Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Reaches Retail Stores November 18
Know any budding creators who haven’t upgraded to Minecraft: Xbox One Edition yet? If so, we’ll help you cross one item off your holiday shopping list. Following the digital debut of Minecraft: Xbox One Edition earlier this month, we’re excited to announce the smash hit game will also hit store shelves beginning on Nov. 18 for $19.99 USD. Minecraft fans can easily transfer their Xbox 360 creations and most of their downloadable content to the Xbox One Edition and play in up to 36 times larger worlds. And, with the widest range of downloadable content on console, players will never run out of new worlds to explore with four player split-screen on one console or up to eight players over Xbox Live. It’s Minecraft any way you please this holiday— whether buying the disc, downloading directly onto your Xbox One, or grabbing a digital download code or gift card from participating retailers. And to all you veteran Minecrafters who've already been playing Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, don't forget you can digitally upgrade for $4.99.*
5 Reasons We’re Excited for Forza Horizon 2
The Forza series is the pinnacle of racing – combining fast-paced and action-heavy driving with gorgeous cars and scenery. All that gets even better in Forza Horizon 2. There’s only one short day left before its release, and if you’re not excited yet, here are a few reasons why you should be. Forza Horizon 2’s amazing southern European setting is bigger, prettier, and more fun than ever. From cities, to cliff-side roads, to rural Italian farmland, there’s no end to the variety in Forza Horizon 2’s environments. Tired of sticking to the pavement? Take a sharp left and crash through a fence, barrel through a field, and come smashing out of another fence in front of your opponent. You’re not limited to the tracks in Forza Horizon 2, and you’ll find plenty of shortcuts and secrets to explore in the world.
Xbox One Launches in China
This is a monumental day for us at Xbox and marks the first day of our journey in China as today, Xbox One officially launched in China, becoming the first video game console to do so in 14 years. Now available at more than 4,000 retail locations in 37 cities throughout the People’s Republic of China, gamers and families throughout the country now have access to some of the best games and entertainment experiences spanning racing, sports, fitness, dance and adventure with music, karaoke, entertainment, social and more app experiences to come. It has been rewarding to see new fans lining up at stores, connecting to Xbox Live for the first time, and enjoying the first wave of games available. To capstone Xbox One’s first day, some of the most iconic buildings of the Shanghai skyline – including the Oriental Pearl Tower – were awash in Xbox Green. “This milestone is significant for both our partnership with China and our global expansion plan. Every new market launch is unique and we’re grateful to our fans for their patience and enthusiasm,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. “We will continue to work closely with our partner BesTV to bring exciting games, entertainment and app experiences to delight gamers across China.”
Sound Familiar? The Voices of Destiny
As you dig into the world of Destiny, you're going to discover that there's a lot of story going on. And that means there's a lot of talking going on. Fortunately, Bungie hasn't skimped on the talent in this regard, drafting some top-tier stars to voice the characters you’ll meet as you play the game. Here are eight of the most recognizable actors lending their voices to Destiny. Your Ghost – the artificially intelligent construct that serves as Guardians' support and companion – is the voice you're going to hear most often in the game. It comes courtesy of Peter Dinklage, who has been wowing audiences as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. He also recently appeared as Dr. Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Also, he was Miles Finch in Elf. Destiny isn't his first video game role, but it's the first not adapted from a film he starred in (specifically, Ice Age: Continental Drift and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian).
Reinventing a Franchise with Skylanders: Trap Team
So far, Activision’s Skylanders games have been all about bringing toys to life. Put a toy on the included Portal of Power accessory, and boom – you’re now playing with that character in the game. With Skylanders: Trap Team, however, the developers at Toys for Bob wanted to take a step in the opposite direction: take something from the game and bring it into a toy. When you track down an escaped villain and defeat him in battle, you have the option to capture him in a physical “trap.” The villain lives inside the Traptanium Portal... but instead of being a bad guy, he instead works for the titular Skylanders, and you can play as him using his special abilities in the fight for good.