February 2020 Games with Gold Revealed




New Games with Gold for February 2020

In February on Xbox One, race across a legendary mountain course in TT Isle of Man and then dive deep into the depths of Lovecraftian horror in Call of Cthulhu. On Xbox 360, and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility, enjoy a fresh spin on a beloved franchise in Fable Heroes then play an all-time classic in Star Wars Battlefront.

All games will be available exclusively for Xbox Live Gold members for a limited time as part of Games with Gold. With Xbox Live Gold, you get the most advanced multiplayer service, free games, and exclusive member discounts on games in the Microsoft Store — get Xbox Live Gold today to get in on the action! Pro-tip for all of you Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members, this means you too. We’ve got four more games for you to play.

TT Isle of Man ($59.99): Available February 1 to 29 on Xbox One

Call of Cthulhu ($39.99): Available February 16 to March 15 on Xbox One

Fable Heroes ($9.99): Available February 1 to 15 on Xbox One & Xbox 360

Star Wars Battlefront ($9.99):Available February 16 to 29 on Xbox One & Xbox 360

TT Isle of Man

Take on the challenge of Snaefell mountain in the motorcycle racing game, TT Isle of Man. All 37.73 miles of the legendary course is faithfully reproduced in this realistic moto-racing title that will challenge your skills and reflexes. Memorize each section and corner each bend to perfection, all while hurtling along at 180 mph.

Call of Cthulhu

Plunge into a world of cosmic horror and creeping madness in Call of Cthulhu. In the official videogame inspired by the classic pen and paper RPG, investigate a family death on an isolated island where nothing is as it seems. Trust no one in a story filled with strange creatures, weird science and sinister cults, set within the iconic universe of H.P. Lovecraft.

Fable Heroes

Get in on the highly addictive, hack-and-slash adventure title, Fable Heroes. As the heroes of Albion, play up to four players, either competitively or in co-op mode, and collect as many gold coins as you can. Defeat familiar foes and new enemies alike in this fresh spin on the beloved franchise and take playful competition to the next level.

Star Wars Battlefront

Experience an all-time classic with Star Wars Battlefront. Participate in memorable battles from the first six Star Wars films as you fight on the front lines with every weapon and vehicle you see at your disposal. Either by yourself or with an army behind you, the choice is yours to topple the Empire or crush the Rebellion. Note: No online gameplay support.

Read more about our Games with Gold program here  and stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all the latest news on Xbox. Like we said before, If you’re an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate member, you have all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, plus over 100 high-quality console and PC games that you want to play. New games are added all the time, so you’re never without something new to try when you’re looking to find your next favorite game. If you’re new, or if you’re an existing Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for Console member, join or upgrade today for just $1.

Dean Shimabukuro - Sr. Marketing Program Manager

Xbox Wire

Monster Hunter Riders Announced for iOS and Android





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Story

A great calamity once attacked this land.

10 dragon rider knights, later called “The Ten Great Dragon Knights,” saved the land from the great calamity.

A new connection was formed between humans and monsters, and several hundred years passed...

But this continent of Felgia, where humans and monsters live in union, is about to once again become engulfed by a dark malice.

About Monster Hunter Riders

The story is set on the continent of Felgia, where humans and monsters live in union. Gather, raise, and combine familiar monsters from the Monster Hunter series with a unique ensemble of riders to form your own party and take on quests.

Combat uses a refreshing command battle system with flashy skills and that you can play smoothly.

The game combines smooth progression with refreshing command battles that employ flashy skills.

Nearly infinite party customization is possible through the combination of various components of monsters and riders.

Rathalos, Zinogre, Nargacuga, Glavenus, and other popular monsters from the Monster Hunter series will appear one after another. More monsters will be added through future updates.

As the leader of the Riders Guild special agency known as the “Dispatch Observation Party,” you will command monsters and riders, and solve the mystery of the dark riders undermining peace in Felgia.

