Showing posts with label Microsoft Studios. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Microsoft Studios. Show all posts

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Nintendo Open to All Third-Party Games Cross-Play

Nintendo has decided to be opened up and allow cross-play experience on all third-party games from now.

For the past few years, developer/publisher Nintendo has been doing quite well with their next-gen handheld console Nintendo Switch. Being a portable system, it immediately grabbed attention of players who want to play as they go, thus dominating video game market these days by selling the console as well as a number of popular third-party games. Lately, being very supportive towards cross-platform play than some of their competitors has made a good name for them as well.

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Nintendo Open to All Third-Party Games Cross-Play

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The concept of cross-play where players from different console or platform shares the same game servers is very popular now and Nintendo has been nothing but very supportive towards the idea. This progressive attitude towards their consumer has garnered great appreciation from fans. The company has teamed up with Microsoft to allow Switch to play sandbox survival game Minecraft with Xbox One players by releasing an engaging commercial to highlight the key features.

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Heralding their upcoming agenda, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima and senior executive officer Susumu Tanaka has stated that they are very much eager and willing to make cross-play platform experience an option for gamers. Entire gaming industry has been in debate over whether or not cross-platform play should be supported by all and when Sony went salty over using the same account to play Fortnite on Switch, players and game studios started to take the issue seriously.

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Their plans to share multi-platform for third-party titles are confirmed at their 78th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. Nintendo Switch fans should rejoice at this news as their multiplayer experience will be of next level in upcoming days. Fortnite and Minecraft have already paved the ways of unlimited possibilities and became a huge hit instantly. Compared to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Nintendo only sold 15 million units of Switch but those numbers are still rising.

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It was about time that Microsoft and Nintendo become real smart about it, rather than becoming a party-pooper like Sony. It helped them build reputation as well as making good business. However, they have just taken a decision and it may take some time to properly implement it for all because of all the parties involved.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Bungie and Microsoft Considering Destiny 2 Cross-Play

Developer Bungie and Microsoft are interested to add cross-play feature to online-only multiplayer shooter Destiny 2.

Developer studio Bungie has made a name for them with the success of multiplayer first-person shooter Destiny franchise and Destiny 2 has been quite triumphant as well. However, the game is allegedly dying and the company is doing their best to bring their players back. Aside from announcing their third expansion Forsaken, they are considering offering cross-play with D2 and since Microsoft is interested as well, it seems like a good opportunity to play it throughout a wide variety of platforms if not all.

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Bungie and Microsoft Considering Destiny 2 Cross-Play

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After initially debuting on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the game shortly arrived on PC in 2017 only a month after. Players are all drawn into large, futuristic shared world where they play the role of a Guardian of good trying to protect The Last City from an invasion of alien warlord Dominus Ghaul and his Red Legion. Gamers have played the campaign over and over, while participating in many raids and timed community events in multiplayer mode, which is limited to respective platforms.

RELATED: Destiny 2: Forsaken Story Reveal

When asked about the possibility of introducing cross-play to their game, Steve Cotton and Scott Taylor from developer team stated that this is a concept they talk about frequently but currently there is nothing at works regarding this unique feature. Also, there is no chance of having this aspect added to the game before launch of Forsaken DLC. However, it seems that Bungie is very enthusiastic about introducing this feature to D2, we might not have to wait for too long to see it.

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Xbox President Mike Ybarra also created a poll on Twitter last month seeking fan response on whether they want to see Destiny 2 get a shared platform gaming experience or not and he got 87 percent of response positive.



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Destiny 2 cross-play is a long-cherished fanboy dream that needs to come true as soon as possible and Bungie has been very willing to come on board with that plan. However, things might take an interesting turn considering PlayStation is commonly regarded as the lead console for the series, who adds exclusive content for their platform in each expansion pack and their recent controversies of not willing to offer cross-play on PS4 has already put them in a sticky situation.

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Sony faced major backlash regarding account restriction of Fortnite for other consoles and Bethesda has also called them out for not being friendly to make cross-play available on upcoming Fallout 76 game. They seem not to care if they lose players and keep the multiplayer to themselves as they have just sold over 80 million PlayStation 4 units till date. D2: Forsaken will debut on September 4 for all three major platforms and they all would be busy for some time enjoying the new DLC.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Assassin's Creed Series is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

Thanks to Xbox One backward compatibility, every Assassin's Creed games are now available to play on Xbox One.

