Bungie has announced that the special edition Crimson Days Light Level 320 Ghost will now be available to anyone who plays in 7 matches.
Have you been playing Crimson Days, but have yet to score one of the Ghosts that we created for the event? Feedback has been unmistakable: the drop rate has been pretty low. We agree. We took a look at the data, and the number of Ghosts awarded has not been what we expected.
That's no way to tell you that we love you, so a fix is in the works.
Check it out:
After the event is over, we'll deliver Ghosts to the Postmaster
Anyone who has competed in seven matches will receive one
You had to actually compete though - no suicide pacts!
Your Ghost will be Chocolate or Crimson - the odds are even
320 Light will be guaranteed - the odds are totally in your favor
Packages will be addressed by account, not character
Qualifying players will receive their Ghost by February 23rd
If you've already put up the good fight in seven matches, you're on our list. If you want in on this, you still have time to earn your reward. Crimson Days comes to an end with the Weekly Reset on February 16th.
Grab a partner and throw down. We'll have something sweet for you when all is said and done - whether you win or lose.
The Ghost drop rates were broken so now anyone who completes seven Crimson Days matches will get a guaranteed 320 Light Ghost in the mail with a fifty percent chance on the red or chocolate version.
We speculated back in April of 2015, based on a job posting for a senior gameplay programmer for Watch Dogs 2, that Watch Dogs 2 was in development. Okay, fine, it wasn't a Sherlockian leap of deductive reasoning, but the game has nonetheless remained an unconfirmed rumor until today, when Ubisoft confirmed in its third quarter sales announcement that Watch Dogs 2, and a few other games of note, will be out sometime during its 2016-17 fiscal year.
The report throws around some big numbers, as they are wont to do: Ubisoft expects big sales this year—€1.36 billion/$1.54 billion—and even more next year—€1.7 billion ($1.93 billion)—thanks to what Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot calls a "portfolio of powerful franchises." Mo' money is good news for Ubi, but the interesting part from a non-business perspective is found a bit lower down the announcement.
There are no specific dates, or even seasons, but the report makes Watch Dogs 2 official by stating that it will be released something during the coming fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017. Other games of note that, barring delays, will be released over the same period include the medieval melee game For Honor, the new South Park RPG Fractured But Whole (get it?), and the open-world Ghost Recon Wildlands.
I have captured over 40 years worth of game play footage beginning with the Atari 2600 to Nintendo SNES to Genesis to Playstation and XBOX and beyond. But also handhelds, Macs, Windows PCs and mobile devices like iOS and Android. Here are all the secrets that you can use on your YouTube channel or in your next video stream!
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Since Halo: Combat Evolved launched in 2001, Halo has grown from a video game to a more than $5 billion franchise that encompasses New York Times best-selling novels, multiple live-action digital series and consumer products. The latter – including a dizzying array of toys – have generated more than $1.5 billion and include action figures, weapon replicas, clothing and much, much more.
343 Industries has and continues to be focused on making Halo toys fun, accessible and appealing to everyone – collectors, hardcore Halo fans and franchise newcomers alike. With that vision in mind, the studio behind one of the most successful franchises in gaming history have signed a master licensing agreement with one of the largest toy manufactures in the world: Mattel.
“The success we’ve seen with the Halo MEGA Bloks franchise over the years laid the foundation for this partnership,” said Bonnie Ross, Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Head of 343 Industries. “We’re excited to work with Mattel to bring innovative, quality and, most of all, fun products to old and new Halo fans alike.”
Partnering with Mattel not only expands visibility for Halo products in retailers worldwide, it unifies the design, development and creative vision of an important branch of Halo consumer products. The collaboration has already opened up new avenues for creativity, as two BOOMCo.-inspired weapons – the Assault Rifle Blaster and Magnum Blaster – recently made their way into Infinity’s Armory, the latest content update for Halo 5: Guardians.
“We’re excited to expand our relationship with Halo and 343 Industries to create and collaborate on a broad range of multi-category toys and collectibles,” said Joe Lawandus, SVP of Design and Marketing, Toy Box at Mattel. “From MEGA Bloks to blasters, action figures to radio controlled vehicles, our new line for 2016 features something for Halo fans everywhere.”
