Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Sandbox

GTA Online getting Heists on March 10, PC GTAV releasing April 14

Grand Theft Auto V (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Heists and PC Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Rockstar has announced that Heists will be added to GTA Online on March 10. Heists have long been in the works, and when released, will allow for up to four players to team up for multi-part raids and robberies. More info should be available soon, including details on other new content currently in the works. The studio also revealed that the PC version of GTAV has been pushed back from March 24 to April 14, with the reason behind the delay being that “a bit more time is needed to ensure that the game is as polished as possible, and to make certain that both Heists and the GTA Online experience are ready to roll out on day one for PC.” To hold players over, nearly a dozen new Heist screenshots were released to showcase the upcoming mode.

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Far Cry 4: Overrun DLC launches for console, PC on Thursday

Far Cry 4 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Overrun DLC Launch Announcement - Header

A new downloadable pack has gone live for Far Cry 4, Overrun. The add-on adds Overrun, a new player-versus-player mode that tasks teams with taking and holding one of three zones; four new maps; and a new vehicle, the dune buggy. Additional details are available below, and PC gamers will be able to get their hands on the pack on February 12. And as part of a general update, the map editor’s functionality has also been expanded to allow for all created maps to be playable in co-op.

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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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Grab your canteen and ammo, H1Z1 added to Steam Early Access

H1Z1 (PC) Steam Early Access Launch Announcement - Screenshot 4

Sony Online has announced that their zombie-themed survival title H1Z1 has launched on Steam Early Access. Available in two packages, digital survivalists can download the standard edition for $19.99 or the premium edition for $39.99. The standard edition includes early access, three event tickets, two crates, and one crate key, while the premium edition includes 25 Event Tickets, three Airdrop Tickets, six Crates, four Crate Keys, and an exclusive Aviator Hat Crafting Recipe.

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Screenshots and specs released for PC version of Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) PC Spec and Media Announcement - Screenshot 1

Some news out of Rockstar HQ today for PC gamers looking to take a trip to Los Santos. The studio has revealed that Grand Theft Auto V’s official launch date is now March 24. They also released the first PC-only screenshots as well as the system specs, all of which can be found below. The PC version will run at 1080p and 60fps with support for up to 4K resolution, and for those with multiple monitors, support for up to three at a time. And of course, the Rockstar Editor will be included for creating, editing, and publishing game clips as well as access to Grand Theft Auto Online. Heists, which will be available soon for the console versions of GTA Online, will be ready out the gate for the PC version.

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Heists emerge in new Grand Theft Auto Online screenshots, trailer

Heists have been an eagerly awaited addition to Grand Theft Auto Online, and today, Rockstar has revealed a bit more about their plans. The four-player, multi-tiered Heists are currently scheduled to be added to Grand Theft Auto Online in early 2015 for all versions across console and PC. The mode will also bring with it new weapons, clothing, and vehicles. Over a dozen screenshots have also been posted, which, along with the trailer, should give would-be robbers a good look at what’s in store for next year.

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition now available for Windows Phone 8.1

Minecraft Pocket Edition (Windows Phone) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Microsoft has released Minecraft for Windows Phone 8.1. Minecraft: Pocket Edition includes creative mode, survival mode, and multiplayer over local wi-fi. This version also sports new biodomes, caves, mobs, and villages.

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Red Faction: Guerrilla gets new modes, drops GfWL in Steam Edition

Red Faction Guerrilla Steam Edition (PC) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Nordic Games has updated the PC version of Red Faction: Guerrilla. Now available on Steam, the new version has the Game for Windows Live elements stripped out and replaced with Steam extras, including trading cards, matchmaking and multiplayer through Steamworks, leaderboard support, and achievements (base game and DLC), plus voice chat and savegame migration from the GfWL edition. Other additions and improvements include support for offline mode, host migration functionality, Behemoth Mode, six maps for Wrecking Crew, join-in-progress for multiplayer, and stability improvements. More details are available below. And to top it all off: the game’s currently on sale for $2.99.

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(PlayStation 4 Review) Grand Theft Auto V

(PlayStation 4 Review) Grand Theft Auto V

” … is every bit the must-buy title in 2014 that it was in 2013.”

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Rockstar releases Grand Theft Auto V for PS4 and Xbox One

Grand Theft Auto V (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Rerelease Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

After a flurry of recent news, including the reveal of a first-person mode and a last-gen to current-gen comparison video, the enhanced PS4 and Xbox One version of Grand Theft Auto V has been released. Rebuilt for the new systems, the latest version features new activities, wildlife, weapons, and vehicles, in addition to 150-plus new songs. Grand Theft Auto Online has also been updated with support for up to 30 players as well as the new first-person mode. Players can transfer their existing Online characters and progress to either version.

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