Microsoft Acquires Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment




Obsidian and inXile Join Microsoft Studios

As part of our commitment to bringing a steady stream of new, exclusive games to our fans, I’m excited to announce Microsoft’s intent to acquire two new game development studios – Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment.

Obsidian Entertainment was founded in 2003 in Irvine, Calif. by industry veterans from Black Isle Studios, led by Feargus Urquhart. The studio quickly made a name for itself with the Xbox exclusive Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. Over the last fifteen years, they have delivered genre-defining RPGs to players on both console and PC through titles including Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Pillars of Eternity.

inXile Entertainment is a team of industry veterans with decades of PC and RPG expertise. Led by Interplay founder Brian Fargo, inXile’s two development teams in Newport Beach, Calif. and New Orleans excel at creating vast worlds for players to explore with titles such as Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, Bard’s Tale IV and the upcoming Wasteland 3.

It was important for us to find studio partners who have strong creative visions, a mastery of their medium and are expert world-builders. Obsidian and inXile embody all of these qualities while also bringing expertise on the PC platform and a unique RPG focus to the table.

While they do share a common heritage, the two creative teams at Obsidian and inXile are very different. They will continue to operate autonomously with their unique talents, IP and expertise. As part of Microsoft Studios, Obsidian and inXile will have the support and freedom to fully realize their creative ambitions on both existing franchises and new RPG projects.


Together, the two new studios bolster Microsoft Studios to now include 13 distinct and diverse game development teams. We’re focused on implementing new Microsoft technologies, delivering content for new platforms and services like Xbox Game Pass, and creating exclusive games that turn players into loyal Xbox fans. We are committed to expanding the Microsoft Studios franchises players already love, and investing in new, exclusive content for every type of gamer.

It is a genuine pleasure to welcome Obsidian and inXile to the growing Microsoft Studios team and work with them to deliver bigger and more ambitious games for their fans. I’m excited to see the teams maximize their potential at Microsoft and can’t wait for what the future has in store.

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Forza Horizon 4 DLC 'Fortune Island' Launches December 13


Take a Trip to Fortune Island in Forza Horizon 4

Ben Thaker-Fell, Chief Designer of the Forza Horizon series, announced the first expansion for Forza Horizon 4, “Fortune Island”, which will release on Dec. 13 on Xbox and Windows 10 PCs. “Fortune Island” takes players on an all-new adventure in the remote northern reaches of the British Isles, where they will encounter extreme conditions including fierce lightning storms, perilous cliffside dirt roads, and sweeping paved mountain switchbacks under the mystical glow of the aurora borealis in search of hidden treasure.

Forza Horizon 4 players will also be able to drive all five of Ken Block’s high-powered, custom-built Ford vehicles from the upcoming GymkhanaTEN, the 10th installment of the award-winning, Gymkhana viral video franchise. These rides began rolling out in Forza Horizon 4 earlier this month for Car Pass members with the release of the 1977 Ford GymkhanaTEN, F-150 Hoonitruck and the 1993 Ford Escort Cosworth Group A. Coming in November for all players are the 1965 Ford Hoonicorn Mustang V2 and the 2017 Ford Fiesta RS and arriving in December is the 2016 Ford GymkhanaTEN Focus RS RX.

Forza Horizon 4 “Fortune Island” will be available as part of the Forza Horizon 4 Expansions Bundle which provides players with two game expansions at a reduced cost of $34.99 . Owners of Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition and Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Add-Ons Bundle will receive Fortune Island at no additional cost. Xbox Game Pass subscribers, who do not already own one of the bundles, are eligible for 10% off a bundle or 10% off an individual purchase of Fortune Island.

Metro Exodus 'Spartan Collector’s Edition' Announced




Metro Exodus 'Spartan Collector’s Edition' Revealed

Deep Silver and 4A Games today revealed the Metro Exodus Spartan Collector’s Edition. Crafted from the highest quality materials, this custom package is now available to pre-order exclusively from metrothegame.com.

The Spartan Collector’s Edition includes:

A Premium Quality Artyom Statue: This highly detailed, hand-painted resin statue stands at 10.5 inches high and captures the iconic scene from the Metro Exodus announcement trailer of Artyom fighting off a deadly Watchman. Each statue is individually numbered.

Authentic Spartan Order Dog Tag: A finely crafted replica of Artyom’s Spartan Order tag.

“Artyom’s Memories” Collectible Postcards: Arytom’s most treasured items are postcards from the world before it was devastated by nuclear war. Fans of the Metro series will recognise Artyom’s collection, given to him by those he encounters on his journey. Each postcard carries a message from his closest friends and companions.

Spartan Order Patches: Two authentic Spartan Order patches.


The Spartan Collector’s Edition comes in gigantic, barrel shaped packaging, based on an in-game design.

