Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Will Launch Alongside Xbox Series X on Nov. 10

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Next-gen console news is rapidly churning out thanks to a recent leak regarding the Xbox Series S. Microsoft has now confirmed the launch date for both the Xbox Series S and Series X: November 10.

At the same time, Ubisoft has revealed that the highly anticipated next chapter in the long-running Assassin’s Creed series, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, will also launch on November 10, making it a lunch game for the next generation of Xbox consoles.

“We are excited to announce that players will be able to discover Assassin’s Creed Valhalla sooner than expected,” said Julien Laferrière, Producer, Ubisoft Montreal. “We cannot wait to see the world we’ve been creating over the past three years coming to life on all platforms, including on the next generation of consoles with the Xbox Series X and S on November 10th.”

Watch Dogs: Legion, which is releasing October 29, will also be available as a next-gen title on November 10. Both games will enjoy higher resolution textures, improve shadow quality, and faster load times on next-gen consoles.

Both games also support Smart Delivery, meaning players can purchase one game that’s compatible with both current and next-gen consoles of the same company. Cross saves will also be supported, so you can keep your progression when upgrading to the next gen console.

Ubisoft has cryptically confirmed that both titles will also be launch titles for the PlayStation 5 “upon the launch of the console.” Sony has yet to announce prices or release date for their next console, but expect that to change soon.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion will release on November 10. They’re rated M for Mature.

The Last of Us Part 2 Shambling into June Amid Spoiler Controversy

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Earlier this year the highly anticipated sequel The Last of Us Part 2 was delayed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Indefinitely” is a scary word. Thankfully Sony and Naughty Dog have assuaged our fears with a new confirmed release date: June 19, less than a month from its original May 29 date.

Another anticipated Sony published game, Ghosts of Tsushima, has also been delayed. But this time we’re given a new release date right away: July 17.

“I want to personally congratulate and thank both the teams at Naughty Dog and Sucker Punch Productions on their achievements, as we know it’s not an easy feat to reach the finish line under these circumstances,” wrote Hermen Hulst, Head of Worldwide Studios, Sony Interactive Entertaiment. “Both teams have worked hard to deliver world-class experiences, and we can’t wait to see what you think of them when they release in just a few short months.”

The Last of Us Part 2 continues the story of post-apocalyptic survivors Joel and Ellie. The first game, released in 2013, is a harrowing tale of survival and brutality amidst a world ravaged by fungal zombies. With compelling writing and acting, and a memorable finale, it’s considered one of the best games of the PlayStation 3 era.

Recently huge spoilers have been leaked about the sequel’s story, apparently from a disgruntled employee. The spoilers originally appeared in YouTube videos that have since been taken down. But it’s the internet, and they’re still out there. Naughty Dog has put out a statement urging fans to avoid spoilers.

The Last of Us Part 2 will release June 19 on PlayStation 4. It’s rated M for Mature.