Phantasy Star Online 2 North American Xbox One Closed Beta Set for February 7 to 9




Phantasy Star Online 2: Closed Beta Test Starts February 7th

The wait is finally over! The Closed Beta Test for one of Japan’s biggest online RPGs, Phantasy Star Online 2 (PSO2), starts Friday, February 7th at 5 PM (PST). Participants will retain their progress and have a chance to obtain special in-game rewards. Sign up now through the Xbox Insider Hub!

Closed Beta Test Schedule

Starts: Friday, February 7th, 5 PM (PST)

Ends: Saturday, February 8th, 11:59 PM (PST)

Official Website: Opens Friday, February 7th, 10 AM (PST)

Pre-Load: Players will be able to install the game in advance starting Monday, February 3rd.

Download it once: You can update the existing client for the upcoming Open Beta Test and Launch without having to redownload the game.

Play First on Xbox One

Explore numerous worlds with friends and experience PSO2’s unparalleled action combat and character customization first on Xbox One. Choose from four distinct races and nine classes, each equipped with unique weapons and skills that completely transform the way you play. Your never-ending quest starts here!

Take on Urgent Quests

Join forces with up to eleven other operatives and experience unforgettable boss battles in special events called Urgent Quests. These challenges happen at specific times throughout the day, so make sure to check the schedule below so you don’t miss out on obtaining unique rewards during the Closed Beta Test!


February 7th Quests

8 to 8:30 p.m. PST – Cradle of Darkness
10 to 10:30 p.m. PST – Giant Automata: The Awakening

February 8th Quests

7 to 7:30 a.m. PST – Cradle of Darkness
1 to 1:30 p.m. PST – Giant Automata: The Awakening
5 to 5:30 p.m. PST – Cradle of Darkness
8:30 to 9 p.m. PST – The Raging Obsidian Arm
9 to 9:30 p.m. PST – Elder of the Unfathomable Abyss

Obtain Special Rewards

Beta Testers will have a chance to claim special rewards for either logging in or for participating in Urgent Quests. Make sure to check the requirements below to maximize your chances of obtaining them all!

Immediate Rewards

Players will receive these rewards immediately after logging in during the Closed Beta Test.

First Login – Photon Halo B (Accessory) and Beauty Salon Free Pass (Consumable)

Daily Rewards – EXP Boost +50% (x3), Rare Drop Boost +50% (x3), Meseta Boost +50% (x3) (Consumables)


Special Rewards

Players will receive these rewards when the game officially launches (release date TBA).

Complete 1 Urgent Quest – Photon Halo C (Accessory), Triboost +100% (Consumable)
Complete 2 Urgent Quests – Photon Halo A (Accessory), Triboost +100% (Consumable)
Complete 3 Urgent Quests – Mag Dreamcast (Evolution Device), Triboost +100% (Consumable)
Complete 4 Urgent Quests – Coated Edge (Weapon Camo), Triboost +100% (x10) (Consumable)

Watch Concerts Live

Meet Quna, Oracle’s favorite music idol! Gather your friends during the Closed Beta Test and watch her perform live in the Ship’s Shopping Plaza. Concert-goers will not only have a great time but also receive multiple buffs afterward! It’s a unique experience that you will not want to miss!

February 8t – 8 to 8:15 p.m. PSTh – Performing the songs “Our Fighting” and “Eternal Encore”

Buffs Received – Rare Drop Rate Increase, Meseta Drop Rate Increase, and Experience Points Rate Increase

The time to join ARKS is almost here! See you in the Closed Beta Test!

Nore: The PSO2 Closed Beta Test is only available to players in the United States and Canada. You can register for early sign-up on Windows 10, but the Closed Beta is exclusive to Xbox One.

For more information about the PSO2 Closed Beta Test visit the game’s official website at pso2.com You can also follow these official PSO2 accounts for sneak peeks and details.

