"I like endings where everyone dies" - the dark new studio from ex Quantic Dream devs

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Earlier this year, Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls lead game designer Caroline Marchal decided to branch off on her own. In another life, she could have stayed at Quantic Dream and now been working on Detroit: Become Human. In another she could still be at Sony, a job she left recently to strike off on her own. But just as with modern, choice heavy games, if Marchal could go back and do things differently, each path would have ultimately have led to the same place: she would end up working on narrative games. 

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“It’s the genre I love, the genre the people I work with love,” Marchal tells me. “We want to offer a really broad and mature narrative game. Hopefully we will break through into mainstream entertainment with it. We’re aiming at the TV audience - people who watch Netflix or HBO. We’re hoping to bring that quality to gaming, with complex characters and accessible yet deep gameplay.”

The Netherlands joins Belgium in investigating lockboxes as games of chance

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The Netherlands joins Belgium in investigating lockboxes as games of chance

Earlier this week, we reported on a move by the Belgian Gaming Commission to investigate lockboxes/lootboxes in games like Star Wars Battlefront 2 to determine whether they constitute games of chance to the degree that they require regulation meant for gambling. Now it appears the Dutch have joined them. According to NU.nl, the Dutch Gaming Authority is also investigating whether...

Surprise, 11-year-old ARPG Titan Quest just got a Norse-based expansion

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Surprise, 11-year-old ARPG Titan Quest just got a Norse-based expansion

Titan Quest is getting an expansion, adding a loads of new features and an entire fifth act larger than anything seen in the game so far. Titan Quest: Ragnarok moves Iron Lore’s action-RPG from ancient Greece to the Norse mythology of the Vikings.

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In an interview Titan quest’s executive producer Reinhard Pollice said the move from Greek to Norse mythology stemmed from a need to ensure the franchise remained fresh. Pollice says “Titan Quest always had ties to other cultures, so we felt that a new act also needed to feel really fresh, and by exploring a different mythology (that is related to Greek mythology in some ways) we soon agreed that the Norse setting would be great.”

Rainbow Six Pro League Season 3 Finals - schedule, teams, predictions, and players to watch

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Rainbow Six Pro League Season 3 Finals - schedule, teams, predictions, and players to watch

While it is not the biggest event in the annual Rainbow Six Pro League calendar - that spot goes to the Six Invitational - the Season 3 Finals promises to be one of the most important and interesting tournaments in Pro League history. The Season 3 Finals will be the first to feature teams from the new APAC region (Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, and Australia-New Zealand), with teams such as mantis FPS and eINs bringing a global flavour to the tournament. The Season 3 Finals also see the Pro League heading to Brazil, which boasts the fifth-largest audience for Rainbow Six Siege, as well as some of its best Pro League teams.

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The Season 3 Finals will also give us our first look at both the forthcoming Operation White Noise and the roadmap for Year 3. So, in order to prepare you for the Season 3 Finals, we have put together this primer, laying out the schedule for the event, a look at all of the teams, our predictions, and some key players to watch out for.

Your PC gaming weekend: win Human: Fall Flat, play Rainbow Six Siege and StarCraft II for free, and more!

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Your PC gaming weekend: win Human: Fall Flat, play Rainbow Six Siege and StarCraft II for free, and more!

If you can ignore all the loot box controversy surrounding Star Wars Battlefront II then you can finally play it in full starting from now. But let's suppose you're fed up of the game already - what else can you play this weekend? Well, two huge games are free right now, and there are new game modes and DLCs that have just come out for others. Have a look below for our recommended PC gaming this weekend.

Win a copy of physics-based puzzler Human: Fall Flat - we have 100 Steam keys! 

Our big giveaway this weekend is for 100 Steam keys for the physics-based clumsy-'em-up Human: Fall Flat. It's been out a while now but it recently got a local multiplayer update so you and up to seven other friends can push each other off cliffs and try to solve the game's hectic puzzles.

Massively Overthinking: Are modern games too cheap?

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Massively Overthinking: Are modern games too cheap?

This week’s Massively Overthinking topic is a submission from reader and commenter camelotcrusade, who takes the industry’s current fight over monetization in a different direction from lockboxes. “Are modern games too cheap?” he asks, probably slowly reaching into a can of worms with a wicked gleam in his eye. “When you think about it, many other things we buy have...

How to fix Star Wars Battlefront 2

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How to fix Star Wars Battlefront 2

Blimey, there is hope. Because of a rising tide of discontent surrounding pay-to-win content in loot crates in Star Wars Battlefront 2, the ability to spend real money on them has temporarily been removed. Loot crates can only be bought with credits earned by playing the game.

This is a stop-gap measure until EA studio DICE can come up with a permanent solution people will be happy with. "The ability to purchase crystals in-game will become available at a later date, only after we've made changes to the game," DICE boss Oskar Gabrielson said last night. We don't know whether it will take days or weeks or months.

But what can DICE do to fix loot crates and progression in Star Wars Battlefront 2? I see no other way than to stop beating around the bush and completely separate progression from the contents of loot crates - rip it right out - because it's here the real problem lies.