The Crusader Kings 3 team is working hard to make the game easier to learn

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The Crusader Kings 3 team is working hard to make the game easier to learn

In their latest developer diary, Paradox Interactive has gone into detail on their efforts to make Crusader Kings 3 a more accessible experience compared to prior grand strategy games. Though Crusader Kings 2 was a smash success, a common complaint among those interested in it was that the interface and mechanics were a chore to comprehend. “We’ve put a lot of effort into making the interface more approachable for people,” says programmer Matthew Clohessy, “just so that the difficulty and complexity comes from playing the game well and having good strategies instead of finding what number you need or tooltip to find out a piece of information, or Googling what a specific term means.” 

Approachable space program simulator Mars Horizon opens beta signups for April 27th

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Approachable space program simulator Mars Horizon opens beta signups for April 27th

Space program simulation game Mars Horizon is having a beta next month, and you’re invited. Described as a “strategy simulation game about space exploration,” the game has you take charge of a major space agency and attempt to get humans to Mars. Mars Horizon was developed with support from the European Space Agency (ESA), with advice on the actual science and planning that goes into the process of space missions. The beta test is open to sign ups, and will take place starting April 27th. The beta will be about eight hours long, taking players from the early stages of space flight to the Moon and back. Players will be able to play as the European, Russian, and American space agencies, upgrading rockets and building facilities and sending people to space—all the stuff you'd expect. Mars Horizon isn’t quite as hardcore as other space program simulations, like Kerbal Space Program, so it might be a good one to try if you’ve always been intimidated by the complexity of those games. 

Blizzard polls World of Warcraft Classic players on possible The Burning Crusade Classic

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Blizzard polls World of Warcraft Classic players on possible The Burning Crusade Classic

Blizzard has sent a survey to a select number of World of Warcraft Classic players asking their opinions on a number of issues, including several questions geared towards the release of expansion The Burning Crusade in “Classic” form. Screenshots of the poll were posted to Reddit, after which they came to PC Gamer’s attention. The first of two questions is simply a gauge of interest in “a ‘Classic’ version of The Burning Crusade,” with response options ranging from “Not at all interested” to “Extremely interested.” The second polls players on how they’d envision starting in “Classic” Burning Crusade, and has a range of options already being hotly debated on social media.

When does Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord unlock in my time zone?

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When does Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord unlock in my time zone?

It's been a very long time coming, but Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord is nearly here. Almost exactly a decade after the release of the last game in the series, Bannerlord is rolling out in early access with plans for further expansions throughout 2020. TaleWorlds recently announced that the game would be coming earlier than initially planned, so when exactly does the game unlock?

The biggest PC gaming stories of the week

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The biggest PC gaming stories of the week

A new Half-Life game released this week, which still feels weird to say. We quite liked Half-Life's VR spin-off—Chris gave Alyx a 92% in his review—and have been goofing around in it all week, because the high Goofing Around Potential (GAP) is still one of the best aspects of VR games. For instance, James played some headcrab sports, as you can see in the video above (also on YouTube).

Ryan Reynolds in talks to star in Dragon's Lair movie on Netflix

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Ryan Reynolds in talks to star in Dragon's Lair movie on Netflix

Dragon's Lair was a technological marvel when it was released in 1983. Instead of using conventional graphics of the day, which were not great, it featured real animation by ex-Disney animator Don Bluth, enabled by beefy LaserDisc storage. It wasn't a particularly good game—it sucked, frankly—but those stunning visuals turned it into a five-star quarters-eater, and inspired home versions on a variety of platforms. The original is on Steam, and GOG picked up the Dragon's Lair Trilogy in 2018.

Give your Animal Crossing home a PC gaming makeover with this handy design tool

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Give your Animal Crossing home a PC gaming makeover with this handy design tool

Animal Crossing: New Horizons chat makes up most of the morning PC Gamer Slack discussion lately. Don't get us wrong, we're not losing focus. Half-Life: Alyx and Doom Eternal and the upcoming Mount and Blade: Bannerlord take up plenty of real estate in our brains. It's just been impossible to ignore the appeal of Animal Crossing in such stressful times like these

Tomb Raider writer Rhianna Pratchett's new game is out today, exclusively on Stadia

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Tomb Raider writer Rhianna Pratchett's new game is out today, exclusively on Stadia

Lost Words: Beyond the Page is an "emotionally moving, fully-voiced" narrative platformer written by well-known writer Rhianna Pratchett, who's previously written for games including Tomb Raider, BioShock Infinite, Prince of Persia, and Mirror's Edge. It was announced in 2018, and a trailer revealed in January at the New York Videogame Awards said that it would be out this spring on Steam and other platforms.