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Destiny 2 console open beta to kick off July 21, run through July 23

Console players will be able to play Destiny 2 in a few weeks during a three-day-long open beta. Scheduled to run from July 21 through July 23, the beta will feature the opening story mission, Homecoming, along with both co-op and versus modes. Pre-orders will be able to access the beta early, beginning July 18 for PS4 and July 19 for Xbox One.

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Halo 5 to get 4K update, 360 series to be backwards compatible

Microsoft is set to kick off the Halo Summer Celebration. In the upcoming months, the studio is set to revisit several of the older titles in the line. First up is word that four titles will be added to Xbox One’s backwards compatibility library later this year: Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, and Halo: CE Anniversary. Each game will support the campaign, multiplayer, and LAN play on Xbox One and between One and 360. As a bonus, every 360 add-on map pack will be free in Xbox Store. Later this year, Halo 5: Guardians will receive an update to support 4K alongside the release of Xbox One X. Halo Wars 2 is also set to get a new premium expansion this fall, Awakening the Nightmare. The add-on will feature a campaign focusing on The Banished, along with the return of the Flood and a new multiplayer mode, Terminus Firefight. Lastly, 343 will also be in attendance at several upcoming events, including RTX Austin 2017, HCS Summer Finals at DreamHack Atlanta, ChinaJoy and gamescom.

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NIS announces two new titles, updated release dates for two others

NIS has sent word that have announced two new games as well as updated the release dates for two others. First up is the dungeon-crawler Demon Gaze II, which has been scheduled to launch this fall for PS4 and PS Vita. Next up is Penny-Punching Princess, an isometric brawler for NS and PS Vita, set to be released on March 20. The Longest Five Minutes, a retro-style role-playing game, will go live in early 2018 for NS, PC, and PS Vita. Lastly, Yomawari: Midnight Shadows has been dated for October 25 for PC, PS4, and PS Vita. Trailers for all of the games can be found below.

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Gundam Versus to deploy this September for PS4

Bandai Namco has revealed that Gundam Versus, a new head-to-head action title, will be available on September 29 for PS4. Players will be able to choose from a host of suits that span several decades as they battle the computer locally or others online in two-on-two and three-on-three multiplayer.

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PlayStation 4 News

The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia coming to PS4

Bandai Namco will be bringing The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia to North America. Based on the manga and anime series, the PS4 exclusive will be an action title featuring characters of the titular group, a gang of rebels blamed for overthrowing the Kingdom of Liones. The party is hunted by the elite Holy Knights, and when a mysterious girl appears to seek out the gang, “the world gets turned on its head and an extraordinary adventure begins.”

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Absolution launching July 6 for PS4

Infinity Ward is prepping to release Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s third downloadable pack, Absolution. As with prior drops, the add-on will introduce four new maps for multiplayer along with a new zombies storyline. The maps, detailed below, will feature golf courses, a frozen city, a shantytown within a wrecked ship, and a remake of Resistance from Modern Warfare 3. The zombies addition, Attack of the Radioactive Thing!, is set in a 1950s-era beach town after a government experiment has gone awry. Paul Reubens returns as director Willard Wyler who has once again trapped four characters within a film, now based around the famed Creature Features. The Scientist (Seth Green), the Rebel (Ike Barinholtz), the Soldier (Jay Pharoah), and the School Girl (Sasheer Zamata) are joined by narrator and horror icon Elvira as they utilize new traps, weapons, and powers against the undead hordes.

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Danganronpa Another Episode: UItra Despair Girls out for PS4

Danganronpa Another Episode: UItra Despair Girls, the visual novel series’ action-heavy spin-off, has been ported from PS Vita to PS4. The console version sports high-resolution models and textures, support for 60 frames per second, and tweaked gameplay. NIS also added system-specific functionality, including Remote Play and Share Play.

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Jutland’s liberation begins with release of Valkyria Revolution

The Valkyria series receives its fourth entry today with the launch of Valkyria Revolution. The spin-off shares some similarities with the original trilogy but is entirely separate from them, taking place in a different universe and timeline. The combat has changed, too, from being turn based and tactical to more free wheeling, similar to systems found in action role-playing games. As leader of the Vanargand Squad, an elite anti-Valkyria unit, players set forth to defeat the Ruzi Empire in order to end a devastating blockade that is slowly strangling the kingdom of Jutland. Their squad will fight throughout Europa using swords, guns, and ragnite-fueled powers.

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(PlayStation 4 Review) Valkyria Revolution

“… provides a welcomed return to a rich universe, but for all of its interesting ideas, it proves underwhelming on the whole.”

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered getting standalone release

Call of Duty fans will soon be able to buy a copy of Modern Warfare Remastered without grabbing Infinite Warfare. Activision has announced that they will be separating the two, with PS4 owners getting the title first, beginning on June 27 for $39.99. The release will include the campaign, updated with improved lighting, animation and textures, as well as 16 multiplayer maps. To celebrate the launch, a new event will be kicking off on the same day, Days of Summer, which will feature in-game giveaways, experience boosts, new playlists, and a summer-themed map.

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