Although Microsoft Studios has been lacking exclusive first-party titles for a while and going through a tough time competing with Sony, they did make some smart moves like teaming up with Nintendo by sharing their platform for cross-play and another is introducing backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games. After including a series of popular Star Wars games lately, Microsoft has made every Assassin's Creed video game released on Xbox 360 backwards compatible now.

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Assassin's Creed is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

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With this new initiative of theirs, Microsoft is being more pro-consumer than their rival company to add an advantage over another. Players can now enjoy games like Crimson Skies and Dragon Age 2 without having jumped back at previous console from 2001. Without swapping to PC or changing platform, you can now have access to a massive library of classic games and players have spent more than 1 billion hours playing those titles on Xbox One already.

RELATED: Assassin's Creed Odyssey Confirmed

Director of Programming for Xbox Live, Larry Hryb has recently announced on Twitter that two more games have been added to Xbox One’s backwards compatibility list. One of them being Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD from 2012 and another is Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter from 2006. Even though many are still trying to complete Assassin’s Creed Origins while eagerly waiting for the next title Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, it is nice to have the ability to play the entire series on Xbox One.



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PlayStation Vita was the initial platform for Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, which was later re-released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. As new generation of consoles made their debut, Ubisoft introduced Assassin's Creed Rogue and Assassin’s Creed Unity for old and new platforms. Back then, only newly released titles from the franchise could be played in modern consoles but now, Microsoft has made the whole fan-favorite series accessible by added all of them to backwards compatibility list.

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Generation of Assassin's Creed

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The extended catalog now includes Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed II, AC: Brotherhood, AC: Revelations, Assassin's Creed III, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and AC Rogue. This is a great new move that allows players to move to a newer console and not leaving their favorite games behind but unfortunately, doesn't get enough credit for some unknown reason. New generation of gamers can now easily enjoy these awesome games and become a fan, which is good for business.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

State of Decay 2 Independence Pack DLC

To celebrate an immense success upon debut and amassing 3 million survivors, State of Decay 2’s first DLC Independence Pack is out now!

Ahead of 4th of July holiday, Undead Labs and Microsoft Studios are in a mood for celebrating a community that has 3 million players joined for their open world zombie survival game State of Decay 2 within a month of its release on May 22, 2018. Also, it became the best-selling game of May, which is a great accomplishment for sure. To celebrate, they decided to release the first DLC Independence Pack to extend your fun experience of zombie-killing in this post-apocalyptic world.

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State of Decay 2 Independence Pack DLC

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Now you can take on your neighboring undead hordes in new different styles and colorful ways, so that you can declare your independence from their tyrannical reign. Whether you are an expert in close combats or have a knack for blowing up stuffs, this expansion got you covered. So, you can go sneaky with close-ranged weapons or start blasting off those flesh eating bastards in fiery explosions if you like. In case you want to express your festive colors, you will find stacks of fireworks.

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Independence Day-Themed Vehicle

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Available for purchase right now on PC and Xbox One to get "patriotic" items and gear, Independence Pack will cost you only $4.99. Primary feature of this post-launch content is three Independence Day-themed vehicle; Burninator, Meatwagon and Pyrohawk. Two long-range weapons; Pyro Launcher and Starshank Launcher are added with three additional melee weapons; BBQ Fork, Grillmeister and The Freedom Ringer. These items of mass zombie horde destruction promise tons of fun.

We think, a short trailer clip featuring the combat in vehicles and use of those weapons will be something you won't want to miss. So, check out the video below.




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Since the developers were in a fun vibe, they even dressed up the zeds from the pack for this occasion. A Revolutionary War-themed zombie is introduced, whom you might come across during your supply run and you are more than welcome to teach him a lesson of history with the fireworks at your disposal. I mean, what could be more patriotic in a world taken over by zombies, to fight for a small-town of America and regularly scavenge for a community where you belong?


