Space survival sim Astroneer has launched out of Early Access

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Space survival sim Astroneer has launched out of Early Access

After two years spent in Early Access, space survival sandbox Astroneer has launched into 1.0 today – there's a trailer to celebrate below. It's a co-op focused experience (though you can play solo if you want), with neat interplanetary travel across a handful of handcrafted (ie, not procedurally generated) planets. There's crafting, resource management, base building, and most importantly – planet terraforming, which actually looks pretty cool.

Crusader Kings 2, Age of Wonders 3, and Europa Universalis 4 headline the Humble Paradox Bundle

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Crusader Kings 2, Age of Wonders 3, and Europa Universalis 4 headline the Humble Paradox Bundle

Paradox Interactive is the power behind the throne that is the latest Humble Bundle, which kicks off with Age of Wonders 2: The Wizard's Throne, Darkest Hour: A Hearts of Iron Game, Magicka 2, and Crusader Kings 2 for $1. Crusader Kings 2 is the big one in that package: It normally goes for $40 (although it's currently on sale for $10), it has a "very positive" user rating on Steam, and people have literally played it for thousands of hours. Steam user Dylan, with 1046.5 hours on record, called it the "best way to waste yer life while sitting on a crappy chair eating ramen pride noodles," and you're not going to do better than that for a dollar. 

Disney has a 'good relationship' with Electronic Arts, CEO says

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Disney has a 'good relationship' with Electronic Arts, CEO says

Disney closed LucasArts in 2013, six months after it acquired parent company Lucasfilm for $4 billion, and then established an exclusive licensing deal for Star Wars games with Electronic arts a month later. But it hasn't been the smoothest ride since: Heavily-hyped games have been cancelled, high-profile hires have moved on to other things, an EA rep made the most unpopular comment in the entire history of Reddit, and of course there was that whole business with loot boxes.   

Wargroove uses a little-known Steam feature to great effect

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Wargroove uses a little-known Steam feature to great effect

I don't play many turn-based multiplayer games on Steam, which is why it took until Wargroove for me to discover the fantastic feature Steam calls Turn Notifications. Turn notifications are exactly what they sound like: Little pop-ups that tell you when you can make a move in a turn-based game. The pop-ups look just like the ones Steam uses to tell you a friend has just launched a game, or it's finished downloading something. This feature has existed since 2014! I had no idea, but it's supported by board games like Carcassonne and strategy games like Frozen Synapse. In Wargroove, it's implemented in a wonderful way that reminds me of how I played Advance Wars with my friends in the early 2000s.

Take-Two says the Epic Store is 'a good thing,' but exclusives sound very unlikely

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Take-Two says the Epic Store is 'a good thing,' but exclusives sound very unlikely

The launch of the Epic Games Store has been surprisingly controversial, primarily because of Epic's willingness to spend some of that sweet Fortnite cash on high-profile exclusives. A number of gamers don't care for what they see as fragmentation of the market that's forcing them to use multiple storefronts and run multiple launchers: Steam, Origin, Uplay, Battle.net, Bethesda, and now Epic.