Halo: Reach Multiplayer Coming To Master Chief Collection For Free, Campaign And Firefight As DLC

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Halo: Reach Multiplayer Coming To Master Chief Collection For Free, Campaign And Firefight As DLC

Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched in 2014, bundling Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4 for Xbox One. In 2015, Halo 3: ODST was added to the Collection free of charge for those who played it during its technically challenged launch period, leaving fan-favorite Halo: Reach as the only pre-Xbox One title not in the Master Chief Collection. Today, Microsoft announced it is remedying that exclusion.

During today's Inside Xbox presentation, Microsoft and 343 Industries announced that Halo: Reach is coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection later this year. The multiplayer suite, including PvP, Forge, and the Theater, will be provided free of charge for everyone who owns the Collection on Xbox One. Those who want to play the campaign or the popular wave-based Firefight mode will need to either subscribe to Xbox Game Pass or purchase them via a premium digital add-on.

When it arrives, Halo: Reach will run at 60 frames per second in 4K with HDR on compatible devices. Halo: Reach is set to arrive in The Master Chief Collection later this year.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Coming To PC One Game At A Time

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Coming To PC One Game At A Time

Halo: The Master Chief Collection has served as a great bundle of the earlier Halo games, bringing the beloved shooters of the past to the current generation with various enhancements. However, to this point, the bundle has been exclusive to Xbox One, seeming to go against the grain of Microsoft's recent push to put its first-party titles on both Xbox One and PC. Today, Microsoft announced that The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC by way of Steam and the Microsoft Store.

Rather than releasing the myriad titles at once, 343 Industries is launching the games in chronological order for when the story takes place. This means that PC players will first experience Halo: Reach's campaign, multiplayer, and Firefight modes, then Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4. Players purchase the games individually within The Master Chief Collection as they launch, though no pricing has been announced to this point.

343 Industries has shown strong support for the bundle since its initial launch in 2014, and it appears as though that will continue with the PC release, as the studio says each game will grow and evolve with community input. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will begin rolling out on Steam and the Microsoft Store later this year.

Minecraft Coming To Xbox Game Pass In April

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Minecraft Coming To Xbox Game Pass In April

The newest addition to Xbox Game Pass is one of the most popular games of all time. Minecraft is the latest game to join the ever-growing library of games available to subscribers of Xbox's subscription service.

Game Pass subscribers can dive into the iconic sandbox and create to their hearts' content. To date, Minecraft has garnered more than 91 million players worldwide, and has appeared on 20 unique platforms including Xbox One, Switch, PC, and mobile.

Minecraft arrives on Xbox Game Pass on April 4.

Australian Classification Hints At Possible Castlevania Collection

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Australian Classification Hints At Possible Castlevania Collection

Konami recently registered something called the Castlevania Anniversary Collection with the Australian Classification Board, which might tease that the company is going to whip something up for the Gothic action series. However, the first Castlevania will be 33 this year, so the "anniversary" this is referring to is unconventional... or this collection might be further down the road.

If this turns out to be true, the more important question is exactly what games would be included in such a collection? Would it just be the NES and SNES platformers, the more sprawling RPG-like games from PS1 and DS, or the more recent Lords of Shadow and its sequel (2020 will be the 10th anniversary of Lords of Shadow)? Or will it be a more ambitious and exhaustive collection of everything? Adding to that speculation, the classification notes the game's content as having nudity which would further suggest that it might be remasters of MercurySteam's games rather than a collection of the older titles.

Konami already released a collection for PS4 titled Castlevania Requiem that bundled both Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. That was released last October, so it could certainly fall into a similar camp.

Dead Cells "Rise Of The Giant" DLC Announced For PC

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Dead Cells

After being released to high acclaim, Motion Twin's Dead Cells has received recent patches that include extra gameplay features and a much-needed re-optimization of the game's Nintendo Switch port. But the additions aren't stopping there. 

Motion Twin has announced a "Rise of the Giant" DLC package for the PC version of Dead Cells. With a plethora of content that introduces 50 new outfits, 10 extra enemy types, and a secret level, players will find themselves navigating the dangerous corridors of the Dead Cells universe once again. 

Rise of the Giant drops for PC on March 28. If you're a Dead Cells diehard check out our interview with Sébastien Bénard, one of the game's designers; he details the development process and even hints toward a sequel!

To The Moon Developer Teases New Murder Thriller Project Impostor Factory

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To The Moon Developer Teases New Murder Thriller Project Impostor Factory

When To The Moon released in 2011, the narrative adventure game was beloved by fans for its strong and ethically dubious story. While developer Freebird Games has been hard at work at various things, they have also teased what appears to be a similar narrative follow-up in the form of a murder thriller called Impostor Factory.

You can check out the very short teaser, and I emphasize the teaser aspect, below.

The developer has described the game as "a time-resetting thriller-mystery that involves a series of bloody murders," which sounds like a fun romp. I notice they did not necessarily say you were solving these murders, just that it involves them.

Indie Ninja Platformer The Messenger Coming To PS4 Next Week

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Indie Ninja Platformer The Messenger Coming To PS4 Next Week

Indie action platformer The Messenger released last year on PC and Switch to acclaim from fans and critics alike, as its close adherence to NES games that inspired it combining with non-traditional ideas like switching graphical styles with time travel appealed to a lot of fans. Now players on the PlayStation 4 will get to see what all the fuss is about as the game releases in just one week on the console.

You can check out a gameplay trailer of the PlayStation 4 version below, but it seems to be identical to the PC and Switch releases. 

The new picnic expansion is arriving to all platforms, including the PS4, when it launches later this year. Fans of old school platforming should take a look at the PS4 version of The Messenger when it launches on March 19.

Hollow Knight Is Getting A Physical Edition

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Hollow Knight Is Getting A Physical Edition

Remember when Team Cherry cancelled its retail physical release for Hollow Knight, but said it would look into other options? Today, Team Cherry and Fangamer gave more details, announcing that the action/platformer will indeed get a physical release, and it'll launch in late May for PS4, Switch, and PC.

Hollow Knight will get two physical editions: the standard edition will cost $29 for PS4 and PC copies and $34 for Switch players. It includes a copy of the game, an instruction manual (retro!), and a map of Hollownest. The collector's edition will cost $64 for PS4 and PC and $69 for Switch owners. It includes the standard edition content, a gold foil collector's box, knight brooch and stand, Quirrel comic book, gold foil art print set, and a pre-order bonus papercraft set. You can pre-order your copy and see the bonuses for yourself over at Fangamer.com.

It's a great month for new and old Hollow Knight fans. Team Cherry recently announced Hollow Knight: Silksong, a DLC campaign-turned full-blown sequel that introduces a new town and pits players against 150 new enemies. While you wait, check out our feature on the making of Hollow Knight.

Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid Gameplay Trailer Showcases Teamwork

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Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid Gameplay Trailer Showcases Teamwork

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is a 3v3 tag fighting game, and the title's latest gameplay trailer shows how to use your allies to brutal effect.

Players can gang-up with their teammates to coordinate attacks, and today's trailer also gives a glimpse at a Megazord ultra, which can deliver a drill to the face of Tommy's opponents. 

For more on the game, take a look at this recent trailer featuring Lord Drakkon.