Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Microsoft Game Studios

Fulgore, Arcade Mode, lobbies, and more added to Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct’s first season wraps up today with the release of its eighth and final character, Fulgore. The killer cyborg, sporting an updated look but still slinging about a pair of massive blades, is available for $4.99. A general game update has also gone live, adding a new Arcade Mode, a Spectator Mode, and eight-player online lobbies. The end of season one also marks the transition of development duties from creators Double Helix to the new series stewards Iron Galaxy.

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Halo: Spartan Assault on sale for Windows 8, headed to Steam

Halo Spartan Assault (360, PC, Windows Phone) 360 Announcement - Screenshot 4

The top-down shooter Halo: Spartan Assault will be available on Steam starting on April 4. Set between Halo 3 and 4, Spartan Assault puts players in the role of two soldiers as they battle a besieging Covenant force. The $4.99 shooter will be on sale from April 3-9 for $1.99 for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. According to the Steam listing, the new version will also be compatible with Windows 7 and Vista.

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Project Spark beta program extended to Xbox One

Project Spark (PC, Xbox One) Xbox One Beta Announcement - Screenshot 1

Team Dakota’s Project Spark beta has been expanded to include Xbox One in addition to Windows 8.1. The cross-platform beta allows users to create and share levels and worlds with one another across various devices, an approach that emphasis the project’s three tenants: create, play, and share. Described as “the ultimate interactive digital playground for fans and creators,” pieces can be shared with Team Dakota and other testers, who can then offer feedback. The program itself is also undergoing testing, with users submitting feedback to the developers as they work out the final kinks before launch later this year.

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New limited Xbox One bundle packed with a free copy of Titanfall

Xbox One (Bundle) Titanfall Bundle Announcement - Set

Microsoft has announced a new Xbox One bundle that includes a free digital copy of Respawn and EA’s shooter Titanfall. Beginning March 11, select retailers will be selling a $499.99 set that includes a digital code for Titanfall, a month of Live Gold, a system with Kinect sensor, a wireless controller (standard, not the futuristic-looking Titanfall-themed controller), and a headset. The bundle will only be available for the launch of the game and won’t be restocked afterwards.

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Ryse: Son of Rome sale announced, Mars’ Chosen Pack DLC dated

Ryse Son of Rome (Xbox One) Mars Chosen Pack Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Crytek is gearing up for Ryse: Son of Rome’s next downloadable multiplayer add-on, Mars’ Chosen Pack. Announced for a February 28 release, the new expansion will add five new maps, a new co-op mode, and a new skin. The new maps include Dockyard, Firestorm, Courtyard, Pyramid, and Obelisk. The first two maps are being added and the third optimized for the new Survival Mode, while the latter pair will bring the exotic wilds of Egypt to Arena Mode. The new skin will be a soldier-centric addition, dubbed the Legionary.

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(Xbox 360 Review) Halo: Spartan Assault

(Xbox 360 Review) Halo: Spartan Assault

“… a solid if short top-down shooter that serves both solo- and co-op-minded players, but the influence of microtransactions makes for an overly limited experience.”

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Xbox 360 Reviews

Forza Motorsport 5: Honda Legends Car Pack adds free new rides

Forza Motorsport 5 (Xbox One) Honda Legends Car Pack Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Forza 5 is adding another car pack to its ever-increasing library of DLC, this time from Honda. Available today, the Honda Legends Car Pack adds three cars for download: the redesigned 2014 Civic Si Coupe, the 1984 Mugen CRX, and the 1994 Prelude Si. New rides are always nice, but what’s even better is that they’re free. Can’t beat free. More info about the latest additions is available below.

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Forza Motorsport 5: The Smoking Tire Car Pack going live Tuesday

Forza Motorsport 5 (Xbox One) The Smoking Tire Car Pack Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Ten new cars will be added to Forza 5’s roster next Tuesday, according to MS and Turn 10 Studios. The latest downloadable drop, the Smoking Tire Car Pack, will run $10 and count among its roster the 2000 BMW Z8, the 1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, the 1994 Nissan Fairlady Z Version S Twin Turbo, and the 2011 Ferrari FF. Additional details on all of the new rides can be found below. The cars can be purchased as a set or individually using either tokens or in-game credits.

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Xbox One News

Halo: Spartan Assault deploying tomorrow on Live for 360

Halo Spartan Assault (360, PC, Windows Phone) 360 Announcement - Screenshot 1

Microsoft announced that they will be releasing Halo: Spartan Assault for 360 tomorrow. Gamers who purchased the Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 version before December 15 will be able to download the game for $4.99, while new players will be able to purchase the title for $14.99. The 360 version will feature over 30 missions, including the Operation Hydra expansion, and online co-op play (not supported with Xbox One multiplayer). Spartan Assault, set between Halo 3 and 4, is a top-down shooter that tasks players with battling the Covenant as part of the newly formed Spartan Ops program.

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Xbox 360 News

(Xbox One Review) Ryse: Son of Rome

Ryse: Son of Rome

“… a bombastic action title filled with bloody battles, cinematic encounters, and gravely sounding centurions barking orders about glory and empire, but it’s also very repetitive.”

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