Hitman 2 Receives Numerous Free Updates And Contracts This December

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Hitman 2 Receives Numerous Free Updates And Contracts This December

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and IO Interactive have released a new trailer that details numerous free updates coming to Hitman 2 this December. 

The seasonal events, Holiday Hoarders and Snow Festival, are permanently returning. Both events allow players to unlock fan-favorite items. Holiday Hoarders provides access to the Santa 47 Suit, while Snow Festival comes with the Snow Festival Suit and Ice Pick.

Listed below are the nine new free contracts that will become available this month.

Campo Santo's In The Valley Of Gods Is Officially On Hold

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Campo Santo's In The Valley Of Gods Is Officially On Hold

In a statement to Polygon, Jake Rodkin, co-founder of Campo Santo, said that “In the Valley of Gods development is on hold.” While the game is not canceled its future is uncertain as the Campo Santo staff are now working on a variety of projects for Valve, including Dota Underlords and the recently announced Half-Life: Alyx.

In the Valley of Gods future seems even shakier with Rodkin giving an ambiguous statement on whether the team will ever return to the project: “In the Valley of Gods' development is on hold — but it certainly feels like a project people can and may return to.”

This is certainly a blow to fans who have been eagerly awaiting this title since its announcement at the Game Awards two years ago. 

Halo Reach Releases Today For PC And Xbox One

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Halo Reach Releases Today For PC And Xbox One

Today marks the arrival of Halo: Reach on both PC and Xbox One. The title boasts new 4K visuals, completes the Master Chief Collection on Xbox One, and begins the steady release of The Master Chief Collection on PC. PC gamers will get the rest of The Master Chief Collection in early 2020, but for the time being, they can enjoy one of the series best titles.

To celebrate the release of this all-time classic, check out our extensive cover story and glowing review, where it scored a 9.5, and we called it "The Spartans' finest hour."  

Patrick Stewart is Narrating What?!?

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Patrick Stewart is Narrating What?!?

That’s Right! None other than Sir Patrick Stewart is narrating the feature filled, holiday update for Plants Vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. The new update brings not only the beloved thespian to the scene, in a delightfully Dr. Seuss-esque role, but also a bevy of new modes and maps. 

First, players get to look forward to a new map, Oozevoir. This Splatoon-like map is filled with bouncy ink bringing some light aerial combat to Plants Vs Zombies.

Second, players get access to cooperative free-roam maps: Weirding Woods and Olde Town Hunt-A-Gnome. The former is a combat-oriented jolt through whimsical woods replete with talking enemy trees, while the latter offers puzzles to solve and treasures to find.  

New Resident Evil 3 Art Listed On PlayStation Store, Points Toward Another Remake

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New Resident Evil 3 Art Listed On PlayStation Store, Points Toward Another Remake

Following the success of Resident Evil 2 remake, a leak shows Capcom may have the next entry nearing release. Two new art pieces for Resident Evil 3 (called Biohazard in Japan) appeared on PlayStation's Japanese digital store for a brief period, which was collected by gamestat, a website that tracks Sony's software and applications.

One of the listings is clearly for the core Resident Evil 3 game, but the other is called "Z Version" – likely a deluxe edition of some variety. There is a chance Capcom could just release the classic version again with some changes, but the smart money is on another remake, which could debut next week during The Game Awards.

Gamestat's data also shows box art for the previously announced Resident Evil co-op survival game codenamed Project Resistance. According to the leak, Project Resistance will now be called Resident Evil Resistance. We may find out the answers to all of this during the Game Awards, but given the leak is out there, we wouldn't be surprised if Capcom makes it official before that.

Persona 5 Royal Finally Gets A Release Date

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Persona 5 Royal Finally Gets A Release Date

Persona 5 Royal, an expanded re-release of the original game, is coming in just a few months. The highly anticipated refresh contains a plethora of new content, spanning from brand-new characters to the addition of a new school term that picks up where the original left off, in addition to plenty of gameplay improvements and enhancements. Up until this point, Atlus only revealed a spring release window, but today it confirmed an official release date of March 31 for the PS4-exclusive. 

