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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.

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Sea of Thieves: Lost Treasures Update Live Now

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




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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.

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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.

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Reaper's Rewards Event

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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.

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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.

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.

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Sea of Thieves Steam Release Date

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




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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.

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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.

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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.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Bleeding Edge, Madden NFL 20 and Naruto Ninja Storm 4 on Xbox Free Play Days

Free Play Days to add Bleeding Edge, Madden NFL 20 and Naruto Shippuden Storm 4 for Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate members this weekend.

In latest array of games for Xbox Free Play Days event, members of Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate are going to have a blast with some great titles on Xbox One consoles to beat the boredom they get from staying indoors.

Starting off at April 23, 12:01 AM PDT, get your hands on to Bleeding Edge, Madden NFL 20 and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 throughout this weekend by heading straight over to Microsoft Store before April 26, 11:59 PM PDT.

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Bleeding Edge, Madden NFL 20 and Naruto Ninja Storm 4 on Xbox Free Play Days

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Online team brawler game Bleeding Edge is a recent release from developer Ninja Theory and publisher Xbox Game Studios that pits a wide selection of enhanced cybernetic fighters into brutal 4v4 matches within a futuristic setting.

With a few tweaking of same old features, developer/publisher Electronic Arts presents Madden NFL 20, latest release of American football game series, which is currently free to play for a weekend to celebrate recent NFL draft.

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An improvement over previous series installments, fighting game Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 from developer CyberConnect2 and publisher Bandai Namco is considered one of the best Anime and Manga adaptations out there.

When this trail weekend period of Xbox Free Play Days is finally over but you want to keep playing and carry over progress, simply purchase these titles for a deep discount using your Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Gears 5 on Xbox Free Play Days

Xbox Free Play Days event adds Gears 5 to its recent lineup for Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate members.

After making a successful debut over Xbox One series of gaming systems and PC platform, post-launch content for third-person shooter title Gears 5 started rolling from developer The Coalition and publisher Xbox Game Studios.

Latest free update Operation 3: Gridiron is live now for all and it introduces a brand-new, titular game mode of 5v5 capture the flag style play. Plus, Augustus "Cole Train" Cole and Clayton Carmine joins across several multiplayer mode.

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Gears 5 on Xbox Free Play Days

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Aside from regular weekly trial events, Xbox Free Play Days is offering members of Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate a chance to download and play Gears 5 for a limited time from today, April 6 to April 12, 2020.

Joining up right now will give you access to Operation 3: Gridiron and allows you to play online with fellow Gold players. Xbox owners can team-up with players of Windows PC version and Steam to enjoy a wholesome experience together.

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Also watch out for WWE legend and Hollywood superstar Batista joining on Xbox Free Play Days this week.




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Players can receive Batista skin and his signature "Batista Bomb" execution by simply playing through April 20. Whether his opponents are WWE superstar wrestlers or Locust drones, no one stands a chance against his finishing move.

You can enjoy ongoing Gears 5 gameplay streams on Mixer or join in to play single life objective mode Gridiron with your friends. Newly added fan-favorite characters over online modes Escape, Horde and Versus are worth a try as well.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Sea of Thieves Coming to Steam

Released exclusively for Windows PC and Xbox One back in March 2018, Sea of Thieves is finally coming to Steam.

Debuted as one of the most-anticipated titles of 2018, popular open-world pirate adventure title Sea of Thieves from developer Rare Studio and publisher Microsoft Studios currently boasts a community of over 10 million players.

In a recent official announcement, Microsoft has revealed that Sea of Thieves is heading over to Steam very soon, which would have support for cross-platform play with other Pirate Legends on Windows PC platform and Xbox One console.

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Sea of Thieves Coming to Steam

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Microsoft has been promoting Sea of Thieves as a flagship title for Xbox Game Pass subscription service from very beginning. SoT is a quirky pirate simulator that initially garnered mixed reception but became better with a series of updates.

During its two year-long run, pirates have fended off killer Kraken, fought Megalodons and looted Skeleton Forts throughout many adventures. There will be more of these legendary tales when SoT will finally arrive on Valve's storefront.

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In 2019, Xbox chief Phil Spencer expressed plans to offer more choice to players deciding where they want to buy their PC games from. Rare Studio has yet to announce a release window for Steam but players can add SoT to wishlist now.

Sea of Thieves initially launched two years ago on Microsoft Store as an Xbox-exclusive, which will now be joining alongside Gears 5, Halo: The Master Chief Collection and State of Decay 2 on Steam as latest Xbox Game Studios title.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Gears 5 to Get Free Xbox Series X Upgrade

Microsoft and The Coalition will be delivering free Xbox Series X upgrade for Gears 5 at launch this holiday.

Last month, Microsoft has revealed specs for upcoming Xbox Series X and highlighted its Smart Delivery feature that would allow players to enjoy right version of any and all of Xbox Game Studios releases on Xbox One or Series X.

