Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Microsoft Game Studios

Xbox One celebrates first year with 24 hours of free Sunset Overdrive

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Microsoft will be celebrating the Xbox One’s one-year anniversary with a 24-hour free-play session of Sunset Overdrive. Beginning tomorrow, Xbox One owners who have a membership to Xbox Live Gold will be able to play Sunset Overdrive for free until 11:01 p.m. (CST) on Saturday, 12:01 a.m. (EST). On November 22, Insomniac will be fielding their own multiplayer team to go against all takers on Monday at noon (CST) as well as show off some new weapons on the official Xbox Twitch channel. Microsoft will also be giving away gifts, including background images and free rentals, as well as prizes; the full list of all the goodies can be found here.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection now in stores, online for Xbox One

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection is now available for Xbox One. The launch initially kicked off with over 4,000 midnight release events and additional livestreamed festivities, but those who decided to stay in can now grab a copy. The set includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition, an updated Halo 2 with cutscenes by Blur Studios, Halo 3, Halo 4, access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta, and the live-action series Halo: Nightfall from Ridley Scott. So pretty much everything but ODST and Wars. Pictures from the livestreamed launch event HaloFest were also released, and those who missed it can watch it on demand through the official site.

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(Xbox One Review) Sunset Overdrive

(Xbox One Review) Sunset Overdrive

“… has an infectious design that takes longer to reveal itself than expected but nevertheless provides a lot of fast-paced fun.”

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Forza Horizon 2: Falken Car Pack launches alongside a free car for all

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A new add-on pack has launched for Forza Horizon 2, the Falken Car Pack. The $5 set includes six cars: the Alfa Romeo 4C (2014), BMW M4 (2014), Chevy SS (2014), Lamborghini Jalpa (1988), Subaru Legacy RS (1990), and the Toyota 2000GT (1969). One of the additions, the Subaru Legacy RS, is a free bonus for all players. Full details for each ride are available below.

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FizzCo’s on notice, Sunset Overdrive now available for Xbox One

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The world is once again in need of saving, and Insomniac Games is calling upon Xbox One owners to step to the plate today in Sunset Overdrive. The fast-paced shooter has launched online and hit store shelves, pitting players against hordes of humans who’ve turned into mutants after downing too much of FizzCo’s latest energy drink. Be safe parkouring, sliding, blasting, shocking, and exploding (stuff up) out there.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection launch events announced, HaloFest

Microsoft has detailed HaloFest, a series of events being hosted by 343 Industries in celebration of the impending release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The studio plans on hosting broadcasts of interviews, new gameplay footage from the campaign, and sneak peeks of both the multiplayer beta as well as the first episode of Halo: Nightfall. The bulk of the festivities will take place on November 10 at the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles, but a tournament will kick things off on November 8-9 and all events will be viewable via streams on Twitch, Xbox.com, and Xbox Live. The schedule is available below, and event details can be found on the official Facebook page. To get fans ready, 343 has released a new trailer debuting the live-action series Halo: Nightfall.

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Sunset Overdrive launch trailer released, Week of Explosions begins

A new launch trailer has been released for Insomniac Games’ Sunset Overdrive. The video runs nearly two minutes and features a little of the backstory as well as some gamelpay footage, showcasing the mixture of platforming-style action and third-person shooting that players can expect when the game is released next week. A contest is also up that offers a limited edition in-game outfit for the first 100,000 Twitter users who choose #BlowUpFizze or #BlowUpMutants as part of the Week of Explosions leading up to launch. The prize is an outfit called Granny’s Revenge, which comes with a flame-throwing shotgun.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection goes goooold, plus pre-load info

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343 Industries has announced that Halo: The Master Chief Collection has gone gold. The Xbox One set will also be receiving a wider release with most territories now scheduled to get the game on the earlier release date, November 11. The countries not included in the bump are Belgium (November 12), Japan (November 13), and France (November 14). The game will also go live for pre-order and pre-download later today, which will allow gamers to pre-load the game to have it ready to play the second it goes live. Those going the digital route should take advantage of that option, as there will be a lot to download: 45 GB for the game and another 20 GB for a launch content patch, which will include “some features and multiplayer content.” The campaign will be playable as content is installing.

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Sunset Overdrive goes goooold, pre-order extras and more detailed

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Microsoft has sent word that Insomniac Games’ upcoming action shooter Sunset Overdrive has gone gold. Pre-orders are now open, and gamers who put down their cash between now and the game’s release on October 28 will receive the Day One Edition or, for a bit more, the Day One Digital Deluxe Edition. Both versions come with a variety of extras, including modified weapons and an outfit. The full list of items is available below. The Digital version is slightly more expensive at $79.99, but it also includes the $19.99 Season Pass, which adds exclusive outfits as well as new amps and traps.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection gets Warlord as final Halo 2 map

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The last of the six classic multiplayer maps being added to Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been announced, Warlord. The map will included as part of Halo 2: Anniversary, but it originated in Halo as Wizard, which was followed by two further revisions, the first as Warlock in Halo 2 and the second as Magus in Halo: Reach. This updated version will feature additional skill jumps, more cover, and a new weapon located in the center. Warlord joins Ascension, Coagulation, Lockout, Sanctuary, and Zanzibar.

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