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ID@Xbox Creator Spotlight: Night School Studio Will Bend Your Mind with Oxenfree

Hey there! My name is Sean Krankel, I'm one of the co-founders of Night School Studio. We're a small team of developers, originally from Telltale and Disney in Los Angeles, with a passion for telling stories in new ways. Our first game, Oxenfree, is a supernatural thriller set in the Pacific Northwest. In it, you play as a girl named Alex who unwittingly opens a rift in time and space, and her friends go from partying to possessed. It was our passion to make a game that felt like the Steven Spielberg films of the 80s and 90s, one where very mortal, terrifying events can unfold, yet the people involved can still have a sense of wonder. We've always thought of Oxenfree as a mix between... Read more

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Forza Motorsport 6 Open Beta Available Now on Windows Store

The open beta for Forza Motorsport 6: Apex officially launches today. For the first time, the Forza Motorsport series has arrived on DirectX 12-enabled Windows 10 PCs, bringing with it the legendary authenticity and wheel-to-wheel action that Forza fans have come to expect. Using Turn 10’s proprietary ForzaTech engine, Forza Motorsport 6: Apex brings amazing cars and tracks to life at resolutions up to 4K. In the game players will play through a curated tour of Forza Motorsport’s best content and test their driving skills in “Spotlight Series” events which will be updated on a regular basis. The open beta for Forza Motorsport 6: Apex is just the start of Forza’s debut on... Read more

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ID@Xbox Creator Spotlight: Face Your Fears in Funcom’s The Park

The Park was made by the team at Funcom's Oslo office. It is a first-person single-player psychological horror experience set in the universe of The Secret World, our modern-day massively multiplayer online game of myths and legends. In The Park, we wanted to explore in detail the creepy Atlantic Island Park, an abandoned amusement park on an island off the coast of Maine, and tell the interesting and in-depth story about Lorraine and her missing son Callum. While The Park started off as a test project, everyone enjoyed the game and story so much that we wanted to finish it and share it with horror fans all around the world. It is our first game using the Unreal Engine and the project... Read more

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Are You Ready for Battleborn?

My Gatling gun was on the verge of overheating as I popped around a corner and washed a steady stream of bullets point-blank into the face of the nearest unlucky foe. That's when then announcer gloated "victory is within reach" and in the same mechanized breath, reminded us to "appease our tyrannical robot overlords." I obliged by extending my meaty brute-hand and flicking my opponent to their doom in one absurd and satisfying finger motion. There's no denying that Battleborn is as goofy as it is action-packed, and my time in the recent open beta was punctuated by lots of pleasantly ridiculous moments like this. I found myself chuckling often, though it's not all yuks and laughs – this... Read more

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Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Favorites Pack Arrives in Stores in June

Hello! If you haven’t had a chance to dig into Minecraft on Xbox One, we have something really great coming up that you will enjoy. Starting later this spring, we’ll be releasing a new option in retail stores for you to pick up for your collection – the Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Favorites Pack. The Favorites Pack, which has been available digitally since last fall, is a new purchasing option in addition to the standard Minecraft: Xbox One Edition which is already out today. It includes the base Minecraft: Xbox One Edition game and seven of the best-selling add-on packs for you to play with. • Battle & Beasts Skin Pack • Battle & Beasts 2 Skin Pack • Natural... Read more

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Shadow Complex Remastered and The Escapists: The Walking Dead Arrive Today on the Windows Store

Today, we’re excited to announce the availability of two awesome, critically acclaimed games on the Windows Store – Chair Entertainment and Epic Games’ Shadow Complex Remastered, and Team17’s The Escapists: The Walking Dead. Shadow Complex Remastered is Chair Entertainment’s fresh twist on classic sidescrolling design mixed with modern, cutting-edge gameplay. And it’s turned up to 11 in this newly remastered version, featuring all of the content from the original award-winning, Unreal Engine-powered game. Shadow Complex Remastered has been updated with graphical enhancements, all-new dynamic melee takedowns, and additional Achievements and Master Challenges. Throughout 10+... Read more

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Discover New Experiences in Week 1 of the ID@Xbox Game Fest

In case you haven’t heard, we’re kicking off our first ID@Xbox Game Fest, which runs throughout the month of May and is designed to show off some of the coolest Xbox One games from our ID@Xbox independent developer program. Each week, we’ll be highlighting a new batch of very special games that coincide with some very cool themes that we’ve chosen. For this first week of ID@Xbox Game Fest, which runs from May 3-9, we’re focusing on a number of games that embrace new kinds of experiences, and the sort of out-of-the-box thinking that will have you rethinking the way that you define what a video game can be. Funcom’s The Park takes you for a day at a very creepy amusement... Read more

