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We're less than two months away from the worldwide debut of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and while we've taken a look at what's in store for singleplayer and multiplayer, the co-op experience has remained a mystery. In a new trailer released today, Sledgehammer Games peels back the curtain on Exo Survival — Advanced Warfare's four player co-op mode — and reveals never before seen footage and gameplay from the singleplayer campaign and multiplayer.

 

 

As a reminder, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launches on November 4, but fans can get access a day early with the Day Zero edition or by pre-ordering any of the perviously announced collector's editions. As an added bonus, the Day Zero edition comes equipped with two custom weapons — the AK-12G assault rifle and Crossbow-B2 — as well as the Advanced Arsenal, which unlocks the bullet brass exoskeleton and EM1 Quantum directed energy weapon. For more info, check out the official Call of Duty website.

Last week, we announced that over 100 million hours of Destiny had been played in its first week, but now, Bungie has provided more insight into how Guardians have spent their time. In a new post to Bungie.net, Bungie has revealed that Destiny has surpassed every studio record to-date and that players engaged in over 137 million activities in the first seven days of availability. What's more, the average game session lasts roughly three hours and rises to four hours on weekends. As for the Crucible, Bungie says over 1 billion players have been "served" in PVP play — which is to say, there have been 1 billion player deaths.

 

 

Be sure to head over to Bungie.net to see more stats, read a recap of Bungie's community game sessions, and an interview with Primeguard — the first fireteam to complete the Vault of Glass raid.

As promised last week, a new competitive multiplayer mode has been unlocked in Destiny across all platforms. Combined Arms pits teams of six against each other in all out vehicular combat with increased heavy ammo drops for added frenetic fun. What's more, as part of the limited time engagement, players will be offered rewards in the form of Crucible Gear, Crucible Marks, and Crucible Reputation. Combined Arms will be open from Friday September 19 until Sunday September 21, so gather your Fireteam and mount up.

 

 

Bungie has also provided new insight into next week's scheduled event — The Queen's Wrath. From September 23 to October 6, players will be offered new bounties and challenging missions with the opportunity to score new legendary and rare gear. Be sure to keep an eye on @Bungie on Twitter and Bungie.net for more info on The Queen's Wrath and other upcoming events.

On October 5, Skylanders Trap Team will arrive across both current and last-gen consoles, and for the first time ever, tablets — but that's not all. Unveiled today, the Skylanders Trap Team Nintendo 3DS Starter Pack will bring a unique Skylanders experience, complete with a new story, levels, and characters, as well as a multiplayer version of the popular Skylanders Skystones card game. The Starter Pack will come with a copy of the game, a special Portal of Power specific to the Nintendo 3DS, and two exclusive Skylanders figures — Gusto and Barkley.

 

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The Nintendo 3DS version of Skylanders Trap Team makes creative use of the system's dual screen hardware, allowing players to pull villains out of the game with their stylus to trap them in the Traptanium Vault. Additionally, players can also interact with the characters by poking, spinning, and tickling them through the touchscreen. To make gaming on the go easier, characters can be loaded directly into the game via the Portal of Power, allowing for quick character swaps without the need for additional hardware while traveling.

 

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Like in other versions of the game, players can call upon captured villains to help during the campaign or in 13 new "bootcamp" modes. And, of course, the game is backwards compatible with all previous toys from Skylanders Spyro's Adventure, Skylanders Giants, and Skylanders SWAP Force. The Skylanders Trap Team Nintendo 3DS Starter Pack goes on sale alongside the other versions of the game on October 5 in North America for $64.99. The game will launch in Australia and Europe on October 2 and October 10, respectively.

 

For more on Skylanders, be sure to check out the new Kaos Doom Challenge mode announced earlier this week and follow @SkylandersGame on Twitter.

Last week, Destiny launched in over 178 countries, quickly taking the title of most successful new video game franchise in history and breaking industry records for digital sales. Now, Destiny has reached new milestones. In the last week alone, players have logged over 100 million hours across more than 137 million unique activities, ranging from story missions, patrols, Crucible matches, and more. What's more, in just its first five days of availability, Destiny has grossed more than $325 million.

 

 

"Destiny fans played more than 100 million hours of the game in the first week. That's on par with the engagement levels of our most popular Call of Duty games, which obviously is an industry leader," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO, Activision Publishing. "Millions of gamers are having a great time playing Destiny and can't put down their controllers."

