Blistering New Titanfall 2 Trailer Shows Off Upcoming Free Map

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Blistering New Titanfall 2 Trailer Shows Off Upcoming Free Map

Spoiler: You are nowhere near as good as the expert pilots in this video.

Respawn has been faithfully carrying through on its promise to provide plentiful free DLC support for Titanfall 2. Last week the developer outlined the new maps and mechs heading to the game in the coming months, but boy oh boy does the latest trailer do a better job of selling it.

The new Glitch map is based on the opening tutorial area of Titanfall 2, but you'll probably be too dazzled by the smooth moves of the featured pilots to notice. A new Live Fire mode will also be included in the update, and is based off the virtual training area featured in the single-player campaign. Once again, the best way to show off a new map is by having some serious pros play on it.

Bandai Namco Trademarks 'Pac-Man Maker'

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Bandai Namco Trademarks 'Pac-Man Maker'

Is it the dawn of a new era for gaming's iconic power-pellet muncher, or just a move to protect the IP?

An eagle-eyed NeoGAF user has spotted a new trademark that Bandai Namco filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office yesterday. The filing trademarks the name "Pac-Man Maker" and falls under two classifications, both of which cover video games.

Video game companies often file trademarks for names and titles they don't necessarily intend to turn into future products in order to protect their franchises or keep their options open. During peak Skyrim hysteria Zenimax trademarked the terms "Dragonborn" and "Fus Ro Dah," while Level-5 has trademarked eyebrow-raising titles such as "Rare Drop Adventurer Note" and "Earth Devastating B-rank Girlfriend."  

Launch Trailer Sets The Stage For Kate Walker's Return

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Launch Trailer Sets The Stage For Kate Walker's Return

Thirteen years after Syberia II, the long-awaited third entry in the series is finally upon us.

Syberia 3 picks up right where its predecessor left off, with Kate Walker setting off on a new adventure alongside members of the Youkol tribe. Along the way, she will make friends and enemies, and presumably solve a bunch of complex puzzles, with the 3D graphics hopefully breathing new life into the point-and-click adventure genre. Check out the dramatic launch trailer below:

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Release Date For The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Ep. 4 Announced

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 Release Date For The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Ep. 4 Announced

Telltale has revealed the release date for the forth episode of Walking Dead: A New Frontier today on Twitter and it's coming soon. The latest installment in Clementine's ongoing saga is set to arrive April 25. Fans can also get a sneak peek at the upcoming events in a new trailer that will hit tomorrow. Here's the official tweet from Telltale. 

#TheWalkingDead: A New Frontier Ep 4 'Thicker Than Water' will be available to download starting 4/25!Official trailer tomorrow!#HangTight pic.twitter.com/zk9ZWigqwa

Episode 3 of A New Frontier scored a 7.25 from our reviewer Kim Wallace, who said "it doesn't have the emotional pull or shocking revelations of previous episodes." You can read the full review right here. Episodes 1 and 2 dropped together; there reviews are available here. Hopefully Episode 4 gets things back on track.

Prison Architect Is Coming To Mobile Devices

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Prison Architect Is Coming To Mobile Devices

When it comes to Prison Architect, the phrase "Nobody knows the trouble I've seen" couldn't be more fitting. Tasking players with juggling jail construction, inmates' morale, guards' pay, and dozens of other variables to avoid riots and jailbreaks, Introversion Software's management simulator is now coming to mobile.

A collaboration between developer Introversion and publisher Paradox Interactive, Prison Architect: Mobile will be available for both iOS and Android devices. The game will be free to download with additional content and game modes available for in-game purchase. Though no release date has yet been announced for the U.S., a limited number of players in the Netherlands can find an early version of the title on Google Play and the App Store. 

Check out our review of Prison Architect, along with fan-made prison layouts inspired by Star Wars, The Legend of Zelda, and more.

Orcs Must Die! Unchained Out Now On Steam

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Orcs Must Die! Unchained Out Now On Steam

The third entry in the popular Orcs Must Die! series is finally out on Steam after three long years in beta, and there's a new trailer to celebrate the occasion.

Unchained is a free-to-play MOBA take on the franchise, with three-player co-op adding to the intensity of its action/tower defense core, as well as new PvP multiplayer battles to mix things up. Check out the launch trailer below:

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Digital Game Sales Reached Dizzying New High In 2016

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Digital Game Sales Reached Dizzying New High In 2016

The ESA's new Essential Facts report packs a ton of interesting stats about the video game industry. Chief among them: The ever-growing amount that gamers are spending on digital content.

As with previous years, the annual report from the ESA does a great job illuminating the demographics of gamers, breaking down who is playing, what they're buying, and how much time we're all spending on our beloved hobby. This year's report reveals that the average gamer is now 35 years old, and that while male gamers still tend to be younger, female gamers are pretty evenly split across the entire age spectrum.

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PSA: The Silver Case Glitch Makes New PS4 Chapters Inaccessible

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PSA: The Silver Case Glitch Makes New PS4 Chapters Inaccessible

One of this week's notable releases is The Silver Case, an HD remaster of the first game by Grasshopper Manufacture. The intricate tale of murder and corporate corruption had lots of the strange moments that have since become synonymous with games from developer Goichi Suda. But even if this sounds up your alley, you may want to hold off before choosing which version to buy.

The game is currently available on PC and PS4, with the latter receiving two extra epilogue chapters (even though one of them has "prologue" in the title). However, as of this writing, we have not been able to access those additional chapters even after finishing the rest of the game. Publisher NIS America has confirmed this is a known issue, and plans to release a patch to fix this issue "as soon as possible." The additional chapters are also headed to the PC version, so if you're thinking of picking up the PS4 version to get those first, you have a little more time to make your decision.

For more on the Silver Case, you can read our interview with Suda, and watch us play through the first hour of the game.

Rainbow Six Siege Update Rebalances Several Operators

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Rainbow Six Siege Update Rebalances Several Operators

Today Ubisoft Montreal released a Rainbow Six Siege update that tweaks how some operators play. Outlined in the Ubisoft forums, Patch 2.1.3 focuses its major changes on Glaz, Echo, and Montagne.

For Glaz, the Spetnaz marksman's thermal scope introduced in the Velvet Shell Midseason Reinforcements now makes it easier to tell when a shot lands on an enemy by reducing the noise on the enemy outline, tweaking the contrast, and making sure the players can see the blood splatter.

The developers felt Montagne's LFP586 was a little too powerful, so they are increasing the hip fire spread to make sure the shielded operator must expose himself if he wants to make quick work of an enemy. 

Ubisoft Opening Up Two New Studios

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Ubisoft Opening Up Two New Studios

Ubisoft is opening up two new development studios to help with the company's "new AAA games for some of [its] biggest franchises."

One studio is in Bordeaux, France, and the other in Berlin, and between the two of them they should have 100 people working by the end of their first year.

According to gamesindustry.biz, Ubisoft Bordeaux will work with new games from Ubisoft's French studios (Just Dance, Steep, and Ghost Recon Wildlands), while Berlin assists with Ubisoft's two Blue Byte studios (Anno and The Settlers) in Dusseldorf and Mainz, Germany.