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"For Blizzard it makes sense [to go free-to-play] at some point," lead designer Tom Chilton said. Read more

by Andrew Yoon, shacknews.com, Aug 23, 2013 2:00PM PDT

"We're really excited to say that players on lower end machines are going to have a much better experience on The Sims 4 than they did with The Sims 3," producer Ryan Vaughn said. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Aug 23, 2013 1:30PM PDT

Look, between Saints Row IV and Dota 2 I don't know why you would want to buy another video game for weeks but sure, okay, fine, here's what's going cheap at digital distributors this weekend. My Alice's Mega All-Star Turbo Pick is Mortal Kombat for $8, while other deals include The Witcher 2 for $5, Sleeping Dogs for $6, DmC: Devil May Cry for $20, and BioShock Infinite for $27. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Aug 23, 2013 10:30AM PDT

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will release on February 25 in North America, Konami has announced. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Aug 23, 2013 10:00AM PDT

Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse will be coming to Vita, Revolution Software has announced. Read more

One of the most pleasing returnees in this current cycle of retro revivalism is the roguelike, and how pleasant it is seeing what the RPG genre gets smooshed with to make weird roguelikelikes. Endless Space developer Amplitude Studios has bred it with tower defense to make Dungeon of the Endless, revealed for PC during Gamescom. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Aug 23, 2013 8:30AM PDT

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be retiring in the next 12 months, after a special committee headed by Bill Gates finds a successor. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Aug 23, 2013 8:10AM PDT

Amplitude Studios, the developer of Endless Space, has announced a 4x strategy game set in a fantasy world called Endless Legend. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Aug 23, 2013 7:30AM PDT

With its first birthday fast approaching, Guild Wars 2 is holding a free trial weekend so all can come and coo over how big and grown-up it is. All parts of the subscription-free MMORPG are open to everyone from earlier this morning until 11:59pm Pacific on Sunday, so go wild in Tyria. Read more

With over 1.2 million copies of multiplayer murderfest Chivalry: Medieval Warfare sold, developer Torn Banner Studios has revealed a sizeable expansion. Deadliest Warrior, teaming up with the TV show of the same name, will introduce six new classes from across time and space, including Spartan hoplites and samurai. Read more