New Games From Assassin's Creed, Halo, Fallout Developers Coming To GTA Company's New Indie Label

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Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead parent publisher Take-Two Interactive has opened an indie game label and it has some big names lined up for it already. The unit is called Private Division, and it is described as a "developer-focused publisher that empowers independent studios to develop the games that they are passionate about." The company will also work with studios to help them make their games "critically and commercially successful on a global scale."

Private Division has an impressive roster already. The company will publish Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Desilets' Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, along with an unannounced RPG from Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment. Private Division will also publish an unannounced RPG from former DICE developers David Goldfarb and Ben Cousins at their new studio The Outsiders. Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto's unannounced sci-fi FPS at his studio V1 Interactive will also be published by Private Division. Take-Two acquired the space flight simulator Kerbal Space Program earlier this year, and Private Division is now the game's publisher.

Last Chance To Get These Free Xbox One And Xbox 360 Games

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Last Chance To Get These Free Xbox One And Xbox 360 Games

It's the middle of the month, and that means now is your last chance to grab some of December's free Games With Gold titles before they return to their normal prices. You have through the end of today, December 15, to pick up point-and-click game Tales From The Borderlands on Xbox One and the backwards-compatible rhythm game Child of Eden for Xbox 360.

On Xbox One, co-op action game Warhammer: End Times Vermintide will be free through the end of the month. Then on December 16, more freebies will become available, including Back to the Future: The Game on Xbox One and Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death for Xbox 360. That game also plays on Xbox One through backwards compatibility.

You can see December's full Games With Gold lineup below. January's freebies have not been announced yet but that should happen soon.

Free Destiny 2 Webcomic Coming Soon From Marvel Writer

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Free Destiny 2 Webcomic Coming Soon From Marvel Writer

Bungie has announced Destiny 2's first-ever webcomic--and it's coming soon. The comic is titled "Fall of Osiris," and it's written by Ryan North, who wrote Marvel's The Unbreakable Squirrel Girl. Collaborating with North is Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris narrative lead Christine Thompson. The interior art was drawn by community member Ze Carlos, while the cover, which you can see below, was done by Marcio Takara (All-New Wolverine).

The comic will focus on the character Osiris. "Osiris was once the champion of the Last City. Vanguard Commander. Seeker of secrets and discoverer of wonders," reads a line from Bungie's description. "And then everything changed. How did Osiris go from hero to traitor?"

Fall of Osiris will be available for free on Bungie.net. The cover art teases that it's instalment 01, so there could be more coming later. A release date for the first issue has not been announced but Bungie says it is "coming soon."

Fortnite's Christmas Event Is Now Playable, Adds New Enemies And Weapons

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Fortnite is getting into the holiday spirit. Starting today, its holiday-themed event for the PvE Save the World mode is now live, adding a whole bunch of new activities and items to try out. It's part of a bigger update that also includes some changes and additions for the Battle Royale mode.

Survive the Holidays is highlighted by a new questline that tasks you with bringing "the holiday spirit to everyone in the husk-ridden world," according to developer Epic's patch notes. You'll get a bunch of Snowflake tickets for participating in the event, which can be used to buy special items like Holiday Survival Llamas.

In addition, the update adds several, more difficult versions of certain mini-bosses. Husk, Husky, and Smasher have all been made tougher and feature randomized gameplay variations. The update also overhauls the Survive the Storm mode, which features a winter-themed map, 3-day and 7-day versions, and new enemies.

Two Games Are Free This Weekend On Steam

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We're in mid-December now, and new game releases have finally slowed down a bit. If you're looking for something to occupy your weekend, though, Steam is holding a free weekend for two games. From now until Sunday, you can try out Homefront: The Revolution and H1Z1.

Homefront: The Revolution is a first-person shooter that centers on a story in which North Korea has conquered the United States. You have to join up with other guerrilla fighters to attempt to break the North Korean hold on the country. You can read more about it in our review here. In short: it's not an amazing game, but still has some interesting ideas and is worth trying out for free.

