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Gearbox has announced that the Mechromancer character is tentatively scheduled to hit Borderlands 2 on October 16. Read more

Skyrim's "Hearthfire" DLC is now available on Xbox 360, but no PC or PS3 plans have been detailed. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Sep 4, 2012 8:00AM PDT

Nintendo's downloadable offerings have been a bit lacklustre on the Wii, DSi, and 3DS, but at least one corker's in the bag for the Wii U. Ron Gilbert and Double Fine's platforming adventure game The Cave is coming to Nintendo's new console via the eShop, DF confirmed over the weekend at PAX Prime. Which is about all we know, really. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Sep 4, 2012 7:15AM PDT

Citing frustration with the market, Valve has opened a job listing for an industrial designer, hinting that the company may bring out its own hardware box eventually. Read more

The PC edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 certainly seems the finest, technologically at least. A range of shiny graphical improvements offered by the DirectX 11-supporting engine on PC were revealed over the weekend, joining the previously confirmed dedicated server support to make it sound pleasing pleasant. Read more

Ramblings and musings of occasional significance to the Shacknews audience. This is the morning edition for September 4, 2012. Topics include: We get behind-the-scenes stories on Blizzard and its games; Black Mesa: Source finally has a release date; and NCSoft pulls the plug on City of Heroes and developer Paragon Studios. Wake up, scrubs, it's the Morning Caffeinated! Read more

Author David Craddock has been working on a book about Blizzard Entertainment since mid-2008. Entitled Stay Awhile and Listen, the unauthorized book talks to nearly 80 former employees, including those who used to work at Blizzard, Condor (later Blizzard North), and Silicon & Synapse (Blizzard's original name when it was founded). Shacknews is pleased to offer a steady stream of stories from the book leading up to its release early next year. Read more

Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 was a curious announcement from Gearbox at E3 2011, both because it went silent almost immediately and because, well, it seemed to be a very silly game for a once-po-faced World War 2 series. CEO Randy Pitchford said that it was "evolving" a few months back, then over the weekend at PAX Prime revealed it's been split off from BiA so Gearbox could comfortably go crazy with it. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Sep 3, 2012 6:00AM PDT

You thought the day would never come, and it still hasn't just yet, but Black Mesa now has a release date. After eight years of development, the fan remake of Half-Life in the Source engine will be released on September 14. Except it won't be quite complete; the team is working on expanding HL's reviled Xen section and plans to release it later. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Sep 2, 2012 10:00AM PDT

Next week's a bit of a quiet one but there are still a few interesting odds and ends. We'll see the release of games including Shank creator Klei's sneak 'em up Mark of the Ninja, the PC edition of monochromatic puzzle-platformer Closure, Zen Pinball 2, The Sims 3 Supernatural, and an old-school RPG a decade in the making, Inquisitor. Read more