Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Microsoft Game Studios

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

Forza Motorsport 6 gets a touch of Fallout 4

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

Bethesda and Turn 10 Studios have teamed up to release two Fallout 4-themed cars for Forza Motorsport 6. The first is out today, a Vault-Tec-themed 1956 Ford F100, and will be sent to everyone’s garage. Coming soon is a themed Chryslus Rocket 69 coupe.

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DLC, Xbox One News

Rise of the Tomb Raider’s environments, puzzles explored in video

Rise of the Tomb Raider (PC, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Woman vs Wild 3 Trailer - Screenshot 1

Microsoft has released the final video in their ongoing series Woman Vs. Wild for Rise of the Tomb Raider. For those who missed the first two videos, the first covered survival skills and the second combat skills. For the final video, Crystal Dynamics highlights the new translation system, environmental puzzles, and challenge tombs.

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PC News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

Forza Motorsport 6 getting eBay Motors Car Pack tomorrow

Forza Motorsport 6 (Xbox One) eBay Motor Pack Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new set of rides is set to launch tomorrow for Forza Motorsport 6, the eBay Motors Car Pack. The $6.99 download will add seven vehicles: the 1988 McLaren #12 Honda McLaren MP4/4, 1980 Lancia #31 Lancia Corse Beta Montecarlo Turbo, 2014 Maserati #35 M.Calamia Swiss Team MC Trofeo, 1977 Holden Torana A9X, 1969 Datsun 2000 Roadster, 2014 Mazda #70 SpeedSource Lola B12/80, and the 2000 Plymouth Prowler.

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DLC, Xbox One News

(Xbox One Review) Halo 5: Guardians

(Xbox One Review) Halo 5: Guardians

“… a solid entry that doesn’t break the mold but manages to sufficiently shake things up.”

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Xbox One Reviews

Rise of the Tomb Raider gets gritty in new Guerilla Combat trailer

Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox 360, Xbox One) Woman vs Wild 2 Trailer - Screenshot 1

The second episode of Rise of the Tomb Raider’s video series Woman vs. Wild has been released. The latest, Guerilla Combat, focuses on the combat skills and tools that players will have access to as they battle the well-armed forces of Trinity. The video runs nearly five minutes and features Lara sneaking around by creating distractions, going crazy with shotguns and assault rifles, and taking to the trees to get the drop on patrols. Weapon upgrades and skills are also covered, along with the crafting system.

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PC News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

The Chief is back! Halo 5: Guardians available for Xbox One

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

Master Chief is reporting for duty today with the release of Halo 5: Guardians. 343 Industries’ latest is a game of cat and mouse as Spartan Locke and fireteam Osiris pursue Master Chief and his squad. New to the series is the Requisition System for multiplayer. Players purchase packs of digital cards to unlock weapons, customization options, vehicles, and variants for use in Warzone and in Arena (well, cosmetics and boosts in Arena). A few pics from the various global launch events have been posted below.

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Xbox One News