There was a slew of Game Pass-related announcements today from the Inside Xbox show. The two-hour show came live from the showfloor at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.
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A Killer Instinct survey has hinted at further character crossover with some Microsoft owned IPs. The survey, which is now closed, was posted on the Killer Instinct website Ultra-Combo.com and …
One of the big announcements from last night’s The Game Awards was that Psynoix Inc.’s multiplayer sensation Rocket League is now officially headed to Xbox One in February.
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Attendees of the San Diego Comic-Con were treated to a sneak peak of Halo: Nightfall. The production is “led by world class talent such as executive producer Ridley Scott, Scott Free TV President David Zucker, award-winning director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Battlestar Galactica, Pillars of the Earth, Heroes), and written by Paul Scheuring (A Man Apart, Prison Break).” Microsoft looks to give Halo fans something to get excited about in the time between major releases.
We’ve been on the surface of Mass Effect‘s Mars, we’ve fought the ender dragons of Skyrim, but Minecraft‘s next Mash-Up Pack will take us to its biggest franchise yet. Minecraft: Halo Edition transforms the game into the popular FPS series, complete with needlers and energy swords. The pre-built world includes re-creations of classic multiplayer maps including Sandtrap, Valhalla and Blood Gulch. The pack comes with 40 new skins, including Master Chief, Cortana, Guilty Spark and much more. A new texture pack and 31 songs from the franchise are also included to truly sell the Halo vibe. The Halo Mash-Up Pack comes out tomorrow for $3.99. Check out the screenshots after the jump to see everything the pack has to offer.
One of the biggest announcements during the Xbox One reveal was the Halo television series being developed by Xbox Studios and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV. It’s been almost a year since …
Microsoft recently announced that next month it will begin publishing original programming for the Xbox platform under the moniker “Xbox Originals.” Given the recent success of original programming by Netflix such as House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, it’s not a surprising announcement that Microsoft is entering the same arena, especially given its marketing history of talking about the Xbox One not as a video game console, but as an entertainment platform.
The Xbox Originals programming will come to Xbox 360 and Xbox One, so people yet to upgrade won’t be missing out on the content.
The biggest show announcement is a Halo television series, for which Stephen Spielberg will serve as executive producer and collaborate with 343 Industries and Amblin Television. Additionally, Microsoft lists a Halo digital feature as well, which will be produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (from Battlestar Galactica, among others). These big names signal a big commitment by Microsoft to making these adaptations worthy of the franchise, and releasing them exclusively to the Xbox platform is a fantastic way to add value relative to the competition on the console front.