Category Archives: Xbox One

Is Rare Teasing a New Banjo Kazooie Game?

Banjo Kazooie

Rare, the developer famous for franchises such as Banjo-Kazooie, Killer Instinct and Perfect Dark is in for a big year according to composer and sound designer Robin Beanland, who tweeted the following:

If you have played any of the Banjo-Kazooie games then you will remember that musical notes were a collectible item. In addition to this Beanland has previously tweeted an image of a broken banjo, followed by a later tweet showing the banjo repaired.

In recent years Rare has worked on various titles for the Xbox Kinect but has hinted at changing its focus after Microsoft decided to stop bundling the Kinect 2.0 with the Xbox One.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Announced, Halo 5 Beta Included

Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Xbox One

Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One. The compilation will include the long rumoured Halo 2 Anniversary as well as Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4, all on one blu-ray disc. The collection will arrive on November 11 this year, almost exactly ten years since the original version of Halo 2 was released. It will retail for $60 in the US.

As an added incentive to pick up this collection it will also include an access key for the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta, set to begin in December 2014 as well as a digital copy of the film Halo: Nightfall.

Of the games included Halo 2 will receive the most significant overhaul but the other games will be upgraded to run at 1080p and 60 frames per second and will include their full original multiplayer modes.

The main additions to Halo 2 include new prologue and epilogue scenes to lead into Halo 5, new terminals hidden throughout the solo campaign, six “reimagined” Halo 2 multiplayer maps as well as all 23 original maps (including DLC).

Trailers were shown for both The Master Chief Collection and Halo 5 Guardians Multiplayer beta, you can see them below.

Arkham Knight Delayed, Batmobile Teased

Batman: Arkham Knight

Rocksteady today announced that the release of Batman: Arkham Knight has been delayed until 2015. The final entry in the Arkham series was originally due for launch on October 14 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. No official reason has been given for the delay, but it will give the developers extra time to polish the game to perfection.

Softening the blow from this bad news somewhat was the release of a new trailer showing off how the Batmobile will look in the game. You can view it below.

This marks the first time the player has been able to get behind the wheel of the iconic vehicle in the Arkham franchise – it has previously only appeared in cutscenes. The Batmobile has two modes – pursuit and battle – which can be swapped between at will.

The vehicle can also be controlled via remote control, regardless of the distance between Batman and the car. This will be useful should you get in any tight spots and is also necessary for some of the game’s puzzles.

More of the game will be shown at E3 next week so be sure to check back for updates.

The Witcher 3 Will Have the Same Content Across All Platforms

The Witcher 3 screenshot

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will not feature platform exclusive content according to Marcin Iwinski, co-founder of CD Projekt Red – the game’s developer. Despite this Iwinski hinted at “marketing co-operation” with one platform, though he did not divulge whether this would be with PS4, Xbox One or PC.

Iwinski Said:

We are treating all gamers equally. We’ll not deliver exclusive content to any of the platforms, nor will we artificially delay release of the game on any of the platforms because somebody’s paying us money for that. It’s definitely against our values. We are not doing that.

What we are doing in terms of marketing co-operation, you’ll see that at E3.

The Witcher 3 was featured on Microsoft’s stage at last year’s E3 and the game will be returning to the show this year, though it remains to be seen if it will again be part of Microsoft’s conference.

Iwinski also said that there will be some kind of online connectivity in the game, though this will be in the form of social sharing rather than multiplayer. More details will be revealed “when the time comes”.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is set for release in February 2015.

[SOURCE: Eurogamer]

Dragon Age: Inquisition Release Date and Gameplay Trailer Revealed

Dragon Age Inquisition Box Art

The game’s official box art which was unveiled last night

Bioware’s hotly anticipated RPG game Dragon Age: Inquisition has been given an official release date. The third game in the popular series will be hitting stores on October 7 in North America and October 10 in Europe. It will be playable on Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. You can see the trailer below.