The Halo MEGA line will be on display at New York Toy Fair this weekend, and the full Mattel line of Halo products will also be available for viewing at Mattel’s Collector’s Night on Sunday.
The Chaos fleet is inbound in the new gameplay video of Battlefleet Gothic: Armada
The Chaos Warfleet, led by Abaddon and his admiral ship the Planet Killer, emerges from the Eye of Terror! After revealing the Imperium ships and gameplay in a previous video, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, the new space RTS set in the Warhammer 40k universe from Games Workshop, now showcases the Chaos fleet and its ships in a new gameplay video!
Over the millennia, many ships and their crew have betrayed the Imperium to join the Traitor Legions. As such, a big part of the Chaos Warfleet is composed of ancient ship designs that have long since been decommissioned from service in the Imperial Navy.
But make no mistake, this does not make them less fearsome. While not as heavily armoured, Chaos ships are faster than their Imperium counterparts, and out-range them with extensive use of weaponry such as Lances and attack crafts. These traits work well in synergy with the Stasis Bomb: teleported from your ship, the bomb traps enemy ships and their ordnance, while allowing your own lances to rain destruction on them. Astute Chaos admirals will be able to inflict considerable damage to the enemy fleet before they may even return fire.
Chaos ships, and their crew, may also receive the favours of the four Gods of Chaos. Khorne, Slaanesh, Tzeentch and Nurgle will reward your prowess in battle with Chaos Marks, each giving different bonuses and abilities to your ship, while warping their hull, dramatically affecting their appearance.
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada warps in on PC beginning of 2016.
We recently shared a ton of new information about Umbrella Corps but we still have more to details to share before the game comes out in May. The game is a third person shooter with quick matches that are set in maps that are themed from the Resident Evil world. So far, we’ve confirmed maps such as Umbrella Lab, Village and Tricell HQ but some of you eagle-eyed fans may have noticed some hints at other areas in previous trailers for the game. For those of you that spotted the Kijuju map from Resident Evil 5, you were correct! Hit the jump for more info and screenshots on the Kijuju map.
The autonomous zone of Kijuju was the setting for Resident Evil 5, featuring a settlement that had been virtually wiped out by the Plaga bioterror infection. In Umbrella Corps, Kijuju will be a new battle zone that is also the biggest map in the game, with plenty of open areas and webbed underground passages to keep things interesting. As always, not only must you battle the other team, but each map includes other enemy threats that won’t make for an easy win. In this case, you’ll have to watch out for the infected Kijuju inhabitants called the Majini who are just as fierce and dangerous as you remember from Resident Evil 5!
Join the corps and check out the maps for yourself when Umbrella Corps hits your digital shelves on PlayStation 4 and PC in May!
We'll be starting at 10 PM EST. But I'll probably be on earlier as I'm hopelessly addicted to Heroes of the Storm. I'd like to get in some Killing Floor 2 if I can pull away from HOTS for five minutes! Join up folks!
The NPD Group has released its sales report for the top-ten best selling physical copies of games at retail for January 2016. This is third consecutive January with Grand Theft Auto V on the list
As in November and December, Black Ops III continues to sell better on Xbox One than on PS4 despite the larger install base of the latter and Sony's platforms now getting DLC first. However, the NPD charts don't account for games sold as part of bundles with hardware, which is how many new PS4 buyers might be getting the game.
Star Wars Battlefront fell from the number two spot in December to number four, with Grand Theft Auto V and NBA 2K16 both topping it. Rainbow Six Siege, which didn't make the top ten during its debut in December, comes in at number seven, while the remainder of the list is primarily comprised of the usual suspects like Minecraft and Madden. (Battlefront sold best on Xbox One--again, perhaps because a PS4 bundle exists--but Siege sold best on Xbox One even though there is an Xbox One bundle with the game.)
For the month, new, physical software sales accounted for $212.7 million, a 10 percent decline compared with January 2015. NPD analyst Liam Callahan attributes this in part to a lack of new games. Lego Marvel Avengers was January's biggest new release, compared with Dying Light last year, which "generated 239 percent more unit sales" than Avengers. He also points to weaker sales during the month from games that launched during the final quarter of 2015.
