Showing posts with label Xbox Game Studios. Show all posts
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Friday, July 5, 2019

Gears 5 Versus Multiplayer Tech Test Release Date

Versus Multiplayer tech test weekend sessions for upcoming shooter title Gears 5 will kick off on July 19.

After a spectacular showcase at E3 2019 press event, developer The Coalition and publisher Xbox Game Studios announced upcoming third-person shooter Gears 5 will be arriving on September 10, 2019 for PC and Xbox One.

Following Xbox press briefing, we had our first look at gameplay of new three player co-op mode Escape. To give players a taste of Versus Multiplayer mode before launch, weekly tech test is scheduled to start from July 19, 2019.

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Gears 5 Versus Multiplayer Tech Test Release Date

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During these weekend test sessions, players get to take part in Arcade, competitive game mode Escalation and King of the Hill. Those who are interested in sharpening their playing chops and learn new in-game mechanics can try out Bootcamp.

A brief Tour of Duty experience is featured in tech test to get new content and earn exclusive Tech Test Banner upon completing given Medals. Going further to unlock three Versus Weapon skins will require you to complete more challenges.

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If you have already placed a pre-order for Gears 5 or are a subscriber of Xbox Game Pass service, on July 17, 10 AM PDT, pre-download will be made available for you on PC and Xbox One to let you participate in tech test.

Console owners need Xbox Live Gold membership for online multiplayer but to help improve the experience for everyone, there might be some queuing. Also, recommended hardware specs for tech test on PC platform are detailed below.

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Official Tech Test PC Specs

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Online play will begin from July 19, 10 AM PDT to run till July 21, only to go live once again same time on July 26 and continue through July 29. In between test period, servers are to remain offline but tech test will be available to download.

Although Gears 5 will see Steam release for PC platform but The Coalition were quite specific about Windows Store pre-order for accessing test phase on their official announcement, which clearly indicates test sessions will not be available there. 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Gears 5 Won't Have Season Pass

Coalition will not feature loot boxes or a Season Pass for their upcoming cover-based shooter game Gears 5.

Following a spectacular show at E3 2019 press conference, developer studio The Coalition and publisher Xbox Game Studios announced that upcoming third-person shooter game Gears 5 will be launching on September 10, 2019.

Apparently, they have more plans to bring change to business model of this highly anticipated title from Gears of War franchise and one of their recent statement revealed that Coalition is getting rid of all Gear Packs and Season Passes.

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Gears 5 Won't Have Season Pass

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In an attempt to focus on player experience, developers are making all DLC maps free and you can always earn some exclusive customization items. Escape and Versus mode will not only give you direct rewards but leaderboard placements as well.

By playing Tour of Duty, you earn character skins and other stuff to customize for completing daily challenges and rank up with seasonal medals. Nothing is pay-only and every piece of content out there is earnable through gameplay.

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Spending more time in multiplayer mode will increase rate of supply drops and your chance to get more random content. On picking a duplicate card, it will turn into scrap that can be used to upgrade character skills or crafting items.

Although purchasing supply drop content with real-world money is not an option, you can always buy in-game currency Iron to get exclusive customization from store but none of these will provide any competitive advantage or whatsoever.

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There is no randomness on your store purchases like Gear Packs and you get exactly what you see. However, buying Boost can accelerate progression like increased rate of XP gain and more frequent supply drops for a limited period.

By doing away with loot boxes and Season Passes, Gears 5 is really heading into a new direction. This cover-based shooter will be available on PC and Xbox One via Xbox Play Anywhere while also featuring cross-play within Microsoft platforms.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Halo Infinite E3 2019 Trailer

Master Chief returns for his next big adventure in new E3 2019 trailer of upcoming Xbox Scarlett launch title Halo Infinite.

Last year at E3 2018 event, a reveal trailer for upcoming first-person shooter title Halo Infinite from Halo franchise by developer 343 Industries and publisher Xbox Game Studios was premiered with a planned release on PC and Xbox One.

Currently schedule to launch for holiday 2020, Infinite follows narrative continuity from Halo 5: Guardians to a new chapter. A brand-new cinematic trailer is dropped at E3 2019 stage and with that, Master Chief returns to action once again.

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Halo Infinite E3 2019 Trailer

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Witness the anticipated return of a legendary hero in new trailer of Halo Infinite titled "Discover Hope" with a glimpse of storyline.




