GameSentral Rewind #006: April 22, 2015

Editor’s Note: Welcome to the GameSentral Rewind, a daily look at the day’s top gaming headlines.

Spencer: Focus on first-party, exclusive games for Xbox at E3

Phil Harrison

Xbox boss Phil Spencer wants to focus on first-party games and hopes to have a new Xbox exclusive to announce at E3 2015, according to a tweet from him.

Twitter user HammerofGodz replied to Spencer saying that “building up first party [is] the best long term route.”

“I agree. Means this year’s E3 might feel different from past E3s but I like focusing on our games.

“And to be clear we will have third-party deals, it’s just important to focus on and support our first party.”

– Phil Spencer on first-party games at Xbox

GTA 5’s first PC patch corrects login bug

Grand Theft Auto 5’s first PC patch is out, less than a week after its launch, correcting a slew of issues including one that prevented the game’s installation if certain characters were in one’s username.

Patch 1.01 fixes that issue. Other than that, the patch fixes issues like missing eyebrows (and the like) when GTA Online characters are transferred to PC, adding a grid to help putters playing golf at Los Santos’ country club, and correcting bird flight in video clips recorded by the Rockstar Editor.

Star Wars Battlefront will have offline singleplayer, won’t use Battlelog

Star Wars Battlefront

Details are continuing to filter in following Star Wars Battlefront’s reveal at Star Wars Celebration.

You can play the game solo through a bot mode called “Missions.”

Battlefront will not use Battlelog, DICE’s multiplayer portal for the Battlefield series, according to assistant producer Jesper Nielsen.

Star Wars Battlefront is slated for a holiday season launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows.

Steam restricting accounts until they pay up

Steam will no longer provide certain community benefits like sending friend invites, opening a group chat, voting on Greenlight or submitting content on the Steam Workshop until a user has spent or added $5 to their account.

“We’ve chosen to limit access to those features as a means of protecting our customers from those who abuse Steam for purposes such as spamming and phishing. Malicious users often operate in the community on accounts which have not spent any money, reducing the individual risk of performing the actions they do.

“One of the best pieces of information we can compare between regular users and malicious users are their spending habits as typically the accounts being used have no investment in their longevity. Due to this being a common scenario we have decided to restrict community features until an account has met or exceeded $5 in Steam.”

– Valve, in a Steam update

Phil Harrison launches gaming startup with Microsoft technology

After leaving Microsoft, Phil Harrison is launching his own gaming startup, Alloy Platform Industries, according to an interview with GamesIndustry International.

“[Alloy Platform industries is] definitely in the same neighborhood, probably on the same street, but probably not the next door house, if that makes any sense. But clearly related. You know, the things that interest me and stimulate me are how technology and entertainment and people intersect. Think of those as three circles with a Venn diagram with an intersection in the middle.”

– Phil Harrison

Alloy Platform Industries has “licensed some technology from Microsoft which will form the basis of our initial investigations and explorations,” according to Harrison.

“It’s unannounced technology that nobody outside of Microsoft knows about.”

– Harrison

Kerbal Space Program 1.0 launch coming next week with female Kerbals

After nearly four years of alphas and betas, Kerbal Space Program 1.0 will launch on April 27, according to developer Squd.

The game’s full Linux, Mac and Windows launch will add female Kerbals to the exploration corps.

Rock Band 4 will be co-published with Mad Catz

Harmonix is tagging along with peripheral manufacturer Mad Catz to publish Rock Band 4 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Mad Catz will make all of the game’s wireless instruments, but as a co-publisher, the company will also lead global sales, promotion and distribution, according to Global PR Director Alex Verrey.


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