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New Halo Infinite leaks tease Battle Royale & Campaign connection, “wacky cosmetics”

A leak from leaker Tom Henderson has hinted at Halo Infinite’s battle royale, story teases, and the game possibly featuring some crazy skins.

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Recognized industry insider Tom Henderson has said that Halo Infinite battle royale could happen after all. If it does, it may tie into the story, and some interesting skins will be available.

One of the biggest mysteries surrounding Halo Infinite is the ‘will it won’t it’ notion of battle royale for 343 Industries’ latest shooter. The long-running sci-fi spectacular is set to return in 2021, and many people have been wondering if it will have battle royale.

Given the success of Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Call of Duty: Warzone, it would be easy to suggest that a battle royale is in development for the game.

Now, reputable leaker Tom Henderson, responsible for the early leaking of details for big games such as Battlefield 2042, has said that BR is in development for the game, and also that it will feature story connections and interesting cosmetics.

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Halo Infinite wacky paid cosmetics

Tom was discussing various elements of Halo Infinite on his official Twitter account, informing players of what could be to come.

He said: “If you think #HaloInfinite cosmetics are going to be “true to the franchise”, you’re in for a surprise. It seems like they are going down a similar route to Apex Legends to me, with a lot of wacky stuff. One skin appears to be a snowman to release around Christmas for example.”

Paid cosmetics are an accepted practice in modern-day gaming with many live-service games opting to utilize the system. Despite Halo being a traditional and serious game, it could prove to be a mistake for 343 if they didn’t capitalize on this opportunity.

Halo is a household name, and with Halo set for a big launch across Xbox and PC, the chance to bring in extra revenue from optional cosmetics would be a no-brainer.

Halo Infinite battle royale & story

Tom also goes on to make some interesting points regarding battle royale as he says it’s not only “been in development for years,” but that it will also tie into the story.

Given that the recent leaks concerning battle royale in Halo Infinite, it is completely believable that the game is going to feature battle royale, whether as part of the game or as a free, standalone extra.

In a year where Battlefield 2042 is releasing and the Call of Duty franchise is set to expand upon its franchise with the rumored Vanguard title, Halo will naturally want all possible measures to get ahead in the FPS race.

Also, check out how to take part in the next Halo Infinite flight test.

Image Credit: 343 Industries

Destiny

Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards: January 14

The Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards are out for the week of January 14. Use our quick and easy guide to see what items can be redeemed.

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Players who love to battle it out in competitive PvP action to earn Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards can now see what the week of January 14 has to offer.

Destiny 2‘s Trial of Osiris has become a staple of Bungie’s sci-fi shooter, thanks to its heated action, and the rewards for January 14 are now available to see.

One of the most popular game modes that the first-person shooter offers is, no doubt, Trials of Osiris, which is the game’s competitive multiplayer playlist that allows Guardians to test their skills against other players.

One of the exciting factors of this game mode, besides proving your skills, is the new set of rewards that players can earn with their success every week. Here is the newest set of Trials of Osiris rewards in Destiny 2.

What are the Trials of Osiris rewards for January 14 in Destiny 2?

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The Trials of Osiris is an end-game Crucible event that resets its rewards and map every Friday at 9 AM PST / 1 PM EST / 6 PM GMT. The more reputation you can earn in Bungie’s Trials of Osiris, the better quality of rewards you will receive in Destiny 2.

The map that players fight on changes each week, but for this week, the Iron Banner Crucible event is on, meaning the Trials of Osiris will be back with more rewards and a new map on January 21.

Here is the complete list of Trials of Osiris rewards for the previous week:

  • Reputation Rank 4: Upgrade Module (2)
  • Reputation Rank 7: Enhancement Prism (3)
  • Reputation Rank 10: Eye of Sol (Kinetic Sniper Rifle) – The Messenger (Kinetic Pulse Rifle)
  • Reputation Rank 13: Upgrade Module (2)
  • Reputation Rank 16: Igneous Hammer (Solar Hand Cannon) – Sola’s Scar (Solar Sword)
  • Flawless Reward: Eye of Sol (Legendary Sniper Rifle) (Adept)

To earn the Flawless Reward, players will need to win seven Trials of Osiris matches without losing a single game.

It’s a tough feat, no doubt, but it’s doable with enough skill, patience, and understanding of the game’s mechanics.

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Passages

  • Passage of Ferocity – Your third match win grants a bonus win. (10000 Glimmer & 15 Legendary Shards)
  • Passage of Mercy – Forgives one loss per run. (10000 Glimmer & 15 Legendary Shards)
  • Passage of Wealth – Increased Trials Rank points from reaching 3, 5, and 7 match wins on a ticket. (15000 Glimmer & 25 Legendary Shards)
  • Passage of Confidence – Grants bonus rewards from Flawless Chest. (20000 Glimmer & 50 Legendary Shards)

Hopefully, this week’s Trials of Osiris rewards are worth you going after and can be used to make your overall Destiny 2 experience more fruitful and enjoyable!


Also, check out the best Destiny 2 PVE weapons and how to get them, and also how to claim Destiny 2 Prime Gaming rewards.

Image Credits: Bungie

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Destiny 2 Xur location and items: January 14 – 18

Here is where you can find Xur the Merchant and get different Exotic items for yourself when playing Destiny 2.

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Xur the Merchant in Destiny 2

You can get Exotic items for yourself in Destiny 2 by visiting Xur the merchant. This character moves around, so here is his location and all the items that you can get from him.

