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If you feel like killing some aliens today and jump into XCOM: Enemy Unknown, you will be greeted with a brief download bearing a free gift. Publisher 2K Games has released the second DLC pack for the game entitled Second Wave. Read more

You may have noticed that the standalone version of smash-hit Arma II mod DayZ missed itsplanned December launch, but there's a very good reason for that. Creator Dean Hall explains in a new blog post, "Put simply, DayZ Standalone isn't here because we had the chance to go from making a game that was just the mod improved slightly, packaged simply, and sold - to actually redeveloping the engine and making the game the way we all dreamed it could be." Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 8, 2013 6:15AM PST

For yonks, rumours have buzzed about Valve selling its own pre-built PC, fondly nicknamed the 'Steam Box' by fans. Yesterday Valve and Xi3 announced that the Half-Life creator and Steam mastermind had invested in the fledgling hardware company, and that the pair are working on a mini-PC aimed at living rooms with the codename 'Piston.' Read more

THQ has tried to maintain business as usual since it declared bankruptcy last month, but despite reassuring words from THQ president Jason Rubin, it appears that THQ's game franchises are going to be auctioned off to the highest bidder on a title-by-title basis on January 22. Read more

Indie Developer Cardboard Computer releases Act 1 of its five-chapter "magical realist adventure" game, Kentucky Route Zero, along with a new trailer. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 7, 2013 1:15PM PST

PopCap has teamed up with Hasbro to make board and card games based on its popular franchises. The first will be two Bejeweled games, coming this spring. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 7, 2013 11:45AM PST

Dead Rising 3 is in development, according to the resume of an animation rigger who worked on cinematics for the game. Read more

A beta roadmap for Final Fantasy XIV shows the game's earliest betas beginning in February, and the beta coming to the US in late March at the earliest. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 7, 2013 9:15AM PST

The Walking Dead has sold 8.5 million episodes, according to Telltale, and 25% of those sales were on iOS devices. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Jan 7, 2013 7:30AM PST

The closure of Project Gotham Racing and Blur developer Bizarre Creations was a cruel blow for fans of things what drive fast. If that wound has healed now, here, jab at the scar by watching prototype footage of a new engine and new racer Bizarre was working on when Activision shut the studio down, shared by former art director Chris Davie. Read more