Xbox Wire

Torchlight Frontiers Becomes Torchlight III, Drops Free-to-Play Model






Torchlight Frontiers Returns to Its Roots and Becomes Torchlight III

Today, Perfect World Entertainment, a leading publisher of live service games, and developer Echtra Games, announced Torchlight Frontiers will launch as Torchlight III on Steam this summer and begins closed alpha testing January 29. This fast-paced dungeon crawler brings ARPG fans back to the Torchlight universe to hack and slash their way through a vibrant world filled with hordes of creatures waiting at every turn. Previously announced as a free-to-play experience, the game will return to the premium model adapted by Torchlight I and II, with a new focus on linear progression.

“When we started developing Torchlight Frontiers, we were focused on creating a shared-world experience,” said Max Schaefer, CEO of Echtra Games and co-founder of the Torchlight franchise. “During development, you often discover what type of product a game was meant to be and we found Torchlight Frontiers was meant to be a true successor to Torchlight I & II. Based on this and extensive feedback from our Alpha testers, we decided it was time to take the game back to its roots and model it after the classic Torchlight games that ARPG fans have come to love. We’d like to thank our dedicated player base for supporting us and providing such insightful feedback during early development.”


When Torchlight III releases on Steam this summer, players will be able to purchase the full game and play however they like (online or off) with access to all playable content. Rather than focusing on horizontal progression, the game shifts back to the familiar linear world structure that was introduced with Torchlight I & II. Longtime Torchlight fans will be happy to hear that the game features the same mechanics that set the original series apart from other ARPGs on the market. After selecting from Torchlight III’s unique character classes, players will choose a pet to accompany them on their new adventure: a fluffy alpaca, a swift owl or a loyal canine retriever. From there, they will explore forests filled with dangerous creatures and participate in thematic quests to earn powerful rewards. A full list of game features includes:

Travel the Frontier: Players can explore the wilderness, party with friends, gather materials to craft loot, use magical maps to enter unknown dungeons, or show off their spoils in town! There’s always something to do in the new frontier.

Build & Upgrade Your Fort: It’s time to rebuild! Players will enjoy their very own account-based fort,where they can upgrade gear, and make renovations to show it off to their friends and the world. The game allows them to build monuments of power, pet stables, and more!

Choose a Relic: Relics are objects of great power that grant players a suite of active skills and passive skills. Players can craft them, level them up and store them in their fort. The relic is an important part of a character's strategy - choose wisely!

Collect Epic Gear - Whether it's armor, weapons, dyes, recipes, ember cores, or even new pets ... there's always more to find as adventurers battle through dungeons and take on dangerous foes. Every randomly-generated area can be replayed over and over again since each instance brings different items. Those who want even more epic gear can run maps from the Mapworks, or take on a contract to earn Fame and unlock elite items.

Pets are Back: Players can fight their way to fame and glory with loyal companions! Each of the many species comes in a myriad of colors and styles so adventurers shouldn’t settle for the first one they find. They can also make these pets stronger by adding skills, equip them with gear to make them hardier, and together battle enemies as a team.

Build Your Hero: With four classes to choose from, players can utilize class-specific mechanics to maximize damage and their odds of survival. Torchlight III lets them gather epic gear, select your Relic powers, and customize loadouts to create a unique combat style for their heroes.


Torchlight III features diverse hero classes with unique abilities and powers:

• The Dusk Mage is an enchanter who harnesses the power of light and dark energy to conjure devastating attacks.

• The Forged is a powerful robot who relies on an arsenal of weaponry to build up heat and unleash explosive assaults.

• The Railmaster is a locomotive savvy powerhouse who steams into combat with a massive hammer and heavily armed battle train.

• Plus, a brand new class which will be revealed soon!

Learn more about Torchlight III at Torchlight3.com.

