Gaming Update: 'Assassin's Creed Syndicate,' 'Guild Wars 2,' 'XCOM 2'

This installment of Gaming Update includes news on 'Assassin's Creed Syndicate,' 'Guild Wars 2' and 'XCOM 2.'

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of Assassin's Creed Syndicate will hit shelves on Oct. 23. But it seems PC gamers will have to wait nearly a month to get their hands on the game.

Clearly still feeling the sting from the troubled launch of Assassin's Creed Unity, Ubisoft issued a post on its website saying the extra time will allow them to focus on "polishing, stabilizing and optimizing" the PC version.

"The additional four weeks are for us to really bear down and finalize all of the polish and optimization, to make sure the game and all of its systems are stable when it launches, so it runs smoothly for all players starting on day one," said production manager Sam Kovalev.

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AC Syndicate PC Release Pushed Back to November 19

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of Assassin's Creed Syndicate will hit shelves on Oct. 23. But it seems PC gamers will have to wait nearly a month to get their hands on the game.

Clearly still feeling the sting from the troubled launch of Assassin's Creed Unity, Ubisoft issued a post on its website saying the extra time will allow them to focus on "polishing, stabilizing and optimizing" the PC version.

"The additional four weeks are for us to really bear down and finalize all of the polish and optimization, to make sure the game and all of its systems are stable when it launches, so it runs smoothly for all players starting on day one," said production manager Sam Kovalev.

Pre-ordering the title will give you access to a set of missions featuring Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens.

Guild Wars 2 Adaptation Coming This Fall

Guild War 2's first adaptation, "Heart of Thorns," will arrive Oct. 23.

Set in the new jungle, Heart of Maguuma and its three biomes, the expansion introduces the account-based Mastery system, which allows players to earn points while improving their skills and building collections. The points can then be spent on PVP account characters to help them tackle harder missions. The add-on's new surroundings will also bring new enemies, more quests and more boss battles.

The standard edition of "Heart of Thrones" will cost $50, the deluxe version $75, and the ultimate version $100. Pre-ordering the expansion will net gamers early access to beta weekend events, the second of which kicked off on Sept. 4.

In related news, as of Aug. 29, the Guild Wars 2 base game is free-to-play. FTP players have a few limitations but none that truly affect their play of the game.

XCOM 2 Delayed Until February 2016

XCOM 2 was slated to arrive later this fall, but developer Firaxis recently released a statement pushing the PC strategy game to February 2016.

"We've set a high bar for the sequel, and the entire team has been working hard to make sure we deliver a great follow-up to Enemy Unknown. We just need a little more time to make it the best possible game," wrote the developer on the game's official website. "With XCOM 2, we want to have more depth, more playability and more investment in your soldiers, and this extension will give us the time we need to deliver on our promise to you. We appreciate your patience and continued support as we move towards February. Good luck, Commander!"

The move isn't necessarily a bad thing; the holiday season is already packed with high-profile releases, including Fallout 4, CoD: Black Ops III and Star Wars: Battlefront.


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