Category Archives: ID@Xbox

TiX Teasers for 2018 – Deep Rock Galactic, Steel Rats and The Story Goes On

So, 2017 is nearing a close, all the big titles have been released, played (nearly) and most people have their GOTY lists pretty much decided. But in just a few weeks 2018 will be here, and it will usher along a whole new list of games all vying for your well earned cash to be spent on them. We know some of the titles on the way, but what of those smaller, high quality, indie titles? Well, here at TiX we will be keeping you informed of the new shiny stuff heading your way!

First off, from developer Ghost Ship Games is Deep Rock Galactic. This is a Dwarven mining co-op shooter (I have never written those words together before), that takes up to 4 players through perilous procedurally generated caves in search of valuable minerals for corporate overlords Deep Rock Galactic. Players take up arms as one of four classes of badass dwarven miners, each with their own invaluable set of skills. Published by Coffee Stain Publishing this will be released on Xbox Game Preview and Steam Early Access in Q1 2018.

Following closely behind those Dwarves we have Steel Rats. This a visceral and ground-breaking evolution of the 2.5D action arcade genre, fusing destructive, octane-fuelled motorbike combat and death-defying stunt gameplay, set in a visually stylised diesel punk world. Become one with your bike as you master the realistic physics based controls of these powerful and deadly vehicles. Steel Rats is developed and published by Tate Multimedia and is planned for release in the summer on PS, PS4 and Xbox One.

Last for now is The Story Goes On which is a dynamic puzzle, hack ‘n’ slash adventure set in the unfinished storybook of a crazed author. The game is truly adaptive in that it allows you to complete each challenge at your own pace, and includes a soundtrack that changes based on how you play in its randomly generated environments, offering each player their own unique experience. Developed by Scarecrow Arts and published by Kiss Publishing, The Story Goes On will be available on Xbox and PC in Q1 2018.

PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds will be 30fps on Xbox One

We are mere days from the long-awaited launch of PUBG on the Xbox One, and there has been a great deal of chatter on the internets about it’s performance, especially on the Xbox One X. However this week, the developer took to Twitter to confirm that the game will be locked at 30fps at launch. They also stated that they are exploring options to improve. But at this point it obviously runs more smoothly at 30, and will give the best experience for us console gamers!

Xbox Game Pass adds 7 new Titles to its Roster

Xbox Game Pass has this week added 7 new games to its already huuuge list of titles, taking the total amount of games to 119!

Added this week are;

  • Dead Island Definitive Edition
  • Resident Evil 6
  • F1 2015
  • The Flame in the Flood
  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
  • Bards Gold
  • Monaco – Whats Yours is Mine

For those of you unfamiliar with the scheme, you pay £7.99 a month and have full access to download and play all the games featured in Game Pass. With the likes of the Gears of War and Bioshock series, Halo 5 and Mad Max it is great value for money!

To check out Game Pass visit the website – http://www.xbox.com/en-gb/games/xbox-game-pass

Coma coming to Xbox in 2018

The ID@Xbox program continues to grow and add new and exciting games to the Xbox platform. Recently announced is Coma, which is developed by Jason Oda and a small team of freelancers.

COMA is an emotional action / adventure game developed by Jason Oda and a small team of freelancers.
You are in a Coma. In a dream, deep within your subconscious, you battle against the forces of darkness that softly lull you into giving in to death.
What are the sacred relics of your life? A handful of dirt from your home town? A pet that died long ago? The eyes of the one you love? Find and customize the treasures of your life and use them as weapons against the forces of death.
Battle to reconnect the synapses in your mind and unlock the mystery of what led you to this awful state.
COMA will be released in 2018. More details and an awesome trailer can be found on the official website – http://www.playcoma.com/

Playdead’s ex-CEO announces ‘Somerville’

One of the minds behind Limbo and Inside has announced the formation of a new Guildford based studio: Jumpship. Their debut project is Somerville, a “sci-fi action adventure” telling the stories of people caught up in the midst of a catastrophe spanning the entire planet.

Beyond that, we don’t know much else yet. Jumpship has shared an initial teaser trailer for the game and its moody, mysterious setting, underpinned by a composition from Virginia composer Lyndon Holland.

Director Chris Olsen had been working on the project since 2014 until subsequently collaborating with Dino Patti, the ex-CEO of Playdead who left the company last year.

Playdead, meanwhile, are currently hard at work on their next major project following the launch of Inside.

No word yet on platforms or a release schedule for Somerville, although the studio very much seems to be in the early stages of the game’s development. We’re intrigued to see more when they’re ready!

10tons announce “JYDGE” for Xbox One

10tons, the Finland based independent developer of roguelike “Neon Chrome” have today announced their new game, called JYDGE, which will be coming to Xbox later in 2017.

JYDGE is a top-down shooter where the player gets to build a cybernetic JYDGE and fight crime in the never-sleeping megacity of Edenbyrg. The customisation of the character, the Gavel rifle and the selection of companion drones greatly alters how the game is played, for example using drones more than your rifle will give a stealth game experience.

In addition to extensive customization, JYDGE features a large amount of missions and secondary challenges. For example, a level’s primary mission might be to deal with a gang of bank robbers. Secondary challenges might include rescuing all hostages, completing the level in less than 30 seconds, and completing the primary mission without being seen. Completing missions and secondary challenges awards medals, which in turn unlock new cybernetic enhancements, weapon modifications, special weapons, missions, and more.

