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Bungie Cuts Loose Halo And Destiny Composer Marty O’Donnell

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Bungie has severed ties with Marty O’Donnell, well known for creating the iconic sounds within the Halo franchise. Having worked on the sound track for Bungie’s newest shooter ‘Destiny’ alongside Sir Paul McCartney, it is not known to thisisxbox if O’Donnell was asked to discontinue his work or that all tracks have now been completed.

I'm saddened to say that Bungie's board of directors terminated me without cause on April 11, 2014.

— Marty O'Donnell (@MartyTheElder) April 16, 2014

Bungie released the following:

For more than a decade, Marty O’Donnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans. Today, as friends, we say goodbye. We know that wherever his journey takes him, he will always have a bright and hopeful future. We wish him luck in all his future endeavors.

Destiny is scheduled for release on September 9th 2014

Square-Enix Trademarks Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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Square Enix Europe has filed a word trademark for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided under the computer software, video-game software and online computer games services. This is an obvious assumption the next title in the Deus Ex series will be Mankind Divided with online multiplayer functionality.

The trademark was spotted by eagle-eyed NeoGaf members and can be viewed in more detail on the OHIM website although nothing specific about the game or it’s story can be sourced from the information given. If you cast your memory back to October 2013 – you may recall that Deus Ex Universe was announced and confirmed for Xbox One by Studio Head David Anfossi:

For now, I hope you are excited about the future of this game that we love so much. Deus Ex is coming to next-gen, it’s early so don’t expect to hear much more from us just yet, but I wanted you to know.

It would seem likely that Mankind Divided fits into the Universe and I wouldn’t expect a lot more information about the game just yet. With E3 2014 now just a mere few months away (I know where has the time gone?) I would start thinking about the reveal around May/June this year.

Via NeoGaf

The Art Of Castlevania Lords Of Shadow Hardback Review

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Martin Robinson, an award winning journalist and features editor for Eurogamer is back with another entertaining and insightful hardback having previously published ‘Halo: The Art of Building Worlds’ and ‘The Art of Deadspace’ through Titan Books – his latest release is ‘The Art of Castlevania Lords of Shadow’, and it coincided with the retail availability of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 .

The Art of Castlevania Lords of shadow will take readers on a journey into the art production of both the original Lords of Shadow and the sequel, Lords of Shadow 2. Featuring a stunning display of concept art with detailed creator commentary through-out you will have a comprehensive insight into the fantasy world and the minds of the creators behind the popular Konami franchise. The book offers and exclusive look at Gabriel Belmont, the evolution of a legend and how Hideo Kojima helped influence the final design model during Lords of Shadow’s inception to reflect the tragedy that consumed Gabriel’s heart and the emotion that informed his story. As the main protagonist, within the art book it also details the struggles that the design team faced as they aimed to recreate one of the biggest characters for the rebooted franchise taking him from an initially planned barbarian figure to a dark and disturbing Dracula with a sombre disposition.

Further reading will inform you into the thoughts of the well-known Scottish actor, Robert Carlyle who takes on the voice acting of Gabriel and Dracula and how he even helped change the direction of the first ever trailer for Lords of Shadow. If you are a fan of the Castlevania franchise, then The Art of Castlevania » Continue Reading.

ID@Xbox Games Preview

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Microsoft has released a new video showcasing five games headed to Xbox One as part of their ID@Xbox programme. The five games featured in the following video are:

    Super Time Force by Capybara Games – An action platformer in which the player controls numerous characters in different time periods. By recording their actions, characters can team up through time to take on large enemies. Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut by Born Ready Games – An enhanced version of the space combat game already available on Steam. Part first-person space sim, part third-person space mech action game. It Draws A Red Box by Other Ocean - An eight-player cross between Super Smash Bros, Bomberman and Towerfall. Spectra: 8bit Racing by Gateway Interactive - A retro-inspired racing game where tracks are generated by music from chiptune artist Chipzel. Fru by Through Games - An interesting platformer in which the player’s silhouette, tracked with Kinect, is used to expose a second parallel world.

During GDC 2014 in San Francisco Games Director at ID@Xbox; Chris Charla announced a full 25 titles as well as having the following to say;

Since we first announced the program in August, we’ve been working closely with developers to bring a diverse array of independent games to Xbox One. Our goal is to make the process as easy as possible so developers can focus on what matters most: creating the games you’re beginning to see today!.

To see the full list of titles that were showcased and discussed at GDC head on over to Xbox Wire.

Unreal Engine @ GDC 2014

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Epic Games took their industry leading game engine; Unreal Engine, to this years Games Developer Conference to show off a few a things.

The following video highlights of some of the awesome games built with Unreal Engine technology through 2013 and into 2014 with many familiar games showcased:

The second video we have to share features Epic’s Zak Parrish walking us through some of Unreal Engine 4′s popular features, such as the new material system, Blueprints, VFX and level building.

