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Summer has well and truly arrived here in Britain. You can tell because our tea is evaporating, there's an ice cream supply crisis, and our beer gardens have become holding cells for the criminally insane. And that's just after two consecutive days of sunshine. Nevertheless, the summer cheer is here, E3 is right around the corner, and I thought what better way to celebrate all that is warm and wonderful than with our largest ever hardware giveaway here on GD.
Zotac has managed to make a big of a name for itself in the small form factor PC market, but it's really gone above and beyond with its latest GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards. The first of these, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm, is an 8.3” (211mm) version of Nvidia’s most powerful gaming graphics card, a full 4.5” (114mm) shorter than Zotac’s own full-sized model. That’s just 64% of the size, and Zotac has also managed to cram water-cooling onto its diminutive beast.
After what amounts to years of rumours and now a week of incessant teasing, Ubisoft has blown the doors off of Far Cry 5. The full gameplay reveal has arrived, showcasing a redneck rollercoaster as the protagonist takes on a gang of militant religious fanatics deep in the Rocky Mountains.
Nvidia has announced the latest generation of its GeForce GTX Battlebox certification program. Originally introduced in 2013 as a label to slap on extreme high-end gaming PCs, Nvidia is expanding its approach to including the mid-tier Battlebox Essential alongside the usual Battlebox Ultimate. That’s great news for PC gamers who don’t want to spend absurd sums of cash on their PC. The other big change, however, is Nvidia’s recommending AMD Ryzen CPUs for the builds alongside Intel. Previously, all Battlebox PCs had Intel Core i7 processors inside.
Epic has just pushed Unreal Engine 4.16 out the door, bringing with a raft of new rendering and animation features, performance improvements, and support for the Nintendo Switch. The new Volumetric Fog feature should be a biggie for PC gamers, allowing developers to add varying densities of fog, cloud, dust or smoke to a scene, each of which can be lit realistic with light shafts. As we've seen with Volumetric Lighting this effect can look great, and it should now be easier than ever to implement for game devs. 
Overwatch fans will be all too aware that Blizzard is hosting a one-year anniversary event for the best-selling first-person shooter. The anniversary event comes loaded with a huge assortment of cosmetic items and eleven Legendary skins, all of which are only unlockable in this timed event which runs until June 12nd. Should your inner OCD be tempting you into trying to unlock them all, you may want to stop right there. Reddit user ‘mynameismunka’ has been crunching the numbers and calculated that there aren't enough hours to possibly grind for Overwatch’s anniversary skins before the event is over.
The road to The Witcher 3’s launch was a long one, fraught with delays and cries of ‘Bullshot!’. That may not be the case with Cyberpunk 2077 however, CD Projekt Red’s next title. CDPR has confirmed the promotional campaign for Cyberpunk 2077 is already nailed on, and the team is aiming for the element of surprise. 
Intel’s much rumoured Core i9-7900X Skylake X processor has just popped up in the SiSoft Sandra benchmarking utility’s online database. The new enthusiast tier CPU will be part of Intel’s first ever family of Core i9 processors, offering unprecedented performance with a price tag to match. The Intel Core i9-7900X is an absolute monster on paper, packing 10 cores and 20 threads thanks to MultiThreading support. 
Afternoon schlocky horror fans. Friday the 13th: The Game is out tomorrow on Steam, and handily developer Illfonic has compiled together a list of benchmark results so you can work your expected performance. Quite a variety of different specs and settings have been benchmarked in Friday the 13th, ranking from a humble Radeon HD 6850 + Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 combo all the way up to SLI GeForce GTX 970’s plus an Intel Core i7-6700.
It was only back in February that news first broke of a Castlevania TV series in the works. Now Netflix has dropped the first blood-spattered teaser trailer for the animated series, in which the last surviving member of the Belmont clan is fighting to save Eastern Europe from the tyranny of Dracula. 
At this point, Larian Studios are becoming hands at Kickstarter. Divinity: Original Sin 2’s development has progressed very smoothly indeed, and in the latest Kickstarter update to fans, Larian Divinity: Original Sin 2 is locked in for a September 14th launch.