Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft Studios’

Comcept’s ReCore Coming To Windows 10 Too

Keija Inafune and his studio Comcept are working away on their own Mega Man ‘em up Mighty No. 9, we’ve mentioned plenty, but so far we’ve overlooked their action-adventure-ish sort of a mystery robot-friend game… thing ReCore [official site]. That’s because, until today, it had only been lined up for an Xbox One release. Publishers Microsoft have quietly revealed that it’s coming to PC too, though it will require Windows 10. The game’s a bit of a mystery so, er, here’s a cinematic trailer showing a scavenger and her dog-shaped robot buddy:

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How A Mod Team Helped Age Of Empires 2 Thrive

Scant few games stand the test of time and retain a large active player base sixteen years after release. But not only has Age of Empires II endured, it has thrived. It’s gained new steam thanks in part to an official high-definition re-release but mostly due to the ragtag group of modders-turned-developers who made that release possible. Forgotten Empires filled the game with new stuff and rebalanced the multiplayer in one enormous mod and then two HD expansions: The Forgotten and the recently-released African Kingdoms. I spoke to the team to find out about the challenges of transitioning from mod team to professional development studio, and of continuing to expand a game within its ancient limits.

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Gears Of War Remake & Killer Instinct Coming Soon-ish

Remember when Windows 10 was coming up and Microsoft were all excited about PC gaming again and announced they were bringing the Gears of War remake and new Killer Instinct to PC? And how they didn’t have much to say about the ports then in June, and haven’t had much more to say about them since? Oh Ian Microsoft, you and your fickle love! Love us, Ian. Why don’t you love us? Ian, please. But wait! One of Ian’s mates has now said we should probably expect them early-ish in 2016.

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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 passé 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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