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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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Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition Available for Pre-Order and Season Pass Contents Detailed

Today, we’re excited to announce that both Standard and Ultimate Editions of Gears of War 4 are now available for pre-order from the Xbox Store and participating retailers, including the Microsoft Store. Fans who pre-order either edition of Gears of War 4 will receive the pre-order exclusive Vintage Del Gear Pack featuring a Vintage Del character model, emblem, two Vintage weapon skins and a special Vintage Del bounty as an added bonus. Available both digitally and at retail, Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition ($99.99 USD ERP) is the best way for Gears fans to get the complete Swarm-crushing Gears of War 4 experience, and the only way to join the action early when the game launches in... Read more

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ARK: Survival Evolved Brings Official Mods to Xbox One

Back when the ARK: Survival Evolved Dev Kit launched in August, I don't think anyone could have anticipated the amount of participation we would see or the sheer creativity that would be displayed in mods.  Yet, here we are two mod contests later, looking at a phenomenal display of talent. From mods that allow you to survive in outer space, to NPC characters that live in the wild, to huge new maps that put an alternate twist on ARK’s environments, there is no shortage of imagination and ingenuity. When I first opened the development kit and began creating Primitive+, I only had one goal in mind: Provide people with a more immersive experience by expanding upon the primitive nature of... Read more

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Rocket League Gets Free Hoops Mode April 26, Plus Official NBA DLC

From the moment we first teased Rocket League Hoops on Twitter last month, our community has been actively (and enthusiastically) chasing us for a release date. And now, as the headline says, we finally have one – Tuesday, April 26th! Starting next week, Rocket League Hoops comes to Xbox One FOR FREE with brand new strategies and an all-new Arena called "Dunk House," which was specifically designed for the new mode. Unlike regular Rocket League, Hoops is a more challenging 2v2 version of our game that rewards strong aerial play and smart use of off-the-wall shots. It looks and plays like nothing we've offered before and should put the skills of even the most talented Rocket League... Read more

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The Rhythm is Gonna Get You This Summer with 140 for Xbox One

Please allow me to introduce you to 140, a challenging minimalistic rhythm-based platformer headed to Xbox One this summer! I made 140 as a pet project in my spare time whilst also working as lead puzzle designer at Playdead (developer of Limbo). It features music by my friend and co-worker Jakob Schmid. At its heart, 140 is an old school platformer set in a world of abstract colorful graphics, but it has a musical twist. You’ll need to overcome obstacles that are controlled by an energetic, yet melancholic, electronic soundtrack, meaning you’ll need a heightened sense of rhythm to sync up your every move and jump to the music. 140 was originally released for PC and Mac OS in... Read more

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Halo 5 Kicks Off Weekend with Super Fiesta and HCS Pro League Qualifier

It was a busy time for many Halo players last weekend, who got their first chance to try out Warzone Firefight beta – the ambitious new multiplayer mode coming to Halo 5: Guardians this summer. For many, the Warzone Firefight Beta provided a chance to call-in rare and powerful REQS and work cooperatively with teammates to take down powerful Forerunner and Covenant forces. This week the competition heats up once more with the arrival of the frenetic “Super Fiesta” Arena playlist and first HCS Pro League qualifier taking place at PAX East! What is Super Fiesta? Since its release earlier this year, Fiesta has been a strong fan-favorite, with Spartans equipping random primary and... Read more

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Gears 4 at PAX: A Brutal New Trailer and an All-New Mode

Next week, on Monday, April 25, the Gears of War 4 Versus Multiplayer Beta will open up to all Xbox Live Gold members. To get fans ready for the fight, Xbox and The Coalition released a brand-new trailer today features tons of intense COG vs Swarm action. In addition to showing off the new cast of characters in Versus Multiplayer combat, the trailer also shows brand-new weapons, maps, modes and executions being put to the test – all set to the DJ Shadow and Run the Jewels’ new track, “Nobody Speak.” In other Gears news, fans attending PAX East this weekend will also have the opportunity to learn more about Gears of War 4’s Versus Multiplayer during the “Out of the Shadows:... Read more