Destiny 2 has become a classic since its release in 2017, with a large player base in 2021. The Season of the Lost update has added various weapons like the Lorentz Drive exotic and Darkest Below.

You can also get different Exotic items each week by visiting the merchant, Xur. He hangs out in random locations around the map, and this guide will let you know where to find him along with his inventory.

Where to find Xur the Merchant in Destiny 2

Xur the Merchant in Destiny 2

Xur’s location in Destiny 2 changes each week. Currently, Xur can be found in the European Deadzone, in the Winding Cove up on a cliff.

Once you visit him, you can get yourself some neat new Exotic items to use in the game. Xur will provide you with items that are at the same power level as you.

Xur’s January 14 – 18 items in Destiny 2

You can find all of the items available for sale from Xur this week in Destiny 2 below:

Exotic Gear

  • Exotic Engram
  • Sweet Business – Auto Rifle
  • Gwisin Vest – Chest Armor
  • Armamentarium – Chest Armor
  • Vesper of Radius – Chest Armor

Legendary Weapons & Armor

  • Jian 7 Rifle – Pulse Rifle
  • Seventh Seraph Officer Revolver – Hand Cannon
  • False Promises – Auto Rifle
  • Timelines’ Vertex – Fusion Rifle
  • Seventh Seraph CQC-12 – Shotgun
  • Seventh Seraph Saw – Machine Gun
  • Swarm of the Raven – Grenade Launcher
  • Righteous Armor set
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This week’s collection of wares consists of impressive weapons, helmets, quests, and cosmetic items.

You can equip these and reap their benefits when running into combat in Destiny 2 if you are looking for some new things to use against your enemies.


Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for more Destiny 2, and check out the possible Destiny 2 and Halo crossover.

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Apex Legends

When will Apex Legends next-gen PS5 & Xbox Series X/S versions release?

Apex Legends has been out for a while, and players are yet to see a next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X version of the game, so far how off is it?

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Apex Legends continues to do extremely well and is constantly growing, yet the absence of a complete version for next-generation consoles is a mystery. So when will we be seeing an upgraded version of the free-to-play battle royale on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S?

With the launch of Apex Legends Season 11, Respawn’s incredible battle royale FPS continues to be a trendsetter within the industry. For nearly 3 years players have battled each other using a variety of weird and wonderful characters – with the most recent one being Season 11’s Ash.

But despite its ever-growing success and popularity, and the fact it’s been on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S for a year now, fans of the game still have to contend with a backward-compatible version of the game.

So when exactly can we look forward to a fully upgraded version of Apex Legends for the newest generation of consoles?

When can we expect the next-gen version of Apex Legends?

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As of January 14, 2022, there has still been no official word from Respawn Entertainment regarding its update. However, a new leak has sprung hope for fans and players as it could actually be released very soon.

Renowned leaker Shrugtal has discovered files from a recent Apex Legends update that has hinted at the possibility of an imminent update.

The fact that the files now exist in the game is a very promising sign that the devs have got the build for the newer consoles ready.

With Ray Tracing, Adaptive Triggers, 3D Audio, 120 FPS, and a variety of other features possible thanks to PS5 and Xbox, Apex Legends players might finally be able to benefit from the power of new hardware.

How big are the next-gen versions of Apex Legends?

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In the latest leaks for Apex Legends’ next-gen versions, according to PlayStation Game Size, the PS5 version of Apex Legends will be “+80 GB (Without Update).” If this information is true, perhaps the next-gen versions will be out sooner than we think, perhaps even when Season 12 is released.

This is very reasonable considering all the improvements the upgrade is promising. Also, this is just the PS5, but considering the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Apex Legends are both nearing the 60-70 GB mark, we expect the next-gen versions to also be fairly close.

What features does Apex Legends have now on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S?

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Currently, players with a next-gen console can enjoy the last-gen versions of the game, with minor frame rate increase/stability in 1440p. Players with next-gen consoles can of course also experience the same crossplay capabilities as the previous generation, allowing them to play with all platforms.

However, without a truly optimized version of Apex Legends, we are yet to see the real graphical and performance potentially Apex Legends can provide on next-gen consoles.

120 FPS / 120 Hz

The PS5 and Xbox Series X both have hardware capable of 4K gaming at 120Hz video output. This ultimately allows next-gen consoles to start competing with PC gaming which, depending on the hardware, can run Apex Legends at an even higher frame rate of over 144Hz at 4K resolution.

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PS5 DualSense, Haptic Feedback & 3D Audio

Perhaps some of these enhancements we will be seeing could include optimizing Apex Legends for the PS5’s DualSense, which takes advantage of the haptic feedback the next-gen console introduced.

Further, maybe Apex Legends will optimize its audio for PlayStation’s 3D audio function, which would greatly increase the dimension and quality of sound in the game. However these enhancements for next-gen consoles will come, there’s no doubt they will receive a warm welcome from the community.

Load times

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A pretty straightforward aspect of next-gen, but an important one nonetheless, is the fact that modern hardware can almost eliminate loading times.

A huge selling point of the PS5 and Xbox Series X is their ability to process information, backgrounds, and everything else required in seconds. Apex Legends matches will be able to move along seamlessly and also allow players to jump into matches almost immediately too.


For those looking for even more improvements, hopefully, Respawn will officially announce something soon for release in 2022. For more news and guides on Apex Legends, check out our complete ranking of every Apex Legend.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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