 

But the journey for Destiny is just beginning. Last week, a new competitive multiplayer mode, Salvage, was unlocked and yesterday, players took part in the very first Raid — a challenging gauntlet that tasks teams of six Guardians in braving the Vault of Glass on Venus. Brave players have been streaming their efforts on Twitch and other platforms, which you can watch live at this very moment. Later this month, players will gain access to a new competitive multiplayer mode, Combined Arms, as well as the challenging PVP mode Iron Banner and a timed public event, Queen's Wrath.

 

With more activities and content planned, including first DLC expansion The Dark Below slated to launch December, there's plenty more to come. For the latest on Destiny, follow @DestinyTheGame and @Bungie on Twitter.

 

 


In the early hours this morning, the very first raid in Destiny was opened. Since then, courageous teams of Guardians have been taking on the challenge and battling the unknown enemies within — some have even succeeded. However, there are plenty still taking on the darkness as we speak, and the team at Bungie has compiled a selection of Twitch live streams for your viewing pleasure. Watch as Jeriicho, LeopardStealth, ItsDatto, and others brave the Vault of Glass and reap the experience and unique loot for their efforts.

 

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Check out the full list of planned live streams on Bungie.net or check out the directory on Twitch.tv.

Last week, players around the world began their journey in Destiny, forging the story of their Guardian and cutting their teeth in the Crucible — but there's plenty more to come. As part of the series of in-game events announced last week, including the new PvP mode Salvage, players will get their first chance to join together for Destiny's very first raid, Vault of Glass. Starting Tuesday, September 16 at 2:00am PST/5:00am EST, teams of six Guardians will take up arms to venture into a challenging mission on Venus.

 

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However, the Vault of Glass is a level 26 raid and not for the faint of heart. Guardians must work together and utilize their unique skills and rare gear to overcome the enemies within. Little else is known about the Vault of Glass, but we’re eager to find out. Be sure to Tweet your experiences, live streams, and clips to @DestinyTheGame.

With Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Sledgehammer Games is introducing sweeping changes to Call of Duty multiplayer, including new mobility mechanics, an extensive character customization system, and the Supply Drop loot system. However, longtime fans of the franchise will also recognize a few familiar game modes and multiplayer maps. In addition to the return of Hardpoint and Atlas Gorge — the next-gen reimagining of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare's Pipeline — Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will also include the classic game mode War from Call of Duty 3 and Call of Duty: World at War, now known as Momentum.

 

 

Momentum is an objective-based mode where two teams fight for control of sequential capture points. Teams must battle to capture one flag at a time and push toward controlling all flags. The result is a tug of war-like gametype where teamwork is key and control is often contested.

 

IGN has a detailed look at Momentum with guided commentary from Sledgehammer Games lead multiplayer designer, Greg Reisdorf. Check out the video above and be sure to follow @CallofDuty and @SHGames on Twitter.

When it launches on October 5, Skylanders Trap Team will introduce a host of new features and gameplay to the franchise. Alongside series firsts, like the capacity to capture and play as Skylanders’ most notorious villains, Skylanders Trap Team will also feature a brand new gametype, called Kaos Doom Challenge Mode, which tasks players with battling waves of enemies with the help of a variety of deployable defenses.

 

Kaos Challenge Mode blends strategy and traditional combat, as players must unlock and build elemental defenses using Skylanders characters from their collection. After an initial planning phase, the floodgates open and Kaos’ minions begin their assault. However, as you repel enemies, you have to keep a close eye on your defenses, making sure enemy forces don’t destroy them and repairing them when necessary.

 

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As time goes on, the difficulty increases and enemies become stronger, requiring vigilance and might in order to survive each passing wave — totaling 100 unique waves. For an added challenge, there's also the Mystery Box of Doom, which houses a gigantic villain for you to defeat.

 

Check out a screenshot from Kaos Doom Challenge Mode above and follow @SkylandersGame on Twitter for updates.

Though Destiny only made its global debut a little more than 24 hours ago, it's already set sales and industry records as the most successful new video game franchise of all time. Destiny sales to retailers surpassed $500 million and digital sales were the highest of any game to-date. The excitement for Destiny was matched by fan turnout at midnight launch celebrations across 11,000 retail locations in over 178 countries.

 

 

"Destiny is officially the biggest new franchise launch in our industry's history. It's also the highest-selling day one digital console release in history," Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg said in a statement. "Most importantly, it's just a great game which we can't stop playing. A big thanks to our incredibly talented team and partners who helped make this happen, most importantly, our partners at Bungie."