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Book of Demons Hacks and Slashes onto Xbox One

Hey, Xbox fans! I’m proud to announce that Book of Demons, our upcoming deck-building hack and slash where it’s the player who decides the length of quests, will launch on Xbox One as a console exclusive! As you probably noticed, Book of Demons is a tribute to all the hack and slash classics – the games we played as teenagers and pulled all-nighters because of. We’re all fans of these titles at Thing Trunk, and we always wanted to develop a game that would honor the precursors of the genre and bring something fresh to the table at the same time. And frankly, we think we did it. What makes Book of Demons stand out is the number of gameplay mechanic twists, the paper cut-out... Read more

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Starting Today, You Can Watch HBO NOW on Xbox

Great news for HBO NOW subscribers: Starting today, you can access HBO’s standalone streaming service on your Xbox One and Xbox 360, via the HBO NOW app. That means instant access to all of HBO’s library of compelling series, unforgettable movies, thought-provoking documentaries, thrilling sports programs, and entertaining comedy and music specials. All you have to do is authenticate your existing HBO NOW account on your Xbox console, and you’ll be off and running. “We’re thrilled to give HBO NOW subscribers easy access to all that HBO has to offer through their Xbox console,” said Jeff Dallesandro, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Digital Distribution and Business... Read more

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Acer Expands Its Predator Gaming PC Line

Acer’s next@acer Global Press Conference unfolded in New York today, and the company announced new notebooks, desktops and monitors in its powerful, award-winning Predator gaming line. The new Predator 17 X notebook and compact Predator G1 desktops are top-of-the line – which, of course, enables some fantastic Windows 10 gaming. If you’re looking for a new gaming PC that supports the latest and greatest new games, including Quantum Break, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, and Killer Instinct: Season 3, then look no further! The Predator line is also virtual reality-ready out of the box, ready for brand new VR devices coming from Oculus, HTC Vive, OSVR, and StarVR. Here’s a closer... Read more

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Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition Comes to Windows 10 and Steam on April 27

One of the most gorgeous games of 2015 has become even more spectacular in 2016 with Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition, which hit Xbox One last month. Next week, on April 27, gamers on Windows 10 and Steam will get the chance to see how this recipient of over 30 industry game awards (including numerous E3 awards, the Golden Joystick Award for Best Xbox Game, the Best Art Direction Award from The Game Awards, Outstanding Achievement in Original Composition from the D.I.C.E. Summit, The Game Developer’s Choice Award for Best Debut, the Artistic Achievement award from the BAFTAs and more) in 2015 has gotten even better. Ori and the Blind Forest, a 2D sidescrolling platformer... Read more

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Achievement Unlocked: 10 Years – Thank You, Xbox 360

Last November, we celebrated a major milestone, as the Xbox 360 console turned 10 years old. The Xbox 360 helped redefine an entire generation of gaming at Microsoft. I am incredibly proud of all of the work and dedication that went into development of the Xbox 360 hardware, services and games portfolio over the last decade. And I’m grateful to the fans for their continued passion and support. Franchises like Gears of War were born on the 360, and established blockbusters like Halo really came into their own during this console generation. Xbox 360 was also the foundation for industry-leading technical innovation like Kinect, and the start of system updates and dashboard refreshes... Read more

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Making the Difficult Choices in Mafia III’s New Bordeaux

WEDNESDAY It’s after midnight on Wednesday morning, and I can’t sleep. In less than eight hours, I’ll be handing a controller to a member of the press to let her play Mafia III for the first time. And it won’t be just a fifteen minute glimpse, but 2.5 hours of gameplay that will take her down the busy streets and into the back alleys of New Bordeaux’s Downtown district as Lincoln Clay attempts to take over one of the mob’s lucrative rackets. It will all culminate in an assault on a sham construction site, followed by an attempt to kill the Mafia lieutenant running this part of the city, and finally a sitdown with Lincoln’s three underbosses, who are all vying for control of... Read more

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