Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Microsoft Game Studios

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition getting physical release

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The Steam version of Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is getting a physical release, courtesy of Nordic Games. Players will have two choices, the $19.99 Standard version and the $29.99 Limited Edition. The Standard release will come bundled with a quickstart guide, A3 poster, and game DVD, all in special packaging. The Limited Edition includes all of those items plus two postcards, soundtrack CD, two double-sided A3 posters, and steelbox packaging. A physical version will also be released for Xbox One. The Definitive Edition is a re-release that adds new areas, abilities, story sequences, and fast travel.

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PC News

Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition announced for Windows 10

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343 Industries will be releasing Halo’s Forge map-making, game-modifying tool suite for Windows 10. The free kit, titled Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition, will also feature some new abilities, including keyboard and mouse support, support for 4K resolution, the ability to allow Friends to test and play creations, and the option to publish and play on Xbox One. The interface is also being optimized for mouse support to allow for quicker navigation. Upcoming updates are set to add new environments, props, palettes, and enhanced file-sharing capabilities.

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NASCAR Expansion now available for Forza Motorsport 6

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A new NASCAR Expansion has gone live for Forza Motorsport 6. The add-on includes a World Tour career that’s estimated to last 10 hours, 24 cars from the 2016 season, and the Homestead-Miami Speedway, which is playable in all modes. There are also NASCAR-themed Rivals, Leagues, and multiplayer hoppers, plus a few new features, including rolling starts, an enhanced drafting model, and a new Quick Stop mode.

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DLC, Xbox One News

Halo 5: Guardians – Memories of Reach, new REQ packs out now

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343 Industries has released the final free content update for Halo 5: Guardians, Memories of Reach. The update adds the Arena map Stasis, Noble Team-inspired armor sets, new weapons (Brute Plasma Rifle, Jorge’s Chaingun), and the Infection game mode. As with the previous updates, there are also a number of extra assassinations, emblems, and weapon skins. Several fixes and tweaks are also included, such as the ability to modify matchmaking search preferences and an updated Post Game Carnage Report with medals and more stats. As a bonus, anyone who launches the game after Memories of Reach goes live will receive Memories of Reach Update Pack, a set that comes bundled with single-use REQs.

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DLC, Xbox One News

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex enters open beta for Windows 10 PC

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Microsoft and Turn 10 have launched the open beta for Forza Motorsport 6: Apex. The beta, announced last week, is available to download for free from the Windows Store. Apex requires a DirectX 12-enabled Windows 10 PC. The beta will include “a curated tour of Forza Motorsport’s best content” and regularly updating Spotlight Series events. For those participating, Turn 10 asks that questions and issues be reported at ForzaMotorsport.net or in the dedicated Apex forums.

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Forza Motorsport 6 gets digital die-cast with Hot Wheels Car Pack

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Forza and Hot Wheels are kicking off their partnership today with the release of Hot Wheels Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 6. The seven-car pack includes the 2011 Hot Wheels Bone Shaker, 2005 Ford Hot Wheels Mustang, 2015 McLaren P1 GTR, 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Super Sport, 2015 BMW X6M, the 1990 Ferrari #1 Scuderia Ferrari 641, and ahead of its real-world debut in June, the 2017 Ford Focus RS. The cars are available separately or bundled together for $7. Note that the pack is not part of the Car Pass.

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DLC, Xbox One News

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex to enter open beta on May 5 for Windows 10

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Forza Motorsport will be making its PC debut on May 5 when the open beta kicks off for Forza Motorsport 6: Apex. The Windows 10 racer will support DirectX 12 and is said to run on a variety of machines. The beta is being utilized to improve performance across a range of systems with various specs. Future updates will add wheel support, optional V-Sync, and an in-app frame counter. System requirements and recommendations can be found below, under the latest set of screenshots.

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Gears of War 4 pre-order bonuses, season pass detailed

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MS has sent word that the Standard and Ultimate editions of Gears of War 4 are up for pre-order. Additionally, a special bonus was announced for those who get in early. Gamers who pre-order either version will receive the Vintage Del Gear Pack, a set that includes a Vintage Del character model, emblem, two Vintage weapon skins, and a Vintage Del bounty. The standard edition costs $59.99 and the Ultimate Edition runs $99.99, which includes early access and the season pass. The pass, which includes 24 DLC maps and six Gear Packs, is detailed below along with the remaining Ultimate Edition goodies.

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Xbox One News

Gears of War 4 multiplayer trailer, PAX East events details posted

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The Coalition has released a new trailer ahead of the Gears of War 4’s multiplayer beta opening to all Live Gold members. The beta will open up next Monday, so to get newer players up to speed, a highlight reel was put together showcasing some of the new weapons, abilities, and executions. The Dropshot, Buzzkill, and vault kick all pop up. PAX East attendees will get a chance to try multiplayer with a hands-on demo as well as watch the Gears eSports ESL Pro League Season 2 Grand Finals, catch the reveal of the new competitive mode Escalation, and sit in on a multiplayer-themed panel hosted by The Coalition. Gamers who won’t be in Boston for the show can check out the events, and take part in some giveaways, at 10:00 a.m. (CST) at the official Gears Twitch channel.

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Convention, Xbox One News

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition launching on April 27

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Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is set to launch for Windows 10 on April 27. The Definitive Edition of Moon Studios’ fantastic action-platformer will feature new areas, gameplay upgrades, and difficulty options. Players who own the Xbox One version will be able to grab an upgrade for $4.99 to access the new content, as well as have their saves and progress sync with the PC version. Newcomers will be able to download the Definitive Edition through Live and Steam for $19.99.

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