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Watch Dogs ships out 9 million units

Ubisoft has shipped 9 million copies of Watch Dogs, the company reported in its second quarter 2014-2015 financial report [PDF]. In the first quarter of the fiscal year, just three months ago, Ubisoft announced that it had shipped 8 million copies of Watch Dogs.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot called out Watch Dogs specifically in his comments on today's report: "The very strong momentum we saw at the beginning of the fiscal year carried on into the second quarter and enabled us to once again exceed our performance expectations. Ubisoft continued to capitalize on the popularity of new consoles, the successful launch of Watch Dogs, the quality of its back catalog and the considerable growth of the digital segment. Consequently, our operating income and cash flows improved significantly during the period."

During the financial call, Guillemot added that Watch Dogs was on track to ship more than 10 million units by the end of fiscal 2015. Watch Dogs launched in May on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. It's due out for Wii U on November 18.
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Alien: Isolation is haunted by more than Xenomorphs


You might think that the scariest part of Alien: Isolation is, you know, the alien, but you would be wrong. There is something darker that lurks within Sevastopol station's cramped corridors, something altogether more sinister. If you don't believe us, see it for yourself in a video we captured this morning. Don't worry, it's spoiler-free, though we can't promise it won't fuel your nightmares for months to come.

The Dark Below expands Destiny on December 9

The first expansion to Destiny, The Dark Below, will launch on December 9, Activision revealed today. The Dark Below takes players below the surface of the moon to compete in new missions and blast through story quests that reveal The Hive's sinister plans to summon a god known as Crota. Which sounds a little too similar to "crouton" for us to be too worried about its desire to destroy Earth. The Dark Below will cost $20 on its own or can be obtained by purchasing Destiny's Expansion Pass, a $35 ticket to both The Dark Below and an upcoming expansion.

The Dark Below raises the game's level cap to 32 and adds five bounty slots as well as new weapons and gear, including legendary and exotic items. It also features three competitive arenas – Pantheon, Skyshock and The Cauldron – as well as the cooperative strike mission The Will of Crota and the six-player raid mission Crota's End. PS4 and PS3 players will have access to The Undying Mind, a strike mission that will be exclusive to PlayStation platforms until "at least fall 2015." The expansion was announced during Sony's Gamescom press conference in August. Descriptions of the expansion's content, though determined to not be final at the time, were leaked in September.
[Images: Activision]

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare season pass is $50, 4 DLC packs

The season pass for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare grants players four DLC packs, early access to DLC weapons and the bonus multiplayer map, Atlas Gorge, on day one. The season pass costs $50, a $10 savings if you were to purchase each $15 DLC pack individually.

The four packs in the pass are Havok, Ascendance, Supremacy and Reckoning. Havok is due out in January on Xbox Live, with other platforms to follow – Microsoft has a deal to get Advanced Warfare DLC first, as it historically does with the Call of Duty franchise.

See the Advanced Warfare season pass trailer below.

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Costume Quest 2 dresses up on PS4, PS3 tonight


A follow-up to Double Fine's Halloween-themed adventure game Costume Quest makes its console debut tonight, publisher Midnight City announced.

Costume Quest 2 once again finds twins Wren and Reynold dressing up in outlandish costumes as they take on enemies in turn-based combat. Our review praised Costume Quest 2's dialogue and humor while criticizing its "plodding, padded pacing," describing the overall experience as "often sweet, sometimes sour, and (for the most part) worth the occasional tummy ache."

Costume Quest 2 will hit the PlayStation Network following tonight's PlayStation Store update, and will be priced at $14.99.

[Image: Double Fine]

Battlefield Hardline delayed to deepen cops vs. robbers fantasy

Battlefield Hardline is due out in March 2015, following a delay announced in July this year. During EA's financial call today, CEO Andrew Wilson explained that feedback from beta tests and trade shows drove the decision to give developer Visceral Games more time.

"The cops and criminals fantasy – this is kind of the foundation for the game – resonated very, very strongly not just with existing fans, but with new players to the Battlefield franchise," Wilson said. "But the feedback was also universal that we should go deeper with that fantasy and really deliver against that to a greater degree. What we've done is given the development team that time to go back in and really look at how to truly deliver on that cops and criminals kind of gameplay as it exists in a Battlefield world."

Battlefield Hardline pits players against both police officers and well-supplied criminals in large cities, rather than taking place in the traditional military FPS landscape of a warzone. When Battlefield Hardline was delayed, Visceral said it wanted to flesh out the game's multiplayer experience, single-player story depth and its overall stability. Pre-delay, Beta testing spawned a list of the "Community's Most Wanted" tweaks to the game.

Destiny hollows out some pumpkins for Halloween treat

Visit the Post Master at the Tower in Destiny to grab a free trio of pumpkin head consumables, in celebration of Halloween week. The Post Master gives players three pumpkin heads, each lasting 30 minutes and wearable throughout your travels to other planets (via Eurogamer). Friendly reminder: Halloween is on Friday! Get those costumes together, people.

Bungie retweeted a few photos taken by players with their three-eyed squash heads on, and we're left with just one question: Where does the candle go?
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Breaking kayfabe: How WWE video games are impacted by the 'Reality Era'

Let's start with a concession: there is a large swath of readers who are hesitant to discuss professional wrestling with any sort of seriousness. It's viewed as a low art form by some, and many others would balk at even considering it art. But even those readers can concede that professional wrestling is a popular form of entertainment.

There are very few people, perhaps other than than young children, who believe that professional wrestling is real in the way that a boxing match or MMA fight is real. That's not, however, to say that professional wrestling is 'fake,' as some of its detractors deride. The proper term would be 'scripted,' because when a person falls off a 12-foot ladder, it's going to hurt. That pain is real, regardless of whether or not it was pre-determined.

