Galactic Civilizations III Launches Latest Expansion And Update

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Galactic Civilizations III Launches Latest Expansion And Update

Stardock Entertainment's Galactic Civilizations III launches its Intrigue expansion and 3.0 update today.

Intrigue boasts several new elements to running space societies. Features include forming a government based on tech and alien races, creating an independent colony, galaxy-wide trade market, and special event tracking. The 3.0 update comes with a tutorial mode, taxation, and farming. The Intrigue expansion costs $19.99, while the 3.0 update is free to all players.

To celebrate the new content, Stardock is discounting the game to $13.59 on its website and Steam until tomorrow. The game's gold edition, which comes with the soundtrack and all previous content excluding the Intrigue expansion, will also be on sale for $46.99.

Rainbow Six Siege’s Community Grows To Over 30 Million

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Rainbow Six Siege’s Community Grows To Over 30 Million

On March 6, Ubisoft releaed Operation Chimera, a free, cooperative event event for Rainbow Six Siege that included two new operators and a host of cosmetic unlockables. The event helped push the game to new heights in popularity.

Rainbow Six Siege has now surpassed 30 million registered players, which is up from 27 Million last month. Ubisoft also recently hosted the 2018 Six Invitational tournament, which saw a record number of peak concurrent viewers at 321,000, and a total of more than 6.2 million hours watched across all channels.

"On behalf of the entire team, we wanted to thank every member of our diverse, global community for their support of our game," said Rainbow Six Siege brand director Alexandre Remy. "Our players are the most valuable element to our game. Over the last three years, we have endeavored to create a solid community built on transparency as we grow and evolve the ever-expanding world of Rainbow Six Siege. We are so tremendously honored to achieve this milestone, and we will continue to do everything we can to earn each and every new person that decides to play."

Dauntless Open Beta Releases Next Month

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Dauntless Open Beta Releases Next Month

Phoenix Labs, an indie game studio made of former members of Bioware, Riot, and Capcom, has announced that their upcoming co-op action RPG Dauntless will be launching an open beta on May 24. The closed beta has been running since September 2017 and over 100,000 players have slayed Behemoths across the Shattered Isles. Currently, over 700,000 additional players have signed up for the open beta and Phoenix Labs is thrilled to share Dauntless with a larger audience.

“Dauntless is more than four years in the making, and we can’t wait for everyone to join us in the Shattered Isles, team up with friends, take on Behemoths, craft epic gear and bring the world to life,” said CEO and co-founder of Phoenix Labs Jesse Houston. “As we close in on our next phase of this adventure, we thank our passionate community that has been with us from day-one, providing feedback and helping craft the experience into what it is today. It has been an honor to create Dauntless together with you!” 

The open beta will be free for all PC players starting on May 24, but those who are interested in hopping on for the closed beta can purchase the Founder's Pack and start playing. In the meantime, you can check out why Dauntless made our list as one of the most anticipated PC games of 2018.

Billy Mitchell Stripped Of All His Records And Banned By Twin Galaxies

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Billy Mitchell Stripped Of All His Records And Banned By Twin Galaxies

Video game scorekeeper Twin Galaxies has decided to remove all of Billy Mitchell's scores from the organization's leaderboards as well as ban him from submitting future competitive scores. Some of Mitchell's Donkey Kong scores came under scrutiny when it was alleged they were produced with an emulator running the game, against Twin Galaxies' rules. Mitchell's default means that his foil in the King of Kong documentary, Steve Wiebe, is Donkey Kong's first million-point record holder.

In an official statement, Twin Galaxies says it has "meticulously tested and investigated the dispute case assertions as well as a number of relevant contingent factors, such as the veracity of the actual video performances that the dispute claim assertions rely upon." Among those involved in the investigation are at least two third-party entities that did their own investigations and whose conclusions were "identical" to Twin Galaxies'.

One of those third parties, Carlos Pinerio, was engaged by Mitchell himself to investigate the matter "utilizing whatever original equipment Billy could provide." Twin Galaxies says that Mitchell had the opportunity to work on his own behalf but chose not to do so.

Billy Mitchell Stripped Of All His Scores And Banned By Twin Galaxies

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Billy Mitchell Stripped Of All His Scores And Banned By Twin Galaxies

Video game scorekeeper Twin Galaxies has decided to remove all of Billy Mitchell's scores from the organization's leaderboards as well as ban him from submitting future competitive scores. Some of Mitchell's Donkey Kong scores came under scrutiny when it was alleged they were produced with an emulator running the game, against Twin Galaxies' rules. Mitchell's default means that his foil in the King of Kong documentary, Steve Wiebe, is Donkey Kong's first million-point record holder.

