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State of Decay Xbox One edition hits in 2015, 1080p


And other numbers. State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition is heading to Xbox One in spring 2015. The game includes the add-on packs Breakdown and Lifeline, plus new content, and all of it running in 1080p.

In January, State of Decay developer Undead Labs announced it had signed a “multi-year, multi-title agreement” with Microsoft Studios.


Why Bungie Wiped Your Destiny Beta Characters


Your characters from Destiny‘s beta won’t carry over to the full version. Bungie explained why they decided to wipe everyone’s Guardians.

“Since the Beta, we’ve continued to tune and adjust the game,” said designer Tyson Green in the Bungie Weekly Update . “The way you earn experience has been adjusted up and down a bunch of times. Items have been added and removed. New features toggled.”

“Although there’s no single monumental change, the sum of the tweaks leaves characters from the Beta Build in strange shape that would be confusing at best, broken at worst.”

Also, the test didn’t allow players to try out every specialization path for the character classes. You may find that you want to take your launch character in a different direction than you pursued in the beta. Or you’ll pick a new class entirely.

Destiny‘s beta allowed players to advance up to level 8. It only takes a few hours to get there. Still, I’m sure that some players sank some serious time into their characters. The special Iron Banner PvP events allowed players to earn exclusive rewards. It’s easy to get attached to strong stats, too.

Still, Bungie says that your beta characters will be quickly dwarfed by your final version toons. They illustrated this point with a screenshot of senior artist Matt Bennier’s Warlock from the full version. He’s decked out in some very impressive gear:


“Grab your Destiny Companion. Look at your Guardian. Now look at Matt’s. Now back to your Guardian. Now back to his. Despite your brave service and fantastic exploits in the Beta, it was only your first step into the wider world of Destiny. A small (yet record breaking) percentage of you barely even ventured to the Moon. There is so much left to do – so much left to earn and master.”

“Right now, you’re lamenting the loss of your starter gear, those pearls of mayhem of destruction that you carved from the wastes of Old Russia. Look beyond that horizon. We have exotic arms and armaments secreted away – adventures you can barely imagine right now.”

The only thing that players will be able to take with them to the full version is a nameplate for their character. Everyone who traveled to the Moon during the Moon got an exclusive nameplate. A separate nameplate will be given out to everyone who played the test at all.

Destiny players will eventually be able to explore other planets in the solar system like Mars and Venus. When they hit higher levels, they can undertake six-player missions called raids. Raids are difficult encounters with unique bosses. Bungie said that they will “demand of you things you’ve never even really been asked to do in a shooter before.”

Bungie will launch Destiny worldwide on September 9th for PS3, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360.


Halo: Nightfall trailer shows a guardian of the galaxy in action


Couldn’t make it to San Diego Comic-Con to check out the first look at the Ridley Scott-produced digital series Halo: Nightfall? Don’t worry soldier, the UNSC’s got your back. And by “UNSC” we mean Microsoft, 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions, which have collectively released the first trailer for Nightfall. Go on, take a look – this mission intel isn’t classified.

If you’re just joining us, Halo: Nightfall is the live-action interlude story that takes place between Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians. Its plot centers on Agent Locke, a character new to the Halo universe, who leads a team of soldiers from the Office of Naval Intelligence as they investigate terrorist activity on the distant planet of Sedra.

Judging by the trailer, things don’t look too bright. Even so, we’re not too worried – if Agent Locke and his crew can escape the shuttering of Xbox Entertainment Studios, surely they can handle whatever comes their way in Nightfall.

Halo: Nightfall will be accessible to anyone who buys Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One this November.


Shadow of Mordor is more than just Assassin’s Creed in Middle-earth


When Monolith Productions’Middle-earth Shadow of Mordor was first revealed, many observers pegged it as an Assassin’s Creed rip-off.

After all, both games feature third-person perspectives, free-running and in some ways, adopt a similar visual style. After going hands-on with the PlayStation 4 version of the game at E3 2014  and discussing its development with Monolith Productions’ Studio Head Kevin Stephens, it’s clear Shadow of Mordor’s developers want to forge their own path yet still remain true to Tolkien’s intricate Lord of the Rings  (LORT) universe.

This isn’t Assassin’s Creed with a coat of LOTR-influenced paint.

“Well we look at all games and movies and media for inspiration. I think that the third-person action adventure genre, there’s not a lot of games in that genre. So I think we’re going to look like somebody. I think people bring to it what they’re used to [Assassin’s Creed] and I think that speaks to that franchise. But no we didn’t consciously set out to be anything but our own experience,” said Stephens.

Shadow of Mordor is set between the events of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, allowing Monolith Productions a significant amount of freedom when it came to crafting their own unique story. In the game you play as Talion, a ranger of Gondor, who dies in battle but is then resurrected by a Wraith and given special powers.

Sniper Elite 3 DLC challenges you to save Churchill


Rebellion has launched new DLC for tactical shooter Sniper Elite 3.

While previous Sniper Elite 3 DLC challenged players to assassinate Hitler, the latest campaign add-on tasks them with saving Winston Churchill.

It will come in three parts, with part one now live on Steam for PC ($9.99). It was launched alongside the new Patriot Weapons Pack (4.99) and a free update featuring a new multiplayer map called Airstrip.

The DLC was announced in a new video in which Rebellion provides an update on its future plans for the game, which include confirmation that all DLC will also be released on PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Rebellion says: “Set after the events of Sniper Elite 3, Save Churchill follows OSS sniper Karl Fairburne in his attempts to uncover and prevent a Nazi assassination attempt on the British Prime Minister in the run up to the famous Casablanca Conference of 1943.”