Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Xbox One

Deck13 narrates 14 minutes of gameplay from The Surge

Deck13 has released 14 more minutes of gameplay from The Surge. The footage is accompanied by commentary by designer Adam Hetenyi, who talks viewers through the abandoned laboratories that they will explore in the upcoming action role-playing game. Within their exoskeleton, players will battle strange creatures and use a limb-targeting combat system to either deliver a death blow or preserve an appendage to further augment their own suit.

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Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition launches through early access

Gamers who purchased the Ultimate Edition of Halo Wars 2 can now play it via early access. The 343 Industries and Creative Assembly co-developed real-time strategy game follows the events of the original Halo Wars. Set 28 years later, players awake from cryosleep to answer a distress call that kicks off a new battle. As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, gamers can play the game on PC and Xbox One, as well as a swap data between the two, with a single digital purchase. To get a better look at the game in action, over an hour of gameplay has been released as an archive from a recent stream and can be found below.

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Ghost Recon’s Wildlands open beta highlighted in new trailer

Ghost Recon’s Wildlands’ open beta is scheduled to kick off on February 23, and today, Ubisoft has released a new video detailing the event. The beta will run through February 27 and allow players to join a squad to fight against the Santa Blanca cartel in an open world. Additional details can be found at UbiBlog, and a live-action video is set to air on Ubisoft’s Twitch channel today at 4 p.m. (CST).

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Sea of Thieves alpha getting gravity, islands, more in next update

Microsoft has sent word that Rare will be expanding the alpha of their multiplayer-centric sea-faring action-adventure title Sea of Thieves this weekend with Update 0.1.1. Titled Taming New Seas, the patch will introduce several elements, including gravity, additional regions and islands, voyage system navigation, and among several other unnamed items, skeletons armed with machine guns. The studio is also taking the opportunity to invite more Sea of Thieves Insiders to try out the alpha. Players interested in becoming an inside can sign up on the official site.

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Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom’s world explored in overview trailer

A new overview trailer has gone live for Enigami’s upcoming action role-playing game Shiness. The latest footage highlights some of the gameplay, including the characters’ powers, such as telekinesis and electromagnetic field manipulation, as well as the universe in which the story takes place. Partially funded through Kickstarter, the game’s development phase is said to be nearing its end. Take a look below to check out their progress.

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Knights, vikings, samurai, oh my! For Honor out for console, PC

Ubisoft’s latest action release For Honor has launched in stores and online for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. In the brawler, players take control of one of three factions (Knights, Samurai, or Vikings) as a hero character to battle for supremacy in melee combat. In addition to a single-player campaign, the game also supports cross-platform multiplayer. Versus is centered on a persistent mode called Faction War. After joining a faction, every multiplayer session will earn War Assets based on player performance that are used to aid in conquering and defending territories. Factions attempt to one-up each other during a 10-week season, with rewards doled out based on their ranking. Three seasons are scheduled, with new heroes, gear, maps, and modes set to be released at the start of each season.

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Grand Theft Auto IV, Episodes from Liberty City playable on Xbox One

Rockstar has added three titles to the Xbox One’s expanding list of backwards compatible titles: Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, and Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition. As with the other titles in the program, players who own the digital version can immediately download the game from the “Ready to Install” section, while physical owners can initiate the download by inserting their disc. Original game saves can also be transferred if they are stored via Cloud Saved Games.

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Gears of War 4 gets maps, tweaks, Valentine’s event with update

Gears of War 4’s February update kicks off a week-long Valentine’s event today. The promotion adds new packs, maps (Impact Dark and War Machine), themed bounties, a Craftable Character, and additional improvements. The Torque Bow Tag also makes a return, but with a twist. Next month, players can look forward to a pre-game lobby setup for Core and Competitive playlists, weapon and playlist tuning based on feedback from fan surveys, and the first of “a steady flow” of Legacy Characters. This summer will also see some additions, including a new Inconceivable difficulty level for Campaign and Horde, IronMan Mode for Campaign and Horde, level 6 skills for all classes, more skills for all classes, and new achievements. Details on the two new maps and changes to Guardian can be found below.

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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege kicks off Year 2 tomorrow

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege’s debut free update for Year 2, Operation Velvet Shell, is set to go live tomorrow for Season Pass holders. Non-holders can download it on February 14. Console and PC players will be able to access a new map, Coastline, located on the seashore of Ibiza, as two new Spanish operators from the Grupo Especial de Operaciones: Mira and Jackal. Mira is armed with the Vector 45 ACP and ITA12L and specializes in ballistics protection, allowing her to detect weak spots on machinery to reinforce it. Jackal can quickly spot irregularities and totes a C7E and a PDW9.

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Spartans to the front! Halo Wars 2 launch trailer posted

343 Industries has released the launch trailer for Halo Wars 2. The video was created by Blur, known for their ace cinematics. The sequel finds humanity struggling to recover after their victory in the first Halo Wars 28 years earlier. Captain Cutter and the crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire wake up from cryosleep to find themselves orbiting a Forerunner artifact. The crew soon sets off to answer a distress call and engage in a new single-player campaign. In addition, the game will come with several multiplayer modes, including Deathmatch, Domination, and Strongholds.

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