Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Microsoft Game Studios

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition launching on April 27

Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition (PC, Xbox One) Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is set to launch for Windows 10 on April 27. The Definitive Edition of Moon Studios’ fantastic action-platformer will feature new areas, gameplay upgrades, and difficulty options. Players who own the Xbox One version will be able to grab an upgrade for $4.99 to access the new content, as well as have their saves and progress sync with the PC version. Newcomers will be able to download the Definitive Edition through Live and Steam for $19.99.

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Codes being sent for Forza 6’s Fallout-inspired Chryslus Rocket ’69

Forza Motorsport 6 (Xbox One) Fallout 4 Car Code Announcement - Screenshot 1

Microsoft has sent word that codes for Forza 6’s Fallout-themed Chryslus Rocket ’69 have been sent out via Live. Players who have spent time with either Fallout 4 or Forza Motorsport 6 while connected to their Xbox Live profile will receive a code. They note that codes might take up to seven days to arrive due to several million being sent out. Also, those who buy either title by the end of the month will receive a code as well, and those will be sent out in early May.

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JD Fenix introduced in new Gears of War 4 story trailer, Tomorrow

Gears of War 4 (Xbox One) Story Trailer Announcement - Logo

The Coalition and Microsoft have released the first story trailer for Gears of War 4. Titled Tomorrow, the video introduces a new arc that begins after the events of Gears of War 3. The upcoming storyline takes place 25 years later and follows the exploits of Marcus Felix’s son, JD, as he struggles against a new enemy. Also, a reminder for multiplayer fans: the beta is set to kick off on April 18 for players who’ve logged in time with Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Later that week, on April 24, it will expand to include Live Gold members. Check here for details.

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Gears of War 4 launching October 11, MP demo hitting April 18

Gears of War 4 (Xbox One) Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 2 (Art 1)

Microsoft has announced that Gears of War 4 will be launching for Xbox One on October 11. The fourth entry will begin a new story arc with a new set of characters setting out to face an unknown enemy. The game is said to harken “back to the dark and intense roots of the original classic” and that “fans can expect a familiar, yet distinct evolution of gameplay.” To get the ball rolling, a multiplayer beta is set to kick off on April 18 for anyone who has played Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One or Windows 10. The beta will then expand on April 25 to include all Live Gold members.

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Quantum Break now available online, in stores for PC and Xbox One

Quantum Break (Xbox One) Trailer Announcement - Screenshot 3

Remedy’s latest time-shifting action title Quantum Break has hit store shelves, Live Marketplace and Windows store for PC and Xbox One. To celebrate the launch, Remedy will be hosting a livestream on Twitch in a few hours (noon CST) with key members, including creative director Sam Lake, discussing the game from their studio in Finland. As Jack Joyce (Shawn Ashmore), players find themselves in a race to stop a world-shattering event. Mixing gameplay and live-action sequences, players watch their choices play out within the levels and during recorded episodes. As a bonus, every copy of the Xbox One version comes with a download for Alan Wake and its two add-ons.

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(Xbox One Review) Quantum Break

(Xbox One Review) Quantum Break

“… an action-packed, time-shifting adventure whose traditional gameplay is outpaced by its ambitious storytelling.”

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Halo 5 – Ghosts of Meridian update to add new weapons, maps

Halo 5 Guardians (Xbox One) Ghosts of Meridian Announcement - Screenshot 1

343 Industries has detailed their next free update for Halo 5, Ghosts of Meridian. Slated to go live next week, the new drop will add customization items, maps, vehicles, and weapons. The maps will add one to Warzone (Skirmish at Darkstar) and another to Arena (Tyrant). One of the new weapons is a Legendary gravity hammer dubbed Tartarus’ Gavel, which causes kinetic explosions as well as increases speed, jump height, and shield strength. 343 will be demonstrating the new content on Tuesday, April 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (CST) on their Twitch channel and on Halo Channel.

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Quantum Break worldwide launch events detailed

Xbox One (System) Quantum Break Gamescom- Screenshot 2

MS has revealed their launch plans for Quantum Break. Several stores are slated to join in on the festivities set to take place on April 5. Eleven Microsoft stores throughout U.S. and Canada will be hosting events on April 4, with each having food, music, and hands-on demos. Additionally, the first 200 to purchase a copy of the game will receive a limited edition poster. For those who can’t attend, Remedy will be hosting a livestream on their Twitch channel. A full list of all participating locations can be found below. Also, Australian players can meet the game’s star and protagonist Shawn Ashmore on April 7 at the MS store on Pitt Street Mall in Sydney. He’ll be on hand to sign items, meet fans, and take part in a question-and-answer session.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider – Cold Darkness Awakened detailed, dated

Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360, Xbox One) Cold Darkness Awakened Announcement - Screenshot 3 (Art 1)

The third download pack for Rise of the Tomb Raider, Cold Darkness Awakened, has been dated for March 29. After a Cold War-era research facility is breached in Siberia, a deadly virus is unleashed that turns Trinity’s soldiers into maniacal killers. Players must guide Lara through the base in order to find and destroy the source of the virus.

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Halo World Championship 2016 schedule, Spartan’s Armory REQ out

Halo 5 Guardians (Xbox One) Halo World Championship Info Announcement - Screenshot 1

Microsoft has released details on how Halo fans can check out the Halo World Championship 2016. The 16-team event has a prize pool worth $2.5 million and is set to kick off next week in Hollywood, CA, from Friday, March 18 to Sunday, March 20. The playoffs will begin at 11 a.m. (CST) on Friday and Saturday, followed by the Finals at 6 p.m. (CST) on Sunday, and be streamed at Twitch.tv/Halo and through the Twitch App on Xbox One. The finals can also be watched on the Xbox Live Events Interactive app, which is available through the Xbox Store. Everyone who watches the final will receive a free HaloWC Gamerpic and REQ Pack, which will include the rare Challenger armor set. The 14-skin Spartan’s Armory REQ is also live from now until midnight March 20 for 80,000 RP/$9.99. The full schedule, along with REQ info, can be found below.

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