The Cruel World of Watch Dogs
The world of Ubisoft's "Watch Dogs" is a brutal one. You risk your life to save an injured thief, bringing him to what you thought was safety -- only to watch him get stabbed to death by a gaunt, skeletal crime boss. And it's a world that forces your hand. Need money? Hack the cell phones of everyone around you and get access to their bank accounts, along with information about their private lives. "Grand Theft Auto" never alerts you that the pedestrian you ran over is a single mom with a sick kid, but when it comes out on May 27 for Xbox One and Xbox 360, "Watch Dogs" won't let you off the hook that easily.
ID@Xbox Developers Get Unreal Engine 4 for Xbox One
It’s an awesome time for independent developers to bring their unique brands of creativity to a new generation of gaming. With ID@Xbox, we’re committed to helping developers bring their games to Xbox One, while making the development process as seamless as possible. Core to that commitment is providing the tools developers need to succeed, including supporting a quickly expanding catalogue of middleware solutions. Now, ID@Xbox developers, like all developers on Xbox One, can begin utilizing Unreal Engine 4 for their Xbox One game development.
Killer Instinct Heads to MLG Anaheim
If there's one thing that Killer Instinct Community Coordinator (and pro fighting game aficionado) Mike Robles loves, it's combat. Developer Double Helix has done an amazing job with the first season's worth of downloadable content for the game, and inbound developer Iron Galaxy is set to pick up the baton in a big way for "Killer Instinct: Season Two," coming to Xbox One later this year. With the news that "Killer Instinct" will join other competitive games such as "Call of Duty: Ghosts" for Major League Gaming's Anaheim event lineup from June 21-22, we spoke to Robles briefly about his history with "Killer Instinct," what he loves about the game, and what he's hoping we might see in future seasons.
Silly Hats, Serious Zookeepers: Team Xbox Builds for Good
Troy Barnes wore a furry yellow-and-white monkey hat into battle last Thursday night. His five-man team, all Microsoft employees, all of them wearing animal-themed hats promoting Zoo Tycoon, had taken LEGO up on its challenge to build for good. LEGO’s Build For Good contest played out at Seattle’s EMP Museum Thursday night. Seven companies (among them Amazon, Expedia, and Nordstrom) were tasked with using LEGO’s Mindstorms EV3 to build robots that would address everyday problems. Barnes and company built a working, automated, and 3D version of "Zoo Tycoon." Their display featured robots ZETA and ECHO (Zookeeper Extraordinaire Technical Assistant and Exhibit Crate Hauling Overseer, respectively) dropping exhibits into place and ensuring the animals were all pellet-fed.
Prepare for Battle: Titanfall
When you've spent the last few weeks playing “Titanfall” as much as we have, you know that picking the right tools for the job is a crucial step for developing a winning, robot-crushing game strategy. Luckily, no matter your experience, "Titanfall" has a loadout to meet your needs. Whether you're a brand-new "Titanfall" player or a seasoned vet who's been playing since launch, we've got some suggestions for weapon and ability pairings that go together like fine wine and delicately-aged cheese. If wine and cheese were, you know, explosive. THE NEWBIE: "Titanfall" doesn't allow loadout customization until Level 10, so for your first few rounds, you'll need to select from presets. Luckily, these are all more powerful than you'd think. Even more luckily, one pilot loadout and one Titan loadout are particularly useful for brand-spanking-new players. Pilot Loadout: Assassin: The Assassin's Smart Pistol gets a lot of grief from experienced players for good reason: It's a veritable XP-printing machine in the right hands. It locks-on instantly to any of the game's A.I.-controlled minion characters, providing the opportunity for multiple one-hit kills simultaneously. It will even take out human opponents, if you can stay focused long enough to achieve three separate lock-ons. That's technology!
New Xbox One System Update Begins Rolling Out
Tonight, we will begin rolling out the next Xbox One system update. Again, I have to thank all of the Xbox Live members who previewed features with us and shared some of their feedback. Their input helped shape this system update, and we look forward to expanding our list of previewing Xbox Live members in the coming months. Here’s the final breakdown of the features rolling out to Xbox One systems starting tonight and over the next few days.
Gamer of the Month: Wayne Brady
Wayne Brady is a busy man. The comedian and actor first rose to fame in 1997, when he became a standout performer on the hit comedy series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and has since become a prolific star of both screen and stage. After winning two Emmys for “The Wayne Brady Show,” he starred as Billy Flynn in the Broadway revival of “Chicago” and made some classic cameos on “Chappelle's Show” (hilariously subverting his “nice guy” image). In 2008, he released the Grammy-nominated album, “A Long Time Coming.” Now he’s got his hands full with not one, but two TV shows, a new version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway” and a reboot of the classic game show “Let’s Make a Deal.”