As early reports indicated, Steam's Exploration-themed Fall sale kicked off today, and will last through December 2.
Unlike last year's Fall sale, this one will will not include any flash sales, with some deals lasting for 48 hours and others for 24 hours.
Here are some highlights available for the next 48 hours:
If you're looking for more great prices on games, keep an eye out for our regular roundups of Gaming Deals, and GameSpot's roundup of Black Friday sales, which will be posted tomorrow.
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The "full release version" of open-world zombie game DayZ will launch in the first half of 2016, publisher Bohemia Interactive announced today. The game has been in open development for about a year now, as the game's alpha was released through Steam Early Access in December 2013.
When the completed version of DayZ is finally released, it will cost $50. Currently, the Early Access version sells for $35.
Despite DayZ not being a finished game, it has already sold more than 2 million copies. Producer Brian Hicks said this is well beyond what he could have imagined.
"2014 has been an immensely successful year for DayZ," he said in a statement. "We could have never hoped for so many people to join us for the adventure of Early Access development."
Bohemia has also published a development roadmap for the content it hopes to add to DayZ between now and release in 2016. This includes things like vehicles, diseases, a stealth system, dynamic events, traps, and animal companions.
The DayZ roadmap also shows that the previously announced console version of the game is not coming anytime soon. According to the roadmap, Bohemia will have a prototype of the console edition ready for the third quarter of 2015, with an official release sometime after.
At the beginning of 2014, DayZ's creator, Dean "Rocket" Hall, announced plans to leave Bohemia by the end of the year.
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In an effort to make it up to fans affected by Assassin's Creed Unity's troubled launch, Ubisoft will give away the game's Dead Kings expansion to all players, the publisher announced today. This content was previously going to be included with the game's DLC pass. For people who already bought the pass (or the Gold Edition, which includes the pass), Ubisoft will give you one free game from the list below.
The publisher is currently in the process of setting up a system to process this free game offer. Full details on how you can claim your free game will be published soon. The game's DLC pass has been removed from sale, though its other scheduled content--including the standalone game Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China--has not been scuttled, and will be delivered later.
As for the Dead Kings expansion, which is a story campaign set after the events of the main game, it is "coming soon," Ubisoft said.
"I want to sincerely apologize on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin's Creed team" -- Yannis Mallat
Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto CEO Yannis Mallat also apologized for Unity's rocky launch, saying he understands how disappointing and frustrating the matter is for those affected.
"Unfortunately, at launch, the overall quality of the game was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues," he said. "I want to sincerely apologize on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin's Creed team. These problems took away from your enjoyment of the game, and kept many of you from experiencing the game at its fullest potential."
Mallat stressed that Ubisoft has been working diligently to fix the game's issues by releasing a steady flow of patches. The game's third major patch is rolling out now, and it's a big one, featuring more than 300 fixes that aim to improve performance, matchmaking, connectivity, and more.
"In addition to the latest patch and this offer, we are committed to delivering further fixes for other issues you've raised," Mallat added. "In the meantime, please keep your feedback coming--it has been both humbling and incredibly helpful as we continue working hard to improve the overall quality of the game. We are hopeful that with these forthcoming updates, everyone will be able to truly enjoy their Assassin’s Creed Unity experience."
For more on Unity, check out GameSpot's review.
Worms Battlegrounds is the latest Xbox One game available for free to Xbox Live Gold subscribers throughout December, Microsoft has announced.
Gold subscribers with Xbox 360s, meanwhile, get a free copy of The Raven: Legacy of the Master Thief from December 1-15. Then, during the second half of the month, Raven will be replaced by EA's SSX reboot.
At the time of writing, there are only four days left for users to claim Microsoft's Games With Gold for November: Volgarr the Viking for Xbox One, and Red Faction Guerilla for Xbox 360.
This week's Deals with Gold also includes more games and add-ons than usual, with 40 percent off Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition, 30 percent off Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, and more. You can find a complete list of discounts here.
Worms Battlegrounds, released in June, is the latest edition of Team 17's longstanding Lumbricidae strategy game. According to GameSpot's sister-site Metacritic, the game has garnered mixed responses from critics, with an average score of 70.
Xbox Games With Gold is a program which gives paying subscribers a free game every month, and is similar in approach to Sony's Instant Game Collection for PS Plus subscribers.