Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft Studios’

Halo Wars 2 Coming From The Creative Assembly

Here’s an interesting one: Halo Wars 2, which is the sequel to original the Halo-centric RTS game that came to 360 systems in 2009, is coming to both Xbox One and Windows 10 next autumn.

The original Halo Wars was the final game from Age of Empires creators Ensemble Studios, but this sequel is being made by another lot of RTS veterans: Total War folks The Creative Assembly (with help from Halo caretakers 343 Industries). Microsoft today announced the game with a teaser trailer, which you can watch below.

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Killer Instinct On Win 10 With Cross-Platform Multiplayer

’90s fighting game Killer Instinct [official site] returned on Xbox One in 2013, through (I imagine) some combination of nostalgia and Microsoft wanting a fighting game series then realising they owned one through Rare. Now the monsters ‘n’ magic men punch ‘em up revival is headed towards PC for Windows 10.

“We don’t have any more to share at this time” said the terse announcement tweet. Okay then. A member of the dev team separately confirmed it’ll support cross-platform multiplayer. No one says whether it’ll be free-to-play, like it is on Xbox One, but I’d imagine so.

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Sea Of Thieves: Multiplayer Pirate Action From Rare

With Kinect now a thing of the past, Rare are free to make actual games again. They’re exercising this freedom by creating an online multiplayer pirate game called Sea Of Thieves [official site]. After the excellent Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag reminded me how much I love pirating, the idea of getting a full crew together and exploring the oceans is an appealing one. Especially since Sea Of Thieves has no qualms about being historically inaccurate. Which means krakens and ghost pirates.

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Cover Story: Gears Of War Ultimate Edition PC-Bound

There’s a new Gears of War game coming but if you want your regular fix of gruff flesh juggernauts on PC, you’ll have to make do with a re-release of the first game in the series. Gears of War: The Ultimate Edition [official site] is coming to PC but there’s no word of any other titles making their way across.

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Double Fine Recover Iron Brigade, Ditch GFWL

Like a video games company keen to own and preserve everything it makes, Double Fine have swooped in to snatch back 2012’s Iron Brigade [official site]. That simile’s perhaps unpoetic and unamusing. Could’ve said “a big protective bird” or tried a 50 Shades of Grey joke that didn’t work and was a good few years behind pop culture.

Anyway, the point is, Double Fine now own The Intellectual Property Formerly Known As Trenched and have started self-publishing it – taking over from Microsoft Studios. To celebrate this, they’ve put it on sale and ripped out the hateful Games for Windows – Live.

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State Of Decay’s Remastered Year One Edition Released

I realise it’s somewhat passĂ© to compare a game to Dark Souls but look, State of Decay [official site] really is reminding me of Dark Souls. No, no, this is nothing to do with difficulty or death or mystery or structure: it’s about revamp-o-rereleases.

Like Dark Souls II’s Scholar of the First Sin, State of Decay’s Year One Survival Edition is the base game and its DLC expanded and touched up a little for the new generation of consoles. Like SotFS, it comes to PC as a separate release rather than an upgrade. And like SotFS, it seems like a fine jumping-on point for new players but perhaps not worth buying again if you had the original.

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Age of Empires II Teases Upcoming Expansion, Camels

I think the cactus is either a bouncer or he does tech support

“But how many camel archers should I put in a screenshot to make it look like they’re an audience for another camel archer who is giving a rousing speech?”

Microsoft Studios – in announcing a new expansion for strategy game Age of Empires II – suggest that perhaps the answer is five.

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Fable Legends Will Be Free-To-Play

Chill out.

Oh! We never said what Fable Legends [official site] even is. Microsoft announced a PC version during their big Windows 10 announce-o-rama in January, but it became just another bullet point in a huge newsblast. So. While your typical Fable game is a sprawling open-world, story-driven RPG, Fable Legends is a multiplayer dungeon-crawling action-RPG where up to 4 players can band together in co-op against forces controlled by a villainous player (or AI in any of these roles). And, it was announced yesterday, it’ll be free-to-play.

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Halo There! Spartan Strike Announced

I realise it's meant to be about the struggle of the common man, but I prefer Master Chef: The Professionals myself.

“Everywhere I’m looking now / I’m surrounded by your embrace,” sang BeyoncĂ©. “Baby, I can see your Halo / You know you’re my saving grace.” The idea that one can fix and understood another’s intent is of course absurd, but I still can’t help but feel she’s referring to love rather than Microsoft’s mega-franchise. Halo is flipping everywhere, though. It’s going to be on PC a bit more too, though not in any substantial way.

Microsoft yesterday announced Halo: Spartan Strike, a follow-up to twin-stick shooter Spartan Assault. It’s got more things to shoot, and more things to shoot them with.

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Princess Metroidononoke: Ori And The Blind Forest

Prepare to cry.

Do you struggle to form tears within your eyes and release them from your body to express sorrow, joy, or other related emotions? Good news! A video game may help you. Moon Studios’ Metroidvania-y platformer Ori and the Blind Forest “is going to be one of those games that might make you cry,” publishers Microsoft say, “we can feel that much already.” Big deal; people cry at the John Lewis Christmas advert. Join in the chant: no more tears! No more tears!

The game does look jolly nice though, with a little forest spirit leaping about verdant glades. As well as Metroid and Castlevania and all those, it’s looking to Princess Mononoke and perhaps Rayman Legends and My Neighbor Totoro as influences.

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