Bioware will be showing off the game in more detail at this year’s E3 in June.

Dig for Atari E.T. Games gets the Go-Ahead

The excavation of a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where millions of copies of unpopular Atari 2600 game E.T. are supposedly buried, has finally been given the go-ahead by the New Mexico Environmental Department. The dig was recently delayed over concerns of potentially hazardous chemicals found at the site, however the NMED is now satisfied that there is no immediate danger unless a person is exposed over a “very extended amount of time”.

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If you thought your nightmares were buried, you were wrong.

The NMED also said the original excavation plan was too vague but are now happy providing they are given five days notice before digging begins and that all waste haulers are certified.

Lightbox Entertainment and Fuelbox Entertainment are behind the excavation which is to be filmed for a documentary about the rise and fall of Atari. It is being directed by X2 writer Zak Penn and will be available exclusively on Xbox 360 and Xbox One later this year.

Atari E.T. Excavation Put on Hold

atari-etPlans to unearth copies of the notoriously bad E.T. game for Atari 2600,  buried in a New Mexico landfill, have been put on hold due to safety concerns.

Two companies, Fuel Entertainment and LightBox Interactive, wanted to film the excavation for a documentary about the burial of the game. Millions of copies were supposedly dumped at the site in Alamogordo, New Mexico in  the 1980’s after the game’s disastrous commercial performance, however The New Mexico Environment Department was not satisfied with the reasons for the dig saying that the plans were “generic” and lacking in site-specific details. Elevated chemical levels were also found at the site in 2004 which could cause a lengthy delay to the excavation while further testing is carried out.

The NMED is waiting for a revised proposal from the documentary team, which they had not received as of March 17, however Catherine Pasciak, a producer for LightBox, said they are still planning on completing the film once the project has been approved.

The documentary is set to be released on the Xbox One when it has been completed.

Assassin’s Creed: Unity Confirmed by Ubisoft

Ubisoft has released a short teaser trailer, comprised of alpha game footage, confirming the existence of Assassin’s Creed: Unity. The trailer also confirms that Unity will be set in Paris, which was suspected after screenshots of the game were leaked showing various famous locations from the French capital. Ubisoft stated that they “weren’t quite ready to show you our full vision for a next-gen only AC”, but presumably the leaks changed their minds. You can view the trailer for yourself below.

The game has been in the works for 3 years and will be released for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC towards the end of the year. Another Assassin’s Creed game, subtitled ‘Comet’, is rumoured to be in the works for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, but Ubisoft has not yet made an announcement regarding that title.

Keiji Inafune Still Hopes Mega Man Legends 3 Could Happen Someday

mml3Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune has revealed he still has desires to complete Mega Man Legends 3, the 3DS action RPG that was cancelled by Capcom in 2011 to the disappointment of many fans of the franchise. Talking to US Gamer, Inafune said:

If somebody asked, even right now, what’s the game you want to create most? It’s still Legends 3. I put so much effort into that game, so much passion into that game, but it didn’t happen. It’s always a regret in my mind. Even now…

We all know that’s not going to happen, though, as long as Capcom holds the IP. But if they asked me to make that game, I could still gather most of the original team, even right now. Some of them have quit Capcom, some of them are still at Capcom, but I believe that team would be passionate enough to come back together and create that game. So…we’ll see what’s going to happen. You never know.

Let’s say that, if we have all seven Dragon Balls right here, right now, and Shen Long comes up and says, ‘What’s your wish?’ My wish would be, give me all the right tools, people, and environment to create Legends 3.

Inafune has since moved onto other projects away from Capcom, including what many consider the spiritual successor to Mega Man, Mighty No. 9. However it would surely be to the delight of many fans if Inafune was to get his wish, although it remains a somewhat unlikely prospect.

Meanwhile, if you don’t feel like waiting around for Mega Man Legends 3, you can check out this trailer for Mighty No. 9 which was shown at this week’s Game Developer’s Conference.