Grand Theft Auto Online Gets In The Holiday Spirit With Festive Update

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Grand Theft Auto Online Gets In The Holiday Spirit With Festive Update

A holiday-themed update is now live for Grand Theft Auto Online, featuring triple RP in the premium stunt race Plummet and double RP and GTA$ in the new Turf Wars Adversary mode. You'll also get 25% off of select vehicles, real estate, and other items until January 2. Furthermore, all content from previous holiday updates, including the Firework Launcher, return this year.

Seasonal clothing arrives to GTA online, including sweaters, hats, and the return of classic masks and Santa outfits. These are all available for free until January 9. You can also grab some new bodysuits that are available for purchase from clothing stores, each with illuminations that flash and glow. Up until January 2, players can log in to unlock Bold Pinstripe Smoking Jacket and Pajamas.

A new vehicle is purchasable at Benny's Original Motor Works called the Nero. It is "highly customizable" and has a sleek design. Rockstar teases that players should keep their eyes peeled during the holidays for more vehicle-related updates.

Gwent Closed Beta Update Introduces New Cards And Ranked Matches

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Gwent Closed Beta Update Introduces New Cards And Ranked Matches

If you're part of the lucky group that got a chance to be part of Gwent's closed beta that began in October, you'll be happy to know that a large update is live. Update 0.8.33, available now on PC and Xbox One, features 20 new cards, new premium cards, ranked matches, and more for the beta.

CD Projekt Red community manager Marcin Momot and lead programmer Jason Slama discuss the update in this video:

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Infinite Warfare DLC Sabotage Transports You To A '90s Nightmare And Neo-Noir Brooklyn

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Infinite Warfare DLC Sabotage Transports You To A '90s Nightmare And Neo-Noir Brooklyn

Activision revealed a new, upcoming DLC today titled Sabotage for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, which will feature four new multiplayer maps: Noir, Neon, Renaissance, and Dominion. A zombie co-op mode called Rave in the Redwoods will also be introduced. 

Noir takes place in a distant future Brooklyn, which will feature gritty locales as well as cafes and parks. Neon is set in a virtual training simulator for urban warfare, where players will burst into tiny polygons when killed. Renaissance takes place in Venice, and Dominion is a remake of the classic Afghan map from Modern Warfare 2 but this time it's set on Mars.

Rave in the Redwoods transports you back to the '90s in a foreboding campground where ravers went to party. However, they've now become zombies, and the grounds will feature " techno-fueled" imagery. This new co-op mode is meant to be a throwback to classic horror films, and will feature a new character called The Slasher.

Games With Gold January Lineup Includes Killer Instinct Season 2, Rayman Origins

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Games With Gold January Lineup Includes Killer Instinct Season 2, Rayman Origins

January's lineup for Games With Gold has been announced. If you're an Xbox Live Gold member, you'll be able to grab Killer Instinct Season 2, Rayman Origins, World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap, and The Cave for free starting next month.

The tower defense and RPG hybrid World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap will be available all month long as a freebie on Xbox One. Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition, also available on Xbox One, will be downloadable for free between January 16 to February 15. Double Fine's quirky adventure game The Cave can be downloaded at no cost from January 1 to 15 on both Xbox One and Xbox 360. Finally, Rayman Origins will be available from January 16 to 31 on both platforms as well.

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BioWare Giving Away Free Stuff For Christmas

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BioWare Giving Away Free Stuff For Christmas

BioWare is celebrating the run-up to Christmas with five days of freebies, starting today.

Today is the first day, but as of the time of this writing there has been no indication what the freebies are or how people can go about getting them.

Stay tuned.

Dead Rising 4 DLC Out Today, PC Players Have Apparently Been Naughty

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Dead Rising 4 DLC Out Today, PC Players Have Apparently Been Naughty

Dead Rising 4's first DLC is out today on Xbox One. The Stocking Stuffer Holiday Pack adds new weapons, costumes, and a vehicle to the game, though PC players will find that their stocking has been stuffed with a lump of coal – or something else.

The DLC is available as part of the game's season pass, or as a standalone download for $4.99. It's not going to be available on PC until "early 2017," which is disappointing considering the holiday theme, and curious considering that it's published by Microsoft. Regardless, watch the trailer below. 

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Crytek Closing Studios, Consolidating Operations

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Crytek Closing Studios, Consolidating Operations

Crytek, creators of Crysis, Ryse: Son of Rome, and PlayStation VR title Robinson: The Journey, have announced that it is shutting down five of its subsidiary studios and consolidating its future efforts in its locations in Frankfurt and Kiev.

Studios in Bulgaria, Hungary, Turkey, South Korea, and China are being closed. Crytek has previously shuttered operations in Texas and Nottingham, England (formerly Free Radical Design).

A press release from Crytek contains a quote from Avni Yerli, co-founder and managing director, which says, "Undergoing such transitions is far from easy, and we'd like to sincerely thank each and every staff member – past and present – for their hard work and commitment to Crytek. These changes are part of the essential steps we are taking to ensure Crytek is a healthy and sustainable business moving forward that can continue to attract and nurture our industry's top talent."

New Atlus RPG In The Works

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New Atlus RPG In The Works

Persona and Shin Megami Tensei creators Atlus have a new fantasy RPG in the works not related to those franchises. The game comes from a new internal team called Studio Zero which is led by Persona 5 director/producer Katsura Hashino. Hashino serves both those rolls for the future project, which will be formally announced soon.

The game is in this week's issue of Japanese gaming mag Famitsu, and will be the subject of a livestream on December 23, 8 p.m. JST.

The first artwork from the title, below, is done by Persona 5 character designer Shigenori Soejima.

Capcom Details Tomorrow's Street Fighter V Second Season Patch

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Capcom Details Tomorrow's Street Fighter V Second Season Patch

Tomorrow, Street Fighter V is getting a big patch. Much of its changes and content, however, have been a mystery until now.

First up, the things we did know. The patch comes with a DLC pack which will offer holiday costumes and stages for aprice. You can read more about the pack here. Tomorrow will also see the addition of Akuma and his story, Premium Battle, and Nostalgia costumes. Five additional characters will also be added to the roster throughout 2017, and they can be purchased in advance as part of the season two season pass, if you're so inclined.

Here are some of the upcoming additions/changes that were previously unknown, it bullet-point list form:

Here's A Trailer For The First Nintendo Switch Exclusive, Seasons Of Heaven

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Here's A Trailer For The First Nintendo Switch Exclusive, Seasons Of Heaven

Seasons of Heaven was announced as a Nintendo Switch exclusive just a few weeks ago, and if you're eager to learn more about the indie adventure game, you're in luck; French developer Any Arts Productions has released a new trailer showing off the main protagonist and some of the environments he'll be exploring with his dog.

As we learned earlier this month, Seasons of Heaven is an adventure game about a young boy with Asperger's Syndrome named Yann, and his faithful pooch Ani. The game is based on a French novel of the same name, and allows you to control both characters. The new trailer helps give players an idea of the mood Seasons of Heaven is aiming for, showing off a number of atmospheric environments. See it for yourself in the trailer below.

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