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Endless Legend gets modding tools in new add-on

The team at Amplitude Studios is having a busy week, having just launched Dungeon of the Endless in full on Steam a few days ago. Now, it's offering a "Shades of Alteration" add-on for another game in its strategy series, Endless Legend. The free DLC adds a Halloween-themed quest to the 4X fantasy-strategy game called "A Tale from the Dark Season," which rewards players with an undiscolsed prize.

The update also introduces modding tools to the game, allowing players to create and tweak a number of game elements to their content. Players will be able to add new faction traits, items, skills, city improvements, technology and quests to Endless Legend, as well as adding or changing resources, text and 2D assets in the strategy game using the new mod tools. Endless Legend launched on Steam in September after its near five-month stay on Early Access. The game's Classic Pack is available on PC or Mac for $35, whereas the $45 Emperor Pack adds bonus in-game items.
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Spacebase DF-9 players get Hack n' Slash free, and vice versa

Double Fine is issuing free copies of its hacking-themed PC puzzler Hack 'n' Slash to players who purchased Spacebase DF-9 during its Steam Early Access phase, and Hack 'n' Slash owners will likewise receive Spacebase DF-9 free of charge.

The giveaway follows up on recent criticism players leveled at Spacebase DF-9 after it prematurely wrapped up development, scaling back or eliminating many promised features in the process. The game was originally set to evolve over a period of several months via Steam's Early Access program before its developers made the decision to polish up and complete the game in its existing state.

The final version of Spacebase DF-9 is now available for purchase via Steam at a 40 percent discount through November 3.

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Joystiq Deals: TowerMadness and freebies galore

Joystiq Deals has a great collection of freebies for you today. First up is the Build Your Own iPhone Game Bundle, a free eight-week course that will walk you through the creative process and get your first mobile game up and running. If you're in the market for a web development toolkit, we've also got the 5 Hour Developer Freebie Bundle, which will teach you the ins and outs of HTML, CSS, and other languages in the space of a few short hours.

Looking to broaden your tech skillset? Skillfeed offers over 21,000 tutorial videos covering web development, 3D graphics, Photoshop, and many other topics, and you can get 45-day access today via Joystiq Deals free of charge. Mac users will also want to check out The Mac Freebie Bundle, a utility compilation that includes iTunes Data Recovery, Sharepod, a three-month subscription to Backblaze's Online Cloud Backup service, and more.

Finally, Android tower defense game TowerMadness is free via Joystiq Deals for today only.
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Halloween Horror Streams: Shadow of Condemned: Criminal Origins

Shadow of Mordor isn't a scary game. Building up pressure in high stakes scenarios is something it excels at, but making with the scares? Not these orcs. Developer Monolith Productions probably just needed a break, though. It's coming off a decade of smart, very scary games. Condemned: Criminal Origins looms large among them. One of the very first games out there for Xbox 360, Condemned's murder mystery still has power, hence why it's a perfect selection for our Halloween Horror Streams.

Starting at 4:00PM EST on, we'll be streaming the PC version of Condemned for your pleasure. Xav de Matos (@Xav), a man who readily admits to being terribly frightened by first-person horror games, will take the helm. Anthony John Agnello (@ajohnagnello) will hang in the chat offering moral support. broadcasts every Tuesday and Thursday at 4:00PM EST, but we stream at other times too so make sure to follow us on Twitch to know when we're live.

Valkyria Chronicles PC port confirmed

A PC version of the PlayStation 3 strategy-RPG Valkyria Chronicles is in the works, Sega announced this week.

Released early in the PlayStation 3's lifespan (it doesn't even have trophy support, for crying out loud), Valkyria Chronicles features third-person shooter gameplay in the context of a turn-based military strategy game. Its unique art style and alternate-universe take on World War II-era combat won it a committed fanbase, and a pair of sequels (one officially localized, the other fan-translated) followed on the PSP.

Sega has issued no further details regarding the port, but notes that more information is coming soon.

