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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Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin

Psychonauts-themed VR spin-off Rhombus of Ruin is now available on PC, developer Double Fine has announced. It supports both Oculus Rift and Vive, and arrives, happily enough, on the original game's 13th anniversary

Rhombus of Ruin debuted early last year as a PSVR exclusive, and is set immediately after the events of the first Psychonauts. Once again, you play as goggle-wearing psychic pre-teen Raz and must use your formidable mental powers to save the day. Instead of adopting the platform mechanics of the original Psychonauts, however, Rhombus is more puzzle-driven.

Most of the game sees Raz tethered to one spot, and, much like in the first Psychonauts, progress requires that you use your psychic abilities to slip into the minds of other characters. Doing so lets you manipulate the world around them, hopefully facilitating your escape from the titular, Bermuda Triangle-like Rhombus of Ruin.

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Epic Games has released its latest Fortnite update, heralding another round of balance changes, bug fixes, and tweaks, alongside new additions like the Light Machine Gun. It also brings a selection of gifts for players, by way of an apology for last week's extended server downtime.

Scanning down the list of new additions, the Light Machine Gun is undoubtedly the highlight of today's Version 3.5 content update, although perhaps less exciting than some of the game's other recent treats - such as the sadly temporarily shelved guided missiles. The Light Machine Gun is a Battle Royale mode exclusive and includes a fast rate of fire and 100 round magazine designed, says Epic, to keep squads pinned down from a distance.

If that's not quite enough to get your pulse a-quickening, 3.5 also paves the way for the new limited-time Battle Royale mode 50v50 V2. This was originally scheduled to unfold last week but was delayed as a result of the game's widely reported account server issues and extended downtime; however, the new mode begins in earnest today.

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Dota 2

The Netherlands has determined some loot boxes are gambling - and warned video game publishers to modify their loot boxes to remove "addiction-sensitive" elements before mid-June.

The Dutch gaming authority said it had looked into loot boxes in 10 games (it sounds like they picked the 10 most popular games on Twitch), and found four contravened its Betting and Gaming Act. It said the content of these loot boxes was determined by chance and, crucially, the prizes could be traded outside of the game. Therefore, the prizes have a market value.

"Offering this type of game of chance to Dutch players without a licence is prohibited," the Dutch gaming authority concluded.

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Battlezone comes out on Nintendo Switch this summer, developer Rebellion has announced.

The tank shooter came out as a PlayStation VR launch title before launching on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Battlezone Gold Edition launches 1st May on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and it's fully playable with or without a VR headset. The Switch version launches this summer, Rebellion added.

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For Honor gets an impressive-looking training mode later today.

As someone who put a lot of time into Ubisoft's unique multiplayer-focused melee combat game at launch but drifted away a few months later, this new training mode is welcome. I can also see it being pretty useful for newcomers because For Honor has quite a lot of hero characters to contend with and plenty of mechanics that govern the combat to wrap your head around.

The new tutorial includes basic apprentice training and more advanced warrior training, which come complete with their own set of rewards. Usefully, the training includes timing feedback for opponent moves, which should help you master execution. There's also a media section, where you can watch tutorial videos.

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Ever since the launch of PUBG's second map, players have called for the ability to pick where they play - the original Erangel, or the new Miramar.

Very soon, this option will finally be available.

Map Selection is a new feature which will roll out to test servers "soon". When starting a game you'll be able to select which maps you want to be matched onto, and then the game will send you off to one of your selections.

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Fans have been piecing together a version of Dark Souls 3 very different to the one seen at release, combining pre-launch accounts of the game and source code plundering in an effort to reconstruct From Software's original vision.

It all begins with evidence uncovered by longtime From Software fan and source code sleuth Lance McDonald, who previously made some fascinating discoveries regarding cut content in Bloodborne. Be warned that Dark Souls 3 spoilers occur from here on out.

According to game file references unearthed by McDonald, at one stage in development, Dark Souls 3 didn't conclude with the fight against the Soul of Cinder in the Kiln of the First, as is the case in the final release. Instead, it culminated in a battle with Pontiff Sulyvahn (now found in Irithyll of the Boreal Valley) in an unseen third variation of the Untended Graves.

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Battlefield developer DICE is currently testing a battle royale mode for this year's Battlefield V.

That's according to a new Venturebeat report, which cautions that the mode still does not have the green light for release, and regardless will now not make it in time to arrive at launch.

Instead, the mode will arrive as a free update - if it does get the go ahead. Plans are early, the report states, and the work could be pushed back or dropped completely. Such is game development.

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If you're rubbish at Call of Duty WW2 you can now ask Alexa for tips.

The new Call of Duty Skill is your "personal voice-controlled reconnaissance scout", according to Activision. After a match you can ask Alexa how you did. Here's an example response:

"Let me break it down for ya. You got clobbered."

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