Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Microsoft Game Studios

Forza to get pack April Top Gear Car Pack next week

Forza Horizon (360) Top Gear DLC Announcement - Screenshot 1

The April Top Gear Car Pack will be launching on Live on April 2. The six-car pack, detailed below, features rides selected by Top Gear Magazine and Turn 10 Studios, as well as two debuts: the 2012 Bowler EXR S and the 2011 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale Zagato. A free car is also being included, the 2002 BMW M3-GTR.

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Gears of War: Judgment gets title update, free map and mode DLC

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A free DLC pack, sponsored by Maxim, has launched for Gears of War: Judgment. The limited-time giveaway download includes the return of Execution Mode and a new multiplayer map, Haven. Special playlists for both have also been made available, offering 200% XP boosts for regular players and 300% XP boosts for VIP pass holders. A title update has also launched, and is detailed below.

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Forge Island launches for Halo 4, Great Anvils added to Forge mode

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The recently revealed Forge Island expansion for Halo 4’s Forge mode is now available on Live. The download features three modifiable islands, known collectively as the Great Anvils, as well as new building materials for the map-creation mode. Forge Island is available through Halo 4’s in-game store or Live Marketplace, and weighs in at 150 megs.

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Watch your flank, Gears of War: Judgment now available for 360

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Gears of War: Judgment is now on store shelves. Developed by People Can Fly, the studio behind the Painkiller series and Bulletstorm, Judgment is a prequel to the original trilogy and brings with it a host of additions, including Mission Declassification, Smart Spawn System, and Survival. Mission Declassification is a campaign feature that allows players to unlock tougher scenarios as they find new information throughout the story, while Smart Spawn System varies encounters by dynamically adjusting enemy type, time, and location. Survival joins multiplayer as the latest co-op mode.

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The horde is coming! Gears of War: Judgment launch trailer released

It’s nearing time for you to gear up for the next—or first, as it is—Locust invasion. Microsoft and Epic have released a new launch trailer for People Can Fly’s Gears of War: Judgment, a prequel that sets in motion the events that occur in the main Gears trilogy. The footage reveals more of the game’s main campaign, showing just what the Bulletstorm developers have been up to as they tackle the popular series.

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Gears of War: Judgment – Season Pass extras, Maxim freebies, more

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Microsoft has announced that the Season Pass for Gears of War: Judgment will come with a handful of extras. The 1600 MS Point pass not only represents a 20% discount for entire range of DLC, but it will also include a permanent double XP boost, early access to upcoming multiplayer maps, five exclusive weapon skins, and four exclusive armor skins. The two announced drops will consist of six maps, two new modes, and new weapon and armor skins.

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Halo 4 – Majestic Map Pack detailed, to be released next week

New details have been announced about the second of three upcoming map packs for Halo 4, the Majestic Map Pack. The Certain Affinity- and 343 Industries-developed entry in the War Games Map Pack series will launch next Monday, February 25, with three small- to medium-sized maps, detailed below, as well as two Majestic DLC playlists and a new free-for-all mode, Infinity Rumble.

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Baird details Gears of War: Judgment’s multiplayer in new trailer

A new video has launched focusing on Gears of War: Judgment’s multiplayer component. Titled The Guts of Gears – Multiplayer, the video features Lt. Damon Baird going over some of the various modes, armory updates, and rewards. Domination, Free-For-All, OverRun, and Team Deathmatch are covered, as well as a few of the six new grenade types and an overview of the prizebox bonuses.

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Forza Horizon – Jalopnik Car Pack detailed, launching next week

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Forza players will be able to add six cars to their library on February 5 when the Jalopnik Car Pack launches for Forza Horizon. The rides, detailed below, include the 1970 Nissan Datsun 510, 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser, 2013 Subaru BRZ, 1991 Ferrari 512 TR, 1973 Mazda RX-3, and 1966 Ford Country Squire. Season Pass holders will receive a bonus seventh car, the 2010 Devon GTX.

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Gears of War: Judgment GameStop pre-order bonus announced

Gears of War: Judgment (360) GameStop Overrun Early Access Announcement - Screenshot 1

Gears fans looking for a leg up in the upcoming Gears of War: Judgment will be able to access OverRun, the new class-based multiplayer mode that has teams of five squaring off as Locust and COG soldiers, early if they are a GameStop PowerUp Rewards member and pre-order, or have already pre-ordered, at GameStop. The public launch will be on March 19, but members will be able to access the mode starting March 15 at 11:59 p.m. (PT). All experience will carry over to the full version. GameStop is also offering two additional skin bonuses, detailed below.

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