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A lone Pelican pilot wakes up from sleep due to an abrupt WARNING call from his ship and detects a breach that he quickly takes care of. He then finds a hologram projector with recorded messages from his wife and daughter.

Suddenly, he starts getting signal from a friendly and immediately runs to cockpit to respond to it thinking of it coming from a nearby ship. Upon brushing off mists from his front, he sees an inert Master Chief hovering around in space.

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He brings aboard the floating armor and tries to override it assuming the suit has gone into survival mode after burning up power cells. A jolt of power brings back his internal system online and the man exclaims in joy for going home.

When he was asked about a status report, Chief is asked to take a peak outside and he sees a destroyed Halo Ring. Apparently, humanity has lost and there is nothing left anymore but John came back in time for his next big adventure and save humanity.

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Entirety of the trailer above is generated Slipspace Engine, a powerful engine specifically built by 343 Industries to develop their most ambitious project yet. Also, popular split-screen support feature is coming back for multiplayer mode.

Development team at 343 is addressing Infinite as a spiritual reboot for Halo series that would be honoring glorified legacy of Master Chief while trying to make it easy for any newcomers to jump into it without feeling detached to its lore.

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A new journey for series protagonist Master Chief is ahead of us which will be set on a grounded promise for players to help relate. Although we are seriously lacking some sight of gameplay footages right now, hopefully something will come up soon.

It was revealed during Xbox press briefing that Halo Infinite will be a launch title for upcoming next gen Microsoft console Project Scarlett, which is reportedly four times more powerful than currently world's most powerful console Xbox One X.

Gears 5 Release Date

At Xbox E3 briefing, Gears 5 has been confirmed for a September 10 release date with Escape Mode and more.

It has been over a year since developer studio The Coalition and publisher Xbox Game Studios remained tight lipped on any information about their upcoming third-person shooter game Gears 5 following an official reveal back at E3 2018.

Last month, an accidental leak from Taiwanese ratings board revealed official box art and a possible release date of September 10, 2019. Today, both of those leaks are eventually confirmed at E3 2019 press conference for Xbox One.

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Gears 5 Release Date

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Xbox E3 briefing has revealed five different game modes as well as its campaign that of course is part of main experience. From launch, there will be a Map Builder to let players create their custom Hive maps to play and share with friends.

A Versus mode will be deployed in July for test and Coalition invites you to take part in this competitive game type. Arcade mode is for action-packed fun and Escalation 2.0. will probably become an eSports favorite in future.

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Also, a brand-new trailer was released featuring a new "Escape" mode through a brief cinematic clip.




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A high-stakes mode designed for three player co-op, Escape will have your squad go behind enemy lines and hit them from within. In the beginning of the trailer, three COG members allow themselves to be taken by enemies to infiltrate.

Shortly afterwards, they wake up inside enemy hives to plant a bomb that will spell doom for them. When surrounded by Locusts, all three rushes to escape from their grasp and the bomb go off to eradicate them in large number.

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Horde Mode Returns

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August will bring back Horde mode during Gamescom 2019 to introduce new character abilities to have leverage over enemies in battle. Campaign will see return of protagonist Kait Diaz and explore her dangerous journey to Sera.

Despite everyone believing Locust Queen being long dead from ending of Gears of War 3, Kate is still having visions of her, which if obviously affecting her behavior. Wearing a Locust medallion, she goes out to discover her connection with them.

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A second trailer focused on Kait shows her having inner conflict and hints at a mysterious dark secret buried deep beneath.




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This cover-based shooter will have a crossover with upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate movie from fan-favorite Terminator franchise and receive a themed Character Pack featuring Sarah Connor and T-800 model of cybernetic killing machine.

By pre-ordering the game from Microsoft Store and Steam, you can access these iconic characters playable in multiplayer. However, Xbox Game Pass members have to download and play it before September 16, 2019.

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Gears 5 Ultimate Edition Pre-Order Bonus

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Pre-order bonus for any version will secure entry in Tech Test as well but Ultimate members can get in four days early, starting from September 6. In case of Ultimate Edition, you get all of the above-mentioned perks and 30 days of boost.

Gears 5 is the biggest release in Gears of War franchise and will feature cross-play across PC and Xbox One via Xbox Play Anywhere. A GameStop-exclusive Jack Drone Collector's Edition worth $269.99 will be available for U.S. regions.

