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

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Halo: The Master Chief Collection to Add Cross-Play

343 Industries plans to add cross-play, custom game browser and more to Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

While anticipating release of upcoming first-person shooter Halo Infinite for holiday 2020, developer 343 Industries and publisher Xbox Game Studios are still committed to include new games to Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

In a recent update, Halo 3 joined Master Chief Collection and 343 Industries plans to introduce cross-play, custom game browser, input-based matchmaking, keyboard and mouse support and server region selection by end of 2020.

halo master chief collection cross play support custom game browser input-based matchmaking keyboard and mouse support server region selection 343 industries xbox game studios 2020 pc xbox
Halo: The Master Chief Collection to Add Cross-Play

RELATED: Halo TV Series Casts Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief

Cross-play support will enable players on Windows PC and Xbox consoles to jump together into adventure. You are most likely to get paired with a player with same input device such as controller or keyboard, in input-based matchmaking.

Aside from their key-features to include in roadmap for 2020, dev team has also planned for double keybinds for all games, in-game frame rate cap adjustments, PC file share, quality of life improvements, Steam account linking and more.

RELATED: Halo TV Series Casts Natascha McElhone as Cortana

Despite having a rocky launch back in 2014, Master Chief Collection has improved over time and 343 seems to be more than willing to update its multiplayer experience just for the price of base game or an Xbox Game Pass membership.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection was originally launched by 343 Industries and Microsoft with Halo: Reach back in 2019. Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 and Halo 3 have been added to Halo: MCC and Halo 3: ODST is expected to join next.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Xbox Game Pass to Add Destiny 2

Bungie will be adding Destiny 2 to Xbox Game Pass this September, with access to all current expansions.

Over the years, developer/publisher Bungie added a host of content to 2017 online multiplayer shooter Destiny 2 since launch. Following recent legacy of Forsaken and Shadowkeep, a new expansion, Beyond Light will arrive on November 10.

A joint announcement from Bungie and Microsoft came in recently at Xbox Games Showcase, revealing Destiny 2 will become available for members of Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Series X, with all its expansions including Beyond Light.

xbox game pass destiny 2 beyond light dlc expansion bungie november 2020 free to play online multiplayer first person shooter game xb1 x1 xsx
Xbox Game Pass to Add Destiny 2

RELATED: Destiny 2: Beyond Light DLC Expansion Delayed

During Xbox digital event, Bungie released a new video for upcoming Destiny 2: Beyond Light expansion.




RELATED: Halo Infinite Campaign Gameplay Revealed

Destiny 2: Beyond Light plans to take players to icy moon of Jupiter, which is a new location called Europa. A new sub-class Stasis gets introduced to Guardians along with elemental power of Darkness and new raid Deep Stone Crypt.

Another playable location Cosmodrome will be back on Earth for players to take part in Vault of Glass raid from original Destiny. Soon as Beyond Light launches, Bungie will temporarily move several activities and location into a content vault.

RELATED: The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon DLC Announced

Game Pass members will get access to all current D2 expansions from September and Beyond Light will join at launch in November. An optimized version of Destiny 2 will run in 4K resolution and at 60 frames per second on Xbox Series X.

Bungie intends to support cross-generation play for D2 and ensure you playing the best version of the game using Smart Delivery. Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can experience Destiny 2 remotely on their phone or tablet via Project xCloud.

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add No Man's Sky

You may want to purchase Season of Arrivals or Season of the Worthy separately for all content as Game Pass only gives you access to standard editions of early D2 expansions like Curse of Osiris, Warmind, Forsaken and Shadowkeep DLC.

Even if you don't have a subscription to Xbox Game Pass, a free-to-play version titled Destiny 2: New Light has been made available since 2019. Bungie chose to move with Microsoft lately after spending previous generation with PlayStation.

Xbox WB Games Publisher Sale 2020

Microsoft is giving up to 80% discount in WB Games Publisher Sale for select titles on Xbox One, until July 28, 2020.

In anticipation of some huge announcements ahead of Xbox Games Showcase, video game publisher Warner Bros. Interactive kicks of a great limited time deal featuring some of their most popular franchises on Xbox consoles.

