Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: RTS

Halo Wars 2 – Serina, Operation: Spearbreaker out for PC, Xbox One

Halo Wars 2 received two new downloadable drops today, Serina and Operation: Spearbreaker. The first pack features Serina, the UNSC Spirit of Fire’s AI from the original Halo Wars, while the second expands the campaign with two additional missions. Serina returns in full form, despite her unfortunate fate, while the story missions expand on the main game’s plot, as players take charge of a hero squad of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers against the Banished.

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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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Halo Wars 2 adds Jerome-092, Ripa heroes in Icons of War DLC

Halo Wars 2 has received a new downloadable double pack, Icons of War. The drop adds two new characters, Commander Jerome-092, the leader of Red Team aboard the UNSC Spirit of Fire, and Arbiter Ripa ‘Moramee. Jerome-092 has the ability to inspire nearby troops, conduct a Field Promotion, and deploy the Spartans of Omega Team. Unable to hijack vehicles, he can summon Command Mantis onto the field with Mech Drop. Ripa can heal nearby units while increasing their speed and damage with the Conduit of Rage ability, and trigger Arbiter’s Rage to increase his own stats.

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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 News, PlayStation Vita News, Xbox 360 News

Valkyria Revolution gets new video, freebies, and DLC schedule

Another music-centric video has been released for Valkyria Revolution. The previous footage featured composer Mitsuda-san, while the latest finds him joined by vocalist Sarah Alainn. The two play and discuss the track “Eternal Rest.” Additionally, a free theme for PS4 and PS Vita has gone live, as has a massive list of upcoming downloadable content. The video and DLC schedule can be found below.

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Valkyria Revolution video highlights composer Yasunori Mitsuda

A new video out of Sega features composer Yasunori Mitsuda discussing the soundtrack for Valkyria Revolution. Said to be inspired by Europe’s industrial revolution, Mitsuda had the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra conduct a live concert-hall recording to capture the mood of the era. The group is joined by the Australian-Japanese singer Sarah Alainn. Sega also revealed a digital pre-order bonus that includes two scenarios (The Formation of Vanargand and The Ring of Contract), 30 ragnite shards, and a set of special combat ragnite (Time Flux+, Heal Field+, Fall Earth+, and Shine Calibur+). Additionally, PS4 owners will receive an extra digital pre-order bonus, The Princess and the Valkyria theme.

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Halo Wars 2 adds a new Banished Leader, Colony, in latest DLC

Halo Wars 2 received its second downloadable pack, Colony. Colony is a Hunter pair that functions as a single Leader, and can be selected in every multiplayer mode. The creatures command the Banished Lekgolo on the Ark, which allows them to create and expand clusters that can control and repair vehicles. This allows Colony to tromp around the battlefield with a horde of Lekgolo-driven constructs that can be improved and healed, and if needed, reinforced with Colony Drop and Devastating Host. Friendly vehicles can also be commandeered using Vehicle Symbiotes, while nearby allies are healed with the passive ability Combat Repair.

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Halo Wars: Definitive Edition now standalone for PC, Xbox One

Strategy gamers who went with the standard release of Halo Wars 2 can try their hand at battling the Covenant in the game’s predecessor with the launch of Halo Wars: Definitive Edition. The enhanced re-release is now available as a standalone purchase on Steam, Xbox Store, and Windows Store. The latest version features updated graphics, extra Achievements, all downloadable content, and support for Play Anywhere. Play Anywhere allows PC and Xbox One owners to access both versions for a single purchase.

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PC News, Xbox One News

Valkyria Revolution launching in June, Vanargand Edition detailed

The Valkyria are returning this summer when Valkyria Revolution launches on June 27 for PS4, PS Vita, and Xbox One. Players will command the Vanargand anti-Valkyria squad, an elite force from Jutland, against the Ruzi Empire. Armed with mana-infused weapons and schooled in ragnite-fueled spells, the squad, led by Jutland’s Princess Ophelia, must free those suffering under the empire. A trailer and handful of screenshots were also released, along with information on the Vanargand Edition. Pre-orders and first-run copies will come with a themed pin, a 12-song soundtrack by Chrono Trigger’s Yasunori Mitsuda, and a collectable outer box.

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(Xbox One Review) Halo Wars 2

“… packs a feature-rich multiplayer component with a simple but serviceable campaign, though both struggle with a restrictive control system despite a valiant effort. ”

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