Bleeding Edge Announced

Ninja Theory announced dystopian brawler mayhem Bleeding Edge for PC and Xbox One at E3 2019 event.

Only days before being revealed at E3 2019 press conference, it was leaked online that a brand-new IP is from developer Ninja Theory is currently in works, which is announced during Xbox press briefing as multiplayer team brawler game Bleeding Edge.

The game pits a four player team to fight against another online with varied combat gameplay mechanics. A technical alpha is scheduled to launch from June 27 and gamers are welcomed to sign up right now to take part and go crazy.

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Bleeding Edge Announced

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An official announce trailer dropped during E3 gives an introduction to this upcoming team combat title.




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In first look, Bleeding Edge looks a lot like a steampunk edition of popular hero shooter title Overwatch meets Borderlands loot shooter. However, it has a diverse roster featuring some bizarre-looking characters that sets it apart aside from its genre.

They do not necessarily fit in usual class categories like attack, defense, support or tank types as each character has a set of combat styles that are mix of ranged and melee moves to eventually master over time through constant exploring.

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Since fast-paced action sequences are always a key to experience fun times in combat games, gameplay elements such as combos, dodging and timing are all rendered with fluid animation that giving them a stylish vibe of their own.

Aside from wide range of fighters, there are unique environmental hazards in every map to add extra tension in each mode. You can try and trap your opponent over an electric fence or just throw them in front of a moving train to win.

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Renegades of Mayhem!

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There are a variety of cybernetic mods for each character that players can earn from gameplay to create loadouts of your choice. Based on your play style, rival fighter and even team formation, variables can always be tweaked.

Development team is planning to bring out this multiplayer-based 4v4 team brawler passion project for some time and now, in association with publisher Xbox Game Studios, chaotic fun from a dystopian future is just waiting to be unleashed.

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Bleeding Edge also leans toward an unlikely combat method than typical character centric multiplayer games. Instead of focusing solely on ranged attacks, players can go and face their rivals directly with some old-school melee action.

Having expertise in close quarter combat mechanics, the studio would have an advantage to stand out within its type of games. Plus, combat director, Rahni Tucker is on board with developers to make sure that they do.

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Frenetic Fighters Roster

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Ninja Theory was acquired by Microsoft last year to develop in-house games and has a history of working on renowned titles like DmC: Devil May Cry, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Heavenly Sword and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.

Bleeding Edge will be available on Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox One consoles upon release. Although no definitive launch date for the game is yet to reveal, we can only assume that it would probably head for an early 2020 window.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Gears 5 Possible Release Date Leaked

Ahead of E3 2019, a possible release date and box art for Gears 5 has been leaked by Taiwanese ratings board.

Following its official reveal back at E3 2018, developer studio The Coalition has been keeping quiet for their upcoming third-person shooter game Gears 5 and publisher Xbox Game Studios probably planning for a showcase at E3 2019.

We are now close to a year of its official announcement and looks like its release date has been leaked recently. Latest installment of Gears of War franchise is about to arrive sooner than we think, according to Taiwanese ratings board.

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Gears 5 Possible Release Date Leaked

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Despite what its developers and publishers have intended, a box art have been leaked from official Taiwanese Industrial Development Bureau and this information and a Spanish fan site Generacion Xbox has originally noticed it.

They also uncovered a possible launch date of September 10 for the game, which needs some confirmation though. However, it is very possible for Microsoft to choose that release window to avoid competing with major AAA-titles coming in October and November.

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Gears 5 Leaked Box Art

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What they claim to be a possible cover of Gears 5 seems pretty legit, which prominently puts focus on Kait Diaz. She is holding a Locust pendant with Marcus Fenix on her right and Queen of the Locust Horde, Myrrah on her left.

Though Locust Queen was killed by the end of Gears of War 3, she appears in flashbacks or she probably was presumed dead and now is coming back. Del Walker and JD Fenix are on lower right corner, adjacent to two seemingly new enemies.

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What is barely visible in blood stains in lower middle is probably Locust stronghold Mount Kadar and it make sense as in-game narrative would send you on a journey to Sera to discover Locust origins and their connection to Kait.

E3 will kick-off just in a month and we most probably would see this box art being revealed along with some more footage. A Microsoft platform exclusive title, Gears 5 will be launched on PC and Xbox One through Xbox Play Anywhere.