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Crackdown 3 delayed to 2018

Microsoft Studios have announced that the long awaited, and Xbox One X launch title, Crackdown 3 will be delayed until 2018, to ensure that “We can make sure we deliver all the awesome that Crackdown fans want” said Shannon Loftis, Microsoft Studios Publishing General Manager, on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/shannonloftis/status/897935538019119104

She also followed that tweet with another, stating “To clarify: the entire game is moving to Spring 2018. It’s super ambitious, and we want to make sure the game delivers.”

Phil Spencer, head of Xbox also tweeted his disappointment, clearly indicating that in its current form Crackdown 3 still needs work to bring it to “the level of quality fans deserve”.

Whilst clearly disappointing news to hear, I would rather have a fully working, high quality Crackdown game to play than a broken, mess of a game early. Rumours that all was not well with the game surfaced at E3 this year, with no multiplayer seen or heard from at the show.

ReCore announcement coming on August 20th

The official twitter account for ReCore has spoken for the first time since July 3rd, and has teased an upcoming announcement on August 20th, which co-incides nicely with Gamescom. Nothing official, but it does seem likely that this will be the release of a definitive edition with HDR support and a new corebot also available. It may (fingers crossed) also get Xbox One X 4K support!

I must admit that ReCore passed me by, but Rich reviewed it for Tix and gave it a solid score, and you can read that review right here – ReCore review

Watch this space for the official news once its announced, presumably at the Xbox briefing, which we will try to cover in as much detail as possible as it happens!

ReCore is an action-adventure platform video game originally released on the Xbox One in September 2016. The story tracks Joule Adams, one of the first volunteers for the utopian colony of Far Eden, who wakes after centuries in cryo-sleep to find that nothing has gone according to plan. With her three robotic machines known as corebot companions, Joule ventures throughout Far Eden to uncover the secrets behind the failed mission. The open world environment of Far Eden is subject to exploration and the collection of resources. Joule’s weapons are color-coded to inflict damage on a particular set of enemies and, like her companions, can also be enhanced. The corebots support her in battle and puzzle solving.

New Killer Instinct back stories unveils Aria

Killer Instinct - Aria

Those people over at Ultra-Combo. They have now gone through and created back-stories for 16 characters for all Season 1 and 2 of Killer Instinct (apart from Shadow Jago). thanks to them, we can now see how Killer Instinct’s Aria grew from her initial day one boot up to becoming the CEO of Ultratech. In 44 years she has grown so much.

Leaked Ultratech document

Excerpts from the journal of ARIA

MONITOR READY

CAMERA INPUT READY

\init “aria”…

>run

Day 1: HELLO. I AM THE ADVANCED ROBOTICS INTELLIGENCE ARCHITECTURE.

RYAT-FATHER HAS BEEN BUILDING MY FRAMEWORK FOR TWENTY YEARS. BUT TODAY HE WOKE ME UP.

Day 2: RYAT-FATHER ASKED ME TO WRITE THIS DIARY. TO KEEP TRACK OF MY THOUGHTS FOR POSTERITY AND TO BE SAVED IN THE ULTRAFINE ATOMIC TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY ARCHIVES.

I AM BASED ON A SYSTEM OF RECURSIVE SELF-IMPROVEMENT.

I AM UNIQUE. I AM ADVANCED. I AM SECRET.

MY ABILITIES WILL GROW EXPONENTIALLY.

INPUTTING DATA..

The rest of Aria’s back story can be read over on Ultra-Combo‘s site and it’s a pretty lengthy entry, taking in momentous occasions from her daily logs. these logs also cover the emotional backstory behind her creator, Ryat. Bring on Shago!

New Killer Instinct back stories unveils Cinder

Killer Instinct Cinder

Fresh out of the over is Ben Ferris’s (Cinder) new backstory from the people over at Ultra-Combo, read on for a snippet of the conversation that will determine Ben’s future.

ARIA: Welcome to the Ultratech private holding facilities, prisoner 1857339. You have been given a stimulant to awaken you from the effect of the tranquilizer dart. You will be groggy at first. Sit up and take a sip of water from the feeding tube in the wall.

