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Destiny’s new expansion “The Taken King” leaked to Kotaku. Out September 15th

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According to leaked documents obtained by Kotaku, the next Destiny expansion will be titled The Taken King, and launch on September 15th.  The documents say the expansion will cost $39.99, double the cost of the titles two previous expansions, The Dark Below and The House of Wolves.  The Taken King will also feature new sub-classes to all three of Destiny’s three classes that give each class a new special ability as well.  Kotaku writes these abilities are “an electrical storm for Warlocks (arc); a gravity bow for Hunters (void); and a flaming hammer for Titans (solar). Hardcore Destiny players will notice that each of these abilities revolves around the element each respective class lacks today.”

This expansion will also include things seen in Dark Below and House of Wolves including new strikes, PvP maps, and weapons.  Taken King will also include a brand new raid which will pit players against Oryx, Croata’s older brother who Destiny fans will remember defeating in The Dark Below’s raid.  This expansion will also introduce The Taken, who are being lead by Oryx.  As to whether the Taken will simply be a re-purposed current race or a brand new one is yet to be determined.  This expansion could be the so-called “Comet” expansion that was outlined in court documents during the Activision vs West and Zampella trial, and I’m sure we will hear more about it at E3, likely during PlayStation’s E3 press event.  Bungie announced in their weekly update that they’re heading to E3, so a showing of the Taken King is all but confirmed.  We will keep you updated as soon as we learn more.

By, Bobby MArquardt

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Report: Next Assassin’s Creed game set in French Revolution, two titles releasing this fall

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Assassin’s Creed is heading to France in an upcoming game titled or codenamed Assassin’s Creed: Unity.  Kotaku’s Jason Schreier received screenshots today of what is reportedly the next Assassin’s Creed game to release on the Xbox One and PS4.  Unity will be one of two Assassin’s Creed games released this year, alongside a PS3/Xbox 360 title codenamed Comet.  No information is currently available as to which version the Wii U would receive (if any), or which game will release on the PC.

The screenshots clearly show Paris, with famous landmarks like Notre Dame fully visible.  This is not the first time this game has surfaced, previously a Neogaf poster claimed to have learned information about the game during a plane ride with a Ubisoft employee.   The main character’s name will reportedly be Arno, who will lead the French division of the Assassin’s.  From there it’s anyones guess as to where the game heads.

What do you think of Ubisoft’s choice to release two Assassin’s Creed titles this year?  Are you happy that the Unity devs can develop exclusively for the new console?  Or do you feel that they are milking the franchise?  Let me know in the comments!

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by, Bobby Marquardt

Massive rumors for Xbox One include Halo 2 anniversary, Halo 5 delayed, Titanfall Xbox One bundle, and console without Blu-ray drive

I just want to preface everything I’m about to write with this: This is a rumor/leak from a Neogaf user who is currently unverified.  Kotaku has said it has verified with a very reliable source that this user is connected to Microsoft, though they were unable to verify any of the claims I’m about to write about.  Kotaku is also reporting that Microsoft is looking to track down and identify this user for potential legal action.  With all that said, let’s get down to the meat of it.

titanfall xbox one comboA massive rumor dump has appeared on Neogaf, thanks to user ntkrnl.  He has made a multitude of claims, so I’ll start with the biggest one to me: Halo 5 is delayed until 2015.  He is also claiming gamers will receive a Halo 2 Anniversary game on November 11th.  It will include multiplayer, run at 1080p, though 60 frames per second is iffy.  What kind of multiplayer is still unknown though.  If you look back at Halo Anniversary on Xbox 360, they merely ported many of the maps into Halo Reach.  It is reportedly being developed by Saber Interactive and Certain Affinity, and will feature two versions: a collector’s edition that comes with Halo 5 Beta access and the new Halo tv series, and a War Collection coming with all the previous and ports of Halo 3 and 4 for Xbox One.

Alongside this bomb came more on game’s release dates.  Fable Legends is scheduled for a Summer 2015, Quantum Break is scheduled for Holiday 2014, Sunset Overdrive is coming in October, and a (currently unannounced) sequel to Forza Horizon is coming in Fall (probably September).  He also confirmed that a Crackdown 3 is coming, though news on it this year is highly unlikely since it’s slated for a 2016 release.  Platinum Games is also apparently working on an Xbox One game currently called Project Nagano, and to look for it in 2016.  Gears of War will reportedly take about 2.5 years to make (think 2016 atleast).

On the hardware front, ntkrnl revealed that Microsoft is going to be releasing a white Xbox One later this year.  It seems like it will have Sunset Overdrive bundled with it as well as a “fancy” controller.  Microsoft is going to be releasing a Titanfall Xbox One bundle too, with a limited edition Xbox One (shown above).  Kotaku has been able to confirm with multiple sources that the bundle is indeed real, though that image may not be the final product.  Microsoft is reportedly going to have a limited edition console with 1TB of hard drive coming after the Sunset Overdrive Bundle and they a working an Xbox One with no disk drive.  The Verge confirms that Microsoft has been testing a console without the Blu-Ray drive.  An update for the Xbox One dashboard is apparently in the works, and will release in March.

These are massive leaks if they are true, and all around good news for Xbox One fans.  It looks like a ton of great games and new hardware versions are coming from the Redmond giant.  What do you think of the leak and the news involved?  Let me know in the comments below!

This reporter’s opinion:  OH MY GOD I WANT ALL OF THIS TO BE TRUE.  A Halo 2 Anniversary edition would be a mega sell for gamers, as long as the multiplayer remains the same.  If they just port the maps into Halo 4, then many would not care.  Even bigger news to me is that a port of Halo 3 and Halo 4 would be coming to the Xbox One.  I love Halo 3, and would love to see it in even shinier HD and on the next gen.  I can’t speak to how much I want a Titanfall bundle as well.  I’m looking to buy an Xbox One and this would be just perfect.  Crackdown 3 actually being made would be just plain amazing, same with a new Forza Horizon game.  I’m most curious though about what Project Nagano is.  Platinum Games is a fantastic developer, and I’d love to see them craft something for next-gen.  If Halo 5 is indeed delayed until 2015, then I’m betting it gets a September 2015 release date, and Gears of War 4(?) gets a release in fall of 2016.  If you can’t tell, I love speculation.  I really hope this is all real, though it’s very possible we are all just being taken for a ride.

by, Bobby Marquardt

Rumor: DriveClub delayed to 2014

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It is being reported today that PS4 exclusive DriveClub will be delayed into 2014.  The rumor/report began today on UK Gaming site The Same Coin, who wrote they had word from an anonymous source that the Evolution Studios devloped title would be delayed into early 2014.  They wrote that this is just a rumor for now, but as the day went on, it seems to have some legs.

Kotaku’s Jason Schreier wrote an article putting Same Coin as their primary source, but say they  have a source close to Sony who has confirmed the rumor.  The Creative Director of DriveClub, Paul Rustchynsky, tweeted today that he has been out of the office for past week caring for his newborn, and has no new news to report.

DriveClub was also suppose to be apart of a PS4 preview event today in San Francisco, but was removed last minute due to “scheduling conflicts”.  This could honestly be a unrelated, but it sure doesn’t help to quell the current rumor.  We have reached out to Sony in regards to this rumor, and will update as soon as we hear from them.

This reporter’s opinion:  Gosh, I do not want to see this rumor turn out true.  This would just be a major blow to the PS4’s launch.  Losing Watch Dogs yesterday, and their first party racing title could really take the legs out from underneath the PS4 early on.

by, Bobby Marquardt