Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Microsoft Game Studios

Quantum Break headed to PC, now a pre-order bonus with Alan Wake

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Remedy’s upcoming action-adventure title Quantum Break will be available for Windows 10 on April 5. As a bonus, every digital pre-order of the Xbox One version will come with a free download of the PC version. Doubling down on the bonuses, all purchases will come with a digital copy of the studio’s fantastic thriller Alan Wake and its two add-ons, The Signal and The Writer. To enhance the promotional synergy, pre-orders will also get the additional bonus of a download for American Nightmare. All of the Xbox 360 titles will be playable via backwards compatibility. A themed 500GB Cirrus White bundle will also be offered for $349. In the meantime, a new live-action trailer has gone live and is available to watch below.

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PC News, Xbox One News

Forza Motorsport 6 getting Alpinestars Car Pack tomorrow

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Turn 10 will be releasing seven new rides for Forza Motorsport 6 tomorrow with the Alpinestars Car Pack. The $6.99 set will include the prototype 2015 Ford #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley Mk XXVI Daytona, which will be at this weekend’s race, as well as the 1990 Mercury #15 Whistler Radar Cougar XR-7, 2005 Pontiac Aztek, 1992 Alfa Romeo Milano Quadrifoglio Verde, 1967 Sunbeam Tiger, 1974 Toyota Corolla SR5, and 1996 Subaru SVX. A new contest is also beginning tomorrow, with special Rivals mode that features the Ford Daytona Prototype on the Daytona Sports Car Circuit. Winners will receive Alpinestars-branded apparel. Check here for the rules.

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DLC, Xbox One News

Halo 5: Guardians free DLC, Infinity’s Armory, now available

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343 Industries has released their latest free content update for Halo 5: Guardians. Infinity’s Armory adds new maps (Riptide for Arena, Urban for Warzone Assault), assassinations, skins, weapons, including carbine variations and the Halo 2 Battle Rifle, and the Achilles armor set. The update also features numerous gameplay tweaks and fixes. A full change log can be found at Halo Waypoint.

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Halo 5: Guardians – Infinity’s Armory detailed, launching next week

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343 Industries is prepping to release their third content update for Halo 5: Guardians, Infinity’s Armory. The download will include a new Arena map, the debris-filled Riptide; a new Warzone Assault Map, Urban; and the Halo 2 Battle Rifle as a Mythic REQ in Warzone and in Forge. Those are in addition to several other REQs, including rare variants of the carbine, new assassinations, and the Achilles armor set. Infinity’s Armory will be free, as with Cartographer’s Gift and Battle of Shadow and Light, and download automatically next week.

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MS acquires MinecraftEdu, announces Minecraft: Education Edition

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Microsoft is expanding Minecraft’s presence in education with the acquisition of MinecraftEdu. The version, specifically built for classrooms, is being enhanced, renamed, and re-released as Minecraft: Education Edition. The announcement notes that an advisory board of educators is going to assist in the evolution of the product, and that a free trial will be available worldwide this summer. A new site is launching as well, which will feature lesson plans and other resources, including Minecraft Mentors, a program that will allow those who are about to introduce the title to their classroom the chance to reach out to experienced educators.

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PC News

Console versions of Minecraft get new items, mobs, fixes, and more

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The console edition of Minecraft received a significant update today. In addition to a number of tweaks to enchanting, fishing, crafting, etc., the patch also brings with it dozens of new pieces of content. Over 30 items, 20-plus blocks, five mobs, and nine biomes are included in the patch. A new tutorial has also been created to acclimate players to all of the additions and changes. The sizable list of everything patch 1.8.8 features is available below.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

Deus Ex, Fable III, Halo: Reach, more now compatible with Xbox One

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (360, PC, PS3) Gold Announcement - Header

Microsoft has rolled out the next batch of Xbox 360 titles for Xbox One. The backward compatibility list grows by 16 today, with Braid, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Halo: Reach, Iron Brigade, and Portal: Still Alive joining the library. The full list is below. To let Microsoft know which titles you would like to be added to future updates, head over to Xbox.UserVoice.com.

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Xbox One News

Holiday Skins Pack brings the jolly to Minecraft Windows 10, Pocket

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Mojang and Microsoft are kicking off the holidays with the Holiday Skins Pack for Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta and Minecraft: Pocket Edition. Skins include Father Christmas, Santa Claus, a Red Nose, and more. Check out the full list below. The pack is $1.99, while two skins, Jumper and Warm Wooly, are free. Teams from both studios will also be getting in the spirit this Friday when they host a livestream, starting at noon, at Mojang’s official Youtube channel.

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Android, Apple Handheld, PC News

Halo 5: Guardians – Cartographer’s Gift free content update detailed

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343 Industries is rolling out the second free update for Halo 5: Guardians this week, Cartographer’s Gift. Following up Battle of Shadow and Light, the upcoming add-on will feature Forge Mode, new weapon (M41 “SPNKr” Rocket Launcher) and armor set (Mark IV [Gen 1]) REQs, and four new maps. The maps are spread across several modes: The Battle of Noctus for Warzone, Overgrowth for Arena, and the other two, Antifreeze and Entombed, for Big Team Battle. Cartographer’s Gift will download automatically when it goes live in a few days.

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Xbox One News

Mobil 1 Car Pack goes live for Forza Motorsport 6

Forza Motorsport 6 (Xbox One) Mobil 1 Car Pack Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Forza Motorsport 6 received a new set of rides today with the launch of Mobil 1 Car Pack. The seven-car add-on features the Koenigsegg One:1, 2016 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupé, 1988 Holden VL Commodore Group A SV, 1990 Chevrolet #30 Douglas Shierson Racing Lola T90/00, 1963 Ferrari 250LM, 1991 Mazda #62 Mazda Motorsport RX-7, and 1958 Plymouth Fury. The pack is available for $6.99.

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