Five Free BioWare PC Games Will Be Available This Week, Here's How to Get Them

RPG developer BioWare is giving away PC games every day this week, leading up to Christmas.

In a tweet, BioWare said its free game promotion will begin on December 20. There are reports that Mass Effect 2 was free on Origin yesterday, December 19, though it’s since returned to its normal price. Perhaps the deal went live too early. Keep checking back with GameSpot to find out what BioWare games are free on Origin this week.

In the spirit of the season, we’re giving away five days of freebies starting tomorrow. Stay tuned. 🎁 pic.twitter.com/0oNuMkAevX

— BioWare (@bioware) December 19, 2016

If you want a free EA PC game right now, you can pick up the original Dungeon Keeper right here through Origin’s On the House promotion.

What BioWare games would you like to see included in the holiday sale? Let us know in the comments below!

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Street Fighter 5's Season 2 Patch Notes Detailed in 92-Page PDF

A Street Fighter V update launching December 20 will make sweeping changes to Capcom’s fighting game and, to keep players informed, the company has released the patch notes.

The specific patch notes are spread across a massive 92-page document which you can read here. The changes range from allowing players to select preferred music in training and versus and supporting Direct Input controllers on PC, to specific changes for each fighter. These include tweaked frame data, different inputs for some moves, and other nitty gritty details.

The update arrives as part of Season 2 of the game, which also introduces the Christmas costume and stage DLC. New outfits will be available for Ken, Zangief, R. Mika, Laura, Karin, and Juri.

Each of the six costumes comes with ten color variants and costs $4/€4/£3.29, while the stage costs $2/€2/£1.29) or 40,000 Fight Money, which is Street Fighter 5’s in-game currency. There’s also a $20/€20/£15 bundle for everything. This holiday content will only be available until January 17.

The update will also add in Akuma, a new character that was shown during PSX 2016. Finally, the 2017 Character Pass will also become available for $29.99/€29.99/£24.99. According to Capcom it “will grant pass holders [access to] Akuma, in addition to five brand new fighters as they join the fray throughout 2017.”

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GTA 5's Christmas Update Out Now, Here's What It Brings

Grand Theft Auto V‘s Christmas update is reportedly out now, bring new items, bigger rewards, and more to GTA Online.

Twitter user ItsJackFrost reports that the festive season brings a load of Christmas-themed clothes, including some fetching jumpers, available for free. There’s also Santa and Gingerbread Man-themed masks, plus up to $50,000 bigger rewards when you sell vehicles stolen from the recent Import/Export update.

New *GLOWING* Festive Clothing available for FREE! #GTAOnline pic.twitter.com/WRauMneuid

— ItsJackFrost ❄️ (@therealjackster) December 20, 2016

Lastly, two new car variants, the Truffade Nero and Nero Custom, are available for purchase, and other items such as custom apartments and a selection of guns get a 25% discount. there will likely be even more included in the festive update; we’ll update if we hear more from Rockstar via official channels.

Import/Export, the latest big expansion for GTA Online, was recently released for free, introducing a bunch of new cars and buildings. Meanwhile it has been reported that GTA V has sold over 6 million copies in the UK alone, with around 70 million sales worldwide. It continues to sell well each week.

For more on the giant open-world game, you can check out our Grand Theft Auto V review here; alternatively, check out our list of all the games with Christmas 2016 events and updates.

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New Just Cause 3 Trailer Confirms Multiplayer Beta Release Today

Chaotic open-world game Just Cause 3 is getting a multiplayer beta today, according to a new trailer.

The video comes from fan group Nanos, which is currently developing the multiplayer mode for Just Cause 3. Nanos’s official forum states that the group expects to release a stable 1.0 build of Just Cause 3 multiplayer some time in January or February 2017. For now, a beta release will arrive on PC today.

A separate Just Cause 3 multiplayer mod appeared to be dead earlier this year when its lead designer, Cameron Foote, abandoned the project after he was offered a job at Avalanche Studios, the base game’s developer.

“Several months ago, I was approached with an offer I couldn’t refuse: to join Avalanche Studios Sweden as a developer so that I could work on projects present and future,” he explained at the time. “Unfortunately, due to time constraints, neither I or the rest of the team can actively pursue development on JC3-MP; our lives are just too busy to allow for it right now.”

Foote was part of a team separate from Nanos called JC-MP, which developed the successful multiplayer mod for Just Cause 2. After the success of that add-on, many hoped there would be official online support for the third entry in the series. Just Cause 3 launched without any multiplayer, however, leaving community groups to take up the project.

