Assassin's Creed Valhalla takes the same approach to DLC as Odyssey, but scaled down a bit

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey was absolutely herculean in its approach to post-launch content. On the paid side, it featured two very substantial add-ons, each made up of three episodes. The free support was substantial too, as every player got access to 11 free missions called The Lost Tales of Greece. All of that was alongside level cap increases, new skills, a story creation mode, a discovery walkabout mode, and more. When all was said and done, Assassin's Creed Odyssey was relevant for more than a year after it first released.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla seemingly has similar ambitions, albeit maybe not quite as grand. Ubisoft has announced its plans for Assassin's Creed Valhalla's DLC, and it takes the same two-pronged approach to free and paid-for content.

Both of the premium add-ons will have Eivor leaving England. The first, called Wrath of the Druids, takes place in Ireland. It prominently features Gaelic myths, haunted forests, and a druidic cult. Wrath of the Druids is scheduled to launch in Spring 2021.

The second paid DLC channels its inner Assassin's Creed Unity. It's titled The Siege of Paris, and it tackles one of the most famous battles in Viking history. Ubisoft details it by saying "players will infiltrate the fortified city of Paris and the River Seine under a prolonged siege, uncover enemy secrets, and form strategic alliances to safeguard their clan's future." This add-on is planned for Summer 2021.

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Brett Makedonski

Oh No, Spider-Man's New Video Game Face Continues to Not Be It

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A few weeks ago, fans of good video games, good video game faces, and Marvel’s Spider-Man were shook by the revelation that for the game’s leap to Playstation 5—and the arrival of Spider-Man: Miles Morales—developers Insomniac Games had completely changed the face of its excellent take on Peter Parker. The more we see…

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James Whitbrook on io9, shared by Riley MacLeod to Kotaku

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection to Get a 4K/120FPS Xbox Series X/S Upgrade

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On November 17, Halo: The Master Chief Collection will become fully optimized on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and will feature 120FPS in Campaign and Multiplayer, Split-screen improvements, up to 4K on Series X, and more. Announced by Xbox on Twitter, this update will be available for free to existing owners or those who are subscribed to Xbox Game Pass. Aaron Greenberg, GM of Xbox Games Marketing at Microsoft, has also confirmed that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will also support "cross-gen play & adjustable FOV." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/13/halo-the-master-chief-collection-review-2019"] These updates are another part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection's future that will also include crossplay between Xbox One and PC, a custom game browser, PC fileshare, per game graphics and audio options, mouse and keyboard support on Xbox One, and more. Halo: The Master Chief Collection was released in 2014, and while it had a few issues at launch, it has been continuously supported and improved.
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Adam Bankhurst

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Robotics;Notes Double Pack Giveaway – Win 1 of 3 PS4, Switch, or PC Copies by Sharing Your Comments

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Spike Chunsoft finally brought the Robotics;Notes visual novel series to the west, and we’re celebrating this momentous occasion with a brand new giveaway.

With this giveaway, you can win one of three PS4, Nintendo Switch, or PC codes for the Robotics;Notes Double Pack, kindly offered by Spike Chunsoft.

Each prize includes both Robotics;Notes Elite and Robotics;Notes DaSH.

The way to get involved is really, really easy.

All you have to do is to comment on our articles, everywhere on the site. The more you comment, the better your chances. We want to hear your opinions and insight, and there is no better way for that to happen than sharing your comments with us.

An important caveat is that comments on this post are not eligible for the giveaway. Of course, you’re welcome to comment here, but in order to participate, you need to comment at least on one other article.

On October 28 at 11:59 EDT we’ll randomly select three comments made after this post has been published, and the authors of these comments will win digital download codes for the games.

Of course, spam comments and throwaway one-liners will be disqualified, as we’d like to promote interesting commentary and conversations among our readers.

