Minecraft Story Mode: A Telltale Game

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In what has to be the most adorable press release ever, yesterday both Telltale Games and Minecraft developer Mojang announced a partnership to create a new episodic game series based on the extremely popular block-based game. If you want to experience the press release for yourself go play Info Quest II now, it’s short and funny and totally worth it, if not then I’ll get to the details below.

According to Telltale Games it will be an all-new narrative-driven game series set in the world of Minecraft. The series will feature an original story, driven by player choice, though Mojang did point out that they’re not intending on creating an “official” story for Steve, or explaining the world in detail. It will not be an add-on for the game, but rather a separate stand-alone product.

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Elite: Dangerous – The Milky Way Is Now Open

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That’s right, as of yesterday the highly anticipated and heatedly discussed space sim Elite: Dangerous opened up its servers to the masses. After the Kickstarter two years ago, rounds of Alpha, Beta and finally Gamma testing, the universe was ready to receive everyone into its massive, spirally arms; its 400 billion star systems, more space than you could possibly explore in a human lifetime.

It’s been a hard slog for Frontier Developments to get to this stage, their very open development process has given unprecedented insight into how the game has come together and has involved their community for a large number of design decisions...

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The Witcher 3 Delayed, Again.

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If it feels like we’ve been on this merry-go-round before, it’s because we have. Who could have imagined that the board of CD PROJEKT SA would come to regret the open letter they wrote in March and company co-founder Marcin Iwiński would come to regret saying: “This is not our first game; we are not newbies… We made the decision at the moment we were able to judge how much time we needed, and we planned it well and it works well for us. So, no more delays.” – Awkward.

In yet another open letter made on December 8, brought to you by ‘The Board of CD PROJEKT SA’, they explain that they’re going to need an extra 12 weeks to ensure that they’re happy with the state of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt before it’s released...

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20th Anniversary Edition PS4 Pop-up Shop Problem

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What seemed like a wonderful idea at the time it was announced, the 20th Anniversary Edition PS4 is now making a lot of PlayStation fans very upset just in time for Christmas. As part of a retro-themed stunt, yesterday Sony UK announced their intentions to sell the PS1 themed PS4 at a pop-up style “PlayStation ’94 Shop” in Shoreditch, London via a cheesy 90’s style ad on YouTube.

For one day only (December 10) they would be selling the anniversary console to the first 94 (they’re really ramming home the theme on this one) people in the queue who had brought some PlayStation memorabilia, uttered the secret phrase “I crashed my bandicoot!” and handed over the thematically appropriate amount of £19.94. That’s right, a brand new limited edition PS4 for under £20...

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Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes – Early Arena Access and More!

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Of course those Goblins and Gnomes couldn’t help having a tinker under the hood of Hearthstone, it’s not really in their nature to leave things be. So what are the results of their mischievous tinkering? Early access to all their cards of course!

The pesky pint-sized engineers have been super impatient and decided that the Hearthstone box needed improving, they’ve managed to jury-rig the Arena into dishing out the new expansion early so players can start to get to grips with what’s in store next week when the expansion goes live officially. Anyone who logs in to the game between December 4 and December 8 automatically gets their next new Arena run for free...

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Assassin’s Knees-up: Assassin’s Creed Arrives In London

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When it comes to the Assassin’s Creed games it seems that Ubisoft can’t keep a tight lid on things for very long. Granted this time it doesn’t involve a plane and a careless marketing person, though it does involve a leak of large proportions just being handed to Kotaku. Thanks to this leak and its provider, they’ve discovered that the next in the series to grace the PS4, Xbox One and PC, will be set in 19th century London; it’s also likely to be the only main AC release in Fall 2015, so nothing like Rogue is on the cards despite its popularity versus the plagued Unity.

The new instalment is reportedly being headed up by Ubisoft’s Quebec studio, instead of the typically lead studio in Montreal, which has historically lead development on the bigger Assassin’s Creed titles sinc...

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Chaos Reborn Coming To Early Access

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Let’s talk about Chaos Reborn, the resurrection of the cult classic ZX Spectrum game Chaos by Julian Gollop, also of XCOM fame. I first mentioned this game back in April whilst its Kickstarter campaign was 12 days from completion, it later hit its target and even surpassed it slightly. Part of its success at the time was in part due to it having a playable and incredibly well implemented multiplayer demo available free for anyone to try, resulting in glowing reports of the game in its very early stages.

The game will have two modes at its core, multiplayer arena ‘wizard battles’ and a singleplayer (and cooperative) exploration mode that will let you discover the secrets that populate the ‘Realms of Chaos’...

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Jagex Reveal Block N Load

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It seems like Jagex are lining up game announcements recently, you might remember a little over 7 weeks ago our post about their CCG that is currently in development based on their ever enduring game RuneScape, with a working title of Chronicle: RuneScape Legends. Well a few days ago the Cambridge-based company decided to announce another new member of their growing stable: Block N Load.

What is it? Well, is the combination of a multiplayer FPS with “strategic block building”, according to Jagex. Players will be thrust into destructible arenas, able to shape their environment with a number of abilities, together with an array of weapons and blocks such as mines; force fields; bounce pads; glue tiles; turrets and giant bombs.

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Ninjas, Big Game Hunters and Construction Workers. Oh my!

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An Urgent Skylanders Adventure Report (especially for parents)

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My quest is well underway, and I’m pleased to report that since my last post I have completed the first two games! That’s right, I have finished a play through on normal difficulty of both Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure and Skylanders Giants, I’m yet to start with Skylanders: Swap Force, and that was mostly due to not owning very many of the figures and wanting more before I got stuck in. All that’s changed now and I’m loaded up on them, and here’s why this report is so urgent!

Massive UK Sales on Skylanders Figures

As of writing, Tesco’s, ASDA, Toys-R-US, and GAME are all selling Skylanders: Swap Force, and what they have from previous games, at half price or better (in-store only)! I picked up a whole bunch of Swap Force, but on my last jaunt into Toys-R-US, they had Seaso...

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The Elite Dangerous Premiere – Party at Duxford Station

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Kickstarter backers and die-hard Elite fans had been looking forward to this moment, as well as the game obviously, for close two years and hopes were high. In this instance I was attending the event representing Lave Radio along with the other crew of the now infamous orange Sidewinder. Frontier had very kindly invited us along and allowed us to set up shop for recording interviews with the devs and the public, allowing us to capture the atmosphere and excitement on the day of the official premiere of Elite: Dangerous.

GavinAverage and I arrived at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford as it was getting dark and a slight drizzle started and a queue was beginning to build up at the gates to the impressively imposing air hangar we’d be in for the evening...

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