Showing posts with label Xbox Series X. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Xbox Series X. 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 13, 2019

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Wins Game of The Year at The Game Awards 2019

The Game Awards 2019 announces Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice as winner of "Game of the Year".

Finally the year-end event that every gamer, developer, publisher and industry legends wait for whole year is here and aside from upcoming new game announcements, The Game Awards 2019 reveals their top game of this year.

Despite having strong contender like Hideo Kojima's latest sensation Death Stranding, action-adventure game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice from developer From Software and publisher Activision managed to win "Game of the Year".

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Sekiro also bagged another for Best Action/Adventure Game, beating opponents like Borderlands 3 and Resident Evil 2 (2019). Many fans of Devil May Cry 5 wanted it to be nominated for GOTY but it won prize for being Best Action Game.

One of the major Game of The Year nominee, Death Stranding won in Best Game Direction and Best Score/Music. Another top candidate Control was only recognized in Best Art Direction category out of its six potential nominations.

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Recently released role-playing game Disco Elysium won in four categories including Best Independent Game. Everyone's favorite crossover fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate became Best Fighting Game on TGA 2019.

Choices for Best Audio Design, Best Community Support, Games for Impact and Best Family Game go to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Destiny 2, Gris and Luigi's Mansion 3 respectively albeit their other nominations.

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Online multiplayer game League of Legends from Riot Games scored big on Best eSports Game and Best eSports Event. Official surprise reveal of Project Scarlett by Microsoft as their next-gen console Xbox Series X was also a thrilling experience.

The Game Awards 2019 show creator and host Geoff Keighley charmed his audience throughout entire 3-hour long show. Although many were astounded to see Sekiro becoming "Game of The Year" but it was a worthy pick indeed.

Monday, December 9, 2019

New BioShock Game in Development by Cloud Chamber

2K Games confirms new BioShock game being developed by Cloud Chamber under their publishing label.

Last year, a leak from news editor Jason Schreier of video game website Kotaku suggested that a new BioShock game titled "Parkside" was secretly being developed for some time in a studio under developer/publisher 2K Games.

Turns out that leak was very much legit and recently, 2K has officially confirmed that one of their newly-formed internal game development studios, Cloud Chamber is working on next chapter of BioShock for years indeed.

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New BioShock Game in Development by Cloud Chamber

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Currently operating from bay area of San Francisco and Montreal, Qu├ębec offices, new studio head Kelley Gilmore stated in a news release that it will still take a few years to complete the project but didn't confirm a target platform for launch.

Gilmore has 22 years of industry experience and used to work on Sid Meier's Civilization and XCOM series. Cloud Chamber now joins 2K family of studios like 2K Silicon Valley, Cat Daddy Games, Firaxis Games, Hangar 13 and Visual Concepts.

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President of 2K, David Ismailer says the following about critically praised BioShock series in same statement.

We can't wait to see where its powerful narrative and iconic, first-person shooter gameplay head in the future with our new studio team at Cloud Chamber leading the charge.

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Since next-generation of consoles from Microsoft and Sony are coming next year, it is highly likely for them to release the game on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett with a probable inclusion or exclusion of PC platform for future.

According to reports, upcoming BioShock title actually went under development phase back in 2015 but was rebooted later and started once again in 2017, when 2K Games finally decided to employ an in-house studio to get the job done.

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Given the timeframe for this news to come out all of a sudden, players can hope to get some sort of reveal or official tease through an image at Sony's State of Play presentation soon or at The Game Awards 2019 within a few days.

It's been six years since BioShock Infinite came out in 2013 as last release of the series and old-school fans are still waiting for a new game. However, neither 2K Games nor Cloud Chamber has confirmed if next BioShock game would be a mainline title.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Crackdown 2 Developers Working on New Rockstar Game

Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian Games is hiring talents to reportedly work on new project for Rockstar Games.

British video game developer Ruffian Games has made a name for themselves in video game industry after working on Xbox 360-exclusive action-adventure game Crackdown 2 back in 2010 for publisher Microsoft Game Studios.