RELATED: State of Decay 2 Gameplay Launch Trailer

You don't even need to buy Independence Pack DLC if you happen to have purchased the State of Decay 2 Ultimate Edition in the first place. Or if you have the Xbox Game Pass membership, you can receive a 10 percent discount on the expansion as well. Also, Update 2.0 brings you 20 new missions for free, 10 new weapons and improved gameplay in overall. Now, take your fireworks and hop on a ride to venture out to kill off more zeds until Daybreak Pack finally releases in September, 2018.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

PUBG Corp. Drops Lawsuit Against Epic Games

PUBG Corporation has just dropped their copyright violation lawsuit against Epic Games over Fortnite Battle Royale.

Ever since developers Epic Games have added a "Battle Royale" mode to their sandbox survival game Fortnite, it was obvious that where they took the inspiration from because it was quite on the nose. Then developers of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, PUBG Corporation eventually called them out for straight out copying their idea. Then earlier this year, PUBG owners have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against their rival company, which is dropped after months of debacle over it.

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PUBG Corp. Drops Lawsuit Against Epic Games

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An injunction against Epic Games was filed by the accuser back in January for supposed copyright violation stating the game in question is creating a similar gaming experience for players like PUBG. Now, dropping the case can be for several reasons and both of these game developing companies are partially owned by Tencent Holdings might be one of them. Also, PUBG uses the same Unreal Engine made by Epic Games and that makes it even complicated than it already is.

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Initially, Fortnite was struggling with their "Save the World" mode until they decided to introduce a PvP mode that is very much akin to last-man-standing shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, published by Korea-based publisher Bluehole. Although no official statement on this sudden setback is not yet revealed but they might have reached over some settlement that caused the withdrawal of the copyright lawsuit over online battle royale game of their competitor.

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People like to play Battle Royale games and there is no denying of it but the way whole gaming industry has been on its tail, it seems a bit of stretch now when big-name titles like Battlefield V and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 announces of having the same mode to their game. Because of their practice of accuse similar games and taking legal action over them, followers trolled them on Twitter when it welcomed Battlefield series to the club by hinting another lawsuit filing maybe on its way.

RELATED: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Savage Map In Works

PUBG is already suffering from a loss of player count for some time despite recently crossing the milestone of selling 50 million units of the game. They completely screwed up the players who supported the game from a primitive stage by not fixing the glitches but heavily focusing on DLC and loot boxes. Whereas, for their free-to-play nature, Fortnite Battle Royale didn't just gained huge popularity but also made a good buck from selling cosmetic items through micro-transactions.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Minecraft Nintendo Switch Cross-Play

Minecraft brings cross-play with Better Together update to let players team up on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One in a new trailer.

Playing your favorite games with friends on cross-platform is bliss and these days, developers and publishers are keeping that in mind. We all know how popular Minecraft is among fans already and everyone just wants to take part for some fun crafting experience. An update titled, Better Together was released last year that let players to enjoy the game on PC, Xbox One, mobile and VR devices together. That list of cross-playing platforms just included Nintendo Switch to the fold.

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Minecraft Nintendo Switch Cross-Play

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You should go ahead and check out the brand-new trailer of Nintendo Switch cross-play of the game for more information.




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Using the Bedrock engine, the game was made available for the trendy next gen console of Nintendo. Alongside many other popular lists of Nintendo games, it will sure add a lot of value to the platform as Minecraft is now the second best-selling video game of all time with more than 144 million units. While you can customize your game with in-game store community contents and this version comes with the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack. That sure makes you jump with joy, right?

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If you happen to have a copy of the original Switch Edition game then all you have to do is to download this new version of Minecraft or just get it directly from Nintendo eShop. Don't worry about all of your DLC contents as you can just transfer them to the new version easily. You will need a free Microsoft account for cross-play on Switch with other participants from different devices and platforms. Plus, it will come in handy to get Minecoins and making purchase on marketplace.

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Nintendo and Microsoft Team-Up

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With help from SkyBox Labs, Microsoft has taken this joint effort to bring together their fan-base and increase the pleasure of playing together. One thing that seemed odd is that while both of these companies are promoting a competitor’s console so positively, Sony decides to be a grumpy old grandpa and not allowing cross-platform play on their consoles. They already are in a controversy regarding not letting players use their Epic Games accounts on PlayStation 4 for other consoles.

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That situation has been worsened and the Minecraft developer team has been trying to reach out to them for some time to bring the experience to PS4 but they simply won't join the parade. Where Microsoft and Nintendo chooses to play together and survive together, Sony is probably rooting for survive alone and being left behind.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

PUBG Gets ‘Event Pass’ Progression System

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is bringing a new progression and reward system called 'Event Pass' this week.