 

What are your thoughts on Destiny? Share your comments below. And for more on Destiny, follow @DestinyTheGame and @Bungie on Twitter.

After months of anticipation, Destiny will make its worldwide debut this week across current-gen and last-gen platforms and players have a variety of versions and delivery methods to choose from. However, the rarest of them all is the Ghost Edition, which offers a variety of collectible items, downloadable content, special packaging, and, of course, a functioning Ghost.

 

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The first thing you'll see when you unwrap the Destiny Ghost Edition and lift up the lid is your Ghost replica. Now, it's not your run of the mill Ghost — it's actually skinned with the red, silver, and gold finish that matches the in-game Ghost skin, made available exclusively to Limited Edition, Digital Guardian Edition, and Ghost Edition owners. When activated in one of two modes — lighting only or lighting and sound — the Ghost replica will actually react to motion. Featuring the voice of none other than Peter Dinklage, the Ghost replica will speak lines from the game and note the prevalence of pre-Golden Age artifacts. Best of all, it's rechargeable, so you won't have to worry about replacing the batteries constantly.

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Beneath the Ghost, you'll find a steel book-encased copy of Destiny for the platform of your choice as well as a variety of collectible materials, including the Guardian Folio, which houses the Arms and Armament field guide, postcards and relics from the Golden Age, and a "vintage" map of Destiny's worlds. As for the in-game content, the Ghost Edition is accompanied by vouchers for the Destiny Expansion pass, which includes The Dark Below and House of Wolves, as well as a special ship variant and player emblem.

 

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Destiny launches on September 9th. However, check with your local retailers for Ghost Edition availability, as supplies are limited.

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To kick off its month of exclusive Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare coverage, IGN has revealed a new multiplayer map called Retreat. Set at an Atlas Corporation-owned resort in China, Venus is a traditional three-lane map that combines both long exterior pathways and tight close-quarters combat corridors to suit a variety of tactics and play styles. Players will be able to gain new elevated vantages by way of their exo boost abilities, as well as make quick evasive maneuvers via boost slide, dash, and dodge.

 

 

For a more detailed look at Retreat, check out the guided tour from Sledgehammer Games' lead multiplayer designer Greg Reisdorf in the video above. And of course, follow @SHGames and @CallofDuty on Twitter for more updates.

Console transitions are always a tricky time — do you buy the last-gen version of a game before you upgrade to a next-gen console or do you wait? Well, Bungie  and Activision want to make it easy for you. For a limited time, those who decide to buy Destiny digitally for the Xbox 360 and PS3 will have an opportunity to upgrade to the next-gen version for free. The offer applies to both the standard digital version of Destiny and the Digital Guardian Edition. All of your added content, even if you buy the expansion pass separately, will carry over to your next-gen system. Most importantly, your Guardians, along with all of your accumulated stats and progress will be carried over as well.

 

 

There are, of course, some caveats. Players will need to have purchased their last-gen digital version of Destiny before January 15, 2015 to be eligible and the upgrade program only applies to purchases made within the same console family. In other words, if you buy Destiny for the PS3, the free upgrade will only be available for the PS4.

 

For more information about the Destiny Digital Upgrade program, check out DestinytheGame.com.

The final installment in Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC, Nemesis, launches today on the PlayStation Network and PC. Dive into four new multiplayer maps — Goldrush, Subzero, Dynasty, and Showtime, a reimagining of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare's beloved map, Shipment. Nemesis also includes the final episode of Extinction, Exodus, which thrusts players into humanity's last stand with the cryptids and tasking them with safely making their way to the last safe haven: a low-orbit space station.

 

 

 

Nemesis is available now. Check out the trailer above for all of the new content.

When Destiny launches just a few short days, Guardians will join together to fight back the darkness across our solar system. And to give you a better sense of the experiences to come, Activision, Bungie, and 72andSunny have partnered to create a live-action trailer directed by Joseph Kosinski — known best for Tron: Legacy and Oblivion. The spot features a fireteam of Guardians as they fight on the Moon, Venus, and Mars to the tune of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song."

 

 

 

You can watch the full two-minute version now on YouTube, but a special 90-second version of the spot will air tonight (September 4th) as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Green Bay Packers in the NFL season opener.

 

Destiny launches across PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 worldwide on September 9th. Check out our previous posts for information on the collector's editions.

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