Owners of Xbox One consoles can save up to 80% over a bunch of select titles and add-ons in "WB Games Publisher Sale" at Microsoft Store, starting right away from July 23, today and the offer will be running up until July 28, 2020.

xbox wb games publisher sale 2020 middle-earth: shadow of war mortal kombat 11: aftermath injustice 2 hitman 2 season pass xb1 microsoft studios
Xbox WB Games Publisher Sale 2020

RELATED: World War Z: Dronemaster Update Live Now

A huge collection of LEGO franchise is up for sale, which adds LEGO CITY Undercover, LEGO DC Super-Villains, LEGO Harry Potter Collection, LEGO Marvel's Avengers, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 and LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game.

Mortal Kombat X is up for 70% off and latest series installment Mortal Kombat 11 is going for just 60% less. Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath comes at a reasonable 30% reduced rate as well as Aftermath expansion bundled with Kombat Pack.

RELATED: Assassin's Creed Odyssey Only Had Kassandra as Protagonist

Before developer IO Interactive eventually releases Hitman III next year, try your luck being Agent 47 in Hitman 2 and its Season Pass for a whopping 80% off, which undoubtedly is a stealing promo price for any time of the year.

Some of the sweetest deals within WB Games Sale are Batman: Arkham Knight, Hitman HD Enhanced Collection, Injustice 2, Middle-earth: Shadow of War and Scribblenauts Showdown, all available for a 75% discount on retail price.

RELATED: No Man's Sky: Desolation Update Live Now

Also don't forget to check out Season Pass for Arkham Knight, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Shadow of War. Batman: Arkham Collection for at just $14.99 is literally the icing on the cake among all WB Games has to offer.

For some time, There have been reports of Microsoft buying out Warner Bros.' video game division from parent company AT&T. WB Publisher Sale could very well be a beginning of their rumored acquisition before an official reveal.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Sea of Thieves Crosses 15 Million Players

Rare Studio announces Sea of Thieves to have crossed 15 million players mark since launch back in March 2018.

A few months ago, open-world online action-adventure game Sea of Thieves from developer Rare Studio and publisher Xbox Game Studios celebrated its two years anniversary of release on Windows PC, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox One.

Amassing 5 million players within only six months from back in January 2020, Sea of Thieves has officially crossed 15 million players since two years of its original launch back in 2018 following its recent debut on PC gaming platform Steam.

sea of thieves 15 million players content update pc xb1 rare studio xbox game studios
Sea of Thieves Crosses 15 Million Players

RELATED: No Man's Sky: Desolation Update Live Now

Over 3.3M active players have joined to sail the high seas in June 2020, making it one of the biggest month for SoT since launch. Rare Studio and Xbox Game Studios saw record number of player growth over the years following release.

Sea of Thieves has been showing up on most played and top-selling games list on Steam every now and then. Partial credit for this amazing success goes to player community of Steam for purchasing more than 1 million copies so far.

RELATED: Destiny 2: Beyond Light DLC Expansion Delayed

During its launch week, Sea of Thieves faced major server issues and was heavily criticized for being repetitive. Rare Studio dev team frequently rolled out content and limited time events to keep everyone busy and turned things around.

New players on Sea of Thieves can begin their high-seas adventure with narrative-driven tutorial Maiden Voyage. Or try out your luck at Adventure and Arena modes while getting on broad each month for free content updates.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Xbox Capcom Publisher Sale 2020

Microsoft offers up to 80% discount in Capcom Publisher Sale 2020 for select games on Xbox One, until July 20, 2020.

Before next-generation of consoles releases on holiday this year, developer/publisher Capcom invites everyone to enjoy some of their popular franchises to beat the heat this summer on Xbox consoles for some amazing discounts.

Players on Xbox One consoles can save up to 80% on select titles from Capcom while this deal lasts for next few days. Amassing a total of 60 games and add-ons, "Capcom Publisher Sale" starts right away and will end on July 20, 2020.

xbox capcom publisher sale 2020 biohazard 7 resident evil 3 remake monster hunter world iceborne devil may cry 5 marvel vs capcom infinite xb1 microsoft studios
Xbox Capcom Publisher Sale 2020

RELATED: Assassin's Creed Valhalla Gameplay Overview

Fans of iconic Mega Man series can collect Xbox version of Mega Man 30th Anniversary Bundle, Mega Man Legacy Collection, Mega Man X Legacy Collection and Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection under cheapest retail price till date.

Those who loves Monster Hunter: World can jump into its DLC expansion Iceborne with all-new title update released lately. Resident Evil: Revelations Bundle and Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection offers a stealing price as well.

RELATED: Watch Dogs: Legion Gameplay Overview

For less than five bucks, you can buy original Resident Evil, Resident Evil 0, Strider or a bunch of character packs from various games. Purchasing Devil May Cry 5 and/or Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy would also be a great deal.

