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343 Details Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s April Update, Promises ODST Details Soon

The upcoming Master Chief Collection update focuses on ranking, title-specific improvements, as well as systems that address quitting, betrayals, reputation, and more.

You can find the full details of the upcoming update here, which also talks about Halo 5's somewhat mysterious Hunt the Truth initiative. There's no new information, but if you haven't been following it closely, it offers a nic refresher.

Finally, the update says, "Over the next few weeks, we’ll start talking a bit more about Relic, ODST, and future updates. We’re excited, and we hope you are too." Hopefully we'll have an ODST release date soon.

[Source: Halo Waypoint]

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Soon you’ll be able to sign up for Valve’s Vive VR dev kit

Company spokesman Doug Lombardi says that Valve plans to launch a sign-up site for free (and likely extremely limited) dev kits next as early as week. …


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Telltale’s Third Game Of Thrones Episode Is Heating Up Soon

There be dragons in the next episode of Game of Thrones. And if that’s not enough for you, you’re going to get your first look in just a few days.

Telltale has shared some new screenshots of the upcoming third episode (of six), The Sword in the Darkness. The first trailer is due on Monday at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern.

That also means that we’ll be playing it quite soon, given the usual pacing of Telltale’s episodic content. For more on Game of Thrones, you can check out our reviews of episodes one and two.

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Former Rare Developers’ Playtonic Games Show More Of Project Ukelele, Kickstarter Coming Soon

Playtonic Games, a recently formed team of former Rare developers, is still being vague about its Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor, but there are new images, and a Kickstarter is planned.

As part of its presentation at EGX Rezzed, Playtonic showcased its design philosophy for what the still codenamed Project Ukelele will be, and shared a few images of the game, which you can see above and below. Playtonic also announced the game will be supported with a Kickstarter, which launches in May.

Some other confirmed details about the game include that it will be a 3D platformer and it will appeal to fans of Banjo-Kazooie in terms of humor and target audience – don't expect mature content like that of Conker's Bad Fur Day. The game is being built with Unity and during a Q&A session, Playtonic said it considers Banjo-Kazooie and Tooie to be proof of protoypes for its new game. The studio says it is building the game for PC, but would love to bring it to whatever platforms the fans want, but that will be dictated by the Kickstarter.

They purposefully did not show off the protagonist characters (you can see their eyeballs here) because showing them would reveal gameplay mechanics, which they are not ready to share yet. Apparently the characters may have been hidden somewhere in the presentation, however, because this tweet does offer an ambiguous hint.

The team expressed interest in Skylanders and Amiibo-like toy compatibility, but it was far from an announcement or a hint – just an appreciation for the figures and their gameplay implications. Finally, Playtonic confirmed that Grant Kirkhope, composer on both Banjoe-Kazooie games, is involved with Project Ukelele, something Kirkhope reconfirmed with a tweet himself.

Finally, it didn't have anything to do with Project Ukelele, but the team discussed the importance of collectibles and commiserated about the the over-abundance of them in Donkey Kong 64 – a game many of the team members worked on and shared how difficult it was to test. They finished out their presentation saying that collectibles need to mean something.

The presentation was live streamed through Twitch and you can find an archive of it here. For more on Playtonic, head here and here.

[Source: @PlaytonicGames]

 

Our Take
3D, collectible-driven platformers are few and far between. Can't wait to learn more about the game in May.

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Destiny’s Weekly Heroic Strikes Will Soon Feature Mandatory Matchmaking

Each week, Destiny features a more difficult version of one of the game’s strikes. Why would you subject yourself to that? For one of the most important currencies in the game of course: strange coins.

On Fridays, we post a list of what the wandering merchant Xur has to offer. For most items, he only accepts the coins. 

Things are changing in the weekly heroic strikes when Bungie drops the next patch (still planned for some time in February). Loading one up will kick you into matchmaking, so you’ll have a team of three, even if your friends aren’t online.

Bungie says that the Nightfall strikes (which make your party restart if everyone dies) and raids won’t be getting matchmaking. The former won’t be happening, and the latter is still under consideration.

The upcoming patch will also fix the long-standing heavy ammo bug that robs players of the valuable ammunition upon death, cutscenes, or returning to orbit. When it drops, Xur will also have exotic engrams each week (giving your motes of light purpose once more) and there will be improvements to Iron Banner, strike and crucible playlists, and grimoire card drops.

For the entire weekly update, check out Bungie’s website. For the most tragic piece of it, a story about a young man who had his data maliciously wiped, visit our previous coverage

[Source: Bungie]

 

Our Take
I’m glad that Bungie is planning for ways to reverse accidental and malicious data deletion, but that seems like something that should have been onboard from the start. This is an online, account-based game, and Bungie should have some measure of backing things up in case of failure (or naiveté).

I’m also still surprised how long the heavy ammo bug, playlist problems, and Xur issues have persisted. I’m a fan of Destiny, but some of this stuff has been hanging around for far too long.

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Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Soundtrack Offer Expiring Soon

If you own the Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros. you can get a free soundtrack CDs, but you need to act fast.

Right now, you can get a two SSM soundtrack CDs at Club Nintendo by registering both versions of the game on the site. There are two CDs featuring dozens of tracks from the game. The offer is valid through January 13th (this coming Tuesday). This will also register you to receive the previously announced Mewtwo character DLC (that offer is open through March 31).