Most interestingly, Callahan notes that this is third consecutive January with GTA V on the list. "Astonishingly, the game has moved up in ranking placement from fifth place in January 2014, to third in January 2015, and to the second-best selling game in January 2016."
Best-Selling Physical Games in US for January 2016:
Call of Duty: Black Ops III (XBO, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
We’re only a few months removed from the debut of Jacob and Evie Frye, the stars of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. We’re proud of the talented team in Quebec City, and all of our studios around that world that took part in bringing the Victorian London adventures of our twin Assassins to life. We truly hope you enjoy playing Assassin’s Creed Syndicate as much as our studios enjoyed making it.
Also, we recently unveiled the first images of Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender in action as our lead Assassin in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie that hits theaters on December 21, 2016. Having already visited the set, we can’t begin to describe how surreal and exciting it is to walk the real-world halls of Abstergo, or see the intricate replicas of Assassin weaponry. We have an outstanding cast and crew that want to honor the rich lore of Assassin’s Creed and bring a fresh perspective to the ongoing battle between Assassins and Templars that’s fit for the big screen.
This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise. As a result, we’ve decided that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016. Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, we’ve learned a lot based on your feedback. We’ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin’s Creed a premier open-world franchise. We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.
We’ll have more to share on all of the above soon. In the meantime, we want to say thank you to our millions of fans around the world for your continued support.
The most recent Bungie weekly update has a hint that another Destiny single-player expansion is in the works for sometime later this year.
This week at Bungie Crimson Doubles is in full swing, but that’s not the only dance afoot.
Prior to the holiday break we mentioned a second, larger update slated for Spring. That content release will feature a significant Light increase, a bunch of new gear to earn and equip, and new challenges for PvE players seeking some more fun experiences and replayability.
Beyond that, the team is focused on delivering a large expansion later this year, and a full Destiny sequel in 2017.
As work wraps up in the weeks ahead, look for more details about the Spring content, as well as more information about our bigger projects in the months that follow.
Thanks for your patience, and thanks for playing.
The big question is how many people will still be playing by the time a big expansion rolls around. I guess I will be in. Destiny is the albatross hanging around my PS4's neck.
Discover the story that came before Snow White in The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Chris Hemsworth and Oscar® winner Charlize Theron return to their roles from Snow White and the Huntsman, joined by Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain.
Theron stars as evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Blunt) with an unforgivable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. Retreating to a kingdom far to the north, Freya raises an army of Huntsmen as her protectors, with the only rule that no two of them should ever fall in love.
As a war for domination escalates between the two queens, the hero standing between them is Freya’s most elite Huntsman, Eric (Hemsworth). Alongside fellow warrior Sara (Chastain)—the only woman who has ever captured his heart—Eric must help Freya vanquish her sister…or Ravenna’s wickedness will rule for eternity.
Producer Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland) once again leads the team in this breathtaking prequel in the legendary saga that is directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. This spring, find out who will win the war between good and evil in the epic action-adventure The Huntsman: Winter’s War.
The story of the right man in the wrong body. In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate in hopes the he will complete the operative’s mission.
The Mission Is In The Memories. Criminal – In Theaters April 15. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve, and Gal Gadot.
We’re incredibly proud of how good Need for Speed looks visually, a sentiment we know many of you share, and we’re excited to show you the game running at a higher frame rate. Seeing is believing so we’re hoping when you see and play Need for Speed running with an unlocked framerate and at a 4k resolution you’ll be just as excited as we are.
The extra development time has allowed us to create the definitive NFS PC experience. One of the burning topics of discussion amongst our Community has been the inclusion of Manual Transmission - we can now confirm this will be in the game when Need for Speed launches on PC.
With the release on PC we're also adding steering wheel support for a selection of wheels from Logitech, Thrustmaster and Fanatec. As with Manual Transmission this is a decision taken based purely on Community feedback. We’re dedicated to bringing you the best Need for Speed experience possible and your feedback has been playing a huge role in that.
When Need for Speed launches on PC it will also contain all the improvements and tweaks we’ve made up to now, including both the Icons and Legends updates from day one. The Showcase update is currently scheduled to arrive on PC shortly after launch.
The PC version of Need For Speed will be releasing on March 15th. If you’re an Origin Access member, you can play the game early for a limited time, starting March 10. Not a member? Join today.
