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Hearthstone game director Ben Brode has announced his departure from Blizzard after 15 years with the company.

Brode made the announcement in a post on the official Blizzard forums earlier today, telling friends and fans that, "After 15 years at Blizzard and almost 10 years working on Hearthstone, I have made the incredibly difficult decision to embark on a new journey".

"I am very fortunate to be able to take a crazy risk right now in my life," Brode explained, "and I'm excited to be scrappy and a little scared."

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Binding of Isaac creator Edmund McMillen has released the first gameplay trailer for his upcoming turn-based puzzle RPG (and Isaac prequel), The Legend of Bum-bo.

First announced back in 2016, The Legend of Bum-bo pits the titular lead character against "hordes of paper goons", according to McMillen's latest blog post. Victory means more coins, which can be gambled away at casinos.

Bum-bo's assailants can be found throughout the game's dungeons, which "much like Isaac", are randomly-generated to provide an always unpredictable mix of monsters, bosses, traps, puzzles, and spells. The latter can "range from jagging stuff with a fish hook to summoning mom's leg to crush all who stand in your path", says McMillen.

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PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS

Metal Rain, developer Bluehole's latest limited-time event for PlayUnknown's Battlegrounds, is now underway on PC.

Metal Rain is a Battle Royale experience designed for multiple eight-man squads, and unfolds across PUBG's classic Erangel map. Differentiating it from the usual rules of engagement, combatants are able to summon huge, heavily-armoured UAZs by firing flare guns into the sky.

Flare guns spawn randomly in normal loot locations and have different effects depending on where they're fired. Inside the white safe zone, flares will cause special care packages to fall to earth. It's only when flares are used outside the safe zone that UAZs will plunge into the fray.

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War for the Overworld

Dungeon Keeper-style game War for the Overworld gets its final expansion today alongside a big new update.

The expansion, called The Under Games, is a new seven-level campaign that revolves around skirmish-like matchups across new game modes. The AI has been overhauled, there are three new underlords and there are multiple difficulty settings that should go down well with veteran fans.

Meanwhile, patch 2.0 adds new scripting support for the map editor as well as a remastered main campaign, with new cutscenes and an extended ending sequence.

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Yoku's Island Express

Yoku's Island Express will launch for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 29th May, publisher Team17 has announced.

If you've not heard of Yoku before, well, it's a pinball-based platformer where you play as a dung beetle postman solving problems and delivering mail. It's even better than it sounds.

It's an odd pitch, but there's plenty of depth to the game - a large world to explore, missions to solve, and special abilities to equip. Here's a new trailer, so you can see it all in action.

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Patrice Desilets showed in-game footage of his new human evolution game Ancestors: A Humankind Odyssey on stage at Reboot Develop 2018 today. The presentation was shown off-stream and wasn't to be videoed or captured. It was a pilot for experiences in the game, and was a pre-alpha build.

It began with a vulture flying over an African jungle, then went down to the floor as we saw the ape player run, climb, jump and swing through it. Trees were scaled quickly and effortlessly, and long distances could be jumped. The ape shot up a tree and grabbed a coconut in the blink of an eye.

We also saw the dangers the jungle presented. In one scene an ape was attacked and eaten, quite brutally, by a crocodile in the water. And then the crocodile was pounced upon by a kind of long-toothed big cat - something that looked a bit like a sabretooth panther. And then the big cat was caught and wrapped around by a huge kind of boa constrictor or anaconda snake.

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Psychonauts


Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, the PlayStation VR-exclusive new chapter of Double Fine's adventure game series, is now available for other virtual reality devices.

Launched for PSVR in February 2017, Rhombus of Ruin is now available for PC to play on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

A sort-of sequel to the original Psychonauts, Rhombus of Ruin can also be played as a standalone story. It's a decent return for the series, though, before the launch of the full Psychonauts 2 for PC and consoles - expected sometime next year.

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Ubisoft's ambitions to turn The Division into a film are still, slowly, rumbling along.

Announced several years ago, the project now has a new director attached - David Leitch, who has just finished work on Deadpool 2 (thanks, Variety).

Hollywood stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain are still down to front the movie, which is expected to dramatise the post-pandemic New York setting seen in Ubisoft's shared world shooter. Here's hoping it's better than some of the banter below.

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Blizzard has finally detailed Monster Hunt, the upcoming new single-player offering which will launch for free next Thursday, 26th April at 6pm here in the UK.

In short, The Witchwood's Monster Hunt is an evolved form of last year's excellent Dungeon Run mode for Kobolds and Catacombs - where you face a series of bosses and slowly build a deck with treasures and regular cards obtained after each victory.

Monster Hunt adds a new wrinkle - this time you're playing as four new monster hunter characters rather than with the standard Hearthstone class heroes. Each has their own hero power, of course, and there are new game modifying treasures to find.

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Graveyard Keeper

Developer Lazy Bear Games has released the first gameplay trailer for its intriguing new cemetery management sim Graveyard Keeper - which has more than a hint of Stardew Valley about it, albeit ripe with the stench of corpses.

Lazy Bear, which previous created boxing management game Punch Club, describes Graveyard Keeper as "the most inaccurate medieval cemetery management sim of all time".

Your goal is to build, expand, and manage your own graveyard, "while finding shortcuts to cut costs, expand into entertainment with witch-burning festivals, and scare nearby villagers into attending church". As you'd expect, there are locals to impress, crops to be farmed, resources to be gathered for crafting purposes, and even a spot of alchemy.

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