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As two more big games get pushed into 2023 (Lord of the Rings: Gollum and Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora), we take a look at the crush of major releases coming to Xbox next year and discuss what we're most looking forward to. Plus: a discussion on Ubisoft's latest Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell project cancellations and why we've been a bit disappointed in the major publisher in recent times.


00:00:00 - Intro
00:01:08 - Our Thoughts on Ask Dusk Falls & FH5 Hot Wheels DLC 00:08:45 - More Games Delayed to 2023!
00:31:25 - What’s Up with Ubisoft?
00:50:53 - Unlocked Block Trivia & Outro

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 6:13pm EDT

Lots of Halo Infinite talk this week! First we discuss our hands-on impressions of the just-released online co-op beta, then we dive into the wave of key staff departures from the Infinite development team and wonder if it’s a bad sign for a game that’s supposed to be a long-term platform for the future of Halo. Plus: Grounded gets a TV show adaptation, and more!


00:00:00 - Intro & SDCC Info!
00:02:18 - Halo Infinite Co-op Campaign Beta is great!
00:13:15 - Halo Veteran Devs Start a New AAA Studio
00:39:56 - Grounded Gets a TV Adaptation
00:47:58 - As Dusk Falls & New Game Pass Games
00:55:00 - Unlocked Block Trivia & Outro

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 5:49pm EDT

The Halo caretakers and developers at 343 Industries are making a major piece of lost Halo history playable: the infamous Halo 2 E3 2003 campaign demo that never made it into the final game. We react to this fantastic surprise and recall the Halo 2 hype from that time. Plus: a plea for proper, native Xbox Game Pass support on the Steam Deck, our thoughts on the potential Apex Legends Universe single-player game that Respawn might be making (aka Titanfall 3?), our reaction to the long-awaited gameplay reveal of Skull & Bones, and more!


00:00:00 - Intro 00:08:56 - Halo 2 Earthcity Demo Returning? 00:27:00 - Respawn Hiring for an Unannounced Single Player Game 00:36:03 - Skull and Bones Finally Gets a Release Date 00:45:55 - Games with Gold Removing Xbox 360 Games Soon 00:50:25 - Unlocked Block Trivia & Outro

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 5:16pm EDT

As a talented and decorated game developer joins BioWare to work on the next Mass Effect game, we discuss what the nature of her role means for when we can reasonably expect Mass Effect 5 to get done. Spoiler: it's probably going to be quite a while! Plus: predictions for Ubisoft's just-announced September showcase, your chance to try out Halo Infinite's campaign co-op mode, and more!

00:00:00 - Intro & GotG writer Mary DeMarle joins BioWare
00:24:01 - Ubisoft 'Multi-Game' Showcase Coming in September
00:34:04 - GTA IV and Red Dead Redemption remasters scrapped?
00:41:56 - New Co-op mode for Halo Infinite
00:49:12 - Game Pass Games for July
00:54:40 - Unlocked Block Trivia & Outro

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Category:Podcast Unlocked -- posted at: 6:32pm EDT