Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: FPS

Bungie’s Destiny breaks sales records during launch month

Destiny (360, PC, PS3, PS4) Content Update Announcement - Screenshot 2

Activision has released new sales data for Bungie’s latest shooter, Destiny. Going by NPD and Activision’s internal estimates, Destiny holds the title of being gaming’s biggest launch of a new franchise. Additionally, it is also the only new gaming franchise in the top 30 all-time based on US retail sales during launch month, and its launch month retail sales put it in the top 10 largest of all time in the US. Activision Publishing’s CEO Eric Hirshberg also noted that gamers are still playing Destiny for an average of three hours a day.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection goes goooold, plus pre-load info

Halo The MAster Chief Collection (Xbox One) Gold and Preorder Announcement - Screenshot 1

343 Industries has announced that Halo: The Master Chief Collection has gone gold. The Xbox One set will also be receiving a wider release with most territories now scheduled to get the game on the earlier release date, November 11. The countries not included in the bump are Belgium (November 12), Japan (November 13), and France (November 14). The game will also go live for pre-order and pre-download later today, which will allow gamers to pre-load the game to have it ready to play the second it goes live. Those going the digital route should take advantage of that option, as there will be a lot to download: 45 GB for the game and another 20 GB for a launch content patch, which will include “some features and multiplayer content.” The campaign will be playable as content is installing.

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Xbox One News

GOG.com giving away Aliens vs. Predator, Linux library grows

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For the next 48 hours, GOG.com is offering a free copy of Aliens versus Predator to users who sign up to beta test GOG Galaxy. GOG Galaxy is the service’s upcoming multiplayer client, and the game is being provided as a way for gamers to try the system and for GOG to see how the infrastructure holds up under increased stress. Bearing in mind that this is Aliens versus Predator Classic 2000, one of the better titles to use the licenses, and that the game will remain in the user’s library, this is a pretty nice bonus. A cross-compatibility update with Steam is set to go live “soon.” GOG-ers (if we can make that a thing) can head here to sign up for a copy.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection gets Warlord as final Halo 2 map

Halo The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One) Halo 2 Warlock Map Announcement - Screenshot 1

The last of the six classic multiplayer maps being added to Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been announced, Warlord. The map will included as part of Halo 2: Anniversary, but it originated in Halo as Wizard, which was followed by two further revisions, the first as Warlock in Halo 2 and the second as Magus in Halo: Reach. This updated version will feature additional skill jumps, more cover, and a new weapon located in the center. Warlord joins Ascension, Coagulation, Lockout, Sanctuary, and Zanzibar.

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Xbox One News

Free digital upgrade plan revealed for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Digital Upgrade Announcement - Screenshot 1

Activision has announced a free upgrade plan for the digital versions of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Gamers who pick up the current-gen versions through Live for 360 or PSN for PS3 by March 31 will be able to download their next-gen equivalent for Xbox One or PS4 at no additional cost. All multiplayer stats and DLC purchases, including the Season Pass, will also carry over to the new versions for free, as long as the Xbox Gamertag and PSN ID are the same. Note that physical copies aren’t eligible for the free upgrade.

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(Xbox One Review) Destiny

(Xbox One Review) Destiny

“… isn’t the ground-breaking fusion of single-player and massively multiplayer combat that many anticipated, but it remains a very enjoyable game.”

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Xbox One Reviews

Titanfall gets third DLC pack, IMC Rising, for PC and Xbox One

Titanfall (PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One) IMC Rising DLC Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Respawn has released Titanfall’s third download pack, IMC Rising, for PC and Xbox One. The $9.99 add-on features three new maps. The new entries include Backwater, a hidden colony; Sandtrap, a secret fuel extraction site; and Zone 18, a covert robotics factory. No word on when IMC Rising will be released for the Xbox 360 version.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare co-op mode debuted in new trailer

A new trailer has been released for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Titled Power Changes Everything, the nearly three-minute-long video features the debut of the game’s four-player co-op mode, Exo Survival. The sci-fi-heavy action has infantry donning exo suits, cloaking, launching spiked grenades into faces, and using deployable zip lines to grab enemies.

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(Xbox 360 Review) Destiny

(Xbox 360 Review) Destiny

“… isn’t the ground-breaking fusion of single-player and massively multiplayer combat that many anticipated, but it remains a very enjoyable game.”

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Xbox 360 Reviews

Destiny gets The Vault of Glass raid, more content coming next week

Destiny (360, PC, PS3, PS4) Content Update Announcement - Screenshot 3

Bungie has introduced Destiny’s first raid, The Vault of Glass. The six-player end-game event adds a new location to the game for players level 26 and above. Combined Arms, a new versus multiplayer playlist, is going to follow up the raid later this week, setting teams against one another in two modes on vehicle maps. Next week will also mark the debut of the game’s first timed event, Queen’s Wrath. Players will be able to take on new Bounties, unlock mission modes, and acquire some Legendary and Rare rewards. Queen’s Wrath will run from September 23 to October 6.

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