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Halo: The Master Chief Collection now in stores, online for Xbox One

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection is now available for Xbox One. The launch initially kicked off with over 4,000 midnight release events and additional livestreamed festivities, but those who decided to stay in can now grab a copy. The set includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition, an updated Halo 2 with cutscenes by Blur Studios, Halo 3, Halo 4, access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta, and the live-action series Halo: Nightfall from Ridley Scott. So pretty much everything but ODST and Wars. Pictures from the livestreamed launch event HaloFest were also released, and those who missed it can watch it on demand through the official site.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition extras detailed

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Day Zero Edition Detail Announcement - Screenshot 1

Activision has detailed the Day Zero Edition of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. This version is slated to go live online and hit store shelves on November 3, ahead of the traditional Tuesday launch, and will come with several bonuses. The entire day will offer double experience during online play, and players will have access to two custom weapons (AK-12G Assault Rifle and Crossbow-B2) and the Advanced Arsenal, which includes a Bullet Brass Exoskeleton and EM1 Quantum Directed Energy Weapon. Gamers who go the digital route will receive the same bonuses, and those who buy the PS3 or Xbox 360 version will be eligible for a free digital upgrade to a PS4 or Xbox One version. The only restrictions on the digital upgrade are that it must be within the same console family and purchased prior to March 31.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare gets new trailer, Discover Your Power

Activision has released a new live-action trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Titled Discover Your Power, the video is similar to previous trailers in the series in that actors take on the role of the in-game characters, but the amped-up sci-fi aspect switches things up here. Magnetic gloves, jump packs, drones, and hover bikes are all showcased.

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Destiny Expansion I: The Dark Below launching December 9

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Activision has announced that Bungie will be rolling out its first expansion pack for Destiny, The Dark Below, on December 9. The pack’s full contents are listed below, but gamers can expect to find new weapons and gear, a level cap bump up to 32, three versus arenas, and new co-op strike missions, raids, and story quests. PlayStation gamers will also receive a timed exclusive strike mission, The Undying Mind.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection launch events announced, HaloFest

Microsoft has detailed HaloFest, a series of events being hosted by 343 Industries in celebration of the impending release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The studio plans on hosting broadcasts of interviews, new gameplay footage from the campaign, and sneak peeks of both the multiplayer beta as well as the first episode of Halo: Nightfall. The bulk of the festivities will take place on November 10 at the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles, but a tournament will kick things off on November 8-9 and all events will be viewable via streams on Twitch, Xbox.com, and Xbox Live. The schedule is available below, and event details can be found on the official Facebook page. To get fans ready, 343 has released a new trailer debuting the live-action series Halo: Nightfall.

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Far Cry 4 season pass to include five packs of missions and modes

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Far Cry 4’s season pass has been detailed today by Ubisoft. The $29.99 pass will be available for all versions at launch and include new missions and modes for both solo and co-op play. A day-one mission, The Syringe, is a single or co-op mission exclusive for season pass holders that pits players against Pagan Min’s forces in a game of keep-away as they attempt to safeguard a recipe. In addition, there will be four other download packs. Escape from Durgesh Prison will be an open-world survival mode playable solo or in co-op, Hurk Deluxe Pack will include five missions and a new weapon, Overrun will add a player-versus-player territory-style mode, and Valley of the Yetis will add a horde-style mode playable solo or in co-op. Details for each are available below.

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Bungie’s Destiny breaks sales records during launch month

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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

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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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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

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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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