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NCsoft's long-running hero-themed MMO, City of Heroes, will be closing later this year as part of a "realignment of company focus and publishing support." Read more

Guild Wars 2 dev ArenaNet had vowed that a pleasant gaming experience for it players was paramount to game sales, and it enforced that my closing digital sales on the game's official site until the player population stabilizes. Read more

by John Keefer, shacknews.com, Aug 31, 2012 10:30AM PDT

Sacred 3 has been on the fringes of our consciousness since Deep Silver took over the franchise in August 2009. We would get bits and pieces here and there, but finally today we get more details on the upcoming action RPG being developed by Keen Games. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Aug 31, 2012 10:00AM PDT

The announcement of Dead Island Riptide at E3 was unusually terse, merely saying that such a game was being made for PC and consoles. How mysterious! Publisher Deep Silver has since realised it might need to show something of the game, and today released the FPS-RPG sequel's first screenshots and along with a few details. The five shots show our zombie-slaying heroes returning to pootle around in boats, mostly. Read more

by John Keefer, shacknews.com, Aug 31, 2012 9:30AM PDT

Microsoft has revealed the first set of Xbox Live games that will be coming to Windows 8, some coming as early as October 26. Read more

The grand unveiling of Splinter Cell Blacklist at E3 involved an awful lot of man-shooting for a game supposedly in a stealth series but fear not, Sam can be sneaky too. A new trailer plays through the section showcased before, only this time Sam doesn't fill every naughty man he can find with knives and bullets. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Aug 31, 2012 8:20AM PDT

Borderlands 2, then. That's Borderlands with a 2 on the end, right? If you're a bit hazy on what exactly the sequel adds, you'll want to check out a new seven-minute trailer which employs a delightful moustachioed gentleman by the name of Sir Hammerlock to explain it all. Read more

PS3 players were not happy when it was announced that Xbox 360 would get the Hearthfire DLC for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim before they got their version of Dawnguard. Now Bethesda has admitted that the problems it is having with the PS3 version of the vampire lord DLC may not be fixable. Read more

Paying $50 for a collection of 17 Command & Conquer games seems excessive, given that you'll most likely never play many of them, but that's what EA hopes you'll do. Ah, but there's a bonus--its 'Command & Conquer the Ultimate Collection' bundle includes early beta access to the curious new free-to-play Command & Conquer thing C&C: Generals 2 morphed into. If you find that at all tempting. Read more

Ramblings and musings of occasional significance to the Shacknews audience. This is the morning edition for August 31, 2012. Topics include: Greenlight will mean more mail for journalists, will Whore of the Orient get past the ESRB, a pat on the back for ArenaNet. and Wake up, scrubs, it's the Morning Caffeinated! Read more

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