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It’s taken Ron Gilbert and Garry Winnick less than a week to collect more than $375,000 to fund their oldschool point-and-click adventure game, Thimbleweed Park. As of late last night the project exceeded its Kickstarter goal with pledges from more than 10,000 backers. “I am at a loss for words,” Ron Gilbert said in an update. “The support has been overwhelming and it’s making us giddy.” The team now looks forward to nailing down some of the loftier stretch goals, with the final one being full voice-overs for the game if pledges hit the $625, 000 mark.

Source: Kickstarter

Here’s some refreshing news: developer Turtle Rock Studios has promised that they will not charge Evolve players for DLC maps. This news came about during a video interview with IGN during which creative director Phil Robb said that the team didn’t want to dilute the player base. “First thing we said was we can’t break the community up, so all of our maps will be free. We never want anyone to get booted off of a server because they haven’t bought something.” Hooray!

Source: IGN Africa

Yep, that’s right: Just Cause 3 has transitioned from a thing that had some leaked images but that nobody was officially talking about, to a thing that had some leaked images but that Square Enix is now officially talking about. The game is heading to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sometime in 2015. Those leaked images from a few weeks back hinted at a free-to-play game riddled with microtransactions. Developer Avalanche Studios has since gone on record to say that those images we totally old and that Just Cause 3 is a full retail product that will maybe have DLC post launch, but definitely won’t have microstransactions. Hooray!

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Good news, Sims nerds: the free content update that brings pools back to The Sims 4, is now live and ready for you to download via Origin. It weighs in at just under 300MB.

Towards the end of June this year, EA and Maxis made the unpopular announcement that pools and toddlers had been cut from the game. They tried to follow up that announcement by saying the cut content helped them to make a better Sims 4. Shortly after the game released, EA announced that pools would make a return via a free content update.

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Ubisoft’s “last-gen” Assassin’s Creed release for 2014 was originally only heading to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The final chapter in the Kenway trilogy has now been confirmed for PC as well. The game will hit the Glorious Master Race’s platform sometime in early 2015.

Ubisoft’s open-world racing simulator, The Crew, has been delayed to 02 December. That last sentence was pretty much just an expanded version of the headline, but thanks to the constraints of journalism, I’ve got to expand on things a bit. So, I guess this is where I tell you that the reason for the delay is because Ubisoft wants to run another closed beta on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This will allow them to get more player feedback and fine-tuning before launch. That second closed beta will start in November; if Ubisoft is feeling particularly mean they could make it 11 November… when the game was first supposed to launch.

Ah, it’s another classic coming of age story: a mum gives a young boy his grandfather’s credit card to help her buy ebooks on her tablet. Young boy ties the credit card details to his own iTunes account and proceeds to spend a RIDICULOUS amount of money on in-app purchases. Boy gets found out and claims that he didn’t know he was spending actual money. Kids!

Still, we’re pretty sure developer Machine Zone is chuffed with the little windfall of €37, 000.00 from their in-app purchases in Game of War: Fire Age. On a side note: is there a Shutterstock-equivalent for game names or something? Because Game of War: Fire Age sounds like it should’ve been generated by some online company like that.

Via: Kotaku

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Blizzard’s digital card battling game, has just hit 20 million players worldwide. That’s a pretty fast growth rate for a game that officially launched only six months ago. The announcement was made via the game’s official Twitter account: “Thank you all for joining us in Hearthstone,the Tweet read, “We’re going to need a bigger tavern!”

YouTube gaming celebrity Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg has deactivated the comments sections on all of his videos going forward. The YouTuber, who has over 30 million subscribers, has released a five-minute video explaining his reasons for choosing to silence his audience. You can watch it here. The gist: there’s nothing but spam, self-advertisers and trolls in his comment sections, so he sees it as no great loss. He’s encouraging fans to contact him through Twitter and Reddit instead. Sign of the times insofar as Internet trolls and hate-speech is concerned, or “the next step in the right direction” as PewDiePie is calling it?

Via: Polygon

Originally penned for a 28 October release, Ubisoft has announced that Assassin’s Creed Unity will now release on 11 November in the US, and 13 November for us in South Africa. The two week delay gives the team time for some last minute polishing. The previous generation exclusive, Assassin’s Creed Rogue will launch on the same day.


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