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Xbox at E3 2016

It’s that time of the year again: E3 is just a few weeks away! That means now is the perfect time to start sharing some of our plans for one of the gaming industry’s biggest annual events. Today, we’re excited to announce that the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing will take place Monday, June 13, beginning at 9:30 a.m. PDT. During the briefing, you’ll have a chance to check out everything from in-depth looks at previously-announced games to trailers for our unannounced titles coming in 2016 and beyond. You can watch the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing live beginning at 9:30 a.m. PDT on June 13 on Xbox.com, the Xbox Twitch Channel, via the Xbox Live Events Player on Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles, or... Read more

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Expand Your Forza Garage with the Hot Wheels Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 6

The Hot Wheels Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 6 arrives today, bringing with it a collection of cars that are sure to please both die-cast diehards and virtual racers alike. Leading this seven-car pack are two models that Hot Wheels fans are intimately familiar with – the 2011 Hot Wheels Bone Shaker and the 2005 Ford Hot Wheels Mustang. Making its Xbox One console debut, the Bone Shaker is the ultimate rat-rod – a real life showcase car built in 2011 that that has since taken on legendary status among Hot Wheels fans. Alongside the Bone Shaker, the killer drifting Mustang that Hot Wheels built to celebrate 50 years of the Mustang model is sure to become a favorite among Forza fans who... Read more

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Buy Great Xbox Games This Week in the Microsoft Studios Publisher Sale

The Xbox Store’s Microsoft Studios Publisher Sale is one of the most anticipated sales of the year, and it’s starting today. Running for one week only, from May 3 through 9, this sale offers the best prices on Microsoft Studios titles including Halo 5, Forza 6, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Rare Replay and more. The Microsoft Studios Publisher sale has a mix of deals for fans that enjoy different genres of games across new titles, top sellers, and fan favorites including over 25 Backward Compatibility games. The sale includes deals for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 digital games, up to 57% off, and Xbox Live Gold members will save up to an additional 10% on... Read more

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Puzzling Wizardry is Coming with Mystery Castle for Xbox One

Once upon a time, there were two guys who called themselves the Almighty Ones, but for legal reasons they were mostly known as Runestone Games.  And on May 6, those two industrious fellows, with a little help from their friends, will be releasing a truly magnificent game called Mystery Castle on Xbox One. The star of that game is a wizard called Monty. Monty is definitely a proper wizard because he has a funny hat, some robes and a wand. Also, a beard. Sadly, Monty is not terribly good at magic. During most of his classes at the Wizard’s University – which is definitely a real place – Monty had his head stuffed in a giant bag of potato chips or was missing entirely, most... Read more

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Announcing the ID@Xbox Game Fest!

We’re very proud of the progress that we’ve made with the ID@Xbox program, which enables qualified game developers of all sizes to unleash their creativity by self-publishing digital games on Xbox One and Windows 10 with Xbox Live. Today, to celebrate the amazing success and bright future of ID@Xbox, we’re kicking off the ID@Xbox Game Fest – a month-long celebration that’s designed to show off the breadth of amazing content offered by independent developers on Xbox One. “Since the days of the original Xbox, I have been a huge fan of independent games that bring us incredibly creative and unique experiences you just cannot find anywhere else,” said Aaron Greenberg, General... Read more

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Paranautical Activity Available Now for Xbox One

Mother Teresa once said, “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin,” and we here at Digerati Distribution think she must have been talking about this very game. Those of you that are scholars of gaming scandal may be aware of Paranautical Activity's somewhat chequered past – innocent mistakes were made, some hot-headed words uttered, offence taken, retribution duly enacted. The game lay languishing in limbo, potentially unable to realize its true full potential. A talented creator fell on his sword in a sacrificial act, angel investors Digerati stepped in and bought the rights for the game and it was thus rescued from the sin bin. Search for... Read more

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Super-powered MMO DC Universe Online Now Available for Xbox One