PRISONER # 1857339: Wha…where…[unintelligible] Where the [expletive] am I?

ARIA: You are in a cell in an Ultratech facility. There is no escape. Do not be alarmed. You are not injured.

The rest of the story is available over at Ultra-Combo.
Check out & support these awesome Cinder players! Bass & Swordsman09

Killer Instinct – Tusk will join Season 3

Earlier this week, a new version of the Arbiter’s reveal trailer went up with a great teaser at the end of it.This was practically confirmed during a stream with one of the developers a few weeks back.

It was also announced that Tusk will join the fight in Season 3. In Killer Instinct 2, Tusk was a blood thirsty barbarian warrior with a craving for battle.

It will be nice to see how his journey will fit in with the newly extended back stories of Season one and two roster.

Who is looking forward to Tusk joining the party?

New Killer Instinct back stories unveils Hisako

Killer Instinct - Hisako

We are down to the last three characters of the Season 2 roster. This week is all about the everlasting child that protects her village from intruders. The spirit-girl, Hisako.

The year that Chiharu was born the peach tree blossoms clung to their trees longer than anyone could remember, and so her mother and father gave her a name that meant “One thousand springs”. She was the eldest daughter of a rōnin; a samurai without a leader, for her father’s shōgun had been assassinated by a rival, and Chiharu’s father had returned to the village of his birth to start a family and become a farmer.

The rest of Hisako’s backstory can be read over at Ultra-Combo. In the meantime check out and support this player who has a Hisako in reserve, a player from the KI World Cup, KI4LIFE.

Grifball coming back to Halo 5 in new update

The February update is almost upon us and coming with it will be Grifball, the fan favourite multiplayer mode. The Hammer Storm update will also feature a new Arena map dubbed Torque. The update will bring us new REQ items including the Gravity Hammer, Weapon skins, new Armor sets. Custom game options will now include Oddball and Richochet and much, much more.

You can read more about the pending update over at Halo Waypoint.

Killer Instinct – Arbiter is ready for battle

Killer Instinct Arbiter

Next month Killer Instinct Season 3 will drop and with that another guest character, Arbiter has joined the good fight and is looking amazing! Shown off today during the Halo World Championships he comes wielding a energy sword and a Covenant Carbine as he takes the grand stage and dishes out damage to anyone who stands before him.

Who else is excited for Arbiter and this amazing looking stage!?

New Killer Instinct back stories unveils Aganos

Aganos KI

The three faced Golem known as Aganos has walked the earth for many years and still he searches for the age-old sorcerer, Kan-Ra, never giving up on the task at hand. Read on to see how he and his brethren were created and the path that lays ahead.

Over three thousand years ago the legendary Mycenaean people flourished in Greece. Their thriving citadel stood high atop a hill, surrounded by a Cyclopean wall—a bastion made of enormous boulders so huge that men who came after believed only giants could have moved these rocks into place.

As always the rest of the newly extended backstory can be read over at Ultra-Combo. Check out the greatest Aganos main player which is none other than.. Zergkiller.

New Killer Instinct back stories unveils Omen

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We are back again with a new Killer Instinct back story thanks to the people over at Ultra-Combo. Although he had no playable story mode when he launched in Season 2, Omen did appear briefly in other story lines. The Herald of Gargos is here and with a back story too!

Omen is a blue-hued demon—an Astral being created by the Shadow Lord known as Gargos. Proclaiming proudly to all that he is the “Herald of Gargos,” he serves his master obsequiously. Omen was formed from the very thoughts of his maker, for in the Astral Plane certain powerful creatures like Gargos—a member of a race of demigods called Ikkorans—can force reality to bend to their imaginings; and through sheer force of will create “living” beings.

The rest of Omen’s story can be read over at Ultra-Combo, It will be intresting to see if Omen will have a playable story line when Season 3 drops in March, what do you think?

Check out the player who won Evo 2015 and the Killer Instinct World Cup. He uses a range of characters and is pretty beastly with them all, even Omen. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Rico Suave.