Consider picking Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite, Ōkami, Onimusha: Warlords, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil 6, Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil: Revelations or more for under only $10 or so.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Xbox Game Pass to Add Fallout 76, Soulcalibur VI and More

Newest lineup for Xbox Game Pass is adding CrossCode, Fallout 76, Soulcalibur VI and more on July 2020.

Already kicking-off the month of July with bunch of new games revealed for PC and Xbox One consoles earlier, Xbox Game Pass couldn't wait for long to announce another lineup of new titles added to their ever so expanding library.

You can also use your phone to download remotely via Game Pass mobile app or queue up your next games while in the middle of another game. Also, be on a lookout for game quests and newly released free updates at Microsoft Store.

xbox game pass out of the park baseball 21 soulcalibur 6 crosscode fallout 76 xb1 2020
Xbox Game Pass to Add Fallout 76, Soulcalibur VI and More

RELATED: Xbox Live Gold Free Games for July 2020

Out of the Park Baseball 21 | PC, Ultimate
A lesser known sports strategy franchise, Out of the Park Baseball 21 is an award-winning series outing that is packed with latest features and improvements for a great offline and online play for newcomers and veteran OOTP players.

Newly added 3D Ballpark Construction Kit 1.0 lets you build your dream ballpark and when you are not sure what to do, seek help from Game Flow. There are tons of options added in 21st version for ultimate baseball sandbox experience.

xbox game pass 2020 out of the park baseball 21 xb1
Out of the Park Baseball 21 on Xbox Game Pass

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add Observation, The Messenger and More

Soulcalibur VI | Console, Ultimate
Latest installment in a long-running series, weapon-based fighting game Soulcalibur VI from developer/publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment retains many of its staple gameplay features and added new mechanics such as Reversal Edge.

As special guest fighters like 2B from NieR: Automata, Geralt from The Witcher and Haohmaru from Samurai Shodown joins original roster of brave and iconic characters to duke it out among themselves in a quest for legendary Soul Swords.

xbox game pass 2020 soulcalibur 6 bandai namco studios xb1
Soulcalibur VI on Xbox Game Pass

RELATED: Minecraft Celebrates 11th Anniversary, Hits 200 Million Sales

CrossCode | Console, Ultimate
Taking inspiration from The Legend of Zelda and Secret of Mana series, retro-styled action role-playing game CrossCode from developer Radical Fish Games and publisher Deck13 offers a fast-paced combat system and a tight sci-fi narrative.

There are about 120 enemy types and more than 30 boss fights across expansive dungeons and various locations. Players can also listen to its rich music tracks as they attempt to hone a range of combat skills and take on loads of quests.

xbox game pass 2020 crosscode radical fish games deck 13 xb1
CrossCode on Xbox Game Pass

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add Alan Wake, Minecraft: Dungeons and More

Fallout 76 | Console, PC, Ultimate
In a post-nuclear America, head back to West Virginia to explore its wastelands or settle in buy building base and reutilizing many threats playing online action role-playing game Fallout 76 from developer/publisher Bethesda Softworks.

F76 invites players to relive a new American dream after you create a custom character and begin your unique Fallout adventure right away. You either be a lone survivor or join up fellow humans in neighboring factions like Raiders and Settlers.

xbox game pass 2020 fallout 76 bethesda softworks xb1
Fallout 76 on Xbox Game Pass

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add DayZ, Final Fantasy IX, Halo 2 and More

Games that will be leaving Game Pass on July 15 are Blazing Chrome, Dead Rising 4, Metal Gear Solid V, Timespinner, Unavowed and Undertale. Game Pass Ultimate perk for July offers you to grab SMITE: Starter Pass Perk before July 13, 2020.

New subscribers can sign up for Xbox Game Pass and Game Pass Ultimate by spending $1 only. If you are going to play solely on console, then get a membership of Game Pass for $9.99 per month and enjoy special discount on all purchases.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Xbox Live Gold Free Games for July 2020

Xbox Live Gold will be adding free games like World Rally Championship 8 and Saints Row 2 for members on July 2020.

As we all are closing near to July, newest lineup for Games With Gold of next month has been revealed for Xbox Live Gold members. As usual, these titles are coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360, available through backward compatibility.