Developers of PUBG Corp. has been up to a new progression system for their last-man-standing shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and they are about to launch it soon. Starting this Friday, they will release an "Event Pass" that will offer players many unlockable items and it will drop as they introduce the long-awaited Sanhok map on PC. Themed on the upcoming map, the pass is going to last for four weeks and this is the way how they are going to deliver premium content in future.

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PUBG Gets ‘Event Pass’ Progression System

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ third and one of the recently anticipated maps Sanhok features a jungle-like environment and is scheduled to drop on June 22. Designed for close quarter combats by keeping the size to a 4x4 KM size, you can expect much more intensity you ever saw in Erangel or Miramar. This is a nice way to keep things fresh and you probably know that by now if you have been playing it in test servers. Hopefully, more change will come and more loot will be found.

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We offer you to take a quick glance at PUBG's Sanhok map in the teaser trailer below before heading to it.




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This Event Pass presents you many new missions, which are either daily or weekly and some of them are specifically designed to play on Sanhok for you to complete them to increase your level. Leveling up will lead you to unlocking rewards but they are neither tradable nor marketable as PUBG has gotten rid of item trading because of the presence of many third-party marketplace who started abusing this system. Until they could come up with a solution, a temporary restriction is on.

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Lately, players have been unlocking contents through a crate and key system that the developers thought to be a meaningful way. Even though it sort of screws over their consumers in many ways, they somehow believe that finding rare items in this way can be "extremely satisfying" for some reason. They even mentioned that at one point, the devs even considered releasing content as paid DLC but that will simply divide the whole player base into two different groups that has access to the maps or not.

RELATED: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Event Mode Announced

It will also keep a lot of players from enjoying updated contents and besides, PUBG Corp. has promised at The Game Awards 2017 that they will provide all maps for free. So, an Event Pass is created, which is much like a rewarding method called Battle Pass from their rival multiplayer online battle royale game Fortnite. According to their own statement, Event Pass is introduced as a progression system that they can keep track of. Said to be available from June 22, a price was not mentioned yet.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ Sanhok Map

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However, if you choose not to purchase the Event Pass, you can still enjoy those premium contents for a limited time. So, paying for it lets you permanently acquire all the cool stuff and exclusive rewards. If you buy it on a later time, you will still earn all the rewards through tracking your mission progress. Apparently, many players from their community have been requesting them for a progression system that can be tracked and we only wonder why they don't focus on other problems!

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PUBG Corporation also need to keep in mind that despite selling 50 million copies of the game, PUBG has lost almost half of its player base due to developer's lack of effort in fixing the game and focusing on cosmetic item releases. The game's Korea-based publisher Bluehole is currently in a lawsuit battle with Epic Games for copyright infringement, which should also be a matter of concern. The game was released into Steam's Early Access in March 2017 and then released for PC and Xbox One on December 2017.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Halo Infinite Announced

Halo Infinite trailer at E3 2018 is bringing back Master Chief once again to finish the fight to save humanity.

Not every day you get to show your games at a stage like E3 2018 and so, Microsoft took this opportunity very seriously on Xbox E3 2018 presentation. What better way to do that than revealing a new entry from one of your biggest franchises and what bigger series there is other than Halo? With Halo Infinite, our beloved hero Master Chief returns in action after a while. Developer 343 Industries have brought back the series once again and the next chapter begins from here.

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Halo Infinite Announced

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Check out the E3 2018 announce trailer for upcoming Halo Infinite, which will be exclusive to Windows 10 and Xbox One.




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The trailer is a short cinematic clip showing a green landscape in what seems to be an aftermath of some great war. A new ecosystem of beasts and nature completely takes over the world left behind by men as we don't see any of them. While a squad of three soldiers approaches with one of their wounded companion, we see Master Chief's iconic helm in his hand in frame. Then he plugged Cortana into the back of his helmet and then it slowly cuts into the title card.

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Even though they previously hinted of making a comeback with Halo series, both developer 343 Industries and Microsoft Studios has been quite about when they are going to make a show on it for some time. Thankfully, it is finally returning to its former glory and will establish that once it finally releases. Aside from slightly changing their art style and color patterns, the game has moved to a newer Slipspace Engine this time and players get to spend more time with their favorite green Spartan.

