Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Microsoft Game Studios

Spartans to the front! Halo Wars 2 launch trailer posted

343 Industries has released the launch trailer for Halo Wars 2. The video was created by Blur, known for their ace cinematics. The sequel finds humanity struggling to recover after their victory in the first Halo Wars 28 years earlier. Captain Cutter and the crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire wake up from cryosleep to find themselves orbiting a Forerunner artifact. The crew soon sets off to answer a distress call and engage in a new single-player campaign. In addition, the game will come with several multiplayer modes, including Deathmatch, Domination, and Strongholds.

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Playseat Car Pack releasing tomorrow for Forza Horizon 3

Forza Horizon 3 will be getting a new set of downloadable rides tomorrow with the Playseat Car Pack. Seven vehicles will be added to the game’s ever-expanding garage: the 1990 Renault Alpine GTA Le Mans, 2016 Cadillac ATS-V, 2017 Aston Martin DB11, 2016 Vauxhall Corsa VXR, 1970 Honda S800, 2016 Honda Civic Type R, and Pete Brock’s 1985 HDT VK Commodore Group A. Screenshots and a trailer of the rides in action can be found below.

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Halo Wars 2 livestream launch event announced for February 17

Microsoft has sent word about a recent announcement regarding an upcoming livestream launch event for Halo Wars 2. The game is scheduled to launch on February 21, but as Ultimate Edition owners will be able to play it on February 17, the event is set to kick off on February 16 at 6 p.m. (CST). Players can watch it on Facebook Live, Twitch, Xbox One, or Youtube. There will also be interviews with some of the development team and a few giveaways. The full notice can be found below.

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Halo Wars 2 begins Blitz Multiplayer Beta for PC and Xbox One

Halo Wars 2’s Blitz multiplayer has gone live for PC and Xbox One. Any Windows 10 PC player and Xbox One owner with Live Gold can download it now, and play it until January 30. The beta features all of the units, with the mode’s twist that the player has their leader powers and army ready to go at the beginning of each match due to picking them out beforehand as a deck of a dozen cards. Everything has an associated energy cost, so players must balance the units they choose with the energy pool available to them. The beta is only for player versus player, but the final version will also allow for player versus environment while in Blitz. To get the nitty gritty on Blitz, head to Halo Waypoint’s 101 page, and to download it, PC owners can head here and Xbox One owners here.

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Halo War 2 Blitz multiplayer kicking off Jan. 20, dev letter released

Halo War 2’s ‘Blitz’ multiplayer beta has been officially dated for January 20. To get players up to speed, the developers have released a letter on what they can expect during the period. Blitz is a card-based mode, and both PC and Xbox One players will get a chance to try it early. Player’s decks are described as one of their greatest resources, as they build them with cards based on air, ground, and ground units. None of the cards earned will carry over to the final game, but reward cards will be given to participants as a thank-you for their time. Head down for the letter to get all of the details.

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Forza Horizon 3 – Rockstar Car Pack launches for PC, Xbox One

Turn 10 and Playground are ringing in the new year with a new set of rides for Forza Horizon 3. The seven-car Rockstar Car Pack includes the debut of the BMW i8 along with a wide range of additions from a Ford trophy truck to a Volve supercar. The seven include the 2015 BMW i8, 2015 Volvo V60 Polestar, 2015 Radical RXC Turbo, 1972 Ford Falcon XA GT-HO, 1987 Nissan Skyline GTS-R (R31), 2014 Ford #11 Rockstar F-150 Trophy Truck, and the 2016 Bentley Bentayga. All of the inclusions have been detailed below.

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Killer Instinct adds a free costume, The Legend of Thunder

Iron Galaxy has released a free new costume for Killer Instinct’s Thunder. According to the announcement, the Nez Percés assisted the studio in coming up with Thunder’s original look, but the ties to nostalgia and the lead up to release led to them being unable “to get everything right.” Now that they’ve wrapped up season three, the team has returned to release a costume said to be 100% authentic to the cultural traditions of the Nez Percé.

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343 begins rolling out Halo Wars: Definitive Edition early access keys

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is now available for early access to everyone who has pre-ordered the digital version of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition. 343 Industries notes that the game is still in development, and that the version players can download today isn’t complete, and that they can “expect to see more improvements come online” as they continue “putting the finishing touches on the game before launch.” The Definitive Edition features a new multiplayer session browser, which replaces the legacy matchmaking system, allowing players to create and join multiplayer, skirmish, and co-op campaign sessions. Note that players who didn’t pre-order by December 14 might not receive their code today, but they should shortly, as those are being rolled out over the next few weeks. Also, the code will work for Windows 10 PC and Xbox One.

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(Xbox One Review) Dead Rising 4

“… brings back the addictive over-the-top action of its predecessors, but not all of the changes made to the open-world formula are positive.”

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Blizzard Mountain Expansion released for Forza Horizon 3

Blizzard Mountain Expansion has gone live for Forza Horizon 3. Blizzard Mountain adds a new high-terrain area to Australia, along with extra events, challenges, and a new campaign. For the first time, players have to contend with snow, heavy wind, and sunlight reflecting off of ice. Seven rides are included to tackle the new environment: 2016 Ford Gymkhana 9 Focus RS RX, 1965 Ford F-100 Flareside Abatti Racing Trophy Truck, 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Group 4, 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Group B, 2016 Nissan Titan Warrior Concept, 2016 RJ Anderson #37 Polaris RZR-Rockstar Energy Pro 2 Truck, and 2016 Subaru #199 WRX STI VT15r Rally Car. MS is hosting a day-long stream to celebrate the release at the official Forza Beam channel, with presenters showing off the latest additions and answering questions.

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