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by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 4, 2013 12:15PM PST

Trion Worlds' MMO shooter Defiance will kick off its first beta test January 18-20, featuring a tutorial and a handful of maps and modes. Read more

A new story trailer for DmC: Devil May Cry hints at some socially-conscious hooks for the game. Read more

We may never get a third Dungeon Keeper game, but something awfully similar is coming following a successful crowdfunding campaign. Let's generously say inspired by the Bullfrog classic, War for the Overworld is due to bring the giddying thrill of being an evil dungeon overlord to PC in August. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 4, 2013 9:30AM PST

Akaneiro: Demon Hunters developer Spicy Horse says the game needs more funding to reach its full potential, and has turned to Kickstarter to finish the project. Read more

Age of Empires Online has stopped active development, and will not be issuing any new content or features other than some minor updates rolling out over the next few weeks. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 4, 2013 6:45AM PST

If you fancy sending a squad of monsters back in time to murder the doomed passengers aboard the Titanic before its crash, you may need to open up your wallet now. Eerie Canal, a small team founded by veterans of Irrational and Harmonix, is looking to crowd-fund Dreadline, the monstrous action-RPG/RTS thingy it announced last year. Read more

If you have skipped the BioShock series for some reason, perhaps due to a lengthy coma or immense silliness, you'll soon be able to make amends with one handy bundle. Publisher 2K today announced the BioShock: Ultimate Rapture Edition collection, which bundles the first two games together with all their DLC. Super keen BioShock fans may be interested too, as it introduces a new virtual museum level filled with BioShock history. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 3, 2013 10:15AM PST

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 has (yet another) new release date: March 12, pushed back from January 15. Read more

Minecraft for Xbox 360 continues to rack up the sales numbers since its release in May, surpassing the 5 million mark on the last day of 2012. Those numbers were fueled by a 453,000-sales bump on Christmas Day alone. Read more

BioWare's latest State of the Game blog for Star Wars: The Old Republic has revealed plans for more end-game content for level 50 players, as well as an ongoing effort by the developer to add same gender romance between players and NPCs. Read more