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Grab Another Free Game from the GOG Winter Sale

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Two weeks in and the annual GOG Winter Sale has offered another free game. For the next 48 hours you claim underwater horror adventure SOMA for free, simply by having an account and clicking the button. You’ll have until December 30 at 3 am Pacific/6 am Eastern to claim the free game.

SOMA is a first-person horror adventure developed by indie studio Frictional Games, creators of the Amnesia series. You’ll journey through an underwater installation where Things Went Horribly Wrong. Explore the area, avoid homicidal robots and monsters, and solve the mystery of the station, and yourself.

SOMA was very well-received by critics and fans of the genre. It has an 83 rating on Opencritic, putting in the top 10% of reviewed games on the site. SOMA is rated M for Mature with Violence, Blood, Nudity, and Strong Language.

The GOG Winter Sale still features thousands of deeply discounted PC games. GOG’s store features a solid combination of PC gaming classics from the 90s (King’s Quest, Might and Magic, Ultima, etc.), as well as modern indie games like Into the Breach, Dead Cells, and Pillars of Eternity 2. A rotating list of Daily Deals feature the best discounts and deals.

Spending any amount of money during the sale will reward Fantasy General as a free game. Spend at least $15 to acquire Everspace as a free bonus game.

The GOG Winter Sale ends on Jan. 3, 2019.

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Diablo 3 Switch Bundle Available Only at GameStop

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Many big blockbusters from the last few years are getting Switch ports, but not all of them are getting their own Switch bundles. November 2 sees the release of Diablo 3 on Switch, as well as the Diablo III: Eternal Collection Switch bundle. The bundle will be available exclusively at GameStop.

The Diablo III: Eternal Collection Switch bundle includes a download code for the game as well as Diablo-themed Switch, dock, and carrying case. Diablo III: Eternal Collection on Switch includes Diablo 3 as well as the Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer expansion packs for a total of seven character classes, five acts, and seasonal content.

Unique to the Switch version are several pieces of Zelda-related content: a Cucco pet, Triforce portrait, and a transmogrification armor set to don Gannondorf’s black steel armor.

Diablo 3 originally launched on PC in 2012, making the jump to current gen consoles in 2014. Despite a history of PC-only gameplay, the console version was very well received. The Reaper of Souls expansion also helped redefine the gameplay structure as Blizzard added the excellent Adventure Mode and seasonal content to increase replayability over the years.

Diablo 3 remains one of the go-to definitive cooperative games on the market, with both local and online multiplayer. Local players can join forces on a shared-screen with a single Switch, or with multiple Switch handhelds. Up to four people can battle the evil forces in Sanctuary together.

The Diablo III: Eternal Collection will launch on Nov. 2 along with the Switch bundle. It’s rated M for Mature for Blood and Gore, Partial Nudity, and Violence.

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Skybound Games to Finish Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season

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The sudden drama surrounding Telltale Games’ massive layoffs and game cancellations continues. This time it’s a glimmer of hope for fans of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead series. At New York Comic-Con, series creator Robert Kirkman announced that the game arm of his company, Skybound Games, will pick up the pieces of The Walking Dead: The Final Season.

Details are still forthcoming. According to Variety, Skybound Games “will work with members of the original Telltale team to finish the story, though nothing has been finalized.”

Last month Telltale shocked the industry when it laid off over 200 employees, effectively canceling nearly all ongoing projects, including The Walking Dead: The Final Season, which had just launched its second episode (out of a planned four episodes).

A skeleton crew remained to finish some contractual work and keep the lights running. But recently, according to one of the employees who remained, they too were laid off. The drama has been a hot topic within the industry, highlighting problems of worker’s rights, severance pay, and a poorly managed company.

Telltale recently announced that they were shopping around for a partner to continue the unfinished final season of The Walking Dead, which fans have been clamoring for.

Skybound Games picking up The Walking Dead makes a lot of sense. Obviously it’s Kirkman’s company, and they have the license to make The Walking Dead games. Skybound Entertainment was founded in 2010 by Kirkman, while Skybound Games launched earlier this year, and has published The Long Dark and Slime Rancher.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season is available on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch. The first two episodes are available, with the final two handled by Skybound Games. They’re rated M for Mature.