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Crackdown Returns on Xbox One

Microsoft took to the E3 2014 stage to announce that Crackdown is making a come back! When it was first released in 2007, the original “Crackdown” took the Xbox 360 by storm says Xbox Wire. Players all over the world spent countless hours running, driving, and leaping around Pacific City. Whether they were taking down gangs or collecting those sweet agility orbs, fans couldn’t get enough. Now, the groundbreaking, hyper-powered world of “Crackdown” is back in stunning fashion with an all-new “Crackdown” experience for Xbox One.

Developed by original creator Dave Jones, “Crackdown” on Xbox One will deliver unrivaled verticality, cooperative mayhem and destruction. Whether you’re playing the Campaign with friends or enjoying an entirely new competitive “Crackdown” experience powered by Xbox Live, you’ll never look at an open-world game the same way again. Best of all, “Crackdown” leverages Xbox Live to power a city which isn’t just an exciting place to play, but is a part of your destructive arsenal.

More details on Crackdown will be announced in the neat future.

Xbox E3 2014 Brief – Key Announcements

The Xbox E3 Media briefing kicked off at 5.30pm (after a pre-show) today with some of the most top titles and new announcements. If you watched the LIVE streams as it happened across many different devices and website’s – you too might have almost wet yourself with excitement!

The show opened with Phil Spencer on a smaller stage this year, with the purpose of showcasing the passion and creativity of gaming across the world to millions of viewers live from LA. Creators, publishers and gamers were thanked, “humbled and amazed” said Spencer when talking about how Xbox One gamers are shaping the future of Xbox, “we are better for it” – The entire briefing was dedicated to games to make Xbox One the best place to play games this generation.

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The first look at Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was displayed, showing a war torn futuristic environment and truly spectacular visuals. The game is under development from Sledgehammer Games and will be released November 4th 2014. All DLC will reach Xbox gamers first (confirmed). First impressions seemed very positive and this could be the Call of Duty we’ve been waiting for, for a long time – something on the scale of the original Modern Warfare. Imaginative, action-packed and intense. Noticeably drones appear like Kryl in the Gears of War franchise, swarming in large dangerous bursts of evil.

Turn 10 came on stage to state that almost a million gamers a week are gaming on Forza games. Confirmation that Nürburgring track was to be made available today for FREE on Forza 5. It is a motorsports complex around the village of Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany (google it for more info). The most important Top 10 Studio’s premiere was Horizon 2 with a full day & night cycle and dynamic weather in stunning 1080p. Drivatar has been evolved for the open world and dedicated servers will allow you to play instantly from September 30th 2014. Over 200 cars and open world freedom – Forza Horizon 2 looks every bit as amazing as you can imagine!

Trapper, Medic or Support… EVOLVE announced a Beta and DLC exclusive to Xbox On. Quite dramatically too that made the game look almost like Aliens, from the creators of left 4 Dead.

Assassin’s Creed: Unity was the first time you can join your own brotherhood with up to three friends on Xbox LIVE to define the Assassin’s Creed experience for next-gen gaming. Marquis De Bullion was the major character in stealth mode as he crept around various exquisite architecture. The game looks to be the most brutal and dramatic in the history of the franchise; better lighting, improved AI seemed prominent and 4 player split screen sword fights!

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Dragon Age Inquisition, with premiere content first on Xbox from October 7th 2014. The brief trailer showed the lighting effects and dramatic sequences of terror that prevails through-out the RPG. Looked quite something, but with just a minute or just over of scenes – it was a little hard to take in all the epicness at once. Looks to be one of the greatest RPG’s on Xbox One I reckon.

Ted Price from Insomniac Games came on stage to present the insane actions of Sunset Overdrive; to take control of an open world with the intention of saving Sunset City. It’s eccentric take on action and fighting through theme parks didn’t make this look the greatest game of the show tonight, due to appearing a little like the odd one out. It is definitely something different, something completely off the wall, but I wasn’t over impressed on the first impressions I had of the gameplay on show. Quirky and colourful, but maybe it’s campaign or 8 player multiplayer experience for looting will win me over on October 28th this year.

All new DLC for Dead Rising 3 is live as of now… it’s name is so long, you’re better off just looking on the marketplace for it. Turns the game into a Street Fighting experience on Xbox LIVE.

Disney Fantasia Music Evolved will be released this October from Harmonix. Dance Central Spotlight, with all new digital tracks smart technology to get new tracks into the game every week – the game will be released digitally on the marketplace this Fall.