Right now, Nanos’s mod is only playable on PC, though Avalanche Studios has said it is thinking about bringing mods to consoles.

We enjoyed Just Cause 3 here at GameSpot–critic Mike Mahardy awarded it an 8. For more, check out our full Just Cause 3 review.

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Thumper Comes to Steam VR and Oculus

The violently surreal action of Thumper is now available on Steam VR and the Oculus Store, according to a tweet from the game’s official Twitter account.

Thumper Comes to Steam VR and Oculus

Thumper now supports @SteamVR and @Oculus!
Steam: https://t.co/ZL3mByvfYY
Oculus: https://t.co/XuUCNAp8tw pic.twitter.com/hqgLglbhCw

— THUMPER (@ThumperGame) December 19, 2016

Previously exclusive in VR to PlayStation VR, Thumper tasks the player with overcoming increasingly dexterous rhythm challenges, and facing off against huge and kind of gross bosses. To learn more, check out Peter Brown’s review.

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Witcher 3 NSFW Cosplay Calendar Unsheathes More Than Just Swords

Cosplayer, and official The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt promotional model Maul Cosplay has collaborated again with CD Projekt Red to produce The Witcher Cosplay Calendar 2017, reported our fellow Bathtub Geralt appreciators over at PC Gamer.

Witcher 3 NSFW Cosplay Calendar Unsheathes More Than Just Swords
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Some iconic and saucy shots have been recreated, including the infamous bathtub and unicorn scenes, as well as some more fanciful shots of, say, Geralt and Imlerith enjoying each other’s company.

You can check out a few more shots over on Maul Cosplay’s Instagram account, or some other impressive Witcher 3 cosplay creations, such as the gender-bending Geraltina, and an impressively accurate version of Triss.

The Witcher Cosplay Calendar 2017 is available for preorder right now, due for delivery early in the new year.

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State of Decay 2 Release Date, Gameplay, Systems and More Info Coming at E3 2017

Developer Undead Labs will announce State of Decay 2‘s release date and more details about platform availability during E3 2017, the studio announced today.

“The release date will be revealed, along with gameplay, systems, and so much more, at E3 2017,” Undead Labs founder Jeff Strain in a blog post. “So pace yourselves, mark your calendars, and get ready to party with us this June.”

All we’ve heard about State of Decay 2 so far is that its world will be “substantially larger” than the first game’s and that it will allow co-op players to split up.

State of Decay 2 was announced back at this year’s E3 in June (watch the announcement trailer above). It’s a four-player co-op game, rather than the MMO Undead had discussed previously.

State of Decay 2 Release Date, Gameplay, Systems and More Info Coming at E3 2017
State of Decay 2 Release Date, Gameplay, Systems and More Info Coming at E3 2017State of Decay 2 Release Date, Gameplay, Systems and More Info Coming at E3 2017State of Decay 2 Release Date, Gameplay, Systems and More Info Coming at E3 2017

The game is confirmed for 2017, but as mentioned, we’re expecting to learn a specific date in June 2017, at E3. It’s confirmed for at least PC and Xbox One. On those systems, it’s an Xbox Play Anywhere game, letting those who buy it digitally play on both platforms.

Undead Labs also released a creepy holiday card today; check it out:

State of Decay 2 Release Date, Gameplay, Systems and More Info Coming at E3 2017

State of Decay was originally released in June 2013 for Xbox 360, before coming to PC in 2013. A version of the game called the Year One Survival Edition launched for Xbox One in 2015.

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Lord of the Rings, D&D MMOs Acquired by New Company, Owner Promises No Changes

A new studio is taking control of The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online. It was announced today that development on the PC MMOs is shifting from the established, Warner Bros.-owned studio Turbine to a brand-new outfit called Standing Stone Games.

In a statement, Standing Stone added that it has partnered with H1Z1 and PlanetSide developer Daybreak Games (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) to handle publishing services for the games around the world.

Lord of the Rings, D&D MMOs Acquired by New Company, Owner Promises No Changes

According to Standing Stone, it’s brought on veteran developers from the Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online teams.

“The teams remain very much committed to both games and are thrilled to continue development and operations of these games as an independent studio,” it added. “This is an opportunity for us to bring about our dreams while still working on two of the biggest licenses in video games.”

Standing Stone added that “a great many things” are in the works for both games. The developer also assured players that there should be “as little interruption as possible” as part of the changeover.