Ahead of holiday 2020 launch, full specs of new Xbox hardware is revealed recently and it ends with an announcement from tech director of The Coalition developer studio, Mike Rayner of an optimized version of Gears 5 for Series X.

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Gears 5 to Get Free Xbox Series X Upgrade

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Rayner and his team showcased in-game footage from latest installment of Gears of War series in ultra settings reserved for PC platform. They ran an improved version of Gears 5 opening cut-scene in 4K at 60 FPS, twice the rate of Xbox One X.

Series X version to feature higher texture resolutions and 50% high particle count compared to ultra specs for PC. Teaming up with Epic Games, they managed to upscale all quality presets of console version on equal level of PC ultra settings.

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Currently, Rayner and dev team is busy working on a version that can run at 120 frames per second in next-gen for multiplayer matches. According to Microsoft, it only took their studio two weeks to come up with such progress.

The Coalition has confirmed that Gears 5 will support Smart Delivery and will be fully optimized for Microsoft's next-gen console. Those who already own a copy will get Xbox Series X upgrade for free when it launches this holiday season.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Sea of Thieves: Heart of Fire Update Live Now

Latest free monthly content update Heart of Fire for Sea of Thieves adds new Tall Tale, weapons and more.

Due to last minute discovery of an issue, developer Rare Studio and publisher Microsoft Studios had to push back release of latest Heart of Fire monthly content update by a couple of days for 2018 action-adventure title Sea of Thieves.

Heart of Fire free update is now rolled out on Windows PC, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox One for eager pirates to let them take on new voyages, experience story-driven Tall Tales, earn Pirate Legend status, rewards and much more.

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Sea of Thieves: Heart of Fire Update Live Now

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Before going in-depth of major features added in Heart of Fire update, take a look at its official trailer below.




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This month, Duke is handing out special Athena's Run voyages only for Pirate Legends on behalf of Pirate Lord. It will send them in quest for precious treasures and if you are not legendary yet, tag along as part of someone else's crew.

You can be part of this adventure even if you are non-Legend and have spoils of riches to cash them in to mysterious stranger. Or you can go up against a Pirate Legends to take them down, instead of working together and steal their loot.

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Clash of Pirate Legends

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Pirate Lord encourages everyone to look for Athena's Treasures that includes objects like chalice of ancient fortune and keg of ancient black powder and more, which earns you gold and invaluable Athena's Fortune reputation.

Exchange enough treasures with mysterious stranger to unlock Commendations and Ghost ship cosmetics. Heart of Fire update also introduces throwable explosive weapons Blunderbomb and Chainshot to use against hostile enemies.

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Earn Rare Treasures

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Newest Tall Tale mission picks up from Seabound Soul storyline as Sir Arthur Pendragon is still seeking for location of Captain Flameheart at Devil's Roar to save souls of his lost crewmates, with two-timer Stitcher Jim following his trail.

Sea of Thieves: Heart of Fire free update adds fresh cosmetics, emotes and pets to Black Market. Much-requested Royal Sea Squirrel set has recently arrived on Pirate Emporium and there are discounts on many select items.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Ori and the Will of the Wisps Out Now

Platform-adventure game Ori and the Will of the Wisps from Moon Studios and Xbox Game Studios is now available on PC and Xbox One.

A direct sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest, platform-adventure Metroidvania title Ori and the Will of the Wisps from developer Moon Studios and publisher Xbox Game Studios is out now on PC via Steam and Xbox One platforms.

Little spirit guardian Ori returns for an all-new adventure with Kuro's owlet Ku on forest of Niwen that has lost the light of spirit tree. In a stormy night, they got separated and Ori begins a quest to discover secrets of the lost ones.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps Out Now

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Will of the Wisps improves its combat system with new spirit skills, weapons and a shard system that lets you customize Ori's powers in a distinctive way, which would allow players to experience a unique playthrough every time.

You can choose from Easy, Normal and Hard modes, while select and swap Spirit Shard loadout to match your playstyle. Aside from that, threatening challenges and dreaded enemies from around will be testing your resolve at all times.

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Beautiful Hand-Drawn Visuals

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Ori can perform double jump or grab any objects mid-air to gain extra height in order to solve in-game puzzles. Dev team has managed 3D models to integrate into a 2D world seamlessly and it adds a new level of depth to surrounding areas.

There is a newly added mini game mode called Spirit Trials that puts you up to complete a goal as soon as possible. Players can compete in leaderboard-based races to beat best times set by others by traversing through obstacle courses.

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Encounter Towering Enemies

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Moon Studios previously released an official trailer during The Game Awards 2019 to showcase gameplay overview.




