Showing posts with label Xbox Game Studios. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Xbox Game Studios. Show all posts

Friday, January 10, 2020

Xbox Series X Games Will Be Cross-Gen With Xbox One

Microsoft has confirmed that games released for Xbox Series X will also be playable on Xbox One for first few years.

This holiday season 2020, both Microsoft Studios and Sony Interactive Entertainment are launching their latest gaming hardware Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 for next console generation with full backward compatibility support.

However, that doesn't mean that current and upcoming games will skip previous consoles. Going a step further, Microsoft ensures that all first-party games for Series X will also be playable for Xbox One for at least two years.

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Xbox Series X Games Will Be Cross-Gen With Xbox One

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Head of Xbox Game Studios internal development team, Matt Booty has confirmed in a recent interview that all of their games coming out for over next two years will play out on Xbox family of existing and next-gen devices.

Committed to consumers about content, they want to make sure that players feel they made a good investment. Two first-party games Halo Infinite and Senua's Saga: Hellblade II is already scheduled to arrive alongside Xbox Series X.

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One of their biggest push in gaming will come from xCloud, which is claimed to be Netflix for games and even though this cloud gaming service is currently in beta, it can compete against Google Stadia with a greater lineup.

Lately, Microsoft has teamed up with Nintendo to bring popular titles like Cuphead and Minecraft to Nintendo Switch. Banjo and Kazooie joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as guest DLC fighters only hints at something big coming in future.

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In his interview, Matt Booty talked more about their approach to and intended vision for next-gen Xbox console.

Our approach is to pick one or two IP that we’re going to focus on and make sure that they’re there at the launch of the console, taking advantage of all the features. And for us, that’s going to be Halo Infinite, which is a big opportunity. It’s the first time in over 15 years that we’ll have a Halo title launching in sync with a new console. And that team is definitely going to be doing things to take advantage of [Series X].

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Halo Infinite was heavily marketed as a flagship title for Xbox Series X and also a cross-gen release for Xbox One. However, it won't be the only one and a select few games will be focused to showcase powerful feature of Series X hardware.

This way, player community of their ongoing titles like Sea of Thieves will get an extended period of support while forthcoming multiplayer online games like Battletoads and Bleeding Edge will be benefiting from extra updates.

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Offering cross-generation compatibility is great news for millions of Xbox One owners as they don't essentially have to buy the latest console to play newest Halo game with only downside of playing on a machine that is less powerful than Series X.

Microsoft is preparing themselves for next generation in their own way despite facing heavy market challenge from Sony but staying away from new exclusives to be more favorable to customers compared to PS5 is a really odd strategy.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Bleeding Edge Closed Beta Release Date

Gather your fighters and get ready for first Bleeding Edge Closed Beta, beginning on February 14, 2020.

Earlier this year at E3 2019 press conference, developer Ninja Theory and publisher Xbox Game Studios unveiled their upcoming multiplayer brawler game Bleeding Edge that is set to release on March 24, 2020 for PC and Xbox One.

After initial reveal, a new hybrid assassin fighter Cass is introduced during X019 livestream event. Its first Closed Beta program will kick-start on February 14, 2020 and then a second one will be available ahead of launch on March 13.

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Bleeding Edge Closed Beta Release Date

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A store page for the game has gone live on Steam recently for players to place their pre-order before March 2020 to earn access to Beta phase and bonuses like fighter skins, Rioter's Hoverboard, sticker pack and extra taunts.

Also included in pre-purchase incentive is exclusive Punk Pack for all available platforms. Players with membership to Xbox Game Pass will get automatic access to Closed Beta and receive all items by playing on first week of launch.

RELATED: Bleeding Edge Release Date

A large number of crowds has signed up and participated in Technical Alpha following showcase at E3. Then Alpha Tests are run where player community enthusiastically took part for months to help dev team make further improvements.

