Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Microsoft Game Studios

Gears of War 4 – Run the Jewels Air Drop deploys EL-P, Killer Mike

Run the Jewels’ EL-P and Killer Mike join the Gears crew today. The Run the Jewels Air Drop for Gears of War 4 adds the duo as playable characters in Versus Multiplayer and Horde 3.0, complete with likenesses and voices. The $19.99 pack also includes 18 themed bounties, emblems, and weapon skins. Two legacy maps, Checkout and Drydock, are also available for Season Pass holders.

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Forza Racing Championship – Season 2 detailed, kicks off in Horizon

Turn 10 Studios has opened registration for Season 2 of the Forza Racing Championship. Racers can head to the ESL website to sign up for their spot. The upcoming series is sponsored by Michelin, Logitech G, and Playseat, with cash and prizes of over $150,000. The second season also marks the first time that two Forza games will be involved, Forza Horizon 3 and Forza Motorsport 6. Players can join two different leagues, Elite Series and Recreation Series. The Elite Series will take place over three weeks beginning November 13, and award the top Forza Motorsport 6 racer $10,000 in cash. The Grand Finals will be streamed on the official Forza Twitch and Beam channels on Sunday, December 11. Beginning today, the Recreation Series begins in Forza Horizon 3 and will run for the next seven weeks, with players tackling the special ForzaRC Rivals events. Players can win exclusive cars just for participating, including the 2017 Ford GT Horizon Edition.

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Gears of War 4 to get two multiplayer maps on November 1

The Coalition will be boosting Gears of War 4’s map roster by two with the release of Checkout and Drydock. Playable in Versus and Horde, the legacy maps, detailed below, will be available first for Season Pass holders on November 1 as part of the Developer Playlist, and then on November 8 for everyone else. The drop begins the first month of several free map updates, with two scheduled to be released each month thereafter.

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Frank gets fancy in new Dead Rising 4 costume trailer

Dead Rising 4 is getting into the Halloween spirit with a new zombie-bashing trailer. The latest video showcases the many fashion choices that players have as Frank West, including a fire-breathing dinosaur, a cowboy, a mall Santa, and Street Fighter’s Akuma. Costumes add a bit of flair as players craft strange weapon combos to creatively take down the undead hordes.

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Dead Rising 4: Deluxe Edition up for pre-order, Season Pass detailed

Dead Rising 4: Deluxe Edition is now available for pre-order. The premium version comes with a copy of the game and the $24.99 Season Pass for $79.99. The Season Pass bundles together several DLC packs that will add multiplayer modes and story content, including Super Ultra Dead Rising 4 Mini Golf, Frank Rising, and the Stocking Stuffer Holiday Pack. Full details for each drop can be found below.

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(Xbox One Review) Gears of War 4

“… begins a new era for the franchise with a slow-paced, uneven campaign but a robust, highly addictive multiplayer component.”

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Gears of War 4 now available for Windows 10 PC, Xbox One

The Coalition’s latest entry in the Gears of War series has launched for console and PC. The fourth release kicks off a new storyline, set decades after Gears of War 3. Players will reunite with old favorites as they lead a younger cast of fighters against a new threat. Horde mode also returns with Horde 3.0. As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, console and PC players are capable of playing against and with one another across all modes, including versus multiplayer in private matches. Both versions are included with a single purchase.

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Gears of War 4 now playable for owners of Ultimate Edition

Players who purchased Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition can now being their four-day head start on the campaign. Ultimate Edition also comes with the Season Pass. The pass includes Vintage JD and two Vintage weapon skins, a Developer Playlist that includes new maps and modes before official release, a 17-pack Starter Airdrop with weapons and skins, and access to all 24 downloadable maps as they become available for private play on dedicated servers.

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Four-hour Gears of War 4 livestream archived, gameplay and reveals

Gears of War fans who missed the recent livestream for Gears of War 4 can check out a recently uploaded archive. In addition to plenty of gameplay, the four-hour-long event also features the reveal of an upcoming film with Universal Studios and Bluegrass Films, the debut of Killer Mike and EI-P as in-game characters, a behind-the-scenes look at an art exhibit, and some fans in cosplay.

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Two tracks by Gordy Haab, Finishing Move released from Halo Wars 2

343 Industries has revealed that Gordy Haab and Finishing Move will be contributing new tracks to Halo Wars 2. Haab has worked on several titles, including Star Wars: Battlefront and Star Wars: The Old Republic, while Finishing Move’s work has appeared in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Two of tunes, “Run, Little Demons” and “Isabel’s Awakening,” have been released on Soundcloud. Check below to give them a listen, and when you’re finished, head over to Xbox.com to read an extensive interview with all three composers.

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