Spelunky creator’s next project is 50 rad retro games in one

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Spelunky creator’s next project is 50 rad retro games in one

If you’ve noticed indie developers teasing #UFO50 on Twitter lately, but didn’t know what the hell they were talking about, well, consider that mystery solved. UFO 50 is a collection of 50 games from five indie game developers, and it’s coming in 2018.

UFO 50’s batch of games includes side-scrolling shooters, platformers, puzzle games, dungeon crawlers and sports games. The collection will feature both single-player and multiplayer games.

Horizon Zero Dawn’s first DLC, out this winter, may bring Aloy to a deadly supervolcano

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Horizon Zero Dawn’s first DLC, out this winter, may bring Aloy to a deadly supervolcano

Horizon Zero Dawn’s first major expansion, “The Frozen Wilds,” will lead protagonist Aloy northward to beautiful — and violent — territory on Nov. 7.

According to a teaser trailer shown at E3 2017 in June, most who dare to explore the northern regions go to hunt the unique and deadly machines that dwell there. Aloy, however, seeks “answers” and intends to reach an unstable mountain guarded by a terrifying monster.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 coming to PS4, Nintendo Switch

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Dragon Quest Builders 2 coming to PS4, Nintendo Switch

Square Enix is bringing Dragon Quest Builders 2, the sequel to its building action role-playing game, to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The publisher revealed Dragon Quest Builders 2 at this weekend’s Dragon Quest Festival in Tokyo, Japan.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 will add features not present in the original, including sloping platforms, the ability to create waterfalls and the option to swim underwater. Players can also travel quickly through the world of Dragon Quest Builders 2 thanks to a new hang glider.

Skyrim mod makes NPC interactions less scripted, more Sims-like

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Skyrim mod makes NPC interactions less scripted, more Sims-like

Researchers at Portugal's Universidade de Lisboa and North Carolina State University have developed a tool and a mod that makes NPC interactions in The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim a little more like those in The Sims, with the overall goal of varying NPC behavior for a richer player experience.

The tool is called CIF-CK, built on the Comme il-Faut AI model developed in 2012. It's implemented in "Social Skyrim," which is part of the master's thesis of Manuel Guimaraes, a student at Lisbon.

Best game deals of the week: Amazon PC Gaming sale, PlayStation Store Ubisoft sale and more

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Best game deals of the week: Amazon PC Gaming sale, PlayStation Store Ubisoft sale and more

This week the PlayStation Store launched its Ubisoft sale, allowing you to score discounts on several Assassin's Creed titles, Steep and more. Other game highlights of the week include markdowns on Nintendo Switch titles such as Arms and Splatoon 2. In terms of hardware deals, you have until end of day today to shop Amazon’s PC Gaming sale.

Looking for tech deals? Check out The Verge’s roundup here.

Half-Life let’s play shows the games’ invisible brilliance

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Half-Life let’s play shows the games’ invisible brilliance

Some of the Half-Life series’ best and worst aspects are invisible to the average player. How did Valve get players engaged in the narrative without cutscenes? How do they signal which items are important and which are not? What does a building say about the people who created it?

Game developer and professor Robert Yang considers these questions and more in his let’s play series, Level With Me. Through 28 episodes and counting, he’s guided viewers through the first two Half-Life games. While most of the best known let’s players and Twitch streamers tackle games as a hobby, Yang’s design and programming background brings Level with Me to the status of a retrospective or postmortem.

Spotify is headed to Xbox One

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Spotify is headed to Xbox One

Spotify will bring its music streaming app to Xbox One consoles soon, reports Polygon’s sister site The Verge.

The app was uncovered by a vigilant Reddit user who noticed Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb, A.K.A. Major Nelson, using “Spotify Music — for Xbox.”

Game of Thrones episode leaks online, but not because of hackers

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Game of Thrones episode leaks online, but not because of hackers

The next episode of Game of Thrones seventh season leaked online this morning, but sources tell Polygon’s sister site The Verge that is wasn’t due to the high-profile hack and data theft made public this week.

Earlier this morning a low-quality version of the fourth episode of Game of Thrones’ seventh season was posted online and made free to download. The episode’s watermark, as well as several unnamed sources familiar with the incident, confirm that it originated from an HBO distribution partner and not from a group of anonymous hackers.