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"Slated for UK release in April"

Microsoft claims Digital Anvil's ambitious space sim FreeLancer will be released in the UK in April. And though we'd love to be sceptical about it, the presence of several beta discs in the office this week - like little twinkling stars amongst heaps of unreviewed mediocrity - has left us thinking that Digital Anvil might actually hit the date.

There's even more good news from the Xbox platform holder, in the shape of a grand competition to give away 30 pre release beta discs just like ours to gamers. Winners will apparently be selected from a random drawing of sign-ups (starting Friday) to the official FreeLancer web site, so head there now to stand a chance of winning!