The Spartan Collector’s Edition can be purchased as a stand-alone item or complete with a copy of The Aurora Limited Edition, giving fans the choice of where and how they buy Metro Exodus.

The Aurora Limited Edition contains a copy of the game in an exclusive Steelbook®, a beautiful “World of Metro” Art Book, and the Metro Exodus Expansion Pass, all contained within a bespoke metal outer case inspired by The Aurora).

The Spartan Collector’s Edition is priced at £129.99 / $149.99 / €149.99 stand-alone, or £214.99 / $234.99 / €244.99 when bundled with an Aurora Edition. It will be available in selected countries, and additional delivery charges may vary.

Fans should also note that The Spartan Collector’s Edition will be in strictly limited supply!

Metro Exodus will be released on 22 February 2019 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider DLC 'The Forge' Trailer




Shadow of the Tomb Raider DLC 'The Forge' Overview

In “The Forge,” Lara must brave the lava-flooded Forge of the fallen gods to uncover the secrets of Kuwaq Yaku. Throughout her journey, Lara will uncover details about a friend’s ancient legacy, and overcome a danger long thought to be lost in flame. “The Forge” delivers a brand-new challenge tomb, playable in both solo and co-op. Players who complete the challenge tomb will be rewarded with the Grenadier skill, Brocken outfit, and Umbrage 3-80 weapon.

A completely new adventure, “The Forge” is the first of seven monthly downloadable content adventures available through the Season Pass, providing players with an abundance of new content, challenge tombs, co-op experiences, weapons and outfits, Score Attack and Time Attack modes, and additional narrative side missions.

Lara Croft has mastered an unforgiving jungle, explored vast landscapes filled with tombs, and battled Trinity for the fate of Humanity, all set against the backdrop of the Maya apocalypse. Yet even more adventures await in the hidden City of Paititi. New mysteries and challenges will arise, friendships and rivalries will deepen, and above all, new tombs will be discovered in a series of downloadable contents that expand the world of Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

Devil May Cry 5 'The Void' Developer Diary




Overview of the developer diary

Devil May Cry 5 producer Matt Walker joined director Hideaki Itsuno from Capcom’s head office in the vibrant city of Osaka to show off the rich culture of the city and share how the team draws from their surroundings. Itsuno provided insight into how Capcom’s action games are influenced by the Osaka area, before giving Inside Xbox a first look at the comprehensive training mode he’s created for Devil May Cry 5 – dubbed ‘The Void’. As a first for Xbox fans, Itsuno gave a personal tour of Nero’s Devil Breakers, including the bonus Devil Breakers available in the Deluxe Edition content of Devil May Cry 5.



Just Cause 4 'Eye of The Storm' Cinematic Trailer





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Just Cause 4 Eye of the Storm Cinematic TTrailer Outt Now

Just Cause 4 gears up for launch next month with the release of a brand new, Eye of The Storm Cinematic Trailer, which first aired as part of the special X018 episode of Inside Xbox live from Mexico City.

Just Cause 4 introduces a new adrenaline-fuelled chapter for rogue agent Rico Rodriguez. After Rico lands in Solís to uncover the truth behind his father’s death, he comes face-to-face with the expert Black Hand militia, led by the ruthless Gabriela.

This high-octane CGI trailer is produced and directed by Visual Works in collaboration with Director’s Duo. The title track, 'I’m Just (Remix)’ by Artizan, is one of four tracks created for Just Cause 4 which are out now for digital download. The full Just Cause album releases on December 4 to tie in with release of the game. Watch out for the extremely limited edition coloured vinyl too!

Download 'I’m Just (Remix)’ and the other Just Cause 4 Artizan tracks now: listnin.co/JustCauseSoundtrack

Set in the fictional South American world of Solis, Just Cause 4 takes the series’ incredible destruction and unique physics to a whole new level with the introduction of fully simulated tornadoes and other extreme weather events. Rico Rodriguez returns in Just Cause 4 with his trademark parachute, wingsuit and, of course his grapple hook, now enhanced with new functionality and fully customizable making it the most powerful and creative tool the player has ever had.

Just Cause 4 is a landmark entry in the series, and will release on December 4, 2018 on Xbox One, PC and the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system.

State of Decay 2 'Zedhunter' Update Launches November 16




Unveiling the Zedhunter Pack in State of Decay 2

Today, we got a first look at the next content pack for State of Decay 2 launching November 16th, the Zedhunter Pack. This new pack adds the powerful and silent crossbow as a new zombie-slaying weapon along with additional melee weapons, facilities, blood plague consumables, and gameplay updates like the ability to respect your skills all into the main game. As part of our continued commitment to supporting the four million players in the State of Decay 2 community, Zedhunter will be free for all players – owners of either Standard or Ultimate Edition along with Xbox Game Pass members.

Looking forward, we also announced that we are working on a more challenging player experience coming in 2019. Stay tuned for additional details on this difficulty setting and more.

