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  • New Update Adds Tournaments to Trials Fusion

    trials fusion tournamentsA brand new free update has just rolled out for Trials Fusion, and surprisingly it adds a few new gameplay features to the Trials universe. Whilst the season pass for Trials Fusion reportedly will contain brand new content for the game, this new update will download automatically and absolutely free of charge.

    In the new Trials Fusion update, players will be able to compete in a brand new Tournaments mode - in this mode, time limited tracks will be placed into the game that players will be able to compete on, with the goal to rank as high as possible on the Tournament leaderboards.

    Placing on the leaderboards will give players the opportunity to unlock rider equipment, bike parts, experience points and in-game currency. There will be three different ongoing tournaments at any given time, giving all players a chance to rank in the leaderboards.

    Ubisoft have also added a new system that puts up 10 of the best player created tracks for Trials enthusiasts to find and play - these new tracks will be located within Track Central.

    This new update came as quite a surprise to most Trials Fusion players; a recent season pass was revealed to include 6 upcoming DLC expansion packs, but the content in this update has been made available free of charge for all players.

    If you did purchase the season pass and you're curious about the upcoming DLC, you won't have long to wait. Ubisoft have mentioned that the first DLC pack should be released sometime this summer.

  • PC and Xbox 360 Versions of Halo The Master Chief Collection Unlikely

    halo master chief collection xbox 360Would you be surprised if I told you that 343 Industries have no plans to introduce Halo: The Master Chief Collection to the Xbox 360 or the PC? I know I certainly wouldn't, as it seems Microsoft have found that The Master Chief Collection would be a solid way to encourage a bunch of their core fans to move over to the Xbox One platform.

    However, it's not all just about business practice - according to a blog by 343 Industries on the Halo Waypoint, the Xbox 360 just wouldn't be able to handle the Master Chief Collection. At first, that seems like an odd thing to realize, especially considering all four games in the collection were released for either the Xbox 360 or the original Xbox, but if you think about it, it makes sense.

    Halo 4 on it's own already takes two discs to play on the Xbox 360, and that doesn't include the extra included DLC maps. Throw in Halo 3, Halo 2 anniversary, which has been overhauled with brand new cutscenes, and the Halo Combat Evolved anniversary, and you'd have a collection that spans across at least four to five different discs.

    That kind of approach to the Master Chief Collection would certainly not be the kind of unified experience 343 Industries were looking for. Of course, there's always the question of why 343 can't port the collection over to the PC, but I'm sure that really does just come down to Xbox One business practice.

    The Master Chief Collection will be released for Xbox One on November 11th, 2014, alongside a brand new digital Halo series.

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  • COD Ghosts Invasion DLC Set for July

    cod ghosts invasionActivision has now officially confirmed that the third DLC pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts will be released on July 3rd for PlayStation and PC, which is exactly one month after it's exclusive debut on Xbox platforms.

    As the DLC was already previously released on Xbox 360 and Xbox One earlier this month, we already have a fair amount of details on the third COD Ghosts DLC pack.

    The new Ghosts DLC pack has been named Invasion, and it will bring a wide range of new content to the game. Firstly, Invasion will bring four new maps into the world of Call of Duty Ghosts. The first map has been named Pharaoh, and it features an environment within an abandoned archaeological site of an ancient Egyptian palace.

    The second Invasion map is Departed - a rural Mexican village that has been decorated for the Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead Celebration. Mutiny, the third map, features a pirate hideout within a hidden Caribbean cove.

    Finally, Favela from Modern Warfare 2 makes a comeback, with a few new upgrades, tweaks and changes. Extinction will also be getting its third episode in Invasion, which will include three new alien species, and a few familiar faces.

    You'll be able to pick up Invasion for the PS3, PS4 and PC for $14.99 on July 3rd. Alternatively, if you own the season pass, you'll be able to download it for free upon it's release date.

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  • Sony and Bungie Relationship Will Reward Destiny Players with PS Exclusives

    sony destiny exclusivesDespite Destiny being prepared for an Xbox launch alongside the PlayStation version, Bungie and Sony have been getting along quite nicely, and PlayStation owners will be able to benefit from Bungie and Sony's new found relationship.