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Alien: Isolation is haunted by more than Xenomorphs

You might think that the scariest part of Alien: Isolation is, you know, the alien, but you would be wrong. There is something darker that lurks within Sevastopol station's cramped corridors, something altogether more sinister. If you don't believe us, see it for yourself in a video we captured this morning. Don't worry, it's spoiler-free, though we can't promise it won't fuel your nightmares for months to come.

Oculus-exclusive film Zero Point hits Steam today

Condition One launched its first 3D, 360-degree film, Zero Point, on Steam today. The movie requires an Oculus Rift to view, and is compatible with both the first and second development kits for the headset. It also needs a minimum of 4 GB of memory, 2 GB of hard drive space and a processor at least as good as the Intel Core i7-2600. Viewers can download a free demo of the film through Steam as well.

Zero Point was directed by Danfung Dennis, whose 2011 film Hell and Back Again was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Our brief time with a few scenes of Zero Point in February found it to be a "clip collection" of sorts that provided viewers the illusion of being in different environments. Those scenes included moments with soldiers during a training exercise as well as a trip across E3's show floor. Zero Point is 20 percent off ($11.99) until Monday, November 3.
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GTA 5 gets next-gen exclusive goodies

Rockstar has revealed a suite of new features exclusive to the upcoming PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC versions of Grand Theft Auto 5, including new vehicles, in-game events, and missions.

Players returning to Los Santos can expect to find new challenges tied to next-gen exclusive vehicles like the Imponte Duke O'Death, the Cheval Marshall monster truck, and the Dodo seaplane. The upgrade also offers an all-new murder mystery that scatters clues throughout Grand Theft Auto 5's expansive map, with noir-style camera filters awarded to players who can crack the case.

Other new additions include the Hatchet and Rail Gun weapons, stock car races, updated radio station playlists, and a Wildlife Photography Challenge that unlocks a submarine when completed.

Rockstar additionally revealed that GTA Online character progress will carry over into the Xbox One, PS4, and PC versions of Grand Theft Auto 5 via a one-time save transfer. Unlocked platform-exclusive content will also transfer alongside character data, and all player-created Jobs will be retained.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare season pass is $50, 4 DLC packs

The season pass for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare grants players four DLC packs, early access to DLC weapons and the bonus multiplayer map, Atlas Gorge, on day one. The season pass costs $50, a $10 savings if you were to purchase each $15 DLC pack individually.

The four packs in the pass are Havok, Ascendance, Supremacy and Reckoning. Havok is due out in January on Xbox Live, with other platforms to follow – Microsoft has a deal to get Advanced Warfare DLC first, as it historically does with the Call of Duty franchise.

See the Advanced Warfare season pass trailer below.

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Dying Light cancelled on Xbox 360, PS3

Developer Techland has announced it has halted production on Dying Light for Xbox 360 and PS3. In a Facebook post announcing the plan, Techland explained "older consoles just couldn't run the game and stay true to the core vision" at the same time.

"To ensure you enjoy Dying Light as much as we would like you to, we chose to release it without any compromises on the three strongest systems available," the post reaffirmed. Dying Light – a zombie-infested, open-world game with parkour-inspired movement – will now launch only for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Dying Light, from publisher Warner Bros., has seen multiple release date changes since it was announced in May 2013. Originally slated to arrive this March, the game was subsequently moved to February 2015 before settling on a January 27, 2015 launch.

Techland's complete statement on the decision to cancel the game on Xbox 360 and PS3 can be found after the break.

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Battlefield Hardline delayed to deepen cops vs. robbers fantasy

Battlefield Hardline is due out in March 2015, following a delay announced in July this year. During EA's financial call today, CEO Andrew Wilson explained that feedback from beta tests and trade shows drove the decision to give developer Visceral Games more time.

"The cops and criminals fantasy – this is kind of the foundation for the game – resonated very, very strongly not just with existing fans, but with new players to the Battlefield franchise," Wilson said. "But the feedback was also universal that we should go deeper with that fantasy and really deliver against that to a greater degree. What we've done is given the development team that time to go back in and really look at how to truly deliver on that cops and criminals kind of gameplay as it exists in a Battlefield world."