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Kingdom Hearts III 'Winnie the Pooh' Trailer








Kingdom Hearts III Returns to 100 Acre Wood With Winnie the Pooh

Kingdom Hearts III continues to grow with a first look at the 100 Acre Wood, based on the classic Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated franchise, Winnie the Pooh. In a new trailer unveiled by Square Enix and Disney, Sora joins the loveable Pooh Bear and his pals Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, Roo and Owl, to help return their home amidst the green trees of 100 Acre Wood back to normal through unique mini-games.

Square Enix also showcased new, never-before-seen gameplay and further peeks into the story of Kingdom Hearts III. The trailer shows off new footage from Sora’s battle in Twilight Town with the Winnie the Pooh Keyblade, as well as team up attacks in the Disney and Pixar worlds of Hercules, Pirate of the Caribbean and Tangled. It also provides the first glimpse at Chirithy outside of the Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] mobile game and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.

Crackdown 3 Release Date Moved Up to February 15, 2019






Crackdown 3 Announces Xbox Game Pass Launch on February 15 with Explosive Debut of Wrecking Zone Multiplayer

At X018 – our global celebration of all things Xbox – Commander Jaxon invited all prospective Agents to ‘Step Up Your Boom’ in preparation for Crackdown 3’s worldwide launch with Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One and Windows 10 on February 15, 2019!

X018 also saw the debut of Crackdown 3’s all-new multiplayer mode, Wrecking Zone, where environmental destruction is your secret weapon. In Wrecking Zone, two teams of five, hyper-agile Agents tear down the opposition with their superpowered skills and an arsenal of boom-tastic weapons and equipment in fully destructible battle arenas.

Microsoft Studios Senior Creative Director Joseph Staten provided an on-air walkthrough of the explosive 10-person player-vs-player mode Agent Hunter on Blackout Zone. Attendees at Xbox FanFest: Mexico City will be available to experience Wrecking Zone with hands-on throughout the weekend.

At X018 – our global celebration of all things Xbox – Commander Jaxon invited all prospective Agents to ‘Step Up Your Boom’ in preparation for Crackdown 3’s worldwide launch with Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One and Windows 10 on February 15, 2019!


X018 also saw the debut of Crackdown 3’s all-new multiplayer mode, Wrecking Zone, where environmental destruction is your secret weapon. In Wrecking Zone, two teams of five, hyper-agile Agents tear down the opposition with their superpowered skills and an arsenal of boom-tastic weapons and equipment in fully destructible battle arenas.

Microsoft Studios Senior Creative Director Joseph Staten provided an on-air walkthrough of the explosive 10-person player-vs-player mode Agent Hunter on Blackout Zone. Attendees at Xbox FanFest: Mexico City will be available to experience Wrecking Zone with hands-on throughout the weekend.

An open-world playground – in Crackdown 3 you take-back the streets and skyscrapers of the near-future metropolis, New Providence, delivering a harsh dose of justice to the ruthless criminal corporation, TerraNova.

As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, enhanced for Xbox One X, with cross-play support across Xbox One and Windows 10, you can bring the boom solo or with two-player online co-op over Xbox Live. Crackdown 3 is available at launch with Xbox Game Pass and globally on Xbox One and Windows 10.

To celebrate our X018 announcements, and as a special thanks to our fans, we will be offering the original Crackdown to all fans free of charge from now until November 30th. Experience the original now with Xbox One X enhancements. Head to the Microsoft Store now to get your copy!

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Strategy Shooter Void Bastards Announced for Xbox One and PC




Void Bastards Overview

Forget everything you know about first-person shooters: Void Bastards asks you to take charge, not just point your gun and fire. Your task is to lead the rag-tag Void Bastards out of the Sargasso Nebula. You make the decisions: where to go, what to do and who to fight. And then you must carry out that strategy in the face of strange and terrible enemies.

On board derelict spaceships you’ll plan your mission, taking note of the ship layout, what hazards and enemies you might encounter and what terminals and other ship systems you can use to your advantage..


Move carefully through the dangerous ships, searching for supplies and manipulating control systems. React to what you find – will you detour to the generator to bring the power back online or will you fight your way into the security module to disable the ship’s defenses? Choose carefully when to fight, when to run and when just to be a bastard.

Use your hard won supplies to improvise tools and weapons, from the distracting robo-kitty to the horribly unstable clusterflak.


Navigate your tiny escape pod through the vast nebula. Flee from void whales and pirates, and politely avoid the hungry hermits. All the while you must keep scavenging for the food, fuel, and other resources that keep you alive.

Void Bastards features a 12 to 15 hour campaign that you can complete with an endless supply of prisoners, each with their own unique traits. When one dies, another steps forward to carry on the fight. Don’t worry though, as any crafting progress you’ve made is retained from one to another.