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Portal-Meets-Halo Shooter Splitgate: Arena Warfare Launching as Free-to-Play

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Indie developer 1047 Games announced that competitive shooter Splitgate: Arena Warfare will be launching as a free-to-play game on PC (Steam) on May 22.

“As Splitgate evolved, we realized that players would be best served with a free-to-play model. We want to ensure that everyone who wants to play has the opportunity to do so,” said Ian Proulx, CEO, 1047 Games. “Rest assured this will not detract from its hyper-competitive design – all items for sale in the game are purely cosmetic.”

Spiltgate is succinctly described as competitive Halo meets Portal. It features a (now) old school multiplayer shooter design combined with portal guns to zip around the arenas. Combatants keep their momentum as they create their own linked portals and hurtle through the arena to grab weapons and flank opponents.

The free to play model will be supported by a real money loot store where players can purchase cosmetic skins for weapons, gear, and armor.

Splitgate: Arena Warfare will launch on PC on May 22, and include a competitive W-L ranking system. Other consoles are being considered. The game has not been rated by the ESRB. Read about our hands-on preview for Splitgate back in January.

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Microsoft Announces Four New Xbox One S Bundles

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This week Microsoft has announced four new 500GB Xbox One S Bundles. The four bundles provide different gaming options that are included in the box (as download codes). All four bundles are priced at $279.99 MSRP.

Xbox One S Minecraft Complete Adventure Bundle 

  • Xbox One S 500GB Console
  • Wireless Controller
  • Minecraft
  • Minecraft Explorers Pack
  • Minecraft: Story Mode Season 1: The Complete Adventure
  • 3 months of Xbox Live Gold
  • 1 month of Xbox Game Pass

Xbox One S Rocket League Blast-Off Bundle

  • Xbox One S 500GB Console
  • Wireless Controller
  • Rocket League
  • 3 months of Xbox Live Gold
  • 1 month of Xbox Game Pass

Xbox One S Ultimate Halo Bundle (Available exclusively at Walmart)

  • Xbox One S 500GB Console
  • Wireless Controller
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • 14 days of Xbox Live Gold
  • 1 month of Xbox Game Pass

Xbox One S Starter Bundle

  • Xbox One S with 500GB hard drive
  • Xbox Wireless Controller
  • 3 months of Xbox Live Gold
  • 3 months of Xbox Game Pass

An Xbox Live Gold subscription is required to play Xbox games online. Note that the Halo Bundle only comes with a 14-day trial. Xbox Live Gold normally costs between $4.99 and $9.99 per month depending on your subscription. Like PlayStation Plus, being an Xbox Live Gold subscriber also provides monthly free and discounted games.

The Xbox Game Pass is a separate Netflix-like subscription service that provides access to over 100 Xbox 360 and Xbox One games. New titles are added each month, though it typically doesn’t include brand new games. The Xbox Game Pass is normally $9.99/month. You’ll still need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play any games online.

If you’re looking for a beefier Xbox One S bundle, there’s a recently released 1TB Xbox One S Shadow of War Bundle, and a 1TB Xbox One S Assassin’s Creed Origins Bonus Bundle launching October 27. Meanwhile, the new Xbox One X is launching November 7.

Halo Wars 2 Review: Spartan Blitz

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Available On: Xbox One, Windows 10 PC

It’s been seven years since the original Halo Wars helped prove that not only can you make a non-first person shooter Halo game, you can also bring the Real-Time Strategy genre onto consoles. Despite the large time gap Halo Wars 2 is very much a sequel, improving upon the original while offering fun new competitive and cooperative game modes.
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