Today, DC Universe Online is officially available on Xbox One and we are beyond excited! For those not familiar with the game, DC Universe Online (DCUO) is a massively multiplayer action game set in the DC Universe. In fact, it’s the only MMO that lets you fight against or alongside superheroes and villains like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Joker, Harley Quinn and more. In DCUO, you’ll visit famous locations like Metropolis, Central City, and Gotham City with your own hero or villain to save the world or to cause mayhem – whatever you’re into! Choose your powers and a mentor, customize your hero or villain down to the appearance of their shoes and hair, and get into the... Read more

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Be the Playmaker and Play Madden NFL 16 Free This Weekend only on Xbox One

Now that NFL Draft Season is well underway, it’s the perfect time to play some pigskin! We are excited to announce that all Xbox Live Gold members can enjoy the critically acclaimed Madden NFL 16 for free this entire upcoming weekend with Xbox Live Gold’s Free Play Days. Running from 12:01 PM PT on April 28, 2016 to 11:59 PM PT on May 2, 2016, this allows Gold members in Xbox One markets to experience the excitement, drama and skills on display in Madden NFL 16, that includes dominating in the battle for air supremacy with all-new controls and quarterback mechanics.  In addition to Free Play Days, the game is also available in the EA Access Vault and on-sale for a special promotional... Read more

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Forza Motorsport 6: Apex Open Beta on Windows 10 Arrives May 5

A new era for the Forza Motorsport series begins on May 5 with the release of the open beta for Forza Motorsport 6: Apex. Crafted specifically for Windows 10, Apex represents the critical first step in the future of the Forza franchise as it expands onto Windows 10 PCs. Apex combines the power and performance of DirectX 12 with Turn 10’s racing expertise, our proprietary ForzaTech™ engine, and Forza’s legacy of stellar content. Most importantly, Forza Motorsport 6: Apex is our way to introduce Forza’s award-winning gameplay to a new audience on Windows 10 and invite a new group of gamers to develop a passion for cars and racing. Forza Motorsport 6: Apex delivers a focused and... Read more

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A Closer Look at Escalation, Gears of War 4’s New Competitive Mode

What a weekend! Over the past few days, we’ve lifted the veil on what to expect from Gears of War 4 multiplayer – with our brand new multiplayer features trailer and a dedicated multiplayer panel at PAX East – alongside the incredible action of the Gears of War eSports Season 2 Finals. What had us most excited of all was being able to finally show fans our new competitive game mode in Gears of War 4 during the eSports Season 2 Finals, known as Escalation. This mode was designed from the ground up for competitive gameplay, requiring coordinated team work and clutch plays when it matters most, as well as providing plenty of opportunity for the nail-biting finishes that both players... Read more

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Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition Debuts on Windows 10 and Steam

Ori and the Blind Forest was one of the most beautiful, most critically acclaimed games of 2015, with over 30 industry awards to its name. Now, Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is available on Windows 10 and Steam. Moon Studios’ amazing 2D sidescrolling platformer is a true joy to behold and to play, and we’re overjoyed that players on Windows 10 and Steam can now experience it in its full, remastered, Definitive Edition glory.  The game tells the story of Ori, a guardian spirit who explores the forest of Nibel – a breathtaking, haunting, and lovingly hand-drawn backdrop. The Definitive Edition makes a great game even better, adding new areas, music, story elements,... Read more

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The Gears Are in Motion with Gears of War 4’s Open Multiplayer Beta

With the eagerly awaited Gears of War 4 scheduled for release on Xbox One in October of this year, Microsoft has kicked off a beta of the game to help test its multiplayer component. And after spending some time bashing heads and taking names, we’ve got a hunch you’re going to dig what this newest title in the venerable series is doling out. The Gears of War 4 Multiplayer Beta is now available for all Xbox Live Gold members, so grab it after you finish reading! Gears has always been about tight, satisfying controls and gameplay feedback loops – and this fourth installment already manages to impress along these lines. Returning weapons such as the Gnasher Shotgun and Lancer assualt... Read more

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Dive into Fun with May’s Games with Gold

Following our blockbuster April lineup, Games with Gold keeps going strong in May with four entertaining new games. As with last month, Xbox One will get two dedicated titles, and two Xbox 360 titles, as well, through Xbox One Backward Compatibility, for a total of four completely free titles thanks to Games with Gold. May brings Defense Grid 2, a tower defense gem from the folks at Hidden Path Entertainment & 505 Games – followed by the quirky and endlessly charming, Costume Quest 2 from Double Fine Productions and Majesco. On the Xbox 360, Xbox Live Gold members start the month with Codemasters’ high-speed dynamic racer GRID 2, followed by EA’s ever-popular puzzle classic:... Read more

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