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Lords of the Fallen 'will be released' on iOS, Android

Action-RPG Lords of the Fallen is bringing its dark, fantastical challenges to iOS and Anroid next year, CI Games announced. The publisher's wording in a tweet published last night would seem to indicate a port of the PS4, Xbox One and PC game, though that's not stated explicitly. We've reached out to CI Games for clarification.

The news arrives hot on the heels of confirmation that a Lords of the Fallen sequel is in the early stages of development. Executive Producer Tomasz Gop revealed conceptual work on what he dubbed "Lords of the Fallen 2" has already begun.

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Joystiq Deals: 2-in-1 Lightning and Micro-USB charging cable

Joystiq Deals has a discount for you today that will keep your mobile devices fully charged and ready for action. Today's StackSocial-branded six-foot charging cable features both Lightning and Micro-USB plugs, making it an ideal all-in-one charging solution for phones, tablets, game controllers, and other electronic devices.

Normally priced at $40, our cable is available today for $21 ($22.99 with international shipping). Pick one up and keep your iOS or Android phone running at full capacity whenever you need it -- you'll be glad you did.


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Hearthstone begins Android rollout

Blizzard is rolling stones out, specifically of the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft variety. The free-to-play collectible card game is available now for Android in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and Blizzard says a full worldwide rollout is due "in the coming days." If you're in one of the early bird regions, wing your way to Google Play or Amazon Appstore to get started.

In terms of requirements, you'll need a tablet with at least a 6 inch screen, 1GB of RAM, and Android 4.0 or higher installed. As for phone owners hoping to be dealt in - that's both iPhone and Android devices - Blizzard says it'll have "more news" early next year.

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Joystiq Deals: The Name Your Own Price iOS Designer Bundle

Joystiq Deals is putting you on the path to a career in mobile development with The Name Your Own Price iOS Designer Bundle, a broad collection of tutorials, instructional courses, and assets suited to your needs.

Pay any amount for our bundle and you'll get the Learn Mobile First Web Design Using Bootstrap and The Art Of App Design & Marketing courses. Beat the average purchase price and you'll unlock all content on offer, including The Ultimate Collection Of Design Graphics From Creative VIP, Assets For Simplifying The Web & Mobile Design Process, the Freebo Design Asset Bundle, Mobile App Design From Scratch: Design Principles & UX, and iPhone App Interface Design For Beginners.

Valued at $1,415 when purchased individually, all of today's content can be had for under $50 if you opt for our recommended purchase price. A portion of proceeds will benefit Child's Play, World Wildlife Fund, or Creative Commons.
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Scrolls shuffles out of beta, cuts price to $5

Minecraft developer Mojang launched its latest game, Scrolls, in full today. Scrolls is now available on PC, Mac and Android tablets, with an iPad version expected to arrive "some time in the new year." The card hoarding game pits players against one another on a hexagonal battlefield, earning gold and acquiring spells, enchantments and other strategy-boosting goodies.

Scrolls entered open beta in June 2013 for $20, though the developer officially dropped the price of the full game to $5. It announced plans to shift the game's price in September, affirming that those who already bought the game will receive the $20 shard package, giving those players the ability to purchase decks, avatars and new scrolls without any additional cost. Mojang also began offering a free trial version of Scrolls today on all three platforms, for those interested in checking the strategy game out firsthand.
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Mortal Kombat developer grapples with WWE Immortals next year

WWE is partnering with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm Studios to create a new spin on the wrestling company's brand of brawling, WWE Immortals. The game will launch on iOS and Android devices for free next year, and will feature "epic Superstar battles in a fantastically re-imagined WWE world." In this case, we're hoping "Hell in a Cell" is taken more literally by the Mortal Kombat developer.

While no other details are known about WWE Immortals, NetherRealm will handle the development in conjunction with Phosphor Game Studios. Phosphor is the developer behind first-person survival shooter Nether and The Dark Meadow, a creepy mobile adventure game. WWE has found ways to capitalize on its wrestling roster in the mobile space this year, as the company launched trading card battler WWE SuperCard in August, reaching 1.5 million downloads in its first week.
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Humble Winter Sale: Shadow of Mordor, Lego Batman 3

Just like last year, the Humble Store has kicked off the Humble Winter Sale, an annual promotional event that offers big discounts on a huge swath of games, then donates 10 percent of the proceeds to charity.

From now until December 22, you'll find over 500 games discounted at the Humble Store, most to a sizable degree. Highlights include Joystiq-favorite Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor for $30, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham for $20 and Tomb Raider: Game of the Year Edition for $7.49. Additionally, those whose tastes run toward the indie side of gaming will find Kentucky Route Zero available at $12.49, Road Rash spiritual successor Road Redemption at $12 and the Humble Deluxe Edition of This War Of Mine at $17.

The Humble Winter Sale offers discounts for the PC, Mac, Linux and Android platforms and the majority of featured games are offered without any attached DRM. For a full list of discounts, visit the Humble Store.
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Heroes of Might and Magic 3 to return in HD, debut on tablets

Heroes of Might and Magic 3 is charging back into gaming with a surprise pincer attack. Not only is the 1999 turn-based strategy returning to Windows PC with widescreen-friendly HD visuals, but it's also coming to iOS and Android, albeit for tablets only.

