Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Microsoft Game Studios

Halo 5: Guardians gets GameStop-exclusive pre-order armor set

Microsoft has teamed up with GameStop to bring exclusive armor DLC to Halo 5: Guardians. All pre-orders will receive a download code to receive the Spartan Locke multiplayer armor set. The outfit comes with Hunter-Class Armor and a Hunter-Class Helmet, each of which augments the player’s capabilities by offering additional power and enhanced “situational and threat awareness.” A new trailer gives a glimpse of the kit in action.

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Halo: Spartan Strike brings back twin-stick action, out for mobile, PC

Halo Spartan-Strike (iOS, PC, Windows 8) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new Halo twin-stick shooter has gone live for mobile devices and PC, Halo: Spartan Strike. The $5.99 download-only release is set in New Mombasa during the events of Halo 2. Players take on the role of a Spartan in an ONI simulation, guiding UNSC troops through 30 missions set throughout cities and jungles. Throughout the missions, soldiers gain access to new abilities, weapons, and vehicles. Windows 8 versions also include support for weekly challenges, leaderboards, and Achievements with accompanying emblems, avatars, and nameplates.

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Forza Horizon 2 goes Hollywood with Furious 7 Car Pack DLC

Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox 360, Xbox One) Furious 7 Edition DLC Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Microsoft has released a Fast and the Furious-themed downloadable add-on for Forza Horizon 2, the Furious 7 Car Pack. The $5 expansion features eight cars, two more than the usual car pack, which range from the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T that debuted in the first film to the 2014 Maserati Ghibli S. And for this month’s bonus, Playground Games has put up the 1998 Toyota Supra as a free download. Full details on all of the new rides can be found below.

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Quantum Break release date rescheduled to 2016

Quantum Break (Xbox One) Delay Announcement - Screenshot 1

Remedy’s upcoming action-adventure title Quantum Break has been bumped from 2015 to 2016, according to Microsoft. In the announcement, Remedy’s creative director, Sam Lake, thanked fans for their patience and noted that “the team is taking advantage of this opportunity to polish and fine tune the game to create the kind of standout entertainment experience they’ve come to expect from us.”

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Xbox One News

Sunset Overdrive gets price drop, April Fools’ Day Achievement, DLC

Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One) Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Sunset Overdrive received a new downloadable expansion today, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machine. The $9.99 expansion adds a new side story that sees Sam setting out to save his mentor from the Fizzco Robotics Factory. His mission will see him battling new enemies but also gaining access to new amps, outfits, traps, and a massive controllable Energy Ball. A series of videos has been uploaded to the game’s official Youtube channel covering most of the additions: enemies, traps and amps, and weapons. An extra 200-point Achievement was also added for April Fools’ Day, and for those who haven’t picked the game up yet, Microsoft has permanently lowered the price to $39.99.

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Halo 5: Guardians live-action trailers All Hail and The Cost released

Microsoft has released both of the live-action trailers for Halo 5: Guardians that were aired during last night’s finale of The Walking Dead. Each video shows a situation from a different perspective, with UNSC’s Spartan Locke doubting Master Chief’s legacy as he stands victorious and the Chief giving Locke a lesson in heroism in The Cost. All Hail is viewable above, and The Cost below, the post. An ongoing series of audio narratives at huntthetruth.tumblr.com offers more of the backstory behind Guardians.

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Forza Horizon 2 gets Rockstar Energy Car DLC, plus a free ride

Forza Horizon 2 (360, Xbox One) Rockstar Energy Pack Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Five more cars have been added to Forza Horizon 2 with the release of the Rockstar Energy Car Pack. The additions range from luxury, with the BMW 850CSI, to pure off-roading, with the Desert Dingo #1107 Baja Bug. And for the latest freebie, Playground has added the 2001 Acura Integra Type-R. Details on each ride can be found below.

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Fable Legends to be free-to-play for Xbox One, Windows 10 PC

Fable Legends (PC, Xbox One) Free-to-Play Announcement - Screenshot 1

Lionhead’s Fable Legends will be a free-to-play release for Xbox One (Xbox Live Gold required) and Windows 10 PC, according to Microsoft. The game will feature regular rotation of heroes (four-character sets, with saved stats and heroes permanently attainable through progression or by purchase), earnable in-game silver but purchasable gold, the ability to lay traps, and the option of purchasing the allegiance of creatures. A FAQ was posted with additional details, and for the especially curious, a video with the game’s director, David Eckelberry, explains the development team’s design philosophy.

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PC News, Xbox One News

Sunset Overdrive gets scavenger hunt for Valentine’s Day

Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One) Valentines Day Achievement Announcement - Screenshot 1

A special Valentine’s Day-themed Achievement and costume has been added to Sunset Overdrive. The set is inspired by game director Drew Murray’s daughter, Ainsley, whose drawings are scattered throughout the game world. By finding and interacting with all 12 pieces of art, players will earn the 175-point ‘D’awwwwww’ Achievement along with a custom outfit. Insomniac has created a series of videos to help players track them all down.

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Forza Horizon 2 gets Top Gear Car Pack, plus a free car for all

Forza Horizon 2 (360, Xbox One) Top Gear Pack Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new set of rides has gone live for Forza Horizon 2 today, the Top Gear Car Pack. The $5 download includes five vehicles: the 2015 Lexus RC F, 1993 Jaguar XJ220, 2014 BMW M235i, 1986 Lamborghini LM002, and the 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale. A free addition for all also joins the game’s roster, the 1966 Ford Lotus Cortina. Details for each are available below.

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