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Marvel's Iron Man VR delayed

Marvel's Iron Man VR has been delayed to 15th May 2020. It had been due out 28th February.

Developer Camouflaj took to Twitter to announce the delay of the PlayStation VR game:

"In order to deliver on our vision and meet the high expectations of our amazing community, we've made the difficult decision to move Marvel's Iron Man VR to a May 15, 2020 release. We truly appreciate your patience and understanding. You'll be hearing from us again soon!"

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Unsettling RPG World of Horror slithers onto Steam next month

Here's something that looks like it crawled out of my first PC's recycle bin: a 1-bit style RPG called World of Horror, and it's launching in Early Access on Steam this February.

Described by Polish developer Pawel Kozminski as "cosmic horror", the game is set in a small Japanese seaside town where, as ever, things are starting to go wrong. "The population's sanity is dwindling and otherworldly, grotesque creatures terrorize those who call the place home," says the Steam description. Players will have to use turn-based combat, solve puzzles and make the right decisions in order to "confront the terror reigning over the apocalypse".

More worryingly, rather than relying on jumpscares, World of Horror focuses on building a slow sense of dread - which as anyone who's watched Blair Witch will know, is about ten times worse. Check the trailer for evidence.

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Humble launches a new bundle for the Australian Wildfire Relief Fund

Humble has launched a new bundle featuring just shy of 30 games in support of the wildlife and animals affected by the Australian bushfires.

A minimum donation of around £20 is required to get everything in The Australia Fire Relief Bundle. Unlike other bundles on Humble there are no tiers or additional incentives - just pay anything from that figure upwards to get all 29 games.

100% of the proceeds will the donated to WIRES, RSPCA and the World Wildlife Fund.

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Pokémon's official ASMR video lets you relax to fireside Charmander

It's Friday - and after a long week, what better way to relax than by staring at a Charmander lounging by a fire. Wait, what?

The latest video published by the official Pokémon channel, following hot on the heels of the first Galar-region animated short, is an ASMR video of fireside Charmander. The little 'mon sleeps for an entire 30 minutes, occasionally rolling over or yawning while the fire crackles away. Finally, we've found a Pokémon lazier than Ash's Charizard.

ASMR, for those blissfully unaware, stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response: in other words, a tingling sensation on the scalp and upper spine caused by certain auditory and visual cues. Videos intended to evoke this response have become something of an internet sensation, with thousands of practically every possible noise appearing on YouTube. Someone's made a Pokémon card-opening ASMR vid, actually.

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Cyberpunk 2077 dev will continue crunch "to some degree" through five month delay

Cyberpunk 2077's delay until September means it will get another five months of polish, but also five more months of staff crunching - working overtime - to some degree.

Developer CD Projekt Red addressed the matter in an investor Q&A session last night, held following the delay's announcement.

In it, exec Adam Kiciński explained why the delay was happening, why it had been decided upon now, and when the rest of the studio had been told ("minutes" before).

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BT is including a free Google Stadia with its fibre broadband deals

BT is throwing in a free Google Stadia with a number of its broadband deals as part of a new partnership between the pair to promote cloud gaming.

The freebie is currently available until 30th January on the Superfast Fibre 2, Ultrafast Fibre 100 and Ultrafast Fibre 250 packages, which start at £39.99 per month. After a seemingly random pause, these free Google Stadia gaming plans will then return on 7th February.

"The partnership will see BT and Google deliver cloud gaming via this new-generation platform to more UK consumers as well as see the two companies work together on initiatives designed to build awareness, access and availability of it in the UK," says BT in the announcement.

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Five of the Best: Blocks

Five of the Best is a weekly series about the bits of games we overlook. Things like crowds, potions, mountains, hands. Things we barely notice while we're playing but can recall many years later because, it turns out, they're fundamental to our memory of the game. Well, now is the time to celebrate them!

Today we're celebrating...

Blocks! Or do I mean cubes? Don't! We had a whole argument about this. Cubes are a kind of block, as far as I'm concerned, and so are other shapes like the lower-case L Tetris block. If we confined ourselves only to cubes, we'd have to talk about the Companion Cube from Portal, again, and then I'd be forced to counterbalance it with Peter Molyneux's Curiosity cube just to be mean. But no, I'd never be so cheeky as to put a red herring in the list...

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Skyrim's going full Dracula in the next Elder Scrolls Online Chapter

The next Chapter for The Elder Scrolls Online has been fully unveiled - and it sounds pretty high-stakes, as players will explore Western Skyrim as it suffers under the rule of a vampire lord.

Initially teased during the Game Awards in December, yesterday ZeniMax released a cinematic trailer for the game's 2020 Chapter, Greymoor, which is part of a year-long "interconnected adventure" of four updates. Greymoor is set to launch on PC and Mac on 18th May, then Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on 2nd June, and will open up vast swathes of Western Skyrim and a cavern called Blackreach. That sounds welcoming.

So, what the hell's going on here? Greymoor is set 900 years before The Elder Scrolls 5, and the western regions look a little different. Thanks to the aforementioned vampire lord, the land has been transformed into a dark and sinister place filled with vampires, witches and werewolves. In other words, the young adult section of a bookstore.

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