This week in games: New THQ buys back old THQ, The Evil Within II adds a first-person mode

The biggest video game news this week is that Valve updated the format for Steam Wishlists—not because I care about Wishlists, but simply because Valve actually updated the Steam interface. Could this be the start of that large-scale overhaul we’ve heard has been coming for like, two years now? One can hope.

In any case, plenty of other news this week too. The Evil Within II now lets you get up-close-and-personal with your monsters, release dates for a slew of games including Where the Water Tastes Like Wine and Warhammer: Vermintide II, a bunch of free-to-try games for your long weekend, and the incredible tale of THQ Nordic slowly reforming the entire THQ library one piece at a time.

This is gaming news for February 12 to 16.

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This week in games: Relic sunsets Dawn of War III, Kerbal Space Program gets an expansion

Far Cry 5’s latest trailer gives its dog companion captions so you’ll understand his story. The sad part? I don’t think that’s in the real game. Imagine traveling through rural Montana with your talking canine, A Boy and His Dog style. Amazing, right?

That trailer, plus Relic abandoning Dawn of War III, a slew of release dates and sequel announcements, a new Soren Johnson project, and more below. This is gaming news for February 5 to 9.

Operators vs Aliens

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This week in games: A Commodore 64 mini, Rainbow Six Siege adds aliens, RIP MOBAs

Happy video game news this week: Someone's making a miniaturized Commodore 64, Hollow Knight's getting its third free expansion, Avernum 3 was remastered, and Rainbow Six Siege teased...aliens?

Bad news: EA's putting real-money microtransactions back into Battlefront II in the near future. Also, Paragon and Gigantic are both shutting down.

This is gaming news for January 29 to February 2.

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This week in games: A Duke Nukem movie, an Anthem delay, and Amnesia games for free

A Duke Nukem movie. In 2018. Let that sink in a bit—and then read on because the story gets even weirder from there.

That news, plus The Banner Saga 3 and Pillars of Eternity II nail down release dates, DICE talks overhauling Battlefront II’s multiplayer progression, Anthem (probably) gets delayed, and Humble hands out copies of Amnesia: The Dark Descent—replacement pants not included. The Sea of Thieves closed beta is also in full swing.

This is gaming news for January 22 to 26.

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This week in games: Theme Hospital's spiritual successor, rumors of Fable's return from death

Hope you're all enjoying your game backlogs as we continue on through January, the lazy river of months.

This week proves the slow period won't last forever, as we take a look at Q.U.B.E. 2 and Underworld Ascendant, a new Theme Hospital successor, plus the upcoming Civilization VI and Total Warhammer II expansions. Rumor also has it Microsoft's working on a new Fable and there's an Alien shooter coming from Fox (instead of the Alien: Isolation sequel people actually wanted). Lastly, Epic discusses winding down Paragon development to focus on Fortnite, of all things.

This is gaming news for January 15 to 19.

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This week in games: Big Destiny 2 changes revealed, Dark Souls finally gets a proper PC port

I didn’t expect to come away from CES 2018 thinking the highlight was a motherboard, but here we are. Or maybe that’s just a sign of CES’s weird spiral into the world’s largest SkyMall catalog.

As for games? Well, nothing much at CES. Dark Souls is getting a remaster and (hopefully) proper PC port though, Total War’s got a second historical game releasing this year, Cyberpunk 2077 showed signs of life, Bungie promised huge changes to Destiny 2, Stellaris is adding Death Stars, and more.

This is gaming news for January 8 through 12.

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This week in games: PUBG goes to Hollywood, Monster Hunter: World gets a PC release window

We’re back. I hope you enjoyed your holidays, if you celebrate. If not, well, I hope you enjoyed your less-eventful two weeks.

As you might expect news is pretty slow as people ramp up for CES next week. There’s some stuff to recap though, as Monster Hunter: World gets its PC release date, Netflix explores making a PUBG movie, Need for Speed: Payback gets online free roam, someone makes a shooter where everyone’s strapped into desk chairs, and more. This is gaming news for January 1 through 5.

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