For long, Ninja Theory has been secretly working on Bleeding Edge under direction of Rahni Tucker, who worked on DmC: Devil May Cry and has admiration for action combat that she intended to bring on multiplayer games.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Bleeding Edge Release Date

Ninja Theory announced a 2020 release date for their upcoming multiplayer brawler Bleeding Edge at X019.

Following a leak ahead of E3 2019 press conference back in June, developer Ninja Theory officially revealed Bleeding Edge, their brand-new IP at Xbox press briefing event for PC, Steam, Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass service.

Up until now there was no set release date other than a single cinematic trailer from E3 and today, Microsoft has announced for the 4v4 multiplayer team brawler game to come out on March 24, 2020 at X019 livestream event.

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Bleeding Edge Release Date

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In a newly dropped trailer to herald its arrival, Ninja Theory offers an in-depth look at playable combatants.




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Debuted at latest episode of Inside Xbox, a brand-new fighter named Cass is introduced, who is a hybrid assassin with deadly skills. Rest of its eccentric range of characters was also seen doing some prep for their next battle as well.

On top of exclusive pre-order bonus, players will be given access to Closed Beta program on February 14 and March 13. Joining the mayhem early on before March 21, 2020 will earn you Punk Pack in-game bonus cosmetics content.

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Ninja Theory has previously worked on titles like DmC: Devil May Cry and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Last year, Microsoft Studios has acquired the studio alongside a few others in to produce new games for PC and next-gen Xbox consoles.

Bleeding Edge is going to be published by Xbox Game Studios and is currently available to pre-order for $29.99 retail price only. At launch, both cross-play and cross-save support will be accessible on all three different platforms.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Halo Infinite Lead Producer Exits 343 Industries

Mary Olson, lead campaign producer of upcoming first-person shooter title Halo Infinite leaves 343 Industries this weekend.

A short while ago in August, news came out that creative director Tim Longo of upcoming first-person shooter game Halo Infinite has left developer studio 343 Industries, only a year before its scheduled release in fall 2020.

According to Reddit and ResetEra, the company is seeing another leadership shakeup this weekend as lead campaign producer Mary Olson is also leaving 343, who was an executive producer and was promoted earlier.

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Halo Infinite Lead Producer Exits 343 Industries

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Such big departures from a very ambitious project over a short period time would likely to have people assume that the project is currently having a leadership crisis and though it is a valid concern, an employee of 343 suggests otherwise.

After Olson's departure became public knowledge, Halo community manager John Junyszek came forward clarifying what both Tim & Mary's roles were within company, which seems to create a lot of confusion lately.

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Junyszek wrote his point in a Reddit comment from his account where he talked about what Mary Olson and Tim Longo was doing at 343. Longo was hired to make creative decisions about game direction including campaign, multiplayer and more.

Mary was an executive producer, who then became lead producer to help development team deliver the game before holiday 2020 release date and her primary objective was to focus on achieve completion of its core campaign.

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Olson joins developer/publisher Midwinter Entertainment to work on upcoming multiplayer survival shooter Scavengers. Nevertheless, it won't cause any creative dilemma as she was not in charge of major creative decisions at 343 Industries.

Halo Infinite was announced as a launch title for next-gen Microsoft console Project Scarlett back in E3 2019, which will see long-awaited return of a renowned first-person shooter game series next year and a cross-platform release.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Gears 5 Breaks Xbox Game Studios Launch Record

Days within release, Gears 5 breaks records as biggest launch for any Xbox Game Studios game this generation.

Building up a lot of hype from E3 2018 announcement, developer studio The Coalition and publisher Xbox Game Studios have released third-person shooter game Gears 5 this holiday season on PC via Steam and Xbox One platforms.

Latest from fan-favorite Gears of War franchise, the game broke all previous sales records and now has become biggest launch title of current generation Xbox home consoles in its opening weekend without any sign of slowing down.

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Gears 5 Breaks Xbox Game Studios Launch Record

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It marks the biggest launch week for Xbox Game Studios (formerly known as Microsoft Studios) by drawing more than three million players, which is double in count from Gears of War 4 debut week and most played than Halo 4.

