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Prey 2 is officially dead

Prey 2, sequel to the 2006 first-person shooter from Human Head Studios, has officially been cancelled according to a statement from Bethesda's Pete Hines delivered to CNET. This death knell is the end of an extremely rocky road that included being leaked in 2011, switching publishers from Radar Group to Bethesda and a rumored transfer of the entire project from Human Head to Dishonored developer Arkane Studios. "It was a game we believed in, but we never felt that it got to where it needed to be — we never saw a path to success if we finished it," Hines told CNET at PAX Australia. "It wasn't up to our quality standard and we decided to cancel it. It's no longer in development. That wasn't an easy decision, but it's one that won't surprise many folks given that we hadn't been...
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Rumor: Zombies are coming to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

It appears that legions of the undead will return in this year's Call of Duty game, based on a leaked trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare that's positively teeming with zombies. While the leaked trailer has since been pulled from sites like YouTube and DailyMotion, the unannounced mode for Sledgehammer Games' futuristic take on Call of Duty appears to feature a powerful strain of zombie that's equipped to take on Advanced Warfare's super soldiers. Unlike Treyarch's Call of Duty games, the zombies in Advanced Warfare are fast-moving, high-leaping creatures that travel in huge packs. The swarms of undead pile upon each other like the great zombie floods of World War Z... and they may even have the powered exoskeletons that players will wear throughout Advanced Warfare. Last...
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Oct. 27, 2014

The Plan to Reinvent Call of Duty

Go behind the scenes to see how Sledgehammer Games spent the past three years building Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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NBA 2K15's terrifying facial scans are perfect for Halloween masks

If you're looking for a last-minute Halloween costume, 2K Sports has you covered. The people behind NBA 2K15 are poking fun at themselves and their game with a collection of eight Halloween masks based on face scans gone awry. NBA 2K15 generated some bad publicity at its launch earlier this month for the grotesque creations that its new face scanning technology produced. The scanning engine, which works on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One using the PlayStation Camera or Kinect, respectively, is a temperamental piece of software that can be difficult to use in less-than-ideal conditions. My colleague Owen Good, for example, spent a lot of time in a futile effort to get the scan to work in his living room, and was so frustrated that he called the scanning feature a "tedious, painful disaster."...
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Best Buy ignores time zones for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launch

Like many retailers, Best Buy is opening up a bunch of its stores at midnight on Nov. 3 for the launch of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. But the company is pulling a fast one on the whole notion of time zones. Because, even if you are in Central, Mountain or Pacific time zones, the stores are opening at midnight Eastern Time. That means, anyone buying Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare from a Best Buy on the west coast can get it at 9 p.m. on Nov. 2. The electronics retail giant is opening 800 stores. Buyers do not need to have placed a pre-order. Best Buy is also offering a special Call of Duty trade-in on old titles in the military shooter series, worth up to $30 in value. Specific details are here.
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Xbox Live Gold members get vikings, piñatas and more free in November

Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be treated to three free games next month, starting with the Xbox One debut of the indie title Volgarr the Viking, Microsoft announced today. Xbox One-owning Gold members will be able to get Crazy Viking Studios' brutally difficult action game free from Nov. 1-30. Volgarr the Viking launched on Windows PC via Steam in September 2013. Non-Gold subscribers will be able to buy the Xbox One version for $9.99. Microsoft noted that Volgarr the Viking is the free Xbox One game for November in certain regions only, including the U.K. and North America. Customers in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia and Taiwan will instead receive the full version of the Xbox One launch title Powerstar Golf. Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox 360...
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Assassin's Creed Unity time-warps into World War II craziness

As everyone knows, Assassin's Creed games aren't just historical fiction, they're also about time anomalies. Assassin's Creed Unity is no exception, as this bizarre time travel trailer shows. Basically, main character Arno warps out of revolutionary Paris right into the thick of a World War II air-raid. Assassin's Creed Unity will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC on Nov. 11.
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Ghosts in the machine? Using the Kinect to hunt for spirits

The room is completely dark, save for the soft light of a computer monitor. A solitary man stands in the middle of the old, musty foyer, surrounded by an audience of several ancient pieces of furniture. The silence is oppressive. Through the computer monitor, another man — another paranormal investigator — watches a stick-figure representation of his colleague. At first it's just the one body, a fluorescent green collection of sticks meant to represent human legs and arms. Then without warning, a second, smaller figure pops into view. The man in the room is still alone, but this second tiny figure moves across the screen, seemingly reaching out to touch the man's own, corporeal figure. Then it blinks out of existence. If you've seen the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures, you've seen...
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Shadow of Mordor's Dwarven hunter was inspired by Wolverine and 'Jaws'

