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Twitch adds new category for live-streaming game development

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Streaming site Twitch has added a new category to its list of available channels, which lets users watch developers in the process of building their games.

It's called, fittingly, 'Game Development', and if you've ever wondered how games are created, at least the smaller indie projects, now's your chance to find out.

Carbine offering free server transitions for WildStar players‏

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WildStar developer Carbine Studios is allowing players of the sci-fi fantasy MMO to transition between its new PVE and PVP megaservers. The transitions are free, and for the moment Carbine hasn't set a time limit on shifting your characters.

Wildstar shifted over to the megaserver structure earlier this month, but players on the PVP servers found themselves in something of a ghost town. The developers hope the server moves will bump up the population.

Nosgoth kicks off closed beta Cup Series next month‏

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Players taking part in Nosgoth's ongoing closed Beta will soon be able to stretch their competitive muscles in the ESL Nosgoth Closed Beta Cup Series.

The series, which starts on November 9 and will be playable in both Europe and North America, will have weekly and monthly competitions. Cash prized will be available for both.

Dragon Age: Inquisition The Keep Trailer

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The Keep is your way to discover, shape, and share your Dragon Age experience. Explore plot points and story arcs from previous Dragon Age games. Crown rulers, topple foes, and forge bonds in over 300 decisions as you prepare your world for the coming Inquisition.

The Keep is a free web application, available on all platforms and browsers with HTML5 capability. No prior purchase is necessary, and the Keep is an excellent resource for players who are new to the franchise.

Valve kicks off Scream Fortress 6 for Team Fortress 2

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Now that they're done treating fans to a Scream Fortress retrospective, Valve has moved on to the serious business of releasing this year's entry.

Team Fortress 2 fans can expect a fun if unhygienic time in 'Merasmus's Carnival of Carnage'; as well as bumper cars and inventive curses, Scream Fortress 6 adds... lakes of urine.

World of Warships Dev Diary 3: Aircraft Carriers Video

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Wargaming today unveiled the third episode in a series of developer diaries for the naval battle game, World of Warships. The new video diary focuses on aircraft carriers and their impactful effect on the battlefield.

Watch the World of Warships team explain how these impressive vessels stand out from battleships, cruisers, and destroyers by bringing a unique RTS style gameplay to the fight. Discover the four different types of warplane squadrons (Dive Bombers, Torpedo Bombers, Scouts and Fighter Planes) that can be launched from an aircraft carrier and learn how to turn the course of the battle by using each of them.

Endless Legends gets free Halloween-themed update, Shades of Alteration‏

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It's coming up to Halloween, so as expected we're being inundated with a bunch of horror-themed seasonal events - for fantasy 4X game Endless Legend, that means a mini add-on called Shades of Alteration.

In addition to a Halloween-inspired quest called 'A Tale from the Dark Season', which offers spooky rewards to players who complete it, the add-on also comes with some free modding tools.

The Evil Within patch removes 30FPS limit and letterboxing‏

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I think it's fair to say that there's been some dissatisfaction with the PC version of horror title The Evil Within, which was locked at 30FPS upon release, and comes equipped with love-'em-or-hate-'em letterbox borders.

Bethesda and developer Tango Gameworks have decided to listen to unhappy fans, and have just released a patch that unlocks native 60FPS support and removes the letterboxing.

Relic adds free mod tools and Observer Mode to Company of Heroes 2‏

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Perhaps with an eye on the ever-increasing popularity of e-sports, SEGA and Relic Entertainment have added a free Observer Mode to their World War Two RTS Company of Heroes 2, letting players watch live multiplayer matches.

In addition, they've added mod tools to the game, allowing owners of the game to create their own gameplay balances, win conditions and game rules.

Dragon Age Keep's open beta is now live

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Bioware's experimental world state transfer system Dragon Age Keep is now live in open Beta, giving you the chance to prep yourself for next month's Dragon Age: Inquisition.

