Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: PC

Reinforce the ramparts! Stronghold Crusader 2 delayed three weeks

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Stronghold Crusader 2 is being bumped back from September 2 to September 23. Firefly Studios announced that the real-time strategy title will be given a few more weeks of development time after the closed beta highlighted that some additional time would be needed for “extra polish, optimization and bug fixes,” according to studio creative director Simon Bradbury. Veteran strategy fans will remember Crusader as the spin-off to the original Stronghold, a unique castle-defending strategy title released in 2001, which featured Frank and Saracen forces squaring off in a series of famous encounters, including the Siege of Antioch and the Siege of Jerusalem.

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Wasteland 2 development wraps, final version to launch next month

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The post-apocalyptic role-playing game Wasteland 2 will launch on September 19, according to developer inXile. The crowd-funded title has been available for several months to early backers in test form, but next month marks its final release in both digital and physical formats. The announcement also noted that the studio has used earnings from early sales, as well as some dosh chipped in by CEO Brian Fargo, has allowed the studio to double the title’s budget to over $5 million.

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Gollum revealed in new Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor screens

Middle-earth Shadow of Mordor (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Achievement and Trophy Announcement - Screenshot 1

Some new screenshots of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor have been released from its latest showing at gamescom. Two of the four shots mark the game’s debut appearance of everyone’s favorite misunderstood, single-minded miscreant, Gollum. Developer Monolith also released the achievement/trophy list, for those who can’t get enough virtual accolades.

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Galactic Civilizations III enters beta, joins Steam Early Access

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Galactic Civilizations III has officially entered beta. As it makes the transition to a new phase of development, Stardock has decided to launch the game on Steam as part of its Early Access program while also lowering the price by five bucks to $44.99. The version available now features sandbox mode and online multiplayer, a first for the series, while diplomacy, revamped ship combat, and trade are planned to go live “in the coming months.” A few of the improvements since the alpha include enhancements to the ship designer and the shipyard being moved off-world to allow for colonies to pool resources.

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Total War: Rome II gets one free, one for-pay character DLC pack

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Creative Assembly has released two new character packs for Rome II. The first, August Warriors Update, is a free add-on that includes three female warrior units (the sword-and-shield infantry Hex-Bearers for the Suebi garrison, the mounted archer Amazonian Riders for Royal Scythia and as mercenaries for Sarmati and Ponto-Caspia , and the mounted archer Scythian Noblewomen for Royal Scythia), four units for the Suebi (the Horse Runners elite skirmishers, the Spear Wall spear-and-shield infantry, the Round Shield Swordsmen, and the Riders of the Hunt spear cavalry). The for-pay pack, Daughters of Mars, includes seven new units for Rome, Lusitani, Sparta, and Suebi, which can slo be recruited as mercenaries in certain provinces. Additional info on each of the seven is available below.

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Three DLC packs, Season Pass announced for The Evil Within

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Bethesda has detailed The Evil Within’s post-launch DLC packs and Season Pass. The Shinji Mikami-helmed survival horror title will be supplemented with three download packs, and the pass to access them all will run $19.99. The first pack scheduled to launch, The Keeper (aka Boxman), is a collection of mission-based maps. The last two will make up a single side story featuring Sebastian’s partner, Juli Kidman, fleshing out the plot while adding new areas and new enemies.

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Risen 3: Titan Lords now available for 360, PC, and PS3

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Piranha Bytes’ Risen series returns today with its third installment, Titan Lords. In a world forsaken by the gods and ravaged by the Titan Wars, players control a young warrior who is on a quest to reclaim his stolen soul and stop a darkness that is spreading over the land. Along the way, several factions will offer the chance to help him on his journey once he joins their ranks, including the Demon Hunters, the Guardians and their allies the Mages, and the Voodoo Pirates.

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Dontnod returns with time-traveling adventure Life is Strange

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Remember Me developer Dontnod is back with a new episodic adventure, Life is Strange. Square Enix will be publishing the title, set to launch for 360, PC, PS3, PS4, and Xbox One, which follows student Max Caulfield and the mystery behind the disappearance of another student, Rachel Amber. After returning to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon for the first time in five years, Max reunites with her old friend Chloe and sets out with her to look into what happened to Rachel. To her surprise, Max quickly discovers that she has the power to rewind time. The narrative-driven adventure will react to the player’s choices, malleable as they are with the time-warping powers, which will affect how the story unfolds from one episode to the other.

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Dead Island 2 gamescom demo footage, screenshots released

Deep Silver has released a new gameplay trailer and new screens from Yager’s Dead Island 2. Picking up after Dead Island and the upcoming Escape Dead Island, players will find themselves trying to survive in Los Angeles while its under quarantine by the military. Up to eight players can fight, cooperate, or ignore one another as they make their way through the undead hordes. The new media is being released in anticipation of this year’s gamescom in Germany, where attendees will be able to get some hands-on time at Deep Silver’s booth in Hall 9.1, B11/C10.

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Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris pre-order, Gold Edition detailed

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (PC, PS4, Xbox One) LE and Preorder Announcement - Screenshot 1

A Gold Edition of Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris will launch alongside the standard version, according to Square Enix. The premium set will come packed with a 3” figurine of Lara Croft, an art book, a map of the Overworld, and a DLC Season Pass. The pass will allow access to several packs, including costume, item, and weapon, that will also be launching alongside the game on December 9. The packs will contain six extra costumes, additional tomes, and several unique amulets, rings, and weapons.

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