Rise of the Tomb Raider: Square Enix Knew Xbox Exclusivity Would ‘Disappoint’ Fans

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Rise of the Tomb Raider is one of the most highly anticipated games of the year. After Tomb Raider (2013)‘s fantastic (but flawed) reboot of Lara Croft’s epic, globetrotting adventures, fans were ecstatic when it was announced that a sequel would be released in 2015.

But right after that initial excitement came a huge announcement that upset many fans, and even caused some irate players to threaten to boycott the game; Rise of the Tomb Raider would be an Xbox exclusive. Publisher Square Enix and developer Crystal Dynamics did explain that it was only a timed exclusive on Xbox 360 and Xbox One (meaning that it would eventually be out on PC and PS4 at a later date) but some fans were still unhappy.

Last week, however, Square Enix revealed that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released on PC and PS4 in 2016. And following that release date announcement, Square Enix Americas CEO Phil Rogers, has revealed that the company knew that Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s Xbox exclusivity would disappoint fans.

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The Swindle Out Now, With New Launch Trailer

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The Swindle is a game that has been steamrolling itself towards release for the past few months. Initially canned by developer Size Five games, it was re-revealed earlier this year and has been steadily preparing to steal our hearts ever since.

We’ve covered the game quite a bit here on the site but if you’ve missed out previous coverage (look at our tag for The Swindle here) then the game is a randomly generated steampunk thieve-em-up. What that means is that you control a thief and your main goal is to pull off heists of various difficulties, spending your looted money on becoming a better thief.

Find out more about the game and watch The Swindle launch trailer, after the break.

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Fallout 4 Features Same-Sex Romances

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At E3 2015, Bethesda revealed that Fallout 4 begins with your character married to someone of the opposite sex. You and your partner even have a child (who will be based on your appearance) and a robot butler. But when the nuclear war breaks out, you make it to the vault but neither your spouse nor your child survive.

Due to the sensitive and emotional nature of the game’s beginning, romance probably wasn’t expected by most Fallout 4 fans. However, during the Fallout 4 presentation at Quakecon, the game’s director Todd Howard revealed that players will be able to romance their companions regardless of their gender. Find out more after the break.

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League of Legends: Teemo Becomes More OP in New Update

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There are few League of Legends champions as hated as Teemo. The tiny Yordle scout has darts dipped in poison, his mushrooms are a slowing, lethal menace and he is obnoxiously cute. Even people who play as Teemo can’t stand him; regardless of his brilliant skins.

Because of Teemo’s much-loathed status, many players have asked for the champion to be nerfed. Consider those requests firmly ignored, then, as Riot Games has now made several changes to Teemo’s abilities to make League of Legend‘s most annoying champion even more OP.

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The Sims 4 Cool Kitchen DLC On the Way?

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Since launch, The Sims 4 has gotten a sweltering amount of add-on content. Get to Work introduced new careers, Luxury Party Stuff helped your Sims throw a swanky bash, while the new Spa Day game pack introduces gyms, spas and saunas.

But EA apparently isn’t done yet. According to a leaked listing from online retailer Amazon, The Sims 4 Cool Kitchen could be the next bit of downloadable content added to the popular god-hand game. Find out more after the break.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Coming to PC and PS4 in 2016

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Rise of the Tomb Raider is easily one of the most highly anticipated games of the year. In Lara Croft’s new adventure she’ll be heading to Siberia, looking for the secret of immortality. There will be supernatural animal guardians, a sinister organisation (named Trinity) most importantly, it will have even more tombs to raid than Tomb Raider (2013).

It’s just a shame then, that Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s most exciting bits have been greatly overshadowed by the fact that it will be exclusive to Xbox 360 and Xbox One when it launches later this year. PC and PlayStation fans were angry as they have supported Tomb Raider for many years – good news then, that Square Enix has just announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released on PC and PS4 in 2016.

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In Between Announced for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Mobile

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Around these parts, we absolutely love games that play on physics. From the (relatively) serious gameplay of Portal and TerraTech, to the absolutely ridiculous antics of Octodad and I Am Bread, the genre has a lot to offer. Soon to be joining the more ‘serious’ side of the physics spectrum is In Between, the new game from developer gentlymad. and publisher Headup Games.

How serious is In Between? The game stars a protagonist who’s dying of cancer, for one, and its plot is described as a “tragic story for reflection”. It’s certainly not a walk in the park then, but In Between could offer an entertaining and harrowing experience when it comes to PC, PS4, Xbox One and mobile devices soon.

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‘Mooncrest’ Is the New RPG From Ex-BioWare Devs

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The folks at BioWare are an incredibly talented bunch. They’ve given us the likes of Mass Effect and Dragon Age, two franchises famed for both their brilliant stories, their rich characters and their representation of women and LGBT characters. There’s good reason to get excited then, when ex-BioWare developers decide to team up on a new project.

The brilliantly named KnightMayor is one such team, with the minds of Rick Burton, James Henley, Brian Ledden, and Jeff Visgaitis (who didn’t work at BioWare but has pen and paper RPG experience) coming together to work on a new game. That game is Mooncrest and it bills itself as a Neverwinter Nights and Knight of the Old Republic-inspired RPG.

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Hearthstone’s Biggest All-Female Tournament Makes a Mockery of the Game

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a game that’s all about using your wits, managing your card deck and executing your tactical game plan to perfection. The strategic nature of its gameplay and the fact that it’s free to play has made Hearthstone one of the fastest rising games in eSports and so it’s quite common for its tournaments to hit the headlines.

Unfortunately, one Hearthstone tournament called the International Women’s Invitational, has gotten tongues wagging for entirely negative reasons. Those who watched the all-women tournament take place (the IWI is believed to be the biggest all-female Hearthstone competition in eSports) were up in arms, saying that it made a mockery of the game, the competitors and of eSports itself.

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League of Legends Patch 5.14 Release Date; New ARAM Map Included

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League of Legends patch 5.14 is a big one. It may not introduce a brand new champion (as patch 5.13 did with Tahm Kench) but it does include a massive set of new skins, a new game map and the HUD update that’s been in the works for months.

So not only will the update change how you play, but it will make it a great deal more fun too. It’s also out really soon, so find out the patch 5.14 release date, along with the suspected patch notes, after the break.

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