You'll note I didn't mention save games there. That's because the Keep doesn't require your old files, but instead invites you to recreate your story by running through a list of recapped moments from across the series, picking the responses your hero chose.

Blitzkrieg 3 Base Gameplay Trailer

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This first English gameplay video of Blitzkrieg 3 showcases the role base building plays in the game. If you've ever been drawn to historical military games, be sure to take a look.

Players will become commanders of the era as they experience an interactive story of the second World War, blending single-player and innovative multiplayer gameplay. Classic single-player campaigns will be available for each party involved in the conflict - the USSR, the Axis and the Allies. Multiplayer is asynchronous, allowing players to make their way through the enemy defenses without needing to be online for hours on end.

Dirty Bomb Heritage Trailer

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In the near future, London stands abandoned, a dilapidated shell of its former self. After a mysterious disaster, the International Crisis and Disaster Agency stepped in to clean up the mess and decontaminate the city. They failed… badly.

Now the streets of London are the playground of Private Military Companies (PMCs) who battle to control what remains of the city’s riches. After all, what’s a little radiation sickness when there’s money to be made? Say goodbye to London,

Mechs & Mercs: Black Talons Featurette Trailer #6

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In Mechs & Mercs: Black Talons you take command of the Black Talons company, a fearless mercenary unit currently stationed in the Oberon system, torn apart by ruthless dictators and power-hungry warlords.

The Black Talons provide everything from specialist squads and supplies, to entire armies, bases and powerful mechs of warfare to fight the warmongering Tzanar.

Elite: Dangerous beta 3.0 will go live today

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Frontier Developments is releasing Beta 3.0 for space sim Elite: Dangerous today, adding two new spacseships as well as a host of improvements, fixes and tweaks.

The developers have notified players that severs will go offline at 7:30PM GMT today for a minimum of two hours, in order for the team to import the latest build.

New Final Fantasy XIV update Dreams of Ice is "the game's biggest to date"

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Square Enix describes Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's latest 2.4 update, titled Dreams of Ice, as the game's biggest update to date. It's available now.

Amongst other additions, the update adds new and expanded storylines, several environments, a new job and class, and the wintery dungeon of Snowcloak.

Star Wars: Battlefront will be released Holiday 2015

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As expected, DICE and EA are planning to release Star Wars: Battlefront just in time to ride the wave of hysteria generated by the next Star Wars film.

A tweet from EA confirmed that Battlefront will release "for Holiday 2015", meaning it will drop at around the same time that Star Wars: Episode VII hits cinemas next December.

Payday 2's Halloween event kicking off on October 30‏

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Overkill's crime-wave shooter Payday 2 is throwing its second Halloween event this October, offering new masks, patterns, achievements and more.

It's called 'The Headless Titandozer From Hell' (erm, okay), and will run from October 30 to November 4.

Battlefield: Hardline will be released in March 2015‏

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Grab your badge and your gun, because Visceral's cops and robbers shooter Battlefield: Hardline is on the way to PC and consoles on March 17, 2015 in North America and March 19 in Europe.

DICE's Vincent Vukovic revealed the news in a blog post yesterday. Hardline's second open Beta is set for next January.

Rockstar announces exclusive content for GTA V players upgrading to remastered versions

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Rockstar has announced a bevy of exclusive content for the remastered version of Grand Theft Auto V, but it's only going to be available to players transferring characters from the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game.

“Some of the other updates such as the upgrade content are being designed exclusively as a reward for returning players so those will not be released on the previous versions,” confirmed the developer in a recent Q&A session reported by VG247.

Spacebase DF-9 now in final version, free copy of Hack 'n' Slash for Early Access owners‏

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Spacebase DF-9, the space station management sim, moved out of Steam Early Access and into full release today, minus several features that were initially promised.

Perhaps in response to fan criticisms over the cut content, developer Double Fine is giving a free copy of action adventure Hack 'n' Slash out to current owners of the game.