If that has strategists of a certain age fidgeting at the thought of more all-nighters, the good news is they've barely more than a month to wait. Both the PC and tablet games are already scheduled for release on January 29, 2015.

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80 Days takes a trip to Android, adds arctic route to itinerary

80 Days has more travel destinations than one vacation allows for, but should travelers bore of touring the streets of Venice or the sandy stretches of the Rub' Al Khali desert, a new route to the arctic will soon open, according to a related press release. The new, chilled destinations will share a December 16 arrival date with 80 Days' Android version, though a free update will add the new environments to the existing iOS version.

Managing Editor Susan Arendt planned strings of vacations as Passepartout, itinerary planner of the wealthy Fogg, and found that 80 Days' choose-your-own-adventure journey holds "no clear right or wrong choices." While sorting the logistical travel details out provided entertaining obstacles, Susan added that 80 Days' strong writing "effortlessly strings together tiny vignettes to create a world on the brink of change, bristling with the excitement of possibility and the fear of the coming unknown."
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Free-to-play Peggle Blast bounces to iOS, Android


EA and PopCap have unleashed a new version of pachinko-inspired puzzler Peggle on iOS and Android platforms this week as a free download.

Revealed back in September, Peggle Blast introduces a cast of new Peggle Masters, giving players access to a new collection of peg-busting superpowers and special abilities. Peggle Blast is free-to-play with paid perks, including point boosts, extra balls, and area-clearing bombs. PopCap fans can also expect to see cameos and crossovers from familiar franchises, as some levels feature elements cribbed from past hits like Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies.

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Dragon Quest 3 now adventuring on iOS, Android

Square Enix's classic JRPG Dragon Quest 3 is out now for iOS and Android devices, marking its first English-language rerelease in over a decade.

Originally released for the 8-bit Famicom in 1988, Dragon Quest 3 was the first entry in the series that allowed players to create a custom party drawn from multiple character classes. The game also introduced innovations like a day/night cycle and a character job-changing system. A localized version later made its way to the Nintendo Entertainment System, and an upgraded Game Boy Color port landed stateside in 2001.

Dragon Quest 3's mobile debut follows up on the recent iOS and Android launches of Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest 4, and Dragon Quest 8. Dragon Quest 3 is priced at $9.99.

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Molyneux: Kickstarter, Early Access can be 'destructive'

Peter Molyneux's Godus earned £526,563 ($852K) on Kickstarter in December 2012, yet the designer recently admitted that he would delay the funding campaign entirely if he could go back to the game's pre-planning stages. In an interview with TechRadar, the Fable series designer deemed Kickstarter and Steam Early Access as "very destructive to the final quality" of games that aren't particularly far along in their development stages.

In the case of Godus, 22 Cans' spiritual successor to Populous, Molyneux said supporters had a "view of what the game is going to be like" based on the Kickstarter project, which differed from what the "invest to play" game wound up becoming. "I'm not saying I would never do Kickstarter again, but if I was to do Kickstarter again, I would say 'look, we've done half the game, you can download this demo, you can play the game,'" he said. "'You know what the game's going to be, now we're going to take it from this point to this point.'" Godus is currently available on PC, Mac and Linux via Steam as well as iOS and Android.
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Joystiq Deals: Unlimited Mobile Backup

Your phone is full of crucial data, and Joystiq Deals is here to help you keep it safe and secure. This week, you can purchase a lifetime's worth of unlimited mobile data backup service via iDrive for only $10.

iDrive backs up your contacts, photos, videos, calendar events, and other important data stored on up to five mobile devices, and keeps it safe with 256-bit AES encryption. Restoring lost data is just one tap away, and backed-up files can be accessed from any mobile device or desktop browser. Our sale price is active through December 7, so act fast if you want to take advantage. Your phone will thank you.
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Free-to-play Total War Battles: Kingdom coming to PC, Mac, tablets


A new free-to-play entry in Creative Assembly's Total War series is entering a closed beta on PC platforms soon, publisher Sega announced today.

Developed by Creative Assembly's Digital Team (creator of the PC and mobile RTS Total War Battles: Shogun), Total War Battles: Kingdom offers a series of 10th-century combat scenarios that take place in a persistent multiplayer universe. Gameplay features a mixture of sim-styled kingdom-building and tactical combat, and players can carry their custom-created kingdoms across multiple platforms and devices.

Closed beta invitations will be sent out soon to players who register at the game's official website. Total War Battles: Kingdom is set to hit PC, Mac, and tablet devices next year.

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Tales from the Borderlands Episode One review: Busy earnin'

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You should probably know who Handsome Jack is. That's really the only advice I'd give to anyone looking to dip into Telltale's latest episodic series, Tales from the Borderlands. Granted, Borderlands doesn't have the most sophisticated lore, subsisting largely on dick jokes, pop culture references and lots of screaming jerks, but suffice it to say that you don't have to be intimately familiar with Gearbox's first-person shooters to appreciate Tales. If you know that Handsome Jack is a villain, perhaps heard his smarmy voice in a trailer or two, you should be fine.

In other words, regardless of your level of Borderlands experience, Tales from the Borderlands is a witty, well-written adventure with broad appeal. And yeah, there's a dick joke or two.

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