Having a membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will also let you access to these games alongside an extended library online. Other than monthly free games, you get to enjoy member discounts and advanced multiplayer services.

xbox live gold free games july 2020 wrc 8 fia world rally championship dunk lords saints row 2 juju xb1
Xbox Live Gold Free Games for July 2020

RELATED: Xbox Live Gold Free Games for June 2020

WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship
World Rally Championship is one of the most recognized classes of auto racing competitions out there and WRC 8 officially is the most recent simulation experience from developer Kylotonn and publisher Bigben Interactive till date.

WRC employs a dynamic weather system to provide various real-life climatic conditions like rain and snowfall. There is a single-player career mode that has been redesigned with management mechanics and challenging multiplayer mode.

wrc 8 fia world rally championship xbox live gold free game kylotonn bigben interactive xb1
WRC 8 on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add Observation, The Messenger and More

Dunk Lords
In and itself basketball is a pretty fun sport and Dunk Lords by developer/publisher Story Fort LLC puts a bizarrely unique twist of two-on-two beat 'em up action into that mix while trying to make sense by adding a story mode as well.

Aside from your balling skills, you will need some sickening special abilities and moves to secure victory on a court full of hazards. Score more dunks to get more special attacks and earn extra points, money and much more for shot pads.

dunk lords xbox live gold free game story fort xb1
Dunk Lords on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

RELATED: Sea of Thieves: Lost Treasures Update Live Now

Saints Row 2
Return back to Stilwater city to help out 3rd Street Saints gang to reestablish their rule against rival groups and Ultor Corporation in over the top action-adventure game Saints Row 2 from developer Volition and publisher Deep Silver.

There are more than 40 story missions in main campaign, many side quests and competitive multiplayer mode. Saints Row sequel lets players freely explore an open-world sandbox as a customizable character with new combat options.

saints row 2 xbox live gold free game volition deep silver thq xb1
Saints Row 2 on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add Alan Wake, Minecraft: Dungeons and More

Juju
An unusual adventure of titular shaman panda and his lizard sidekick, Juju is a 2014 platformer title from developer/publisher Flying Wild Hog that adopts a beautifully animated style of design for a more family-friendly gameplay vibe.

Juju and his friend Peyo goes after collecting a bunch of mystic keys and magic ambers to seal an ancient spirit that imprisons his father. Bouncing, running and battle through levels against many bosses are among your primary objectives.

juju xbox live gold free game flying wild hog xb1
Juju on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add No Man's Sky

Members of Live Gold will still have to wait a few days before latest lineup of Games with Gold for July becomes available and can enjoy Coffee Talk, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse and Sine Mora in the mean time until June 30, 2020.

At this point, Microsoft has seemingly giving up on Xbox Live Gold and are no longer adding value to their monthly freebies anymore. Putting an old-favorite in a mix of average games doesn't do much to attract valued members.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Xbox Game Pass to Add Observation, The Messenger and More

Microsoft adds Observation, The Messenger and more to latest lineup of Xbox Game Pass titles for June.

Already having a packed lineup of titles, Xbox Game Pass will be adding four new games in next two days for PC and Xbox One consoles. If their first wave of games this month was not good enough for you, there are more to try on.

Xbox beta app has recently enabled official modding support on Windows PC for select games to enjoy custom modifications. Also, don't forget to check out Microsoft Store to find latest free updates and game quests to earn points.

xbox game pass night call observation streets of rogue the messenger xb1 2020
Xbox Game Pass to Add Observation, The Messenger and More

RELATED: Xbox Live Gold Free Games for June 2020

Night Call | Console, Ultimate
A narrative-driven noir adventure game Night Call from developers Monkey Moon and BlackMuffin, in association with publisher Raw Fury puts you on a driver's seat at midnight to talk with passengers and make connections.

Aside from working as a cabby in modern-day Paris, you play a lot of role to people who take a ride with you. Using your gift of gab, you are trying to solve a murder mystery and try to catch a serial killer that even tried to kill you once.

xbox game pass 2020 night call monkey moon black muffin raw fury xb1
Night Call on Xbox Game Pass

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add Alan Wake, Minecraft: Dungeons and More

Observation | Console, PC, Ultimate
With a vibe of sci-fi thriller, 2019 adventure-puzzle game Observation by developer No Code and publisher Devolver Digital tries to create an atmosphere of desperation and fear in their attempted homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

When a mysteriously unforeseen event causes all crew of Observation space station to go missing, players will have to step up as a sanctioned artificial intelligence named S.A.M. to find out what really happened to Dr. Emma Fisher.

xbox game pass 2020 observation no code devolver digital pc xb1
Observation on Xbox Game Pass

RELATED: Minecraft Celebrates 11th Anniversary, Hits 200 Million Sales

Streets of Rogue | Console, Ultimate
Built in the veins of Gungeon series, 2D roguelike title Streets of Rogue from tinyBuild is an immersive sim that lets you go crazy killing enemies and looting items within a procedurally generated city as one of its many characters.

