GameSentral Rewind #038: Xbox at Gamescom

Editor’s Note: This is a special edition of the GameSentral Rewind recapping Xbox’s Gamescom 2015 press conference.

Quantum Break gets a release date

Quantum Break Microsoft teamed up with Remedy to show off its first gameplay from Quantum Break, and announced an April 5th release date for the game/TV show hybrid.

First Crackdown 3 gameplay shown

Reagent Games showed fans and the press a short video (embedded above) that shows Crackdown 3 in action. The video stresses the new city, as well as destruction effects and multiplayer. We also got a small glimpse at your car, which can transform as you drive around the new locations. Multiplayer for the game is scheduled to launch in “summer 2016,” according to the video.

New Scalebound gameplay trailer revealed

Scalebound, the Xbox One exclusive from Japan’s Platinum Games, was brought to Gamescom with a new trailer embedded above. The trailer also confirmed a four-player co-op mode and a “holiday 2016” release window.

Xbox One controller chatpad launching in November

Xbox One chatpad Microsoft has announced a new chatpad that’s compatible with all Xbox One controllers.

The chatpad includes an audio jack, just like the Xbox 360 original, and adds additional features like audio controllers and two programmable keys. The chatpad will be compatible with Xbox One and Windows 10 when it launches in November. Pre-orders are available now.

Killer Instinct season 3 coming in 2016; Battletoad’s Rash joins the game today

Killer Instinct A third season of Xbox One fighting game Killer Instinct is coming next March, according to Microsoft, for both Xbox One and Windows 10.

Battletoads’ Rash has also come to the game in a limited capacity that will see him playable for a test period until September 8th at 12AM PT (3AM ET, 8AM GMT). In order to get access to Rash, Killer Instinct players will need to have either purchased some piece of Killer Instinct content or own the Rare Replay collection.

Bloodstained features Xbox One, Windows 10 cross-play

Bloodstained Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will feature cross-play compatibility between its Xbox One and Windows 10 counterparts, according to creator Koji Igarashi.

Igarashi also revealed a new demon hunter character. Bloodstained is the spiritual successor to the Castlevania series, which was produced by Igarashi. It was funded for $5.5 million in June, becoming Kickstarter’s then-most-funded video game project (which has since been surpassed by Shenmue 3).

Igarashi plans to release Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on consoles, portables, and on PC platforms in 2017.

Xbox One getting over-the-air DVR functionality in 2016

xbox-one-console-black-bg_1280.0_cinema_960.0 Microsoft will bring “full-featured DVR functionality to Xbox One” next year, according to Xbox director of program management Mike Ybarra.

The feature, which doesn’t require a subscription of its own, will allow Xbox One owners to “record free-to-air TV, schedule recordings, and take it on the go,” according to Ybarra. You will need to use the Xbox One digital TV tuner, which is available in North America and Europe, to use this feature. The Xbox One records in the background, and if the system’s power settings are switched to “instant-on,” recordings can occur while you are away from your console. Using the Windows 10 Xbox app, all recorded TV shows can be streamed to devices running Windows 10.

All future Xbox 360 Games with Gold will be backwards compatible on Xbox One

xbox-games-with-gold All future Xbox 360 Games with Gold will be backwards compatible on Xbox One, meaning that Xbox Live Gold subscribers will effectively be getting four games every month – two native to Xbox One and the two Xbox 360 games.

Backwards compatibility will be available in November for Microsoft Studios-published games (Halo, Gears of War, Fable, Crackdown, Banjo Kazooie, Perfect Dark, Kameo, Mass Effect), and from leading third-party publishers like the following:

  • Bandai Namco
  • Bethesda
  • Deep Silver
  • Disney
  • Majesco
  • EA
  • Sega
  • Square Enix
  • 2K
  • Capcom
  • Ubisoft
  • Koei Tecmo
  • Codemasters
  • Warner Bros. Interactive

Cities: Skylines heading first to Xbox One

Cities Skylines Cities: Skylines, the surprise hit from Finnish developer Colossal Order, will make its console debut first on Xbox One.

The city-building simulator hit the million copies sold milestone in April, a month after launching for Linux, Mac, and Windows.

We Happy Few coming to Xbox One

We Happy Few, Compulsion Games’ survival game that’s set in an alternate-universe 1960s England, will make its console debut on Xbox One, according to Microsoft.

Compulsion will launch We Happy Few in Xbox Game Preview this winter, according to ID@Xbox director Chris Charla, with a final release set for 2016. The game is also being developed for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

Homefront: The Revolution gets Xbox One multiplayer beta this winter

Homefront the Revolution Homefront: The Revolution will stage a multiplayer beta this winter, according to developer Dambuster Studios’ senior narrative designer C.J. Kershner.

The game is set to launch in 2016.

Halo 5: Guardians focuses on eSports; announces $1M Halo World Championships

halo-5-beta-spartan Microsoft will offer a $1 million prize pool for the first Halo World Championships this winter.

“Halo has always been synonymous with online competition, and was an originator in console eSports. With Halo 5: Guardians, we are fully embracing that legacy with the biggest investment in Xbox eSports history. Get ready for the first-ever Halo World Championship coming this winter with a prize pool of over $1 million.”

– Josh Holmes, Halo 5: Guardians executive producer

Just Cause 3 on Xbox One includes copy of Just Cause 2

The Xbox One version of Just Cause 3 will come with a copy of Just Cause 2, according to Microsoft.

The copy of Just Cause 2 will be playable on Xbox One through Xbox 360 backwards compatibility. The company also premiered a new trailer for Just Cause 3, called “Burn It” (embedded above). Just Cause 3 will launch December 1st on Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Halo Wars 2 coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 next fall

Halo Wars 2, the sequel to 2009’s Halo Wars Ensemble Studios-developed strategy game, is in development for both Xbox One and Windows 10, according to 343 Industries head Bonnie Ross.

The Creative Assembly, the U.K.-based studio behind the Total War family of strategy games, is developing the game along with 343. The original Halo Wars was launched in early 2009 as an Xbox 360-exclusive.

Halo 5: Guardians special edition bundle revealed

Halo 5 Guardians Limited Edition Xbox One Bundle Halo 5: Guardians will include some fancy companions in the “weeks leading up” to the October 27th launch of the next installment of the Halo franchise.

Microsoft will release a special-edition console and controllers, while Astro Gaming will launch a special headset. The Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition Bundle, priced at $499.99, includes a 1TB Xbox One and matching controller designed to look like Spartan Locke and UNSC tech. In addition to the console, the bundle also includes a Halo 5 download code; the Warzone REQ bundle with 14 requisition packs, FOTUS-style armor, and a special multiplayer emblem; an alloy Guardian model; the Halo: The Fall of Reach animated series; and team dossiers.

It’s set to hit retailers October 20th everywhere except Japan and October 22nd in Japan. In addition to the Halo 5 controller in the bundle, a special Master Chief wireless controller is also on the way. Both will be available for individual purchase in early October for $69.99 with a REQ Pack and visor. The Astro headset will be available for $220 in September with a REQ pack.

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