For more details on how to register, go to Nintendo's official site.

 

Our Take
The soundtrack CDs are a nice offer, but I do think it's odd how many hoops Nintendo is making people jump through just to get one free DLC characters – especially considering that you have to spend $ 100 on both versions of the game just to receive it.

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Marvel vs. Capcom Origins leaving online storefronts soon

Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is retiring from online storefronts later this year, in the hopes of living a normal life free from superpowers, arch-villains and all that fun stuff.

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Game Of Thrones, True Detective, And More May Be On Xbox One Soon With HBO Go

Update: Microsoft has released a trailer for HBO Go on Xbox One, saying that the app is available now. We checked for ourselves, and it doesn't appear to be showing up quite yet. The wait can't be too much longer now, though.

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However, when Microsoft was reached for comment, a company representative denied the app's imminent arrival. "There was a minor programming error on the Xbox 360 dashboard today and it has since been removed," we were told via email. "We apologize for the inconvenience and we look forward to sharing more details when HBO GO launches on Xbox One.”

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Xbox One users have been patiently (or, in some cases, not so patiently) waiting for HBO Go on Xbox One. If an update to the app tile on Xbox 360 is any indication, we won’t have to wait much longer.

Tabbing over to the “Apps” section of the Xbox 360 dashboard reveals a new caption on the HBO Go app (as seen below). If accurate, this means that Game of Thrones, True Detective, The Newsroom, and many others will be accessible to subscribers on the Xbox One.

In June, Microsoft said that the app would be available before the end of 2014. We’ve reached out to the company for additional information. We’ll update should we receive response. 

[via Polygon]

 

Our Take
With Telltale’s Game of Thrones series coming soon, it would be great to have both the new-gen version of the game and the show in one place. It’s also the final season of The Newsroom, which I only mention because you should all watch it. 

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Six Unlikely Amiibos I Hope Exist Soon

Starting Friday November 21, alongside the release of Super Smash Bros. Wii U,
Nintendo will unleash its amiibo figures on the world. Over 25
characters have already been announced, but that doesn't mean there
isn't room for more.

So far we know Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Samus
Aran, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager, Pikachu, Kirby, Marth, Zelda, Diddy
Kong, Luigi, Little Mac, Captain Falcon, Pit, Rosalina and Luma, Bowser,
Lucario, Toon Link, Sheik, Ike, Shulk, Sonic, Mega Man, King Dedede,
and Meta Knight will all be available over the next few months. The amiibos are
currently focused towards Smash Bros., but that doesn't mean future amiibos will
be. These are some of the amiibos I hope to see in the future.

Skull Kid with Majora’s Mask and Fierce Deity Link
I put
these two together in the same entry becasue there is no reason, if
Nintendo does choose to create them, they can't release at the same time –
which of course could be right before the launch The Legend of
Zelda: Majora's Mask
3D. The nice thing about these two, is they both appear in Super Smash Bros., even if they're not
dedicated fighters. Skull Kid wearing Majora's Mask is an assist trophy,
and Fierce Deity Link is an alternate costume for adult Link. These two
characters are some of the coolest character designs to ever come out
of Nintendo, and I would love to see them realized in plastic.

Solid Snake
One of the unfortunate casualties of Super
Smash Bros.'s move from Wii to Wii U, Solid Snake would make an
excellent amiibo. Ideally, I would like to see his amiibo be paired with
DLC to bring Solid Snake to Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS, but that's
a just a distant dream. For now, I would be happy to see his design
from Brawl in amiibo form.

Ness and friends
When I started pondering this list, I was surprised Ness was not already a confirmed amiibo. It's confusing that less-popular characters like Meta Knight and Wii Fit
Trainer are receiving figures before Ness. The original marketing for
EarthBound on Super Nintendo used figures of the game's cast, which makes it
seem like Ness and his friends would be perfect for amiibo translation. He did appear briefly on-screen as a Figure Player (FP) in the Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct, but it was far from a confirmation. Also, I would love to see the whole EarthBound party, not just Ness.

Mega Man X
Much like Skull Kid and Fierce Deity Link, Mega
Man X does technically appear in Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS (you can see him above, second from the left). I've always preferred Mega Man's X iteration
over the standard, and would happily buy a Mega Man X amiibo,
especially if it meant unlocking that version of the blue bomber to us as an
alternate costume.

Rhythm Heaven’s Chorus Men
Of all the characters on this
list, this entry is easily the most farfetched. Rhythm Heaven is a weird
game full of weird characters, but the Chorus Men manage to stand out next golfing apes and dancing frogs. I would love to have an
amiibo of one of the little guys yelling their heart out. Maybe they
could unlock a weird assist trophy in Super Smash Bros., or a Rhythm
Heaven stage.

What characters, within or outside of Smash Bros., would you like to see in amiibo form?

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Assassin’s Creed Unity to get second patch ‘soon’

Ubisoft is preparing a second update for its recently-released open-world action game Assassin’s Creed Unity in a bid to squash widely-reported bugs and other gameplay quirks.

“Patch 2″ will specifically address co-op crashes, hay cart snags, and…
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