Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Xbox One

Skylanders Swap Force to invade Happy Meals next week

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As a kid, I was happy to get a plastic hamburger that transformed into a standing plastic hamburger in my Happy Meal. These days, McDonald’s is putting in Skylanders toys. I can just taste the injustice … and cookies (and free ice cream cones). From March 28 through April 24, a new line of eight exclusive toys based on Skylanders Swap Force characters (Chompy, Eruptor, Free Ranger, Freeze Blade, Magna Charge, Prism Break, Rattle Shake, and Wash Buckler) will be making their way into Happy Meals. The meals will also come with coupons for $10 off a Swap Force Starter Pack and $1 off a Skylanders character.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity announced for 2014, trailer released

The Internet has managed where the Templars have failed by revealing the next assassin. After word leaked of the next Assassin’s Creed earlier this week, Ubisoft has released a trailer featuring alpha footage of the next installment, Unity. At just over a minute long, the video gives gamers a glimpse at what they can expect as the next assassin amidst the chaos of the French Revolution. Just be careful not to cross Robespierre: “Pity is treason.”

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes detected (!) in stores, online

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Konami has released the prequel to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Ground Zeroes. Available in stores and online for 360, PS3, PS4, and Xbox One, Ground Zeroes follows Big Boss as he tackles a rescue mission inside of a Cuban prison camp. The 1975 op sees him sneaking into Camp Omega, which will allow players to attempt the rescue through pure stealth, action, or a combination of the two. The assignment also allows players to exerpience many of the new features, including a day-and-night cycle, dynamic weather, and second-screen functionality with the iDroid App for Android, iOS, and Xbox SmartGlass devices. Additional side missions also extend the gameplay beyond the core mission.

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CA details approach to Alien: Isolation in new developer video

A new behind-the-scenes trailer has been released from Total War creator Creative Assembly’s upcoming Alien: Isolation. The nearly three-and-a-half-minute video features several members of the development team discussing their plans to recreate the feelings of isolation and powerlessness that were so prevalent in the 1979 original film. One way the studio hopes to achieve this is by breaking from the trend of basing gameplay around scripted events and opting for a more reactive design.

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Monsters breathing easier, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt delayed to 2015

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Geralt is getting a reprieve before tackling his next challenge in The Witcher 3. Unfortunately, what’s good news for the monster hunter is bad news for fans of the series as that means that the third installment has been delayed. CD Projekt RED has released an open letter announcing that the release of Wild Hunt has been pushed back until next February. The letter, which also details the reasoning behind the delay, can be found below.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts – Devastation, Live MP weekend announced

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Activision has revealed the second of Call of Duty: Ghosts’ four download packs, Devastation. The drop will launch first for 360 and Xbox One on April 3 and include four new multiplayer maps, detailed below; a new weapon accessible in all multiplayer maps, the Ripper sub machinegun/assault rifle combo; the second part of Extinction’s four-part episodic campaign, Mayday; and a new boss, the Kraken. As a bonus for Season Pass holders, the Ripper can be downloaded today.

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First round of QuakeCon 2014 pre-registration begins today

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Bethesda has announced that the first round of pre-registration for QuakeCon will begin today at 7 p.m. CST. This first round, BYOC Select-a-Seat with QuakeCon done Quick, is $175 and limited to 250 packages. The full details of what’s included, as well as information on upcoming packages, is available below. Some of the first set’s perks include a guaranteed seat of the attendee’s choice in the BYOC area, limited reserve access for all panels and events, and a limited edition signed and numbered print.

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Murdered: Soul Suspect to beat the (undead) streets this June

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Square Enix’s upcoming supernatural procedural title from Airtight Games, Murdered: Soul Suspect, will be hitting store shelves on June 3. A pre-order bonus was also announced, an interactive digital strategy map. The map will be accessible on a computer or tablet and serve to help players find all of Salem’s goodies, from quests to Easter Eggs. Players will spend a lot of time roaming the city streets as recently deceased detective Ronan O’Connor, who must travel through the limbo world of Dusk as he searches for his murderer.

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Project Spark beta program extended to Xbox One

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Team Dakota’s Project Spark beta has been expanded to include Xbox One in addition to Windows 8.1. The cross-platform beta allows users to create and share levels and worlds with one another across various devices, an approach that emphasis the project’s three tenants: create, play, and share. Described as “the ultimate interactive digital playground for fans and creators,” pieces can be shared with Team Dakota and other testers, who can then offer feedback. The program itself is also undergoing testing, with users submitting feedback to the developers as they work out the final kinks before launch later this year.

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Arkham series to end this year with Batman: Arkham Knight

Rocksteady will be returning to the Batman: Arkham series for the storyline’s finale, Batman: Arkham Knight. Warner Bros. Interactive has announced that the conclusion will ship later this year for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Series fans will have to face off against old foes as Scarecrow returns with a cohort of villainous allies, including Harley Quinn, Pengiun, and Two-Face. All of Gotham City will be a battleground next time around, and now gamers will have a chance to zip around the city in the Batmobile. A nearly four-minute trailer, Father to Son, was also released.

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