H1Z1, meanwhile, has morphed several times over the years. It was announced as a DayZ-like survival game, but has since been split into two titles. H1Z1 is now a Battle Royale-style game in the vein of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and in fact PlayerUnknown helped create the original version of H1Z1 before he started work on PUBG. Although H1Z1 has some notable differences from PUBG--most significantly, a much greater focus on crafting--it's nonetheless one of the better Battle Royale games out there.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Tie-In Mission Apparently Discovered In GTA 5

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Tie-In Mission Apparently Discovered In GTA 5

Red Dead Redemption 2 is still a ways away--but Rockstar seems to be preparing for its release already. In fact, determined fans of Grand Theft Auto V have discovered references to secret missions in the latest update that connect to RDR 2. Some of them will even grant you in-game items to use in Red Dead.

The Guru Team, famous for solving the UFO mystery through mining game files, discovered mentions of RDR 2 deep in GTA V's Doomsday Heist update files. Specifically, they found descriptions of a Double-Action Revolver that'll be unlocked in Red Dead if you complete a corresponding mission in GTA.

After that, they unearthed assets for a chest and a note, as well as references to Boles Overland Stagecoach Co., a company that has also appeared in previous trailers for RDR 2. Finally, they discovered the code for the mission itself--which gives a glimpse of how it'll likely work.

Xbox Year In Review Site Tracks Your Most-Played Games, Hours Spent Gaming, And More

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Microsoft has launched its Year In Review website that tracks your notable Xbox One gaming accomplishments and other statistics from 2017. You can go to this page to see things like your most-played games, total number of achievements and Gamerscore earned, number of friends made, and top genres by hour.

The site also displays the most where you played the most, while it also tracks how you compare based on things like achievements earned, hours played, and more. The data range is January 1, 2017 through October 31, so if you're a big Call of Duty: WWII player, none of the stats from that game are counted since it came out in November. Still, this should be generally representative of your Xbox gaming accomplishments in 2017.

In other Xbox news, the NPD Group announced today that the Xbox One was the top-performing console during November in terms of dollar sales, though the PlayStation 4 was the best-seller based on units.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Mission Discovered In GTA 5?! - GS News Roundup

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GameSpot News Roundup returns with Jess McDonell and Dan Crowd, bringing you the news that matters to you, the video game player.

Well, this sucks. Despite a strong outcry from major corporations and the general public, the Federal Communications Commission has voted to repeal net neutrality 3-2. Net neutrality means that internet service providers have to treat and provide access to all websites and online services in the same way. Repealing it could have huge implications. Find out more in today’s episode.

Rare’s co-op multiplayer pirate game Sea of Thieves looks like a lot of fun, and also seems to be insanely open-ended. Today, the developer have given us a few more details about how the game’s progression system will work and the different ways you can play. Learn all about it in today’s video.

Disney Is Open To R-Rated Marvel Movies, Including Deadpool 2

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Disney purchased a large portion of 20th Century Fox this week in a massive, industry-shaking $52.4 billion deal. This means Disney, a family friendly company, now owns the decidedly adult Deadpool franchise. Could this mean that Deadpool 2 will have its rating punched down to PG-13? In a conference call discussing Disney's acquisition of Fox, Disney CEO Bob Iger addressed the Deadpool franchise, saying he's OK with R-rated films so long as they can get the messaging right.

"[Deadpool] clearly has been and will be Marvel branded," Iger said, according to reporter Ben Fritz. "But we think there might be an opportunity for a Marvel-R brand for something like Deadpool. As long as we let the audiences know what's coming, we think we can manage that fine."

Apparently you can’t actually blow the Matterhorn. pic.twitter.com/2bEAAcZrUv

Mixer Streaming Service Gets Closer To Twitch With Launch Of New Feature

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Mixer Streaming Service Gets Closer To Twitch With Launch Of New Feature

Mixer officially launched its mobile application for iOS and Android devices, which gives users the capability of watching streams and interacting with the community on-the-go. The app was in beta for some time, but the full release includes improved customization for finding and organizing streams tailored for specific users.

There are now options for push notifications based on the streamers you follow, tap-and-hold previews, and better navigation functions. The Mixer interface includes live recommendations and highlighted streams with auto previews, but also has filters to help users avoid unwanted content. In addition, basic options for video quality and swapping between chat and audio along with integrated social features are built-in.

Microsoft acquired Beam in 2016, which had advantages over other live-streaming services thanks to low-latency and robust interaction tools. It was renamed to Mixer earlier this year, and currently has native integration on both the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC platforms.