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Valve buys indie studio behind hit game Firewatch

Valve buys indie studio behind hit game Firewatch

Campo Santo, the independent studio behind the award-winning adventure game Firewatch, isn't quite so indie now. The developer has been acquired by Valve, it's been announced. Fans of Campo Santo looking forward to their next game, In the Valley of Gods, don't need to worry, as the developer will continue working on the title as a team under Valve, and won't be moved to other projects.

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PUBG’s Metal Rain mode has armored cars falling from the sky

PUBG’s Metal Rain mode has armored cars falling from the sky

PUBG's limited-time game modes have been on quite the roll lately, and a new one is now primed and ready for the weekend. Like one of the first limited-time game modes for PUBG, this one features eight-man squads once more, but this time there's a fascinating little twist. Get ready to go for a ride, because armored UAZs are at the center of this new mode.

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PUBG’s new update brings big blue zone changes

PUBG’s new update brings big blue zone changes

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has received a new patch, and though it only features a few changes, they're very significant. The biggest change comes in the form a blue zone revamp, which will greatly change the pace of the game. If you thought that PUBG matches moved a little too slowly, then, you're definitely going to want to check the game out after this update has been applied.

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Steam Spy may die as Valve rolls out new privacy policy

Steam Spy may die as Valve rolls out new privacy policy

Today, perhaps prompted by ongoing concerns about data privacy online, Valve announced a new privacy update for Steam. This update is a fairly far-reaching one that aims to give users more control over their profiles. As Steam profiles contain a wealth of information on users, such as their entire game libraries, total play time for each title, and the achievements they've earned, these new features will probably be welcomed by more than a few.

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Radical Heights is now live to challenge Fortnite and PUBG

Radical Heights is now live to challenge Fortnite and PUBG

Today, a new challenger enters the battle royale arena. After LawBreakers failed to find a significant audience, Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key Productions is turning to the increasingly popular battle royale genre, hoping for a reversal of its fortunes. Radical Heights is the name of the game, and though it seems to share many similarities with the likes of PUBG and Fortnite, it's looking to mix up the formula with some quirks of its own.

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Radical Heights battle royale game sees LawBreakers dev fight Fortnite

Radical Heights battle royale game sees LawBreakers dev fight Fortnite

With the immense success of games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite, it seems that everyone wants a slice of the battle royale pie. The latest studio to enter the arena and try its luck is LawBreakers developer Boss Key Productions, a studio founded by former Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski. Today, Boss Key revealed Radical Heights, a new free-to-play battle royale title that looks to provide a few interesting twists on the tried-and-true formula.

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PUBG War mode silently launches for custom games

PUBG War mode silently launches for custom games

Yesterday, PUBG received a new limited-time game mode called Tequila Sunrise, but it looks like it didn't launch alone. Apparently, a second new mode called "War" has been added to the game, though you won't hear about it from the development team. There's no mention of War mode anywhere in PUBG's Steam announcements or on Twitter, so it seems that this mode is getting something of a quiet launch.

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Razer Game Store sells games with rewards for each purchase

Razer Game Store sells games with rewards for each purchase

Steam has totally changed the way the world buys and consumes games. While still in existence, physical discs and boxes have become more collectors’ items rather than essential installation media. Almost all major game publishers have tried to wean their customers away from Steam via their own stores with little success (except via exclusivity). Razer, most famous for its gaming peripherals, has also launched its own digital game distribution platform and it’s dangling perks for each purchase to get gamers on board.

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Valve isn’t totally killing Steam Machines after all

Valve isn’t totally killing Steam Machines after all

Earlier this week, we ushered in the month of April by discovering that Valve had removed mention of Steam Machines - pre-built PCs that run SteamOS - from its hardware listings on Steam's main page. Many people, including me, took this to mean that Valve was moving away from Steam Machines, which haven't been heavily promoted for a couple of years now. Today, Valve spoke out about why it removed the PCs from Steam's main store page, and what that means for other products like SteamOS.

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How the Steam Machines failed in the gaming industry

How the Steam Machines failed in the gaming industry

Two days ago, Valve removed any trace of Steam Machines from its store. If it weren’t for the media coverage, people might not have even remembered they still existed. Except for the hardest core of PC gamers, most have probably presumed Valve’s overnight sensation to have been long gone. And now, it really is. What was first seen as the revolution of PC gaming has now become almost an embarrassing footnote in gaming history. What happened and why did Valve fail so miserably? It all boils down to trying to hit too many birds with just one stone.

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Square Enix is fixing Chrono Trigger’s awful PC port

Square Enix is fixing Chrono Trigger’s awful PC port

Back in February, Square Enix made a bunch of JRPG fan very happy by finally bringing Chrono Trigger to Steam. That excitement was quickly quashed by the realization that the PC version was actually a port of Chrono Trigger's mobile release. While the mobile version of Chrono Trigger worked well enough on phones, it didn't translate all that well to PC, and fans of the game were quick to lodge their displeasure.

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HTC VIVE Pro Review round-up: Beyond the obvious

HTC VIVE Pro Review round-up: Beyond the obvious

Today we're taking a look at the first round of HTC VIVE Pro reviews from a variety of publications. What we've found is a whole lot of "this is very expensive" and "not for the average user" - which is pretty much what we could have safely assumed would be said. What's not so obvious is judgement on the intended audience - on who HTC assumed would be buying this device in the first place. We're looking at everything.

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