For those players on console we can also confirm that Manual Transmission will be making its way to both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Keep an eye on official channels for future updates.
We look forward to welcoming our PC fans to Ventura Bay, we’ll see you on the streets.
In the 2014 smash-hit Titanfall, players wage war against their rival factions as both agile pilots, and armored 20-foot mechs known as Titans. The hotly anticipated Titanfall 2 will deliver the frantic action fans have come to love, plus dramatically charged cinematic moments through all-new memorable characters.
McFarlane Toys is well known for delivering top quality figures for the gaming genre including: Halo, Assassin’s Creed and Metal Gear franchises. The upcoming Titanfall figures will be a part of McFarlane’s bold new 2016 Collector Box Program. Each figure will stand seven inches tall, have an average of fifteen points of articulation for incredible poses and play action and feature screen accurate accessories and weapons. The figures will boast the same meticulous level of detail that McFarlane has become known for over the last two decades.
“This is a perfect fit. McFarlane Toys was created so I could make cool stuff just like this,” said Todd McFarlane, Owner and CEO of McFarlane Toys. “Without saying too much about the new game… You’re not going to believe where we can take this.”
The McFarlane Toys action figures will be released in conjunction with the highly anticipated launch of Titanfall 2! Fans can visit mcfarlane.com and the McFarlane Toys social media channels for all the latest toy news and visit respawn.com for all the latest upcoming game announcements.
In no time everyday life of eight people changes forever. They have just survived a mystic plane crash and now find themselves in the middle of horizonless winter forest in Alaska.
An unknown world full of challenge and danger surrounds them. You are one of the survivors. Act on your own or join efforts with other players and do your best to get back home!
• Side by side - Survive and explore the forest with other players. It’s the right way to stand against this harsh world... until a madman appears in your group who wishes to grab the catch.
• Develop skills - At night the temperature drops to critical points, and a bleeding wound worries you when least expected. You must develop all survival skills such as creation of shelters and other necessary things, otherwise you’re doomed to death.
• What’s happening - Where did all these deserted buildings and mutated wolves come from? Solve all the puzzles of this place to get out of here.
Last month Funcom announced that the company is working on an open-world survival game set in the brutal lands of Conan the Barbarian, and that the game will enter into Early Access on the PC this summer. Today, Funcom is excited to release three new screenshots and a brand new behind-the-scenes video offering a further look into 'Conan Exiles'.
'Conan Exiles' is an open-world survival game set in the brutal lands of Conan the Barbarian, the world's greatest fantasy hero. The game can be played on private and public servers, either in multiplayer or local single-player. You start out as an exile, one of thousands cast out to fend for themselves in a barbaric wasteland, and from there you must hunt for food, grow crops, gather resources, craft tools and weapons, and build a shelter.
You can also band together with other players to build entire settlements and fortified strongholds, and wage war against your enemies as you unleash your fury in savage, fast-paced combat that will see limbs flying and heads rolling. You can even align yourself with the Hyborian gods, building altars to their glory and sacrificing the bloody hearts of enemy players upon them to shift the balance of power in your favor. Players will also have to face the purge: a special event where NPC armies from the neighboring kingdoms sweep in to destroy the progress that the exiles have made. Will you stand together with your fellow players against the purge, or will you use it to your advantage?
Microsoft has confirmed that Quantum Break will be published on both Xbox One and PC on 5 April 2016. PC system requirements have been released via the official Quantum Break website. This announcement coincides with a live action trailer released today.
The holidays may be over, but the bundles with the greatest games and experiences you want most just keep coming. Today, we’re excited to unveil the Xbox One Special Edition Quantum Break Bundle featuring a 500GB Cirrus White console and matching wireless controller, a full-game download of Quantum Break and a full-game download of Alan Wake as well as The Signal and The Writer DLC content, playable soon on Xbox One via Backward Compatibility.
The Xbox One Special Edition Quantum Break Bundle will be available for $349 USD ERP at participating global retailers, including Microsoft stores, starting March 29. Experience time-amplified action and a suspenseful storyline in Quantum Break, where time is your greatest weapon and the choices you make impact the gripping live action show.