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In a time when Microsoft is desperately in need for some exclusive games for their consoles to survive the market competition as they are being manhandled by Sony and ridiculed by fans, an exclusive Xbox line-up like Halo can probably turn the table for them. So, the upcoming title is definitely a breath of fresh air in this time of crisis for the publisher. The story of the game centers around Master Chief but this teaser was to actually demonstrate their powerful new game engine.

Monday, June 4, 2018

State of Decay 2 Crosses 2 Million Players

State of Decay 2 creates record by bagging over 2 million players in first two weeks of worldwide launch.

Open world zombie survival game State of Decay 2 from Undead Labs and Microsoft Studios was out on May 22 and got an amazing start. Within two days after launch, the game has built a strong community of over 1 million players. Now, in less than two weeks of release on PC and Xbox One, they have gathered a force of 2 million survivors. It's really remarkable to see these many players sharing a post-apocalyptic world for resources and fighting undead hordes to keep up.

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State of Decay 2 Crosses 2 Million Players

RELATED: State of Decay 2 Crosses 1 Million Players

With so many players participating in the game, there are many interesting numbers popping out. For example, survivors have already slain nearly 2 billion zombies, which is one third of Earth's population now! Over 121,000 community stories were completed at the same time and newer ones were built on map for facing new challenges. Players have learned to stay alive for straight three days on average and all of these numbers indicates their dedication and excitement.

RELATED: State of Decay 2 Gameplay Launch Trailer

The developers are also tirelessly trying to provide major bug-fixes, minor tuning in gameplay and other improvements for a satisfying experience playing. Additional contents and regular updates will maintain their flow from Undead Labs to sustain this incredible community. The already refined story setup charmed its magic through a bit of open-world exploring, slight role-playing, some third-person action during zombie-killing and then nicely balancing all of those aspects together.

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Ever-Increasing Zombie Threat

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Needless to say, State of Decay 2 has just begun its steps and more bands of survivors will join soon, which we hope to grow even further. You begin your journey in a small-town of America and start a quest for scavenging while constantly trying to save your skin from zombies; you build up a community to start a new life at the end of the world and contribute as much as you can, which is the whole game in a nutshell. So, when are you finally joining the big hustle, eh?

Friday, June 1, 2018

Xbox Game Pass Adds Classic Star Wars Games

The Force is Strong with Xbox Game Pass this June as some Xbox and Xbox 360 titles got you covered.

If you have played Star Wars Battlefront II and watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi from last year but still yearning for more Star Wars, then you may need a dose of some classic titles and Xbox Game Pass has just the thing for you. From June 1, you are going to be treated with four fan-favorite games to celebrate one year anniversary of Microsoft's online-based gaming subscription service. If you do not own a membership, you can just start over by trying out a 14-day Free Trial right away!

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Xbox Game Pass Adds Classic Star Wars Games

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For a $9.99 only per month, you can subscribe for the service and enjoy a vast number of games from many genres from a single library of collection.

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic on Xbox Game Pass

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Players assume the role of a Jedi from three different character classes in this iconic role-playing game from developer BioWare. KTOR tasks you to save Galactic Empire from the threat of Darth Revan's former trainee Darth Malak. Not only saving the Jedi Order is up to you but your actions heavily affect in-game plot to progress in this turn-based epic release. Aided by two companions at your side, you unlock mastery over skills or Force powers as you level-up playing the game.

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on Xbox Game Pass

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
When Emperor Palpatine sends his apprentice Darth Vader after Jedi Kento Marek on Kashyyyk following the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, he took the Force-sensitive child of his fallen opponent Galen Marek to be his own pupil. Taking an alias of "Starkiller", you go after all remaining Jedi on behalf of your master and then someday killing The Emperor to rule the galaxy alongside your mentor. This one is your ticket to become a bad-ass villain the universe will tremble against.

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II on Xbox Game Pass

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
Starkiller is back again but he is not exactly who you think and it sounds quite confusing of course. He escapes from Kamino looking for his love interest Juno Eclipse after a vision of his former master Darth Vader starts haunting him. To save her, you will have to outrace galaxy's best bounty hunter Boba Fett from finding her first. You can either choose the path of righteousness and play for the Light Side or just let the Dark Side consume you as you destroy everything that stands in your path.

