Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Microsoft Game Studios

Minecraft: Console Edition gets Star Wars Prequel Skin Pack

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Minecraft: Console Editions are getting a touch of the force today with the Star Wars Prequel Skin Pack. The $2.99 download includes more than 50 character skins from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Check below to see the full list of skins.

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Woman Vs. Wild video series kicks off for Rise of the Tomb Raider

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Microsoft has released the first of three videos in a new series for Rise of the Tomb Raider. Titled Woman Vs. Wild, each entry will focus on the various gameplay mechanics that players will utilize to see Lara through her adventure against man, beast, and nature. The first installment is Harsh Environments, which highlights some of Lara’s new survival skills.

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Halo 5: Guardians goes goooold, 343 Industries releases statement

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Halo 5: Guardians has gone gold, according to Microsoft HQ. To celebrate, 343 Industries’ Josh Holmes, head of Internal Development, has released a statement on behalf of the company. Of particular interest is a multiplayer supplement that’s being prepped for release, and will require a download at launch. The full letter has been posted below.

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The Logitech G Car Pack released for Forza Motorsport 6

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Turn 10 has released its first post-launch car pack for Forza Motorsport 6, the Logitech G Car Pack. The $7 set adds seven cars to the player’s garage: the 2013 Caparo T1, 1939 Mercedes-Benz W154, 1967 Honda RA300, 1967 Volvo 123GT, 2013 Cadillac XTS Limousine, 1994 Nissan #75 Cunningham Racing 300ZX, and the 2014 Toyota #12 Rebellion Racing R-One.

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Microsoft and 343 roll out new Halo 5: Guardians television ad

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Microsoft has released the latest TV spot for Halo 5: Guardians. The live-action commercial aired during NBC Sunday Night Football, and as with their previous ads, it effectively mixes actors with generated environments and effects. If you enjoy the ad and haven’t seen the previous live-action material, follow it up with the series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.

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New gameplay footage released from Rise of the Tomb Raider

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A new gameplay trailer has gone live for Rise of the Tomb Raider. The video, titled Descent Into Legend, features footage of Lara navigating puzzles and environmental hazards as she searches for the Lost City of Kitezh. Quite a bit is packed into the two-minute runtime, including a daring escape and heavy use of a retractable zip line.

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(Xbox One Review) Forza Motorsport 6

(Xbox One Review) Forza Motorsport 6

“… a fantastic, reassuring return to form …”

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New Halo 5: Guardians video details multiplayer Requisition System

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343 Industries has released a new trailer for Halo 5: Guardians detailing the game’s Requisition System. The REQ System will be available in all multiplayer modes and reward players with cards that represent over 1,000 items, such as armor, stances, vehicle variants, and weapons. Cards will be cosmetic, permanent, and single use. Only cosmetic and boost cards will be available in Arena, but all will be available in Warzone. Hundreds more items are planned to be added after launch, in addition to 15 free maps (through June 2016). Enjoy Nick Offerman as Master Chief knockoff Chef Pretty Officer Mister Chief Spartan 117.

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Forza Motorsport 6 demo released, Fast & Furious pack detailed

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Forza Motorsport 6 is a few weeks away, and Turn 10 is building up to the release with a new trailer, a newly launched demo, and details about the upcoming Fast & Furious car pack. Beginning today, players can download the demo from Xbox Live, which will offer a selection of the final versions 460 cars and 26 tracks along with a sampling of night races, Rival events, and refined Drivatar opponents. The demo also adds a free ride to the game’s garage, the Ford GT, as well as allows access to the Forza Fuel Challenge. The fastest drivers from the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, and the U.K. will win an all-expense paid trip to the Circuit of Americas in Texas for the final Forza challenge. Lastly, the 10-vehicle list of the Fast & Furious Car Pack, free to Ultimate Edition and Deluxe Edition owners, was released and is available below.

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Halo 5: Guardians opening cinematic introduces Fireteam Osiris

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Microsoft and 343 Industries have released the opening cinematic from Halo 5: Guardians. The video features Fireteam Osiris, an elite team of Spartans consisting of former ONI Acquisition Specialist Jameson Locke, linguist Olympia Vale, Holly Tanaka, and former ODST service member Edward Buck. Running three and a half minutes, the footage follows the squad after they receive UNSC orders to recover a target and proceed to engage Covenant and Promethean troops.

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