Goblins Vs. Gnomes Blows Up Hearthstone Next Week

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At Blizzcon in early November, Blizzard announced its first major expansion for collectible card cash cow, Hearthstone. Now we know when we’ll be forking over money for new packs.

Goblins vs. Gnomes arrives on December 8, bringing with it new mechanics across 120 different cards. The new inclusions can be found in Goblins vs. Gnomes packs, crafted from dust, or earned in the arena.

For more on Goblins vs. Gnomes, check out our coverage from Blizzcon. And if it’s single-player Hearthstone you want, check out our coverage of the Curse of Naxxramas campaign.

Ubisoft Confirms Victorian England Assassin’s Creed Game In Development

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Assassin’s Creed Unity and Assassin’s Creed Rogue are still brand new, but eyes are already looking toward the next title. Assassin’s Creed Victory, a game set in Victorian England, is reportedly up next.

Kotaku first broke the news with screenshots and a logo from a source. Ubisoft has since confirmed to Joystiq that the assets, including a video allegedly seen by Kotaku, are authentic.

According to a statement from Ubisoft subsequently sent to us as well, the game is under development at the Quebec studio. 

Alien: Isolation's Second DLC, Trauma, Is Out Today

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Sega and Creative Assembly have announced that the second add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available today. The DLC pack, titled Trauma, puts you in control of Dr. Lingard, Sevastopol's medical officer. To give fans an idea of what to expect, Creative Assembly has also put together a developer Let's Play which you can see below.

The new maps in Trauma are titled Reoperation, Crawl Space, and Overrun. Players have to quickly destroy Dr. Lingard's research to ensure it doesn't fall into the wrong hands. Each map has its own leaderboard, challenging players to improve their times and fight for the top spot. 

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Report: Majesco’s Future Darkens As Company Downsizes

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In November, news of financial trouble at Majesco re-emerged. The publisher has dodged a number of bullets over the years, but recently expressed doubt of its ability to remain a “going concern.”

With no “significant new games” planned for 2015, the publisher has downsized according to a former employee of Majesco’s Midnight City indie label. Former vice president of publishing, Casey Lynch, shared via Twitter that he is no longer with the company due to layoffs. An email to his colleague John Kopp, communications director at the indie label, reveals via auto-reply that he is also no longer with the company. 

Earlier this year, Majesco’s investors authorized a reverse stock split. This maneuver reduces the number of outstanding shares by a fixed ratio, increasing the value of each one remaining. The move prevented the publisher from NASDAQ delisting, a threat it had been under three times since 2008.

Steam In-Client Automatic Broadcasting And Viewing Options Available Now

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Steam In-Client Automatic Broadcasting And Viewing Options Available Now

Valve has announced a significant new beta feature for the Steam client. Now, any game in your library is available for streaming in the Steam client and you’ll be able to spectate your friends while they play.

The process seems simple. Once you opt into the beta client (available in the Settings > Account section of the preferences), you’ll see new options. 

Watching a game is as simple as clicking the “Watch Game” button from a friend’s profile in the drop-down. When a friend requests to view your in-progress game, you’ll be presented with privacy options (and you can set your preferences to “invite only”).

Artists' Homages To Classic PS1 Games Are Stunning

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Game Art HQ is home to a lot of artists and gamers, and those two loves intersect in the site’s PlayStation 20th Anniversary Tribute. Site members collaborated to produce a gallery of artwork based on more than 40 games released between 1995 and 2002.

Resident Evil, Crash Bandicoot, Kowloon’s Gate, Klonoa, and Final Fantasy are just a few of the games remembered by the 50 artists who contributed to the gallery. Each piece in the collection is accompanied by a word from the artist about their experience with their game of choice. Styles range from comical to realistic, with mediums from paint to pencil to digital.

The Guardian Forces of Final Fantasy VIII by The Curaga(Click to enlarge)

PewDiePie Will Be On South Park Tomorrow Night

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Trey Parker and Matt Stone have been all about video games this year. Obsidian released a solid South Park RPG earlier this year (read our review), and the show itself has been focusing on gaming topics like Oculus Rift and free-to-play games. Tomorrow's episode continues the trend with a guest appearance from popular YouTube gamer PewDiePie.

Appropriately, the episode appears to focus on Cartman making YouTube videos where he comments on the goings-on of his other Colorado town friends.

Check out PewDiePie's announcement video below:

Marvel RPG Soars Onto Mobile Devices Next Year

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Marvel's partnership with mobile developer, Kabam, continues to march on like an inspired U.S. soldier following Captain America into the fray. Kabam already has a fighting game starring these heroic heavy hitters on the way by the end of the year, called Marvel: Contest of Champions. The next product of these teams' collaboration continues in 2015 with a yet-unnamed RPG based on Marvel's properties.

Kabam's Marvel free-to-play RPG will be playable on mobile devices by fall of next year. The developer's hefty catalog of mobile games includes Kingdoms of Camelot and Stormfall: Age of War.

Our TakeThere are a lot of Marvel fans in the world, and many of them have phones. It makes sense that Marvel would want to continue offering free-to-play games to these fans, especially if Marvel: Contest of Champions' fighting gameplay turns out to be a success. Of course, we'll have a better idea of Marvel and Kabam's collaborative potential when we try out Contest of Champions later this year. 

Crytek Pulls Plug On Xbox 360 Version Of Warface After Less Than A Year

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Well, that didn’t last very long. Crytek is putting its free-to-play military shooter out to pasture on Xbox 360 after less than a year.

The developer announced via its Facebook page today that service will cease on February 1, 2015. The game was released from beta on Xbox 360 on April 22, 2014.

Crytek says that no new players will be able to join the game from this point forward and no “kredits” will be sold to those already playing. The developer says this does not impact the PC game, but has not specified any compensation to those that have spent money in the game’s seven months of operation.

Nintendo Avoids Wii U Sales Injunction In Settlement With Philips

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Nintendo Avoids Wii U Sales Injunction In Settlement With Philips

In May 2014, electronics manufacturer Philips filed suit against Nintendo over alleged patent infringement. The complaint targeted motion-control peripherals, including the Wii U and accessories like the Wii Remote.

In June, Nintendo was dealt a blow in UK courts as a judge ruled that patents for recognition of hand gestures and motion input were infringed by the gaming company. Philips’ suit, which sought damages, enhancement valued at three times plus interest, and injunction against further Wii U sales has now been settled. 

A press release issued by Philips indicates that the parties have agreed to cross-license select patents. The case filed in Delaware has also been dismissed by request, with each party responsible for its own court fees.