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Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Xbox Game Pass

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Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
You enter the game to explore all six episodes from Star Wars saga and collect Gold Bricks as you do. It's you chance to re-live the entire franchise but presented in a less serious tone like any other release from Lego. Keep your search for those bricks from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi and you may end up finding all of them while having some fun doing it throughout 36 different levels. This action-adventure title is designed to entertain you and any young members from your family.

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We are not saying that you have to be pleased with only a few classic Star Wars games with Xbox Games Pass. In fact, you can get a lot more because they recently added newer releases like Mega Man Legacy Collection 2, MotoGP 17, The Technomancer and Wasteland 2: Director's Cut as well. Their catalogue of game collection already has more than over 150 titles already and is only expanding. Some of those backwards compatible games now features support 4K support and are Xbox One X enhanced.

E3 2018 News and Rumors

World’s best gaming expo E3 2018 is s almost here. So, news, rumors and trailers on games are here as well.

The annual grand gaming show is returning to Los Angeles convention center with the biggest gaming news you can expect. As that moment approaches, we are eagerly waiting for a bag full of E3 2018 games that are waiting to be announced officially. We are so close to E3 2018 now and for the past few months; we've been bombarded with news of latest leaks in weirdest way possible and we got the most number of them in last few weeks. On Saturday, June 12, all conferences and shows will start off and will run till June 14.

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E3 2018 News and Rumors

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Press conferences at E3 2018 will be running from June 9 with EA Play briefing and then Nintendo will be concluding on June 12 with their seminar. We expect announcements and appearances from big companies like Bethesda Softworks, Devolver Digital, Microsoft Studios, Sony, Square Enix and Ubisoft as well. We have tons of news heading our way for upcoming titles from Triple A games list awaiting their release this year.




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Activision at E3 2018
Publisher company Activision typically keeps a pace of releasing games that are able to satisfy the gamers but no one really ever surprised by any of their release announcements. Obviously we are getting more detailed look at Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 or maybe an update on where they are with Spyro. A possible look at the next Destiny 2 expansion wouldn't be too much to ask since their Year 2 reveal is marked for June 5. Releases from Blizzard division will probably be saved up for a later occasion.




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Bethesda at E3 2018
This publisher has the tendency of making announcement of new games shortly before their release. Though Bethesda E3 lineup may not excite a hell lot of people and they are sort of new to these press conferences and showcasing upcoming projects, they do have a change of pace. Games revealed at E3 2018 by them will be some titles that are not going to drop very soon. News of Rage 2 from Avalanche Studios was leaked and eventually it was revealed last month while promising for more on E3.

RELATED: Doom 2 May Be Announced at E3 2018

Latest installment of their post-apocalyptic role-playing series, Fallout 76 is already revealed and some new gameplay trailer is on the way and we may finally know if the latter is focused on multiplayer. Does a declaration for The Elder Scrolls 6 or Dishonored 3 sounds too far-fetched? Or maybe Doom 2 from id Software? Yes, the kind of does but then again, rumors heavily suggests of something like that likely to happen. However, we certainly can hope for The Elder Scrolls Online to get a new expansion.




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Electronic Arts at E3 2018
Branded as "Worst Company in America" in 2012 and 2013 wasn't enough, Mass Effect: Andromeda from Electronic Arts failed terribly last year, their development studio Visceral Games was shut down and then there was the infamous micro-transaction outrage regarding Need for Speed Payback and Star Wars Battlefront II, which has them being accused of trying to introduce some sort of gambling mechanics into video games. Legal questions were raised for having such progression in one of their Triple A games.

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At EA Play annual press conference, a demo of Anthem will most likely be displayed by Mass Effect team for media. We already watched Battlefield V reveal event to witness how they are carefully avoiding controversial loot box model and are eager to see more from BFV. Instead, they are going to offer cosmetic items and skins for weapon that does not provide any in-game advantage. FIFA 19 hasn’t officially been revealed yet, so hopes are up for that one too while we expect it to drop on September, 2018.




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Microsoft at E3 2018
Through a wave of change in management, Microsoft is getting readied for joining the competition. Adding 4K support for Xbox One X was an advancement that only expanded new opportunities for their consoles with Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, building a bridge between PC and Xbox One. They might stage some more features of their devices and upcoming programs planned for future at E3. In terms of new games, they aren't probably bringing any of their big original franchises.