After rumors starts flying about developer/publisher Rockstar Games having multiple new games in development and confirmed by a former employee, it is revealed lately that Ruffian is involved in one of their upcoming projects.

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Crackdown 2 Developers Working on New Rockstar Game

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Following their successful stint on second installment of Crackdown series, they contributed to Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Crackdown 3 multiplayer mode Wrecking Zone this year alongside several other projects.

Their job listing on official site is looking to hire talents for a few positions for multiplayer action games including roles like senior engineer, senior gameplay engineer and UI engineer but no mentions for Rockstar Games are found there.

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However, they recently retweeted an article shared by Scottish Games Network that mentioned about working on games for Rockstar.


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Both Rockstar and Ruffian are Scottish companies and the latter is comprised of former developers of Grand Theft Auto series. These are some relatable factors for starters that make their partnership great and meaningful.

There is no clear indication of what they will be working on though except for their "multiplayer action games" title will be for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and "future platforms", meaning upcoming PlayStation 5 and Project Scarlett.

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Rockstar made huge bucks from their 2013 action-adventure title Grand Theft Auto V, which is one of the best-selling games of all time. In 2019, they brought home more cash from Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Redemption 2.

They may or may not be working on long-anticipated game Bully 2 and possibly an online multiplayer mode for it. Their plan of working on games for next-generation consoles as well as current platforms doesn't mean much either.

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There was rumor of Grand Theft Auto VI being a PS5 launch title featuring a female protagonist and an even bigger map than GTAV. Before Rockstar released GTA5 on PS4 and Xbox One, they brought the game on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 first.

Since GTA6 is likely to be a much larger release than any of their previous games, Rockstar Games may not bring their next project to older platforms and despite their vast resources, has recruited Ruffian Games for additional support.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Rockstar Games May Have Teased Bully 2

An Easter egg from Rockstar Games found within latest GTA Online casino update may have teased Bully 2.

When originally launched back in 2006 for PlayStation 2 platform, action-adventure game Bully from developer/publisher Rockstar Games never really was a smash-hit title like some other well-established franchises from the studios.

However, it gained enough fan following in later years that fans are looking forward to a follow-up sequel for some time and a recently discovered hidden message in latest update for Grand Theft Auto Online is clearly hinting at Bully 2.

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Rockstar Games May Have Teased Bully 2

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Last month, Rockstar Games have rolled out a free update for GTA Online titled Diamond Casino & Resort to added extra content to online multiplayer mode of Grand Theft Auto V and fans have discovered clues for a Bully sequel.

There is a wall piece found within penthouse decoration that says "Canis Canem Edit", which is title of the game's European version. Also, a secret message hidden in morse code was there as well that translates to a phrase "DNA4".

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Bully-based content creator YouTuber SWEGTA has found this fan-theory that strongly supports indications of a sequel.


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In a first glance, DNA4 actually means nothing at all but if you reduce all letters and numbers that has summed up from the morse code, then the word itself becomes BLY2, which could most likely be Bully 2 if not most definitely.

It may seem like a stretch for Rockstar Games to go through so much just to slide a hidden announcement. Then again, a revolver in Red Dead Redemption 2 also had the same "Canis Canem Edit" reference engraved in it.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 "Canis Canem Edit" Tease

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Earlier, SWEGTA claimed for Bully 2 to launch on fall 2020 for next generation of PlayStation and Xbox console platforms. Then again, Rockstar doesn't just release their titles one after another and prefers to take time instead.

It took them eight years to work on a sequel for Red Dead Redemption and five years to launch Grand Theft Auto V. Bully has only been out for thirteen years and if Bullworth Academy hasn't been forgotten, a sequel could be on the horizon.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Capcom Profits Doubled Due to Digital Downloads

Capcom profits increased by 50% this year, thanks to digital downloads of "highly profitable" titles catalog.

