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We play snowy Costume Quest DLC.

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Sugar rush.

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Tim Schafer and Tasha Harris on Double Fine's next.

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Costume Quest TV series to launch on Amazon in 2018

Double Fine's Costume Quest franchise is being adapted into an animated TV series, set to debut in 2018 on Amazon Prime.

The show is produced by Frederator Studios - the company behind cartoon hit Adventure Time and Netflix's upcoming Castlevania reboot.

It's unknown if Costume Quest's TV incarnation will follow the plot of the two games released by Double Fine, but the one piece of artwork released so far suggests some of the same characters may feature.

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Psychonauts, Stacking, and Costume Quest to see retail release

After Double Fine regains publishing rights.

Double Fine's downloadable adventures Stacking and Costume Quest may have been published by the now defunct THQ, but the boutique developer has just regained their publishing and distribution rights. Better yet, it's partnered with Nordic Games to release retail versions of Stacking, Costume Quest and Eurogamer's 2005 Game of the Year, Psychonauts, for PC and Mac in 2014.

Costume Quest launches on iOS

Costume Quest launches on iOS

Not a trick, but a treat.

Double Fine's Halloween-themed RPG Costume Quest has launched on iPhone and iPad just in time for the holiday.

It's priced at £2.99 / $4.99, with the optional Gubbins on Ice DLC a £1.49 / $1.99 in-app purchase.

Originally released on XBLA and PSN in 2010, Costume Quest marked Double Fine's first foray into its Amnesia Fortnight strategy of taking two weeks every year to put everything else on hold and come up with game prototypes. Stacking, Iron Brigade, and Once Upon a Monster followed suit and saved the company following Brutal Legend's dismal sales causing EA to pull the plug on its sequel.

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Microsoft no longer charges developers to patch their Xbox 360 games

Microsoft no longer charges developers to patch their Xbox 360 games

UPDATE: Microsoft confirms. Fez creator Phil Fish investigating if this is retroactive.

UPDATE #3: Microsoft has provided Eurogamer with a full statement regarding its decision to drop charges for Xbox 360 game patches.

"Microsoft eliminated fees for Title Updates on Xbox 360 Arcade games in April 2013," a spokesperson said, reiterating what Hryb and Whitten announced below. "We're constantly evaluating our policies and implementing feedback.

"While our development policies are confidential, and will remain so, we're pleased to say that this is just one of many ongoing changes and improvements we've made to ensure Xbox is the best place possible for developers and gamers."

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Vote on Double Fine's next game ideas

Then pay what you want for the prototypes, and vote on your faves.

Ever since Brutal Legend was a financial catastrophe Double Fine has shifted its focus to smaller games that have been created as the result of its "Amnesia Fortnight" process, in which the studio splits into small teams for two weeks and creates prototypes for future projects.

Eurogamer's favourite Halloween games

Which grim grinning greats should keep you company on the scariest night of the year?

Don't answer the doorbell tonight: the local kids haven't put much effort into their costumes, and besides, some of them are hepped up on goofballs by the sounds of it. Instead, stay indoors and dust off your GBA, your GameCube, or, um, your smartphone, and play some spooky games instead.

Double Fine details Iron Brigade DLC

Double Fine details Iron Brigade DLC

Still no word on European launch.

Double Fine's Xbox Live Arcade tower defence title Iron Brigade (formerly known as Trenched) will receive a new horde mode in a forthcoming DLC update.

The upcoming expansion is called Rise of the Martian Bear, Kotaku reports. Release date and pricing information is yet to be revealed.

Double Fine's latest title is still awaiting release in Europe after trademark issues forced the game to be delayed and re-named.

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October PlayStation Plus content update

October PlayStation Plus content update

Get Costume Quest, Arc the Lad free.

PlayStation Plus subscribers can download charming Halloween-themed adventure Costume Quest for free until 19th October, Sony has announced.

PlayStation 1 role-player Arc the Lad, the first PSN Import title to arrive in Europe, also comes free up to 19th October.

Uncharted 3's multiplayer beta returns, exclusively, for Plus members until 19th October as well.

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PlayStation Store update 19th January

PlayStation Store update 19th January

Costume Quest! Mass Effect 2! Minis!

On the re-stocked PlayStation Store today you'll find Costume Quest on Ice and add-on content for Mass Effect 2.

That wildly acclaimed second space opera by BioWare heralds the series' arrival on PS3. You can buy, for instance, a complete N7 arsenal of weaponry for roughly six quid, or you can ever so slightly alter what your team-mates look like for £1.59. See what you've been missing?

As to how Mass Effect 2 holds up on PS3, we've compared the PS3 demo and final code; talked about the game's installation and faced the PS3 and Xbox 360 version off against one another. We even reproduced the PS3 digital comic that retells the big events of Mass Effect 1.

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PS3 waits for new Costume Quest DLC

Grubbins on Ice out now on Xbox 360.

There's a brand new adventure for Costume Quest on Xbox 360 today. On PS3, however, the same Grubbins on Ice add-on won't arrive until 22nd December.

Costume Quest

Costume Quest

Sugar rush.

If, like me, you have a bit of a sweet tooth, Costume Quest is going to be deadly for your waistline. An hour in and I was craving a pack of wine gums. By the time I finished the game, I'd demolished a whole bag of Haribo.

As you explore you'll come across candies in the street, in bins, bushes and piles of leaves. They cascade into your tote bag or pumpkin pail from the hands of generous neighbours. They're the game's currency, used to buy Battle Stamps, the buffs for your character's attacks. They're omnipresent. If there's been a more effective gaming advert for the confectionery industry – and no, Sam Fisher's surprising affection for Airwaves chewing gum doesn't count – then I haven't seen it.

Fortunately, Costume Quest isn't the kind of sugary indulgence that's likely to make you feel sick. Rather, it's a light and delicious treat that's perfect for enjoying between this winter's gaming meals without the risk of ruining your appetite.

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Costume Quest beautifies PSN update

Costume Quest beautifies PSN update

Schafer's Halloween RPG for THQ.

Tim Schafer's downloadable THQ game Costume Quest is up for grabs from the PlayStation Store today.

The price is reasonable at £9 - roughly the same as a main at Wagamama - and there's a free trial to help convince you before parting with your cash. Costume Quest is a Halloween-themed RPG with plenty of jokes. Eurogamer talked to Tim Schafer about it at the end of September.

The other new PS3 game available today is Swords & Soldiers, which impressed Eurogamer to the tune of 8/10 on Wii last summer.

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Costume Quest dated, priced

Out in time for Halloween.

Double Fine Productions' downloadable Halloween-themed role-playing adventure Costume Quest will be released on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade on 20th October.

Costume Quest

Tim Schafer and Tasha Harris on Double Fine's next.

It's been an interesting week for Tim Schafer. First, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick accused the Brütal Legend creator of missing milestones, going over budget, and, perhaps worst of all, making poor games. Schafer then hit back in his own, unique way. All this amid the hiring of old LucasArts pal Ron Gilbert and the completion of Double Fine's first downloadable game ever: the cute, funny, Halloween-themed RPG Costume Quest.

THQ talks Dawn of War III, UFC 3

And del Toro and Schafer's second new game.

THQ core games boss Danny Bilson has revealed a number of tentative details on a raft of unannounced games in the works at the publisher.

THQ on everything

Dawn of War III, UFC 3, Guillermo del Toro and more.

Danny Bilson doesn't do interviews like other high ranking videogame executives. The THQ core games boss is happy to talk frankly about not only announced games, but unannounced games. This, we're not used to.