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    Amazon is offering developers new tools that will allow them to make games for free. The Lumberyard engine is now available for download, and works on all currently supported version of Windows, including Windows 10, along with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. Lumberyard has been designed to work with Amazon Web Services, the company's popular cloud-based computing service. Amazon says: "A blend of new and proven technologies from CryEngine, Double Helix, and AWS, Lumberyard simplifies and streamlines game development. As a game engine, it supports development of cloud-connected and standalone 3D games, with support for asset management, character creation, AI, physics, audio, and more. On the development side, the Lumberyard IDE allows you to design indoor and outdoor environments, starting from a blank canvas." Lumberyard can be used to create standalone games for free, but the developer does have to pay for any AWS-based charges. The company is also launching Amaz...

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    Screencheat is an upcoming multiplayer first-person shooter for Xbox One that not only encourages looking at your opponent's screen, it demands it. The game is built for two to eight players and features both local and online multiplayer. Looking at the screens of other players is the only way to play Screencheat. All player characters are invisible, so the only way to know where to find anyone else is to look at their screen. Even when you're playing online, Screencheat still shows you the screens of other players. The game features a number of maps, modes, and weapons, along with AI bots, along with the ability to create your own game modes. Screencheat will be available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on March 1 for $14.99. Learn more about Screencheat screencheatxbox oneXbox...

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    Xbox One gamers will get first crack at the open beta test for Ubisoft's upcoming open world shooter Tom Clancy's The Division. Owners of the console will be able to pre-load the beta starting Feb. 16 and start playing on Feb. 18, one day before it begins for PC and PlayStation 4 gamers. The open beta follows Ubisoft's closed beta for The Division, which was held from Jan 28 to Feb. 2. Ubisoft stated: "If this isn't your first time playing The Division, there are extra incentives to come back, starting with a new story mission that wasn't in the closed beta. Also, everyone who participates in the open beta gets access to a special in-game reward that will be unlocked when the full game is released for Xbox One, PS4, and PC on March 8." See The Division on Amazon Source: Ubisoft Tom Clancy's The Divisionxbox oneXbox...

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    Motiga, the development studio behind upcoming Xbox One and Windows 10 title Gigantic, has hit another rough patch, announcing another round of employee layoffs. Motiga says that, while the layoffs are "temporary", they account for a "significant percentage" of the studio. Further, the layoffs may impact the currently ongoing closed beta test for Gigantic. From Motiga: "It is with deep heartache that Motiga announces the temporary layoff of a significant percentage of our studio today. Our financial situation is such that we are unable to continue supporting the entirety of the studio at this time. Though we are in active and promising discussions with a number of potential investors, the timing for those negotiations extends beyond the resources we have to maintain the staffing required to continue development on Gigantic.""While we intend to continue supporting Gigantic game services for as long as we are able, the reality is that a decision of this magnitude will impact...

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    The most important date is February is upon us. It was announced today by developer Psyonix that Rocket League will finally race its way onto the Xbox One next Wednesday, February 17th for $19.99. Rocket League took the gaming world by storm last year when it launched on PlayStation and Steam and received rave reviews from just about every outlet. In Rocket League you control a rocket-powered car that is used to hit a giant soccer ball into the goal. The game's premise is simple, but putting it all into action takes some practice and getting used to. Psyonix has also included three of the four previously-released DLC packs into the Xbox One version of the game at no extra cost. As an added bonus, Xbox One players will get two exclusive cars based off of vehicles from Halo and the Gears of War franchises. Not only that, but the game will feature some garage items to customize your car with that are inspired by Sunset Overdrive. The game features local multiplayer but focuses ...