In an official statement, Twin Galaxies says it has "meticulously tested and investigated the dispute case assertions as well as a number of relevant contingent factors, such as the veracity of the actual video performances that the dispute claim assertions rely upon." Among those involved in the investigation are at least two third-party entities that did their own investigations and whose conclusions were "identical" to Twin Galaxies'.

One of those third parties, Carlos Pinerio, was engaged by Mitchell himself to investigate the matter "utilizing whatever original equipment Billy could provide." Twin Galaxies says that Mitchell had the opportunity to work on his own behalf but chose not to do so.

Former PlayStation Boss Andrew House Speculates About PlayStation 5

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Former PlayStation Boss Andrew House Speculates About PlayStation 5

Andrew House, who recently left Sony after a 27-year stint at the company, was also recently asked at the GamesBeat conference about the PlayStation 5.

The Tuesday interview, reported here by Polygon, had House speculating about the current generation of consoles and their successors. While House wouldn't get into too many details, or say anything that he would know as Sony Interactive Entertainment's president, he did speculate on where he thought consoles would be going.

House explained that he was "bullish" about the future of consoles, citing concern at the beginning of this generation about consoles being dead. “In 2013, the vast majority of conventional wisdom was saying that consoles were dead,” House remarked. “The whole market was moving to mobile and there was no future for this. I remember saying to myself, to use a very English metaphor, ‘Am I going to be the last governor of Hong Kong, overseeing the end of consoles?’ Fortunately, all those impending doom mongers were all very wrong.”

Fortnite Update Adds To Battle Royale And Survive The Storm

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Fortnite Update Adds To Battle Royale And Survive The Storm

The newest Fortnite update adds a new item that drastically changes building in Battle Royale, as well as adds new things to the game's Survive the World mode.

The new update adds the previously revealed Port-A-Fort grenade in Battle Royale, which immediately creates defensive forts for players without the need to build. Battle Royale is also getting a replay system, so players can view their previous match in all sorts of different angles. There are also options for different angles in the settings to help automate that cinematic feel.

The 50 vs. 50 Battle Royale mode will be making a return, as well, turning battle royale into a two-team match.

Destiny 2 Update Roadmap Released, Warmind DLC Coming May 8

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Destiny 2 Update Roadmap Released, Warmind DLC Coming May 8

Bungie has released a development roadmap for upcoming DLC and updates for Destiny 2. In the process, they let slip preparation plans for Destiny 2's next big piece of DLC.

Season 3 begins on May 8, launching alongside Warmind, Destiny 2's second DLC expansion. While Bungie didn't detail Warmind yet, they have announced a reveal stream for the game on April 24 on Twitch. Bungie's short description does reference new enemies, however, which should hopefully remedy the game's issues with enemy variety, even if only a slight alleviation.

The development roadmap also finally dates the weapon slot changes, now planned for September. Crucible changes are also coming soon, with all the maps for each expansion going into the same pool. This should significantly improve matchmaking, as it means more people trying to join the same kind of match.

Battlegrounds PC Update Fixes Clothing Issue In Maps

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Battlegrounds PC Update Fixes Clothing Issue In Maps

The latest PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds update fixes a long-time issue with clothing drops on maps causing problems for players.

The PC 1.0 update fixes a number of other issues, but the most notable has been an issue players have been having with clothes overlapping with weapons. Clothes often took priority as a pick-up when overlapping with weapons, which can make fast and frenetic moments difficult when two players dive for a weapon and accidentally pick up a shirt instead.

The fix decided upon is to just remove in-game clothing spawns from maps as a whole.

Shovel Knight Hits Two Million Copies Sold

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Shovel Knight Hits Two Million Copies Sold

Yacht ClubGames has announced that Shovel Knight, the blue knight who everyone digs, has sold two million copies.

The announcement came from the studio today, recounting the long journey Shovel Knight took to get to this point. The game hit one million units after 18 months, but took another 26 months from that point to hit two million. In that time, the game has had two DLC expansions with a third one on the way, a new card game, multiple Shovel Knight guest appearances, and more.

Yacht Club also broke down the platforms where that two million number comes from.