Players who purchased Gears 5 Ultimate Edition or subscribed to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service got four-day early access from September 6 even though many were not able to connect to due to issues with Xbox Live Gold service.

RELATED: Gears 5 Campaign and Horde Mode Revealed

Not only are they making impressive sales on Xbox and Xbox Game Pass monthly service but numbers have almost tripled on PC compared to its predecessor title from 2016, making the game largest debut for its publisher till date.

Story of Gears 5 continues from where it left of in last game and follows protagonist Kait Diaz on a personal journey to Sera. Aside from open-world campaign, beloved Horde Mode makes a return alongside crossover with Halo: Reach and more.

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Hit With Critics and Fans

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When looking at these numbers, we must also keep in mind that numbers were increased on some level from subscription services, Xbox One X and Xbox One S console bundle most of which didn't exist when Gears of War 4 came out.

Since many number of Gears 5 players never purchased the game directly will complicate sales number and player count. Nevertheless, critics and fans are really enjoying their experience and it even got sixth best Metacritic user score for an Xbox title.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Dave Bautista Joins Gears 5

WWE superstar Dave Bautista will be joining as a multiplayer character for Gears 5 on September 15, 2019.

For long, fans have been petitioning for Hollywood megastar Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Spectre) to be included in Gears of War live-action movie adaptation that has been under development for many years.

Now that the third-person shooter game series is returning with upcoming mainline title Gears 5, this former WWE superstar is joining as a playable character from September 15, 2019, after WWE pay-per-view event Clash of Champions.

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Dave Bautista Joins Gears 5

RELATED: Gears 5 Release Date

Bautista has taken his Twitter account to announce this exciting news through a teaser trailer of his appearance.


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Dave Bautista will be joining for multiplayer mode of Gears 5 as part of a promotion for WWE and game director Rod Fergusson was in charge of his overall performance and recording more than seven hundred lines for this role.

Although Universal Pictures still working on a Gears of War movie, developer studio The Coalition wanted to put Bautista in shoes of Marcus Fenix wearing his iconic COG armor, which has remained a dream role for him to play.

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Batista as Marcus

RELATED: Gears 5 Campaign and Horde Mode Revealed

Most of his lines were inspired from Marcus' script but his voice performance reflected largely on "The Animal" persona of his. His character will be wearing a pair of signature Hollywood shades when stomping into enemy Swarms.

Purchasing any version of Gears 5 including Xbox Game Pass membership will unlock Bautista on September 15. WWE has partnered up with Xbox for a special countdown for him to be available in-game and this promotion will run until October 28. 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Gears 5 Campaign and Horde Mode Revealed

The Coalition revealed campaign story and wave-based Horde mode for Gears 5 at opening night live of Gamescom 2019.

In a few weeks, upcoming third-person shooter game Gears 5 from developer studio The Coalition and publisher Xbox Game Studios will see worldwide launch on September 10, 2019 for PC via Steam and Xbox One platforms.

Back in at E3 2019, development team promised to reveal Horde mode during Gamescom 2019 and today, much more are coming. Since story of the game is focused on protagonist Kait Diaz, what better way to start without campaign trailer?

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Gears 5 Campaign and Horde Mode Revealed

RELATED: Gears 5 Release Date

Gears 5 story campaign trailer shows Kait going through personal dark secret and a dangerous threat upon them.




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For long, Kait has been struggling to understand her mysterious connection with their enemy and so, she took on a personal journey to Sera. As she already is haunted by a dark vision, her squad struggles to fight oncoming Swarms.

Another terrifying enemy called Swarm Leeches shows up in full-appearance to display their ability to chew through metal armor. "Head like a Hole" by Nine Inch Nails play in background score while Kait having flashback to dark past.

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As promised by developers earlier, Horde mode saw official reveal today during Gamescom 2019 event.