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    The fifth episode of our weekly Xbox and Microsoft podcast, the 'OneCast' is now available, where we discussed Windows 10 Mobile's status, The Division's map size and our first gaming experiences. The latest episode of the OneCast is now available for download and streaming via major podcast distribution platforms. This week we were joined by Windows Central's Jason Ward, to discuss Microsoft's mobile strategy and where Windows 10 Mobile is headed. This was followed by our impressions on a range of recent and upcoming releases including Unravel, Cobalt and the Motiga's troubled MOBA, Gigantic. During the show, the news broke of Red Dead Redemption's arrival on Xbox One, where we shared our thoughts on the recent additions to the Xbox One's backward compatibility lineup. This week's episode is available from the following sources: OneCast on Soundcloud OneCast on iTunes OneCast RSS Feed If you're using a podcast app, copy and paste the RSS feed URL into the search bar, or search ...

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    Every week, new games are released for the Xbox One. Whether they are indie titles or AAA titles, we want to make sure they're on your radar. So get your wallet ready and clear some space on your hard drive. Let's take a look at what's coming out this week for Xbox One. Unravel Unravel was announced last year at E3, and it took people's breath away. Not because of the gorgeous visuals the game showed off, but more so because this isn't a game we expected to come from the most hated video game company, Electronic Arts. Featuring an adorable yarn-being named Yarny, Unravel has you venturing through the backyards of Scandinavia to in the search of memories. The game plays as a puzzle-platformer in which you use your yarn body to achieve puzzles by making rope bridges, pulleys, or swing. Unravel is available now on Xbox One. See at Xbox Store Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia is the final installment in the Assassin's Creed Chronicle...

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    Far Cry Primal takes the series all the way back into the Stone Age, trading guns for spears and vehicles for rideable beasts in the process. This latest trailer details how the game's protagonist, Takkar, will rise from the ashes of his destroyed tribe and embark on a solo mission to rebuild his community, survive a savage wilderness, and exact vengeance on those responsible. Be warned, the trailer is quite NSFW. As mentioned, you play as Takkar of the Wenja Tribe, infamous for their beast taming abilities. Your village has been destroyed, and your community has been enslaved, killed and, in some cases, cannibalized by neighbouring savages. In the trailer, Ubisoft details two of the game's antagonistic groups: the malicious and cannibalistic Udam tribe, who hunt both animal and man alike, and the Azila tribe, who enslave their enemies and wield fire in fanatical devotion to the Sun God. You'll have to master all of Takkar's abilities and weapons to defeat both tribes and th...

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    We're just under a month from launch and Ubisoft has released a trailer to detail some of The Division's various criminals and crazies. As a game steeped in near-future realism, creating diverse and unique enemies probably presented an interesting design challenge for the team at Ubisoft Massive. This latest trailer gives us an idea of how The Division's enemy factions will operate, and what role they'll fill in the game's mysterious plot. For those who don't know, The Division takes place in a near-future New York City destroyed by a man-made viral outbreak. Body bags litter the streets and buildings rest abandoned. The city is overrun with violent criminals, dangerous psychopaths and desperate survivors. The earliest enemies you'll encounter are the Rioters, loosely organised bands of vagrants taking advantage of the social breakdown — looting and pillaging. Rioters formed some of the game's most simplistic enemies in The Division's recent beta test, but they'll rush you ...

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  • 02/09/16--23:46: Xbox
  • Xbox is a Microsoft video game brand spanning three video game consoles, games, streaming services and more. Xbox launched in 2001 with the original Xbox console. There are three Xbox branded consoles. The first console, the original Xbox console, was launched on November 15, 2001 in the United States. The original Xbox console went on to sell 24 million units worldwide and introduced gaming franchises like Halo. The Xbox 360 was the second console from Microsoft and launched on November 22, 2005. Since launch, over 83.7 million Xbox 360 consoles have been sold worldwide. The latest console, the Xbox One, was launched on November 22, 2013. Microsoft launched Xbox Live in November 2002 as an integrated service for players to play games online with a broadband connection. There are now over 48 million users who use Xbox Live to play multiplayer Xbox games. Features of the Xbox Live service included Gamertags, Gamerscore, Achievements, and more. A Gamertag is a username for anyone us...

