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Galactic Civilizations III Launch Trailer Sets The Stage For A Universe On Fire

Some people just want to watch the world burn. Others have grander ambitions, like entire galaxies aflame.

Today marks the release of Galactic Civilizations III, a turn-based 4x game (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate) set in space. Players can choose to take a militaristic path to domination, or pursue victories via culture, science, diplomacy, and more.

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As we reported earlier this week, those that purchase during opening weekend (through May 17) will get access to exclusive ship parts for use in the builder tools. Galactic Civilizations III is out today for PC.

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Enigmatic Deus Ex Universe App Available Now

Alongside the reveal of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided yesterday and the first trailer today, another piece of the puzzle has arrived. There’s a new iOS app that seems to be marketing focus, but also contains some enigmas.

We reached out to Square Enix for more information about it, but the publisher told us that fans will need to figure it out. You’ll likely want a Square Enix account to access some of the materials, and once you have one you can use the scanner feature.

There are no instructions. You simply point the triangle reticle at things and watch as little lights show up. The “Unlocks” section of the menu suggests that there’s something hidden here (music, screenshots, and making-of information), but we haven’t found just what yet. 

You can download Deus Ex Universe from the App Store and Google Play store now, for free.

 

Our Take
As a fan of the Deus Ex franchise, I’m curious about what secrets this app holds. However, I don’t have the time to fiddle with it aimlessly. I trust the Internet hive mind to help guide us toward the puzzle’s solutions.

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New Homeworld Trailer Provides A Glimpse Of The Universe In 4K

Gearbox Software has released a new trailer for its Homeworld Remastered Collection, which you can check out in up to 4K resolution – provided, of course, your display supports it.

The collection includes Homeworld 1 and 2, which Gearbox says have been updated with help from members of the original development team and fan input. The series debuted in 1999, and was developed by Relic Entertainment and published by Sierra. It was considered a landmark RTS at the time. See more of the game in action below, and be sure to adjust the resolution accordingly.

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The game's set to release on Steam next week, February 25. There was a collector's edition that has since sold out, but you can see our unboxing here.

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Spider-Man Joins The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios have announced that they are working together to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Under this new deal, Spider-Man will appear in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film before July 28, 2017. A Wall Street Journal source claims that the first MCU movie starring Spider-Man will be the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War.

On July 28, 2017, a new Spider-Man film produced Sony Pictures Entertainment will be co-produced by Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal, and the team at Marvel. This new Spider-Man film will kickstart a new creative direction for the franchise. 

While the two studios are teaming up for this new film, Sony Pictures Entertainment will continue to finance, distribute, own, and have final creative control over the Spider-Man movie franchise. In addition to Spider-Man potentially entering an Avengers film, the two studios are looking into MCU crossovers for the new Spider-Man films.

If you are curious to see who owns the film rights to which Marvel characters be sure to check out this handy chart on the geektwins.com.

[Source : Marvel , The Wall Street Journal]

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Save the universe with a friend in Zheros on Xbox One, PS4, PC

Quick, the universe is in danger! What do you do? If you answered “punch stuff,” you might want to enlist in the Zhero Squad when Zheros launches later this year on PS4, Xbox One and PC. The cooperative action brawler will let players stomp out oppos…
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Deus Ex Universe lights up with next-gen ‘Dawn’ engine

Deus Ex Universe is not an MMO, despite the suspiciously grand name, Eidos Montreal says in a blog post. The studio announced Deus Ex Universe last year and some fans equated “Universe” with a potential MMO – but in reality, Deus Ex’s Universe is mor…
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Deus Ex Universe Is Not An MMO, New Engine To Power Upcoming Titles

Eidos Montreal has announced a new engine specifically designed for PCs and the latest consoles. The Dawn Engine as it’s called is based on a heavily modified version of IO Interactive’s Glacier 2, used for Hitman: Absolution.

Despite the heavy Deus Ex influence in the screenshot (and the fact we know there are more games in that series in development), Eidos cautions that there is nothing to be gleaned from the content. The purpose of the image is to show fidelity and detail capable using Dawn Engine (click the above image to see it at full size).

In the blog post introducing the new technology, Eidos community manager Sacha Ramtohul sets to assuaging concerns about a previous announcement. “Some of you have had concerns that ‘Universe’ meant ‘MMO,’” he writes. “Rest assured, it does not.”

Instead, he makes it clear that the “universe” appellation is being used to envelope all of the stories that might be told in the Deus Ex franchise. This includes primary games and other projects. You can read the entire blog post on Eidos Montreal’s website.

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Our Take
I greatly enjoyed Deus Ex: Human Revolution (and even managed a no-kill run on my first play through). I’m glad that there has been some gap in between releases, because when the next game is finally announced, I know I’ll be excited. 

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Humble Weekly Simulators 2: Universe Sandbox, Tropico 4

Simulator games aren’t ways to escape reality – they exist to make real life better. Did you always want to be a train conductor, only to find that plan derailed by the demands of money and opportunity? Simulators have you covered. Do you wish you…
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Learning about our own universe by modeling it in Elite: Dangerous

The New Yorker investigates how the virtual universe generated in Elite: Dangerous based on actual astronomical data is helping us better understand our own place in the galaxy. …


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Sega’s 8-bit universe beats itself up in Master System Brawl

If the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS has you jonesing for a similar arena fighter featuring Sega’s classic characters, you’ll want to check out Sega Master System Brawl (direct download link), a recently updated homebrew…
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