Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Microsoft Game Studios

Forza Motorsport 7 garage additions brings 140-plus European rides

Week five of the Forza Motorsport 7 Garage additions brings with it over 140 rides. The theme this time around is European sports cars. As usual, extra details are available, though this time it’s only for one of them: the 2013 Caterham Superlight R500. The rundown on the R500, as well as the full list of vehicles, can be found below.

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Forza Motorsport 7 car reveal adds 100-plus to the garage

Another week, another slate of reveals for Forza Motorsport 7’s Garage. Over 100 rides make up the complete list, while two are highlighted: the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R and the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T. The full list, as well as the rides’ details, can be found below. The studio also revealed that the car viewer, Forzavista, is being expanded to allow players to view vehicles track-side prior to races.

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August Update adds remade maps, tweaks to Gears of War 4

Earlier today, Gears of War 4 received its August Update. The download features a number of additions and changes, including two maps, Forge Blitz and Canals. The former is described as “a tighter, faster pace evolution of the map Forge,” set in a factory damaged by a Windflare, while the latter returns from the original Gears of War complete with its triple bridge. Summer of Gears is also continuing with a boost to the First Win of the Day Credit Bonus so that every first kill throughout August will be worth 500 Credits. The second season of the Gears Pro Circuit is also looming, and the studio is making Escalation Ring placement improvements to Diner, Impact, Lift, and The Slab, which are said to have been “crafted with our Pro Players at a recent studio playtest.” Also, this month’s Craftable Character is Classic Commando Dom, and joining him are a new Horde variant on August 18 and Classic One Shot One Kill on Canals on August 25.

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Halo Wars 2 – Serina, Operation: Spearbreaker out for PC, Xbox One

Halo Wars 2 received two new downloadable drops today, Serina and Operation: Spearbreaker. The first pack features Serina, the UNSC Spirit of Fire’s AI from the original Halo Wars, while the second expands the campaign with two additional missions. Serina returns in full form, despite her unfortunate fate, while the story missions expand on the main game’s plot, as players take charge of a hero squad of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers against the Banished.

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Spawn scribe Jon Goff working on Crackdown 3

Crackdown meets Comic-Con with news that writer Jon Goff, who has worked on Spawn and Jack Rabbit, is taking on writing duties for Crackdown 3’s campaign story. Attendees will be able to hear more about his work this Saturday when he, along with others from the team, sits in for a panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The group will discuss Crackdown 3’s characters and plot, along with the inspirations behind Goff’s approach.

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Over 150 rides revealed in first car list for Forza Motorsport 7

Turn 10 has rolled out their first batch of car reveals for Forza Motorsport 7. This week’s list will see 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder, 2011 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, and the 1967 Ferrari #23 Ferrari Spa 330 P4 added to the Forza Garage. But that’s just the rides that had details released; the full list is much longer. Over 700 vehicles will be in the game at launch, and 150-plus were announced. Prepare yourself for a mighty long list.

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Halo 5 to get 4K update, 360 series to be backwards compatible

Microsoft is set to kick off the Halo Summer Celebration. In the upcoming months, the studio is set to revisit several of the older titles in the line. First up is word that four titles will be added to Xbox One’s backwards compatibility library later this year: Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, and Halo: CE Anniversary. Each game will support the campaign, multiplayer, and LAN play on Xbox One and between One and 360. As a bonus, every 360 add-on map pack will be free in Xbox Store. Later this year, Halo 5: Guardians will receive an update to support 4K alongside the release of Xbox One X. Halo Wars 2 is also set to get a new premium expansion this fall, Awakening the Nightmare. The add-on will feature a campaign focusing on The Banished, along with the return of the Flood and a new multiplayer mode, Terminus Firefight. Lastly, 343 will also be in attendance at several upcoming events, including RTX Austin 2017, HCS Summer Finals at DreamHack Atlanta, ChinaJoy and gamescom.

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Halo Wars 2 adds Jerome-092, Ripa heroes in Icons of War DLC

Halo Wars 2 has received a new downloadable double pack, Icons of War. The drop adds two new characters, Commander Jerome-092, the leader of Red Team aboard the UNSC Spirit of Fire, and Arbiter Ripa ‘Moramee. Jerome-092 has the ability to inspire nearby troops, conduct a Field Promotion, and deploy the Spartans of Omega Team. Unable to hijack vehicles, he can summon Command Mantis onto the field with Mech Drop. Ripa can heal nearby units while increasing their speed and damage with the Conduit of Rage ability, and trigger Arbiter’s Rage to increase his own stats.

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E3 2017: Microsoft – Stream their briefing live via Youtube

Microsoft will be streaming their E3 presentation in 10 minutes. Several services are streaming the briefing, but we’re going with the company’s official Youtube channel.

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Gears of War 4 to get maps, difficulty, more with Rise of the Horde

Gears of War 4 is said to be getting its biggest update yet with the impending release of Rise of the Horde. Scheduled to launch on June 6, the free update will add 15 Horde Skills (three per class), Level 6 Skills, Loot Drops, additional difficulty levels for Campaign and Horde (Inconceivable and Ironman), and other tweaks to Horde. Also this month, two maps are returning from previous entries, Gears of War 2’s Avalanche and Gears 3’s Rust Lung. A trial is also slated to take place between June 9-15, offering players the chance to try the game for free for 10 hours, which includes the first campaign act and full access to Horde and Versus. Season Pass Holders will receive five exclusive Horde Skills when the update goes live. A full rundown of the changes can be found here.

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