Another Halo: The Master Chief Collection Matchmaking Patch Out Now

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Another Halo: The Master Chief Collection Matchmaking Patch Out Now

Halo: The Master Chief Collection got another tune up yesterday, as 343 Industries released a new patch for the title. The focus of this update is, again, matchmaking.

Included with the lengthy list of improvements to help you find a game (and stick with your party) are fixes to achievements that weren’t unlocking properly. You’ll also find stability enhancements, and improvements to specific titles. For instance, Halo 3’s movement input has been tweaked “specifically to resolve a deadzone issue which affected moving in a straight line.”

For those that like to play split-screen, you’ll no longer run the risk of ending up on different teams when matching online. Also, if your player rank was reset unexpectedly, that should be fixed now, too.

Phil Spencer: ‘I’ll Work On Making Amends For Street Fighter’

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Phil Spencer: ‘I’ll Work On Making Amends For Street Fighter’

At Gamescom this year, Microsoft fired a shot in the console war with the announcement that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be a timed Xbox exclusive. Last week, Sony fired back with its own third-party deal.

We reported (and then were able to confirm) that Street Fighter V will be exclusive to PlayStation 4 and PC. We now know that this deal isn’t a timed one. If you want to play Street Fighter V, you won’t be able to do it on Xbox One.

In response, head of Xbox Phil Spencer took to Twitter to address fan concerns.

Ubisoft Suggests Playing Offline To Address Save Loading Crashes

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Ubisoft is still working on the next major patch for Assassin’s Creed Unity. Earliest details are available now, with a full preview planned for next week.

Ubisoft says the next patch (Patch 4) will address frame rate problems and “additional fixes.” The publishers says that among the issues it is tracking, are game crashes still happening across platforms after loading saved games.

For now, Ubisoft has a workaround that disables one of the core game functions. The publisher suggests taking the console offline to play if you are encountering this problem. This issue is reflected on PlayStation 4 with the error code “CE 34878-0.”

Rally To Destiny's Iron Banner Again Starting December 16

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Bungie is preparing for Lord Saladin's return to The Tower. Destiny's next Iron Banner event will begin this month with new gear for the winners.

Everything kicks off on December 16, and event standings will be completely reset. That means your previous reputation drops all the way back down and you'll need to climb over the corpses of your fallen foes to earn the best gear.

Lord Saladin will be handing out Level 31 gear to the winners, but you won't need to own The Dark Below to compete. You will, however, need the expansion in order to boost your light level high enough to wear and wield the higher level drops.

As a reminder, Iron Banner is different than regular multiplayer. In these events, your armor and weapon stats are figured into the damage calculations. You'll want to bring your best gear to win.

The Dark Below is out tomorrow, December 9. For more, check out our preview of the expansion. You can also read up on our run through the PlayStation-exclusive strike, The Undying Mind.

[Source: Bungie]



Our Take
I can't imagine that many who are willing to play in Iron Banner events aren't going to purchase the expansion. If not, those drops requiring the add-on are sure to coax out the wallet.

Stoic Announces The Banner Saga 2 [Trailer Added]

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Stoic Announces The Banner Saga 2 [Trailer Added]

Tonight at The Game Awards, Stoic and publisher Versus Evil announced the follow-up to The Banner Saga. The Banner Saga 2 trailer gives us a look at a brand new race.

The Banner Saga series features Viking-themed tactical gameplay with a gorgeous art in the style of Don Bluth and Ralph Bakshi. For more on The Banner Saga, you can read our review of the original, which was released in January.

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PSA: PlayStation Network Currently Experiencing Connection Issues

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PSA: PlayStation Network Currently Experiencing Connection Issues

The PlayStation Network is currently experiencing connection issues and showing an "undergoing maintenance" message when you try to sign online.

The PlayStation Network status page currently shows the network as being online, but mine and news editor Mike Futter's attempts to sign online have returned errors.

A group has claimed responsibility for this and the recent Xbox Live downtime, though a connection between the group and the downtime has not been confirmed.

Towerfall Creator Working On Skytorn

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Towerfall Creator Working On Skytorn

Showcased during the PlayStation Experience keynote, Skytorn is a pixelated action platformer that Towerfall creator Matt Thorson is involved with.

On the game’s website, Noel Berry is credited with programming and design, Pedro “Santo” Medeiros is credited with art and design, and Alec Holowka has music, SFX and design credits. Thorson has a more ambiguous credit with design and level design and general help/mentoring.

You can check out the latest trailer for the game below, which features a staff wielding heroine making her way through a sci-fi world.

David Jaffe Walks Us Through Drawn To Death

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David Jaffe Walks Us Through Drawn To Death

Even after Dave Jaffe publicly defused the speculation that he could be attached to a new God of War game, some people clung to hope that his new studio, The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency, would bring Kratos back at Sony's PlayStation Experience this week. Sony Santa Monica ended up being the studio with the God of War announcement, and Jaffe's team revealed Drawn to Death, a PlayStation 4 exclusive that has a little bit of Twisted Metal in its blood.

Drawn to Death has a visual style all its own, bringing the disturbing illustrations from a high schooler's notebook into the framework of a four-player competitive shooter. This distinct graphical style all started when Jaffe played Super Dodge Ball on Super Nintendo. "I drew this stick figure with a dodge ball, Jaffe remembers. "I said 'Let's do a dodge ball game. A stick figure dodge ball game! It started like that and sort of evolved into [Drawn to Death] over many years I started thinking about it right after God of War, and it eventually turned into the game here."

Disney Infinity Coming To Vita With Black Suit Spider-Man, Will Include Bluetooth Infinity Base

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Disney Infinity Coming To Vita With Black Suit Spider-Man, Will Include Bluetooth Infinity Base

Disney Infinity is heading to Vita and it will come with an exclusive Black Suit Spider-Man figure.

The new figure was announced during the Developing the Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) Art Style panel at the PlayStation Experience. Tweets from the official Disney Infinity twitter account and John Vignicchi, VP of Production for Disney Infinity, also confirmed the new figure for the previously confirmed platform.

CONFIRMED: Black Suit Spider-Man will be available with @PlayStation Vita version in May!

Father Of Video Games Ralph H. Baer Has Passed Away

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Father Of Video Games Ralph H. Baer Has Passed Away

Ralph H. Baer, inventor of the first home video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey, has passed away at the age of 92.

Baer did not invent video games, but his impact on the medium is immeasurable. His invention, the Magnavox Odyssey (and its prototype, the Brown Box), brought video games into the home, setting a standard for interactive entertainment on your television. Baer also created the first light gun game called Shooting Gallery, a technology that would be used by video games well into the PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Xbox era.

Baer also created the Simon light and music pattern toy, was on the board of directors for the The Videogame History Museum, and also received the National Medal of Technology from President George W. Bush in 2006 (seen above).