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While not officially sanctioned by Valve, the company has made no effort blocking the Black Mesa remake, calling it "common sense" to allow fan-created efforts to thrive. Read more

Space-jerkface sandbox simulator EVE Online's eighteenth free expansion is to focus loosely on crime and punishment, developer CCP has announced. 'Retribution' will launch on December 4, with a grab-bag of changes ranging from new ships to a revamped bounty hunting system to help you metaphorically parade around Jita with your enemy's head atop a space-pike. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Oct 1, 2012 10:30AM PDT

The U.S. Attorney's office has confirmed that it is no longer pursuing any federal action against 38 Studios, though Rhode Island state officials are still checking into the matter. Read more

by Andrew Yoon, shacknews.com, Oct 1, 2012 10:00AM PDT

When BioWare announced the Mass Effect Trilogy, one key detail was missing: would any DLC be included? There will be some, depending on which platform you're playing on. Read more

It's Monday, and that means more stories from David Craddock's upcoming book, Stay Awhile and Listen, a behind the scenes look at Blizzard Entertainment. Today's revelations deal with the creation of the Blizzard cinematics group and the autonomy that group enjoys from the rest of the company, as well as a look at a Heroes of Warcraft model that never quite made it off the drawing board. Read more

Could the other XCOM game be turning into a third-person shooter? A newly released survey seems to suggest so. Read more

Just Add Water has confirmed its HD reboot of the classic charming puzzle-platformer Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee will get a downloadable release on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Vita. Now named Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty, it's coming in the fourth quarter of 2013. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Oct 1, 2012 6:00AM PDT

This week brings a big bag of new releases, including the console editions of Resident Evil 6, multiplayer medieval murderfest War of the Roses, NBA 2K13, and Pokemon Black & White Version 2. Read more