March NPD Results: Titanfall on Xbox One is Number One Selling Game
The team and I had the honor of joining thousands of you in Austin, Texas at SXSW this past March as you waited in line for the Titanfall launch on Xbox One. We were blown away by your passion and enthusiasm on launch night and since then, it’s been exciting to see gamers around the world playing “Titanfall” on Xbox Live. Today, we congratulate our friends at Respawn Entertainment, and Electronic Arts, as “Titanfall” for Xbox One was named the number one selling game in March, according to NPD Group figures released today.
Prepare for Battle: Titanfall
When you've spent the last few weeks playing “Titanfall” as much as we have, you know that picking the right tools for the job is a crucial step for developing a winning, robot-crushing game strategy. Luckily, no matter your experience, "Titanfall" has a loadout to meet your needs. Whether you're a brand-new "Titanfall" player or a seasoned vet who's been playing since launch, we've got some suggestions for weapon and ability pairings that go together like fine wine and delicately-aged cheese. If wine and cheese were, you know, explosive. THE NEWBIE: "Titanfall" doesn't allow loadout customization until Level 10, so for your first few rounds, you'll need to select from presets. Luckily, these are all more powerful than you'd think. Even more luckily, one pilot loadout and one Titan loadout are particularly useful for brand-spanking-new players. Pilot Loadout: Assassin: The Assassin's Smart Pistol gets a lot of grief from experienced players for good reason: It's a veritable XP-printing machine in the right hands. It locks-on instantly to any of the game's A.I.-controlled minion characters, providing the opportunity for multiple one-hit kills simultaneously. It will even take out human opponents, if you can stay focused long enough to achieve three separate lock-ons. That's technology!
New Xbox One System Update Begins Rolling Out
Tonight, we will begin rolling out the next Xbox One system update. Again, I have to thank all of the Xbox Live members who previewed features with us and shared some of their feedback. Their input helped shape this system update, and we look forward to expanding our list of previewing Xbox Live members in the coming months. Here’s the final breakdown of the features rolling out to Xbox One systems starting tonight and over the next few days.
Gamer of the Month: Wayne Brady
Wayne Brady is a busy man. The comedian and actor first rose to fame in 1997, when he became a standout performer on the hit comedy series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and has since become a prolific star of both screen and stage. After winning two Emmys for “The Wayne Brady Show,” he starred as Billy Flynn in the Broadway revival of “Chicago” and made some classic cameos on “Chappelle's Show” (hilariously subverting his “nice guy” image). In 2008, he released the Grammy-nominated album, “A Long Time Coming.” Now he’s got his hands full with not one, but two TV shows, a new version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway” and a reboot of the classic game show “Let’s Make a Deal.”
Titanfall for Xbox 360 Launches in Asia
Following the launch of “Titanfall” on Xbox One in March, “Titanfall” for Xbox 360 launched in Asia on Tuesday. In celebration, Xbox Taiwan partnered with Asia’s famous graffiti artist, AHDIAONE, to bring the game to life by creating a giant graffiti image of a titan on a 15-meter climbing wall at the Neihu Sports Center in Taipei that surprised and delighted local fans. This particular climbing wall is ranked the second hardest in all of Asia and, according to AHDIAONE, was the first time the team has ever used a climbing wall as a canvas.
Witness Video Game History: Attend Atari Landfill Excavation on April 26
Become a part of gamer history. Unearth the truth behind the ultimate urban legend. We’re excited to announce that the excavation of the long-rumored “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” video game burial site will occur on April 26, 2014 and will be open to the public. Spectators are invited to watch the team uncover the infamous Atari game cartridge grave. The Atari Corporation – faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” video game – allegedly disposed of millions of unsold game cartridges by burying them in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico in 1983. Fuel Entertainment took an interest in the legend, and in December 2013, with help from local garbage contractor Joe Lewandowski, acquired the exclusive rights to excavate the Alamogordo landfill. Fuel Entertainment brought the opportunity to Xbox Entertainment Studios, and now, as part of a documentary series (developed by Xbox Entertainment Studios and two-time Academy Award® winning producer Simon Chinn and Emmy winning producer Jonathan Chinn, through their multi-platform media company, Lightbox), the team will excavate the legendary New Mexico landfill to reveal the true story of Atari’s bizarre burial.
Free Update Adds Long Beach Circuit to Forza Motorsport 5
Starting April 10, the famed Long Beach circuit is coming to the “Forza Motorsport” franchise for the first time in “Forza Motorsport 5.” Available for free as part of the latest “Forza Motorsport 5” content update, delivering tight turns and blindingly quick straights, Long Beach is surrounded by the sun-drenched beauty of southern California. Long Beach in “Forza Motorsport 5” is packed with stunning detail, with the entire track and surrounding area recreated with obsessive precision through laser scanning, thousands of photos, and hours of video. From the angles of each unique palm tree along Shoreline Drive to every nuance of the track’s surface, this circuit is a racing experience unlike any other.