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What we have gathered is that Microsoft may actually reveal three new Gears of War titles, one of which is a usual sequel, another is Halo Wars type of real-time strategy and the last one is a Battle Royale game. 2011’s NBA Jam: On Fire Edition from Xbox 360 may get an update but otherwise, there are no possibilities of a new title from NBA Jam series. They clearly are not in for investing much time and budget in new projects these days. Lastly, we would like to get a release date for Crackdown 3.




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Nintendo at E3 2018
Earlier in January 2018, Nintendo Direct Mini teased the fans with so many upcoming titles waiting to be released this year and many already have made the jump. Metroid Prime 4, The World Ends with You – Final Remix and Yoshi has chances of showing up alongside a Pokémon game. Since its official, a gameplay trailer for Switch version of Super Smash Bros. will be much appreciated. An HD version of Mother 3 can get us cheered up like many fans as well. Other than these, we have nothing on them because of their very tight way of maintaining internal secrecy.




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Sony at E3 2018
Sony apparently has an upper hand in gaming market currently following God of War's release, which set records for selling on PlayStation 4 that surpasses any number Microsoft could come up with PC or Xbox One at the same time. They also have sold more consoles than their rival and dominating the market. Sony's upcoming high-profile Death Stranding from Hideo Kojima's own company Kojima Productions, The Last of Us Part 2 and Marvel’s Spider-Man stands out as one of the most anticipated games of 2018 already.

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Their Days Gone and Ghost of Tsushima are also in line to take us all for a deep dive. Hopes of hearing about a sequel for Bloodborne and Horizon Zero Dawn are high from many players but chances are very slim. Sony’s conference may feature some new CoD: BO4 footage considering their DLC exclusivity on PS4. MediEvil Remastered or Syphon Filter remake have hooked us on some hope but some of them may remain unannounced for now and saved up for conferences at their own events like Paris Games Week and PlayStation Experience.




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Square Enix at E3 2018
In past, Square Enix and Konami used to rule at E3 but sadly they both are a dimmed shadow of what they once were. Speaking of shadows, the former have their focus on Shadow of the Tomb Raider from developer Crystal Dynamics now, which may bring them into limelight again. A reveal trailer for the game is expected at their E3 Showcase. Oh and let's not forget about their action role-playing project Kingdom Hearts III as it has an official release date waiting for announcement.

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After long debacle and debates, their spokesperson revealed earlier that Final Fantasy VII Remake will come any time before 2023, meaning they are not in any hurry with that one. Some update on untitled Avengers Project with Marvel would be nice as we never heard anything else after 2017. With release of Final Fantasy XV and Nier: Automata in recent years, they are slowly trying to restore their former glory but time will only tell whether they would succeed or not.




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Ubisoft at E3 2018
Instead of arriving at the grad-party with flashy new range of video games, Ubisoft seems more comfortable to hang out with their old titles and keep those franchises alive by providing regular downloadable content or arranging seasonal events to support the cause. We have For Honor and Rainbow Six Siege to prove that theory. Fingers crossed for a brand-new trailer on Skull & Bones, The Crew 2 and The Division 2, because we know that Beyond Good and Evil 2 will eventually join the parade.

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Speculations are pretty damn high for a new Splinter Cell sequel, which can easily become one of the Triple A games 2018 has to offer and who better can do that except for Sam Fisher? We still haven't catch our breath following the shocking revelation of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, a successor sequel to Assassin's Creed Origins. Following a surprise leak from one of their merchandise for the game on a French site named Jeuxvideo, Ubisoft swiftly acted by dropping a teaser that let us know it will be set in Greece.

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One of the few other things from our bucket-lists is clearly a trailer or gameplay of the much talked about Resident Evil 2 Remake from Capcom. A release date on YS Net’s Shenmue 3 alongside a gameplay trailer and new clip on CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 will do just fine. This upcoming open-world RPG has the potential of becoming the most anticipated PC games 2018 will probably see while it also rules on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, much like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from the same developers.

As we all are very excited for the arrival of E3, we surely cannot wait for some of those biggest E3 rumors come true and keep you all updated as much as we can.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Sea of Thieves: The Hungering Deep DLC

Have been hearing stories of a new threat sailors on the Sea of Thieves are facing? It's Rare's The Hungering Deep update for this summer.

