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5:15 PM on 03.27.2014

A Halo game is headed to Steam next week, but it's Spartan Assault

How desperate does Microsoft think we are to play anything Halo on Steam? We'll see if the company's decision to bring Halo: Spartan Assault to the platform next week pays off, I suppose. This overhead dual-stick shooter will...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 03.27.2014

Iron Galaxy Studios is taking over Killer Instinct

Microsoft Studios needed to find a new development partner to work on Killer Instinct after Amazon went and acquired Double Helix Games, and its selection has turned out to be spot on. Divekick and Street Fighter III 3rd Str...

Jordan Devore





6:00 PM on 03.21.2014

Microsoft has a 'renewed focus' on PC gaming

Microsoft hasn't given up on PC gaming -- that's what Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer believes, anyway. "A renewed focus on Windows and PC gaming inside Microsoft is definitely happening," he said thi...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 02.28.2014

Age of Mythology: Extended Edition teased for Steam

Even before Age of Empires and its sequel made it to Steam, I had been longing for Age of Mythology to see a release on Steam, or GOG.com, or anywhere. I know you feel me. A developer stream on Twitch has hinted at Age of Myt...

Jordan Devore



Forza 5 gets free Road America track today photo
Forza 5 gets free Road America track today
by Jordan Devore

It's a pleasant sight indeed to see "Forza Motorsport 5 DLC" and "free" in the same sentence.

The game, which one in three Xbox One owners have picked up, according to Microsoft, is getting a free track based on Road America today. Beyond the usual, this Wisconsin course presents four alternate ribbons "that will test the limits of each and every player."

Forza 5 Season Pass owners are getting a little something extra in the form of the five-car Road America Booster Pack, also out today. It includes the 2006 #2 Audi Sport North America R8, 1995 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1, 1968 Ferrari 365 GTB/4, 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1, and the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series.

Forza Motorsport 5 Free Road America Track Add-On Now Available [Xbox]

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7:00 PM on 02.11.2014

State of Decay's next DLC for PC and Xbox 360 is Lifeline

Undead Labs is locked in with Microsoft Studios now that it has signed a multi-year, multi-title agreement with the publisher, but in the more immediate future, there's more DLC on the way for State of Decay. This second expa...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 02.06.2014

Microsoft to find a new dev partner for Killer Instinct

Amazon's purchase of Killer Instinct developer Double Helix Games as part of its "ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers" came out of nowhere. We know the company is getting into gaming, sure, but Double H...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 01.31.2014

ArenaNet co-founder joins State of Decay developer

There was a strong desire for the concepts found in Undead Labs' zombie survival game State of Decay to appear in a full-blown multiplayer game and that sentiment isn't going away anytime soon, I don't think. While no new ann...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 01.29.2014

New Gears of War is just a week into development

Microsoft has acquired the rights to Gears of War from Epic Games and tasked Black Tusk Studios with development of the next installment. The time frame of this deal hasn't been made clear, leaving lots of room for speculatio...

Jordan Devore

5:15 PM on 01.28.2014

Microsoft's working on something similar to 1 vs 100

One of the most well-received experiments of the Xbox 360 era was the interactive adaption of popular gameshow 1 vs. 100. The social trivia experience is fondly remembered by most, and fans have expressed their interest in it...

Brett Makedonski

6:00 PM on 01.27.2014

Black Tusk is focusing on Gears over its original IP

Black Tusk Studios sounded familiar when the news about Microsoft's acquisition of Gears of War broke this morning. At E3 2013, the team showed off an untitled new IP during Microsoft's press conference. If that doesn't ring...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 01.10.2014

Undead Labs signs multi-title agreement with Microsoft

After releasing State of Decay for Xbox 360 and PC, Undead Labs has decided to commit to Microsoft Studios -- the studio has signed a multi-year, multi-title agreement. "We'll be able to share details later this year, but as ...

Jordan Devore

5:45 PM on 01.09.2014

Ex-Destiny writer Joe Staten returns to Microsoft

Microsoft studio manager Mike Ybarra has announced that Joe Staten is back at Microsoft Studios. Joe was formerly with Bungie where he worked on Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 3: ODST. He also wrote Halo: Cont...

Hamza CTZ Aziz







Sabrewulf is the next free Killer Instinct character photo
Sabrewulf is the next free Killer Instinct character
by Jordan Devore

Killer Instinct has swapped out its first free playable character as of a new 675MB update. Since launch in November, Jago has been freely available to test out. Now, it's Sabrewulf.

The full list of patch notes from developer Double Helix can be viewed at the link below. There's balancing and general improvements, like a forced pause when player two's controller is removed and the display of rank-up/rank-down notifications for both players at the start of a match.

As someone who hasn't been playing the game and can't comment on specific gameplay tweaks with any real confidence, I will say it's nice to see those nasty "Chosen One" Achievements reduced. Previously, players needed to 2,000 matches completed with each character. That number is now a more sane 200 wins, which should be great news for completionists.

KILLER INSTINCT 1/2/2014 Update w. Dev Notes [Double Helix Games via OXM]

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12:15 PM on 12.19.2013

Xbox One gets Max: The Curse of Brotherhood tomorrow

The more I think back to what I've played of Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, the more I want to try the platformer again. To best it. The game was unexpectedly challenging in a good way. It's getting something of a surprise re...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 12.18.2013

Marvel characters are coming to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Ed.

I don't know that I fully grasp the appeal of premium skins in Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, but I was never one to buy crap for my Avatar, either, so I'm clearly not the intended audience. If I were, however, these characters...

Jordan Devore