Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: PC

343 begins rolling out Halo Wars: Definitive Edition early access keys

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is now available for early access to everyone who has pre-ordered the digital version of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition. 343 Industries notes that the game is still in development, and that the version players can download today isn’t complete, and that they can “expect to see more improvements come online” as they continue “putting the finishing touches on the game before launch.” The Definitive Edition features a new multiplayer session browser, which replaces the legacy matchmaking system, allowing players to create and join multiplayer, skirmish, and co-op campaign sessions. Note that players who didn’t pre-order by December 14 might not receive their code today, but they should shortly, as those are being rolled out over the next few weeks. Also, the code will work for Windows 10 PC and Xbox One.

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Dishonored 2 free update released, adds New Game Plus

An updated has gone live today adding New Game Plus to all versions of Dishonored 2. The mode allows players to use both Emily’s and Corvo’s move lists at the same time, regardless of the character they choose to re-play the campaign. In addition, players can reassign all of the Bonecharm Traits and Runes that were collected during the initial playthrough. The next free update is scheduled to launch in January, and is set to add Mission Select and Custom Difficulty.

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Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope gets new co-op mode, difficulty levels

Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope has been updated to support co-op play. Up to two players can now fight alongside one another through all levels available on Steam Early Access. The levels are set within the VR simulation of Sam’s combat log, with players capable of using the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or one of each. Additionally, the update includes tweaks, fixes, and two new difficulty settings, playable in single player or co-op modes: Tourist and Serious.

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Call of Duty remains #1 selling console franchise for eighth year

Call of Duty is the #1 top-selling console game franchise in North America, according to Activision. The series continues its run, recently marking its eighth consecutive year. Additionally, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is the #1 console video game in the United States, based on year-to-date revenues from physical unit sales, and, also based on revenue from physical unit sales, the #1 top-selling console title for November. Infinite Warfare isn’t selling as much as Black Ops 3, but the publisher has high expectations given the latter’s high retention, due to a paced schedule of downloadable content, which is also planned for Infinite Warfare as well Modern Warfare Remastered.

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The Elder Scrolls Online begins seasonal event The New Life Festival

The Elder Scrolls Online begins its year-end celebration today. The New Life Festival is being held throughout Tamriel, offering Double Experience mead and limited-time quests that reward successful adventurers with special items. The event will end at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 4. To take part, players will need to meet Breda near Windhelm to initiate her quest, The New Life Festival. Afterwards, they will be able to work through up to nine daily quests, located throughout the various zones and themed for the different races.

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Dishonored 2 to get free update next week with New Game Plus

Dishonored 2’s first free game update has been announced and dated for next week. Arkane is using the update to note only improve performance but to also add a new feature. Beginning Monday, and today as part of the beta update for PC, players can access New Game Plus. In the mode, accessible once the game has been completed, players will be able to access both Corvo’s and Emily’s ability sets as well as all Bonecharm Traits and Runes found during the playthrough. Two more features were announced to be added in January, as part of the second free update: Custom Difficulty Settings and Mission Select.

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Watch four minutes of The Surge’s gory, methodical combat

Deck 13 has released four minutes of gameplay from their upcoming action role-playing game The Surge. The unedited footage features a bloody combat system that results in dismemberment and disembowelment while also emphasizing a slow pace. The player explores a facility overrun by cybernetic enemies, both those built for combat and others that are failed experiments with nano-technology. The system forces players to make a choice to either aim for an enemy’s vulnerable spot to secure victory or try to preserve them, prolonging the battle but also making it possible to attain their equipment after the battle.

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Blizzard Mountain Expansion released for Forza Horizon 3

Blizzard Mountain Expansion has gone live for Forza Horizon 3. Blizzard Mountain adds a new high-terrain area to Australia, along with extra events, challenges, and a new campaign. For the first time, players have to contend with snow, heavy wind, and sunlight reflecting off of ice. Seven rides are included to tackle the new environment: 2016 Ford Gymkhana 9 Focus RS RX, 1965 Ford F-100 Flareside Abatti Racing Trophy Truck, 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Group 4, 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Group B, 2016 Nissan Titan Warrior Concept, 2016 RJ Anderson #37 Polaris RZR-Rockstar Energy Pro 2 Truck, and 2016 Subaru #199 WRX STI VT15r Rally Car. MS is hosting a day-long stream to celebrate the release at the official Forza Beam channel, with presenters showing off the latest additions and answering questions.

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Tekken 7 gets Kuma and Panda, tournament mode for online versus

Tekken 7 has officially added two more to its roster, Kuma and Panda. The former is Heihachi’s pet and bodyguard, trained in Kuma Shinken, while the latter is Xiaoyu’s pet and protector. As it happens, she also practices Kuma Shinken. Check them out in action below. Additionally, Bandai Namco also announced that tournaments will be added to online multiplayer, with up to eight participants able to compete in single or double elimination bouts. Winners can also receive in-game items or fight money. Password support will be implemented for joining and spectating, too.

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Velvet goes on the hunt in new trailer for Tales of Berseria

Bandai Namco has released a new trailer for Tales of Berseria. The video features protagonist Velvet Crowe as she pursues her quest of vengeance against her enemies. PC and PS4 players wanting to follow up on what they see will get a chance to play the game ahead of its release with a demo scheduled to go live on January 10.

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