The winners will be able to select platforms and regions between PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC, North America, or Europe.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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The Sims 4 Snowy Escape Trailer Revealed: Here’s What To Expect

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The Sims 4‘s new Expansion Pack was revealed yesterday on Twitter as Snowy Escape, leaving fans wondering what features they might expect. Cover art was shown depicting some upcoming features like snowboarding, rock climbing, and more.

The Snowy Escape trailer reveal just happened and we know a lot more about what to expect from this upcoming expansion now. Check it out below and read on for some of the details!

The Snowy Escape trailer reveal depicts a beautiful new map, based heavily off of what seems like Japan. There is a mountain, called Mt. Komorebi, for your Sims to explore, bath houses to relax and unwind in, endless tourist attractions, and even working vending machines. All of the new gameplay changes don’t end there, however. From the trailer, it can be seen that they are adding a new transportation system for Sims– trains! That’s not quite cars, but it’s a great upcoming feature.

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Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods Launch Trailer Brings The Pain

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The first part of the Doom: Eternal Ancient Gods DLC is here and it brings with it an epic new launch trailer to get that new content hype higher than the flames of hell. 

Doom Eternal launched to brilliant praise and has seen several smaller content drops leading up to now, mostly cosmetic options. Now a new adventure arises with the first part of the Ancient Gods DLC as players get ready to go head-to-head in Maykr's realm.

"Your mission is now your own," reads the trailer's official description. "The legions of Hell have razed the heavens, threatening to expand their control across dimensions. Unleash your vengeance and battle back to the Maykr’s realm. Defeat powerful new threats, restore order to the heavens and unearth the corruption that has thrown the universe into chaos."

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With a new story comes new achievements to unlock. Even better for Game Pass owners? The base part of the game is completely free to play for members of the Xbox subscription service. 

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Liana Ruppert

Xbox Series S can run all the Halo: The Master Chief Collection games at 120fps

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If Halo is Xbox's flagship franchise, The Master Chief Collection is its crown jewel. This anthology of Halo games is being constantly updated and ported, made better and better as time goes on. It's no surprise it'll be present right alongside the new generation of Xbox consoles.

Microsoft announced today that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be "fully optimized" for Xbox Series S/X starting on November 17. That means hitting 120fps in both campaign and multiplayer, improvements to split-screen, and hitting 4K on Xbox Series X.

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Brett Makedonski

The Fantasies That Made Sense of a Senseless Year

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There’s a feature of old Irish folktales, which is the notion of a land somewhat parallel to our own that belongs to a magical, beautiful, aristocratic, and frequently cold and remote people called the fae. It’s over the hill and around the bend, or in the vicinity of an ancient barrow, or across the ocean—somewhere…

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Kelly Faircloth on Books, shared by Riley MacLeod to Kotaku

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Paper Beast's origami ecosystem can now be explored without VR

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Paper Beast

‘s folded menagerie should be right up my alley. Unfortunately, for the time being, Eric Chahi’s wonderful sandbox has been locked behind pricey, clunky VR headsets. Thankfully, Pixel Reef today released Paper Beast: Folded Edition, flattening the digital wilderness into something you and I can play on our non-head-mounted screens.

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Natalie Clayton

New Yakuza: Like a Dragon Trailer Is All About the Xbox Series X & S Version; It’s as Epic as You Expect

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Today Sega released a brand new trailer of its upcoming JRPG Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

The trailer focuses on the “next-generation of Yakuza,” and specifically on what we can expect from the game on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

That being said, it underlines the fun and wacky parts of the game more than the usual pixel counts and statistics. This, of course, makes the trailer twice as epic as any other “next-gen” trailer released before.

You can check it out below and see what I mean.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon will launch in the west for PS4, Xbox One, Xbox One Series S/X, and PC via Steam November 10, 2020. The PS5 version will release later, on March 2, 2021.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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New Destiny 2: Beyond Light Story Trailer Brings Our Boy Variks Back Once More

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Another Destiny 2: Beyond Light trailer is here from Bungie and this story-focused video brings back our boy Variks in addition to a new look at Stasis Barons.

