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343 Industries and Mattel Sign Master Licensing Agreement, Introduce New Halo Toys

Since Halo: Combat Evolved launched in 2001, Halo has grown from a video game to a more than $5 billion franchise that encompasses New York Times best-selling novels, multiple live-action digital series and consumer products. The latter – including a dizzying array of toys – have generated more than $1.5 billion and include action figures, weapon replicas, clothing and much, much more. 343 Industries has and continues to be focused on making Halo toys fun, accessible and appealing to everyone – collectors, hardcore Halo fans and franchise newcomers alike. With that vision in mind, the studio behind one of the most successful franchises in gaming history have signed a master... Read more

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Time is On My Side: Hands-on with Remedy’s Quantum Break

After all of these years, the team at Remedy still knows more just about anyone about crafting a compelling narrative. It’s probably no surprise that the people behind story-driven games like Alan Wake and Max Payne are looking to tell another tale with their upcoming game Quantum Break, hitting Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusively on April 5. What did surprise me during my time with the game’s first act was just how deep the narrative rabbit hole is, and how well the story meshes with the intriguing gameplay realities of its time-warped universe. After only a few hours, I’m already looking forward to playing through Quantum Break multiple times just to see how deep that rabbit hole... Read more

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Take to the Skies this April with Dovetail Games Flight School for Windows 10

This April, we’re really excited to be launching Dovetail Games Flight School - a training sim for those uninitiated in the art of flying an aircraft. Flying an aircraft is an experience unlike any other and we want to give more people the opportunity to experience that. In Flight School, we aim to teach you how to fly a light aircraft to the level of a Private Pilot from the point of view of a student. But it’s not just about giving you theoretical training, it’s about giving you a very hands-on experience of what it really feels like to learn to fly a light aircraft, right from the moment you turn up at the flight school. Flight School is here to make it really simple and fun for... Read more

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Quantum Break Coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 on April 5

With less than two months away until the highly anticipated launch of Quantum Break, Remedy Entertainment and Microsoft Studios kicked things into high gear with a number of huge announcements about the upcoming cinematic action blockbuster. The most noteworthy? Quantum Break will also be launching on Windows 10 on April 5…and will be available at no additional cost for those who digitally pre-order the game on Xbox One*. Alan Wake Included with Quantum Break for Xbox One; American Nightmare Available with Pre-Order Two of Remedy Entertainment’s most popular and critically-acclaimed classics – Alan Wake and Alan Wake’s American Nightmare – are now part of the Quantum... Read more

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Introducing the Xbox One Quantum Break Bundle

The holidays may be over, but the bundles with the greatest games and experiences you want most just keep coming. Today, we’re excited to unveil the Xbox One Special Edition Quantum Break Bundle featuring a 500GB Cirrus White console and matching wireless controller, a full-game download of Quantum Break and a full-game download of Alan Wake as well as The Signal and The Writer DLC content, playable soon on Xbox One via Backward Compatibility. The Xbox One Special Edition Quantum Break Bundle will be available for $349 USD ERP at participating global retailers, including Microsoft stores, starting March 29. Experience time-amplified action and a suspenseful storyline in Quantum Break,... Read more

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Split-Screen FPS Screencheat is Hitting Xbox One on March 1

We here at Samurai Punk have been hard at work on Screencheat, the split screen FPS that centers around screencheating (looking at the screens of other players to locate their position). We’re excited to announce that Screencheat will be coming to Xbox One on March 1, 2016! In Screencheat, all players are invisible, forcing you to look at the other screens to find your opponents to hunt them. We were inspired to create it by all of the split screen games we played as kids, including Halo. We used to sit around and screencheat each other all the time so we decided to turn this controversial tactic on its head and make it the core mechanic of the game. We hope that the result is a truly... Read more

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Hitman Brings Episodic Assassinations and Endless Options

The Hitman series is on its sixth entry now, and the fan-favorite gameplay formula is a winning one. The simple joy of tracking down a target and taking them out as stealthily (or as bombastically) as you can isn’t something that’s easy for anyone to get tired of, but as games of all genres continue to evolve and expand, the development team at IO Interactive continue to update Hitman in new and unique ways. IO Interactive is billing Hitman (yes, that’s its title – clean and simple!) as the first fully episodic game in the series. It operates much the same as other episodic titles, meaning that when Hitman launches on March 11, you’ll be able to play the first episode, and can... Read more

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Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta & Minecraft: Pocket Edition Explode with Mechanical Possibilities!