Your pixelated character can be ranged from a banker, bartender, gorilla, hacker or even a vampire. You can go extreme in your ways, be sly in your actions or stay a pacifist if you wish in up to four-player online and local co-op mode.

xbox game pass 2020 streets of rogue matt dabrowski tiny build games xb1
Streets of Rogue on Xbox Game Pass

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add DayZ, Final Fantasy IX, Halo 2 and More

The Messenger | Console, Ultimate
An acclaimed indie title of recent years, 2018 action-platformer The Messenger by developer Sabotage Studio and publisher Devolver Digital that is a trip down to nostalgia lane due to its classic Metroidvania styled graphics and gameplay.

Players take on the role of a young ninja, who is tasked to hand out a scroll to another part of his village that is invaded by a demon army. This lone hero will face a series of challenges on his way as he goes through time-traveling adventure.

xbox game pass 2020 the messenger sabotage studios devolver digital xb1
The Messenger on Xbox Game Pass

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add Gears Tactics, The Long Dark and More

Games that are leaving Game Pass soon are Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, Die for Valhalla!, Life is Strange 2, Metal Slug X, Metro Exodus, Neon Chrome, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, SteamWorld Dig 2 and The Flame in the Flood.

Members of Xbox Game Pass and Game Pass Ultimate can purchase any or all of these titles to keep them into their library forever for 20% off. If you are not a member of Game Pass already, be sure to sign up your first month for $1 only.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Sea of Thieves: Lost Treasures Update Live Now

Lost Treasures free update goes live for Sea of Thieves with more limited time events, Pirate Emporium stock and more.

Coming soon to popular PC gaming platform Steam, open-world pirate simulator title Sea of Thieves from developer Rare Studio and publisher Xbox Game Studios readying up to receive its latest monthly content update for free.

Though a bit late, free monthly update for May titled Lost Treasures are live now on Windows PC, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox One. Players will be busy picking new challenges, taking part in events and enjoy more activities of Tall Tales.

sea of thieves lost treasures free monthly content update dlc pc xb1 rare studio xbox game studios
Sea of Thieves: Lost Treasures Update Live Now

RELATED: Sea of Thieves Steam Release Date

A brand-new trailer released by Rare Studio highlights on key-features of recent Lost Treasures update.




RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add No Man's Sky

Those who love some narrative-driven adventures can explore all nine Tales to complete entire series about legendary pirates in Shores of Gold story cycle, which has recently included two more; The Seabound Soul and Heart of Fire.

There will be helpful tooltips to guide you through map and every Tall Tales chapter has added checkpoints now, so you can play and leave when you please only to return back later without having to start over everything from scratch.

RELATED: Xbox Live Gold Free Games for June 2020

Every new and old pirate can jump onto currently ongoing limited time event Tall Tales Retold and earn precious loot. Also, look out for new challenges each day and receive Daily Bounties to get showered with Doubloons and gold.

If you are looking for more activities, Lost Treasures got you covered up with weekly Fort Night events inbound for every Friday. Reaper's Rewards event on the other hand is offering rewards in new Reaper emotes for putting double duties.

sea of thieves lost treasures reaper's rewards event free monthly content update dlc pc xb1 rare studio xbox game studios
Reaper's Rewards Event

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add Alan Wake, Minecraft: Dungeons and More

Work on behalf of Trading Company for having a chance to earn Blighted Ship set, inspired by State of Decay. Pirates surely would love to acquire undead themed figurehead, flag, hull and sails in Blighted Bonus to decorate their ship.

Lost Treasures update brings back Hunter's Haul fishing event to try out your rod-handling skills by catching fishes and earn Ancient Coins. Ruby Splashtail Ship Set and Splashtail Monarch items are on sale at Pirate Emporium this month.

RELATED: Minecraft Celebrates 11th Anniversary, Hits 200 Million Sales

Meanwhile, take a moment to capitalize your earnings and cash them in daily during Gold Rush hours for some extra booty. So, be more mindful of picking spoils form Daily Bounties, Fort Night or in Tall Tales to ensure a hefty payday.

