Here Are The Free Games You'll Get In December With PlayStation Plus And Xbox Live Gold

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Here Are The Free Games You'll Get In December With PlayStation Plus And Xbox Live Gold

Sony and Microsoft have two wildly different lineups of free games for December. If you have Xbox One and are a Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber, you can download Insane Robots from December 1 to 31, Toy Story 3 from December 1 to 15, Jurassic World Evolution from December 16 to January 15, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD from December 16 to 31. Castlevania and Toy Story 3 are also available to download for free on Xbox 360.

If you have a PlayStation 4 and subscribe to PlayStation Plus, you can snag the excellent Titanfall 2 and Monster Energy Supercross starting on December 3.

And before we run, here's your reminder to log in to PlayStation and Xbox to download the free games for November before they disappear. No one likes missing out on free things, right? Especially when one of those free things is Nioh.

Facebook Acquires Beat Saber Developer

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Facebook Acquires Beat Saber Developer

For many virtual-reality evangelists, one of the first games you mention when you're recommending titles for VR newcomers is Beat Saber. The title, which is available on PlayStation VR, Oculus platforms, and Vive, delivers fast-paced, rhythm-based action centered around swinging two lightsabers to the beat of the song you've selected. It's an approachable title that has become a tentpole experience for all of virtual reality. Facebook, the parent company of Rift and Quest company Oculus, today announced its acquisition of Beat Games, the studio behind the VR hit.

Despite Beat Games now being under the same corporate umbrella, Oculus says the studio will continue to develop for all platforms simultaneously. Oculus says that this acquisition will give Beat Games additional resources to accelerate new features and songs going forward, with the next update, which will add 360° levels, still scheduled for December. However, Oculus does say that while it's hoping to preserve the vibrant modding scene for Beat Saber, players may notice some changes related to third-party IP rights (likely pertaining to custom songs).

Valve Releases Details On Half-Life: Alyx

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Valve Releases Details On Half-Life: Alyx

A few days ago, Valve announced that at long last, players would be returning to the Half-Life universe with Half-Life: Alyx. Today, more details on the VR project have emerged. Set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, the game is scheduled to release in March 2020.

The game charts the course of Alyx and her father Eli as they mount a resistance against the alien Combine. Half-Life: Alyx is a full-length entry to the franchise built for VR, and is compatible with a variety of VR devices including Rift and Vive. Those who own or purchase a Valve Index system will get the game for free when it launches.

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Introducing Game Informer's Newest Video Editor

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Introducing Game Informer's Newest Video Editor

Two and a half months ago, I was sitting in my office at an advertising agency contemplating what would be the biggest decision of my life. I had finally been accepted to Game Informer’s internship program; I stood on the precipice of realizing my dream of working at GI – one I’d had since cracking open the From Russia With Love cover and saw GI was based in my home state of Minnesota. I always knew I wanted to be part of the game industry, but being able to achieve that dream from the comfort of my own home was always something that lingered in my mind.

But with a plethora of bills gnawing at my wallet, the risk of taking an unpaid position with no guarantee of employment was daunting, to say the least. But with the support of my friends, girlfriend, and family, I took the greatest risk of my life, and I cannot believe that today I get my start as Game Informer's newest video editor.

Valve To Unveil Half-Life: Alyx For VR On Thursday

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Valve To Unveil Half-Life: Alyx For VR On Thursday

Half-Life fans have long waited for a conclusion to Half-Life 2, and Valve may finally be coming around on the idea of returning to this beloved story. Valve announced on Twitter that it will unveil Half-Life: Alyx on Thursday at 10 a.m. PT, describing it as a flagship VR game.

Outside of knowing Alyx Vance is likely returning, we don't know anything else about this project. Is it the sequel fans have been waiting for? A prequel? Something different entirely? We'll have to until until Thursday to find out. Regardless of what it is, I think we can all agree it's great to see Valve making a new Half-Life game again. It's been too long!

Path of Exile 2 Announced At Exilecon

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Path of Exile 2 Announced At Exilecon

Today at Exilecon, Grinding Gear Games announced Path of Exile 2. It will feature a new campaign alongside Path of Exile and will feature a conjoined endgame with Path of Exile players, and all of your previous purchases like stash tabs and cosmetics will carry over, along with many of the Path of Exile existing league mechanics that have made their way into the game over the years, like delve.

This announcement comes with a deluge of huge changes to skills and more (essentially a complete overhaul of all existing systems) - you can watch Exilecon for full details as it continues at https://www.twitch.tv/pathofexile

Halo Reach Set To Drop Into The Master Chief Collection In December

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Halo Reach Set To Drop Into The Master Chief Collection In December

Halo fans got good news today as 343 Industries Community Director Brian Jarrard announced the long-awaited Halo Reach will launch on Xbox One and PC starting December 3.

Bungie's last foray into the Halo series takes place before the events of the first game and follows a group of Spartans attempting to stave off the Covenant's forces and, subsequently, the planet's ruin.

Upgraded with 4K visuals, Halo Reach's release marks the completion of the Master Chief Collection on Xbox One. Unfortunately though, PC fans will have to wait a bit longer to have every Halo game in their Steam libraries. Starting with Halo Reach, each game in the Master Chief Collection will eventually make its way to PC before the end of 2020.

Final Fantasy And Yakuza Games Are Coming To Xbox Game Pass

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Final Fantasy And Yakuza Games Are Coming To Xbox Game Pass

Today at X019, Microsoft announced over 50 games that will be added to its Xbox Game Pass subscription service starting today and moving into 2020. The biggest additions are most of the numbered Final Fantasy games, three Yakuza titles (which will also be sold separately for people without Game Pass), and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Here's everything that is getting added and subtracted:

Games available today Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition (PC)
Age of Wonders: Planetfall (Xbox One, coming soon to PC)
Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet Edition (PC)
Lego: The Ninjago Movie (Xbox One)
Rage 2 (Xbox One, coming soon to PC)
Remnant: From the Ashes (Xbox One)
The Talos Principle (Xbox One, PC)
Tracks: The Train Set Game (Xbox One, PC)

Frontier Announces Jurassic World Evolution: Return To Jurassic Park

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Frontier Announces Jurassic World Evolution: Return To Jurassic Park

During today's X019 Inside Xbox stream, Frontier Developments debuted a trailer for a new expansion for Jurassic World Evolution. The trailer for Return to Jurassic Park gives us all kinds of nostalgic feelings, and makes us want to rewatch the first two Jurassic Park movies.

Frontier didn't divulge too much about the upcoming expansion in the announcement trailer, but it did give us a release date. Jurassic World Evolution: Return to Jurassic Park releases on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on December 10. If you want to learn more about Return to Jurassic Park, come back on November 26 for hands-on impressions!

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