New Games: Golem Gates is a mix of deck building and RTS

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New Games: Golem Gates is a mix of deck building and RTS

After several years languishing on the sidelines, real-time strategy is mounting a serious comeback these days, and the revival is bringing fresh ideas to the genre that had for a long time become dominated by StarCraft. Take Golem Gates, and indie RTS from Laser Guided Games - it’s a fairly classic take on RTS action, but using a cooldown-based deckbuilding system for unit creation.

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As the Harbinger, you use “glyphs” - or cards - to summon creatures and use powers drawn from nanites leftover in the Ash, the destroyed remains of a war-torn world. Golem Gates does away with the traditional RTS building and economy, and pushes that element of strategy into the deck building of the metagame. 

Stellaris 2.1 Niven update will change hyperlanes and make anomalies less scary

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Stellaris 2.1 Niven update will change hyperlanes and make anomalies less scary

Some key changes are coming with Stellaris’ next update, its game director wrote in a Paradox forum post this week. The game’s hyperlane generation system is getting an overhaul, anomalies are changing to be less daunting, and they’re adding a few new types of star system.

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Paradox are changing the hyperlane system to make it less likely to have leviathans sitting in chokepoints on the galaxy map. The new algorithm, Paradox say, identifies clusters of stars and creates thinner “highways” interconnecting these systems, with hyperlanes connecting these to each other. The algorithm can then identify chokepoints, so the game won’t spawn leviathans in those systems. All in all, it’ll make travel easier, and less of a gamble.

Two new races are playable in the latest Battle for Azeroth build

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Two new races are playable in the latest Battle for Azeroth build

The newest beta build for World of Warcraft’s upcoming expansion Battle for Azeroth opens two of its races, the Dark Iron Dwarves and the Mag’Har Orcs, and adds a host of other new content.

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The Allied Dark Irons and Horde Mag’Har are two of eight total new races that will be added in Battle for Azeroth. To unlock the Dark Iron Dwarves, you’ll need to have purchased Battle for Azeroth and completed the 8.0 Alliance War Campaign. For the Mag’Har Orcs, you’ll have to have finished the 8.0 Horde War Campaign.

Symmetra's upcoming overhaul will make her a defence hero

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Symmetra's upcoming overhaul will make her a defence hero

In an interview with Inven Global, Overwatch’s lead software engineer Tim Ford says that the upcoming remake of Symmetra will shift her from a support to a defence hero.

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Inven Global asked Ford which aspects of Symmetra are going to be focused on in the remake, and while Ford wouldn’t go into specifics, he said the changes are designed to make her a defence hero, and to make her use “more flexible.”

Cliffy B denies rumours that Radical Heights was created just so he would have an excuse to keep saying “Tubular” in the office

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Cliffy B denies rumours that Radical Heights was created just so he would have an excuse to keep saying “Tubular” in the office

Clifford “Cliffy B” Bleszinski has defended this week’s early access launch of Boss Key’s latest game, Radical Heights, claiming that it “never stopped being cool, actually” to say words like “tubular” and “babealicious”.

The iconic developer has been embroiled in controversy this week, after leaked design documents from inside Boss Key suggested that Radical Heights was originally intended to feature a generic modern military setting but was changed to ‘x-treme’ 1980’s culture at the last minute on Bleszinski’s insistence.

Radical Heights reaches 97 concurrent players after a week

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Radical Heights reaches 97 concurrent players after a week

Radical Heights players are excited to jump into a colourful ‘80s world of over-the-top explosions, sick BMX tricks, and crazy arcade gameplay, just as soon as three more people join the server.

The game, which quickly filled up to 97 players, and has remained there for the past week since Radical Heights arrived in Early Access, will be kicking off "any time now" according to inhabitants.

"I'm really excited," Radical Heights player Cecelia Pearson explained , known to the rest of the server as 'Number 6'. "Or at least, I was several days ago when I logged in. Now I’m starting to wonder if this is the best use of my time.

Binding of Isaac prequel The Legend of Bum-bo has a new gameplay trailer

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Binding of Isaac prequel The Legend of Bum-bo has a new gameplay trailer

Edmund McMillen owns the warped mind responsible for The Binding of Isaac, and his next game, The Legend of Bum-bo, now has a trailer that shows off some of its roguelike and match-four gameplay flow.

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We also get some story setup: Bum-bo considers two things to be important, trash and coins. When one of these is stolen by a bad guy, Bum-bo follows him into the sewer, where he fights through monsters by casting spells created by match-four combos.

A new Doom movie is on the way

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A new Doom movie is on the way

Universal is making a new Doom film, and Nina Bergman is signed on to the project, the actress and singer tweeted this week.

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“Wow I’m doing the next ‘Doom’ movie w Universal Pictures! I just signed all the paperwork,” she wrote in the post Tuesday. Bergman says the film is being shot in Bulgaria, which is where her tweet’s location data reported she was at the time.

H1Z1 looks to figure out battle royale esports as Pro League begins tomorrow

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H1Z1 looks to figure out battle royale esports as Pro League begins tomorrow

Even though battle royale genre has swept the industry in the past year, games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite have yet to find a major foothold in the esports arena. But H1Z1 developers Daybreak seek to outdo their otherwise more popular competitors in that department with a dedicated esports league, and we’ll be able to see the first batch of results starting tomorrow.

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The H1Z1 Pro League - or H1PL - is set to stream out of Caesars Entertainment Studios in Las Vegas on April 21 at 19:00 PDT / 22:00 EDT or April 22 at 2:00 GMT.