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BeatNiks

Harmonix just released a music-powered virtual pet called BeatNiks

Harmonix sure has diversified in the past five years. Sure, the studio just released Rock Band 4 and it focuses on interacting with music in all of its games, but with stuff like Chroma and A City Sleeps, it has gone further than just "hit ...   read

 
 
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Anchors in the Drift
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Scribblenauts developer hopes for $500,000 on Fig for its next game

When I hear "5th Cell," my mind goes to the good times I spent with 2008's action-tower defense Lock's Quest or 2009's creative puzzle platformer Scribblenauts. Those were cute, inventive 2D games. I definitely don't think of Hybrid, whose ...   read

 
 
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Paladins
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Paladins behind-the-scenes video goes into the deck-building aspect

Originally announced as just "Paladins," Hi-Rez's free-to-play team-based shooter Paladins: Champions of the Realm is set to have card collection and a sort of deck-building aspect. Details were scant during the announcement, but the video ...   read

 
 
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EndWar Online beta

Tom Clancy's EndWar Online closed beta starts today, runs through November

I had forgotten about Tom Clancy's EndWar Online. It was originally announced just about two years ago, took on some alpha playtesters, and went dark to everybody else. Today, it is coming out of alpha and into a closed beta phase. Ubisoft ...   read

 
 
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New Hi-Rez game

(Update) Hi-Rez announces tactical team-based shooter Paladins

[Update: In an email with Destructoid, a Hi-Rez representative confirmed that Paladins will be free to play, but the developer is "still working out the specifics." To prognosticate for a bit, I would personally guess the monetization will ...   read

 
 
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Pac-Man 256
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Crossy Road developer working on Pac-Man 256

[Update: Now we have a trailer and screenshots! Disregard snark at the bottom here.] In its ongoing celebration of Pac-Man's 35th anniversary, Bandai Namco has said that Pac-Man will show up in unexpected places. The first concrete piece o...   read

 
 
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WWE Immortals
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WWE Immortals looks like Mortal Kombat/Injustice meets wrestling

I'm not into wrestling but, conceptually, I'm feeling WWE Immortals. It's a fighting game from Mortal Kombat studio NetherRealm and Phosphor Games that imagines real-world wrestlers in a fantastical alternate universe. Think Injustice: Go...   read

 
 
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Quake Live on Steam
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Free-to-play Quake Live rocket jumps onto Steam today

Good news, arena shooter fans, id Software's Quake Live is launching today on Steam. As far as I can tell, the Steam version will be the same Quake Live you're used to if you're already signed up. Even though it may not be adding anything ...   read

 
 
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The Witcher

Uh, okay: CD Projekt is doing a free-to-play Witcher MOBA for mobile

CD Projekt RED has announced The Witcher Battle Arena, a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena based on The Witcher universe for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Windows tablets. Sounds like a whole lot of things we weren't asking fo...   read

 
 
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Dreadnought

Dreadnought's huge spaceships are a fairly untapped idea, but still feel familiar

The reveal trailer for Dreadnought pushes a lot of the right buttons for science fiction fans. It puts potential players into the right frame of mind and really sets up the scale of the endeavor. Combatants will not be darting around in fig...   read

 
 


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Toribash on Steam
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Turn-based fighting game Toribash now available on Steam

Do you know Toribash? It has existed as a free-to-play game for a while now on Mac and PC, and it even came to WiiWare several years ago. The turn-based, muscle micromanagement fighter starring Vectorman's cousins may now gain a larger fol...   read

 
 
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Namco's new F2P IP
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Namco takes Gundam Vs gameplay west with F2P Rise of Incarnates

The 2 on 2 Gundam vs. Gundam series is as big in Japan as that full-scale Gundam model in Tokyo. It's also big on the Destructoid Forum, in that one Gundam fan keeps explaining how it's the best fighting game and tries to get people to impo...   read

 
 