In the below trailer, we see Eramis bestowing the new power of Stasis throughout her house as a continuing gift from the Darkness. As a story trailer, fans can get a glimpse at what drives Eramis' actions in relation to the rift spurning off of the Traveler's turned back on the Fallen. 

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Just like in a previous video, Variks is also back, though the last time was just as a narrator. Now no longer a voice, Variks has been captured and is in need of rescue from Eramis, which is where our returning (and beloved) Exo Stranger comes into play. 

For those that didn't play the first Destiny, Variks is a Fallen Vandal that was the sole survivor of the House of Judgement. He's got an interesting history, but his loyalty to Queen Mara Sov was unshakable. That being said, he was responsible for the prison break in Destiny 2: Forsaken, which ended up getting my homie Cayde-6 killed so to say I have a lot of salt over him is a massive understatement. 

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Liana Ruppert

Fallout 76's Bombs Drop Day event comes with all sorts of extra perks

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As we told you a few days ago, Fallout 76's Bombs Drop Day event takes place this week. It's a reason to dole out double XP and double S.C.O.R.E. (for getting through the battle pass), and there's a 25 percent discount at legendary vendors. That's what was messaged ahead of time.

However, things look markedly better now. The Bombs Drop Day event runs longer than previously thought, going from October 20 to October 26; that's two days more than what Bethesda said last week. It's also free to play for the week on all platforms. There are substantial sales for anyone who decides to buy it after the free week. As always, progress carries over to the full game.

Here's where it gets really bougie, though. Players get a taste of the high life with a weeklong Fallout 1st free trial. In case you need a reminder, Fallout 1st is the $100 per year membership that grants you access to a private server and unlimited crafting component storage through the Scrapbox. After the preview ends on October 26, players can keep whatever materials they had placed in their Scrapbox. It's a good time to load up.

If all that wining and dining has you ready to open up the wallet, players are also treated to the first ever Fallout 76 sale on microtransactions. The atom bundle discounts range from $1 off the smallest pack to $14 off the biggest pack. 

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Brett Makedonski

New Destiny 2: Beyond Light Story Trailer Sets Up the Journey to Europa

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Destiny 2 continues its march towards Europa and in the latest trailer for the upcoming expansion, Beyond Light, Bungie reveals more details about what or who is getting us over to Europa.

In the trailer it appears that our old pal Variks is one that reaches out to Exo Stranger who then convinces Eris Morn, The Drifter, and the player to take the trip out to Europa.

Anyone following Destiny 2: Beyond Light knows the reason by now. Eramis has fully revolted against the Light and has convinced a large amount of Fallen to join her in embracing the Darkness and Stasis instead. This is also detailed out a bit more in the new trailer.

In order to stop Eramis, the player character also chooses to adopt the gift of Stasis from the Darkness and wield to fight Eramis on even footing, much to the concern of Variks, apparently, as he notes in the trailer “it’s changing you.”

If you’ve been keeping up with all the recent trailers, this new one is nothing too crazy, but it’s cool nonetheless.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light releases on Nov. 10 for all platforms including next-gen platforms as well (PS5, Xbox Series X/S); once they are released of course.

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Ed McGlone

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Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Senior Narrative Designer Leaves Game

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A few big names have left the Vampire: Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 project, including lead writer Brian Mitsoada and creative director Ka'ai Cluney back in August, now a new name has been added to that list with senior narrative designer Cara Ellison. 

When the first two leads left Hardsuit Labs, the details were missing but it was heavily implied by the departing devs that the parting wasn't sweet sorrow. Upon publisher Paradox Interactive's confirmation that Ellison was also no longer a part of the upcoming Masquerade game, eagle-eyed fans were quick to notice that she was swift in removing all mention of the game from her online presence. 

