God game The Universim enters beta with fancy new planets

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God game The Universim enters beta with fancy new planets

Crytivo has announced that god game The Universim is entering Beta alongside an update improving the scale of the game’s planets. The Universim is a hugely ambitious crowdfunded god game that seeks to create a civilization-building experience from the earliest days of neolithic life to a planets-spanning galactic civilization. The next big update for the game will take it into official beta status, and improves several aspects of the game—but focuses primarily on updating the parts of it that generate new worlds. Planets are now larger, filled with more things, and have fancier mountains. They also generate faster to boot.

Gray Zone is a sci-fi RTS releasing in Early Access next year

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Gray Zone is a sci-fi RTS releasing in Early Access next year

Slovakian developers Eastworks Studios have announced they'll be releasing Gray Zone, a "Narrative driven tactical RTS game", in 2020. Set hundreds of years in the future, the narrative part of its pitch involves a slave turning against his masters. "Expect memorable characters, fun dialogs and lots of action!" It'll also feature a tactics mode where you can freeze time and issue orders to your troops.

Superhot VR grosses over $2 million in a single week

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Superhot VR grosses over $2 million in a single week

Superhot VR is one of our favorite VR games, one where "it’s possible to toss a brick at a man, knock his semi-auto pistol into the air, catch it, and bash him over the head with it before shooting three other men out of a helicopter behind you." It's done quite well for indie studio Superhot Team, as their director of special projects Callum Underwood boasted on Twitter: "SUPERHOT VR has grossed over 2 million dollars on all platforms in the past 7 days alone. Thank you players!!"

Sci-fi logic puzzler The Talos Principle is today's free game on Epic

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Sci-fi logic puzzler The Talos Principle is today's free game on Epic

The Epic Store's free holiday games just keep on coming, and today's is philosophical sci-fi puzzler The Talos Principle. This was one of the better games to come in the wake of Portal 2, and while its puzzles and narrative aren't anything particularly unique, it does engage with interesting philosophy. Plus, even if the puzzles aren't unique in execution, the way it constructs them is masterful—and the challenge puzzles are some of the biggest brain-burners I've ever encountered in a 3D puzzle game.

Re-fight the galactic civil war with this gorgeous Star Wars Empire at War mod

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Re-fight the galactic civil war with this gorgeous Star Wars Empire at War mod

Last year, when we discovered the Star Wars Empire at War Remake mod, Fraser Brown requested to be frozen in carbonite until it was done. I guess we can thaw him out because I just checked the mod page and hot damn. Not only does this mod update the game to cutting-edge visual standards with new models and effects, it adds new units and deepens the game mechanics. The most recent release, the 3.0 update, brought a whole host of new stuff and graphical improvements to the mod. Empire at War is a strategy game released in 2006, and we still consider it to be one of the best space games on PC.

More people are playing The Witcher 3 than on launch day in 2015

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More people are playing The Witcher 3 than on launch day in 2015

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt presently has more concurrent players on Steam than it had on launch day in 2015, breaking its own record of 92,000 by several thousand players. At the time of this report more than 94,000 people were playing the game according to SteamDB, Steamcharts, and Valve’s own statistics. That puts it ahead of well-established free games like Path of Exile, Warframe, and Team Fortress 2. Further, the two previous games in the series are both in the top 100 games by player count on Steam, with The Witcher: Enhanced Edition at 12,100 and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings at 6,600.

This deep simulation of space economics is surprisingly compelling

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This deep simulation of space economics is surprisingly compelling

I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but people really like games about economics. They like them even more so if you put the economics in space. Prosperous Universe is a browser-based space economics MMO that puts you in ownership of a company in newly-settled human space. Running the company is handled through the in-browser APEX interface, a customizable framework that uses all kinds of tricky little text codes to bring up new windows for buying, selling, and transferring goods. It takes place in real time, so most players only log in one or two times a day to check their trades or send ships out with goods. It is in active development, with the game recently adding player elections for planetary governorships. 

25-year-old game thought lost until creator sees someone stream it

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25-year-old game thought lost until creator sees someone stream it

Rick Brewster is the creator of freeware graphics editor Paint.NET, but back in the early 1990s he was a precocious young developer of videogames. One of those games, made when he was only 12, was The Golden Flute 4: The Flute of Immortality. Until recently Brewster thought his game was gone forever, the only copy given away to a cousin and then lost.