sandbox mode too, which allows players to solve objectives by coming up with the right combination of words.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 gets first update of 2018

Eurogamer - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 11:27

Star Wars Battlefront 2 has been patched - the game's first update of 2018. The headline features are a new map for Blast mode - on the eye-catching red/salt planet of Crait - and a new Hero ship for Starfighter Assault in the form of Iden Versio's modified TIE fighter.

Battlefront 2's microtransactions are still frozen nearly two months later.

The Blast on Crait map takes place in the mines among machinery and crystals. Iden Versio's TIE fighter, which costs 5000 credits to unlock, comes with the Afterburner, Laser Barrage, Dual Proton Torpedos and Inferno Leader abilities - the latter uncovering all enemies within a radius and increasing the damage they take.

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Final Fantasy 15 Royal Edition announced, PC version dated

Eurogamer - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 11:00

Final Fantasy 15 is getting an all-new Royal Edition which bundles together all of the pre-existing DLC as well as introducing a bevvy of new features - and it releases on PC at the same time as on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, marking the debut of Final Fantasy 15's Windows edition.

An all-new dungeon in Insomnia City Ruins is introduced, as well as first-person mode and the ability to control the Royal Vessel, Final Fantasy 15's boat that takes players from Cape Caem to Atlissia.

Perhaps the best addition, however, is the introduction of all-new Yoshitaka Amano artwork for Final Fantasy 15 Royal Edition's cover, which is making me seriously consider buying an all-new physical copy (it's worth noting that if you already own Final Fantasy 15 you can access all the features introduced in Royal Edition as DLC - although with those extras coming in at $19.99, it's a fairly pricey add-on if you've already invested in the base game and the season pass).

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Me, myself and UI

Eurogamer - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 10:00

What does the future feel like? Forget what it looks like: how do you grasp it? What does it feel like in the palm of your hand, in the tips of your fingers. Think about switches, dials, and keyboards made of nothing but light. Forget the horizons, think about the UI of tomorrow.

I have come close to this future, I think. I encounter it most mornings when I'm scrolling Instagram and I come across Michael Murdock. You know Instagram: mine's mostly the artful crumbs, foams and airs of modern food, along with sweet natured, gormless doggoes and the occasional brutal intrusion by Mrs_Angemi, a pathologist from New Jersey who likes to take pictures of the awful, beautiful, vivid things she encounters at work in order to educate her followers.

Michael Murdock's a bit different: His Circular Logic Board offers a lime-coloured cube that appears to have the consistency of jelly, making the pins set within it shimmy back and forth on the stiff tides. His Primary Cortex Buffer is something you might hold in your hand. Maybe you would grasp the glowing trackball at the bottom and see the gradients shift on the landscape pane above it as you scanned alien worlds. I'm not sure what you'd do with his Quantum Resonance Module, a globe that radiates sharp little arrows, but I do know you wouldn't want to sit on it. Most days it is like this, anyway. No cakes or cute animals from this guy: instead Murdock gifts me a magical thing that looks useful while also suggesting that it might be, like, completely radioactive.

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Speed-running event Awesome Games Done Quick raises record $2.2 million for charity

Eurogamer - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 22:00

Charity speed-running event Awesome Games Done Quick is over for another year, and its organisers have revealed the total, record-breaking amount raised.

Awesome Games Done Quick 2018 launched last Sunday, January 7th and - after seven non-stop days and over 150 speed-runs - managed to amass an impressive $2,282,921.86 for charity through donations, at the time of writing; that's the highest amount raised since the event began in 2010. That money will go to the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

This year's schedule of speed-runs by extremely talented players covered an incredibly broad range of games, including the likes of Blaster Master Zero, Resident Evil 7, Cat Quest, Prey 2017, Ori and the Blind Forest, F-Zero GX, Bloodborne, and even Home Alone 2.

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Stardew Valley creator offers another peek at "really fun" multiplayer mode

Eurogamer - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 19:49

Stardew Valley creator Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone has offered another tantalising glimpse at the game's upcoming, very-long-awaited online co-operative multiplayer mode.

Multiplayer mode was first touted prior to Stardew Valley's release in 2016. However, Barone was clear that it wouldn't arrive until after the farming sim had launched as a single-player game. Skip forward to 2018, and work on the co-operative mode continues apace.

According to a new tweet by Barone, significant progress has now been made on multiplayer. "It still needs some work", he said, "but the underlying network code is solid." It sounds like it's shaping up well too: "Being in the same room and yelling at each other about what to do next, or if anyone has any stone, is great fun. Can't wait to share this".

