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Costume Quest 2's tricky twins are back on their beat

Double Fine released a PAX trailer for Costume Quest 2 today, and announced an exclusive costume offer for anyone who pre-orders the game on Steam. Coming to Windows PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U this October, the creepy turn-based combat and exploration game puts players in control of twins Reynold and Wren as they set off on a trick or treating adventure. They'll fight evil characters in Halloween costumes that grant them superhuman powers. "It's probably our most requested sequel, besides Psychonauts," said Double Fine's Greg Rice in a recent Polygon interview. "People have been asking for it forever. I think it's that every Halloween you're reminded about the game. We have a lot of people who are coming back to us saying they replay it...
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Creators of Metro 2033 say PS4 is more powerful, tease open-world game

4A Games chief technical officer Oles Shishkovstov says the developer behind the Metro series is working on an open-world title. In a lengthy interview with Eurogamer, he also goes into great detail about programming for both of the current gen game consoles and discusses how ongoing improvements to their toolsets will contribute to their next game. 4A Games and publisher Deep Silver recently released updated versions of both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light. Each is being sold separately and bundled together in a package called Metro Redux. The updates represent a total remaster, a kind of director's cut, and have taken the Ukrainian studio more than a year to complete. Metro Redux is available on PC, as well as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. While both console versions of Metro...
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Spacecom is 4X strategy, but fast and made for multiplayer

Space strategy games, often referred to as 4X games, can be extremely satisfying. But they can also take weeks out of your life. Not so with Spacecom. The upcoming PC, Mac and Linux game thrives on multiplayer, meaning that up to six players can duke it out in the hard vacuum of space in under an hour. The game is also clearly designed with tablet play in mind. Ben Kuchera joins Charlie Hall for an Overview. If you like what you see, grab one of the beta codes in the comments below and keep an eye out for another batch, coming to Polygon's Facebook page later today. The team at Spacecom is also running a tournament at this time.
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GOG.com launching DRM-free film initiative with 20 gaming-focused documentaries

Online digital game retailer GOG.com is extending its DRM-free philosophy to movies, kicking off the initiative today with 20 documentaries focused on video games and gaming culture. GOG.com's new DRM-free Movie section will launch with a handful of world premieres — documentaries including The King of Arcades, Gamer Age and Pixel Poetry — as well as award-winning films like Indie Game: The Movie. Two titles, Art of Playing and TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard, will be available for free. All movies can be downloaded or streamed for viewing, and GOG.com is promising the addition of more titles every week. According to a statement from GOG, the company is now aiming to bring major Hollywood studios on board and add their movies to the DRM-free catalog. But most studios, said...
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Gauntlet reboot release date pushed back to Sept. 23

Arrowhead Game Studios reboot of the classic co-op dungeon crawler Gauntlet, initially slated to launch on Sept. 3, has been pushed back to Sept. 23, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today. The reboot — announced this past March — will launch for Linux Windows PC through Steam for $19.99. Gauntlet will include full support for the Steam OS software in preparation for the 2015 launch of Steam Machines. According to a statement from the publisher, the reason for the delay is so the team can fine-tune Gauntlet's multiplayer mode. As a thank you for support, Warner Bros. is including an in-game bonus item with all pre-orders — a Wizard's Robe called the The Spawn of Kerthull, crafted from dead imps. Players will be able to get hands-on time with Gauntlet during...
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If you thought Dark Souls was hard, try Titan Souls

Death is inevitable in Titan Souls. Playing as a tiny pixel human, players get one arrow and one hit point. If they fire their arrow, they have to retrieve it in order to fire it again. If they get hit even once, they die and have to return to the last check point and do it all over again. Every battle is against a boss — a kind of super enemy that is much bigger than the player. But every boss also has a weak spot. Find the weak spot and the boss can be taken out in one hit. "The process of playing involves dying a lot," says David Fenn, who made Titan Souls with two other developers at studio Acid Nerve. "You need to learn from your mistakes every time you die. You need to really prioritize staying alive as much as you can so you can observe enemy behavior and work out when you're...
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This new Titan Souls gameplay trailer is all about staying alive (and failing to do so)

Titan Souls developer Acid Nerve released a gameplay trailer for the action game today, offering a glimpse at its pixelated world and the fearsome titans within. Our hero has to fend for himself with a bow and a quiver with a single arrow, along with a dodge move for defense. Death is a certainty in Titan Souls; what's important is to glean some lessons from it. Titan Souls is set for release in Q1 2015 on Linux, Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Windows PC. For more, check out our E3 2014 interview with Acid Nerve below.
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A guided tour of the 1 KB hard drive built inside Minecraft