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Ori's latest adventure is immersed in beautiful visuals with scores composed by award-winning composer Gareth Coker. Microsoft and Moon Studios are teaming-up with Iam8bit to release all of its soundtracks in a two-disc vinyl set.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps will also be available at Microsoft Store and Xbox Game Pass on day one for all of its valued members. Game Pass Ultimate includes Ori and the Blind Forest and all features of Xbox Live Gold service.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Sea of Thieves: Crews of Rage Update Live Now

Rare Studio adding blazing new host of content in monthly free update Crews of Rage for Sea of Thieves.

Time for Pirates across all seas to jump in joy as developer Rare Studio and publisher Microsoft Studios just rolled out monthly free content update Crews of Rage for 2018 action-adventure game Sea of Thieves on available platforms.

Crews of Rage will be introducing new treasure Chests and encounter with Ashen skeleton enemies at Devil's Roar. Latest update goes live for players on Windows PC, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox One from today, February 19, 2020.

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Sea of Thieves: Crews of Rage Update Live Now

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Rare Studio also dropped a new trailer featuring some changes and key-features of recent monthly update.




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Sea of Thieves is getting heated up with newly added fiery cursed chests called Chest of Rage and Duke is ready to send you after new Bounty Voyages so you can find these boxes holding souls of lost pirate crews trapped within.

Fueled by their impulsive emotions, those unstable trunks can explode anytime and set your ship on fire if you are not careful. Simply sinking them into sea for a while or putting a bucket of water is what it takes to cool them down.

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Cursed Chest of Rage

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Chest of Rage can be used in fighting against a horde of deadly skeleton foes or hand them over to Masked Stranger on Reaper's Hideout for a handsome payout as she is more than happy to take your troubles and pay you in double gold.

There are five Tomes of Resurrection locked in chests that belong to final set of Ashen Tomes. Collect these scorching texts from Molten Sands Fortress or fighting Ashen Guardians and take them to Duke to unlock special cosmetics.

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Reaper's Heart Pets

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A wide range of new items like cannons, emotes, hulls, musical instruments and sails have arrived on Black Market for your character and ship. Pirate Emporium will offer you Reaper's Heart cursed pets of dark magic as trusty companion.

Players can finally change physical outlook their character using Pirate Appearance Potion for 149 Ancient Coins or $1.49 only. You can either randomly select a set pirate avatar from available variety or take time building your persona.

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Molten Sands Fortress Roars

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Except for Molten Sands fortress at Devil's Roar, activity among all skeleton forts has been muted down lately. Ashen Skeletons have gathered there under leadership of a Skeleton Lord and taking him down earn you hefty rewards.

Sea of Thieves player community has just an impressive $76,205.90 amount by purchasing Pathfinder Sails sets for charity organization SpecialEffect that helps people with disabilities by making gaming more accessible to them.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Sea of Thieves: Legends of the Sea Update Live Now

Rare Studio is kicking in a new decade for Sea of Thieves with latest free monthly content update Legends of the Sea.

Stepping into a New Year and a decade, developer Rare Studio and publisher Microsoft Studios have things planned for their 2018 action-adventure game Sea of Thieves that starts with a free monthly content update on PC and Xbox One.

Packed with more adventurous exploration and collectible bonus treasures, new Legends of the Sea storied update is going live on all available platforms and for members of Xbox Game Pass as well from today, January 14, 2020.

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Sea of Thieves: Legends of the Sea Update Live Now

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Have a brief look at some key-features put together by Rare Studio for players this month in a latest video.




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Bilge Rats' leader Duke is back after long and he has some precious Gilded Voyages for you that will only last for a limited time. Interested pirates can choose only one of them from his list to take part in but it will deliver enough rewards.

Take your earnings to Trading Companies as usual or reap double amount of gold by taking them to excavation site on Reaper's Hideout. Seek out Masked Stranger there and offer your loot to get double rewards, just as Duke promised.

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Be on lookout for newly added set of Ashen Tomes simply lying around in the wild and guided by mean Skeleton crews. Take them to Ashen Guardians and Key Masters within in-game world to unlock them and get all five Tomes of Fire.

Of course, Duke didn't return empty handed without bringing newest cosmetics for pirates that includes full Aristocrat Ship set, Corsair Sea Dog and Parrot Clothing options that he is ready to hand you over in exchange for those.

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A new legendary NPC named Umbra has resided at Lagoon of Whispers and she has many rumours that you can start tracking right away. Her clues will be found in your Commendation list and they will lead you in places to investigate.

With her help, complete those certain rumours to get exclusive Commendations, Doubloons, Titles and tattoo sets. More riches are waiting in a variant of Reaper's Bounty Chests offering vast wealth, which you can spot from a golden beam.

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"X" Marks the Spot Sails

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Jumping in on first week of Legends of the Sea will earn players "X" Marks the Spot emote for free along with matching sails. Be sure to play before January 22 to receive these entitlements until they return back in February update.

Most recently, Sea of Thieves has crossed a staggering 10 million players and became one of the most successful titles of current Xbox generation. Newcomers can easily get started with Maiden Voyage mode for a tutorial-like experience.

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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.