Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Microsoft Game Studios

343 kicks off Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta documentary

Halo 5 Guardians (Xbox One) 343 Sprint Series Announcement - Screenshot 1

343 Industries has rolled out the first in a new behind-the-scenes series detailing their work on the multiplayer beta of Halo 5: Guardians. The beta is scheduled to launch this month for owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and the new six-part series, The Sprint – Making Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, will follow the developers and development stages as the beta takes shape. The first episode, titled Balance, premiers today at 6 p.m. (CST) on the Halo Channel, Windows 8.1, and Xbox One. A new episode will air each day until the beta launches on December 29. The full schedule, including episode details, is available below.

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Forza Horizon 2 gets five rides in NAPA Chassis Pack, plus a freebie

Forza Horizon 2 (360, Xbox One) NAPA Chassis Car Pack Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new download pack has gone live for Forza Horizon 2. The NAPA Chassis Car Pack adds five new rides: the Audi RS6, Buick GSX, McLaren 650S Coupe, Monte Carlo SS, and the Supercharged Land Rover. A free car is also available for all players, the 2002 Lotus Esprit V8. Each ride in the $5 drop as well as the Lotus are detailed below.

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Sunset Overdrive weapon DLC released, voting and MP perks detailed

Insomniac Games has announced several new items for Sunset Overdrive, including new weapons, events, and item boosts. The first weapon pack launched today for $4.99, which includes the Plague Bomb, which causes vomiting to the point of exploding; the Rager, for creating a cloud that confuses and enrages enemies to the point where they attack one another; Shield Buddy, a bomb-deploying shield; and the Multi-Lock Rocket Launcher for targeting up to eight enemies at once. Demonstrations of each can be seen in an archived livestream.

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

Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 4

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

Halo The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

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

Forza Horizon 2 (360, Xbox One) Falken Car Pack Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

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

Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

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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