Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft Studios’

Hayla, oh hayla shayla: Halo Wars 2 demo released

You’re read Wot Fraser Brown thinks of Halo Wars 2 [official site], right? That Creative Assembly’s real-time strategy game set in the world of John Torode-177, the Master Chef, is a bit weird as an RTS designed for a console but quite fun all the same? Something that might be worth a crack to see if you take a fancy to it. Don’t go spending £50 to find out (fifty quid!) as it now has a demo out on the Windows Store. For Windows 10 only, of course. Read the rest of this entry »

Gears of War launches cross-platform casual multiplayer

Cross-platform multiplayer has officially arrived in Gears of War 4 [official site], letting Xboners and Tenners square off against each other while also letting territorial babies reignite tedious arguments about who’s REALLY the baby. Right now, only the Versus ‘Social Quickplay’ playlist puts Xbone and Windows 10 players together, and it sounds like it’ll stay that way. Expanding the playerpool and letting folks play with their consolechums (or PCpals!) is good stuff. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s it’s a Spartan Blitz: Halo Wars 2 open beta live

Halo Wars 2 [official site], the RTS spin-off from Microsoft’s Xbox FPS, is now in open beta on Windows 10. Until January 30th, all Tenners can check out the multiplayer ‘Blitz’ mode for free. That’s nice, as Edwin Evans-Thirlwell says Blitz is one of the more interesting parts of Hwar so hey, good for us. Blitz is a team-based mode where, rather than building armies and bases, units and powers are doled out by cards from a deck you build. Yeah I’m up for that. Read the rest of this entry »

Sea of Thieves shows off more piratey co-op features

Microsoft may have stuck a dagger into each of the kidneys of Scalebound, cancelling it from future-existence, but at least they have neglected to murder upcoming co-operative pirate adventure Sea of Thieves [official site]. We’ve only today been reminded of the co-op hijinks by a new trailer showing some of the finer details that Rare are working into the game. There’s shovels, treasure maps, sea charts and steering wheels. Everything the growing pirate needs.
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Dragone: Platinum’s Scalebound cancelled

Scalebound [official site], the action-RPG about fighting monsters and riding dragons from Bayonetta devs Platinum, has been cancelled. Microsoft, Scalebound’s publishers, confirmed yesterday that they have cancelled the game but they didn’t give a reason. Rumour has it development was mighty troubled and behind schedule, but rumour also has it that I ♡ Gary Jones so don’t believe everything you read on toilet walls. Ah, Scalebound did look a bit iffy in demos but I had hoped that was just a quirk of E3 staging. Scalebound’s creative director, Hideki Kamiya, has been behind some real bangers so I’d hoped… never mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Age of Empires 2 HD: Rise of the Rajas expansion today

Here we are, almost in 2017, with official new expansions still coming out for a game from 1999. Age of Empires 2 HD [official site] today launches Rise of the Rajas, the third new expansion since the real-time strategy game was revamped and rereleased in 2013. Rise of the Rajas is off to Southeast Asia for historical warfare with four new civilisations, each with their own campaigns and so very many battle elephants. Read the rest of this entry »

Parpy Christmas: Forza Horizon 3’s icy expansion out

Discover the true meaning of Christmas in the heartwarming first Forza Horizon 3 [official site] expansion. Blizzard Mountain, released yesterday, tells the tale of a group of cars jostling for love and attention from Santy Claus, racing across ice and snow to prove they’re better than any reindeer. Racing through new icy lands, a lineup of new trucks and cars will come to realise that Santa loves them all and that they should stop competing. The final race ends with the cars round a fire glugging marshmallow-laden cocoa into their radiators. Perfect. I’m welling up just thinking about it. Read the rest of this entry »