Lionhead confirmed that Fable Legends is a place of magic, fairytale and myth to discover the stories and characters of Albion. Soon to be your home in the game; we was introduced to Stirling, a main character who along with Winter, Rook, and Inga (various heroes) you embark upon a whole new quest in a growing, evolving world. The natural world is ready to strike back which must be defeated, all things in Fable Legends appeared to have a serious attitude problem. Lionhead’s vision is to extend beyond multiplayer with an innovative, dramatic mode – in Fable Legends you can be the villain player to control the world from above like a malevolent God. Every challenge is orchestrated by the villain – it’s your job to do the worst with your evil powers. The outcome of adventures depends on the cunning villain or the teamwork of the heroes!

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343i came on stage to discuss Halo – Whilst Halo 5 is about Master Chief’s journey; his history and past – the game was confirmed for a 2015 released. In the build up, 343i are retelling the launch of Halo history with November 11th confirmed as the start as Master chief returns in Halo Master Chief collection having all 4 main games included on one disc with a single unified user interface. Halo 2 Anniversary HD will ship with the games original multiplayer and will run at 1080p 60fps on dedicated servers with 4000 Gamerscore across the whole disc. Included in the collection is Halo Nightfall, a live action series from Ridley Scott that will lead right up to Halo 5: Guardians. Last but not least, this december will launch a Halo 5: Guardians Beta to celebrate the Arena legacy with new game modes and features that can only be obtained in the collection disc. The entire Master chief story will be available on Xbox One this holiday and have been re-touched for Xbox One.

Phil Spencer also briefly showed for the 2015 line-up: INSIDE ( a new title from Playdead ) it looked very much like Limbo, but next-gen! Dark and chilling with various ways to escape danger. ID@Xbox came on stage to talk more about the indie scene on Xbox One with a look a fraction of hundreds of new games on the way. Showing just brief clips, it was hard to pick out a favourite…

Rise of the Tomb Raider – Lara Croft is all set to return to Xbox One in a whole new and great outing that looks every bit as deep psychologically as it is going underground to find lost treasure. Not a great deal was shown, but the brief teaser was enough to wet my pants and appetite. One of the best games of the xbox 360 of all time (in the eyes of thisisxbox) my excitement for the next game in the franchise is nothing short of off the scale!

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The Witcher 3 was played on stage from Projekt Red and looked like a brighter, more graphically enhanced and vivid Witcher 2. It wasn’t all that exciting or thrilling and appeared like something we already played before. As I hold the Witcher 2 as my all time favourite RPG to date, I still have very high hopes for this release next year.

Phantom Dust has been brought back from the dead and will be released only on Xbox One. For those who remember the original, the latest adventure appeared to be a battle of power on screen. The original was a 3rd person card based fantasy title that brought the action to life vividly in on-screen battles.

Game Director, Ryan Barnard presented more information on Tom Clancy’s The Division – showing further gameplay and areas overrun by hostile factions. New content will be released first on Xbox One. The Division is an upcoming third-person tactical shooter action role-playing video game developed by a handful of Ubisoft studio’s and will be released during 2015. A definite appeal for Ghost Recon fans as The Division appeared like a modernised futuristic version.

Platinum Games announced their Xbox One exclusive creation ScaleBound – filled with dragons and action, it all seemed very exciting.

David Jones and Phil Spencer came on stage towards the end of the show to announce the return of one of the Xbox 360’s finest games – Crackdown! The new Xbox One exclusive Crackdown wasn’t dated, but its over-long illustrious trailer showed it to be coming back as one hell of a title just as great as the original.

…and then it ended!

New Mad Catz Xbox One Range

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Mad Catz has announced today a new range of licensed audio headsets for Xbox One under the TRITTON gaming audio brand. Each headset in the range has been designed to deliver exceptional audio quality specifically tuned to the needs of the gamer.

Headsets launching include:

TRITTON Kunai – Stereo Gaming Headset
Designed for extreme comfort and extended gaming sessions, Kunai comes to Xbox One with superior stereo audio, high-quality build and an eye-catching design. Kunai is also compatible with MP3 players and a wide variety of audio devices.

TRITTON Kama – Stereo Gaming Headset
A fully featured stereo headset featuring in-line audio controls and precision-balanced 40mm speakers. Kama is also compatible with MP3 players and a wide variety of audio devices

TRITTON Kaiken – Mono Chat Headset
An ideal upgrade to the communicator found in pack, Kaiken can be worn on the left or right ear and features in-line controls for volume and chat.

Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, said, “We are excited to introduce our range of professional gaming audio headsets to the Xbox One platform. We believe the range continues to build upon our strong TRITTON brand and provides quality audio, particularly for multiplayer communication, that is desired by the passionate gamer. With audio accounting for nearly 50% of our net sales, we expect the range to make a significant contribution to growth and profitability in fiscal 2015.”

Dying Light – E3 2014 Trailer

One of the most anticipated next-generation games, in development by Techland, unveils some of its secrets in the latest trailer. The video is also a confirmation that Dying Light will be present at E3 2014 in Los Angeles.

Among other exciting features, the newest trailer of Dying Light demonstrates the system of Natural Movement. This feature, designed internally by Techland, not only lets players move around the whole environment of the game easily and intuitively but also combine parkour-style movement with brutal combat. It will be further explained and showcased during the prestigious E3 2014 expo, which takes place on June 10-12 in Los Angeles

Battlefield: Hardline Outed By EA Slip-Up

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Rumours were previously pointing at a police themed Battlefield currently in development from February 2014, and after todays fresh leaks courtesy of EA themselves via their Battlelog it looks set to be named, Battlefield: Hardline. Internally the next Battlefield is code-named Havana and is in development from Visceral Games who are best known for the Dead Space franchise.

Both a logo and a set of icons for Battlefield: Hardline were discovered on EA servers this afternoon (and have since been taken down). It is also known that four soldier classes (Enforcer, Mechanic, Operator, Professional), along with references to a map named (“MP_Downtown”) for use in the game’s upcoming Beta were detailed. Identifiable gameplay modes have been revealed as Blood Money, Bomb Squad and Carrier Assault.

Awards for Battlefield: Hardline were tweeted by @BFDaily as shown below

EA could reveal more details for Battlefield: Hardline at E3 2014 next month, or alternatively since the slip-up could announce something imminently. Either way we’ll keep you posted when more details surface.

Thanks: Eurogamer

E3 2014 – Predictions for Next Months Show

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E3 2014 is now just a mere few weeks away, with both Microsoft and EA confirming their schedules from June 9th 2014 onwards there are some obvious choices at this years show we can expect to see, but what about the surprises?

It goes without saying that Microsoft will throw one of the biggest franchises in your face this year with a multiplayer reveal for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – the new futuristic based first person shooter from Sledgehammer Games. Not only is this the first Call of Duty to have a three year development cycle, but it could just be the biggest thing since the original Modern Warfare! Next-gen console receives next-gen shooter, as the game has been developed for next-gen consoles with another developer taking the reigns on Xbox 360 and PS3. It will be another obvious self-praising procedure to remind everyone that DLC will be released first on Xbox One and Xbox 360 yet again!

Halo – this seems to be a little dark horse that has managed to keep all information about exactly what is being developed under wraps. Nice to see no leaks pouring online about story, multiplayer maps or anything else tied to the new Halo game for Xbox One. Although we will call this Halo 5, I am more inclined to believe that Halo on Xbox One will be stripped of the 5. It might even be just called Halo, or rather entertaining if it was Halo One! Aside from the game itself expect some coverage on new TV action series, movies or documentaries – or even some other crap that might have had millions spent on it you may only watch just the once!

A much larger focus on indies this year because at some point in your subscription some pile of shit game that was rushed out using the UNITY engine will be free as part of Games for Gold on Xbox One whenever that is set to officially roll out? Better interaction or new features for Xbox LIVE on mobiles and tablet devices could be on the cards – imagine that wherever you were able to access Xbox LIVE, that you were also able to access the apps on it too? Maybe, maybe not.

Microsoft could announce a new cheaper Xbox One console, a bundle that ships without Kinect and with a smaller HDD. On the flip side some external storage could be sold separately or a new Xbox One with an even bigger HDD than you could possibly imagine. Fancy a whole 5TB drive in that shiny dust magnet? Other off the wall ideas could see Microsoft surprise the world with an even smaller Xbox 360. Something disc-drive-less, tiny that will allow you to extend your LIVE experience on to more TV’s. An Xbox AB?

Future improvements to the lack-lustre awful Xbox One UI could be announced. A serious overhaul is needed and STILL where is voice messaging support. A feature for Xbox 360 on its day one launch completely omitted for next-gen with no update from Microsoft to confirm if it will ever return. Are we all banished to the naughty step of Skype?

Why not share your E3 2014 thoughts or predictions in the comments below – and look out for our coverage in the coming weeks.

Activision to Spend $500 Million on Destiny

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It has been reported that Activision intends to spend 500 million US dollars on development and marketing costs for their newest IP from Bungie, Destiny. Activision CEO, Bobby Kotick had revealed the number during the Milken conference in Los Angeles last week where the high budget includes expenses for marketing, packaging, infrastructure support, royalties and other associated costs.

