Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Creative Assembly

Halo Wars 2 trailer up, Halo Wars: Definitive Edition rolling out Dec. 20

343 Industries’ Dan Ayoub released new info about Halo Wars 2 at this year’s The Game Awards. The first bit is a new trailer that centers around Atriox, the leader of the Banished, which can be found below. The other is that everyone who pre-orders the digital version of the Ultimate Edition will receive early access to Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, an enhanced version of the original, along with its downloadable content, for PC and Xbox One. Codes for it will be sent out beginning December 20. A trailer was also released for the Definitive Edition.

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Two tracks by Gordy Haab, Finishing Move released from Halo Wars 2

343 Industries has revealed that Gordy Haab and Finishing Move will be contributing new tracks to Halo Wars 2. Haab has worked on several titles, including Star Wars: Battlefront and Star Wars: The Old Republic, while Finishing Move’s work has appeared in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Two of tunes, “Run, Little Demons” and “Isabel’s Awakening,” have been released on Soundcloud. Check below to give them a listen, and when you’re finished, head over to Xbox.com to read an extensive interview with all three composers.

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343 Industries releases letter on development plans for Halo Wars 2

343 Industries held an open beta this past June for their upcoming real-time strategy title Halo Wars 2. Today, the studio released a letter detailing what was learned from the feedback sent in during and after the period, and their plans on how they will address several of the reoccurring issues. Some of the topics covered include changes to leader power balance and an increase to the current population count. Check out the full letter below.

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Alien: Isolation – The Collection out for PC, PS4, and Xbox One

Alien: Isolation is back just in time for Halloween as Alien: Isolation – The Collection, a new all-in-one set for console and PC. The pack includes the original game and all downloadable content. The DLC adds two standalone missions based on moments from the original Alien film, allowing players to control Ripley and the crew, and five mission packs. The latter includes new maps, challenges, and playable characters for Salvage and Survivor modes.

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gamescom – Microsoft: Halo Wars 2, Killer Instinct S3, DVR, more

Microsoft made a number of announcements at this year’s gamescom. A few of which include the reveal of Halo Wars 2 for Xbox One and Windows 10, currently in development at Creative Assembly, Killer Instinct Season 3, and the addition of Shadow Complex to the backwards compatibility preview program. Speaking of which, Microsoft plans to have up to 100 Xbox 360 titles supported by the November launch. Other announcements included console bundles for Fifa 16 and Halo 5: Guardians, DVR for Over-the Air TV functionality for Xbox One (a subscription-free service, allowing for streaming and transferring between devices), two Halo 5 wireless controllers ($69.99 each), and a chatpad ($34.99). Details, screens, and movies for the games on display can be found below.

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Total War: Attila gets Celts Culture Pack, Blood & Burning Pack

The Celts have invaded Total War: Attila as the latest playable faction. The Celts Culture Pack adds three playable tribes, the Caledonians, Ebdanians, and Picts. Each tribe has specific traits as well as shared abilities, such as access to Guerrilla Deployment for all units and an income boost from looting, raiding, and sacking. Also included are new objectives, skills, faction- and tribe-specific units, tier-five buildings, and narrative event chain. A new Blood & Burning pack was also released, adding blood, severed limbs, disembowelment, and decapitations. Sick solders throw up during combat, and blood appears in event screens.

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The Celts are coming! Total War: Attila getting Celtic Culture Pack

Creative Assembly will be adding the Celts in Total War: Attila. The faction will host three playable tribes, the Caledonians, Ebdanians, and Picts. In addition to tribe-specific traits, the faction allows access to Guerrilla Deployment for every unit and an income boost from looting, raiding, and sacking. The pack adds new objectives, skills, faction- and tribe-specific units, tier-five buildings, and narrative event chain. However, no release date was announced.

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The Huns have arrived, Total War: Attila now available for PC

The Huns have begun their sweep across Europe today with the release of Total War: Attila. As with the original Rome and its expansion Barbarian Invasion, Attila follows Rome II and brings the timeline forward to the early medieval period. The empire is now split between Western and Eastern halves, and new factions have appeared, such as the Vikings and Goths. New features have also been introduced, such as expanded morale mechanics, including the ability to decimate a mutinous army, along with a branching skill tree, a more involved family tree, and city-management options.

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Rome II and Company of Heroes 2 free for Make War Not Love promo

Total War: Rome II and Company of Heroes 2 are once again going head to head for Valentine’s Day. During the Make War Not Love weekend promotion, the communities of each title will be set against one another in three hour-long rounds. During that time, every in-game victory will be tallied for each side, and the winners will be awarded with free DLC for the victorious title. Special promo-only achievements can also be earned in each title. The competition begins at noon and ends at noon on February 15, and during this time, both games will be free to download through Steam and have their downloadable content discounted.

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Total War Chronicles to create stories from Attila campaigns

A new web-based companion app has been announced for Total War: Attila, Total War Chronicles. By utilizing an in-game button, players will be able to view and share a log of their campaigns from Total War: Attila that details important events from their current session. Sessions will be broken up into chapters, and options will be available to name, tag, and point out specific moments with commentary on their timelines. Each campaign shared will be viewable and ratable by others. Chronicles is set to go live alongside the launch of Attila, on February 17.

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