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Dark Souls II DLC trilogy ending Sept. 30 with Crown of the Ivory King

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Dark Souls II: Crown of the Ivory King, the final release in the downloadable The Lost Crowns Trilogy, has been officially date for September 30. As with the first two entries, Crown of the Sunken King and Crown of the Old Iron King, the pack will add new environments, enemies, traps, and bosses. After this final journey, those who’ve braved the post-release adventure will claim possession of all the crowns once owned by King Vendrick.

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Tropico 5 now available online for Linux, Mac and SteamOS

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The Tropican Department of Information has announced that El Presidente has single–handedly, and most gloriously, completed development of Tropico 5 for Linux, Mac, and SteamOS. Available through the Mac App Store and Steam, the latest installment adds a new Dynasty System to the series’ traditional city-building and political elements, allowing players to extend their rule through multiple eras. The App Store version features cross-platform multiplayer, while the Steam version also supports cross-platform multiplayer as well as Big Picture Mode and controllers. Steam users who already purchased Tropico 5 can download the new versions for free.

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Resident Evil Revelations 2 to be released in episodes and on disc

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Capcom has detailed their plans for the release of Resident Evil Revelations 2. The sequel will continue the episodic format of the original, but instead of simply being a method presentation, the breaks will constitute individual weekly downloads that will run for a four-episode season. Each episode will be available individually for $5.99 or altogether as a Complete Season bundle for $24.99. Those who prefer a physical copy will be able to buy a retail disc version, set to ship after the final episode goes live, for $39.99. Additional, unspecified extra content will be included with the Complete Season bundle, which will also be included along with even more bonus content in the physical version. Revelations 2 follows Terra Save agents Claire Redfield and Moira Burton in their attempt to escape a zombie- and mutant-infested prison.

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Tropico 5 set to go live online for Linux, Mac on September 19

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Kalypso has announced that the Linux and Mac versions of Haemimont Games city- and political-management sim Tropico 5 will be added to Steam on September 19. Both versions will feature cross-platform multiplayer through SteamPlay, plus support for controllers and Big Picture Mode. Windows gamers who have already purchased the game will be able to download the new versions for free.

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Dark Souls II: Crown of the Old King launches for console, PC

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Crown of the Old Iron King, the second part in Dark Soul II’s The Lost Crowns downloadable three-part mini-campaign, is now available. The add-on is available for 360, PC, and PS3, supplementing the original game with new enemies, bosses, gear, and locations. Unlike its grim subterranean predecessor, Crown of the Sunken King, Crown of the Old King takes place in the same type of lave-filled and ash-strewn environment as the foreboding Iron Keep from the original game. (Hint: the DLC might be accessible from there.)

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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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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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Play a reviewer covering Always Sometimes Monsters in new demo

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Vagabond Dog has released a new demo for their role-playing adventure title Always Sometimes Monsters. In it, players take on the role of a game reviewer who is attending a launch event, where they will get to chat it up with other writers, the developers, and also play through select portions of the game. After finishing the game, the player will then be able to write about their experience and score the game, which will both determine the game’s success and be shared with other players. For those who enjoy themselves, Steam is currently offering a weekly discount of 50% off.

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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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