Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Microsoft Game Studios

Console versions of Minecraft get new versus mini-game, Battle

Minecraft (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Battle Mini-Game Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new mini-game has launched for the console versions of Minecraft, Battle. The free update includes the mode as well as three maps, and more map packs are planned to launch in the future for $2.99 each. The last-man-standing mode has players battle for resources and weapons in booby-trapped arenas. The maps were designed specifically for consoles so that they are “super-accessible and fast-paced, made to support couch-based competition just as easily as online matchmaking.”

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E3 2016 – Microsoft: Xbox One 2, Scorpio, Forza Horizon, Dead Rising

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Microsoft had plenty to show at their conference, including gameplay reveals of Rare’s Pirate-themed multiplayer-entric Sea of Thieves and the co-op-friendly Forza Horizon 3. Other trailers posted below include announcement videos for Dead Rising 4, State of Decay 2, and We Happy Few, plus more from Scalebound, ReCore, and others. Phantom Dust is still a go, too (woo!). Play Anywhere was prominent, which further integrates Xbox One and Windows 10 by offering cross-buy support and same-day release for MS-published titles. The biggest reveals were the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio. The Xbox One S will be 40 percent smaller, come in white, have an internal power supply, support 4K Ultra HD for Blu-rays and streaming content, support High Dynamic Range (HDR) for games, and come with an updated controller. Kinect adapters will be required, but they will be free from Microsoft. The systems will roll out August 2016 for $299 (500 GB), $349 (1 TB), and $399 (limited launch edition 2 TB). Project Scorpio will be arriving holiday 2017, and is being described as “the most powerful console ever created” with support for 4K gaming and VR thanks to its “6 teraflops of GPU.” All Xbox One games will work on all Xbox One systems.

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Online Forza 6 tournament announced, Forza Racing Championship

Forza Motorsport 6 (Xbox One) Online Championship Announcement - Screenshot 1

Later this year, Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios will hold a new online tournament for Forza 6, Forza Racing Championship. The competition is set to be open to players of all skill levels, which is said to allow everyone “a chance to win, no matter how many miles they have behind the wheel.” To celebrate, codes for the 2016 #66 Ford GT Le Mans race car in Forza Motorsport 6 will be sent through Live messages to everyone who plays the game on June 18 and 19. The release notes that it will take up to seven days for some players to receive their code. Also, in honor of Le Mans, a new Le Mans-themed Rivals event is being added this week.

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Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition getting physical release

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

The Steam version of Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is getting a physical release, courtesy of Nordic Games. Players will have two choices, the $19.99 Standard version and the $29.99 Limited Edition. The Standard release will come bundled with a quickstart guide, A3 poster, and game DVD, all in special packaging. The Limited Edition includes all of those items plus two postcards, soundtrack CD, two double-sided A3 posters, and steelbox packaging. A physical version will also be released for Xbox One. The Definitive Edition is a re-release that adds new areas, abilities, story sequences, and fast travel.

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Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition announced for Windows 10

Halo 5 Guardians (PC, Xbox One) PC Forge Announcement - Header

343 Industries will be releasing Halo’s Forge map-making, game-modifying tool suite for Windows 10. The free kit, titled Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition, will also feature some new abilities, including keyboard and mouse support, support for 4K resolution, the ability to allow Friends to test and play creations, and the option to publish and play on Xbox One. The interface is also being optimized for mouse support to allow for quicker navigation. Upcoming updates are set to add new environments, props, palettes, and enhanced file-sharing capabilities.

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NASCAR Expansion now available for Forza Motorsport 6

Forza Motorsport 6 (Xbox One) NASCAR Expansion Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new NASCAR Expansion has gone live for Forza Motorsport 6. The add-on includes a World Tour career that’s estimated to last 10 hours, 24 cars from the 2016 season, and the Homestead-Miami Speedway, which is playable in all modes. There are also NASCAR-themed Rivals, Leagues, and multiplayer hoppers, plus a few new features, including rolling starts, an enhanced drafting model, and a new Quick Stop mode.

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Halo 5: Guardians – Memories of Reach, new REQ packs out now

Halo 5 Guardians (Xbox One) Memories of Reach Announcement - Screenshot 1

343 Industries has released the final free content update for Halo 5: Guardians, Memories of Reach. The update adds the Arena map Stasis, Noble Team-inspired armor sets, new weapons (Brute Plasma Rifle, Jorge’s Chaingun), and the Infection game mode. As with the previous updates, there are also a number of extra assassinations, emblems, and weapon skins. Several fixes and tweaks are also included, such as the ability to modify matchmaking search preferences and an updated Post Game Carnage Report with medals and more stats. As a bonus, anyone who launches the game after Memories of Reach goes live will receive Memories of Reach Update Pack, a set that comes bundled with single-use REQs.

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Forza Motorsport 6: Apex enters open beta for Windows 10 PC

Forza Motorsport 6 Apex (PC) Open Beta Announcement - Screenshot 4

Microsoft and Turn 10 have launched the open beta for Forza Motorsport 6: Apex. The beta, announced last week, is available to download for free from the Windows Store. Apex requires a DirectX 12-enabled Windows 10 PC. The beta will include “a curated tour of Forza Motorsport’s best content” and regularly updating Spotlight Series events. For those participating, Turn 10 asks that questions and issues be reported at ForzaMotorsport.net or in the dedicated Apex forums.

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Forza Motorsport 6 gets digital die-cast with Hot Wheels Car Pack

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

Forza and Hot Wheels are kicking off their partnership today with the release of Hot Wheels Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 6. The seven-car pack includes the 2011 Hot Wheels Bone Shaker, 2005 Ford Hot Wheels Mustang, 2015 McLaren P1 GTR, 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Super Sport, 2015 BMW X6M, the 1990 Ferrari #1 Scuderia Ferrari 641, and ahead of its real-world debut in June, the 2017 Ford Focus RS. The cars are available separately or bundled together for $7. Note that the pack is not part of the Car Pass.

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Forza Motorsport 6: Apex to enter open beta on May 5 for Windows 10

Forza Motorsport 6 Apex (PC) Open Beta Announcement - Screenshot 1

Forza Motorsport will be making its PC debut on May 5 when the open beta kicks off for Forza Motorsport 6: Apex. The Windows 10 racer will support DirectX 12 and is said to run on a variety of machines. The beta is being utilized to improve performance across a range of systems with various specs. Future updates will add wheel support, optional V-Sync, and an in-app frame counter. System requirements and recommendations can be found below, under the latest set of screenshots.

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