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Liana Ruppert

Hades Is The Perfect Roguelike For People Who Don't Like Roguelikes

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I’ve never understood the appeal of roguelikes. Sure, I’ve played my fair share of punishing dungeon-crawlers like The Binding of Isaac and Dead Cells, but I often lost interest in the endless array of procedurally generated arenas; I became numb to the severity of death. Ultimately, I returned to the comfort of my favorite RPGs instead.

I mean, I’ve always felt that progressing through a story at one’s own pace or discovering lore by interacting with NPCs and collecting texts was a cathartic experience. The roguelikes that I had played never satisfied those parameters. But then, Hades came out.

Supergiant Games is well-known for its selection of isometric action/RPG gems: Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre. Hades joined the bunch as the developer’s first foray into roguelikes. Regardless of the studio’s reputation for polish and immersion, I didn’t grab Hades on launch day. It wasn’t until weeks later (after getting constant recommendations) that I finally purchased the popular roguelike on Switch.

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Jason Guisao

Hyrule Warriors confirms more returning Zelda: Breath of the Wild characters

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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is shaping up to be a love letter to Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, with return appearances from various fan favourite characters.

Today's trailer confirms the return of the game's diminutive Korok characters, which look like they'll be once again hidden for you to find.

It also includes - and gives a voice to - Hestu, the giant maraca-wielding Korok who expanded your Breath of Wild inventory in exchange for you collecting the game's many hidden Korok Seeds. (Collect every seed in the game and Hestu rewarded you with a giant glittering turd. No, really.)

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Splatoon 2's free Halloween gear is available to download if you missed it the first time around

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Just because things have gone quiet on the Splatoon front, that doesn't mean the community isn't gearing up to celebrate the spooky Halloween season on the messy arena shooter. Next weekend will see the return of a classic Halloween splatfest, as players will wage war in a battle of "Trick" vs."Treat."

And for those of you hoping to look the part, then you're in luck, as Nintendo has re-released the Splatoon 2 Halloween gear DLC pack, which is available for all players to download for free right now. All you need do is visit the Splatoon section in the Nintendo Switch news channel, and click on the confirmation that lies therein.

Once confirmed, you will receive a package in-game that includes a hockey mask, a monster head, some devilish horns, and a ghostly hat, each of which includes a useful in-game buff. So be sure to don your creepiest outfit before you hit the arenas on the weekend of Friday, October 30, and let's win one more for everyone's favourite lil' devil, Pearl.

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Chris Moyse

FIFA 21’s FUT Champs & Rivals Points Debacle Needs to be Addressed

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FIFA 21’s FUT Champs weekend league debuted last weekend. Players around the world qualified for the tournament by racking up 2,000 Qualification Points from Division Rivals across 30 games. The more wins they got, the better rewards they’ll earn come Thursday when they go live.

Normally, FUT Champs is something that’s celebrated (to an extent) in FIFA. Despite it often being a showcase of the various exploits, meta, and cheap tactics available to players in Ultimate Team, it also acts as a true test of your skill and resolve. Not to mention those rewards are mighty tasty once you get 14 wins or more and hit the ‘Gold’ rankings.

This weekend’s FUT Champs was a little different, though. Aside from EA delaying its start and end times by 24 hours, pushing it from a Friday-Sunday schedule to a Saturday- Monday, FUT Champs’ debut in FIFA 21 brought with it a sinister change that looks set to impact Champs players for the remainder of this year.

The FIFA 21 FUT Champs Problem

To get to the heart of the issue, it’s important to explain another change that EA has implemented in FIFA 21’s Ultimate Team online mode, Division Rivals.

In previous FIFA games, players could play as many Division Rivals games as they wanted each week. With each game played whether you win or lose, you’ll earn points. These points determine your ‘Rank’ for that week, which in turn determines the rewards you’ll get when Thursday rocks around.

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Chris Jecks

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