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Iconic multiplayer mode from Gears of War series, Horde is back and it has evolved for better by focusing onto a character-based gameplay mechanics that offers unique legacy, personality, play style and progression for each one.

This five-player mode features Ultimate abilities for each playable-character such as JD calling for air strikes, Kait can use a cloak to go beyond enemy lines and take them out or X-ray vision that lets Fahz see targets through walls.

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Horde mode will require you to use all of these abilities to survive and even allows you play as flying support bot, Jack. Playing with him is unlike any other Gears heroes since he doesn't need any cover and can heal players nearby.

Also, he can make enemies fight each other by using his ability to hijack one of them and that makes him really useful in battle. Newly added Power Taps mechanic will let players to move around bases for power and rewards.

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Then in a surprise addition, Halo: Reach character pack is unveiled to debut valiant Spartans into world of Gears.




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From Xbox briefing event at E3 2019, we learned that Gears 5 will be having a crossover with upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate live-action movie but for Coalition studio head Rod Ferguson, that simply wasn't big enough for upcoming title.

So, he decided to call in for Halo: Reach from another fan-favorite game franchise of Microsoft Studios to join them in their upcoming Locust hunt. Spartans Emile-A239 and Kat-B320 from Noble Team are joining Gears heroes in battle soon.

Halo: Reach Comes to Gears 5

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Both Emile and Kat will have their very own Ultimate abilities in Horde mode just like any other playable characters. Players can also access them in other available modes of the upcoming cover-based shooter, including Escape.

Halo: Reach character pack comes exclusively with Ultimate Edition of the game or a subscription to Game Pass Ultimate. This might not be the exact crossover that Xbox players have asked for but are getting anyways.

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There are a wide range of Reach-themed cosmetics like skin, banner, blood Spray, mark and even weapon set for Jack. A recent collaboration with clothing line A Bathing Ape brings more exclusive items such as Red Camo banner and Moonface mark.

Dropping on September 6, Gears 5 x AAPE Customization pack will feature character skin for Kait Diaz that comes in Blue Camo hoodie, Black Camo weapon set and other cosmetics like AAPE banner, blood Spray and Moonface mark.

Gears 5 x AAPE Customization Pack

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Gears Fan Giveaway

Showing up on biggest gaming show in Europe, Rod Ferguson has received honorable "Best Xbox One Game" award on behalf of everyone from Coalition development team for Gears 5 at Gamescom 2019 opening night live.

Of course you can jump in four days earlier than global release on September 10 with a membership of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or just by purchasing a copy of Gears 5 Ultimate Edition to join your squad from September 6, 2019.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Gears Fan Giveaway

The Coalition and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to arrange Ultimate Gears Fan giveaway only for fans with U.S.

We are now less than a month away from debut of upcoming third-person shooter game Gears 5 on September 10, 2019 for PC and Xbox One via Xbox Play Anywhere but members of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate can start from September 6.

Ahead of its launch, developer The Coalition offers Ultimate Gears Fan giveaway for fans in association with Game Pass Ultimate. One lucky winner from U.S. will meet their development team in Vancouver for hands-on gameplay experience.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Gears Fan Giveaway

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Then grand prize winner of the giveaway contest will receive Collector's Edition Jack Drone, Chips Ahoy cookies, Gears of War-themed merchandise, Rockstar energy drinks and limited-edition Gears 5 Xbox One X bundle worth $499.

This console package comes with Ultimate Edition download of the game, Kait Diaz limited edition Xbox wireless controller and more. If you are interested to try our luck to win those goodies, then join in for Gears Quest right now.

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All you have to do is complete any achievements from any Gears of War title from Xbox Game Pass library between August 14 and September 2 to enter and being a member of Game Pass Ultimate subscription service is a must to participate.

If you don't have membership to Game Pass Ultimate and want to catch up with your squad 4 days early before release, then sign up today for a monthly low price of just $1 now or just purchase Gears 5 Ultimate Edition for $79.99 only.