    According to a few product listings for Destiny on various retailer websites, including Amazon, the PlayStation 3 and 4 versions of Destiny will receive content that could remain exclusive to Sony until Fall 2015, a whole year after the game's release date.

    Destiny on the PlayStation will receive a bunch of exclusive gear, including a Monte Carlo assault rifle, a bunch of different ships, the Hawkmoon hand cannon, and a set of apparel for each of the three classes in the game.

    The PS4 and PS3 versions of Destiny will also get an exclusive co-op mission and multiplayer competitive map. All of this content will apparently be made available as a DLC pack, and according to Amazon, it will remain exclusive to Destiny till Fall 2015.

    Destiny has just slipped out of Alpha, and Bungie plan to open up Beta on July 17th for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. A few months after the beta, Destiny will be made available worldwide on September 9th for PS3, PS4, the Xbox One and the Xbox 360.

    Bungie plan to release an Xbox beta at some stage between July 17th and September 9th, however an official date for this beta has not yet been revealed, but we'll probably hear more about it soon.

  • The Last of Us: Remastered Receives Price Drop

    the last of us ps4 price dropIt seems almost out of the blue, Sony have decided to drop the price of The Last of Us: Remastered by a whole $10. This will bring the PS4-bound title to $49.99, down from the previously advertised $59.99 price tag.

    Sony Vice President of publisher and developer relations mentioned that any digital pre-orders at the previous price will be refunded the full $10 discount, despite rumors that Sony would not offer such a refund. For those wondering, the discount should reach you within the next 5-7 business days.

    Some retailers have followed suit with the price change, however many retailers are still listing the physical version of The Last of Us: Remastered for it's original $60 price tag, including Amazon, Walmart and GameStop.

    The Last Of Us: Remastered has been set for a release on July 29th this year for the PlayStation 4, so hearing about a price change now is a little odd. Naughty Dog also still seem undecided about any possible promotions or discounts for those that already own the original PlayStation 3 version of The Last of Us.

    As the name suggests, The Last of Us: Remastered will take advantage of the PS4's new hardware to make the game look even more detailed, and run even smoother. Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells stated, "The graphical fidelity has been turned up to 11, we've got 1080p, we're pushing the draw distances further, we're creating higher resolution character models, better lighting, better shadows."

  • Lionhead Currently Working on Brand New IP

    Lionhead new IPWhilst part of Lionhead is currently hard at work on the brand new multiplayer-centric Fable Legends, new information suggests that Peter Molyneux's ex game development studio will also be working on another project, completely separate from the Fable universe.

    According to Lionhead creative director Gary Carr, there is currently a team of eight working on trying to "build the next big IP." Carr mentioned that his team is throwing around a few prototypes, as well as planning a few games that could be added to the Fable Legends experience.

    Whilst it's probably going to be a while before we actually see any official progress by Lionhead on the new IP, they seem pretty confident about going forward. New studio head, John Needham recently mentioned that "The primary purpose of the group is to come up with new game IP, and hopefully this time next year we'll have something exciting to talk about," when asked about the new team of eight working within the Lionhead studio.

    Needham continued by talking about Lionhead's history, "There is great IP in Lionhead's history, it's just spotty who owns what. Clearly we're going to be investing most of the studio's efforts into Fable, but we'll have some new IP to share with you soon."

    I think it will be exciting to see what Lionhead have in store for us next. Even without Peter Molyneux at the helm of the ship, there's still a lot of potential for the British based development studio.

  • Destiny Competitive Footage Shown

    destiny competitiveWhen I first heard about Destiny, I was quite excited. Bungie have always been so good at creating the Halo experience, but I was happy to see them try something new. Destiny is looking to be a great online cooperative experience that I'm sure many players will be happy to play, but it seems Bungie couldn't finish Destiny without paying tributes to their past, either.

    Halo has always been a very competitive shooter, and it looks as if Bungie want players to get a little taste of that in Destiny, even if it isn't as fully complete as the whole Halo experience. Surprisingly, Bungie have pretty much kept the competitive side of Destiny under wraps, but thanks to the open nature of the recent alpha, we've already witnessed a decent amount of competitive gameplay.