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Assassin's Creed Origins patch lands tomorrow, adds new quest and map regions

Eurogamer - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 19:46

Assassin's Creed Origins will get its big January patch tomorrow, which will pave the way for its upcoming expansion The Hidden Ones.

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners get a 3GB download. On Uplay the game weighs in at 2.6GB. On Steam, it's 1.2GB.

The Hidden Ones, Ubisoft's upcoming Roman-centric expansion, is set a decade after Origins' finale in two new regions: Sinai and the Valley of the Kings.

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New UK studio from makers of Driveclub, MotorStorm

Eurogamer - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 19:00

A number of ex-Driveclub and Motorstorm staff have reformed under a new Liverpool label: Wushu Studios. It's a new start for many of the team at Secret Sorcery, the small indie developer previously behind PlayStation VR god game Tethered.

Wushu has added new talent as well, however. Former Mass Effect 3 concept artist Alex Figini has been brought aboard, along with a certain internet-famous Mass Effect fan and industry insider: Nate Najda, who you may better know as NeoGAF and now ResetEra tipster shinobi.

Together, the studio is developing a sci-fi game based around on a new IP and built using Unreal Engine 4. Work began on a prototype back in September last year.

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A new House of the Dead is heading to arcades

Eurogamer - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 18:18

House of the Dead, Sega's outstanding campy on-rails shooter, is returning to the arcades after an absence of over a decade with this year's Scarlet Dawn.

The cabinet - a gloriously large number - is heading to Akihabara's Club Sega later this month for a location test. We're currently waiting to hear back whether or not there are plans for a western release.

House of the Dead has been absent from arcades since the fourth installment in the series back in 2005 (though you've likely come across a battered House of the Dead 2 down your local fleapit, and relished in some of the best voice acting yet committed to the video game medium).

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"We could be the biggest game in the western world"

Eurogamer - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 17:00

Fortnite Battle Royale is getting a big map update this week and some important technical changes under the hood as it celebrates yet more record player numbers.

Back in December, Epic's sandbox take on the Battle Royale genre passed the 30 million players milestone, with 1.3 million people playing concurrently.

Just one month later, Fortnite Battle Royale has now passed the 40 million players milestone, and last weekend recorded its highest ever peak of more than two million people playing concurrently.

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Jelly Deals: Get a six-month Xbox Live Gold subscription for half price

Eurogamer - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 13:50

A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. Look out for the Jelly Deals roundup of reduced-price games and kit every Saturday on Eurogamer.

If you're an Xbox owner and you're one of these folks that likes to play multiplayer games online with other humans for some reason - or you just happen to like getting a stack of free games on a monthly basis - you're going to want an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

If you don't have one of those already or you just fancy extending it a little more, you can take advantage of Microsoft's current offer of a six-month Xbox Live Gold subscription for half price.

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp changes coming in response to user feedback

Eurogamer - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 13:12

Nintendo has heard your feedback on Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, the slightly underbaked smartphone spin-off of its popular life sim series.

A forthcoming update will improve two of the app's fiddly features: asking for help to enter the Shovelstrike Quarry without spending Leaf Tickets and the largely-forgotten Market Box.

Gardening will be getting an unspecified tune-up, while Nintendo will add new fish and bugs.

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Off Grid is about the principles of hacking

Eurogamer - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 10:00

In the mid 1990's, after what lawmen rather fancifully described as a "countrywide hacking spree" across the United States, a man called Kevin Mitnick was arrested. He was charged with 25 counts of computer-related crimes which, legend has it, included hacking into NORAD, North America's aerospace defence system, inspiring the '80s flick War Games along the way. Legend or not, Mitnick served five years in prison that included eight months in solitary confinement and restricted access to the telephone.

Mitnick was a 'phone freak'. By recording the sounds played by a payphone when coins were dropped in, he could then play them back to the phone to call whoever he wanted, and also use the then-extortionate internet for free. The problem, Mitnick has since claimed, is that a judge got wind of this particular talent and came to believe that, if granted access to a phone in prison, he could whistle into the receiver to launch a nuclear missile. One version of the story is that the judge actually watched War Games, wherein young Matthew Broderick accidentally hacks into a NORAD-equivalent over the phone, and was so influenced by its portrayal that he was overcome with paranoia, handing out Mitnick's overly harsh sentence as a result.

What people do agree on - at least they do now - is the fact that despite its wide reportage in the press, Kevin Mitnick never hacked into NORAD, and he had nothing to do with the inspiration for War Games. In a weird, ironic combination of rumour and sensationalism, it would appear that Mitnick spent eight months alone in prison, with no access to a phone, because a judge heard about the exploits of fictional hackers in a film he had also fictionally inspired.

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