“While Neon Chrome has been a great success for us, we quickly learned that procedurally generated levels and roguelike elements are not for everyone. We’ve built JYDGE specifically for people preferring a carefully hand-crafted yet highly customizable top-down shooter. We call this a roguehate game.”

said Tero Alatalo, CEO of 10tons.

For more details of JYDGE, take a look at the official game website – http://www.jydge.com/

The Culling comes to Xbox Game Preview

The Culling has been announced as coming to Xbox Game Preview on June 2nd 2017.  The game, by developer Xaviant, is part Running Man and part Hunger Games, with a nice “R Rated” sprinkling of Battle Royale thrown in.

In The Culling you’re dropped into a twisted game show inspired by the previously mentioned films. You and your fellow contestants have 25 minutes to scavenge, hunt, trap, and kill each other. There is a huge arsenal of tools at your disposal, from sledgehammers to sub-machine guns, from poison gas grenades to dynamite and chainsaws.

Unlike some competitive online games, you only get one shot at victory. There are no respawns. The Culling also offers a duo’s mode where you can team up with a friend to take down the enemies together.

The Culling contains customisable characters, items, player perks, personal airdrops, game show-themed match events, a robust crafting system, multiple maps, and much more. There are even modes for training and single player survivor!  With so many tools at your disposal, there are a million ways to play and no match is the same.

The Culling is a Game Preview title, which means the developer will be closely monitoring your feedback and improving the game as it nears the official release date.

ID@Xbox celebrates its 500th release

ID@Xbox hit a significant milestone last week by releasing their 500th title across Xbox and Windows 10, which happened to be City: Skylines.

We have always been big fans of the ID @ Xbox platform, giving developers large and small and easy way to get their games out on the Xbox. With more than 2000 studios having dev kits in hand, more than 1000 games currently in development, and Project Scorpio coming later this year, the future is bright for both the gaming community and ID@Xbox program.

The video below highlights some favourites, but we would love to know which games you have most enjoyed playing? Personally I was a huge fan of Superhot and Oxenfree when they came out and there is plenty to get excited about in the future.

Of course there is plenty of games to come out in the near future, including the Cuphead from StudioMDHR, Capybara’s Below, AURORA44’s Ashen, and Fullbright’s Tacoma.

10tons announce Time Recoil for Xbox

Time Recoil

10tons Ltd have been making games for a few years now. They have slowly but surely developed a definite style and have seemingly improved with every release. The developer behind Neon Chrome, Sparkle 2, Baseball Riot and King Oddball have revealed a new title, to be released through the ID@Xbox program, Time Recoil.

Time Recoil is a top-down twin stick shooter featuring slow motion gameplay. You are a member of the Recoilers. Your mission is to locate and kill Mr. Time, who controls a time-based weapon of mass-destruction and you will need to stop him in the past, or the future is over. To do this, you must use the wormhole at the rebel base to travel into the recent past. Along the way you’ll have various missions to complete, ranging from assassinations to rescuing scientists. Always expect the unexpected.

To aid you in your missions, you have a very special super power. You can slow down time by killing. Any subsequent kills will give you more time slowdown and will allow you to conduct unbelievable slow motion feats. Dash through walls to make them crumble, chalk up more kills in slowdown to grant special moves, with the more you gain, the more devastating the move. You can even combine slowdown and special moves to form a devastating chain.

Time Recoil is a story of rebellion and revenge. You are the last hope of a rebel organisation who wants to free the world from the grip of an evil mad scientist dictator. Charge your special move, start off with a simple dash and build it into a devastating psy-weapon to defeat Mr. Time.

If friendly competition is your thing, try the Speedrun mode and beat your friends into submission.

Time Recoil is scheduled to release on Xbox One in the summer of 2017.

Grab your Kinect and be an Air Guitar Warrior

Air Guitar Warrior

Virtual Air Guitar Company, an Indie studio in Finland, have announced that they will release what will be their 11th game, Air Guitar Warrior via the ID@Xbox program on Kinect for Xbox One. Strangely, this will be their first game to feature the air guitar play element.

Air Guitar Warrior is part music game, part scrolling shooter. Players will wield air guitars that double as weapons on a quest to find a legendary sword-guitar and challenge Heavy Metal Zeus at the very top of the Temple of the Rock Gods.

A full soundtrack has been specifically created for the game and players will control the rhythm and speed of the lead guitar directly. Musicians, Mika Tyyskä, Mr. Fastfinger and Samppa Siurala have been tasked to create the tunes in-game, throughout the 50 hand-painted levels. These range from post-apocalyptic ruins, to the pits of pandemonium. You traverse across the playing screen on one of 21 ‘vehicles’, including dinosaurs, sharks with frikkin’ lasers, tigers and jet-powered crocodiles. These also vary the gameplay as some of them will fly.

Use one of eight guitar weapons on all 13 of the gigantic bosses. These weapons each have five tactical firing modes to defeat your foes, with the goal to star in one of the 10 custom album covers at the end. The guitar responds to your playing style. Choose slow or fast, rhythm or lead, or bend backwards to trigger destructive rapid fire.

Founder and Lead Designer at Virtual Air Guitar Company, Aki Kanerva;

With Air Guitar Warrior, we wanted to really push the rock attitude. Air guitars that shoot fire, ice and lightning, dinosaur riding, flying flaming demon skulls. It’s going to melt your faces!

Jack Black would be so proud.

Air Guitar Warrior is looking to change rock history and melt your face, from the 29th of March, exclusively on Kinect for Xbox One, priced £14.99 / $19.99 / €18.99.