Activision signed a 10-year contract with Bungie in 2010 for worldwide distribution rights and control over the development, the IP was rather oddly unveiled during a lawsuit between Activision and ex Infinity Ward heads in 2012.

“If you’re making a $500 million bet you can’t take that chance with someone else’s IP,” Activision CEO told the Milken conference. “The stakes for us are getting bigger.”

“Destiny” is a cross between a traditional shooting game format and a role-playing game in which gamers play characters in a real-time online world. The title allows gamers to play “Guardians” who protect the last city standing on a post-apocalyptic Earth.

Analysts said $500 million would likely be a record spent on a single game – especially one without an established track record. To break even, Activision would have to sell about 15 million to 16 million units of a $60 game, analysts said. “It’s a head scratcher, said Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia. “For brand new IP, it’s tough but it could post a big surprise.”

More on Destiny is expected to be revealed during E3 2014 this June.

Source: Reuters

Xbox Head Phil Spencer Teases E3 2014 Plans

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Phil Spencer, the new head of Xbox and the twitter user with a classic Xbox logo (so outdated) has taken to twitter to respond to questions about this years E3 2014 conference in LA.

“I feel like what we will show this year is stuff we are committed to, from top studios, for this year and future,” Spencer said via twitter. It seems gamers’ are in for a treat this month as according to Spencer, “you’ll get a couple things before” the show. He promises that May will be a “good month for news,”!

Microsoft’s E3 2014 announcements are said to consist of “both new IP and new sequels,” and some surprises from new studio’s the company are working with. The main focus is said to be around the ‘hardcore gamer,’ and that we’ll even see some Japanese Xbox One games at the show because Spencer teased “you won’t have to wait until TGS” to see them.

It’s likely both Halo and Call of Duty will take the main stage for top franchises on the Xbox One console with teasers possibly relating to the next Gears of War which is currently in development from Black Tusk Studio’s.

We’ll keep you updated with all E3 2014 news as it comes in, or around the net!

Thanks Gematsu via Phil Spencer

Halo on Xbox One Set For All-New Multiplayer Modes?

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343 Industries, the new realm behind the Halo Universe whilst original creators Bungie are hard at work on their new IP Destiny, has revealed some interesting multiplayer plans in a job listing. The development team behind Halo 4 are looking for a dynamic and experienced Senior Multiplayer Designer for implementing the execution of features for multiplayer.

At 343 Industries, the competitive multiplayer team designs, implements, and executes on the player-versus-player experience which includes all of the game modes, map feedback, moment-to-moment gameplay balancing, and cross-team collaboration. The job listing confirming all new modes is given below:

We are looking for an experienced designer to support and develop the Halo competitive multiplayer experience. Responsibilities include balancing and tuning existing competitive experiences, creating, developing, and delivering all new Halo MP game modes. As a member of the competitive multiplayer design team, you will help shape the future of the Halo franchise. Candidates should understand how to work effortlessly across the studio with various design, and development teams to make sure 343 Industries aligns to deliver on a quality AAA user experience. This is your chance to join one of the most talented teams in the industry!

It is most likely that the new Halo game will be shown at E3 2014 next month. Can hardly believe it is just a month away now! Previous rumours suggested that a Halo 2: Anniversary Edition will be released on both Xbox 360 and more visually enhanced on Xbox One this year, pushing what could be Halo 5 into 2015 territory!

As soon as official announcements are in, we’ll keep you posted.

Thanks: DualShockers via Microsoft

Eden Falls – Sex, Drugs and Violence Based RPG for Xbox One?

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Microsoft has filed a Trademark for Eden Falls, with the classifications that it will be an online based computer game for entertainment services. What is more interesting is that Eden Falls is the name of a game already in development by Finnish studio’s Brimstone Interactive who confirmed previously via their blog that a HD PC version of their game would be released after the game has hit mobile devices.

With Microsoft’s latest Trademark application this could indicate that Microsoft Studio’s has picked up the publishing rights to Eden Falls and the game could be released on Windows Phone, Windows 8 PC and Xbox One later this year.

Eden Falls is described as a mature single player RPG that will deal with some heavy topics targeted towards a mature, adult audience. Sex, drugs and violence will all play their part through-out the story. It is an episodic 5 part game due for release Fall 2014 as confirmed by the Eden Falls blog.

Microsoft has issued nothing official on this, but more information could surface at E3 2014 this June. We’ll keep you posted.

Thanks: NeoGaf