The Elite: Dangerous
combat alpha was updated with support for 3-D monitors and the Oculus Rift gaming headset this week, and developers gave fans a look behind the scenes in a new development newsletter. Star Citizen
's dogfighting module was also delayed in order to bring the level of polish up higher and integrate the combat with the existing hangar module.
League of Legends
released its annual Snowdown update alongside a coincidentally named Showdown game mode that offers short 1v1 and 2v2 matches. Dota 2
officially removed its Steam
activation queue and opened its doors to the public, and Valve
put out a call for 3-D modelers to make new items themed on the Chinese New Year. Heroes of Newerth
's patch 3.3 went live, introducing a new tactical item that can copy runes without consuming them. And SMITE
revealed new Mayan god Chaac, a rain god with a lightning axe that's bigger than he is.
officially opened pre-orders for its Reaper of Souls
expansion; fansite Diablofans collected together another 50 legendary item screenshots from players on the public test realm. Path of Exile
's patch 1.0.4 is due to launch today, adding the channeled Flameblast spell and support for private PvP duels. And Firefall
developer Red 5 Studios
sacked its CEO and founder Mark Kern
this week, prompting several anonymous employees to reportedly come forward with stories of poor management behind the scenes.