Japanese video game developer/publisher company Capcom already have two of their biggest releases earlier this year; Devil May Cry 5 and Resident Evil 2 Remake, both of which performed commercially and critically very well.

Also, their year-on-year sales report suggests that their numbers have improved and saw 50% increase this year, mostly because of digital downloads revenue of their "highly profitable" catalog of popular games on all platforms.

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Capcom Profits Doubled Due to Digital Downloads

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According to their latest financial earnings report, Capcom made record profit first quarter of 2019. Apparently, digital downloads for titles that saw multi-platform release since 2017 has helped break in these impressive numbers.

Their approach to restructuring eSports events in past few years through Capcom Media Ventures has helped grow communities of fighting game and helped Street Fighter V garnering huge fan-support to grow over time.

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Capcom is doing pretty good throughout 2018 and 2019, releasing long-anticipated sequels of fan-favorite franchise like Devil May Cry and Resident Evil that has contributed to considerable amount of shipping units worldwide.

Also, Monster Hunter: World added more to their overall sales figure and the numbers were especially well on PC platform. Major success of MHW has led to upcoming massive expansion pack Iceborne to arrive very soon as well.

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Performance of both Mega Man 11 and Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection alongside Resident Evil 7 was good enough to add. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate for Nintendo Switch has seen good sales number in and outside of Japan.

Of course, they have no plans to slow down with DMC 5, MHW and RE2Make anytime soon and these crown-jewels of Capcom are likely to get a cross-platform release when PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett will finally hit the stores in 2020.

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There were never any doubts about increasing fame of these franchise as a new Resident Evil movie reboot is currently in development after its past series has earned over $1 billion while Devil May Cry animated series is in works for Netflix.

A live-action Monster Hunter movie is already in production and looking forward to set up a franchise as well. Capcom is well aware of market appeal of these titles and is likely to produce more installments in upcoming years.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Rainbow Six Siege Coming to Next-Gen PlayStation and Xbox

Rather than a sequel, Ubisoft is working to move tactical FPS title Rainbow Six Siege to PS5 and next-gen Xbox consoles.

Gamers on consoles are eagerly waiting for next generation of PlayStation and Xbox to roll out from Sony Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft but players of online tactical shooter Rainbow Six Siege may not need to worry about jumping ship just yet.

Apparently, developer/published Ubisoft has already planned this through in advance as this critically-acclaimed Tom Clancy shooter of 2015 is obviously coming to PS5 and next-gen Xbox consoles, because R6Siege has a lot to offer.

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Rainbow Six Siege Coming to Next-Gen PlayStation and Xbox

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Currently, Siege is on its Year 4 Season 2 post-launch content and they are boasting over 100,000 players each day on PC platform alone. All credit goes to Ubisoft being consistently dedicated on improving its quality of support.

On top of everything, they have been delivering steady bug fix and still working on introducing 100 unique operators with distinct abilities. The studio has earned over $1.12 billion in a total lifetime of R6S and has 45 million active players.

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Siege brand director, Alexandre Remy confirmed during Pro League Season 9 Finals that there will not be a sequel or whatsoever because Ubisoft simply don't want to create a division between player communities over different platforms.

The strength of any multiplayer game is the size of its community, so I do believe that we have to make every effort possible that when next gen comes in, they are treated as a high-end PC versus another PC.

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He also encloses that developers are on early stages of working with Sony and Microsoft on how to transition between two console generations and how that would that serve player community but are not sure yet how to employ that.

Whether or not this transition process would require people to buy a new copy of the multiplayer shooter for next-gen upgrade other than a new console or would they be using backwards compatibility features depends a lot on hardware.

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Nevertheless, a constant effort from developers to add more values to Siege by providing new content updates each year and trying to arrange a seamless move for everyone clearly shows how much they truly care for their customers.

Also, introducing cross-play into Rainbow Six Siege has a long way to go and Ubisoft on board with that idea given how games like Fortnite, Rocket League and upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is bringing players from varied platforms together.