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Just over a month after launch, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is closing in on 1m uni

It’s been just over a month since Larian’s RPG title Divinity: Original Sin 2 finally released out of Early Access, and thus far things seem to be going pretty well for the project. The title debuted in second place in the Steam Top Ten – which is effectively the new No.1 given Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds dominance of the top spot – and sold half a million units in its first few days on shelves. For context, …

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Hearthstone hero promotion backfires, leads to dozens of fake events

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube To get the newest Hearthstone hero, a Gnome warlock called Nemsy Necrofizzle (of course), you need to go to Fireside Gathering events – hosted in real-life pubs or at gaming stores, or wherever a few folks with phones and tablets can gather. The idea is to foster casual tournaments that encourage the spirit of Hearthstone away from the hardcore competitive edge-chasing of esports and ladder climbing. So, obviously, the community …

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The Gollop Chamber: XCOM is now a genre

All images courtesy Julian Gollop. The Gollop Chamber Julian Gollop has been in the games industry for more than 30 years. You probably know him best as the designer of games like Chaos and X-COM: UFO Defense. His column, the Gollop Chamber, will touch on games history, design, and, probably, a lot of XCOM. Welcome to my first column for PC Gamer. What’s it all about, you may ask? You can look forward to my …

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Activision wins patent that uses matchmaking to make you want to buy stuff

Activision has successfully filed a patent designed for use in multiplayer matchmaking systems. In short, it’s an idea to engender envy at teammates’ or opponents’ gear through the matchmaking algorithm itself. Here’s the abstract from the patent, granted today after its filing two years ago: “A system and method is provided that drives microtransactions in multiplayer video games. The system may include a microtransaction arrange matches to influence game-related purchases. For instance, the system may …

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Humble ‘Down Under’ Bundle compiles a bunch of Australian games

Australia’s cultural exports are more than just crap beer and terrifying outback horror movies: we also make games sometimes. And you’ve probably played a bunch without even realising they’re Australian. This new Humble ‘Down Under’ Bundle provides a neat sampling of some indie titles from the continent. The “pay what you want” tier includes Hand of Fate, Screencheat, Satellite Reign and The Warlock of Firetop Mountain – all great in my opinion, especially Screencheat. Pay more …

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AzPlay VIII International Festival of Independent Games

Date & Times: Wednesday, November 29th – Dec 3rd 2017 9am to 8pm Location: Bizkaia, Spain Region: Europe Expected Size: 3,000 – 10,000 Ticket Cost: FREE Target Audience: Developers, Indie Developers, Consumers Event Type: Festival From November 29th to December 3rd, Azkuna Zentroa will be holding the eighth International Festival of Independent Games AzPlay, a not-to-miss event for independent sector …

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EA is closing Visceral Games, changes direction of studio’s Star Wars game

Update: An internal email obtained by Kotaku indicates that Amy Hennig is off the project.  “A development team from across Worldwide Studios will take over development of Ragtag, led by the EA Vancouver team that has already been working on the project,” the email says. “Steve Anthony will lead this team, and we will use much of the work that has been done to date by Visceral—the assets of Ragtag that have already been built …

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EA have shut down Visceral Games, and will reboot their Star Wars title

EA have shut down Visceral Games. The studio had most recently been responsible for Battlefield Hardline, and was perhaps best known for creating Dead Space. Visceral Games had been working on an untitled Star Wars game with Amy Hennig, formerly the creative director of the Uncharted franchise. According to EA’s official statement, this game is moving to the hands of a team from “across EA Worldwide Studios,” led by a core group from EA Vancouver. …

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Webcomic fans are running an xkcd-inspired game jam

One of the internet’s greatest myths is the idea that there’s a relevant xkcd comic for any given situation. As to exactly how true that is I couldn’t say, but I have a comic bookmarked on my PC about sexual experimentation that I’m sure will come in handy one day. Here are some of the best indie games on PC. In order to celebrate the ever-enduring relevance of the webcomic series, and its spin-off, ‘What …

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The Nemesis system is wasted on Middle-earth: Shadow of War

I really want to love Middle-earth: Shadow of War. I have seen it spawn incredible anecdotes: social media is full of people regaling us with tales of the brave orc who saved them from certain death, ripping off a rival’s head in a bloody display, and orcs who doggedly returned from the dead to exact revenge on protagonist Talion. I saw a tweet thread the other day about a player who had his orcs turn …

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Rainbow Six Siege’s mid-season reinforcements are due to arrive next week

Rainbow Six Siege’s mid-season reinforcements are scheduled to launch next week. According to Matthew Szep, community manager for Ubisoft’s tactical shooter, the reinforcements for Operation Blood Orchid should arrive around Wednesday or Thursday of next week. Check out our list of the best Rainbow Six Siege operators. Mid-season reinforcements are important to the ongoing balance of Rainbow Six Siege. They’re often the home of major operator overhauls, as well as various other buffs and nerfs. …

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole PC review

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube Before the first bottom burp had even been recorded, Ubisoft had their work cut out with any sequel to the well-received South Park: The Stick of Truth. First, they were without developers Obsidian – a bad start in any RPG player’s spellbook. Second – and just like the TV show – they would be confined to the same setting. It is a South Park game; how could it be set …

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DevGAMM Minsk 2017 | PC Games Insider

Date & Times: Thursday, November 16th – 17th 2017 9am to 11pm Location: Minsk , Belarus Region: Europe Expected Size: 3000 – 1000 Ticket Cost: 150 USD Target Audience: Developers, Indie Developers Event Type: Conference Featured Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows, Console, Handheld Console, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality DevGAMM is one of the biggest conference for game …

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Starborne is a massively multiplayer strategy game from former EVE Online devs

Here’s a mouthful for you: Starborne is a free-to-play, massively multiplayer, 4X space strategy game where rounds last six months. Such is the ambition of Solid Clouds, an indie studio based in Iceland and headed by designers like Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, EVE Online’s former art director, and Hrafnkell Óskarsson, who played a major role in EVE’s lore and design.  Solid Clouds wants to fill a perceived void between multiplayer games and 4X strategy games. Inspired by …

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Conjuring Divinity: Original Sin 2 on my smartphone is why I love PC gaming

I spent Sunday playing the PC role-playing game Divinity: Original Sin 2 — except I wasn’t anywhere near my desktop. Instead, I was playing the excellent fantasy adventure on my smartphone with an Xbox One controller. I was able to do this thanks to a handful of magical technologies and the open nature of the PC. Let me start by confirming that this setup works well as long as I’m on my home network. I’ll …

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