    A 6 minute gameplay video shows a 6v6 battle of what looks like a hardpoint domination type game, and the player-vs-player gameplay looks pretty smooth. It seems like players are capable of taking their earned gear into the competitive space, and their levels are also displayed similarly to an AI's level is shown in cooperative mode.

    It will be interesting to see how extensive the competitive side of things is, and how that will be integrated into the rest of the game's experience. Hopefully we'll see more in the beta next month.

    Destiny will be released for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PS4 this year on September 9th. A PC launch will not happen alongside the console versions, but Bungie are still talking about a possible PC port in the future.

  • Battlefield 4 Dragon's Teeth Detailed for July

    Dragons teeth DLCNew leaked listings have revealed the upcoming fourth DLC pack for Battlefield 4, as well as detailing the content that players will be able to expect from the installation. The fourth DLC has been named Dragon's Teeth, and it will come with a variety of new maps, weapons vehicles and equipment.

    The main focus of the new Dragon's Teeth DLC is on the four new maps. All four of the new DLC maps for Battlefield 4 will be based in Asian cities, and have been named Lumphini Garden, Pearl Market, Propaganda and Sunken Dragon.

    So far, we haven't got any solid footage or images of the four new maps, but I'm certainly interested to see what kind of gameplay we can expect from the Asian city based maps. Dragon's Teeth will also add a few new weapons into the mix, a ballistic shield which has the ability to block incoming bullets, and the R.A.W.R - a new vehicle that can be remotely controlled and is heavily armed.

    There is also a new territorial capture game called Chain Link, and 10 new assignments with new unlocks for each of these.

    The Dragon's Teeth DLC has been rumored to release in July for PC, Xbox and PlayStation consoles. The full price of the fourth Battlefield 4 DLC has not yet been revealed, but it will be available for free to anybody that purchased the $50 season pass, along with the other four DLCs.

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  • Titanfall Will Be Getting New Gameplay Modes for Free

    titanfall june updateWhen Respawn Entertainment announced that they plan to add regular new content for Titanfall free of charge over the next year, they certainly weren't lying. At E3, players got a glimpse of what Respawn has plans for in the future, which included a variety of new game modes which are planned to be released later this month.

    The new June update will add a few new game modes, as well as a bunch of new burn cards, and even some new customization options.

    There will be a range of new burn cards for use in titan gameplay now, instead of just on foot, and players will be able to customize their titans by picking between three different titan voices, as well as unlocking and applying in-game decals.

    As for the new game modes, the first game has been named Marked for Death - this game will be a 6V6 VIP style experience that puts one player on each team as the 'marked man.' Only killing the marked man will get game points, and after the marked man is dead, a new player on the team will be randomly selected to take their place.

    The second new mode is a variation of the Last Titan Standing game mode. The new mode will be called Wingman LTS, and it will pit 2 player-controlled titans against each other, instead of six.

    Hopefully June's update will help to ring in players who have so far abandoned the title after losing interest in the limited amount of content available.

  • Gameplay for Homefront The Revolution Shown

    homefront the revolutionCrytek are best known for the Crysis series, along with their very powerful range of game engines by the name of CryENGINE, which have allowed developers to reach beautiful graphic standards incredibly easily, but recently Crytek have been working on a brand new project.

    The project in question is called Homefront: The Revolution, and it follows in the footsteps of the first Homefront title that was published by THQ. Crytek recently bought the rights for Homefront after THQ went bankrupt, so this new Homefront title could be considered a sequel, despite being under a new name.

    Homefront: The Revolution is set in a world set after a fictional invasion of the United States by North Korea, and it gives players the control of survivors who are still putting up a fight against the North Korean forces.

    Like everything by Crytek, Homefront: The Revolution looks pretty decent graphically-wise, but so far I can't get an idea about the gameplay. The gameplay shown so far looks quite scripted, so it will be interesting to see how the full game plays like when it is released.

    Speaking of release dates, so far nothing is known, but we'll probably see it late this year, or early next year. A PS4 and Xbox One release is definite, and an old gen version could well be possible, although all of this is just speculation on my part. We'll let you know as more information comes in about Homefront: The Revolution.

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