Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Microsoft Game Studios

Quantum Break coming in 2015, new trailer and screens released

Alan Wake and Max Payne creator Remedy Entertainment has provided a glimpse at the new Quantum Break details, including a gameplay demonstration, they are prepping for this year’s gamescom in August. To kick things off, a new video has gone live featuring creative director Sam Lake detailing the storyline. Three new action-centric screenshots were also released.

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Xbox One News

Forza Motorsport 5 getting two more DLC packs in June and July

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A new letter from Turn 10 Studios’ community manager, Brian Ekberg, has revealed that the developer plans on adding two more monthly car packs to the Car Pass. The additions will bring the total packs for the pass up to eight and are scheduled for release in June and July. The June pack will go live next Friday, May 30. Just what will be included in the download isn’t known and will only be detailed at launch. The full letter can be found below.

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Halo 5: Guardians slated to hit Xbox One in 2015

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343 Industries has announced that they are currently developing the fifth entry in the main Halo line, Guardians. Currently scheduled to ship in fall 2015, 343 explained that the extended development cycle is because a “game that runs at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a decade, is non-trivial.” The studio also noted that Guardians will be larger than Halo 4, in terms of “content and scope” and tech, namely “a brand new and more powerful engine.”

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Forza Motorsport 5: Meguiar’s Car Pack adds 10 cars, out now

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Forza 5’s roster has expanded by another 10 rides today with the launch of the Meguiar’s Car Pack. Details for each addition are available below, but a few of the standouts include the 2013 BMW M Performance M3 Racing Car, 1958 Aston Martin DBR1, and 1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe. Meguiar’s Car Pack is $9.99.

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DLC, Xbox One News

Fulgore, Arcade Mode, lobbies, and more added to Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct’s first season wraps up today with the release of its eighth and final character, Fulgore. The killer cyborg, sporting an updated look but still slinging about a pair of massive blades, is available for $4.99. A general game update has also gone live, adding a new Arcade Mode, a Spectator Mode, and eight-player online lobbies. The end of season one also marks the transition of development duties from creators Double Helix to the new series stewards Iron Galaxy.

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Halo: Spartan Assault on sale for Windows 8, headed to Steam

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The top-down shooter Halo: Spartan Assault will be available on Steam starting on April 4. Set between Halo 3 and 4, Spartan Assault puts players in the role of two soldiers as they battle a besieging Covenant force. The $4.99 shooter will be on sale from April 3-9 for $1.99 for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. According to the Steam listing, the new version will also be compatible with Windows 7 and Vista.

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Project Spark beta program extended to Xbox One

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Team Dakota’s Project Spark beta has been expanded to include Xbox One in addition to Windows 8.1. The cross-platform beta allows users to create and share levels and worlds with one another across various devices, an approach that emphasis the project’s three tenants: create, play, and share. Described as “the ultimate interactive digital playground for fans and creators,” pieces can be shared with Team Dakota and other testers, who can then offer feedback. The program itself is also undergoing testing, with users submitting feedback to the developers as they work out the final kinks before launch later this year.

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New limited Xbox One bundle packed with a free copy of Titanfall

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Microsoft has announced a new Xbox One bundle that includes a free digital copy of Respawn and EA’s shooter Titanfall. Beginning March 11, select retailers will be selling a $499.99 set that includes a digital code for Titanfall, a month of Live Gold, a system with Kinect sensor, a wireless controller (standard, not the futuristic-looking Titanfall-themed controller), and a headset. The bundle will only be available for the launch of the game and won’t be restocked afterwards.

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Ryse: Son of Rome sale announced, Mars’ Chosen Pack DLC dated

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Crytek is gearing up for Ryse: Son of Rome’s next downloadable multiplayer add-on, Mars’ Chosen Pack. Announced for a February 28 release, the new expansion will add five new maps, a new co-op mode, and a new skin. The new maps include Dockyard, Firestorm, Courtyard, Pyramid, and Obelisk. The first two maps are being added and the third optimized for the new Survival Mode, while the latter pair will bring the exotic wilds of Egypt to Arena Mode. The new skin will be a soldier-centric addition, dubbed the Legionary.

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(Xbox 360 Review) Halo: Spartan Assault

(Xbox 360 Review) Halo: Spartan Assault

“… a solid if short top-down shooter that serves both solo- and co-op-minded players, but the influence of microtransactions makes for an overly limited experience.”

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