PC players on Steam can join on board Sea of Thieves for a definitive experience from June 3, 2020. Xbox Game Studios have included cross-play support to play together online with players on Windows 10 and Xbox One platforms.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Xbox Game Pass to Add No Man's Sky

Xbox Game Pass to add No Man's Sky next month for Game Pass Ultimate members on PC and consoles.

Though initially failed to live up to hype at launch, multiplayer action-adventure survival game No Man's Sky from developer/publisher Hello Games has eventually made a significant progress over past few years and lived up to its promises.

Ahead of June 2020, game director Sean Murray announces to add NMS to Xbox Game Pass for upcoming lineup of next month. Members on PC and Xbox One platform can jump on board very soon for some exciting planetary exploration.

xbox game pass no man's sky game pc xb1 2020 hello games
Xbox Game Pass to Add No Man's Sky

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add Alan Wake, Minecraft: Dungeons and More

NMS allows players to explore a procedurally generated massive open-world and venture through several quintillions of planets. You can join many interstellar voyagers during your journey and join together to survive or trade.

In terms of content, No Man's Sky saw a complete overhaul following launch of NEXT update, which coincided with its Xbox One release. After adding multiplayer feature, Hello Games improved the experience with Beyond update.

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add DayZ, Final Fantasy IX, Halo 2 and More

There has been a steady supply of free content update that included further adjustments, bug-fixes and much more on a regular basis. Most recently, Living Ship update arrived in February and Exo Mech update was rolled in during April.

Now that Xbox Game Pass has amassed over 10 million active members, indie studio Hello Games wants them to explore an infinite universe of No Man's Sky across both platforms while they prepare more updates to release in future.

Xbox Live Gold Free Games for June 2020

Xbox Live Gold members will get free games like Shantae and the Pirate's Curse and Destroy All Humans! on June 2020.

Before heading into next month, latest lineup of titles joining Games with Gold for members of Xbox Live Gold service are revealed. These new games are coming soon on June 1 and will be available to play throughout entire month.

One of classic Xbox title alongside three indie favorite will arrive soon for players on Xbox One and Xbox 360 with Live Gold membership. Meanwhile, you can still download and play both V-Rally 4 and Overlord II up until May 31, 2020.

xbox live gold free games june 2020 shantae and the pirate's curse coffee talk destroy all humans sine mora xb1
Xbox Live Gold Free Games for June 2020

RELATED: Xbox Live Gold Free Games for May 2020

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
A third entry into Shantae platform game series, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse takes place right after Risky's Revenge and shortly before Half-Genie Hero, that sees return of everyone's favorite belly-dancing, hair-whipping genie.

Pirate's Curse by developer/publisher WayForward Technologies changes up its common gameplay mechanics in terms of exploration and uses pirate-themed gears for traversing but doesn't move far away from core elements.

shantae and the pirate's curse xbox live gold free game wayForward technologies xb1
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add Alan Wake, Minecraft: Dungeons and More

Coffee Talk
A pixel art visual novel from developer/publisher Toge Productions that is set on 90's styled alternate reality Seattle , Washington, Coffee Talk puts you in charge of a coffee shop where you listen to your patrons as you serve them drinks.

Your small outlet gets regular visitors like Dwarves, Elves, Orcs, Warewolves and such to enjoy a variety of hot beverage. Being a sincere barista owner, you lend them an ear to hear their stories and make progress through serving drinks.

coffee talk xbox live gold free game toge productions xb1
Coffee Talk on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add No Man's Sky

Destroy All Humans!
Although a moder-day remake is already on its way, players who already enjoyed 2005 classic action-adventure Xbox 360 title Destroy All Humans! from developer Pandemic Studios and publisher THQ can't surely resist its appeal.

When on a brink of extinction from continued cloning process, an alien race came to Earth and starts blasting humans to collect their DNA. There is not much of a story premise other than black comedy, inspired from alien invasion films.

destroy all humans 2005 xbox live gold free game pandemic studios thq xb1
Destroy All Humans! on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add DayZ, Final Fantasy IX, Halo 2 and More

Sine Mora
An uncommon horizontal shoot 'em up game wrapped around in two parallel stories, Sine Mora is a single-player experience from developer/publisher Digital Reality that lets you control an aircraft to raise hell against an evil Empire.

