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PC Gamer (US Edition) March 2019

PC Gamer brings you in-depth previews, exclusive feature stories, and the most hard-hitting reviews every month in the world’s best-selling PC games magazine! Every month you’ll get the inside scoop on the most exciting games in every genre from first-person shooters to MMORPGs and cutting-edge games from independent developers, along with detailed strategy guides, how-tos, and the latest news on mods and PC gaming hardware from the best-known authorities in PC gaming. PC Gamer helps you get the most out of the most powerful gaming platform in the world.

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“we’ve filled this issue with 2019’s most exciting games”

In celebration of the new year, we’ve filled this issue with 2019’s most exciting games. There’s Phoenix Point, which is shaping up to be a beautiful mix of the old and the new, as systems and storytelling methods combine with modern design techniques.Elsewhere, we meet The Outer Worlds. Given that New Vegas remains one of the most beloved of the new generation of Fallout games, Obsidian’s return to 3D RPGs is worth celebrating. Here’s to another great year of PC gaming.EDITORphil.savage@futurenet.comPHIL SAVAGESpecialist inEnemy UnknownTwitter@OctaederThis monthGot very excited about all the games he won’t have time to play this year.The PC Gamer teamPHILIPPA WARRSpecialist inTerror from the DeepThis monthTracked down yet another selection of amazing indie game artists and demanded a look inside their sketchbooks.ANDY KELLYSpecialist inApocalypseTwitter@ultrabrilliantThis monthTicked ‘write a feature…

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epic takes on steam

Epic Games, riding on the success of Fortnite, is taking a shot at Valve with its very own digital distribution platform. The Epic Games Store differs from Steam in a number of ways, but mainly in the fact that developers who sell their games on it receive a much bigger cut of the profits. It’s an alluring prospect in the financially uncertain world of game development, and a shrewd move by Epic.Compared to Steam, which offers developers a 70/30 split for games that earn less than $10 million, the Epic Games Store offers an 88/12 split. Devs who use Epic’s own Unreal Engine 4 will even have their 5% engine royalty waived for sales on the Epic store. “In our analysis, stores charging 30% are marking up their costs by…

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highs & lows

HIGHSThe Outer WorldsObsidian is making a new sci-fi RPG and it’s exciting news. Even if it’s just Alpha Protocol in space, we’ll take it.JourneyThis beloved, and formerly PlayStation exclusive, exploration game is finally making its way to PC.Epic Games StoreSteam’s monopoly on PC gaming hasn’t been seriously challenged since, well, forever.LOWSAlien: BlackoutIn a post-Alien: Isolation world, the words ‘shooter’ and ‘action-packed’ are slightly worrying.Battlefield VDICE had to roll back its new TTK values after player backlash.Fallout 76Bethesda shipping a cheap nylon bag with its $200 special edition, rather than the promised canvas one, did 76’s reputation no favors. ■…

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fan service

Cultivate a successful esport—or so the theory goes—and reap the benefits elsewhere in your game. I’ve heard several variations on this idea over years of esports writing, where companies sometimes talk about pro gaming in similar terms to supermarket loss leaders—unprofitable in themselves, but able to attract players who then spend money on the game. But a new partnership between Emory University and publisher Hi-Rez Studios aims to put that theory to the test.“We’ve always believed that watching esports helps our game business,” says Todd Harris, Hi-Rez cofounder and president of its esports broadcasting subsidiary, Skillshot Media. “There was an appetite in the community to play, [and] publishers started to support that with prize money and structures and casting and production.”He goes on: “Publishers did that because the thought was…

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the rise of ‘sports’

SOCCERInvented in 1953, soccer is played with the feet. It was rebranded from football to ‘soccer’ in 1994 when socks became mandatory after an outbreak of verrucas.RUGBYRugby is a live-action metaphor. It speaks of the importance of gathering eggs for one’s social group, then incubating them in a nest of powerful thighs.GOLFThis alleged ‘sport’ began as a mod for the older ‘sport’ of sword-fighting. Players would slash away at an opponent until one of them fell into a big hole. ■…

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left behind

Every other day, it seems that some band of intrepid dataminers finds hidden, outdated, or mysterious content buried in the code of our favorite games. This isn’t negligence. Instead, it’s a peek into a little known reality of game development: That unused code is left in databases because it’s too risky to remove.Defender’s Quest DX dev Lars Doucet compares disabled (rather than removed) code to a nest of cords. “You can’t say for certain what is plugged in to what without taking a lot of time to figure it out.” This is especially true if you didn’t write the code, for instance if you’re working on a large team. Deleting old, seemingly obsolete code can risk breaking something important.“A DEDICATED ENOUGH COMMUNITY (HI, DISCORD) IS GOING TO FIND IT”Industry veteran…