“Although we are a new studio, we are also the same developers who have been and will continue to work on our games. Our success has always been possible because of your support,” Standing Stone said. “As we move forward, this is more important than ever. The ultimate goal of our new studio is to continue to bring you amazing experiences. We are excited for the future, and we’re thrilled to have you with us on this journey.”

A FAQ further explains that Standing Stone acquired the rights to The Lord of the Rings and Dungeons & Dragons Online, though terms of the deal with Warner Bros. were not disclosed.

“It’s business as usual for both Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online operations and development. Both games will continue along their respective development paths and bring you the content you enjoy,” the FAQ goes on to say.

As for Turbine, the studio remains operational but won’t work on Lord of the Rings Online or Dungeons & Dragons Online any longer. The studio released Batman: Arkham Underworld earlier this year for mobile devices and is also working on another smartphone game, Game of Thrones: Conquest.

All existing Turbine account login information is unchanged, while all purchases, Turbine Points, VIP status, and items acquired through either game’s store will remain attached to your account. Turbine Points will henceforth be known as Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online Points.

Some downtime for both games may occur in the coming weeks, Standing Stone said, adding that its hope is to “minimize the amount of downtime to the least possible.”

Read the full FAQ here.

Dungeons & Dragons Online came out in 2006, while Lord of the Rings Online launched in 2007. Both are free-to-play games.

In other Lord of the Rings news, the first movie, The Fellowship of the Ring, came out 15 years ago today.

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Witcher 3 Dev Gets $7 Million to Research "Seamless" Multiplayer, City-Building, and More

The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red has received almost $30 million PLN ($7 million) from the Polish government for the purposes of researching new gaming features.

Witcher 3 Dev Gets $7 Million to Research "Seamless" Multiplayer, City-Building, and More

The Polish developer announced the funding recently (via wccftech), which comes from Poland’s National Center for Research and Development’s GameINN program. CD Projekt Red put in four proposals for funding, all of which were approved.

A chart on the NCBR’s website [PDF] shows that CD Projekt Red’s four approvals were for R&D efforts related to “city-creation,” “seamless multiplayer,” “cinematic feel,” and “animation excellence.” This doesn’t necessarily mean that future CD Projekt Red games could have city-building or seamless multiplayer components.

“Developing video games is a hyper-innovative activity, but also one which carries substantial financial risks, involves continuous R&D work and requires much experimentation and prototyping along the way,” CD Projekt Red president Adam Kicinski said. “Indeed, our industry now has the potential to become the champion of the modern Polish economy.”

CD Projekt Red was just one of many Polish developers that received funding from the government. In all, the NBCR gave out $191 million PLN ($45.1 million) for almost 40 games. Other developers that received money included Techland, CI Games, 11 Bit Studios, Bloober Team, Fuero Games, The Farm 51, and Vivid Games.

CD Projekt Red is currently working on Gwent: The Witcher Card Game and Cyberpunk 2077. That game is due out in the 2017-2021 window, which is also when another “AAA RPG title” is coming out. This game has yet to be announced, but was revealed earlier this year during an earnings briefing.

Witcher 3 Dev Gets $7 Million to Research "Seamless" Multiplayer, City-Building, and More

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Battlefield 1: See the First Images of They Shall Not Pass DLC

Following a tease last week, Electronic Arts today shared even more images of Battlefield 1‘s upcoming They Shall Not Pass expansion and talked about the real-world battle it’s based on.

In a blog post, EA shared what it called “concept exploration images” of They Shall Not Pass’ new multiplayer maps. They represent developer DICE’s vision for the new arenas but are not final. You can click through the images in the gallery below to see them all.

Battlefield 1: See the First Images of They Shall Not Pass DLC
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They Shall Not Pass is set during the Battle of Verdun, in France. According to DICE, around 1 million shells were fired in the opening parts of the battle alone, leading to forest fires, which is why you’ll see trees engulfed in flames in the DLC maps. A version of the Samogneux village, destroyed by war, will be the focus of one of the maps, while another will depict the battles that took place inside Fort Vaux.

“Down here in the maze of dark galleries the French and Germans fought ferociously with grenades, flamethrowers, and poison gasses,” DICE said.

One of the other maps will feature a battlefield torn apart by artillery shells; according to DICE, around 40 million were fired during the entirety of the Battle of Verdun, “turning the earth into a shattered lunar landscape.” At least one of the maps will feature “underground fortresses,” DICE teased.

In addition to new maps (DICE hasn’t said exactly how many are in the add-on), They Shall Not Pass comes with more weapons and dog tags. People who own the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass ($50) can play They Shall Not Pass and the other three upcoming expansions two weeks before everyone else can buy them.

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