Hello everyone! This past fall we rolled out a long-awaited update to Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta & Minecraft: Pocket Edition – basic redstone components. Today we’re excited to let you know that we’ll be adding even more of the gameplay elements you’ve been eagerly awaiting to both of these editions with the Overworld Update coming by the end of this month. Yay! Here’s what we’re adding in the Overworld Update: Finally make more advanced mechanical contraptions for your world with additional redstone components. Comparators, repeaters, dispensers, droppers, hoppers, trapped chests and various additional Minecart types will all be available. Invent all... Read more

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Rocket League is Coming to Xbox One on February 17

(Updated on 2/9 at 3:20PM to include pricing details) Since last December, when we first announced that Rocket League was headed to Xbox One, new and existing fans alike have been asking us WHEN they could expect to see our soccer-meets-driving, sports-action hybrid come to the platform. As you can tell by our headline, we're proud to announce that the answer to that question is next week – it’ll be available beginning on Wednesday, February 17 for $19.99 USD (or its regional equivalent)! Rocket League has been a long time coming to Xbox One, and the team here at Psyonix is incredibly proud to be bringing it to you thanks to our development partners at Panic Button. With their... Read more

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Unravel: What Makes this Puzzling Platformer Unique?

Electronic Arts may be known for juggernauts like Madden NFL, Battlefield, and Dragon Age... but in the case of the all-new Unravel, the publisher knew that it had to stick up for the little guy. During last year’s E3 Expo, Patrick Söderlund, Executive Vice President of EA Studios, revealed that he was so impressed by the game when he first saw it that he immediately knew EA had to have it. Söderlund had come a long way to see this hidden gem – to Coldwood Interactive, a 14-person indie studio in northern Sweden. And we’re talking way north in a city called Umeå, closer to the Arctic Circle than Stockholm and on the same latitude as Iceland, Siberia, and Alaska. A studio’s... Read more

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The Five Biggest Reasons We’re Loving Cobalt

It's finally here: Cobalt, developed by the Oxeye Game Studio team, is a 2D action-platformer/shooter/adventure/arena fighter... and, well, it’s kinda all of those. Check out five of the reasons we’re loving one of the coolest little games of 2016. The Acrobatic, Bullet-time Combat System The defining trait of Cobalt is its combat, which involves a mix of firearms, melee combat, and explosives. When enemies take a shot at your robot, time slows down – allowing you to roll and parry the attacks, and get a few shots out yourself. It all feels like a martial arts film starring a cute little robot guy. The Co-op Story Mode Science-fiction humor and reflex tests abound in... Read more

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Getting Up to Speed with Rainbow Six Siege’s Operation Black Ice DLC

Get ready for some seasonally appropriate shooting action. Rainbow Six Siege has unleashed its first major content update, and it’s a doozy. Dubbed Operation Black Ice, this frosty downloadable content pack comes with a (free!) new map, two new Operators, and a host of game updates and fixes. Let’s take a look at what’s included. The Map Well, some rich guy is having a real bad day. In Boffin Bay (near Greenland), the luxury yacht Boréal has become fully encased in ice. That’s the premise for Yacht, the new map included with the DLC. The huge pleasure ship boasts four decks, a casino (with a private poker room), a spacious galley, a personal submarine (nonfunctional) and lots... Read more

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The Solus Project is Launching on February 26 on Xbox Game Preview

The Solus Project, the unique single-player survival game by Teotl Studios and GRIP Digital is launching on Xbox Game Preview on February 26 2016. Stranded on a deserted alien planet and with mankind on the brink of destruction, The Solus Project challenges you to survive the harsh, volatile environment, while looking for a way to save the human race. Confronted with merciless weather, and danger lurking around every corner, you will have to unravel the deep secrets of the seemingly deserted alien civilization. Are you alone…? “With the flood of run-of-the-mill survival sandbox games around us, we can’t wait to show the players something different – a narrative-driven, single... Read more

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Uncovering the Secrets of the Swedish Countryside in Unravel

