Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Microsoft Game Studios

Console versions of Minecraft get new items, mobs, fixes, and more

Minecraft Console Edition (PS3, PS4 Xbox 360, Xbox One) Update Announcement - Screenshot 1

The console edition of Minecraft received a significant update today. In addition to a number of tweaks to enchanting, fishing, crafting, etc., the patch also brings with it dozens of new pieces of content. Over 30 items, 20-plus blocks, five mobs, and nine biomes are included in the patch. A new tutorial has also been created to acclimate players to all of the additions and changes. The sizable list of everything patch 1.8.8 features is available below.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

Deus Ex, Fable III, Halo: Reach, more now compatible with Xbox One

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (360, PC, PS3) Gold Announcement - Header

Microsoft has rolled out the next batch of Xbox 360 titles for Xbox One. The backward compatibility list grows by 16 today, with Braid, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Halo: Reach, Iron Brigade, and Portal: Still Alive joining the library. The full list is below. To let Microsoft know which titles you would like to be added to future updates, head over to Xbox.UserVoice.com.

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Xbox One News

Holiday Skins Pack brings the jolly to Minecraft Windows 10, Pocket

Minecraft (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) Christmas Skins Announcement - Screenshot 2

Mojang and Microsoft are kicking off the holidays with the Holiday Skins Pack for Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta and Minecraft: Pocket Edition. Skins include Father Christmas, Santa Claus, a Red Nose, and more. Check out the full list below. The pack is $1.99, while two skins, Jumper and Warm Wooly, are free. Teams from both studios will also be getting in the spirit this Friday when they host a livestream, starting at noon, at Mojang’s official Youtube channel.

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Android, Apple Handheld, PC News

Halo 5: Guardians – Cartographer’s Gift free content update detailed

Halo 5 Guardians (Xbox One) Cartographers-Gift Details Announcement - Screenshot 1

343 Industries is rolling out the second free update for Halo 5: Guardians this week, Cartographer’s Gift. Following up Battle of Shadow and Light, the upcoming add-on will feature Forge Mode, new weapon (M41 “SPNKr” Rocket Launcher) and armor set (Mark IV [Gen 1]) REQs, and four new maps. The maps are spread across several modes: The Battle of Noctus for Warzone, Overgrowth for Arena, and the other two, Antifreeze and Entombed, for Big Team Battle. Cartographer’s Gift will download automatically when it goes live in a few days.

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Xbox One News

Mobil 1 Car Pack goes live for Forza Motorsport 6

Forza Motorsport 6 (Xbox One) Mobil 1 Car Pack Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Forza Motorsport 6 received a new set of rides today with the launch of Mobil 1 Car Pack. The seven-car add-on features the Koenigsegg One:1, 2016 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupé, 1988 Holden VL Commodore Group A SV, 1990 Chevrolet #30 Douglas Shierson Racing Lola T90/00, 1963 Ferrari 250LM, 1991 Mazda #62 Mazda Motorsport RX-7, and 1958 Plymouth Fury. The pack is available for $6.99.

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DLC, Xbox One News

Halo 5: Guardians – Battle of Shadow and Light update goes live

Halo 5 Guardians (Xbox One) Battle of Shadow and Light Announcement - Screenshot 2

Halo 5: Guardians’ first free content update, Battle of Shadow and Light, is now available for download. The update adds 48 new REQs that feature a new assassin animation, skins, weapons, vehicles, and armor sets (Shinobi and Tracer). The 8v8 mode Big Team Battle has also been added along with four new Big Team Battle maps: Basin, Deadlock, Guillotine, and Recurve. 343 Industries has noted that, while the Big Team Battle playlist is good to go, the new REQs could take up to 24 hours to work their way into the system. The studio also released additional notes about the update on Halo Waypoint.

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Xbox One News

Microsoft and Code.org release Minecraft-themed coding tutorials

Minecraft (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) Code org Announcement - Screenshot 1

Microsoft has announced a new partnership with Code.org to release Minecraft-inspired coding tutorials. The tutorials, designed by Minecraft game designers, have players interact with characters Alex and Steve in 14 self-guided challenges. Players are also able to further explore the tutorials’ core concepts in free-play time. The tutorials were created for Hour of Code, a global annual campaign held during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13) that features one-hour introductory experiences aimed at educators and students.

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PC News

Halo 5: Guardians’ free Battle of Shadow and Light update detailed

Halo 5 Guardians (Xbox One) Battle of Shadow and Light Announcement - Screenshot 1

343 Industries has announced that they will soon be rolling out the first free content update for Halo 5: Guardians. Scheduled to launch later this month, Battle of Shadow and Light will add 48 new REQs, a new assassin animation, and Big Team Battle maps. The new REQs include the ninja-themed Shinobi armor, the legendary Dying Star Light Rifle, Tundra- and Woodland-themed skins, and the Tracer armor set. The new 8v8 Big Team Battle playlist will go live next week with four maps that have been revamped to offer greater mobility: Deadlock, Basin, Guillotine, and Recurve.

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DLC, Xbox One News

Rise of the Tomb Raider now available for Xbox 360, Xbox One

Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360, Xbox One) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Crystal Dynamics has sent Lara back into the wilds today with the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. After surviving her initial outing, Lara is now setting out on her first tomb-raiding expedition to discover the secret of immortality. To get up to speed on what’s in store, check out the recent video series that covers survival skills, combat skills, and puzzles. As a bonus, players who log time with the game between now and November 30 will receive the golden Rattlesnake Revolver Skin.

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Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

Halo 5: Guardians launch sets series, system, and streaming records

Halo 5 Guardians (Xbox One) Launch Week Stats Announcement - Screenshot 1

A week after its launch, Microsoft has announced that Halo 5: Guardians is “the biggest Halo launch,” taking in more than $400 million in global sales. Guardians is also the fastest-selling system exclusive to date, as well as the most played title on Xbox Live for the week, totaling nine million hours played in nearly seven million matches. Throughout the matches, players got their hands on over 45 million REQ Packs consisting of over 568 million cards. Lastly, Guinness World Records has given the title as the most-watched video game launch broadcast, with over 330,000 unique streams generating over 5.5 million views for the week. Many of the launch events have been archived and uploaded to Xbox.com.

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Xbox One News