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    Wondershot, a top-down multiplayer game focused more towards family fun rather than competitive play, has been announced for February. Players take control of different characters with the choice of four weapons to combat their opponents – bow, hammer, boomerang and the slingshot. Leikir Studio will roll out Wondershot on Xbox One, Windows 10 and PlayStation 4. As well as sporting multiple characters and a limited choice of weaponry, Wondershot boasts a catalog of maps and gametypes, including co-operative play that puts up to four players against waves of enemies in an environment that constantly changes. There's also the option to use special abilities that are tied to each weapon to provide that extra bit of oomph. Xbox One and Steam will see Wondershot launch on February 19, while PlayStation 4 owners will be able to purchase the game on February 23. Learn more about Wondershot wondershotxbox oneWindows 10Windows GamesXbox...

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    Developer Telltale Games will give fans of The Walking Dead comic book another entry in its episodic game series Feb. 23 with The Walking Dead: Michonne. The first part of the three-part series will be released on that date for the PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms. Telltale says: "In this premiere episode, 'In Too Deep,' Michonne joins Pete and his crew on the sailing ship The Companion as they cruise the coast for survivors and supplies. When a desperate signal for help draws them to a scene of horrific massacre, Michonne and the crew are lead further to the floating survivors' colony of Monroe, which may just be harboring the person responsible for the carnage.""The Walking Dead: Michonne - A Telltale Miniseries stars the iconic, blade-wielding character from Robert Kirkman's best-selling comic books, portrayed in-game by award-winning actress Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black). Haunted by her past, and coping with unimaginable loss and regret, the story explore...

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    HyperX's first designed-in-house gaming headsets impress. A big part of the appeal of attending conventions like PAX South is the opportunity to play a variety of upcoming games and meet their developers. But something else you'll find on the show floor is hardware and accessory manufacturers promoting their latest wares. Considering how expensive computer and gaming equipment often runs, the chance to test drive a few such devices should not be overlooked. We met with Kingston Technology's HyperX representatives at PAX South to check out a trio of upcoming gaming headsets: the Cloud Revolver, the Cloud Revolver S, and the CloudX. All three will work with PCs, but the CloudX is designed primarily for Xbox One users. Read on for details about HyperX's new Cloud headsets and our full video interview! Cloud Revolver HyperX's previous gaming headsets, the Cloud and Cloud II, were designed in partnership with a Swedish manufacturer called QPAD. Both headsets were very well recei...

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    Last month we reported that Microsoft and ESPN had teamed up to bring the Halo World Championships to the X Games in Aspen, Colorado. This marked the first inclusion of Halo 5 (or any Halo game) in the prestigious athletic competition. X Games has wrapped up, with a number of Esports athletes taking home medals for their Halo skills. With the competition over, we took the opportunity to speak with Andy "Bravo" Dudynsky, Community Manager of 343 Industries. Read on for his insights about Halo 5's place in the X Games and Esports in general! Esports rises towards the mainstream Andy "Bravo" Dudynsky, Community Manager of 343 Industries Everyone is familiar with the concept of sports, but the concept of Esports is still mysterious to many people. Simply put, Esports can be defined organized competitions involving video games. You might call it another form of athleticism. Professional gamers train for hours every day to become better at particular games, all in the hopes of winni...

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    Xbox One users will get to check out a new roguelike survival game, The Flame in the Flood, on Feb. 24. The game, which is set in a gothic-like "forgotten post-societal America," has been developed by The Molasses Flood, a team made up largely of former Irrational Games team members who worked on the BioShock series. The game is already available for Windows and Mac owners via Steam Early Access but will be officially launched for both those platforms on Feb. 24 as well. The Flame and the Flood has players controlling a girl and her dog companion as they explore a very different version of the American South. "Travel by foot and by raft down a procedurally-generated river as you scrounge for resources, craft tools, remedy afflictions, evade the vicious wildlife, and most importantly, stay ahead of the coming rains." Source: The Molasses Flood xbox onethe flash in the floodXbox...