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Frozen Synapse is the exquisite game of pre-planning, replanning and committing to a tactical assault on an enemy doing the same thing asynchronously, not the American-football-with-robots one by the same devs that I keep confusing it with. Tom Francis gave Frozen Synapse 89 in our review, so let's all take a moment to nod appreciatively at the announcement of Frozen Synapse 2.
Where the first Frozen Synapse took place in procedurally generated office blocks, this time the devs are seeking more of a challenge. Details are exceedingly thin on the ground but it appears that Frozen Synapse 2 will take place in an open world. How asynchronous plotting, rewinding and tweaking of multiple teams of gunmen in an open world is at all possible is beyond me, but we're told to expect more details in the coming weeks. It's aiming for release this year.
PC Gamer has a write-up detailing different gear and skills for those fighting the good fight against alien scum in XCOM 2:
XCOM 2’s classes share similarities and themes with the soldier types from the first game, but the Sharpshooter, Ranger, Specialist and Grenadier are all very distinct from their predecessors. There are many ways to combine perks, gear and soldiers to create powerful squads, and you should experiment often to find new strategies and tactics—but if you’d like some straight-up advice, read on for my favorite builds of XCOM 2’s classes.
Remember, you can respec characters through the Guerrilla Tactics School facility.
Embrace the madness with Layers of Fear on February 16! This Masterpiece of Fear will be available on Windows PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
Delve deep into the mind of an insane painter and discover the secret of his madness, as you explore a vast and constantly changing Victorian-era mansion. Uncover the visions, fears and horrors that entwine the painter and finish the masterpiece he has strived so long to create.
Dungeons 2 isn’t about being a nice guy. It’s about becoming a Dungeon Lord so evil that goodness quakes in its boots. The campaign begins with the Dungeon Lord cursed into a half-life between this world and the next and bonded to his throne. Luckily, one can’t keep evil down forever!
With the ethereal “Hand of Terror,” you take direct control over your fledgling army of worker Snots as you begin to restore your evil dominance. Building out your dungeon, you will gain experience and gather gold, allowing you to enlist more and stronger creatures to do your bidding. Soon, your range of minions will expand to include beer-drinking Orcs, Goblin assassins, and boulder-throwing Trolls.
Eventually you will send your army of destruction to the ready-to-be-conquered Overworld. This is where Dungeons 2 switches from dungeon management to traditional RTS gameplay. Managing dungeons while restoring evil across the land are two fulltime jobs, and a successful Dungeon Lord needs to find the perfect balance between underground dungeon management and aboveground RTS.
The Dungeon Lord does have a lot of skills and utilities to ensure a proper working dungeon. Multiple types of rooms can be built to keep the gold and supplies flowing. Naga can mine mana to craft defensive and offensive spells, whereas Goblins are pretty crafty and can build brutal dungeon traps for when bold humans enter looking for gold and glory. Nothing says “keep out” like an exploding treasure chest to the face.
Break's over, team — it’s time to get back out on the battlefield!
Round 2 of the Overwatch Closed Beta is officially underway in the Americas and Europe gameplay regions. We've added a ton of new content and features for our testers to analyze, including a new player progression system, new game mode, new maps, revamped Custom Game options, and a variety of hero balance updates.
Check out the complete patch notes for a breakdown on everything that's been added and changed, including some additional hero balance insights from our developers. You can also read more about the new progression system here.
February 10, 2016 - Pack your bags for a downriver journey of survival and self-reliance. The Flame in the Flood lands on Xbox One, PC and Mac on February 24, 2016.
The Flame in the Flood is a rogue-lite river journey through the backwaters of a forgotten, post-societal America. Forage, craft, outwit predators and brave the rapids as you make your way down the procedurally generated river.
Get lost in the fragile beauty of a forgotten world designed by veterans of both BioShock and BioShock Infinite, played to the tune of an original soundtrack composed by alt-country star, Chuck Ragan. Hunt, trap, and craft to not only endure, but survive.
Brave the dangers of the water as you seek refuge from the harsh realities surrounding you, accompanied by your trusted companion, Aesop. The ultimate wingman, your canine friend is as cunning as he is adorable, sniffing out and gathering the supplies essential to stay warm, stay fed, and stay alive.