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Crazy Taxi
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Fare warning: The new Crazy Taxi is a free-to-play mobile title

Taking beloved videogame franchises from the late 90's and early 2000's and putting new titles on mobile platforms seems to be all the rage right now. Activision's doing it with Tony Hawk, and now Sega's taking its shot with Crazy Taxi. Ye...   read

 
 
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Hawken

Your first look at the new Wreckage map for Hawken

Adhesive Games has given Destructoid the first exclusive look at the latest map coming to Hawken. Called Wreckage, the new map is based around a crash-landed derelict cargo ship. Wreckage ties into the backstory of the series, and it ultima...   read

 
 
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Hawken
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Hawken unveils new Predator mech and co-op mode

I was really happy with the changes that were made in the major Ascension update for Hawken; I was already a fan of the free-to-play, mech shooter but the improved tutorial and unlocks encouraged me to play more of the game. Now, a new upd...   read

 
 
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Mighty Quest for Epic Loot gets a playable female

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is a free-to-play dungeon raiding game where you loot castles and create castles of your own to challenge other players. The game is in open beta, and up till today featured three playable characters in the fo...   read

 
 
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Big Fest

Big Fest on Vita lets you deal with real unsigned bands

At its gamescom press conference, Sony unveiled a new IP for PlayStation Vita called Big Fest. In the free-to-play simulator, players manage a music festival with the aim to become the world's greatest music promoter. The really unique elem...   read

 
 
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Dragon Age

Heroes of Dragon Age is a free-to-play mobile game

Okay, that's a bit too harsh. Someone will find enjoyment in Heroes of Dragon Age, EA Capital Games and BioWare's cross-platform, free-to-play spinoff title for mobile devices. As the name and first screenshots would suggest, Heroes will in...   read

 
 
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World of Warplanes goes into open beta

Wargaming sends word that their free-to-play flight combat MMO, World of Warplanes, has now gone into open beta. You're invited to jump into a plane now in North America and Russia, with a July 4th open beta date coming to Europe. Expect 15...   read

 
 
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World of Tanks

Wargaming CEO is excited for World of Tanks on Xbox 360

A familiar site at every E3 for the past few years has been a giant tank sitting just outside West Hall of the LA Convention Center. Wargaming has been constantly promoting its free-to-play tank shooter World of Tanks, and the strategy has ...   read

 
 
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Monster Hunter Online
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CryENGINE 3-powered Monster Hunter MMO coming to China

Dying for some true "next-gen" monster hunting and are not satisfied with a mere remastered up-port? Put your worries to bed, because here comes Monster Hunter Online, an exciting new PC installment powered by CryENGINE 3 and ready for tes...   read

 
 
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Hardware interview
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Hardware: Shipbreakers will begin an RTS revolution

What is Hardware: Shipbreakers? It was a question that I asked myself several times after watching the trailer that Blackbird Interactive, founded by ex-Homeworld developers, released last month. The admittedly gorgeous video revealed few f...   read

 
 
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World of Tanks
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Zombies to invade World of Tanks and World of Warplanes

It's plausible that Wargaming's popular free-to-play games World of Tanks and World of Warplanes could be even more popular with zombies. Couldn't hurt to try, at any rate. It's worked out with other series, as mentioned in this developer ...   read

 
 
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Infinite Crisis
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Turbine announces DC Comics-based MOBA Infinite Crisis

Another multiplayer online battle arena has surfaced, though at least this one has got familiar characters and fiction going for it. Infinite Crisis is a PC-bound free-to-play title coming this fall from The Lord of the Rings Online develo...   read

 
 
New Hawken mech photo
New Hawken mech

Everything you need to know about Hawken's newest mech

Last week we showed you what the newest mech to join Hawken looks like. Well now our exclusive look continues as we have a full breakdown of everything the mech has to offer players in the free-to-play first-person shooter for PC. The new m...   read

 
 
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