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Take-Two has announced a new publishing label called Private Division focused on partnering with independent teams.

One of these teams is Obsidian Entertainment, which means the big new RPG in development there, the game occupying most of the studio when we visited in August, is this Private Division game. Apparently Fallout co-creators Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky are leading development of the project.

Another of the teams signed to the label is Patrice Desilets' Panache Digital with its ape evolution action game Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.

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The makers of Star Citizen - Cloud Imperium Games and Roberts Space Industries - are being sued by Crytek over misuse of CryEngine.

Cloud Imperium Games has dismissed - in a statement on Polygon - the claims as "meritless" and said it will "defend vigorously" against them, but they may prove hard to wash away.

It boils down to what was agreed upon in a General Licensing Agreement between the two parties in 2012, back before nearly 2 million people pledged a combined $174m towards development of the game.

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HITMAN™


Hitman's second location, Paris, will be free over Christmas and into early next year.

You'll be able to nab the French capital and all of its content from tomorrow, 15th December, until 5th January 2018.

Also included is the game's Holiday Pack, helpfully set in Paris, where you have to track down thieves stealing Santa's presents. (To be clear, you do not assassinate Santa.)

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A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. Look out for the Jelly Deals roundup of reduced-price games and kit every Saturday on Eurogamer.

Given that we're now midway through December, it makes enough sense that some online retailers would be well underway with their respective Christmas sales. Not GAME, though, of course. The company has launched its set of just-in-time-for-Christmas offers this morning, covering PS4, Xbox One, PC and Switch.

Don't get your hopes up on Switch bargains right now, though, as there are currently only four products in the Switch section of the sale, two of which are in fact the same game. Still, L.A. Noire is down to 29.99 which isn't bad.

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Purrfect Date

In the Ehime Prefecture of Southern Japan, around 40 minutes from Nagahama Port, sits the remote, mile-long island of Aoshima. You may not have heard of Aoshima Island, but every year masses of tourists dock at its tiny harbour to sample the isle's hospitality. Yet, there are no shops, restaurants or cars, there's barely even people. You see, what Aoshima has to offer is cats. A lot of cats. In fact cats outnumber the approximately 20 elderly residents of the island by six to one, hence how the island earned the name Nekojima, or Cat Island.

However, Aoshima is not completely unique. It is one of eleven cat islands in Japan, each a curiosity for tourists and a haven for cat lovers. "If we make enough money from this game, it's our dream to visit a cat island", Bae Team's Ruby May Roberts told me at EGX in September, when I first dipped my paw into cat-dating simulator Purrfect Date. At the time, I thought little of her admission, perhaps blinded by the peculiarity of dating cats and churning out feline-related puns - or it may have been because Ruby, herself, was dressed as an adorable pink cat herself. Regardless, this statement did not strike me again until I sat down to play Purrfect Date in its entirety and I realised this dream had seeped its way into every fibre of the game. This is the work of people who really love cats

Primarily a visual novel, crossed with a dating-simulator, Purrfect Date takes place over six main chapters. In each chapter, players take on the role of a different, newly appointed, human research assistant, employed to research and look after cats on the mysterious Cat Island, alongside the eccentric Professor Pawpur.

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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 (Classic, 2005)

Last week, independent charity Gamble Aware held its annual two-day conference in London. It focused on what's called Harm Minimisation, in particular, how to protect young people from gambling. The event was a who's who of the UK gambling industry, but there was one topic on everyone's lips: loot boxes.

The loot box debate seems to have torn the UK gambling industry apart. While many in the conference room appeared curious to learn more about the issue, others scoffed at the mere mention of "video games".

Perhaps that's why Gamble Aware wanted to address the issue head on, holding a series of panels and discussions which debated a variety of gambling related issues within video games - skin-betting, social games, esports and, of course, loot boxes.

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Overwatch's Winter Wonderland event has begun and with comes the usual excitement of festively flavoured legendary skins, all of which have now been revealed by Blizzard.

Winter Wonderland 2017 brings seven new legendary skins in total, this time for Bastion, Ana, Hanzo, Junkrat, Roadhog, Sombra, and Solider 76. As you'd perhaps expect, given the season, the overarching theme is pretty much "blue".

The new skins are joined by 12 favourites from last year's Winter Wonderland event. These veer closer to the more traditionally festive, featuring the likes of Scrooge McCree, Nutcracker Zenyatta, Yeti Winston, and Santaclad Torbj rn. All in all, significantly less blue. Incidentally, Blizzard says that all returning winter gear is available at a reduced credit cost.

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Finding Paradise

Developer Freebird's long-awaited To the Moon follow-up Finding Paradise is finally launching on PC and Mac tomorrow, and there's a first proper trailer to celebrate.

Finding Paradise is the second full episode in the To the Moon saga (there have been smaller spin-offs like A Bird Story in the interim), and it once again tells the tale of two doctors as they venture into the mind of a dying patient. It's designed as a completely standalone adventure, requiring no knowledge of previous instalments, and there will almost certainly be tears upon your dabbing fist by the end of it all.

In fact, you'll be lucky if you can make it through Finding Paradise's trailer - surprisingly the first proper one since the game's announcement last year - without feeling an emotion.

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Rocket League®


Rocket League's physical version will launch in the UK on 26th January priced 35 - far higher than on other platforms.

In North America it will arrive a little earlier, on 16th January, for $40.

Online, you can pick up a boxed copy of Rocket League on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for 19.99. This is for the Collector's Edition which contains various DLC cars - the same version as launching on Switch.

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PAYDAY 2

Heist shooter Payday 2 will crack open on Nintendo Switch early next year - on 23rd February in the UK.

North America will get the game just a few days later on 27th February, meanwhile.

Payday 2 will be getting a digital and physical launch - prices for which are still to be confirmed. There's no word yet on exactly what content will be included.

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