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Doctor Who: Legacy War Doctor levels, unlock Cinder early

Doctor Who: Legacy will receive new levels based on Engines of War, the War Doctor novel series, with part one going live on Friday, December 19. Part two hits on Sunday, December 21. Play through part one to unlock Cinder, a lifelong Dalek-hunter and pivotal ally in the Last Great Time War – or, unlock Cinder right now with the following Joystiq-exclusive code (no time travel required):

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Danganronpa Unlimited Battle brings tap-heavy havoc to iOS

The latest game to join the violently dysfunctional Danganronpa family is Unlimited Battle, a co-op action affair coming to iOS next month in Japan. As Gematsu reports, it's a free-to-play game starring the protagonists of visual novel Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, and in it players slingshot the chibi cast across the screen to attack enemies. Unlike other Danganronpas, Unlimited Battle supports four-player co-op as well as single-player.

If you're aware of Trigger Happy Havoc's story of entrapment and murder mystery, you may share our confusion as to how Unlimited Battle fits within the series' narrative. Then again, maybe that's misplaced worry. After all, we are talking about games starring a sociopathic robotic bear who masquerades as the principal of a high school...

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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 Anfroid 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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Report: Microsoft building game-streaming tech, 'Arcadia'

Microsoft has job openings within a new cloud-based Operating Systems Group, and one of the listings says the project is called "Arcadia." ZDNet reports that Arcadia is a new streaming system built on the Azure cloud and is poised to replace Microsoft's Rio game-streaming tech. Arcadia will stream games and apps to Microsoft devices, the site says. Halo 5 on your Windows Phone, anyone?

One of Microsoft's job listings reads, in part, as follows: "The new Operating Systems Group (OSG) Streaming team is leveraging the cloud to bring premium and unique experiences to Microsoft's core platforms. These experiences take advantage of a new geo-distributed massively scaling service to redefine what is possible on today's devices. The client team is building the user facing application(s), bridging the service and devices together seamlessly. Our team is a small but growing and dedicated to solving one of Microsoft's biggest business challenges in a creative fashion."

Both job listings note that experience with iOS and Android app development is "a plus." As Engadget points out, this technology is most likely a long way off, since the development team isn't even finalized yet.

Sony has its own game-streaming system, PlayStation Now, and that's in beta on PS4, Vita and PS TV, well, now.
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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: iOS 8 Game Hacker Bundle

Those looking for a quick, simple and, more importantly, cheap route into the world of iOS game development should consider today's Joystiq Deal, the iOS 8 Game Hacker Bundle.

The Bundle includes primers on both Apple's Swift programming language and the ubiquitous Unity 3D game engine, but today's pièce de résistance is the iOS 8 Game Source Code Pack, which features four fully-featured templates based on popular games such as Threes! and Flappy Bird. Instead of crafting a game from scratch, users can build on these templates to learn all about the more complex aspects of iOS game creation, including multiplayer functionality, in-game item monetization and Gamecenter support.

Normally priced at $994, the iOS 8 Game Hacker Bundle is currently available to Joystiq Deals users for $59. This deal is only available for the next three days.
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iPad version of Papers, Please to get nudity restored in update

Papers, Please arrived on iPad this week, but an initial build depicting nudity when players searched the bodies of travelers was rejected by Apple on the grounds of containing "pornographic content." That decision appears to have been reversed however – developer Lucas Pope recently tweeted about a conversation with Apple concerning the denied version, claiming that Apple described that rejection as a misunderstanding. Pope added that Apple has also suggested he resubmit the build that includes nudity.

Though news of the rejected build drew ire from fans, Pope stated that the Apple representative "made it clear" that the decision was based on a mistake in their procedures rather than a response to backlash. Pope estimates that an update to restore the option of nudity should be available by next week.

Papers, Please will also eventually travel to Vita, though Pope is hesitant to give a launch window for that version, suggesting he "probably announced it too early."
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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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Microsoft unearths a Windows Phone version of Minecraft

Minecraft is already available on myriad platforms ranging from its native PC to the PlayStation 4 and the iPhone, and now the hyper-successful sandbox exploration hit can also be found on Windows Phone devices.

Like other versions of Minecraft: Pocket Edition, the game is abridged in comparison to its PC and console predecessors, but does include both Survival and freeform Creative modes as well as multiplayer support via local wifi. Microsoft (which recently acquired Minecraft developer Mojang) also claims that this version of Minecraft: Pocket Edition includes a number of items recently added to Minecraft's PC incarnation including new biomes, creatures and "infinite worlds" for players to explore. As with all versions of Minecraft, that "infinite" claim is only as strong as the technical capabilities of your device, so you shouldn't expect expansive realms to rival the PC game on your Windows Phone.

Prospective virtual miners will find Minecraft: Pocket Edition on the Windows Phone store at a price of $7.

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iPads, Please: Paper-pushing game hits iOS sans nudity

Immigration inspection game Papers, Please will reach iPad tomorrow, the game's creator Lucas Pope revealed on Twitter. The game, which has players accepting and rejecting immigrants attempting to enter the fictional state of Arstotzka, first launched in August 2013 on PC and Mac and reached 500,000 copies sold as of March.

The iOS version of the game is slightly different than its PC sibling, however. Pope noted that the search scanner photos in the game no longer have the full nudity option, as Apple "rejected that build for containing 'pornographic content.'" Papers, Please will receive a PlayStation Vita port, though Pope expressed uncertainty in February on how that version would work, given that the handheld system presents a lot of "interesting UI challenges." The developer also tweeted today that he handled the iPad version on his own, but that there's no estimated launch date for the Vita version, adding he "probably announced it too early."
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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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iPhone, iPad tell Tales from the Borderlands, out now

Telltale's games can take their time to reach iOS, but the smartphones and tablets haven't had too long to wait this winter. Game of Thrones hit the App Store in the game's launch week, and now the first episode of Tales from the Borderlands is available for iPhone and iPad, priced at $5. As for Android, last we heard both games are due later this month.

The adventure adaptation of Gearbox's series takes place after the events of Borderlands 2, with players starring as Hyperion hopeful Rhys and Pandoran pretender Fiona. The first episode, "Zer0 Sum," is one of five comprising the series. If it tickles your fancy on iOS you can pre-purchase the remaining four parts at 25 percent off ($15) via the Episodes menu.

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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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