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Halo Wars 2 Announced For 2016

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Halo Wars 2 is launching as a sequel to the strategy spin-off Halo Wars in 2016. Microsoft revealed the game in a surprise announcement during its Gamescom press conference in Germany. Halo Wars 2 will be exclusive to the Xbox One and Windows 10 and will be developed in collaboration with the renowned strategy game studio, The Creative Assembly, which also developed the critically-acclaimed Alien: Isolation. Just like the original Halo Wars, the sequel will be a real-time strategy game, a vastly different gameplay approach from the main series’ Halo games.

Halo Wars 2 will be happily played by fans of the series, but the original game was a bit of a mixed bag for Microsoft the first time, with Microsoft forced to close most of the game’s servers by late 2010, barely a year after its release. It received positive reviews and was much-loved by fans, and reached a million sales fairly early after its release. That might not sound so bad, but the game was actually projected to sell 2 million copies, and in the context of the Halo series as a whole, a million sales is actually quite low.

Despite the disappointing sales, however, it was generally considered a good game. Reviewers praised the game’s pre-rendered cinematics and intuitive control scheme. Many were surprised that an RTS game could work so well on a console, while others remained convinced that it didn’t work. Others complained that the strategy elements were too shallow in comparison to other RTS games at the time, but that was likely due to the limitations of its platform.

The original Halo Wars was the last game developer Ensemble Studios ever made. Apparently the original Halo developer, Bungie, had no interest in making an RTS game. Rumours that there was a Halo Wars 2 in the works actually surfaced last year when Microsoft was apparently hiring for “an established and well-loved strategy franchise,” which many thought was a reference to Halo Wars.

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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