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.
Watch the First Trailer for Atari: Game Over
In April, history was made in the world’s most famous garbage dump. After years of speculation spanning countless conspiracy theories, the legend was confirmed: unsold copies of the Atari game E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial were found buried deep outside the dusty town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. While the result of the dig itself was big news (after all, E.T. almost single-handedly destroyed the game industry in the early ‘80s), it’s only one part of a much larger story. That story is finally being told in the upcoming documentary “Atari: Game Over.” Featuring interviews with everyone from the creator of the game to the denizens of Alamogordo, this is one story you won’t want to miss. We’ve got our hands on the first trailer for the movie, so check it out above and be sure to watch “Atari: Game Over” when it comes to Xbox this fall.
SDCC 14: 343 Industries Unveils New Halo: The Master Chief Collection Details
Today, at a developer panel at San Diego Comic-Con, 343 Industries Community Manager Andy ‘Bravo’ Dudynsky, Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor and Senior Producer Dennis Ries joined Certain Affinity President Max Hoberman and Blur Studios’ Franck Balson to reveal new details for one of this year’s most anticipated games – Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Highlighting the stunning Xbox One visuals of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the panel showcased the completely re-mastered campaign of Halo 2: Anniversary and revealed an all-new re-imagined competitive multiplayer map in the fan-favorite of “Zanzibar.”
“Zanzibar” joins the multiplayer maps of “Ascension” and “Coagulation” as the third of six re-imagined Halo 2 multiplayer maps found in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The next map will be revealed this August at gamescom.
Comic-Con attendees were also treated to a first-look at a trailer featuring the overhauled Halo 2: Anniversary cut-scenes, led by Blur.
SDCC 14: Sunset Overdrive: It's Your Apocalypse, Be Who You Want To Be
This week Microsoft and Insomniac Games unveiled more enticing details on Sunset Overdrive in a new video that details how fans can dive into the vast assortment of customizations featured in the game.
With the ability to mix-and-match a myriad of body types, skin tones, apparel, hair and body art options, Sunset Overdrive lets you create your unique character and assume any gender, race, or look you desire. In the video, you can hear directly from the creators of Sunset Overdrive as they discuss the inspirations behind the game’s customization features and their favorite pieces players can use.
Live out your end-of-times fantasies and be who YOU want to be. You're the hero after all, right? And that’s not all.
Fans who are feeling truly creative can join in on the fun by creating their very own Sunset-inspired design, with a chance for it to be featured in the game post-launch.
In Sunset Overdrive, it’s never been easier to just be you – or create your own post-apocalyptic alter ego!
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.