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's first downloadable content expansion will focus on one of the game's smaller heroes — Torvin the Dwarf. Warning: There are spoilers for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor ahead. If you haven't finished the game, you may want to hold off reading. And if you forge ahead — remember, you were warned. Shadow of Mordor design director Michael de Plater told Polygon the decision to wrap the narrative DLC around Torvin stems from the team desiring equal air time for each of Middle-earth's races. De Plater explained that each major kind of being has a presence in the game — Celebrimbor is an Elf, the Wizard Saruman makes himself known through Queen Marwen, and we have the Maiar Sauron. In J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, Maiar are powerful spirits that aid the Valar,...
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Xbox Entertainment Studios heads leave amid studio layoffs

Microsoft's attempt at establishing its own entertainment studio under the Xbox brand is no more. According to a report in Variety, Xbox Entertainment Studios head Nancy Tellem and her second in command, Jordan Levin, are no longer with the studio after the last remaining employees were let go this week. The Xbox maker announced its plans to cut its entertainment studio, which was tasked with developing scripted and unscripted programming for Microsoft platforms, earlier this year. The cuts were part of a larger set of layoffs that would affect some 18,000 Microsoft employees. According to Variety, Tellem and Levin were working to "salvage" some existing Xbox Entertainment Studios projects and planned to work at the studio through the end of the year. In August, Tellem and her studio...
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BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition launching Nov. 4 on PS3, Xbox 360 for $39.99

BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition, a collection of the game and its downloadable expansions, will be released Nov. 4 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, publisher Take-Two Interactive announced today. Publisher 2K Games confirmed the existence of the bundle last month and said it would be released in the fall, but did not reveal any additional details. A representative for 2K confirmed to Polygon today that The Complete Edition will cost $39.99 and will include BioShock Infinite as well as the Clash in the Clouds add-on and Episode One and Episode Two of the story expansion Burial at Sea. The package will also come with some DLC packs with weapons, gear and other items: the Industrial Revolution Pack, Upgrade Pack and the Early Bird Special Pack. For more details, check out the G...
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Halo 2 Anniversary trailer shows off updated, beautiful cinematics

We've seen just how good Halo 2 looks moving at 60 frames-per-second at 1080p, and we've discussed how the more recent games in the series will be improved visually, but the latest trailer for Halo 2 Anniversary shows off the work that has been done specifically on the cutscenes. "A legend re-mastered, Halo 2 cinematic launch trailer features completely new cut-scenes created by Blur Studios," the description states. "Discover new story elements with extended cut scenes as Halo 2 Anniversary arrives on Xbox One." If you want to watch the multiplayer videos discussed above in true 60 fps, 1080p glory, they are available for download here and here.
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Final Fantasy Type-0's magical war could tear its world apart

Coinciding with the opening day of Paris Games Week, Square Enix released a new trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, introducing players to a new world and a new war. In the realm of Orience, a bloody and brutal war between nations could literally tear the world apart. The newest trailer for Type-0 showcases Orience and the various areas players' journey will take them through. As Class Zero fights to keep the peace (and stay alive), can they also keep their world intact? Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will launch on March 17, 2015 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game will be accompanied with a demo for Final Fantasy 15.
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Destiny's first expansion, The Dark Below, hits Dec. 9 and raises level cap to 32 (update)

Destiny will get its first drop of post-launch content Dec. 9, when the game's first expansion, The Dark Below, launches worldwide, developer Bungie announced today. As announced previously, The Dark Below is one of two expansions that Bungie currently has planned for Destiny; the other is House of Wolves, which will be available in 2015. Each one costs $19.99, and players can pick up Destiny's Expansion Pass to save $5 and get both for $34.99. The Dark Below will raise the Light level cap from 30 to 32 — with, of course, more endgame gear to earn in order for Guardians to get there — and add five additional bounty slots. Bungie said yesterday that a future patch will increase the number of bounties a Guardian can hold, so it's unclear if Destiny players will need to buy the expansion...
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Want your key to the Evolve Big Alpha? We've got 20,000

Here's how to get access to the Evolve beta: 1. Head to this link 2. Fill out the form using the code from our Facebook page (now live) and referral code "PolygonGoneHunting" 3. Keep an eye on your email for the code in the coming days If you're among the first 20,000 to complete those steps, you're in! ——- The multi-platform Evolve Big Alpha is going to be the hottest ticket in gaming this weekend, and we have 20,000 invitations to join in on the fun. Getting one is going to be simple, but you may have to be quick. We'll be publishing a code on our Facebook page that you'll need to grab, along with the referral code "PolygonGoneHunting," and the first 20,000 readers to redeem the offer right here will be let in on the console of their choice, or the PC. The only thing you need...
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Walmart ramps up used game offers as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare arrives

