Halo: Reach Will Be Added to Master Chief Collection on December 3

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Halo: Reach Will Be Added to Master Chief Collection on December 3

Back in March, we reported that Halo: Reach would be added to the Halo: The Master Chief Collection sometime this year. With just a few weeks left, 343 Industries is fulfilling that promise and Halo: Reach will arrive on the PC and Xbox One on December 3, 2019. On the PC side, this marks the first Master Chief Collection title to arrive on that platform, with the other games in that bundle arriving over the course of the next year.Things will be handled a little differently based on platform, so we're breaking this out from here on out.On Xbox One

[XO19] - Get Smol and Survive in Grounded

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The other co-op game that was announced/revealed during Microsoft's XO19 was a bit of a surprise, considering the developer. Obsidian, who just released the popular The Outer Worlds RPG, is shifting gears a bit with their next title, Grounded - a game where you have to survive in a backyard after being shrunk to the size of an ant. I mean, I guess every other iteration of a survival game has been done at this point?Similar to Drake Hollow, there aren't a ton of details available just yet about this game. Four player co-op (we're presuming online) is confirmed in various marketing materials, but beyond that, the only other info being put out there revolves around the title's ecosystem. Apparently the insect life will behave like real-life insects (e.g., ant colonies send out scouts to find food) and different bugs (spiders) come out at night. The title will initially enter "early access" this Spring as part of the Xbox Game Preview program (and Steam Early Access), so development will be ongoing and incorporate community feedback before it hits a "full release."Grounded will be available on Xbox One and PC this Spring.

[XO19] - Build a Village and Defend It With Friends in Drake Hollow

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Microsoft's XO19 - "A global celebration of all things Xbox" - kicked off earlier this morning in London and there were a number of new games shown off, including a couple new co-op titles and at least one that could be. The first of these was Drake Hollow, an "action village building" title from The Flame in the Flood developer The Molasses Flood. Details are still sparse, but the announcement trailer shows you befriending some plant creatures, building a village, and then defending it from evil plant creatures.The trailer shows a player character getting sucked into some dimensional door opened by a crow and then finding a friendly vegetable creature (called a Drake) that is hungry and wants to eat some mushrooms. After that, the Drake and a few of its buddies help the player character build a village by sticking their plant-like tendrils in the ground and pulling out different structures. Then some evil-looking plant creatures (denoted by their black and red color scheme) show up and your player character gets ready to fight them off with a tennis racket. Listen... video games, ok?

In Casy You Missed It: Rune II Now Available

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Human Head Studios' action-RPG, Rune II, launched on the Epic Games Store yesterday, so you and some buddies can create your own Scandinavian and set out to stop Loki from resetting the apocalypse. Yeah, I know, it's a bit weird. Apparently Loki decided that rather than just let the world blow up, he'd let it be really terrible for a while and then start it up again instead of letting it just end.I never played the original Rune so I definitely can't say I have any nostalgia for the game, but the idea of running around Midgard fighting trolls, giants, and other beasts from Norse mythology in a non-God of War setting sounds good to me!One quick note: the game mainly runs off public, hosted servers. Private servers are available to rent or you can host your own. You can check out the official website for more details on that. Additionally, while servers can host up to 64 players at a time, and public servers will likely have a number of people on them, the developers recommend approaching the campaign with a party of 4 players, which they state in their official FAQ.

Upgrade Your Dragons in Bubble Bobble 4 Friends

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Bubble Bobble 4 Friends, the sequel to the 1986 arcade hit Bubble Bobble, is arriving soon (Nov. 19) on the Nintendo Switch for all our co-op friends in Europe. Those of us in the States need to wait just a little bit longer until we can get our hands on it, but for everyone, ININ Games and Taito have released some new information about the game, along with a new trailer and a website that breaks down the history of the series.One of the new features for this entry is the ability to upgrade the two heroic dragons - Bub and Bob - by collecting special letters that are scattered throughout each stage of a world. The system is called "EXTEND" (guess what letters you'll be collecting?) and if you manage to collect every letter in a world and then beat the boss, you'll be able to upgrade your dragon by granting it a new skill or enhancing an existing one. The skills you can acquire are: Long Shot, Thunder Bubble, Bomb Bubble, Stop Wind, and Dash Skill.On top of this new game, you can also play the original Bubble Bobble arcade game. Two titles for the price of one!

PAYDAY 2 To Continue With Paid DLC And Some Free Content

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PAYDAY 2 To Continue With Paid DLC And Some Free Content

In a quick but drastic shift, Starbreeze has declared it will continue development on 2013’s PAYDAY 2 through both free and paid content, which is in direct contrast to their previous ideology of winding down support for the title and providing any future content for free as part of their “Ultimate Edition” of the game.

MMO Co-Opportunities Volume CV: Dragons, Tamers, and Vales

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MMO Co-Opportunities Volume CV: Dragons, Tamers, and Vales

Halloween has passed and we’re into the days of fall where the weather begins turning a bit cooler. Time to bundle up with some updates to MMOs! In this issue of MMOCO, we have content patches and expansions for The Elder Scrolls Online, Black Desert Online, and Lord of the Rings Online.

Ubisoft Lays Out Roadmap For Ghost Recon Breakpoint Content And Updates

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Ubisoft Lays Out Roadmap For Ghost Recon Breakpoint Content And Updates

The Ghost Recon series goes back to 2001, but due to lackluster sales of the most recent entry in the series, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Ubisoft has been prompted to reevaluate their development and support for the series. While the previous entry, 2017’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, currently holds a score of 79 on Metacritic and received critical praise, Ubisoft may have been a bit too eager to put out a sequel to a “live” game that was receiving new content into this current year. Yves Guillemot, CEO and co-founder of Ubisoft, even highlighted this in a recent financial update to investors.. In response to the lackluster review and sale combination, Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon development team issued a lengthy statement laying out the new support plan.While the future of the game is an extensive list that can be found on Ubisoft’s website here, the topics set for attention are (in order of original post): Techinical State Of The Game, Post-Launch Content, In-Game Economy, AI Teammates, and Freedom Of Choice, with an additional blurb being allocated to an “in conclusion” section of the blog.Will you be standing with the Ghosts’ development, or did Breakpoint burn you at launch? Let us know in the comments below!