Whether you're a first-timer or big fan, this is your chance to experience an already great game in its best form, so mark your calendars. And get ready to fight some injustices and "take your heart." To get started, you can now pre-order the game physically or digitally. The Phantoms Thieves edition (pictured below) looks like the cream of the crop. For $89.99, it contains an official Joker mask, collector's box, artbook, soundtrack, limited edition steelbook case, and dynamic theme.

Issue Reveal – PlayStation: The First 25 Years

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Issue Reveal – PlayStation: The First 25 Years

December 3, 1994, marks a big milestone in gaming history. On that day, the PlayStation launched in Japan. We all take the brand for granted now, but there was a time when some thought Sony’s desire to enter the gaming space was folly – including plenty of people within the company. It’s an incredibly interesting part of our shared history, which is why we’re proud to reveal that Game Informer magazine’s next cover story is a massive chronicle of the PlayStation’s origins and history. We talked with more than a dozen of the men and women who were present during PlayStation’s most pivotal moments, and they share their stories in a 24-page blowout.

Our story covers PlayStation’s prehistory, from the days when Nintendo and Sony were planning a CD-ROM add-on for the SNES, to the present. We spoke with some of the biggest names in the company’s history, including Ken Kutaragi, Shuhei Yoshida, Andrew House, Mark Cerny, and many more. In addition, we shed light on some of the lesser-known people behind important elements such as the PlayStation’s memorable startup sounds, its iconic controller design, and other aspects that have withstood the test of time.

Here’s a complete rundown of everyone we interviewed for the oral history, just to give you a sense of what you can look forward to reading:

Riot Games Settles Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

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Riot Games Settles Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Riot Games has agreed to a pay out a minimum of $10 million in a settlement of a gender discrimination class-action lawsuit, according to the LA Times. The settlement still has to be approved by the court.

Those in the class-action lawsuit will get an amount of money based on "their tenure, length and status," as an employee. The plaintiffs' lawyer, Ryan Saba, said that the settlement's overall amount was partly determined by the existing gulf in salary between women and men at Riot, according to Kotaku.

The lawsuit arose out of allegations last year (from an exposé by Kotaku) of sexist treatment of female employees and a toxic, misogynistic workplace culture. This led to lawsuits, which sparked an attempt by Riot to change the company's workplace culture.

Take Your First Look At Marvel's Black Widow

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Take Your First Look At Marvel's Black Widow

Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, theatergoers will get see Natasha Romanoff in action perhaps for the last time. Black Widow opens on May 1, 2020, and is the first of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's "Phase Four." Scarlett Johansson reprises her role and is joined by a few familiar faces in this trailer.

There's a chance this story will give us a hint of what is coming next to the MCU, but it will most likely bring us deeper into the backstory of one of the core Avengers, and also give us a full picture of her Black Widow program, which could be something that moves forward. We also get our first look at David Harbour (Stranger Things) as the Red Guardian, which is well worth watching the trailer for.

Super Mario Maker 2 Adds Link As A Playable Character

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Super Mario Maker 2 Adds Link As A Playable Character

Nintendo has announced its big Ver. 2.0.0 update for Super Mario Maker 2. While many expected a new stage theme to create within, Nintendo instead surprised players with new elements, a new speedrun-focused mode, and an unexpected new playable character from one of Nintendo's other flagship franchises.

The biggest addition with the new update is the Master Sword power-up, which adds Link from the Legend of Zelda series as a playable character. Instead of simply a cosmetic transformation as was the case with the first Super Mario Maker's Mystery Mushroom power-up, the Master Sword actually changes Mario and friends into Link, complete with his arsenal of weapons. Link can attack enemies with his sword, blow up obstacles with a bomb, aim and fire with his bow, and even deflect objects with his shield. Unfortunately, much like the Mystery Mushroom costumes in the first game, Link is exclusive to the Super Mario Bros. 1 theme.