Metro Exodus 'Sam’s Story' DLC Launches February 11


Sam's Story, The Second Major DLC Expansion for Metro Exodus Arrives on 11 February 2020

Deep Silver and 4A Games today revealed more details for Sam’s Story, the second major story DLC for Metro Exodus, and confirmed that it will release on 11 February 2020.

Sam’s Story follows former US Marine Sam, a Spartan Ranger who has worked under Colonel Miller since the nuclear war devastated Moscow, and followed Artyom in search of a world outside of the Metro. Sam had long dreamed of returning to his homeland, and perhaps even finding his father alive. The prospect seemed impossible in the darkened tunnels of the Metro, but when the Spartans discovered that Moscow was not the only city left alive after the war, holding out hope didn’t feel so foolish anymore.


Sam, determined to find a way back to the USA, departed from the Aurora to make his way through Vladivostok’s tsunami ravaged harbours, ruined industrial buildings, and crumbling residential districts. However, to complete his journey, Sam will discover that he needs every tactic he has learned so far to survive, as his surroundings prove to be far trickier than expected.

In this expansive ‘sandbox survival’ level, players will experience another gripping story line featuring new characters, weapons and mutant variants, in a huge, non-linear environment that offers hours of gameplay.


Sam’s Story will be available to purchase on 11 February 2020 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Stadia – links will be available from launch at metrothegame.com/buynow. It is included in the Metro Exodus Expansion Pass, which also entitles holders to the acclaimed DLC, The Two Colonels, which was released in August 2019.

Patapon 2 Remastered Officially Unveiled, Coming January 30




Patapon 2 Remastered Charges to PS4 on January 30

Patient members of the Patapon tribe, your rhythmic calls and chants have been answered!

I’m proud to announce that Patapon 2 Remastered officially launches for PlayStation 4 on January 30 at PlayStation Store! Please focus your oversized eye on our new trailer above.


For those unfamiliar with the franchise, Patapon is an innovative, rhythm-based 2D platform / action game. Patapon 2 is the second entry in the Patapon story following the original game, which was remastered in 2018. Patapon 2 Remastered is a full 4K remaster of the 2008 PSP game.

Cut off from their Zigoton compatriots after a Kraken attacks their ship, the Patapon tribe find themselves ship-wrecked on a strange new land. As their deity, it’s your job to lead the Patapon army using a variety of rhythmic drum commands as they encounter brand new enemies, allies and a host of new bosses as they continue their search for their promised land, Earthend. Combine the various chains of drumbeats to address each unique level, leading the Patapons to victory over the enemy forces.


Take part in more than 30 missions including hunting, escort, and boss battles, and explore numerous vivid environments along the way. Patapon 2 Remastered delivers a strong element of strategy by requiring players to properly customize and build up the Patapon army, arm each soldier with weapons and armor, and position them correctly for battle. For everyone who loved Patapon 1 Remastered, it gets even better with new Patapon evolutions, a host of new minigames and many more surprises in store, so be ready to lead the charge when Patapon 2 Remastered launches exclusively at PlayStation Store for $14.99 USD on January 30.

Nick Accord - Producer, SIE

PlayStation Blog

Techland moves to a new office





The Turing Test Coming to Switch on February 7




Challenging First-Person Puzzler The Turin Test on nintendo Switch on February 7

Square Enix Collective is pleased to be bringing another game to its Nintendo Switch roster, with the launch of the gorgeous first-person puzzler The Turing Test on February 7.

The Turing Test is a sci-fi puzzle game set on Jupiter’s moon, Europa. You are Ava Turing, an engineer for the International Space Agency (ISA) sent to discover the cause behind the disappearance of the ground crew stationed there.

Having previously launched the game on Steam, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the developer Bulkhead Interactive felt that it would be a perfect on-the-go game for the Nintendo Switch console.

"Seeing the all the love from players for the original release of The Turing Test was overwhelming for our small team - and now 3 years later being able to bring that experience to a host of new players in their homes (and on the go!) is extremely exciting for us. We can't wait to share those moments of puzzle, exploration and discovery with a totally new audience on the Nintendo Switch!" said Howard Philpott, Lead Designer.