Alongside zombie survival game State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves from developer Rare Studio and publisher Microsoft has been an anticipated Xbox-excusive of 2018. Launched earlier this year, it already managed to gain positive reception for different style of gameplay and they had three downloadable content planned to release this summer. The studio just released their very first major update for the action-adventure title, "The Hungering Deep", which is a free expansion.

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Sea of Thieves: The Hungering Deep DLC

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Before we talk more on what it is all about, let's hear it more from an old pirate who knows more about what's ahead than any one of us.




This update is now live and it introduces some brand-new content that are here to stay. Do not mistake this as one of those regular weekly patches as this one is quite extent. For starters, they have added new menacing enemies, items and other cosmetics like scars and tattoos to make your character look more authentic to their nature. With The Hungering Deep, Sea of Thieves also launches a limited-time event for players and promises to keep this up for their fans if they keep looking for more treasures.

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This is a new adventure that takes you to set sail for the next two weeks to face a new threat of an enormous Megalodon shark, which will take only team efforts to tackle. Aside from your crew-mates and fellow bandits, you have new tools like communication device, flag system and speaking trumpet to achieve a much desired victory over the undisputed terror of all seas that is not as extinct as we have thought. They are very real and are meaning to haunt you in your nightmares.

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The Monstrous Megalodon

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Whether you bought Sea of Thieves for PC or Xbox One, or gained access to the game as a perk to Xbox Game Pass, The Hungering Deep is a completely free DLC for all. All you need is a copy of the base game and then download this update to enjoy the life of a pirate. Rare promises to drop two more updates; "Cursed Sails" and "Forsaken Shores" this summer to deliver a pleasant experience to their fans. While you are busy trying to tame the ancient one, the developers will be working on more contents for the game.

PUBG Corp Suing Epic Games For Copyright

Developers of Fortnite have been accused of copying from rival title PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

After throwing accusations for copying their game, developer studio PUBG Corporation has finally filed a lawsuit against Epic Games for copyright infringement. PUBG Corp is a subsidiary for Korea-based publisher Bluehole that is responsible for multiplayer online battle royale game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Although PUBG has introduced the concept of last-man-standing shooter in video games, their main competitor Fortnite is currently ruling everywhere!

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PUBG Corp Suing Epic Games For Copyright

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This is not the first time the accuser has claimed for their designs or intellectual property being copied by Epic Games for their Fortnite Battle Royale, which eventually became more popular. Back in January, the company filed an injunction against Epic Games Korea for supposed copyright violation. The accused company has not made any comment on the lawsuit yet and Seoul Central District Court will decide whether or not they have copied aspects from PUBG.

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Both Fortnite and PUBG have millions of players engaged in online multiplayer battles these days. Originally inspired from a Japanese thriller film Battle Royale, PUBG debuted in March 2017 on Steam's Early Access before being fully released on December, 2017 for PC and Xbox One. Then Fortnite's Battle Royale mode was released by Epic Games in September when their "Free The World" PvE mode was constantly failing to get any footing or recognition.

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Fortnite: Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup

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Because of their free-to-play nature, it soon gained huge popularity and a massive fan-following, which their rival game was lacking. They were also making some sweet cash out of micro-transaction for cosmetic items. While Fortnite was breaking into mainstream media with guest appearance from rapper Drake or having a timed crossover event on the release of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was slowly dying for their compatibility problem, lack of optimization and loads of bugs.

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Despite sharing traits like dropping 100 players into a selected map to survive till the last person or a team, Fortnite also pushes you to build fort and craft various items for better defense, which is completely absent in PUBG. Although, they have no problem with Epic Games adapting a Battle Royale mode for their game, PUBG Corp is concerned with Fortnite trying to repeat what they did to deliver similar experience to players and they already pay a huge buck to them as royalties for using Unreal Engine 4.

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PUBG Revolutionized Battle Royale

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Considering those above mentioned points, it really seems very inconsiderate for Epic to using intellectual properties of their client. Since, Fortnite Battle Royale is free-to-play, PUBG is currently struggling to even retain their spot on the competition. However, people will still abandon the game if they do not prioritize fixing tons of existing problems their community has been complaining about from the very beginning.