Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Microsoft Game Studios

Quantum Break worldwide launch events detailed

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MS has revealed their launch plans for Quantum Break. Several stores are slated to join in on the festivities set to take place on April 5. Eleven Microsoft stores throughout U.S. and Canada will be hosting events on April 4, with each having food, music, and hands-on demos. Additionally, the first 200 to purchase a copy of the game will receive a limited edition poster. For those who can’t attend, Remedy will be hosting a livestream on their Twitch channel. A full list of all participating locations can be found below. Also, Australian players can meet the game’s star and protagonist Shawn Ashmore on April 7 at the MS store on Pitt Street Mall in Sydney. He’ll be on hand to sign items, meet fans, and take part in a question-and-answer session.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider – Cold Darkness Awakened detailed, dated

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The third download pack for Rise of the Tomb Raider, Cold Darkness Awakened, has been dated for March 29. After a Cold War-era research facility is breached in Siberia, a deadly virus is unleashed that turns Trinity’s soldiers into maniacal killers. Players must guide Lara through the base in order to find and destroy the source of the virus.

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Halo World Championship 2016 schedule, Spartan’s Armory REQ out

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Microsoft has released details on how Halo fans can check out the Halo World Championship 2016. The 16-team event has a prize pool worth $2.5 million and is set to kick off next week in Hollywood, CA, from Friday, March 18 to Sunday, March 20. The playoffs will begin at 11 a.m. (CST) on Friday and Saturday, followed by the Finals at 6 p.m. (CST) on Sunday, and be streamed at Twitch.tv/Halo and through the Twitch App on Xbox One. The finals can also be watched on the Xbox Live Events Interactive app, which is available through the Xbox Store. Everyone who watches the final will receive a free HaloWC Gamerpic and REQ Pack, which will include the rare Challenger armor set. The 14-skin Spartan’s Armory REQ is also live from now until midnight March 20 for 80,000 RP/$9.99. The full schedule, along with REQ info, can be found below.

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Gears of War 4 multiplayer beta to open Versus for play in April

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Gears of War 4’s multiplayer component will enter beta this April. Players who own Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10 or Xbox One will being to receive tokens next month to access Versus, with the first wave of keys going out on April 18. The beta will run until May 1. Microsoft has also extended the qualification period. To qualify to receive a token, players need to log on to Xbox Live and play Ultimate Edition by 1 p.m. (CST) on April 11.

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Forza 6 gets seven new rides with release of Meguiar’s Car Pack

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Forza 6 has received seven new rides with the launch of its sixth DLC drop, the Meguiar’s Car Pack. The final pack in the Car Pass includes the 1934 Alfa Romeo P3, 1968 Opel GT, 1988 Jaguar #60 Castrol Jaguar Racing XJR-9, 2015 Ferrari 488 GTB, 1967 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL, 1969 Fiat Dino 2.4 Coupe, and—deep breath—the 2015 Chevrolet #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype. Non-pass holders can download the set for $6.99.

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Remedy releases new cinematic trailer for Quantum Break

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Quantum Break’s release is quickly approaching, and is now less than four weeks away. To properly build up to launch day, Remedy has released a new cinematic trailer. The video offers a quick look at the battle between Jack Joyce and Paul Serene along with his group Monarch Solutions. The clip demonstrates Jack’s ability to manipulate time, which allows him to take down heavily armed soldiers, evade gunfire, and escape combat.

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Lamborghini gets new series in Forza 6, the cover of the next Forza

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Turn 10 has revealed at the 86th annual Geneva International Motor Show that they have chosen the Lamborghini Centenario as the cover ride of the next Forza. No other details were released about the next installment, other than that it will be the first game to feature a Centenario. Also, beginning today, players can access the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series in Forza 6. All players can compete in the series, starting with the first season’s Rivals time trial events and ranked multiplayer Leagues with the 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo. Depending on leaderboard rank and performance within their division, players have the chance of being gifted a 2015 Huracán Super Trofeo and the opportunity to compete in the second season.

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Halo 5: Guardians – Hammer Storm update detailed, released

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The free February Content Update for Halo 5: Guardians, Hammer Storm, has launched on Live. The automatic download adds new game modes, weapons, REQ items, and a map. The new modes include Assault, Fiesta, and Grifball, with Fiesta having a roulette-style weapon system and Grifbal mixing hammers and swords for a sci-fi take on sports. The map, Torque, is described as a large symmetrical map that is designed for Assault and Capture the Flag. Expanding the arsenal is the Gravity Hammer as well as the return of the Halo: CE Pistol. Added REQs include weapon skins, emblems, assassinations, visors, and armors. The new ball mechanic in Grifball has also been added to Forge.

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MS announces top 16 teams heading to Halo World Championship

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Microsoft has released the names of the final 16 teams in the Halo 5: Guardians’ Halo World Championship (HaloWC). The 16 were able to make their way through the North American Regionals, and now they get the chance to take home the $1 million prize pool. The Grand Finals are set to take place from March 18 through March 20 in Hollywood, CA, with the venue set to be announced on March 4. Additional details will be revealed at Halo.gg. The full list of teams heading to the big show has been posted below.

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Quantum Break headed to PC, now a pre-order bonus with Alan Wake

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Remedy’s upcoming action-adventure title Quantum Break will be available for Windows 10 on April 5. As a bonus, every digital pre-order of the Xbox One version will come with a free download of the PC version. Doubling down on the bonuses, all purchases will come with a digital copy of the studio’s fantastic thriller Alan Wake and its two add-ons, The Signal and The Writer. To enhance the promotional synergy, pre-orders will also get the additional bonus of a download for American Nightmare. All of the Xbox 360 titles will be playable via backwards compatibility. A themed 500GB Cirrus White bundle will also be offered for $349. In the meantime, a new live-action trailer has gone live and is available to watch below.

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