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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Official gameplay trailer for EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1nx6SDj

‘The World Is Ours’ by David Correy is the official Coca-Cola anthem of their World Cup 2014 campaign.

Launches in North America on April 15, 2014, Europe on April 17, 2014.

 

Titanfall UK Launch Party

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It was finally almost here. Titanfall was released in the UK and Europe today and Microsoft decided to throw a launch party as the hours counted down to midnight as thousands of Xbox gamers queued up to collect Titanfall for the Xbox One. TiX was kindly invited to attend and share in the celebration as Hammond Robotics hosted the event which saw the best and brightest in the video games industry playing Titanfall alongside a whole smorgasbord of celebrity names.

To kick off the event, Hammond Robotics welcomed us to the party and kindly directed us to where we could find refreshments in terms of the bar and the burrito food van outside, which was very….very popular by all during the night. Of course next to the main highlight of the Titanfall release itself, before hand some bragging rights would have to be decided as Xbox UK’s very own Graeme Boyd aka Aceybongos was set to do battle against EA UK’s very own Dan Sheridan aka EA_Action Man, in which was titled so perfectly as #Titanbrawl.

 

This was a climatic battle where Team Acey would take on Team Action Man in 6 Vs 6 Titanfall mayhem and carnage with the bragging rights forever belonging to the winning team. With Graeme still reeling from the loss to Xbox US’ Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb with Battlefield 4, you could see in his eyes that he meant business. Titanbrawl also put to good use the new improved Twitch App on Xbox One, as both Graeme and Dan streamed their teams during the battle for those watching the action from home. The party was fixed on the war as Titans clashed with Titans and Pilots free ran across maps looking for that » Continue Reading.

Michel Ancel And His Team To Stream Rayman Legends On Twitch.tv

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On Friday, March 14th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Michel Ancel and other members of the development team that created Rayman Legends, the Award-Winning Platformer, will play live from Montpellier (France) on twitch.tv on the Ubisoft channel. For 2 hours, they will explore each world, the Invasion mode and compete on the Kung Foot mode. Michel Ancel and his team will take this opportunity to answer live questions from fans.

Rayman Legends on Xbox One scored 90% from ThisisXbox.com:

Could anything be more fun than just wallowing in a fantasy land that will remind you of everything the older consoles had to offer for gamers? Rayman Legends is not just a modern platformer; the gameplay feels as good as your childhood platforming memories with collectables, elements of trial and error, fun and bright chapters that offer an equal amount of danger with a plentiful amount of frustrating moments to give you the urge not to be beat. Platformers do not usually require a great amount of skill, but instead it’s about timing your moves carefully and always waiting for the right moment to strike. Just like other Rayman titles, in the latest game you are still faced with moving ledges, timing your jumps, sprinting when required, a selection of random enemies scattered throughout the chapters and the objective of freeing Teensies from capture and additionally collecting the Lums.

Remember to bookmark the Ubisoft Channel on twitch.tv: http://www.twitch.tv/ubisoft

Call Of Duty Teams From Europe Battle It Out For A Shot At $1million Prize

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The best Call of Duty players from across Europe are descending on London this weekend to battle it out in the finals of the Call of Duty European Championships. Twenty-Six teams from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and the rest of Europe will go head-to-head for a chance to represent their country at the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox being held from 28th March to 30th March in Los Angeles for a share of the tournament’s $1 million total prize purse.

Hosted by Activision Publishing in partnership with Gfinity, the Call of Duty European Championships will take place from 1st March to 2nd March in one of England’s most iconic sporting venues, Twickenham Stadium, where teams will compete for a €15,000 prize pot in the Twickenham Live Room. The top eight teams will then qualify for the global Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox – the first competitive prize tournament to be held on Xbox One at the end of March in Los Angeles.

Over the last month, more than 500 teams across Europe competed for a spot in London this weekend. Eight UK teams qualified and will face-off against each other, with the top four teams heading to California for the global Call of Duty Championship.

Follow your favourite team(s) in London and watch the action live and exclusively at MLG.tv as they compete for the ultimate prize in eSports.

Win An Xbox One With YouthSpark

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Today Microsoft announced that the YouthSpark Challenge for Change is back for another year. The YouthSpark Challenge for Change is a contest for young people who have creativity and passion and want to do some good and “spark” change in their communities or the world around them. Starting today and running through March 5th, people ages 18-25 can submit their next general big ideas by clicking here.

By entering the contest, you’ll have a chance to win some incredible prizes like travel experience to the Amazon in South America and the latest and great Microsoft products such as a Surface 2, Windows Phone, and of course our favourite, an Xbox One. I suggest reading up on last year’s winners as people came up with some pretty amazing ideas! And check out the following video on what last year’s winners are up to now:

So go on, what are you waiting for? Get your entries in!