Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Microsoft Game Studios

D4 to bring more Swery (very) soon, launching Friday for Xbox One

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D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die, the first episode in a new time-travel murder mystery from Deadly Premonition creator Swery, will be available tomorrow. Players will be able to swap between the controller or Kinect, with the latter offering a way to merge player and protagonist David Young with facial recognition and gesture replication. Kinect can be used while seated, or not at all. A ranking system will also show how the player’s moral compass aligned by comparing their actions to other players’ at the end of each episode.

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Xbox One News

Forza Horizon 2 launching with free DLC car pack, VIP perks revealed

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A free car pack will be available at launch for Forza Horizon 2. The Launch Bonus Car Pack will feature eight cars, listed below, three of which will be making their series debut: the 1993 Clio Williams, 2003 Ford Focus RS, and 1997 Land Rover Defender 90. For the more dedicated fans out there, the Forza Horizon 2 VIP program was also detailed. The $19.99 club ($9.99 for Forza 5 VIP members) allows access to the five-cart VIP Car Pack, four of which are new to the franchise, exclusive multiplayer events, and discounts. Additional details can be found below.

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DLC, Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

Turn 10 launches Forza Rewards program for free cars, in-game cash

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Turn 10 has announced a set of rewards for fans of Forza, including free cars for Forza Horizon 2, through the new Forza Rewards program. Gamers have the chance to unlock up to five non-DLC rides, listed below, before they boot up the game by completing certain challenges in Forza 2 through 5, with the examples given being the number of cars owned and miles driven in Forza 5. Rewards, which also includes other cars and in-game credits, are based on a tier system, and any earned items are awarded at the beginning of the month based on which of the five tiers the player reached during the preceding month. Horizon 2 players will receive a gift car (or cars) through the program, with the reward based on the tier reached by launch.

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Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

Sunset Overdrive Season Pass to add missions, weapons, and more

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Microsoft has detailed the Season Pass for Insomniac Games upcoming action title Sunset Overdrive. The $19.99 pass, which is now available for purchase, will include the first two campaign add-ons, a weapon pack add-on, and a bonus pack with an assortment of extras. When tallied up, the four downloads will add four Amps, four traps, eight weapons, and 10 outfits. On top of that, the campaign packs will also add new bosses, challenges, locations, and missions.

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DLC, Xbox One News

The final rides of Forza Horizon 2’s 210-car roster revealed

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The remaining rides of Forza Horizon 2’s launch roster have been revealed. The full list can be found here, and the latest additions below, which include the 2015 Ford Mustang GT, 1997 Land Rover Defender 90, 1987 Ferrari F40, 2009 Lotus 2-Eleven, and 2004 Maserati MC12. Gamers looking forward to the Horizon series’ next-gen debut will be able to take a few laps early when the demo launches next week, September 16, on Live.

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Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

Xbox One to get Forza Horizon 2 demo on September 16

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Forza fans will get their chance to try the upcoming Forza Horizon 2 in a few weeks. Microsoft has announced that a demo for the open-word racer will launch on Live for Xbox One on September 16. The Playground Games-developed entry has been making the rounds recently, at E3, Gamescom, and soon at PAX, but this will be the first time gamers will get the chance to whip around southern Europe in the comfort of their homes. The full Achievement list has also been released, and can be found here.

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Xbox One News

Microsoft to launch Madden NFL 15 Xbox One bundle on August 26

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Microsoft has announced a new Madden-themed bundle for Xbox One. The set will launch in retail on August 26 for $399 and include a download code for a free copy of Madden NFL 15. In addition to the voucher, the bundle will also include the system itself, a headset, a wireless controller, and a token for three Madden NFL Ultimate Team Pro Packs.

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Mondo creates Sunset Overdrive poster for SD Comic-Con 2014

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A new limited release poster for Insomniac Games’ upcoming action title Sunset Overdrive will be available at San Diego Comic-Con 2014. Designed by the Austin, TX-based studio Mondo, who makes some rather nice art for vinyl film soundtracks and VHS re-releases, in addition to newer formats, the print marks the gallery’s gaming debut and was created by UK artist Matt Taylor. The poster will be available at Mondo’s booth (#835).

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Convention, Xbox One News

Dead Rising 3 announced for PC, to launch on Steam this summer

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Dead Rising 3, formerly an Xbox One exclusive, will be making its way to PC later this summer. Capcom has announced that it will be a download-only release available through Steam. This version will feature “high PC resolutions with fully optimized visuals for the wide screen, upgraded textures on characters, backgrounds and in-game objects.” As a Steam title, the game will support Steam Achievements, Clouds, and Trading Cards as well as support for global leaderboards and controllers.

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Ryse: Son of Rome – Morituri Pack launches, contest announced

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Ryse: Son of Rome’s multiplayer received a new add-on today, the Morituri Pack. The $7.99 download includes three new arenas for Gladiator mode (Beacon, False Gods, and Revolution), two arenas for Survival mode (Sulfur River and The Forbidden Forest), five arenas for Solo mode (the new Gladiator arenas plus Garden and Market), and the armor of Oswald, King of the Britons. Beacon tasks players with invading a barbarian camp, while False Gods has an Ancient Egypt theme and Revolution a post-collapse Western Roman Empire theme. Both Sulfur River and The Forbidden Forest are filled with traps that spring during combat. A contest to discover the final Easter Egg was also announced, details are available below.

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