The Turing Test is available on Steam for £14.99/$19.99/€19.99, on Xbox One for £14.99/$19.99/€19.99, and PlayStation 4 for £14.99/$19.99/€19.99.

It will launch on Nintendo Switch on February 7 for £14.99/$19.99/€19.99 with a launch discount of 10% (ends February 21).

My Hero One’s Justice 2 Adds Kendo Rappa





Rune Factory 4 Special Launches Next Month




Prepare for Adventure: XSEED Games to Launch Rune Factory 4 Special on February 25, 2020

XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, today announced that Rune Factory 4 Special will launch February 25, 2020 on the Nintendo Switch system in North America (February 28 in Europe). The limited ‘Archival Edition’ is available for preorder for an MSRP of $59.99 at the XSEED Games Store and other participating retailers, while the physical standalone edition can be preordered for $39.99. Starting today, the game is also available for digital pre-purchase on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch for $39.99. As a bonus, all digital pre-purchases on Nintendo eShop come with the ‘Swimsuit Day’ DLC, a special in-game Order decreeing that all marriage candidates wear their swimsuits. The ‘Swimsuit Day’ DLC will also be included in the ‘Archival Edition,’ and will not be sold separately on the Nintendo eShop.

Additionally, the ‘Another Episode Pack’ DLC, which contains 12 new storybook-style episodes narrated by the game’s marriage candidates, will be available to all players as a free download during the first four weeks following the game’s release. After this promotional period, the Another Episode Pack will be available for purchase for $4.99 on the Nintendo eShop. Even without downloading the DLC, all players can view a special ‘Another Episode’ story starring Selphia’s lovable guardian dragon Ventuswill by selecting ‘Another Episode’ on the game’s title menu.

Rune Factory 4 Special is a remastered version of the critically acclaimed RPG simulation title that has sold over 300,000 copies in North America and Europe since launching on Nintendo 3DS in 2013. The updated Switch version adds brand new content such as ‘Newlywed Mode,’ self-contained adventures unlocked after marrying the character of your dreams. For the first time, the game also fully supports both Japanese and English audio. To commemorate the definitive version of this beloved title, the beautifully crafted ‘Archival Edition’ includes an art book collecting character designer Minako Iwasaki’s work on the entire Rune Factory series, as well as new illustrations for the premium box and art book cover by the artist. ‘Archival Edition’ full contents include:


• Physical copy of Rune Factory 4 Special for Nintendo Switch

• 160-page art book measuring 5.8” x 8.2” featuring the works of Minako Iwasaki from Rune Factory 1 through 4, Rune Factory: Frontier, and Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny, as well as promotional and comic art contributed by other artists

• Official soundtrack CD consisting of 33 tracks from the original release, plus 3 new tracks unique to Rune Factory 4 Special

•‘Swimsuit Day’ DLC, a special in-game Order that will have all marriage candidates appear in their swimsuits

• Premium custom box with an original illustration by Minako Iwasaki

About Rune Factory 4 Special

Rune Factory 4 Special marks the return of the beloved entry in the popular STORY OF SEASONS spinoff series that combines farming with dungeon adventuring. The original game on the Nintendo 3DS™ system makes its debut on Nintendo Switch in HD bringing the joys of growing crops, raising monsters, and building friendships in an epic fantasy world to players old and new, while seasoned explorers will be delighted to discover features such as a brand new opening movie and the challenging “Hell” difficulty level. Other farm-fresh features include ‘Newlywed Mode,’ which introduces special episodes about living the married life with the game’s 12 eligible bachelors and bachelorettes featuring new voices and in-game cutscenes.

Developed by HAKAMA and Marvelous and published in North America by XSEED Games, Rune Factory 4 Special will launch February 25 on the Nintendo Switch.