E3 2018: Fighting Conformity in the Demented World of We Happy Few

One of the newest members of the Microsoft development family, Compulsion Games has been working on the dystopian action adventure We Happy Few for quite some time. What began as a procedural roguelike has morphed into a much more narrative-driven experience, and considering its fascinating backdrop, hilarious dialogue, and menacing enemies, that was a wise decision. Having recently played a 45-minute demo of the reworked game, we came away excited at its potential, enamored with its writing, and slightly creeped out by its unsettling characters. Set in an alternate version of 1960s England, We Happy Few tells the intertwining tale…

E3 2018: Announcing the Adventure Game Sable on Xbox One

Hi, we’re Shedworks, a two-man (and one dog) team working in a shed on the upcoming adventure game Sable, coming in 2019 to the Xbox One family of devices. We’re extremely excited to be able to share what we’ve been working on, and we hope you’ll be as excited to play it as we are to be building it! First, a little background on us. We are Gregorios Kythreotis and Daniel Fineberg, based in London. We’ve known each other from a young age and decided after we graduated to try making games together. After working on a few different projects,…

E3 2018: Taking Turns with the Tactical Strategy of Valkyria Chronicles 4 on Xbox One

It’s understandable if you’re unfamiliar with Valkyria Chronicles — the original title released a decade ago, and some entries never saw a Western release. But don’t let the “4” in its title scare you off from experiencing one of the most unique games coming to Xbox One this year. Based on the meaty E3 demo we experienced, Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a fresh return to the turn-based strategy, endearing characters, and stunning watercolor visuals that made the original a fan favorite. And as the storyline runs concurrently with events of the original Valkyria Chronicles, past experience with the series is…

E3 2018: Surviving the Harsh Winter of Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus made a serious splash when it debuted at the Xbox E3 2017 Briefing. Showcasing the power of Xbox One X, the gorgeous first-person survival game brought gamers face to face with some of the less…friendly…denizens of the franchise’s post-apocalyptic Russia. Rats aren’t supposed to grow quite that big, you know. Roughly one year to the day, we finally got a closer look at 4A Games’ ambitious game. Delivering a vast, frigid landscape to explore, tight storytelling, overhauled weapon customization, and new survival systems, it’s shaping up to be another technical and mechanical showpiece. Here are four things we…

E3 2018: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Beyond Good & Evil 2, The Division 2 and More Wow the Crowd at Ubisoft’s E3 Press Conference

Fans of Ubisoft’s many franchises were treated to a smorgasbord of reveals and demonstrations during the company’s crowd-pleasing E3 2018 Press Conference. Opening with a surreal marching band led by a dancing panda (note: no real pandas were harmed), the show began with an homage to Ubisoft’s immensely popular Just Dance series. The next entry, Just Dance 2019, is out for Xbox One on October 23. It quickly segued into a stunning new trailer for the highly-anticipated Beyond Good & Evil 2, introducing us to the game’s colorful characters, including an enigmatic look at former protagonist Jade. The game’s developers…

E3 2018: Assassin’s Creed Goes Full RPG with Ambitious Odyssey

Last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins introduced several role-playing game elements to Ubisoft’s heralded series, affording fans more freedom in how they shaped their character and tackled the story. The recently revealed Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is doubling down on this approach, representing the franchise’s first, full-on RPG entry. During an extended hands-on preview of the game, we got a taste of many of these new elements, as well as the potential depth they’ll bring to the series’ next stunningly realized historical romp. Set in ancient Greece – before even the Brotherhood-establishing Origins – Odyssey immediately introduces its RPG intentions by allowing…

New Preview Beta 1806 System Update – 6/12/18

Starting at 2:00 p.m. PDT today, members of the Xbox One Preview Beta Ring will begin receiving the latest Xbox One system update (1806.180608-1245). Read on for more about the fixes and known issues in the latest 1806 system update. New Features:   Mixer Shared Controller  Leaderboards are functional now when share controller is started from any 1806 console e.g. https://mixer.com/sharecontroller   Fixes:   Clubs Fixed an issue sorting Clubs when viewing a list of Clubs. Home Fixed an issue where content on the dashboard tabs (Store, Mixer, Ads etc.) was not loading correctly. Fixed an issue where users Gamertag…

9 Things You Need to Know About Destiny 2’s New Multiplayer Activity, Gambit

“It just kept going on this upwards trajectory of fun,” explains Lars Bakken excitedly. Gambit’s Design Lead is talking about the growing list of gameplay mechanics that would go on to shape Destiny’s all-new activity.

While the specifics of what Gambit would be have evolved over the past 18 months, two things remained constant: its name, and its adherence to three core design philosophies: new, different, innovative.

“We wanted something that took the best parts of Destiny and smashed them together,” remembers Game Director Steve Cotton.