Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Action

Watch Dogs: Bad Blood adding new missions, co-op on Sept. 23/30

Watch Dogs (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Bad Blood Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new story-based download pack for Watch Dogs, Bad Blood, will be going live on September 23 for season pass holders and September 30 for everyone else. The new campaign will follow the hacker T-Bone in 10 new missions set throughout the city in new locations. After receiving a call to help a former co-worker, Tobias Frewer, T-Bone delays dropping off the grid to lend a hand, only to discover that his friend might be setting him up. The pack also adds Street Sweep contracts, “a dynamic new system of side missions” that are playable in co-op with friends or public sessions; a remote-controlled car dubbed Eugene; and new outfits, perks, and weapons.

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Ubisoft releases three new screenshots from Assassin’s Creed Rogue

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Another set of Assassin’s Creed screenshots out of Ubisoft today, and this batch is from Rogue. The current-gen—or previously current-gen—release turns the tables and has players take on the role of a Templar during the Seven Years’ War. After being betrayed by the brotherhood, Shay Patrick joins his former foe and sets out on a quest for revenge by hunting down assassins.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Destiny gets the Google Maps treatment with Destiny Planet View

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Activision has launched Destiny Planet View, a novel fusion of Google’s mapping technologies and tools with Destiny’s environments, lore, and mechanics. Viewers will be able to explore the playable areas of Mars, the Moon, and Venus using Google maps. Each location features navigable screens that not only offer a better view of the battlegrounds but also bits of background info, tips, and videos of the events displayed.

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How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition announced for PS4, Xbox One

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505 Games has announced that they will be releasing a complete, all-in-one version of Eko Software’s zombie-bashing action title How to Survive for PS4 and Xbox One. Due out this fall, the Storm Warning Edition will include the original game as well as all six DLC packs, detailed below, which add new abilities, characters, and islands, plus a new mode and randomized scenario.

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New Assassin’s Creed Unity screenshots focus on story, co-op play

Assassins Creed Unity (PC, PS4, Xbox One) Sept Media Batch - Screenshot 1

Ubisoft has released a handful of new screenshots from Assassin’s Creed Unity. A few of the shots are from the single-player campaign, but most of the screens are from co-op multiplayer, demonstrating how teammates can help their fellow assassins reload during a firefight and pull them out of combat after being wounded.

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Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, Re-Elect announced for console, PC

Saints Row Gat out of Hell (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Announcement - Screenshot 1

During their panel at PAX Prime, Volition took the opportunity to announce two new Saints Row projects, Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell and Saints Row: Re-Elect. Both titles were available at Deep Silver’s booth for attendees to try out, and both will be available on January 27. Gat Out of Hell is a standalone expansion for Saints Row IV that will pit players, as either Johnny Gat or Kinzie Kensington, against the forces of hell in a quest to save the soul of the gang’s leader. In addition to a musical number, players can also look forward to fighting historical figures as well as old enemies and a few old friends. Re-Elected is an updated version of Saints Row IV for PS4 and Xbox One.

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Lockout being reimagined for Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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Microsoft has announced that Lockout will join Halo 2 multiplayer maps Ascension, Coagulation, Sanctuary, and Zanzibar in being reimagined for the upcoming compilation Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Max Hoberman, president of Certain Affinity and one of Halo 2’s lead designers, described some of the changes to the three-level map: “most prominent among these are a bit of cover added to the ‘Elbow,’ the long walkway connecting the grav lift to the sniper tower, and a dynamic element that should help counter an entrenched group of enemies.” Lockout will also be one of the levels playable at the Xbox Booth (#412, #422, #432) at PAX Prime. 343 Industries will be hosting a number of events at PAX, including a signing, a panel, and a weekend-long tournament, details of which can be found below. Gamers not attending can check out a livestream of the events at the Halo Twitch channel.

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Convention, Xbox One News

Gauntlet delayed until Sept. 23, pre-order bonus and PAX info detailed

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Gauntlet, the upcoming reboot of the classic top-down action title, has been pushed back to September 23, according to Warner Bros. Interactive. The additional time is needed to ‘fine-tune’ the multiplayer component. To thank those who have pre-ordered for their patience, the studio has added a new in-game bonus, a special Wizard’s Robe made from dead imps that is known The Spawn of Kerthull (pictured below). For those attending PAX Prime 2014, a four-day tournament is being held with several notable personalities, including Jerry and Mike, that will be livestreamed on the official PAX Prime Twitch channel, the details of which can be found below.

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Grab some friends and swords, Dragon Age: Inquisition gets co-op

A new co-op dungeon-crawler multiplayer mode has been announced for Dragon Age: Inquisition. Up to four players will be able to work with one another to complete special cooperative quests that are separate from the storyline. While in the dungeons, players will be able to salvage items, craft new armor and weapons, gather loot, and unlock up to 12 characters. Each of the characters will be from one of three classes: Mage, Rogue, and Warrior. PAX attendees will get a chance to try the multiplayer first hand at the Xbox Booths in North Hall, Booths 412, 422, and 432 on the fourth floor, from August 29 to September 1.

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Metro Redux brings updated 2033, Last Light to console and PC

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Metro returns today with the enhanced next-genified re-release Metro Redux. The $49.99 bundle includes Metro 2033, its sequel Metro: Last Light, and all DLC released for both titles for PS4 and Xbox One. Each is also available separately via download for $24.99. Both games have been enhanced with new animations, new voice overs, refined combat mechanics, and improved enemy AI. Ranger Mode is also available in both games as is the option to select two different play styles, the action-heavy Spartan mode and resource-restricted Survival mode.

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