Battlefield Hardline pits players against both police officers and well-supplied criminals in large cities, rather than taking place in the traditional military FPS landscape of a warzone. When Battlefield Hardline was delayed, Visceral said it wanted to flesh out the game's multiplayer experience, single-player story depth and its overall stability. Pre-delay, Beta testing spawned a list of the "Community's Most Wanted" tweaks to the game.

Battlefield Hardline launches in March 2015

Battlefield Hardline is due out on March 17, 2015, in the US and beginning on March 19, 2015, in Europe. EA announced the dates in its financial report released today.

Battlefield Hardline was delayed in July to a 2015 launch window. In an attempt to assuage fan fears, Battlefield Hardline Creative Director Ian Milham promised earlier this year that the game will work at launch. Previous EA games, including Battlefield 4, encountered connectivity and playability issues for months after release.
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Put your clothes back on, Twitch streamers

Twitch updated its rules of conduct today to include the requirement that streamers dress "appropriately," meaning no "sexually aggressive clothing – including lingerie, swimsuits, pasties, and undergarments." This isn't a new policy and it isn't related to Twitch's $970 million sale to Amazon, Twitch PR Director Chase (just Chase) tells Joystiq in an email.

"This is a long-standing policy meant to create an open, supportive, safe environment for all gamers," Chase says. "We are not the fashion police and this is not a new policy, just clarity on a long-standing one rooted in common sense. In other words, don't broadcast naked or in lingerie, swimsuits, pasties and undergarments. We don't actually get many cases of dress code violations, but felt it should be clarified since our community has occasionally asked about specifics."

The updated policy notes that the dress code applies to both men and women. Basically, the rules boil down to, "Keep your shirts on, you sexy nerds."

Twitch employees don't actively monitor streams for dress code violations, Chase says: "If our community reports things they believe are against our rules of conduct, we will investigate the claim and determine repercussions at that time. Offenders are few and far between since we're really just clarifying what most broadcasters already know."

Twitch recently updated its policies to ensure that sponsored broadcasts are clearly labeled.

Joystiq Streams: Long live the Empire in TIE Fighter

When Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, the writing was on the wall for LucasArts. The company had been shuttering studios for years already, slimming down Disney Interactive piece by piece. LucasArts did die, but with the house's best years long past them the real fear was that its long-dormant catalog would just be buried by Disney in the process. What would come of all those '80s and '90s LucasArts classics that had never been digitally released? Turns out those fears were unfounded. Good Old Games is bringing the LucasArts catalog back to the masses, including much-loved space flight sims like TIE Fighter.

To celebrate, Joystiq will stream TIE Fighter at 5:30PM EST on Resident EVE Valkyrie and Star Citizen pilot Xav de Matos (@Xav) will dust off his flight stick and take to the skies. broadcasts every Tuesday and Thursday at 4:00PM EST but irregular streams like these happen all the time so follow us on Twitch to catch them all.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare available at Walmart a day early

Not content to wait for Tuesday, Walmart and Activision are pushing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out at the big box retailer on Monday, November 3. While the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition sold by Walmart won't have any exclusive in-game content right in the $60 package, the release events hosted at Walmart stores will yield some goodies for series devotees.

Starting on Sunday, November 2 at 10:00PM local time, 2800 Walmart stores will be hosting Call of Duty tournaments that run through Advanced Warfare's official midnight release. Participants will get various pieces of swag like Call of Duty patches and posters, and anyone at the store that also happens to buy a case of Mountain Dew or Doritos will also be able to get an exclusive exoskeleton for their character in Advanced Warfare.

The Day Zero event does mark one significant change to Walmart's video game business: November 3 will be the first day that the retailer officially starts selling used video games. Walmart has experimented with Gamestop-style used game sales for more than five years, but this will be the first large scale, permanent program. Anyone trading in games towards Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will get an extra 50 percent value on the games they turn over.

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