Instead of relying on a health bar or limited lives like many regular arcade shooters, you have to keep an eye on time. Whenever you take any hit, your time reduces and you only increase them by frequently taking down enemy threats.

sine mora xbox live gold free game digital reality xb1
Sine Mora on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

RELATED: Gears 5 to Get Free Xbox Series X Upgrade

When it comes to backward compatible titles, Destroy All Humans! and Sine Mora has pretty impressive track records on Xbox 360 consoles. Players with a Game Pass Ultimate subscription can enjoy all perks of Games with Gold and more.

Xbox Live Gold has been failing to connect with its members when it comes to Games with Gold selection of titles for some time. With only one heavy hitter game this month, there is really not much to look forward to for many out there.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Sea of Thieves Steam Release Date

Rare Studio announces Sea of Thieves pirate adventure to debut on Steam for PC players on June 3, 2020.

Up until now, open-world online action-adventure game Sea of Thieves were only accessible to over 10 million players on Windows PC using Microsoft Play Anywhere feature and on Xbox One console, with support for cross-platform play.

Back in April, developer Rare Studio and publisher Xbox Game Studios revealed to launch SoT on Steam very soon and an official release date is announced today to invite players across the platform to join together pirating on June 3, 2020.

sea of thieves steam pc release date rare studio xbox games studio pirate simulator open world mmo
Sea of Thieves Steam Release Date

RELATED: Mafia Trilogy Remastered Announced

In anticipation of upcoming debut on Steam, a brand-new Sea of Thieves trailer is released by Rare Studio.




RELATED: Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Gameplay Reveal

For past two years since launch, player community has been sailing into adventurous journey on Microsoft systems. However, a large number of PC players were stranded on Steam platform that were eager to roam around world of SoT.

Beginners need to join a crew and learn how to sail to follow trails of treasure chests and often fighting skeleton enemies. You can start by jumping into narrative-based tutorials in Maiden Voyage before establishing yourself as a Pirate Legend.

RELATED: Scarlet Nexus Announced for Next-Gen Release

Encounter monstrous Megalodon in high seas, stumble onto Kraken, fight off rival gangs or lead a raid on a Skeleton Fort to claim loot. Switch into The Arena for some PvP gameplay action and take on challenges to unlock cosmetic items.

Sea of Thieves on Steam will have cross-play with players on Windows 10 and Xbox One, joining in same voyages on open seas. Bringing everyone to the table only means more fun in co-operative and competitive multiplayer online.

RELATED: Streets of Rage 4 PC Version on GOG Lacks Online Multiplayer

Though debuted as a bare-bones experience, Rare has eventually expanded its sandbox over time. From its very first free content update The Hungering Deep to giant sized Anniversary Update, everything is rolled into one package.

Sea of Thieves will be launching on Steam as one of the biggest IP of current generation Xbox with a price tag of $39.99 only. All you have to do is to sign in with a free of charge Xbox Live account and link your game to Xbox gamertag.

Xbox Game Pass to Add Alan Wake, Minecraft: Dungeons and More

Bunch of new games are added to Xbox Game Pass including Alan Wake, Minecraft: Dungeons and more before May ends.

As we are nearing end of May, more games are heading to Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox One consoles very soon. Just like always, a new mix of titles have arrived to join current lineup of an ever expansive online library for members.

Latest entry in Game Pass brings excitement for all subscribers as they get to celebrate major milestones of two renowned franchises. Ultimate members can enjoy ad-free music on Spotify Premium for three months across select regions.

xbox game pass alan wake cities skylines minecraft dungeons plebby quest crusades xb1 2020
Xbox Game Pass to Add Alan Wake, Minecraft: Dungeons and More

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add DayZ, Final Fantasy IX, Halo 2 and More

Alan Wake | Console, PC, Ultimate
In celebration for impending 10th anniversary of release, action-adventure survival horror title Alan Wake from developer/publisher Remedy Entertainment is joining Game Pass for players to explore a journey into psychological thriller.

Best-selling novelist Alan Wake goes to small town of Bright Falls during a vacation, where he loses his wife. As he begins investigating, Wake is stalked by a mysterious dark presence and finds him almost onto the brink of his sanity.

Alan Wake on Xbox Game Pass

RELATED: Xbox Live Gold Free Games for May 2020

Cities: Skylines | Console, PC, Ultimate
A city-building simulation game that took many cues from Sim City but strives to be its own title, Cities: Skylines from developer Colossal Order and publisher Paradox Interactive focuses on creative ways to establish your metropolis.

In order to ensure growth of your town, you can build skyscrapers, divide them in districts, plan out roads, set tax rates and more. Though there are tons of aspects you need to manage to keep things going, you can do all of that with ease.

