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Steep Out Now on Xbox One, PS4, PC

December 02, 2016 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

The winter season just got a lot more exciting with the release of Steep, an open-world action sports game that lets players loose in the Alps to ski, snowboard, wingsuit, paraglide, and take in the gorgeous vistas. The mountains are full of challenges that will test every aspect of your alpine prowess as you speed down daring runs, perform high-flying tricks, trek to distant peaks, and even tumble head-over-heels down the slopes. It’s all part of the massive, freewheeling experience of Steep, where the mountains are what you make of them.

Steep’s slopes aren’t just meant to be explored solo. The seamless multiplayer will ensure you come across other adventurers in your explorations, and every run you make can be turned into a challenge for your fellow riders. From carving powder 8s on the side of the Mont Blanc with a friend, to sharing custom slow-motion replays with the world, Steep is a social experience meant to bring people together in the spirit of enjoying the mountains.

Steep is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The Gold Edition is also available and comes with the Season Pass, which includes three packs of exclusive challenges, unique costumes, and new add-on sports such as sledding, rocket wings, base jumping, and speed gliding. For more on Steep, check out UbiBlog’s previous coverage:

Steep Season Pass Detailed

Steep – Discovering a Giant World of Winter Sports

Steep – It’ll Make You Strive for Perfection on the Slopes

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Let the Slay Ride Begin! Dead Rising 4’s Launch Trailer is Here

December 02, 2016 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

We’re just four days away from the December 6 worldwide launch of Dead Rising 4, available on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, and to whet your appetite, we debuted the official Dead Rising 4 launch trailer last night at The Game Awards 2016. Featuring a blend of live action and gameplay, and a unique Frank West reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”, the trailer celebrates the countdown to the holiday season, Dead Rising style. Check out the video above for yourself!

With launch activities in full swing, earlier this week Blake Anderson of “Workaholics” fame participated in our special livestream, Man vs. Holiday. Taking place inside a 15-foot tall snow globe with 12 holiday themed challenges, Blake played Dead Rising 4 while enduring blowing snow, an egg nog helmet, sweaty Santas, and much more. If you missed it, check out the recap below.

And we’re not done yet. This weekend, the countdown begins to a very special, exclusive event taking place on Monday, December 5 in London, England. And while we can’t tell you what it is, you can follow along as we reveal clues and hints beginning tomorrow on the Xbox Facebook page.

Dead Rising 4 will be available for Xbox One and Windows 10* on December 6. ‘Tis the Season of the Unliving – Let the Slay Ride Begin!

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Furi Available Now on Xbox One

December 02, 2016 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

When you start development of a game, you often have references in mind. And as you create that game, you see those similarities and its inspirations. You start to wonder, “Is my game too similar? Am I making something unique or just being a copycat?”

Working on Furi, I remembered fondly these Japanese games from 10 to 20 years ago: God Hand, Metal Gear Solid 3, No More Heroes, Super Punch Out!, Alien Soldier… I wanted Furi to have that same feeling with amazing character design and responsive controls to match the concept I had in mind: it was going to be a boss fight game. But I wanted Furi to be varied, to surprise gamers and to offer different challenges over more than eight hours of gameplay. I wondered how to make a game in which you fight only one opponent at a time but that doesn’t repeat itself?

Our solution was to rely on two core gameplay mechanics: sword fight beat’em up and classic bullet hell shoot’em up — Furi would be a hybrid that would allow for more variety in the gameplay. Some bosses would rely heavily on shooting, others would be swordfight experts. Some would mix both. This concept worked great for variety, but it also gave the game its unique touch. As far as I know, there is no game that does what Furi does: an exciting, seamless mix of a top-down bullet hell shooter with intense close range sword fights.

In the sequences where you walk towards the next arena where a guardian awaits, you go through a beautiful landscape, listening to a suspenseful music, coached by a mysterious character with a rabbit mask.

Then you meet your opponent, who is determined to put you back in jail. And when you fight them, you face a firework of projectiles. You move and dodge faster than ever. Parry attacks as fast as lighting, and enter a sword duel where any mistake can be fatal. Your character is at the same time the spaceship from Thunderforce and the boxer from PunchOut.

To date, there is no game on my radar that looks close to the experience Furi delivers. Many games are made and played, but I’m pleased to see that new and unique experiences can be created.

This is probably the reason why we are getting such fantastic feedback from the players who have enjoyed Furi on PC. They mention that it feels different, unique, and keeps them completely engaged. That it’s utterly rewarding in a way they haven’t seen, and will remember for a long time to come.

Launching on Xbox One today with polished content and an additional boss fight, we hope Xbox One players will appreciate the addition that Furi is to their repertoire of experiences.

