Anthem reportedly set for major overhaul as BioWare looks to reboot its troubled game

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Anthem reportedly set for major overhaul as BioWare looks to reboot its troubled game

Since its rocky launch in February, BioWare's online shooter Anthem has struggled to spin its story into a positive one, particularly in light of continued development difficulties and the departure of high-profile team members. However, despite persistent speculation that BioWare and publisher EA might quietly abandon the game, the developer is reportedly now looking to massively overhaul the experience ready for a future reboot.

According to a Kotaku's Jason Schreier, plans to overhaul the troubled shooter have been in the works for some time. Eurogamer has previously heard similar word from its own sources.

Kotaku's reports the reboot has been referred to as both "Anthem Next" and "Anthem 2.0", and as that name suggest, the scope of BioWare's intended plans are substantial, with sources suggesting the developer will leave little untouched.

Jurassic World Evolution's next DLC heads back to the original Jurassic Park

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Jurassic World Evolution's next DLC heads back to the original Jurassic Park

Jurassic World Evolution is going back to where in all began in its next DLC on 10th December, transplanting its dinosaur theme park management action to the original Jurassic Park.

According to developer Frontier, Return to Jurassic Park, as the new paid DLC will be known, features locations, park designs, dinosaurs, and characters from the original film.

The DLC's seven new story missions, which play out across both Isla Nubla (the location of Jurassic Park itself) and Isla Sorna (better known as Site B), will, for instance, task players with restoring John Hammond's park following its destruction in the 1993 movie.

Rust heads to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 next year

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Rust heads to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 next year

Yep, that's right: the game that made me fear the sound of helicopters is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 next year, so even more people can experience the nudist, rock-bashing trauma fun. Hurrah!

Announced last night during Microsoft's X019 presentation, survival sim Rust is arriving on consoles sometime in 2020, although we don't yet know key details such as whether cross-play will be a feature. Things could get interesting if a batch of fresh newbies are released onto PC servers.

Developed by Facepunch and released in 2013, Rust has consistently been doing well on Steam - with player numbers reaching a concurrent player peak of over 93k back in July, with around 8m players in total. It's a game of complete anarchy and resource-grabbing, with highly aggressive bears and equally aggressive players. Having said that, I've also had some very stupid adventures in Rust, including an episode where my friend and I went on a revenge murder spree.

West of Dead is a fast-paced indie shooter starring Ron Perlman

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West of Dead is a fast-paced indie shooter starring Ron Perlman

Last night, Microsoft announced West of Dead - a Wild West style twin-stick shooter, with a main character voiced by none-other than Ron Perlman.

The game puts the player in the boots of William Mason, a Ghost Rider-looking undead cowboy who awakens in Purgatory having lost his memory. To find it again it seems he needs to fight his way through procedurally generated hunting grounds, tactically dodging and outgunning enemies to survive.

"Purgatory, Wyoming, 1888. A place of gun smoke and darkness, sin and damnation, wendigos and witches," the game's description reads. "When a dead man awakens with only the memory of a figure in black, he sets into motion a chain of events that have truly mythic consequences."

Here's the brilliant new Microsoft Flight Simulator trailer

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Here's the brilliant new Microsoft Flight Simulator trailer

I have watched last night's Microsoft Flight Simulator gameplay trailer numerous times today and gosh, what a majestic thing this game looks to be.

So, yes, I could give you the press release spiel: Microsoft has now confirmed a bunch of aeroplane companies it will officially license planes from: Airbus, Boeing, CubCrafters, Daher, Diamond Aircraft Industries, ICON Aircraft, Robin Aircraft and Textron Aviation.

Or you could just watch the trailer a couple more times and marvel at its astonishing recreation of the planet below.

The big XO19 interview: Xbox boss Phil Spencer on Game Pass, streaming and Project Scarlett

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The big XO19 interview: Xbox boss Phil Spencer on Game Pass, streaming and Project Scarlett

At Microsoft's big XO19 event in London yesterday, Xbox boss Phil Spencer told the gathered press all about Game Pass, the company's video game subscription. He spoke about the Yakuza games coming to Xbox for the first time. He spoke about Final Fantasy games coming to Xbox for the first time, including even Final Fantasy 14. And he spoke about Project xCloud, Microsoft's take on video game streaming, which already seems like a cool proposition as it plans integration with Game Pass in 2020.

That's a lot of Game Pass. And why not? It's such an incredibly good deal for gamers, and, it seems, is doing the business for Xbox, so it feels right it should form the basis of Microsoft's video game strategy in the near to medium term. And yet, it seems, doubts linger.

Of course, Star Wars is now in Fortnite

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Of course, Star Wars is now in Fortnite

At last, I have the perfect avatar for my terrible aim. To celebrate today's launch of Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, the franchise's iconic Imperial Stormtrooper is now available as a skin in Fortnite.

The outfit comes free if you buy Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from the Epic Games Store before 30th November. Alternatively, it can be purchased in-game for 1500 Vbucks.

If you somehow buy the skin before purchasing Jedi: Fallen Order, you'll get the Vbucks instead. (And yes, if you refund the game, the skin goes too.)

Take a look at Fractured Minds, the mental health-inspired game by 17-year-old BAFTA winner

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Take a look at Fractured Minds, the mental health-inspired game by 17-year-old BAFTA winner

Fractured Minds is a first-person adventure puzzle game all about mental health, and it was created by 17-year-old game developer.

Emily Mitchell, 2017's BAFTA Young Game Designers winner, says the game is inspired by her personal struggles with anxiety, but is designed to resonate with anyone suffering from all types of mental health issues.

The game released yesterday for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, and guides players through a "personal and emotional journey".

Five of the Best: Zip wires

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Five of the Best: Zip wires

Five of the Best is a weekly series about things you don't notice when you're playing a game because you've got more pressing things to do such as saving the world. Things like hands, potions, crowds, dinosaurs - we've covered an eclectic bunch so far (and there's a Five of the Best archive where they're all compiled).

But these incidentals, they're essential, and you'll find they're lodged deep in your brain. So much so that if I were to say "best maps in video games - go!" I bet you'd be able to rattle off a handful without too much trouble. And that's what I want you to do: get involved, because Five of the Best is as much about you celebrating your favourites as me celebrating mine.

So here goes, prepare yourself: "Best zip wires in video games - go!"

Get 20% off new games, consoles, TVs and more in Ebay's sale

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Get 20% off new games, consoles, TVs and more in Ebay's sale

Ebay's travelling 20 per cent off sale has returned, offering a maximum of £75 off from over a hundred of Ebay's biggest sellers when you use code PRIZE20. This is the perfect time to pick up new games, consoles or tech items at considerable discount, so take a look at the highlights we've found so far!

The easiest way we've found to discover sale items is to visit the store pages of retailers participating in the promotion - some good places to start are ShopTo for games and games consoles, Crampton & Moore for TVs and electronics, and Ebuyer for PC components and peripherals. Of course, you can also read on for our picks!

If you want to get the maximum possible savings, you should be aiming for items around £375. Getting a 20 per cent discount on a cheaper item will work out to a savings of less than £75, while more expensive items will get that maximum £75 off but the percentage saved will be correspondingly lower. Of course, as long as you're over the £25 minimum spend then you'll be doing just fine. Remember, you'll need to use the PRIZE20 code and add the product to your basket to see the discounted price.