Cities: Skylines on Xbox Game Pass

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add Gears Tactics, The Long Dark and More

Minecraft: Dungeons | Console, PC, Ultimate
Another major celebration is due this month for iconic sandbox block builder game Minecraft, which turned eleven lately and an upcoming dungeon crawler spin-off created by Mojang Studios and Double Eleven is arriving soon.

Inspired by classic genre, Minecraft: Dungeons is an adventure for franchise fans to engage with friends or play solo where you face-off a vicious mobs for an epic battle and find treasure through various levels in an exciting experience.

Minecraft: Dungeons on Xbox Game Pass

RELATED: Gears 5 to Get Free Xbox Series X Upgrade

Plebby Quest: The Crusades | PC, Ultimate
Set during historic era of crusades in Europe and Middle East, turn-based strategy game Plebby Quest: The Crusades from developer PiedPipers Team and publisher Neowiz invites you to an ambitious dream of building your own legacy.

You can either chose to play Scenario mode for a story based journey or play any restriction to conquer world in Sandbox mode. A comical tone is added over every aspect of royal affairs and dealings to set everything in a very light manner.

Plebby Quest: The Crusades on Xbox Game Pass

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass for PC to Add A Plague Tale, Gris and More

Games like Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Hydro Thunder Hurricane, Old Man's Journey, Opus Magnum and Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones are leaving Game Pass on May 29 unfortunately but you can buy them at 20% member discount.

Those who do not own a membership to Xbox Game Pass or Game Pass Ultimate can sign up to try your first month for $1 only. Aside from access to more than 100 great games, you get all features of Xbox Live Gold and extra perks.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Minecraft Celebrates 11th Anniversary, Hits 200 Million Sales

On 11th Anniversary, Minecraft has reportedly sold over 200 million copies and 126 million players monthly.

Being one of the most influential video games of all time, sandbox survival game Minecraft has turned 11 years old recently and developer/publisher Mojang Studios decided to celebrate this occasion by releasing a few impressive numbers.

Most recently, Mojang has overhauled their brand with new logo, a brand-new trailer, changed their official name and even revealed an impressive overall sales numbers for Minecraft that has surpassed more than 200 million copies.

minecraft 11th anniversary 200 million sales 126 million active players mojang studios block builder pc xb1 xbox game pass
Minecraft Celebrates 11th Anniversary, Hits 200 Million Sales

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add DayZ, Final Fantasy IX, Halo 2 and More

Last year during this time on its tenth anniversary, Mojang's popular block builder title has sold over 176 million copies at that time. This clearly indicates that a staggering 24 million more copies of Minecraft were sold in last year alone.

According to reports, 126 million people are actively playing Minecraft every month across multiple platforms. There has been a 25% increase in player count for past few months and multiplayer sessions have increased by 40%.

RELATED: Xbox Live Gold Free Games for May 2020

Now that many schools were forced to shut down because of COVID-19 outbreak, Minecraft: Education Edition was made free until June to help students learn through engagement, which has been downloaded 50 million times since launch.

Mojang also partnered up with UNDP for a campaign to share COVID-19 prevention guidance provided by World Health Organization via BlockDown Simulator free map for Minecraft: Java Edition to teach kids policies of social distancing.

minecraft dungeons xbox game pass pc console mojang studios dungeon crawler spin off game
Minecraft: Dungeons Coming to Xbox Game Pass

RELATED: Sea of Thieves Coming to Steam

This year, Minecraft Earth was launched worldwide and RTX update beta was rolled out for PC version in association with Nvidia. Later this month, Minecraft: Dungeons will be joining Xbox Game Pass service and other platforms on May 26.

For entirety of 2019, Minecraft has dominated video-sharing platform YouTube with an astounding 100.2 billion views. It even surpassed Fortnite in popularity and views when YT's creator Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg joined the party.

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass to Add Gears Tactics, The Long Dark and More

As part of their re-branding, Mojang Studios has revealed an updated logo ahead of Minecraft's birthday.




RELATED: Cyberpunk 2077 Xbox One Version to Get Free Xbox Series X Upgrade

Due to recent global crisis of Coronavirus pandemic, many are staying at home and logging into online multiplayer games. Amidst this tough time, people are relying on Minecraft to escape from day-to-day boredom of staying indoors.

Minecraft continues to dominate over gaming sphere by bringing more people closer than ever to cultivate our waning social connections between friends and families in the middle of a challenging time like ongoing year 2020.