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Microsoft Stores Reveal Deep Xbox Discounts and Offers for the Holidays

December 02, 2016 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

Microsoft Stores announced its 12 Days of Deals – the store’s annual series of incredible, one-day-only savings and doorbusters – and there are a ton of can’t-miss deals on Xbox One bundles, games, controllers and more. Savings run December 5 -16 at your local Microsoft Store and microsoftstore.com while supplies last. In-store doorbuster deals are exclusively available at brick-and-mortar locations, while supplies last. Xbox and gaming offers include:

  • Day 3 (December 7): Save 50 percent on select Xbox One games, including Battlefield 1, ReCore and Call of Duty Infinite Warfare. Gamers headed to their local Microsoft Store can take advantage of an In-Store Doorbuster Deal to get a $50 Microsoft Store gift card with the purchase of a 12-month subscription to Groove Music.
  • Day 4 (December 8): When you visit your local Microsoft Store, get a $25 Microsoft Store gift card while supplies last with the purchase of a 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscription, giving you access to the fastest, most reliable gaming network, free games through the Games with Gold program, exclusive discounts on games purchased through the Xbox Store and more.
  • Day 7 (December 11): Get a $25 Microsoft Store gift card with the purchase of select Xbox Wireless Controllers. And for those looking to take an Xbox One home too, you can save $120 on select Xbox One* bundles (500GB) at your local Microsoft Store, while supplies last.
  • Day 8 (December 12): Save $50 and get two free select games with the purchase of select Xbox One S and Xbox One bundles. Plus, if you’re one of the first in line at your local Microsoft Store, you can also get a $25 Microsoft Store gift card.
  • Day 9 (December 13): Get a $100 Microsoft Store gift card with the purchase of an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, offering some very real savings on virtual reality. Want to test it before you buy? You can try HTC Vive or Oculus Rift for yourself at select Microsoft Store locations.
  • Day 10 (December 14): Save up to $1,000 on select Intel powered gaming PCs, starting at $799. You can also get Microsoft Studios blockbuster games: Quantum Break, Halo 5: Guardians and Forza Motorsport 6, for $19.99, as an in-store doorbuster deal at your local Microsoft Store.

For a full list of the 12 Days of Deals offers, visit the The Fire Hose blogs. With such great savings, there’s never been a better time to visit microsoftstore.com.

*Offer applies to original Xbox One bundles

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Rule the Galaxy With Star Wars: The Old Republic – Knights of the Eternal Throne, Available Now Worldwide

December 02, 2016 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

Rule the Galaxy With Star Wars: The Old Republic – Knights of the Eternal Throne, Available Now Worldwide

Monster Hunter Generations – December Free DLC pack

December 02, 2016 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

Ready for some Hyper Monster fighting this holiday season? We got you covered with the latest pack of Free DLC for Monster Hunter Generations!

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Monster Hunter Generations – December Free DLC pack

December 02, 2016 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

Ready for some Hyper Monster fighting this holiday season? We got you covered with the latest pack of Free DLC for Monster Hunter Generations!

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Fight with Forge Again in Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on Dec. 20

December 01, 2016 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

Get ready to discover the mysteries of Harvest once more! In a surprise announcement at The Game Awards, 343 Industries revealed on stage that early access to Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, available to anyone who preorders the digital version of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition, begins rolling out to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on Dec. 20!

Halo Wars tells the tale of the UNSC Spirit of Fire and its intrepid crew as they battle against the Covenant on the planet Harvest, set over two decades before the events of Halo: Combat Evolved. Released back in 2009, Halo Wars was widely considered to be the one of the best console RTS games available and with Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, old fans and new can now experience the game remastered with all of its DLC, including those beautiful Blur cinematics.

Here’s how you can secure your copy of Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on Dec. 20:

  • Pre-order the digital version of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition, which includes the standard game, Season Pass, four-day early access to Halo Wars 2 and Halo Wars: Definitive Edition.
  • Once you pre-order the digital version of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition, expect to receive a 5×5 code in your Xbox message center for Halo Wars: Definitive Edition starting on Dec. 20. Codes will be sent out in waves and it may take up to 7-10 days to receive your code after Dec. 20.
  • If you pre-ordered the digital version of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition from a participating retailer, redeem that code from your Xbox account and your Halo Wars: Definitive Edition code will be sent to that account. Similarly, it may take up to 7-10 days to receive your code after Dec. 20.

Be sure to also check out the brand new cinematic trailer showcasing Atriox, leader of the Banished from Halo Wars 2.

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Atriox Smashes Through in New Halo Wars 2 Trailer at The Game Awards

December 01, 2016 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

If there’s one thing to be certain about in the Halo universe, it’s that there’s no rest for the weary. New threats seem to pop-up overnight and heroes are always called upon to save the day. Being outmanned and outgunned is a way of life for Spartans and usually they pull through. However, that’s not always the case.

In addition to the surprise announcement that early access to Halo Wars: Definitive Edition will begin rolling out on Dec. 20 for anyone who pre-orders the digital version of Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition, a world-exclusive trailer for Halo Wars 2 was revealed at The Game Awards today and with that a deeper insight to the new threat that’s sure to shake the foundation of the Halo universe to its very core. Atriox and the Banished are not simply a new group of bad guys, but an answer to what happens to those who have been molded by the Human-Covenant War that has now left them behind.