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be available to buy a day early at 3,600 Walmart stores, the retail giant announced today. Walmart also announced it would begin selling used games in 1,700 stores. The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition will be available to customers starting at 12:01 a.m. local time on Monday, Nov. 3. The game is scheduled to fully launch on Nov. 4 although the "Day Zero Edition" is also available via other retailers, when pre-ordered. Earlier this year, Walmart began accepting video game trade-ins. On Nov. 3 and Nov. 4, the company will offer 50 percent more for customers trading in any used video game when they purchase Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Customers can also receive double trade-in value when trading in any used video game and...
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Dying Light dev drops PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, goes current-gen only

Zombie survival game Dying Light is no longer a cross-console generation game. Developer Techland announced today it will no longer release the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, saying those older consoles were compromising the "core vision of Dying Light." Techland said on its Facebook that it spent the past three years of development "making sure that all the features of our game add up to create a truly next-gen experience." "Much of this 'next-gen feel' is tightly connected to the technological side of Dying Light," the studio said. "For instance, up to 200,000 objects can be displayed in the game at once. Add to this our use of realistic, physics-based lighting technology and you really start to push the next-gen systems to the limits. Features like these along...
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's season pass gets you an extra multiplayer map at launch

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare publisher Activision announced the game's season pass today, releasing a trailer that shows off a bonus multiplayer map included in the package. The season pass comes with four add-ons — Havoc, Ascendance, Supremacy and Reckoning — for $50, which represents a $10 savings over buying each $15 DLC pack individually. Customers who purchase the season pass will receive instant access to an additional multiplayer map, Atlas Gorge, which is featured in today's trailer. The season pass also offers early access to bonus DLC weapons. Atlas Gorge is a reimagined version of the Pipeline map from 2007's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, although it takes place at a dam rather than a Ukrainian railyard. The map is also included in both of Advanced Warfare's special...
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Lords of the Fallen is up on our game review podcast Quality Control

In each episode of Quality Control, Polygon managing editor Justin McElroy talks to a critic after they review a new game and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong? In this episode, we talk with Phil Kollar about his review of Lords of the Fallen which you can find right here. We'd love to know what you think in the comments below! Read the review Subscribe to the podcast (RSS) Subscribe on iTunes Email: qualitycontrol at polygon dot com Music: Goodwill by The Custodian of Records
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Bungie makes Destiny's final Vault of Glass boss even harder

Destiny's latest patch, released today by developer Bungie, makes it tougher to take down the final boss of the raid — both for people who are trying to do it fair and square and for those who are using an exploit. Bungie previously announced its intention to fix what it referred to as a "bug" with the Atheon battle at the end of the Vault of Glass, the sole raid currently available in Destiny: the ability for players to defeat Atheon simply by knocking him off his platform. Patch 1.0.2.3 introduces "baby bumpers" to prevent that from happening. According to the patch notes, this update also changes the way the boss battle proceeds. Until now, Atheon periodically teleported the three players who were the farthest away from him through a portal. From this point forward, Atheon will...
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NBA Live 15 review: the rebound

Finding a fair standard by which NBA Live 15 can be judged is difficult. Holding this game to the standard of NBA 2K15 — which left it behind years ago — seems just as unfair as setting for it the low bar of NBA Live 14, which finally succeeded at simply getting something on shelves, but not by much. The series has been so badly mismanaged and EA Sports has broken so much trust that it makes calling NBA Live 15 a good game an uncomfortable statement. I went out on that limb two years ago after getting an early look at something that did appear intriguing; then we learned it was supposed to be a half-price downloadable title, and then it never even launched. NBA Live 15 is an understandable game with every mode of play I expect in a sports title, and nothing is broken. NBA Live 14...
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Sunset Overdrive perfected checkpoints by putting fun above logic

Sunset Overdrive is a game that focuses on the enjoyment of the player. Just moving around the in-game world can be a joyful experience as you grind and jump and string combos together to unlock in-game bonuses.It’s a game that knows how to cut out much of the bullshit that can hurt the enjoyment of that sort of game, and one of the things Insomniac Games handled nearly perfectly are the checkpoints. "We wanted them to be forgiving. We knew pretty early on that this was a game centered around fun," Drew Murray, Insomniac’s game director, told Polygon.  "And frankly, replaying the same thing over and over tends to not be that much fun."Checkpoints can be very hard to do well, and the technical challenges of enjoyable checkpoints are many. The trick in the case of Sunset Overdrive was to...
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