This week on Epic Games Store, you can download Stardock Entertainment’s Galactic Civilizations 3 entirely for free.

The PC title, a turn-based strategy game that originally launched back in 2015, tasks you with evolving your species’ civilization and leading them into a ‘golden age’. It replaces last week’s free game, Star Wars Battlefront 2, which was so popular it ended up crashing EA’s servers.

You can play as Human, Drengin, Altarian, and more, and each race comes with its own history, technology tree, ship components, and more besides. There’s a lot of choice on offer in the title.

The game is available to download from now, January 21, through until January 28 when it’ll be replaced by another title. You can head to Epic Games Store and add the title to your library via the link.

Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition will be added next week, going live at roughly 8am PT … Read the rest

Companies found to be in violation of anti-trust law.

The European Commission has fined six publishing giants over the geo-blocking of Steam keys.

In a post on its website, the EC said that it was fining Valve, as well as Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media, and ZeniMax €7.8 million following an investigation into whether they had breached European anti-trust rules.

In short, the European Commission took issue with the fact that publishers could set keys for Steam to only be activated in certain countries. This goes against the concept of the European Digital Single Market.

Of the publishers fined, Valve was the only one who did not co-operate, with the company being fined €1,624,000. Capcom was given a 15% reduction for co-operation and fined €396,000, while Bandai Namco, Focus Home, Koch Media, and ZeniMax Media all received a 10% reduction, paying €340,000, €2,888,000, €977,000 and €1,664,000 respectively.… Read the rest

Football, or soccer to those in the US and some other countries, is coming to Fortnite.

Epic Games is bringing the world of football to Fortnite.

The content will include the new Kickoff Set and Pele’s Air Punch Emote on January 23. You can possibly get them earlier by participating in the Pele Cup on January 20.

Starting January 23, you can choose 10 different variants of male and female outfits representing your favorite football club in-game.

Each Outfit can be swapped to any of the 23 football clubs below:

  • Manchester City FC
  • Juventus
  • AC Milan
  • Inter Milan
  • AS Roma
  • Seattle Sounders FC
  • Atlanta United
  • Los Angeles FC
  • Santos FC
  • Wolves
  • West Ham United FC
  • Sevilla FC
  • Sporting CP
  • Borussia Mönchengladbach
  • FC Schalke 04
  • VFL Wolfsburg
  • Rangers FC
  • Celtic FC
  • Cerezo Osaka
  • Melbourne City FC
  • Sydney FC
  • Western Sydney Wanderers
  • EC Bahia

The Pele Punch emote will be available … Read the rest

Nuts, a game all about keeping your eyes on squirrels as they get up to no good, finally has a release date on PC and Switch.

The game is set to launch on Apple Arcade first on January 22 before landing on PC and Switch on February 4.

“Gear up your caravan, boot up your GPS, spread out your map and head for the depths of Melmoth Forest,” reads a blurb for the game over on the Nuts site. “As a rookie field researcher, you’ll place cameras during the day, and watch the footage at night, tracking the movements of a scurry of squirrels.

“Where do they hide their nuts? What puzzling routes do they take? And why do they behave so strangely?” We’d be lying if we said this wasn’t one of the best concepts we’ve seen for a game for a very long time.

Additionally, the … Read the rest

GSC Gameworld has released some additional information on the STALKER 2 in-engine gameplay teaser it released a couple of weeks back.

According to the developer, the character you will play in STALKER 2 is Skif, and his actions will shape the new chapter in the history of the Zone.

The short scene you saw takes place in the ruined school on the outskirts of the dead town of Pripyat. It’s an extremely dangerous place, and doesn’t seem to be quite abandoned. Skif is in a hurry though, as if something is following him so he doesn’t have time to investigate.

Apparently, this danger is an emission that is a signature part of the STALKER series. This release of anomalous energy from the center of the Zone happens from time to time and can kill you quickly.

When a stalker notices a start of emission, they should hide immediately and … Read the rest

Each organisation received an average of just under $500.

Staff at publishing giant Activision Blizzard have donated $1.6 billion to a number of charity organisations.

In a news post on its website, the company said that it had given each of the 8,013 members of staff that work across Activision Blizzard, Activision, Blizzard and King $200 each to donate to a charity of their choosing. The result was 3,211 organisations receiving donations. On average, each charity will have received around $498.

Organisations benefitting from these donations include Gamers Outreach – which supports kids in hospital – and the LGBTQ-focused suicide hotline The Trevor Project, as well as Save the Children, which sort of does what it says on the tin.

“At Activision Blizzard, we recognize our responsibility to give back to the communities where we operate,” CEO Robert Kotick and president and COO Daniel Alegre said in a statement.… Read the rest

Sega has released the first of numerous free updates for Puyo Puyo Tetris 2, and today’s update adds Sonic to the game.

Alongside Sonic, the free content update for Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 also adds a new boss raid mode.

Players can look forward to new characters, a fresh game mode, new background music, and 20 new avatars with the update.

Four new playable characters are joining the game: Sonic the Hedgehog, Lidelle, Ms. Accord, and The Ocean Prince.

Each of the characters has their own skills in talent battle mode.

The new online mode Boss Raid has players teaming up to defeat a mutual opponent for cooperative fun. Here, up to four players will face a CPU-controlled boss. Switch players can even face the boss together using local wireless multiplayer mode.

In the talent battle mode, players can use the extended rooster. During the game, puyos have to be … Read the rest

Let’s hope MachineGames isn’t going to deliver the gaming equivalent of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Yesterday, Bethesda managed to snag the attention of movie and gaming geeks alike with a 30-second teaser trailer for a new Indiana Jones game. Confirmed to be in development from MachineGames (the studio behind the Wolfenstein series) and with input from Todd Howard and Lucasfilm Games, the as-yet-untitled project will be the first official Indiana Jones game since 2011’s Indiana Jones Adventure World. (That one was a Facebook browser game, in case like me you’d never heard of it until just now.)

But even a decade on from that last — let’s not pretend otherwise — underwhelming video game outing for old Indy, can this new game compete with the best of what’s come before?

The newly-announced project is, by my count, the nineteenth video game to see the player pick up a … Read the rest

Game streaming is slowly clawing its way into a viable position as a mainstream alternative to consoles – and a native TV app is a big step forward.

While the ongoing pandemic is preventing the industry from gathering in Las Vegas, the Consumer Electronics Show continues online – and one of the biggest announcements for video games was quietly made by TV maker LG as it revealed its 2021 line-up. That reveal? Several of LG’s new TVs will support native apps for playing Google Stadia games. Some older LG TVs will also get an update to offer the app at a later date.

Right now, playing Google Stadia on a TV relies on you having a Chromecast device that you plug into a TV’s HDMI port. You sync a controller to the Chromecast device, then boot into a Stadia app within that to play. This is a notable development, as … Read the rest

After months of delays, it looks like we may finally get to see the launch of Rust Console Edition now that the game has been rated by the ESRB.

Rust’s lead developer, Double Eleven, announced that the popular PC game would be making the jump to consoles way back at X019, but we’ve heard precious little about the PS4 and Xbox One version of the game since then.

The initial release date suggested at the Xbox show pegged the game as releasing sometime in 2020, but as per an announcement from the studio last month that has slipped back somewhat.

Now, though, players eager to see their virtual dongs brought to life via the magic of Xbox and PlayStation have renewed confidence they’ll see the game soon.

A listing on the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s website reveals a Mature (M) rating, and confirms the game is coming to the previously announced … Read the rest