Xbox One to Launch Next Generation of Gaming in China September 23
Today, Microsoft and BesTV announced Xbox One will launch in China on September 23 with a lineup of blockbuster games and entertainment starting at ¥3,699 RMB. Xbox One is the first gaming and entertainment console approved for sale in China coinciding with the Shanghai Free Trade Zone one-year anniversary. At the Xbox One media briefing, Microsoft and BesTV detailed their plan to launch the Xbox One in China. Demonstrating a strong ecosystem of support, more than 25 developers are building more than 70 games for Xbox One including exclusive content, free to play games, and blockbuster titles. In partnership with BesTV, Xbox One will bring hundreds of thousands of hours of entertainment content including blockbuster movies, sports, documentaries and on-demand TV programs, fitness and exclusive, locally developed applications. Finally, Xbox One is bringing unique value to the Chinese market including innovative pricing models for games, compelling console bundles, local customer support and two year warranty. “We’re honored that Xbox One is the first console approved for sale in China through the Shanghai Free Trade Zone,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice-president, marketing, Devices and Studios, Microsoft. “We’re dedicated to earning millions of fans in China by working with BesTV to deliver an all in one games and entertainment experience starting September 23.”
Doing the Monster Mash with Evolve
Last week's San Diego Comic-Con was a pretty crazy, packed place. Luckily for us, the guys at Turtle Rock let us get a good amount of catharsis... in the form of being a monster and wrecking some fools in the upcoming Evolve.
Evolve is one of the biggest games at SDCC 2014, as part of the Xbox One booth and Xbox Gaming Lounge. Developed by the team behind the Left 4 Dead series, Evolve is a multiplayer monster-hunting game that pits four hunters against one giant, fearsome monster. We talked about playing as the hunters when we demoed Evolve at last month’s E3 Expo... but this time around, we got an entirely new experience: playing the monster.
In each four-on-one match, one player controls the monster, and has to survive long enough to evolve into its ultimate form. For this demo, we took control of the Kraken – a flying, projectile-shooting, Cthulhu-looking beast.
The Kraken has to run through the level, killing animals and eating them to build up its armor and work towards his next evolution. Even at level one, the monsters are too tough for any one hunter. So when we saw a support bot that had wandered too far from its group, we reunited it with its buddies... by electrocuting it, then hitting it with a vortex that sent it flying back.
Titanfall Gets Three New Maps and a Black Market
Just when you thought you couldn’t get enough of dropping gigantic robots on people’s heads, Respawn Entertainment, developer of the wildly successful Titanfall, has announced new details on the game’s second downloadable content pack, coming July 31. Titanfall: Frontier’s Edge features three new maps, multiple tweaks and updates, new achievements, and an all-new Black Market. It is, quite simply, packed to the gills – and runs a mere $9.99. The new maps feature three distinct new areas: Export takes place in a mining colony that’s been abandoned ahead of the incoming titan battle. Ziplines link multiple warehouses and other buildings, allowing players to move quickly from rooftop to rooftop, while the buildings themselves create natural kill zones and firing lanes below. Electric fences – hazardous for both pilots and their giant titans – also present a barrier, further funneling players into (and away from) specific areas. Choke points dot the bottom of the map, so players need to be strategic in their positioning and pushes.
The Must-See Sights in the Destiny Open Beta
Bungie’s long-awaited Destiny is right around the corner, hitting Xbox One and Xbox 360 on September 9. And now, Xbox owners everywhere have the chance to jump into the public beta and get a sneak preview of what Destiny is all about. There’s definitely a lot to take in, so we’ve got a special video for you to check out that highlights some of the key features and activities that you won’t want to miss. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s covered:
The Tower: This is where you’ll meet up with other players, cash in your sweet loot, buy class-specific items and ships, level up, store stuff in your personal vault, check the bounty board, and make preparations for your next ass-kicking expedition.
The Character Screen: There are a lot of choices you get to make about what you kit yourself out with in terms of weapons and armor, so remember to head to your character screen, where you can compare two items’ stats and choose what’s best for you. You can also dismantle stuff that you don’t need – this gives you money and crafting components so that you can make some cool upgrades for yourself later on. You can also review your stats, and decide how you want to build your character.
SDCC 14: 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions Offer First-Look of Halo: Nightfall
Today, at San Diego Comic-Con, 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions gave show-goers and the Halo Nation a first look at Halo: Nightfall, the original live-action digital series executive produced by Ridley Scott set to release this November on Xbox. During the panel, 343 Industries premiered the series’ official first-look video, as Executive Producer Kiki Wolfkill, Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor, Scott Free TV President David Zucker, and Halo: Nightfall cast members offered new details on the series plot and a look behind-the-scenes of the production.
The Awesome Weapons of Destiny
The world of Destiny is a dangerous one, full of numerous races and species that want you super-dead. Luckily, it’s also full of badass guns that allow you to shoot up every alien that picks a fight. Check out the weapon classes and the awesome guns that you can use in Destiny. The primary weapons are going to be your bread and butter for Destiny. They contain the classics: Auto rifles, hand cannons, pulse rifles, and scout rifles. You’ll also probably be switching this weapon out the most, as you figure out which ones suit your style and earn more powerful versions. Our Favorites: Duke Mk.44 – Hand Cannon: Duke is not a fast weapon; in fact, it’s one of the slowest ones we’ve seen in the primary weapon slot. But damn, does it pack a punch. Few things are more satisfying than pulling out this little guy and blasting the crap out of some Fallen mercenary that gets too close. Viper P3 – Pulse Rifle: The Viper P3 is really comfortable. It’s powerful and accurate, and just an all-around well-balanced weapon, making it nice gun to have in any situation. It feels good in our digital hands, lending to many a satisfying kill. Red Death – Pulse Rifle: We’d love the Red Death even if the only thing going for it was the bloody bayonet on the front, which makes us feel super-badass. But the weapon also has the ability to regenerate your health, making it extremely handy.
Destiny: Which Class is Best for You?
Now that the Destiny beta has finally arrived, lucky fans have a chance to get hands-on time with Bungie's next science-fiction shooter masterpiece. One thing that will become instantly clear: Though the game follows in Halo's footsteps in some ways, Destiny expands the shooter genre significantly, introducing serious customization, leveling, and other role-playing game elements to the formula. Among those refinements is the introduction of a class system. Though each of Destiny's three roles is balanced with the others overall, each offers a distinctly different moment-to-moment gameplay experience. Not sure which one to choose? Let's take a look at the benefits – and drawbacks – of all three.