“What would happen if the wars keep going, and suddenly the existing power structure falls apart and other people move in? What happens when you stop paying the mercenaries? Sometimes the mercenaries take over,” says Kevin Grace, Narrative Director at 343 Industries.

Citing significant research on historical mercenary groups that would be hired to fight and roam the land, Grace and 343 Industries drew upon real-world events, as well as from heroes of Halo’s past, to creatively inspire this captivating new enemy.

“The Arbiter is a great example that not all Elites are alike,” says Grace. “Not all Elites followed blindly what the Prophets had to say. So that idea of the Arbiter as an outlier is very unique, very individual. What happens if you do that with a Brute? You get a Brute that’s not just that physical, enraged, wants-to-tear-your-arms-off kind of a threat, but a different kind of threat. A very intelligent Brute… why is that scarier for some reason than a Brute rushing at me trying to take my head off?”

In creating Atriox, Grace says that a lot of those inspirational set pieces have been there for quite some time within Halo lore. You take a smart Brute and the Covenant is falling apart, so what was Atriox doing during that time? Then you start asking more questions, like when did he start to break away from the Covenant and why? Then it’s left for Grace and his team make that interesting and fit within the existing lore in a consistent way.

“I’m a big fan of the Halo story, always have been, and spent a lot of time reading the books and playing the games like a lot of people have,” says Grace. “I want all of my stories to work out together – it’s really our job to make them work together – but also make them surprising and new.”

Grace states that Halo can’t just tell the same story over and over, even if the genre might be different this time with Halo Wars 2. If it was just more Brutes who are angry and want to punch you in the face, it might make for a cool and fun story, but it has been done before.

“He’s not a commander. He hasn’t had all that hard-core training in that regard. He’s an underdog, a guy who has the grit and fortitude to claw his way to the top,” explains Jeremy Cook, Art Director for Halo Wars 2. “We drew lots of inspiration from things, like Excalibur, and looking at things where the toughest are in charge and strength determines succession. If you win, you’re in charge now and you become the clan leader.”

Another interesting element about Atriox is that he’s the first enemy in quite some time in the Halo universe that isn’t some omnipresent force trying to destroy everything. It gives Halo Wars 2 a great opportunity to have a new and more grounded villain.

“That was one of the earliest trials for me of Halo,” says Grace. “It’s not hard science-fiction. It’s a little more, especially on the UNSC side of things, it’s a little more modern-day, a little more realistic, a little easier to grab onto in that way.”

Grace says Atriox provides some new contrast in Halo, particularly when compared to Halo’s other big foil – Cortana. Cortana is operating at a galactic level, pulling on the Forerunner legacy strings with her Guardians. Atriox, on the other hand, has a deadly pack killers and the sheer will to get pretty much anything done.

Creatively, when the team had to come together to align on the creation of Atriox, it wasn’t merely as simple as combining “smart” and “brute,” but to align those thoughts and ideas with the rest of the creative talent at 343 Industries, Creative Assembly, and the cinematic team at Blur.

“Atriox is not just some random Brute; he’s got this interesting backstory,” explains Cook. “And once we started to build out more of his ideology, that yes, he’s smart but he’s also got a bigger plan, he’s collecting putting stuff together…that’s when we knew he was going to be awesome.”

Even with Halo Wars 2 launching in just a few months, Grace is already thinking ahead about what might be next for Atriox and the Banished.

“The Ark is massive and it’s a lot of fun to play on, but it’s just one spot in the universe,” says Grace. “And of course, Cortana is knocking around out there too. So what would happen if Atriox and Cortana went up against each other? It could be fun, we’ll see. First thing’s first. Captain James Cutter has got some work cut out for him on the Ark.”

Halo Wars 2 is scheduled for release on February 21, 2017. For all the latest news on Halo Wars 2, Xbox One and Windows 10 gaming, be sure to stay tuned to Xbox Wire.

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Capcom Holiday savings are here for PS4, 3DS, and PC on PSN, eShop, Steam, and more!

December 01, 2016 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

It’s a special time of year. Halloween is behind us, the holiday season isn’t too far ahead of us, and Thanksgiving is wedged right in the center. Sure, you could brave the crowds on Friday and fight to find bargains, but you can also grab great Capcom games comfortably from your own home with a ton of sales on PSN and PC! We’ve got a full list of sale prices for digital games on PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, and PC through the weekend, including Street Fighter V for $30 on PS4 and PC (Steam), Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen (PC Steam) for $12, Monster Hunter Generations (3DS) for $24 and more! Plenty of DLC is on sale too, so you can grab add-ons to make your new games shine even brighter.

Feeling extra generous during this season of giving? Vote for your favorite Capcom games in the Steam Award Nominations , too, and earn yourself a shiny badge for your Steam profile. Hit the jump for a full list!

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