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Dragon Quest Heroes hits Japan in February, Metal Slime PS4 out this year


Square Enix's Dynasty Warriors-styled action-RPG Dragon Quest Heroes will launch for PlayStation consoles in Japan on February 26, but series fanatics can grab a special edition PlayStation 4 adorned with a Metal Slime later this year.

The Metal Slime PlayStation 4 retail package debuts in Japan on December 11, bundling a limited-edition console with a silver DualShock 4 controller, a code for a Dragon Quest Heroes PS4 theme, and a voucher that allows console owners to download Dragon Quest Heroes 24 hours before it hits store shelves.

If you'd rather not coat your console in metallic goo, the Metal Slime figurine itself is detachable. Look at that goofy grin, though! How could you even think of removing it from its rightful place atop the PS4? You monster.

Square Enix additionally revealed that Dragon Quest Heroes will run at 60 frames-per-second on the PlayStation 4, while the PS3 edition is locked at 30 FPS. Neither Dragon Quest Heroes nor the limited-edition PlayStation 4 have been announced for a North American release.

[Video: Sony / Square Enix]

Battlefield Hardline launches in March 2015

Battlefield Hardline is due out on March 17, 2015, in the US and beginning on March 19, 2015, in Europe. EA announced the dates in its financial report released today.

Battlefield Hardline was delayed in July to a 2015 launch window. In an attempt to assuage fan fears, Battlefield Hardline Creative Director Ian Milham promised earlier this year that the game will work at launch. Previous EA games, including Battlefield 4, encountered connectivity and playability issues for months after release.
[Image: EA]

Halloween Horror Streams: Resident Evil 2's righteous Raccoon City



Resident Evil's amazing remake is coming back in HD next year. The Evil Within made us remember Resident Evil 4's raw magic. Next year's brand new Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has us reflecting on Code Veronica's gothic madness. But where is the love for Resident Evil 2, that slice of brilliance which moved the original's haunted house horror into the big city? It had intersecting campaigns! It had giant, un-killable freaks in trench coats and people with spiky tongues and exposed brains! A young lady's father grew an eyeball on his arm! Then an alligator shows up for no good reason. It's one of the best horror games ever made. It put director and Platinum Games co-founder Hideki Kamiya on the map.

Starting at 4:00PM EST on Joystiq.com/Twitch we'll be streaming Resident Evil 2 from the start. Leon meets Claire. Claire wears a weird leotard. Leon wears football shoulder pads for no reason. It's great.

Joystiq.com/Twitch broadcasts every Tuesday and Thursday at 4:00PM EST, but we stream at odd times all the time so make sure to follow us on Twitch.
[Images: Capcom]

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare available at Walmart a day early

Not content to wait for Tuesday, Walmart and Activision are pushing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out at the big box retailer on Monday, November 3. While the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition sold by Walmart won't have any exclusive in-game content right in the $60 package, the release events hosted at Walmart stores will yield some goodies for series devotees.

Starting on Sunday, November 2 at 10:00PM local time, 2800 Walmart stores will be hosting Call of Duty tournaments that run through Advanced Warfare's official midnight release. Participants will get various pieces of swag like Call of Duty patches and posters, and anyone at the store that also happens to buy a case of Mountain Dew or Doritos will also be able to get an exclusive exoskeleton for their character in Advanced Warfare.

The Day Zero event does mark one significant change to Walmart's video game business: November 3 will be the first day that the retailer officially starts selling used video games. Walmart has experimented with Gamestop-style used game sales for more than five years, but this will be the first large scale, permanent program. Anyone trading in games towards Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will get an extra 50 percent value on the games they turn over.

Report: Call of Duty sales decline likely to continue

Analysts at Cowen And Company have examined Amazon's pre-order tallies for the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and have concluded that the game will probably continue the series' trend of declining returns.

"Advanced Warfare is now pacing almost 40 percent behind last year's Ghosts and almost 70 percent behind 2012's Black Ops 2," the analysts note. "We continue to believe CoD will be down meaningfully vs. last year. With the franchise facing two consecutive significant year on year declines in sales, we think it is prudent to assume it has peaked."

Cowen And Company preemptively argues against the idea that pre-orders are no longer a determinant of total sales by pointing out that 2014 has seen the record for most-preordered game broken twice, first by Watch Dogs then by Destiny. Clearly people are pre-ordering games, the analysts believe, but it appears that the Call of Duty series - which normally accounts for "a significant percentage of overall preorders" - is no longer attracting pre-order cash at the same rate it did even as recently as three years ago.

FIFA reigns in the UK, Bayonetta 2 debuts in top ten

FIFA 15 continues to rock the UK's sales charts, marking the soccer sim's fifth consecutive week at the top. EA's marquee sports game is followed by the PlayStation version of Minecraft, which reached Vita this month and made a sizable jump from ninth to second in the sales charts last week. Third on the list is The Evil Within, Bethesda's frightful survival horror game.

Unsurprisingly, the middle of the pack includes Destiny, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. As far as new games go, the Wii U-exclusive Bayonetta 2 arrived at seventh in the UK's sales charts last week, a good spot for a single-console new release that also complements our five-star review of the game. Head past the break for the breakdown of the top-ten sellers in the UK, provided by Chart-Track.

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Meet the followers backing you up in Dragon Age: Inquisition

Image There's no Twitter in Thedas, so it's no surprise players of Dragon Age: Inquisition will have a handful of followers rather than thousands. Still, if each of the nine potential allies are as helpful and have as much personality as the three shown here, we doubt the Inquisitor will... Continue Reading

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