New The Long Dark update adds new region, wildlife, and more

The Long Dark (PC) Feb Update Announcement - Screenshot 1

Hinterland Studio has updated the Early Access version of their exploration- and survival-themed sandbox sim The Long Dark. The latest patch adds the rural mountain region Pleasant Valley, new wildlife (unspecified until discovered by players), harvestable plants, a new inventory interface, the ability to use torches to scare off wolves, and improved wildlife AI. Some of the general improvements include predators being attracted to the smell of blood, wind speed and direction affecting scent, and smoke wafting in the direction of the wind. The full list of additions, changes, and fixes can be found here. And for current players, the studio has found that previous saves are compatible with version 192.

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Etrian Mystery Dungeon site goes live, plus Medic screens and trailer

Etrian Mystery Dungeon now has an official website. The site hosts a few goodies, including new media, a breakdown of the story and mechanics, and character-creation pages. And to go along with other recent class reveals, some new screenshots and a new trailer have been released to showcase the Medic. Keep those potions handy!

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Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin patch, media released

Bandai Namco has released a new trailer, the box art, and 10 new screenshots for Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin. A new patch has also gone live, which adds the new non-playable character The Scholar, who offers additional insight into the story, plus improvements to online matchmaking, expanded item descriptions, the Agape Ring, and other adjustments and changes to solo as well as online play.

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Microsoft holding launch event for Evolve with prizes, developer Q&A

Evolve (PC, PS4, Xbox One) MS Launch Event Announcement - Screenshot 1

Microsoft is holding a launch event for the Xbox One version of Evolve at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Monday, February 9, at 9 p.m. The store will be redesigned to adopt an Evolve theme, allowing early buyers to pick up their pre-order at 12:01 a.m., sign up for giveaways, and ask questions in a Q&A with Major Nelson and developers from Turtle Rock Studios. The first 150 buyers to pick up their game will also receive an Evolve gift bag. Additional details can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

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Grow Home finds its way onto Steam for Windows PC

Grow Home (PC) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Ubisoft has released a new platformer for PC, Grow Home. Developed by Reflections, Grow Home has players take on the role of BUD, a Botanical Utility Droid, as he explores a series of islands filled with caves and waterfalls in search of a plant that can create oxygen on his home world. BUD must use a growing Star Plant to mold the planet and create new ways to ascend towards the sky. For more insight into the mechanics and development process, check out Ubi’s blog‘s recent interview with producer Pete Young.

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Total War Chronicles to create stories from Attila campaigns

Total War Chronicles (PC) Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new web-based companion app has been announced for Total War: Attila, Total War Chronicles. By utilizing an in-game button, players will be able to view and share a log of their campaigns from Total War: Attila that details important events from their current session. Sessions will be broken up into chapters, and options will be available to name, tag, and point out specific moments with commentary on their timelines. Each campaign shared will be viewable and ratable by others. Chronicles is set to go live alongside the launch of Attila, on February 17.

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Dreadnought gets a 10-minute gameplay video, narrated by devs

Grey Box and Yager have released a 10-plus-minute-long gameplay video from their upcoming action title Dreadnought. The video is narrated by two of the game’s designers, Eino Joas and Timm Boukoura, who talk players through the special abilities, ships, and tactics they are utilizing in their battle against one another as members of opposing teams. The two fight on the glacier map, which was playable recently at PAX South, using the Light Destroyer and the Light Tactical Cruiser, while an Artillery Cruiser, Corvette, and Dreadnought engage in the background. In all, a decent peek at what’s to come later this year.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Havoc to launch Feb. 26 for PC, PS

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Havoc Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

PC and PlayStation gamers will be able to download Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC pack, Havoc, on February 26. The inaugural add-on features four multiplayer maps (Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban), the AE4 energy assault rifle, the AE4 Widowmaker variant, and most importantly, Exo Zombies. Havoc is already available for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Full details can be found below.

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Forza Horizon 2 gets Top Gear Car Pack, plus a free car for all

Forza Horizon 2 (360, Xbox One) Top Gear Pack Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new set of rides has gone live for Forza Horizon 2 today, the Top Gear Car Pack. The $5 download includes five vehicles: the 2015 Lexus RC F, 1993 Jaguar XJ220, 2014 BMW M235i, 1986 Lamborghini LM002, and the 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale. A free addition for all also joins the game’s roster, the 1966 Ford Lotus Cortina. Details for each are available below.

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Hammerfall details Regicide Collector’s Edition bundles for PC

Regicide (PC) CE Bundles Announcement - Screenshot 2

Hammerfall Publishing has begun taking pre-orders for the Collector’s Edition bundles of Regicide, their new chess-like game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. There are 10 different Collector’s Edition bundles available for the PC version, and each features early access to the game, a set of art prints, and a t-shirt or hoodie designed by artist Stefan Kopinski. The full list of bundles can be found here. Regicide features the rules of chess but with a storyline based around the Blood Angels and other Space Marine chapters battling Orks, power-ups such as physic powers, and different battlefield types. Multiplayer will also be supported for player-versus-player matches.

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