Swedish game developer Coldwood Interactive’s adorable new 2D puzzle-platformer, Unravel, is quite the unusual game. It takes place in its creators’ homeland, where a little red ball of yarn – named, aptly enough, Yarny – explores the Swedish countryside. Yarny is both quirky and tiny, meaning that even mundane objects like chairs and fruit appear huge, let alone the relatively gigantic boulders and trees that pop up along the way. Yarny unravels himself in order to create bridges and traverse gaps that range from small drains to imposing chasms. He can throw the front end of the yarn like a grappling hook, or grab the yarn that trails behind him and attach it to things. This... Read more

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Protect Your Kingdom in Krinkle Krusher for Xbox One

Sharks, piranhas, gremlins... nothing bites harder than a Krinkle. That is because they are magic creatures, with big teeth and bottomless stomachs. They’re driven by their hunger, although they are small and bigheaded like a cute, mischievous puppy. You’ll be able to meet them starting today in our game Krinkle Krusher for Xbox One! Do not be fooled by their looks though, as they want to bring down your kingdom! To defend it you must rely on your powerful elemental spells, cast on the field by Mitty, your magic glove. Our team has always loved tower defense games, especially the more casual ones. Krinkle Krusher was born from the desire to create a casual, arcade-like experience... Read more

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Spread Disease and Death in Plague Inc.: Evolved

Can you infect the world? With an entire research lab's worth of new, free content launching in recent months, culminating in the contagious Custom Scenarios mode, there's never been a better time to get infecting in the terrifyingly realistic disease simulation Plague Inc: Evolved. Entirely redeveloped for console, the game has received a major visual overhaul from the original - full 3D disease models take you closer to your plague than ever before, city-cams show humanity's struggle at street level, and the body scanner highlights the full effect of your mutations, organ by organ. What's more, the game also includes all additional content and DLC ever released on mobile. The Neurax... Read more

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Hilarious Hack ‘n Slasher Zombie Vikings Coming Soon to Xbox One

Zombie Vikings! Yeah, that might sound like a silly name at first, but just remember Napoleon Dynamite and his Liger. You simply can’t have too much of two good things. Zombies + Vikings = total niceness! I’m from Zoink, an indie game studio from the cold dark of Sweden. You might have heard about our previous title, Stick It to The Man, but besides zany adventure games we also love couch co-op games and this is our attempt to combine great hack ’n’ slash gameplay with our love of humor and story. Did I mention Zach Weinersmith, creator of the hit comic "Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal", is the writer of the game? He is! In Zombie Vikings, you are sent on an insane mission... Read more

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Cooperative Shooter Spareware Coming Soon to Xbox One

Spareware is a cooperative top-down shooter set in a future dystopian metropolis of Helsinki. We’ve designed Spareware to be a game for people who just want a fun little shooter to play while hanging out with friends, without compromising the challenging hardcore gameplay elements. Because of the challenge, you may have to start over multiple times, but it won’t get boring thanks to our procedural world generation system with multiple different archetypes of levels. We’ve always liked to play cool top-down shooters together and when we got the Xbox One, we didn’t find enough games from the genre. Then it hit us. We realized that we should finally do the game we’ve wanted to do... Read more

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Save the World Today in Fortified for Xbox One

Inspired by 1950’s pulp fiction, Fortified is a unique blend of bombastic third person shooting, and uncompromising co-op base defense gameplay. We’ve always wanted to make games that marry intense strategic gameplay with great multiplayer action that requires coordination and teamwork; Fortified is the first step in that direction. The dev team here at Clapfoot has been working hard for the past two years to bring it to life on the Xbox One. One of the biggest challenges we faced while developing Fortified was building a co-op multiplayer game with only seven core team members. How do you properly playtest with such limited resources? After taking early prototypes to a few local... Read more

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Play as the Monkey King in Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta & Minecraft: Pocket Edition

Hello everyone! This month, in honor of the Lunar New Year, we’ve awakened ANCIENT DEMONS on Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta & Minecraft: Pocket Edition. With its epic journey across the various climes along the Silk Road, the new Journey to the West skin pack brings the main characters from one of the most iconic Chinese classical tales with open arms as playable character skins. Minecrafters can celebrate the Year of the Monkey as the Monkey King himself or one of over a dozen characters from the iconic Chinese folk story. Embark on your own adventures to uncover long-forgotten dungeons, and work with your disciples to save villages from terrible monsters and gain... Read more

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