Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Microsoft Game Studios

Rise of the Tomb Raider box art, new trailer released

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Microsoft has rolled out a new trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider. Crystal Dynamics is returning to the world of tombs and the raiding thereof as Lara Croft sets off on a global treasure hunt. The video runs a minute and forty-five seconds and finds Lara following in the steps of famed arctic explorers in search of the past. For those wanting to see more, you won’t have to wait long, as the teaser ends that more will be revealed in a few weeks at this year’s E3.

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Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

Halo 3: ODST, new map launch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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Microsoft released new content for Halo: The Master Chief Collection over the weekend. In addition to the new multiplayer map Remnant, a re-imaged version of Halo 2’s Relic, a beefed-up 1080p, 60fps version of Halo 3: ODST’s campaign has also gone live. ODST is free for those who logged into Live and played the Collection between November 11 and December 19, while everyone else can grab it from the Xbox Store for $4.99. Those who qualify for the free version will receive a download code at the email address registered through Live.

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DLC, Xbox One News

Forza Horizon 2 – Pre-Order Car Pack now on Live Marketplace

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Microsoft has made Forza Horizon 2’s Pre-Order Car Pack available for all players. The four-car set includes the 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP-570-4 Superleggera, the 2008 Ferrari California, the 2013 BMW M6 Coupe, and the 2013 Audi RS 4 Avant. The set can now be downloaded for $4. Additional details on each ride can be found below.

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New #HuntTheTruth out, Master Chief wanted for kidnap, murder

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A new episode of the #HuntTheTruth podcast has gone live. The latest release details a secret report that accuses Master Chief of interrupting peace talks and kidnapping an emissary who is later found dead. Head over to huntthetruth.tumblr.com to hear the full account, and to listen to any missed episodes. New episodes are released every Sunday.

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Xbox One News

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition turns 3, free skins released for 360, One

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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has turned three years old, and to celebrate, Mojang is giving away three free skin packs. The downloads will be available from today until May 17 for all 20 million players on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Two of the packs were already available for the Xbox 360 but are making their Xbox One debut, the 1st Skin Pack and 2nd Birthday Skin Pack, while the Mojangstas pack is new to both versions.

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DLC, Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

Forza Horizon 2 gets Alpinestars Car Pack, free Bugatti

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A new batch of cars has been added to Forza Horizon 2’s downloadable roster with the release of the Alpinestars Car Pack. The latest set adds six new vehicles, including the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette and the 1991 Jeep Wagoneer. Launching alongside the new pack is this month’s free car, the 1992 Bugatti EB110 SS. As always, full details on each of the new additions can be found below.

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State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition out now for PC, Xbox One

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State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition is now available for PC and Xbox One. The latest version includes the base game and both expansions, Breakdown and Lifeline, remastered in 1080p with improved animation, lighting, shadows, and textures. Combat mechanics have also been overhauled. Other added content includes a new mission type, requiring players to clear out hordes that gather around supply crates; an SUV along with 25-plus new vehicle skins; 30 minutes of new music; the ability to use Lifeline’s characters in Breakdown; Lifeline’s community upgrades in all versions; and an under-barrel grenade launcher and incendiary ammo.

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DLC, PC News, Xbox One News

Halo 5: Guardians cover art, Spartan fireteams revealed in new trailer

The Halo 5: Guardians cover art has been released, along with a quasi-movie showing Master Chief and Spartan Locke facing off. The video also features the Spartan fireteams that hunt Master Chief, and it follows strange images released last week that hinted at the reveal. These follow another cryptic campaign, an episodic audio series that sheds light on what led to Locke squaring off against the Chief.

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Xbox One News

Mojang releases new skins, music for Minecraft

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Minecraft has received a handful of new additions, from skins to music. One of the new skins, free for all versions, is Alex, who sports red hair and a ponytail. Xbox 360 owners received some extras today, including 30 new Achievements and new music tracks. PlayStation gamers aren’t being left out and will be getting The Simpsons later this week, a set which will come with Homer and company, along with Principal Seymour Skinner, Groundskeeper Willie, and others.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox 360 News

Halo 5: Guardians gets GameStop-exclusive pre-order armor set

Microsoft has teamed up with GameStop to bring exclusive armor DLC to Halo 5: Guardians. All pre-orders will receive a download code to receive the Spartan Locke multiplayer armor set. The outfit comes with Hunter-Class Armor and a Hunter-Class Helmet, each of which augments the player’s capabilities by offering additional power and enhanced “situational and threat awareness.” A new trailer gives a glimpse of the kit in action.

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