EVE Valkyrie Enters Alpha For Oculus Rift DK2 Owners This Month

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Sure, the Oculus Rift won’t be available until March (or April… or May depending on when you ordered). But if you happen to be in possession of a Developer Kit 2 (DK2), there’s something fun on the horizon.

CCP has announced that its space dogfighting simulator, EVE Valkyrie, enters closed alpha testing this month. Those interested can sign up on the EVE Valkyrie website.

The testing phase begins on January 18, and players will be admitted in waves. For those waiting on a consumer version, all Rift pre-orders include EVE Valkyrie. 

Independent Games Festival Names 2016 Award Finalists

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The Independent Games Festival (IGF) has announced the finalists for its 2016 awards. The ceremony that will name winners will be held at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this March.

More than 400 judges evaluated more than 750 entries. Each category’s nominees have been passed to different juries of experts responsible for making final decisions in a variety of categories.

Here are the nominees:

Pokémon-Inspired Rick And Morty Game Coming To Mobile Devices On January 14

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Adult Swim Games announced on Twitter today that a new game based on the sci-fi animated show Rick and Morty called Pocket Mortys would be hitting mobile devices on January 14. The show is about a weird, alcohol-guzzling scientist who ropes his grandson into going on wacky (and often dangerous) adventures through various universes, often mixing silly humor with a surprising amount of bleak drama.

The tweet had a single gif attached showing off a small slice of gameplay. While there aren't really any details yet outside of its release date and that it will be, according to Adult Swim Games' Senior Producer Chris Johnston, "free to download," the brief segment showcased suggests a Pokémon-esque game. You can see below how the player moves throughout the world, as well as a familiar battle system that pits our duo against monsters and clones:

Pocket Mortys. Mobile. January 14th. pic.twitter.com/tXAU07lzbR

The Doom Digital Issue Is Now Live

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The Doom Digital Issue Is Now Live

If you subscribe to the computer or tablet edition of Game Informer magazine, you can now learn all about Doom through our huge cover story. Following today's cover announcement, our digital issue is now live on web browsers and will be coming to iPadAndroid, and Google Play throughout the day. You can download the apps to download the issue by following this link. All four of these digital options are included in a standard subscription

The issue launches tomorrow on our third-party subscription apps including ZinioKindle, and Nook.

Not a digital subscriber yet? Convert your print subscription here or start a new subscription here.

February Cover Revealed – Doom

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February Cover Revealed – Doom

After an 11-year hiatus, the first-person shooter that popularized the genre is finally coming back. In anticipation of this Doom revival, we traveled to id Software's Richardson, Texas headquarters to see how the game is coming together. We spent considerable hands-on time with the single-player campaign, multiplayer, and SnapMap user-generated content system, and in the aftermath Doom has vaulted into the upper echelon of our most anticipated games of 2016.

Throughout our 12-page cover story, we dive deep into how id Software is taking the fast-paced, bloody good combat of the original Doom and infusing it with modern sensibilities. We speak with design director Marty Stratton and creative director Hugo Martin about everything from the new upgrade systems and the idTech 6 engine to demon designs and why they chose the arena multiplayer approach. 

Click the image below to see the full cover, front and back.

Oculus Rift Priced at $600, Launching In March

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Oculus Rift Priced at $600, Launching In March

As promised, Oculus has opened pre-orders for its first consumer Rift virtual reality headset. Now that you can actually lock your order in, we finally know one of the most important details: just how much it will cost.

In order to bring home the Rift, you’ll need to budget $600. When we spoke with Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe at E3, he reiterated a previous statement about what interested purchasers should expect to pay for a new PC that supports VR and the headset itself.

“I want to see, and hope to see, full package Rift plus PC for even less, for down to $1,300 or $1,200.,” Iribe told us. “The $1,500 statement was around what people can expect to spend for a full package at retail. You’ll buy parts a lot cheaper. If you do it yourself and you’re putting together your own PC, you’ll be able to do it for a lot less than $1,500. This is something we’re really pushing on our retail partners and our OEM PC partners, we’re going to be out there heavily promoting it at $1,500 or less for the full package. Rift is only a small fraction of that. Most of that cost is the PC.”

Just Cause 3 Sky Fortress Expansion Incoming

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Just Cause 3 Sky Fortress Expansion Incoming

While gamers have been doing as they please in Medici, Just Cause 3 developer has been busy on the game's first expansion as well as other areas of the title.

The developer is currently working on the Sky Fortress DLC pack, which will be the first in the game's air, land, and sea-themed additional content. While Avalanche isn't saying exactly what's in Sky Fortress, it will contain new missions and other surprises. No release date has been given for the DLC.

While one part of Avalanche works on the expansion, the other is busy readying an update for the game pertaining to bugs, optimization, and other improvements. The next patch for the title is expected later in January.

Razer’s Latest Blade PC Offers A Laptop With Added Desktop Power

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Razer’s Latest Blade PC Offers A Laptop With Added Desktop Power

Razer has announced the latest revision for its Blade laptop, aiming to offer both portability and desktop power. The Razer Blade Stealth weighs in at under three pounds, but connects to a “Core” housing that delivers desktop graphics.

There are two different versions of the Razer Blade Stealth, priced at $999 and, depending on configuration, capping out at $1,599. The less expensive model boasts a 12.5-inch Quad HD display (2560 x 1440). The higher-end edition is also 12.5-inch, but comes packed with a 4K display (3840 x 2160).

The Razer Blade Stealth is designed for portability, but it might not be the best solution for gaming on its own. It only includes onboard Intel HD 520 graphics.

Report: Square Enix Closing Cloud Gaming Company Shinra Technologies

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Report: Square Enix Closing Cloud Gaming Company Shinra Technologies

Shinra Technologies, the recently founded cloud gaming company from Square Enix, is shutting its doors.

In a press release (translated by Gematsu), Square Enix said the young company's closure is due to a lack of third-party investors. As a result, the company will report an “extraordinary loss” of approximately two billion yen for the end of its fiscal year in March.

Shinra Technologies was founded in 2014 and is affiliated with Just Cause 3 developer, Avalanche. The Final Fantasy VII reference of Avalanche and Shinra was not lost on the company, and we talked to them about the clever naming reference here. For more on Shinra Technologies, you can head here to learn about its now former intentions.

More Pillars of Eternity Coming This February

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The second expansion for Obsidian's acclaimed CRPG now has a release date. Here's what players can expect.

The second Pillars of Eternity expansion is entitled The White March Part 2, and as you might expect, it finishes off the narrative arc that began in the first expansion. This time around players will have access to a new companion: Meneha, the Barbarian. New quests, abilities, and a raised level cap are also being introduced, along with a Story Time mode that speeds up the pace of the game. Obsidian released a short teaser for The White March Part 2, which you can view below.

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