You see a lot of crazy stuff built in Minecraft. With tens of millions of copies sold, the game has spawned a closet industry of builders, hackers and tinkerers. Minecraft communities have reconstructed the mines of Moria. They've placed a steampunk city atop a giant tortoise. Minecraft is even being used to teach. The possibilities inside Minecraft seem endless. One user, Cody Littley, went a step further recently. He made a hard drive inside Minecraft. Without any third-party crafting aides, he built one kilobyte of read-write storage. He joined me for a guided tour.
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How Super III is super inspired by Super Meat Boy, Super Mario 64

Super III, a new game from Super 91 Studios, aims to combine the "tight and responsive" controls of Super Meat Boy and the mission system of Super Mario 64 in its gameplay. In Super III, players control the alien III on a mission to save human survivors stranded after a galactic war. The game is a fast-paced 2D puzzle-platformer in which players can climb or quickly warp across the level to make their way through. "Controls are very tight and responsive, similar to Super Meat Boy's, making you feel it was your fault if when you make a mistake and not feel cheated by the game," Super 91 told Polygon via email. Players can choose new missions by entering different portals; like Super Mario 64, each level has several missions to be completed. Tasks include killing enemies, solving...
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Jenny LeClue is a mystery adventure game influenced by divorce

Upcoming mystery-based adventure game Jenny LeClue draws influence from developer Joe Russ' experience growing up in a divorced family and the effects it had on his childhood, he recently told Polygon. Jenny LeClue tells the coming-of-age story of a young detective investigating a murder case involving her mother. In the game, Russ wants to explore choice and its responsibilities, he told Polygon. Choices are rarely wrong or right, and motives for making those decisions are important. "Growing up in a family of divorce is all about choices, and how your parents' choices can greatly affect you — at least as much as them," Russ said. "It's about accepting that sometimes the right choices have tough consequences. "These are the things I want players to be able to explore in the game and...
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Which games company do developers most want to work for?

A survey of game developers recently asked which outfit they would most like to work for. The answer? Valve. In fact, the Independent Game Developers Association survey of more than 2,200 developers found that Valve was an even more popular choice than working for their own company. Other popular potential employers included Activision Blizzard, BioWare and Ubisoft. Privately-held Valve, which is best known for the Steam retail platform as well as the likes of the Half-Life and Team Fortress series, is well known for eschewing old-fashioned notions of hierarchy and management in favor of individual creativity and production. Here's the full list... Valve My own company Activision Blizzard BioWare Ubisoft Current employer Nintendo Naughty Dog Double Fine Bethesda Game...
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Ukraine's 4A Games lands in Malta: 'We are not betrayers'

Less than 24 hours ago, the leadership of 4A Games landed in Malta, fleeing the ongoing conflict that ravages Ukraine. The studio announced the move in May, just two months after Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed the Eastern Ukrainian province of Crimea. "Malta offers fantastic incentives for game development, and we are confident 4A games will be able to attract the very best talent from Ukraine, Malta and beyond," said head of business development Dean Sharpe. Must Read STALKER Fallout: Polygon goes to Kiev In the months since their decision to move the leadership of the company abroad, tensions with Russia have increased. A passenger airliner was downed, killing hundreds and sparking global outcry. The Ukrainian government has reported that Russian forces...
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Wasteland 2 will be officially released Sept. 19

More than 25 years after Electronic Arts and Interplay Productions released the first Wasteland for PC, developer InXile Entertainment will officially release that game's sequel. Game director Brian Fargo announced on Twitter today that the game will hit Sept. 19. Wasteland 2 was crowdfunded primarily through Kickstarter, where InXile's campaign raised more than $2.9 million in pledges from backers in 2012. The developer released an Early Access version of the game on Steam last December for Windows PC, following that up with Mac and Linux versions. InXile planned to release the game officially in August, but recently delayed the game to September in order to fulfill physical rewards for Kickstarter backers. For more on Wasteland 2, read Polygon's feature on the game and its creator.
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Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 packages seven games for cheap

The Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 is available now and includes seven PC games on a pay-what-you-want scale. Anyone who purchases the bundle at any price can pick up The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Complete Pack — which includes the Blue Blood, Thaumaturge and Arcane Mechanic packs — as well as Deadlight and Galactic Civilizations 2: Ultimate Edition. Those who pay more than the average price will get Terraria, The King of Fighters 13 Steam Edition and Crusader Kings 2, in addition to the aforementioned titles. Buyers who pay more than $15 also get Age of Empires Legacy Bundle; the bundle includes Age of Empires 2 HD, Age of Empires 3: Complete Collection and Age of Empires 2 HD: The Forgotten. The Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 will be on sale until Sept. 2. Buyers have the choice to split...
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Pigeon dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend delayed to Sept. 4

Players eager to learn what it's like to date a pigeon will have to wait a little longer. Mediatonic's remake of pigeon dating simulator Hatoful Boyfriend has been delayed to Sept. 4, publisher Devolver Digital announced today via Twitter. The title — originally slated to launch this Thursday, Aug. 21 —is an upscaled HD remake of the 2011 original by manga artist Hato Moa. In Hatoful Boyfriend, players are the last human woman in the world and enroll in a high school for pigeons, searching the campus for their one true love. Mediatonic's version will also includes a new scenario and ending designed by original creator Moa. Hatoful Boyfriend will be available for Windows PC, Mac and Linux and is currently available for pre-order through Steam. Hatoful Boyfriend has been delayed...
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Super Meat Boy creators tease their next project, a 'live action stealth game'

Team Meat will show off its next game, titled A Voyeur for September, at the Indie Megabooth at PAX later this month. Today, the developer of Super Meat Boy started teasing that new project, which it describes as "a new live action stealth game." The teaser for A Voyeur for September consists of grainy live-action footage, including shots of someone peering into a house and black and white vignettes of flora and fauna. Team Meat is also working on Mew-Genics, a cat-breeding sim. That project has been put on hold, however, while Team Meat devotes time to another project, presumably A Voyeur for September. One half of Team Meat, Edmund McMillen, is also working on The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. A listing for A Voyeur for September indicates a release on Android, iOS, Linux, Mac and...
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Enemy Starfighter's new trailer is frakking intense

The return of the flight sim genre keeps rolling along with the announcement that Enemy Starfighter will be playable at this year's PAX Prime. In Enemy Starfighter the player takes the role of the pilot of an elite fighter craft and the leader of a larger reconnaissance task force. The goal is to jump into systems, perform surgical strikes to cripple their defences, and pave the way for a larger invasion force. No release date has yet been set. Enemy Starfighter is a game in production by Marauder Interactive, a small studio led by Mike Tipul. Tipul is a veteran of Pandemic Studios (Full Spectrum Warrior 2, The Saboteur) and Bungie, where he was responsible for the space combat mission in Halo Reach. The PAX build will feature full Oculus DK2 support. The PAX trailer seems to be...
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Max Gentlemen, a game inspired by penis pill spam emails, arrives this week

Organ Trail creator The Men Who Wear Many Hats will release its free, "old timey arcade action" game called Max Gentlemen on Aug. 21 for mobile devices and PC, the developer recently announced. The game was funded via Kickstarter last year. Although the core experience is free, players can choose to purchase extra characters and levels. It also offers cross-platform local multiplayer to compete against friends. In Max Gentlemen, players will collect and stack hats in a Victorian-era world, mixed with "the over-the-top, pile-drive-your-mom aesthetics of professional wrestling." "When you drink a beer, a hat will fly upon your head, because you deserve it (for being so manly)," the game's description reads. Max Gentlemen was inspired by a spam email for penis pills received by a member...
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War Thunder in development for PS4's Project Morpheus

Gaijin Entertainment's War Thunder is in development for the still not-quite-real Project Morpheus PlayStation 4 virtual reality kit, the developer announced this week. The end result, the developers say, will be a game with stereoscopic 3D battles and a 360 degree panoramic view of the battlefield. WWII free-to-play massively multiplayer online game War Thunder has about 8 million players across Linux, Mac, PC and PS4. Check out their latest, Gamescom, trailer below.
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Defense Grid 2 hits Sept. 23

Tower defense title Defense Grid 2 will launch on Sept. 23 for Linux, Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, developer Hidden Path Entertainment announced today. The game will be downloadable through the PlayStation Store, Steam and the Xbox Games Store. Currently, pre-orders are available through Steam. Steam pre-orders net buyers 10 percent off the game, as well as immediate access to the in-progress Windows PC beta. Hidden Path has promised to add more incentives as more players pre-order, such as a free copy of the original 2008 Defense Grid: The Awakening's Containment expansion and an art book featuring designs from the game. Polygon spent some time with Hidden Path during the development of Defense Grid 2. Check out our series of features chronicling the game's...
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